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The Ex-Pope Is Lying About Not Co-Authoring ‘Anti-Celibacy’ Book — Plain & Simple.

by Anura Guruge


Click to ENLARGE. The book cover with the Ex-Pope’s name on it (albeit incorrectly).


My post from yesterday.
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Any publisher, let alone one as seasoned as ‘Ignatius’, would NOT incur the cost of printing a book and creating a cover UNLESS they had a watertight contract signed up all the authors. I know. I have published books with 4 publishers.

A publisher will not spend a dime until they have a contact. That makes sense.

So, the Ex-Pope is LYING. Plain and simple.


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by Anura Guruge

Why Is Donald Trump Cool With The $24 Million Refrigerators For ‘Air Force One’?

by Anura Guruge


Click to access a very detailed explanation at “snopes.com”.


Click to access “Newsweek” coverage. Google for more.


Yes, I have read some of the justifications for this eyebrow-raising, inordinately high price for “chillers” — aka refrigerators. Despite all the claims re. customization, it still seems rather high. We are not talking anything high-tech or suffused with bleeding edge electronics. Just plain, industrial strength, industrial size fridges. A commercial-grade freezer for a supermarket is around $3,000. So that is one heck of a price hike.

I think there is something fishy.

Real ironic that just a year ago Donald Trump was calling for the cancellation of the new generation of Air Force Ones — citing excessive costs. See below, IF you cannot remember.

As with everything to do with the Trump, bar his hair, it just does not make much sense.



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by Anura Guruge

Do NOT Get A Home Inflate Helium Latex Balloon Kit Without ‘Hi-Float’ Balloon Treatment.

by Anura Guruge


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Click to ENLARGE. Kits do NOT include ‘Hi-Float’. Repeat. Do NOT include ‘Hi-Float’. Buy it separately. Otherwise a total waste of money and PRECIOUS Helium.


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A ‘High-Float’ product page from Amazon. About the BEST price and it is Prime. Click to access.



Teischan had a Pre-Birthday party and sleepover Friday/Saturday — her birthday being this coming week. She wanted lots of balloons and so Deanna bought one of those Home Inflate kits, at Walmart, when she went shopping for the party supplies. We had bought one quite a few years ago and it had been quite a hit. At around $40 Deanna figured that it was a bargain given the 50 balloons included — at 80 cents a balloon.

These balloons, as it CLEARLY states on the box, lasted around 8 hours.

They pathetically deflated after that. And it says that on the box. Very clearly and both Teischan and Deanna had seen it.

This confused and UPSET me. I had discovered to my horror, 4 years ago, that the World was running out of Helium!

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My 2012 post on this blog. Click to read.


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An article from 2015 I just found. Click image to access.


So it bad enough that we are using precious Helium for party tricks BUT WORSE that we lose that Helium within 1/3 of a day!

I knew something was not right. Latex balloons you buy at supermarkets etc. last 3 to 4 days, if not longer (and yes, Mylar balloons lasts even longer).

So, as ever, I Googled.

That is when I discovered ‘Hi-Float‘. Now it ALL makes sense. The latex balloons have to be sealed.

Got it? Just trying to make sure that we all get more for our money and the best out of the Helium we have. (Yes, I know it is the 2nd most abundant element in the Universe BUT we haven’t yet figured out how to extract Helium from outer space).


by Anura Guruge


Teen Driver’s Ed In New Hampshire — Making It More Affordable.

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Jack’s Driving School‘, out of Deerfield, is the ONLY option offered
in Alton 
— i.e., Prospect Mountain High School.

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Click to ENLARGE and view here. Note that Prospect at $625 is the highest price quoted. Websites with glaring — and hard-to-miss- typos like this scares me. IF they are that careless how well will they take care of my kids?

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I would think they could DONATE slightly more than this given the $625 per student charge. Click to ENLARGE.


Just as I suspected Alton is paying TOP DOLLAR. A FULL $100 cheaper in Manchester.
I did NOT look any further.

$100 to a teenager or even for most adults in NH is a BIG difference.

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Click to ENLARGE and study here. Granite State Driving School. http://www.granitestatedrivingschool.com/


Until this past Sunday I really was NOT aware that the High Cost of teenage Driver’s Ed (also called Driver Training in this scenario) was precluding teenagers in New Hampshire from getting a driver’s license prior to them turning 18. I just had not run into that situation.

Last Sunday I was talking to a 16 year old and asked him why he did not have a license as yet given that Devanee had been reminding me for a YEAR that she will be getting her license as close to her 16th birthday as possible. Though she only turned 15 in October we are already looking for a car for her (because she is not going to learn to drive in her 1968 MGB).

So I was shocked and saddened when he told me that he (nor his parents) had the money to pay for his Driver’s Ed. and that this was a mandatory prerequisite if you were under 18.

1/ I had not realized that driver’s ed., in New Hampshire, is MANDATORY if you are under 18. No waivers. You can’t just do the $50 online course.

2/ I had not realized that driver’s ed., at $625, is expensive and that the total costs comes close to $700.

3/ I had not realized that there were kids who were being deprived of the chance to drive because they couldn’t afford driver’s ed.

