Payment Gateways in South Africa   
A payment gateway service (or payment processing service) is required before you can accept credit card payments via your website. The payment processor is responsible for facilitating for a secure transaction, and for authorizing the transaction. This is usually done by providing a customisable page on a secure connection (SSL) where the customer enters their...
          PHP - Codeigniter or Node.js >>>>>>>>>>>> by webleb   
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          Gateway to Metal Casting   

Casting is an exciting and very useful pastime, but it’s not exactly common these days. That’s a problem whether you’re just getting started or have been doing it for years: everyone can use the advice of another. Fear not! The US Department of Energy is here to help with the Industrial Metal’s Program’s Metal Casting cornucopia.

Although not strictly a hack, this is certainly a facilitator of hacks and any experienced user would do themselves some good by perusing the site. Click on the maps to find complex issues presented remarkably well for papers at this level of rigor. Seriously, …read more


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          Qatar Airways - 10 years | 10 gateways | 10 days of savings | US Cities to Cities in India RT Fares from $665   
The recently announced top World's Best Airline for 2017, Qatar Airways, is having a "10 years | 10 gateways | 10 days of savings" to celebrate. Below are their round trip prices from various US...
          Cara Install Gammu dengan Mysql   

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          PARIS RIVERSIDE RESTAURANT   
Registration Deadline: Sep 30, 2017; Submission Deadline: Sep 30, 2017

Paris and the entire country of France is world-famous for its cuisine, with a non-exhaustive list of delicacies and culinary systems. The culinary reputation of Paris is very rich, cultured and diverse. French food culture,  according to UNESCO, is important for 'bringing people together to enjoy the art of good eating and drinking' and the power to create 'togetherness, the pleasure of taste, and the balance between human beings and the products of nature'.

French food culture includes such wonders as the croissant, éclair, bouillon, crepe, and, of course, the baguette. Wine (there are as many types of wines as there are regions in France), bread (usually eaten in some form with each meal) and cheese (there are over 400 types of cheese in France made from all types of milk, including goat) are the staples of French food culture and French life.

The word and idea of a restaurant, which really came into modern times at the end of the French Revolution when the nouveau riche (newly rich) had more money to spend, come from French. From cafes to bistros, the world owes a lot to the French for the commercialization of specialty foods and making them available to the public. The first Parisian restaurant was founded by Beauvilliers in 1782 in the Rue de Richelieu, called the Grande Taverne de Londres. He introduced the novelty of listing the dishes available on a menu and serving them at small individual tables." Following the revolution, the abolition of the guild system made it easier to open restaurants. Also, since so many aristocrats fled or were executed, their former cooks and servants found new employment and Paris became the center of the new restaurant scene, which, to some degree, it remains today.

The aim of this architecture competition is to design a new 21st century restaurant and wine bar on the promenade along the River Seine in Paris. The restaurant should be unique and innovative in all respects and should invent new ways to provide an overall sensory experience to the customers. The restaurant should experiment with unique materials, volumetric compositions layout systems and other transitional spaces to make it a new prototype and exemplary typology that will become an active gastronomical hub in the heart of the French capital. The participants should:

Create an architectural icon along the River Seine, that will become a popular destination for the residents and everyone who visits the city.  The participants must consider the attributes of light, color, materiality, aesthetic quality that will add a sense of identity to the restaurant, eventually creating a landmark along the picturesque context of River Seine. The participants are free to create their own design language, ranging from contemporary to traditional but should be able to merge the shell with the existing context in a respectful and additive fashion.

Create an experience within a restaurant shell that adds to the programmed interior space. The participants must try to create a wholesome experience for the end user rather than just a self-referential interior space. The participants are free to design a thematic or a generic interior environment but it should have an immersive effect on the customers, stimulating their sensory experience.

Maximize the use of the waterfront context and the promenade into the architectural concept for the restaurant. The participants are required to use the unique nature of the site into their design proposal and architectural built form. The participants can use the water element and picturesque surroundings and develop the restaurant as an open, semi-open seating zone. The quai or the dock-promenade can be used as an extension of the restaurant and cultured into a social and leisure zone.

 

Schedule

  • Start of Competition and Early Registration: 1st July 2017
  • Early Registration ends: 31st August 2017
  • Standard Registration starts: 1st September 2017
  • Deadline for Questions: 10th September 2017
  • Standard Registration ends: 30th September 2017
  • Closing day for Submissions 30th September 2017
  • Announcement of Winners: 24th October 2017

*Note: All deadlines are 11:59 pm - 00:00 IST (India).

