Tag Archive | 2012

Canyon de Chelly: 4-Hour 6-Wheeler (Jeep) Tour With “Thunderbird Lodge Tours”.

by Anura Guruge


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In reality this is the ONLY way to see and get to know Canyon de Chelly. Going into the Canyon on horseback is fun (and we have done it twice) but you can’t cover as much ground and, from our experience, the guides that do horseback are not as ‘proficient’ as those on the ‘jeeps’. (But, there could be exceptions and we LUCKED out in that we got ‘Daniel Draper’ who has been doing jeep tours for 29-years). Yes, you can hike down to the ‘White House‘ (which we have also done twice) but you don’t get to see any of the key ‘pictographs‘ (painted) or ‘petroglyphs‘ (carved).

This was the second time I had done a ‘Thunderbird Lodge Tour‘ — albeit 19-years apart. The first time, in 1999, was in the BIGGER Korean-war era Army vehicles they used to have. But, then there was the infamous 2012 roll-over that (eventually) killed two. Everything changed after that — including the ownership of the iconic & historic ‘Thunderbird Lodge’. The 6-wheelers they use now are smaller and newer.

We lucked out — as was invariably the case during this entire 4-day trip to the Canyon (my 4th). Very few people. Most of the time, wherever we would be the only ones there. That is nice and highlights the trademark serenity of the Canyon (which is my favorite part).

We did not book a private tour. We just booked (in the morning) the 4-hour, 4pm (sunset) tour. We were told be there 20-minutes early.

Well it was just the two us, Teischan & I, and that was special. I, with extensive experience with Navajo, soon established a good rapport with Daniel — and I think he enjoyed it too, in that I was not a total novice when it came to the Canyon or the Navajo. We had such a good time that I invited Daniel and his two daughters for dinner with us (at ‘The Junction‘) and they accepted. We had a great time and the two, extremely talented daughters, regaled us with songs after the dinner.

The tour was good. We learnt a lot.

Totally recommend it. Yes, there are other tours. From what I can see they are roughly the same price, i.e., ~$70/person for 3-4 hours. But, I liked the tour we took.


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by Anura Guruge

The LAST Solar Eclipse YOU Saw Over New England Was That Of May 10, 1994.

by Anura Guruge


Click to ENLARGE. From ‘Time and Date’ at: timeanddate.com/eclipse/map/1994-may-10


Click to ENLARGE and read here. Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solar_eclipse_of_May_10,_1994



So, if tomorrow, Monday, August 21, 2017 you start wondering as to when you might have seen another Solar Eclipse, over NEW ENGLAND, it would have been on Tuesday, May 10, 1994.

I remember it. I watched it from New Ipswich, New Hampshire. It was NOT a total solar eclipse.

We in New England did NOT see the May 20, 2012 solar eclipse. So, if you hear folks going on about the 2012 eclipse don’t feel bad. It never reached New England.

Again remember what you will be watching is the MOON passing across the face of the Sun. Not some shadow. Got that?


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by Anura Guruge

I Warned Of Electronic Voter Machine Hacking & Fraud 4 Years Ago — Yes, In 2012.

by Anura Guruge


With the Wisconsin recount electronic voter machine
hacking and fraud is now BIG news.


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Click to access ‘WIRED’ magazine original.


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Click to access “ComputerWorld” original.


Well, I warned of this,
talking about exactly what could
happen over 4 years ago!


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Click to ENLARGE and read snippet here. Use link below to access November 4, 2012 post.


To access my November 4, 2012 post click here.


2016: Red - Blue Map

2016: Red – Blue Map

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“Most Trump” & “Most Clinton” Towns; i.e., “Reddest” & Bluest” Towns In N.H.New Hampshire (2016 Election).

by Anura Guruge


Most Trump — Millsfield with 60% margin (but with only 20 votes cast).

Most Clinton — Hanover (i.e., Dartmouth College are) with 75% (with 7,487 votes cast).

Most Trump, ‘BIG’ Towns — Wakefield (33%) & Alton (31%).


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(in REVERSE order — largest margin at bottom).


2016: Red - Blue Map

2016: Red – Blue Map

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The Blue State That Trump Has To Flip Most Likely Will Be New Hampshire!

by Anura Guruge


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Oh, I am NOT happy about this. I am, however, trying to be realistic and ahead of the game.

I predicted that New Hampshire will go ‘Red‘ 6 weeks ago! Here … check my post.

I always suspected that there was a deep-seated, HIDDEN Trump vote that the polls were not picking up.

And if anything things have polarized quite a bit in the last 4 days — since James Comey’semailGATE“!

It wasn’t as if Obama won by a huge margin in 2012. This is, alas, not Massachusetts.

So be careful.

The media pundits are talking about the ONE Blue State that Trump has to flip and the ONE electoral vote he has to get from Maine.

