Tag Archive | US

Powerful Pictorial Metaphor In Two Flags As To What Trump Did To The USA (One Flag In Tatters).

by Anura Guruge

Note, the U.S. flag is in TATTERS!

I would have thought that it was disrespectful (if not illegal) to run such a tattered flag — given that this is NOT a flag of WAR.

This is on a blueberry farm on our road. I walk by it nearly every day. Today, I stopped & took these pictures. The wind was not cooperating.

Yes, the farm is owned by an old woman who is a rabid Republican.

She hated Obama. Hated Obamacare (i.e., ACA) with a vengeance. Then her 40-year old son, who did NOT have health insurance, needed a kidney transplant. She had no compunction, or shame, of getting him to go in & get one ‘free’ on the ‘State’, i.e., we had to pay of it because he had no insurance. Typical.

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by Anura Guruge

Google Doodles For The USA Gone Rather ‘Woke’ In The Last 18-Months — Have YOU Noticed?

by Anura Guruge

Two other very pointed ‘Doodles’ from last year.

I like ‘Google Doodles’. Always have.

I used to do regular posts on them, but gave up since there was little ‘ROI’ (‘return on investment’) for them; i.e., most of you were not as interested or intrigued as I was.

I still follow them & even visit the ‘Doodle Archive‘, quite often, to see what they do for other countries.

I have noticed two things since around this time a year ago.

  1. Marked SLOWDOWN off Doodles. Nothing like the frequency & regularity we used to see.
  2. They have become markedly & pointedly VERY “WOKE” — or at least that is how it comes across to I.

Have YOU noticed. Go & check. Notice the folks being honored. I am very happy, BUT …. Shouldn’t we strike a balance?

Well, I just wanted to ask YOU what you thought.

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I Am Not Watching ‘IPL 2020’ Because I Refuse To Subscribe To Indian ‘Hotstar’ — Which I Find Repulsive.

by Anura Guruge

One of the worst outfits in the World.

They lie, they cheat & their coverage is HORRIBLE
in that they tell you the RESULT beforehand!

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Nothing to do with costs. Everything to do with how much I despise, resent & abhor bloody Hotstar U.S.

I avowed that I would never subscribe to them again, & I am not.

Yes, I am missing out on ‘IPL 2020’. So be it. I watched a BIT of poor quality highlights on YouTube & realize I can live without it.

Willow TV, to which I have an annual subscription, does NOT have streaming rights to ‘IPL 2020’ yet again. So, I can’t watch it on Sling on my Roku. I can’t get Willow TV per se. So. sod it.

IPL without the crowds looks pretty flaccid.

I will wait for more new cricket on Willow TV. I might even TRY to like the CPL!


But, one thing is for sure. I hate BLOODY Hotstar U.S. Indians at their worst.

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by Anura Guruge

BBC Shortwave Service Is No Longer Available In the U.S. (& Has Not Been Since 2001).

by Anura Guruge

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Click to access original article from 2001.

I had absolutely no idea that this was indeed the case — and, moreover, has been since July 2001. 18-years ago. WOW.

Another casualty of the Internet.

Yes, in from the mid-1980s to the mid-1990s I had fancy (i.e., expensive) Sony SW receivers so I could listen to the BBC on SW — primarily to get cricket scores.

Yes, it is also true that once I could get cricket score on the Interweb (via. say ‘cricinfo‘) I lost interest in fiddling around with SW.


I just go myself a small radio from Amazon today so that I can EASILY listen to NPR during my walks. [I am off-crutches after 6-weeks and intend to do a fair amount of walking.] It had SW has a bonus. So, I was looking forward to listening to BBC on SW. Well, I guess that is not going to happen.

P.S., It was cheaper to get this $24 radio than messing around trying to get FM on my Google Pixel 2.

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Wishing YOU A Very Festive ‘Boxing Day 2018’ & With TWO Test Matches It Does NOT Get Better.

by Anura Guruge

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I feel bad for the Americans in that they were never blessed to discover and relish ‘Boxing Day‘. It is a wonderful British Holiday, day to chill-out after Christmas and enjoy some sporting action. And IF you are a true Brit there is nothing better than a Test match on Boxing day and this year, i.e., 2018, we have TWO: Australia vs India and South Africa vs Pakistan. I will be watching both of them. Given that Australia is 12-hours ahead of us, I plan to start watching the Australia vs India Test shortly.

Enjoy. Make ‘Boxing Day’ a part of your Christmas ritual. You will be better for it.

