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Chinese ‘Mid-Autumn Festival’, At UNH (Durham), By The ‘Confucius Institute’ — September 13, 2019.

by Anura Guruge


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For even MORE pictures from this event
of Dr. James Dean, Dr. Michele Dillon & Dr. Yige Wang
also see.

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Another GALA success for the UNHConfucius Institute’ — after the widely acclaimed & heavily attended ‘paper umbrella making‘ workshop in January this year (ahead of the Chinese New Year). This too was packed; very festive, very musical (with UNH’s President, Dr. James Dean getting thing rolling), sustenance-loaded, celebratory and a lot of fun. Bravo, yet again, Dr. Yige Wang & Dr. Yaling Liu, and the ever hospitable ‘Confucius Institute’.

We were honored with the presence of the new UNH President, the very personable (and musically talented) Dr. James Dean, and the impressive Dr. Michele Dillon, Dean of UNH’s College of Liberal Arts. It happened to be Dr. Dillon’s birthday. So, there was a trumpet fanfare & ‘Happy Birthday‘ and birthday cake big enough to feed the whole crowd. That was a bonus.

I was lucky enough to have seen the Oyster River students perform, in Chinese, when I was there for the umbrella event. I was looking forward to seeing them again knowing that they had performed, to standing ovations, in China in the interim. They were brilliant. We also were treated to a performance of ‘Moon River’ by Professor Gunlogson & one of her students.

The buffet dinner, as ever, was outstanding. I don’t think anybody went hungry. We sure didn’t.

The Moon Cake making was fun — I am told. I personally did not partake. I was busy taking pictures. But, I could see and tell that folks were having a ball. And then the ultimate accolade. As we were leaving Teischan said “that was fun“! To say that, that coming from her, is indeed rare and high-praise would be an understatement. She is mega-fussy. I can’t remember the last time I have heard her say that. Wow. Please trust me on this. If Teischan thought that it was fun, it had to have been extremely special.

Thank you, ‘Confucius Institute’. You folks always do us all proud.



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Am I The ONLY ONE That Has Worked Out That Donald Trump Will ALWAYS Delay Enforcing Tariffs?

by Anura Guruge


Click to access the WSJ original. Google for more.


Click to access my post.


Well, lets face it. You can, if you squint hard enough and put on rose-colored specs, see that Donald Trump and I are twins separated at birth.

No wonder I can understand him and predict what he is going to do. We are so, so very alike — he is just better looking and is rich.

Let me tell you. Donald is NOT serious about tariffs. He is just using it as a cudgel. Don’t get excited about it. Play the market assuming that the tariffs will ALWAYS be kicked down the road.

Trust me.

IF you don’t, go back and look.

He has always, push come to shove, delayed tariffs at the 10th hour. The GOOD, KIND, GENEROUS man he is, he does NOT wait until the 11th hour. He does it earlier. Bless his BIG heart.

So, now you know.

Trump is not serious about tariffs.


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Sri Lanka’s New 1,150′ ‘Lotus Tower’ — Quite Tall, Rather Phallic & (Yet Again) Financed By China.

by Anura Guruge



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


However, only the 18th Tallest Tower in the World.

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


Buildings are EVEN TALLER than Towers
because they can have a wide base.


Click to access my post.


What struck me the most was the Chinese financing. I do NOT follow much of the happenings in Sri Lanka (having left 52-years ago), but I have heard, often of late, that China is basically ‘owning’ more and more of the country — including having a long lease on a strategic harbor. Well, to be honest, I genuinely think that the best thing that can happen to the country is to become an enclave of China — a Hong Kong, a bit further away.

The shape cracks me up. But, that is probably just I.

I was surprised to learn where it fitted in relative to other towers and buildings. I have seen (but not gone up) the ‘Stratosphere Tower’ in Vegas. So, now I have an idea as to how tall it is. I have also seen the ‘CN Tower’ in Toronto, albeit a long time ago.

Just wanted to bring this to your attention — and also highlight the China connection.


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EXACTLY As I Predicted Trump Backs Down On Key China Tariffs. I Can’t STOP Smiling.

by Anura Guruge


Click to access my posts of 11-days ago.