Well my dear New Hampshire could be the Blue State that gives the nuclear codes to Trump.


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by Anura Guruge

Trump Will Win New Hampshire & It Will Be A ‘Red Tide’ Come November 2016!

by Anura Guruge


Click here for the NBC original.

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I hope I am wrong, but I don’t think so.

Hillary Clinton is NO Barack Hussein Obama II and Hillary’s continued stumbles, yesterday’s health flap among them, continue to weaken her case. And remember she did NOT carry New Hampshire in the primary. There are still a lot of disgruntled Bernie supporters lurking among the goldenrods.

Those that know me know that I am a keen, diligent and incisive observer of local politics — plus after all the door-to-door campaigning I did in 2008 & 2012 for Obama I can tell which way the winds are blowing when it comes to the Lakes Region.

I also carefully study political road signs. In my experience in New Hampshire (and that is the only state that I know in this matter) the presidential candidate with LESS SIGNS invariably wins the State! Check it out. In 2012 if you went by the blanketing of Romney signs across the State then Romney should have carried NH by a Landslide. Obama won NH by 40,659 votes in 2012 (and I knew he would). Yesterday, in Alton, I saw more Hillary signs than Trump. Not good. Trump supporters are NOT bothering with the signs because they don’t have to. Preaching to the choir and all of that.

So, you have been warned.


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Revisiting My Exclusive New Hampshire ‘Red-Blue Map’ From 2012 — Obama v. Romney. NH Will Be MORE Red In 2016.

by Anura Guruge


In 2012, contradicting what you would have thought if you just went by all of the roadside political signs you saw in New Hampshire, President Barack Obama again won New Hampshire (a battleground state, and superficially ‘red’), by 40,659 votes (5.8%).

The NH voting was done in terms of 237 ‘towns’; Obama won 142, lost 94 and one, Dixville, was a tie.

Of the 10 NH Counties, Obama won 7, lost 3.

I painstakingly created these maps (in November 2012) to see how this victory was wrought.


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Click to ENLARGE. NH 2012 red and blue, town-by-town alongside county map — Anura Guruge.


As some of you know I campaigned like a black for Obama in 2008 & 2012 — going door-to-door (at least 450 houses in each instance), doing phone-banks, making signs, stuffing bags, taking people to the polls on election day and feeding (on my own dime) the other Obama volunteers in Laconia on multiple nights.

I haven’t volunteered as yet in 2016 for the Presidential election — though yesterday I marched in the Gilford ‘Old Home Day’ parade, with Devanee, for our friend, Lisa DiMartino who is running as a Democrat for a seat in the New Hampshire House (District 2: Gilford & Meredith).

 I am, for all my shortcomings, a keen observer and follower of New Hampshire politics. The 2016 ‘RedBlue‘ map will be DIFFERENT to that of 2012. It will be MORE RED!

I could be wrong, I HOPE I am wrong, BUT I do NOT think it is a given that Hillary Clinton will carry New Hampshire.

I agree that there is a HIDDEN Trump vote that is not reflected in the polls.

So those that think that New Hampshire is still ‘Blue’ could be in for a NASTY surprise.

Just a Heads Up.


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President Obama’s Speech At Hillary’s DNC Convention Reminded Me Why I Knocked On 450+ Houses For Him In 2008.

by Anura Guruge


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Click for CNN original. Google for tons of other coverage. Try and watch at least SOME of this magisterial speech.


What a speech.

What a speaker.

What a MAN.

Reminded me why I campaigned for him in both 2008 & 2012.

Wow. WOw. WOW!

So effortlessly magisterial. A pleasant, approachable, often SMILING demeanor THROUGHOUT as is always his style. Such a marked contrast to Trump’s scowling and anger.

He and I have differed majorily over Obamacare. I have called him some choice names. But in the end he is QUITE the President. Amazing human being. We are so privileged.

Savor this speech. Get your teenagers to watch at least a few minutes.

People will talk about this speech in decades to come.


by Anura Guruge

Light Pollution In New Hampshire Continues To Increase — Latest NOAA MAP.

by Anura Guruge


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Click to access National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) post on this troubling topic.

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Click on map to access Interactive (searchable) Map. Legend of what the colors mean, below.

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Click to ENLARGE. Also appears with the Interactive Map (above). NOTE: National Parks, such as Acadia, are marked in PURPLE. Don’t confuse the PURPLE with the Magenta. Confusing!


New Hampshire. The ‘white dot on the blue arrow‘ is ME.
You can see the pollution encroaching.
Compare with this map from 4 years ago.

noaalpmap2

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Acadia National Park area. The ‘blue arrow with white dot’ is Bar Harbor.

The Purple swatches denote THE PARK — not light pollution!
Hence the Purple in Schoodic Peninsula (to the right) and Isle au Haut (southwest).

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