Happy ‘Boxing Day 2018’.

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USS Fitzgerald Collison, V. Strange Course Change By ACX Crystal AND The Radar Mystery.

by Anura Guruge


One hour time discrepancy changes EVERYTHING!

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USS Fitzgerald ACX Crystal collision Anura Guruge

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

From ‘Stars and Stripes’. Click to ENLARGE and read here. I FOUND the map that shows the described course change. ‘Stars and Stripes’ link: http://www.stripes.com

Click here for an UPDATED map.

Monday, June 19, 2017 map showing where the
USS Fitzgerald likely was.

It seems inconceivable that a US destroyer, bristling with electronic aids, would be involved in a collision such as this. Even the most basic of radar systems would have provided sufficient data to permit evasive action.

But, I am struck by five things:

  1. I heard on TV that the container-ship, ACX Crystal, had done a strange maneuver ahead of the collision. I went looking for a map and details and found the above. That does seem very strange!
  2. What was happening on the USS Fitzgerald with its radar? They would have had multiple screens, each with a dedicated, trained operator. How did this happen?
  3. Though this should NOT in any way be an ‘excuse’, did the Fitzgerald miss out on getting its radar upgraded in 2014 because of cost cutting? But, even a 1970-era radar system should have been enough for the job at hand and the Fitzgerald, launched in 1994, is not that old.
  4. How did the Captain, Bryce Benson, get injured? Wasn’t he on the bridge — and there should have been plenty of handrails!
  5. Was this MALICIOUS? I am going to refrain from using other words!

This is worth following. Something very strange, akin to the incredible ‘Malaysian Airlines MH370 disappearance‘ occurred here too.

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Willow TV (Cricket) Surprisingly Very Professional, Courteous and Prompt.

by Anura Guruge


Trying to watch the 2016 ICC World Twenty20, #ICCWT20, from India, on Sling TV on our Roku 3 has been beyond bloody painful. Sling TV goes out of their frigging way to make sure that the Program Guide is out-of-bloody-synch. It is more or less 100% that what it says on the Program Guide is NOT what you will see if you click on the frigging thing. It is atrocious. Yes, if you have the TIME to sit there all day working out where each match is then you will do fine. Well I don’t have the time. I allocate about 30 minutes while having lunch and 45 minutes around 10:15 pm to watch cricket. I don’t have the time to mess with Sling’s friggin messed up Program Guide.

I was so fed up by last Saturday that I decided to subscribe to Willow directly — now that THEY claim to support Roku — and YET again (maybe for the 3rd time in a year) ditch bloody Sling TV. Willow does not give you the option to PREVIEW the channel. You need to first subscribe BEFORE you get to see it. Well I did.

I first thought I had done something WRONG. There was NO cricket! Nothing. NADA. Blank screen. I kid you not.

Right now Willow on Roku only shows LIVE matches.
That is IT. Get that. Live matches only.

No highlights. No replays.

I was devastated. That is worse that Sling TV — and that is saying something!

Willow also doesn’t have telephone support or Live Chat during hours that work for me.

So I just sent them 4 or 5 e-mails — all surprisingly polite. I was girding my loins for what I thought was going to be an ugly battle.

NOPE. Willow support was very professional!

They apologized for their poor service on Roku and refunded my payment, to my credit card, within 24 hours. Yes, within 24 hours. That is AMAZING. That is impressive.

So good customer service.

Shame that they ONLY show live matches on Roku.

If I got Apple TV I could get live, replays and highlights. Maybe I should. Anything to get away from bloody Sling TV.

Sling’s coverage of the ICC World Twenty20, 2016, sucks.

They make NO ATTEMPT to reflect what matches are being shown. Total frigging crap shoot.

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by Anura Guruge

You Can’t Watch ICC World Twenty20 2016 On Sling Unless You Are A Loser!

by Anura Guruge


Sling’s coverage of the ICC World Twenty20, 2016, sucks.

They make NO ATTEMPT to reflect what matches are being shown. Total frigging crap shoot.

Sling’s management has total and utter contempt for Indians. I know. I have spoken with them. They are only interested in screwing us for every cent they can and making us jump through hoops. Sling might has well be a Donald Trump enterprise.

Yes, the matches are on Sling BUT you will spend hours trying to find the right match — and when it started.

Yes, if YOU are a LOSER and can sit in front of Sling all frigging day, your hands down your pants playing with yourself, you will do fine. Enjoy.

For others, like I, who do have a life and other things to do, Sling is but a bloody pathetic JOKE.

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