Click to ENLARGE. From CNBC from a FEW minutes ago.


From ‘marketwatch.com’.


It really is like stealing candy from a baby!

I live off the stock market and have done for the last 12-years.

So, it helps if you can anticipate what is going to happen and in my DOTAGE I have, to my own amusement, have got good at this. Yes, it PAYS. SMILE. Thanks.

Old age and experience really does help.

Just 15 or 16 years ago I would listen to the investing advice of old men and wish I could be so sanguine and sage.

NOW I am one of those old men, and I am loving it.

While others panic and sell, I rebalance and wait for the bounce. I actually rebalanced yesterday because I knew the bounce was imminent. What can I say.

Yes, I can give you advice on investing. SMILE.


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Why Does The Stock Market React To Trump’s Tariff Threats — He ALWAYS Backs Down!

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Click to ENLARGE and savor. From ‘marketwatch.com’.


Just don’t get it. The stock market did it AGAIN today. Reacted BADLY when Trump threatened China with more tariffs.

But, am I the ONLY one who has noticed. He always, but always, backs down at the last minute and kicks the can down the road.

Has done it with Canada, with Mexico, with the EU and with China.

He is all bluster and no trousers.

Just can’t understand why the market reacts. It should just ignore the threats. He has cried wolf way too many times. He is just bluffing.


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Where Does Kamala Harris Stand Re. The ‘Tamil Tigers’?

by Anura Guruge


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


Click to ENLARGE and read here. Use link below to access original. Google ‘Tamil Tigers’ for more.


Click here to access original article (above).


Click to ENLARGE. What came up when I Googled “kamala harris tamil tigers”. Do your own search.


Kamala Harris is 50% Tamil. There is nothing wrong with that. I, personally, though I am, by birth, a Sri Lankan Sinhalese, have nothing against Tamils in general — though, I, like million others, were not fond of what the ‘Tamil Tigers‘ did in Sri Lanka. My current doctor, BY CHOICE, is Tamil and my prior cardiologist (who has since moved away from New Hampshire) was also Tamil. Growing up our neighbours, who we interacted daily, and were very much part of the family, were Tamil and one of our closest family friends (a gifted sculptor from Madras (now Chennai)) was Tamil.

Yes, 99.5% of Americans would never have heard of the ‘Tamil Tigers’ or care what or who they are. But, there are millions who do worry about the ‘Tamil Tigers’ — and there are probably a few thousand Sinhalese with American citizenship that will factor this in when they vote in 2020.

IF (and that is a HUGE, HUGE ‘IF’) Kamala Harris becomes president her attitude towards the Tamil Tigers will be pivotal.

If she is sympathetic to them, despite all of the International condemnations, it could change the balance of power in central Asia. India would be happy, BUT not China. Sri Lanka would be screwed.

I doubt whether this will ever come up in a debate.

But, somebody needs to ask her this question, on the record.

Don’t you think so?


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Best Thing For Sri Lanka, Right Now, Would Be For China To Take It Over & Manage It! {Smile}

by Anura Guruge


Weekend article in ‘The New York Times’ highlighting Sri Lanka’s never ending woes.


It is unlikely to ever happen, BUT it is worth a thought.

Most, bar India, are unlikely to care, but India is now too big for even China to want to mess around.

There is, of course, a basis for my provocative thought. China is said to be slowly gobbling up whatever bits of Sri Lanka it can — starting with the strategic harbor in Galle. So, China sure has an incentive, though even they may decide that Sri Lankan people are a lost cause.

The political situation in Sri Lanka is untenable. It has been neverending intrigue and infighting for 30-years. The people are fickle too. They vote in a party and within 6-months start to hate the party they just put in power. They really are like kids. I hate to say this but we haven’t acted like adults in the last few decades.

Hence, the need for colonization AGAIN!

Yes, 200-years of continuous colonization appears to have left a mark. We seem to require discipline instilled by a foreign power.

You can just see Sri Lanka under Chinese rule! They will stop all this nonsense. They will the economy back on track. Make it safe for tourist.

Yes, I know it is unlikely to happen, but it is something to dream about. A placid Sri Lanka with no infighting.


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