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New Hampshire: How Long Before Permanent Plastic Driver’s License Arrives (To Replace Paper) — 2017

by Anura Guruge

In my case: 24-days.

Thursday, July 12, 2017 to Saturday, August 5, 2017.

Went to the main Concord DMV office around 3pm on Thursday, July 12, 2017.

Was issued paper license valid for 60-days, i.e., until September 10, 2017.

Plastic, READ ID, license arrives, much to my relief, on Saturday, August 5, 2017.

3 weeks 3 days = 24 days.

This came with the license (and another letter about renewal in 5-years). Click to ENLARGE and read. Interesting stuff about ‘Read ID’ and the validity of non-Real ID licenses for federal purposes (read TSA) till October 2020.

I did request a ‘Read ID’ license and mine does have a STAR on it — top right. Seems rather incongruous that this is how Real-ID is designated. There is, however, a lot of encoded ‘barcode’ information at the back of the card. I suspect that police and other agencies will read the license with a scanner and get access to all the back-end data.

24-days is NOT bad. Pretty good, if anything.

In mid-2015 we noticed 28 days.

It was 20-days in 2012. So, not bad.

Hope this helps.

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For Good Friday 2016 I Give You Two Easter Greetings From The Incomparable Pope St. John XXIII.

by Anura Guruge


Click to access British Pathe 1962 video, on YouTube, of Pope John XXIII’s Easter blessing. This was his last but one Easter. He died in June 1963. Notice how strong his voice is.


Click to access audio recording of Pope John XXIII’s 1960 Easter Blessing by Vatican News.

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Good Friday Not A Federal Holiday In The U.S. But Stock Markets Closed As Are 12 State Governments.

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Click to ENLARGE and goggle here. From the U.S. Government ‘Office of Personnel Management’ (OPM). http://www.opm.gov.

12 U.S. States observe Good Friday by closing Government Offices (per Wikipedia), they being: Connecticut, Delaware, Guam, Hawaii, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, New Jersey, North Carolina, North Dakota, Puerto Rico, and Tennessee.


From Wikipedia — Public_holidays_in_the_United_States. Click to ENLARGE and goggle here.

I have talked about this before, viz. Easter (or at least Good Friday) NOT being an official holiday in the U.S. (though as the above suggest about 80% of the country celebrates it and Easter Sunday (quite rightly) has the highest church attendance of the year (well ahead (quite rightly) of Christmas (which is in reality not a religious holiday per se)). Tomorrow, Good Friday, as always, will feel very strange to me. The stock markets are closed and that unsettles me because I like to trade — BUT the kids will be at school and there will be a mail delivery. Does not seem right.

As I have also harped about before, it, i.e., Good Friday, is ironically an observed ‘Public & Bank’ holiday (equivalent of Federal Holiday) in Sri Lanka though only 7.4% of the population is Christian! Sri Lanka (my Ceylon) is, however, holiday happy and ‘rich’. In 2016 they have 25 ‘Public & Bank’ holiday compared to the 10 in the U.S. Here is the list.


Click to ENLARGE and admire here. From the Sri Lanka ‘Ministry of Public Administration & Management’, http://www.pubad.gov.lk/.

Note how they OBSERVE Monthly Full Moon days (Poya Days) that do NOT fall on a Sunday. So in March there are 3 holidays and 3 again in April. The holidays are WAY DOWN from when I was growing up in Ceylon in the 1950s/1960s. Easter Monday used to be a holiday. In those days, taking into account the Monthly Poya holidays, it was estimated (by a cousin of mine (who was an accountant)) that there was a holiday, on average, every 19 days!

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What is More Important: Good Friday or Easter Sunday?

by Anura Guruge


Click to ENLARGE and read this SNIPPET here. Use link below to access original.

Click here to access original thread at ‘Debate.org’. 

It was doing the Jewish Purim one day apart from Good Friday post, yesterday, that got me thinking. With that post and the one I did last year about Passover being on the same weekend I used Good Friday as the key date (though I included Easter Sunday too).

Given my interest in religious history I can argue on either side of this. Yes, I know, understand and appreciate the basics. Crucifixion vs. Resurrection. The Passion, the suffering and redemption of sin vs. hope, eternal life (and the true basis of what makes Christianity, Christianity).

That Good Friday is not a Federal Holiday in the very Christian (60%++) U.S. always amazes me. Growing up in very Buddhist Ceylon we had BOTH Good Friday and Easter Monday off — thanks to the British/European influence.

I am glad that this question gets debated. Do YOU have an opinion or preference?

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New Hampshire ‘REAL ID’ — IF You Plan To Be Flying After June 2016 Be Aware.

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Click to ENLARGE and read here. Use link below (or at top) to access original ‘Union Leader’ article.

Click here to access original ‘Union Leader’ article.

Not sure how many of you Granite Staters are aware of this. I have, because I tend to keep an eye on such matters, known about this for at least 4 years.

It can become a REAL ISSUE if you fly from commercial airports. Basically after June 2016 our current NH licenses will CEASE to be accepted as adequate federal identification. That could be very inconvenient. I, luckily, have two other forms of ID that will work BUT I would rather not carry those around.

Yes, I will be following this closely and, yes, will keep you appraised.

by Anura Guruge

Satya Nadella, Of Microsoft, Buoyed By Success In India, Plans To Deliver Best-In-Breed, 3D Holographic ‘Common Core’ Teachers.

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3D Holographic projections (showcased by CNN during the November 2008 elections) is now all the rage in high-tech, ‘money-no-object’ India. Politicians love it; who wouldn’t when you can be in four places at the same time (like Indian gods of yore).


Click to to access Indian ‘Digital Analog’ coverage.



Given Microsoft’s (and Bill Gates’) enormous vested interest in promoting “Common Core” (and recouping their investment in the biometric bracelets) it makes sense that Nadella, trying for an early dramatic hit, would go for something like this. The technology is easy enough. There is, however, as is to be expected, a hefty hardware investment required. But, Microsoft plans to get around this via an attractive, hard-to-refuse leasing program. All schools in the U.S., provided that they are board approved to teach “Common Core”, will be eligible for the Microsoft “Common Core” virtual-teachers. Though I am not sure how many schools will permit this the kids will actually have the option of choosing who they want to be their teacher, for any given module, from a library of best-of-breed teachers from around the World. But, you can also customize, à la high-end GPS, the language, voice, accent and tone in which the module is to be delivered. So, if it will amuse the kids and keep them engaged, you could have a virtual Japanese teacher go through a module in English conjugation in a funny Indian accent. There is no end to the possibilities. The holographic virtual teachers will be able, in the U.S., in August 2014 for the 2014 – 2015 school year. Installation and setup of the cloud servers, quintuple-band streaming Wi-Fi projectors and the huge software libraries will take at least a month. So schools will have to get on board soon. Cameras will be used, with centralized monitoring stations, to make sure that the kids are paying attention since the holographic teachers can be utilized with a teacher or even a substitute having to be in the classroom. 

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