It really shook me up. I know how important it is for people to get a driver’s license. I couldn’t wait till I could get mine.

That price was an impediment really upset me because of the Catch 22. These kids could make money, EASIER, if they had a license and could drive to work.

Well, in the case of this boy, though I had just met him, I fixed the problem. I am going to give him the money for driver’s ed. He can pay me back, interest free, IF and WHEN he can. I will not hold him to it. It is basically a present from I to him.

But that is just one boy. There must be others.

I have been thinking. I am going to TRY and pay for at least two kids a year — not counting my kids. That is the goal. So I will try and pay for another kid in 2016.

But that again isn’t enough.

We need a bigger program. A fund or a scholarship program. We need to try and help kids get their licenses. As it happened I was talking to the ‘Promotions Manager’ at Fidelity, in the Nashua (NH) office, and happened to mention this. I need to follow up.

So just bringing this to your attention. This is not good.


Sony RX10 II — Way Overpriced At The Final Reckoning!

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Push comes to shove, the Sony RX10 II
is NOT cost justifiable.

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Click to access the very useful ‘snapsort.com’ comparison of the Sony DSC-RX10 II vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000.


In the end I did NOT need the above head-to-head comparison by ‘snapsort.com‘ to tell me that the RX1o II was NOT worth the money — BUT it was the final straw.

When the Sony RX10 II was announced in June 2015 I drooled over it for three months. I genuinely thought, till well into August, that the RX10 II would be my next camera — when I treated myself to a new camera in September, for my birthday, as I have been doing yearly of late. I researched the RX10 II for months. I really wanted to convince myself that this was THE right camera for me. Then right at the last minute I decided that I did not want to go down from an APS-C sensor to a 1″ sensor. That is when I went with the Sony a77 mk II. I loved the Sony a77 mk II — once I got used to it. On Sunday, September 20, 2015, at the NH Highland Games, in Loon, it was taking some awesome pictures. I could see that just on the LCD display. It was all that I wanted from a camera. I felt vindicated. I had made the right choice. It just happened that it was THE 989 images that I took that day at Loon that I lost — off the card. But, fortunately I had downloaded the images before they went ‘poof’.

I could NOT live with the a77 mk II after that ‘lost image‘ episode. So I returned the entire kit and started again looking at cameras.

Given the TON of research I had done over the Summer it made sense to go back to what had been my short-list cameras — bar the Pentax K-3. The Pentax no longer had any appeal. I want to be mirrorless — or at least get away from a MOVING mirror. So I want back to the Samsung NX1 and Sony RX10 II. Samsung NX1, on second look, proved not to have the right glass at the right price. Plus there are still questions about its AF even with the firmware at 1.4.

I then went back to the RX10 II willing to compromise down to a 1″. But then I realized that IF you discount 4K video — and video in general only has tertiary appeal to me — then the RX10 II is WAY overpriced given that its optical zoom only goes up to 200mm. Yes, it is fixed aperture, at f2.8, across all its range but a camera with 200mm range should not cost $1,200+. In the end, weighing the ‘competition’, I came to the conclusion that the RX10 II should be in the low $900 range. So, I am NOT going to get a Sony RX10 II — and remember that I BOUGHT SNE shares because I was so enamored by the RX10 II. That is how the cookie sometimes crumbles. So here we have the paradox of a Sony shareholder eschewing a flagship Sony product because it is too expensive! 


Do Throwaway Dixie Cups Have To Be That Fancy? ‘PerfectTouch’ Is Pretty Cool, But I Feel Guilty.

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The girls got their hair cut in Gilford yesterday at the same place that I have been going for the last 10 years or more. It is very nice. We have been going to the same lady, ‘Angela’, since 2005 — as established yesterday. She used to cut my hair too, but of late there is hardly nothing to cut — so I don’t bother. But the girls, and by that we also mean ‘Deanna’, love their hair cuts with Angela.

My actual cup. I brought it home so I could stroke it more -- and to check on its brand.

My actual cup. I brought it home so I could stroke it more — and to check on its brand.

They provide all sorts of refreshments — including wine, though I have yet to partake because even by my loose-standards there seems something oddly perverse about drinking wine at a hair salon, though I know, for a fact, that I must have drunk wine in stranger places given my propensity for dipsomania (or at least for red wine).

Yesterday, for the first time I encountered these really cool, fancy cups.

Wow. Talk about the tactile touch. It gave me shivers and I am not that sensitive!

Loved the cups. But it made me feel very guilty. These are throwaway cups. Anything that is disposal from the get-go bothers me.

I checked the prices of these delectable cups. They are nowhere near as costly as I had expected. In bulk you can get them at 8 cents a cup. That is not bad. Not great, but it could have been worse.

What I loved about our trip to the Grand Canyon last April was the emphasis on ecology and going-green. I would love to see the Grand Canyon precepts applied all across the world. Yes, throwaway cups are very handy. That said I invariably carry an oversized insulated cup with me.

This is a problem. These cups are very cool, but are they worth the ‘resources’ needed to make them given that we are going to throw them away.

No thinking about it … I will have to prevail upon the Gilford salon to start providing proper mugs. I will gladly wash mine after I use it.


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