 

Awards

Winning participants will receive prizes totaling INR 2,00,000 with the distribution as follows:

First prize- INR 1,00,000/- + Certificate

Second prize- INR 60,000/- + Certificate

Third prize- INR 40,000/- + Certificate

10 Honorable mentions

Winners and honorable mentions will be published on archasm’s website and several international architecture magazines and websites partnered by us.

 

Registration

Early Registration:

From 1st July 2017 to 31st August 2017

  • For Indian nationals- INR 1500 (per team)
  • For Foreign nationals- EUR 60 (per team)

 

Standard Registration:

From 1st September 2017 to 30th September 2017

  • For Indian nationals- INR 1800 (per team)
  • For Foreign nationals- EUR 80 (per team)

Entrants may register by filling the registration form and submitting it with the appropriate payment through our secure gateway on our website www.archasm.in

 

Discount

Group discounts apply for a minimum of 5 teams from one particular architecture school/university as our initiative to promote more participation from students.

Send us the following details at queries@archasm.in to avail the offer.

  • Names of all the participating teams members and their respective team leaders.
  • Name of the university.
  • School ID proofs of the team leaders.

 

Note:

It will not be possible to amend or update any information relating to your registration including the names of team members once validated.

 

Regulations

  • Participant teams will be disqualified if any of the competition rules or submission requirements are not considered. Participation assumes acceptance of the regulations.
  • Team code is the only means of identification of a team as it is an anonymous competition.
  • The official language of the competition is English.
  • The registration fee is non-refundable.
  • Contacting the Jury is prohibited.
  • archasm as the competition organizer, reserves the right to modify the competition schedule if deemed necessary.

 

Terms and Conditions                                          

Please see the terms and conditions section on www.archasm.in.

 

Competition project disclaimer

This is an open international competition hosted by archasm to generate progressive design ideas. There are no plans for the riverside restaurant to be built. The competition is organized for education purpose only.

 

Other details

Website: www.archasm.in

Facebook: facebook.com/atarchasm

Instagram: instagram.com/archasm_competitions

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          ‘Your Daily Seven’ to be discussed at PCNT on July 2   
By Janet Wyrick Special to The PREVIEW Does the idea of God leave you conflicted or “turned off” due to previous religious experiences? If so, you are like many. You believe in a greater force as a gateway to a more meaningful and fulfilling life — but have you ever sensed that this power may […]
          TS2:Glee's Virginity Scandal, Chelsea Clinton, Gay Drugs and Tampons.   
Bryan and Erin continue to save the world, one 'ssue at a time, while discussing their biggest fears, hardcore drug use, Glee’s anti-virgin campaign, Chelsea Clinton’s new gig on NBC, Sister Wives, and how gayness is a gateway drug. Can you feel this noise?
          Otwarte Forum Tematyczne – 29.06.2017   
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          7 Ways to Brighten Your Horizon Forever   

You're reading 7 Ways to Brighten Your Horizon Forever, originally posted on Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement. If you're enjoying this, please visit our site for more inspirational articles.

  1. Read Books that Make you think Outside the Box!

Brighten your horizon by realizing that everyone is your teacher. Gradually, you’ll gravitate to books - reading them will shape and mould your character brick by brick. Over time, they’ll help carve out a masterpiece of an inner canvas, making you consider possibilities you would have never otherwise considered.

One idea has the potential to change your life forever if you act on it.“Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it.” Sometimes, the most profound insights you have in your life will come through reading one sentence, one quote, in one book.

  1. Invest BIG in Yourself

Countless people similar to you have made mistakes and often pass on their decades of experience — so that you don’t have to learn things the hard way. Warren Buffett, the world renowned and famous investor, once said “It’s good to learn from your mistakes. But it’s better to learn from other people’s mistakes.”

Whether it’s through an online course, seminar, or a three-day event (related to skills you’re passionate about improving) — you’ll usually come back with an upgraded toolkit. Having the willingness to let go of your ego, by investing in yourself, will cut your learning curve and allow you to get the skills that some people have taken YEARS to learn.

Just because you’ve finished your degree doesn’t mean your life education is over. In fact, it’s always just getting started. Remember: if you don’t invest in yourself, then who will?

  1. Reflect on your Direction Regularly!

You only ever have so much energy to give, and every once in awhile; you need to make a pit stop. That can take the form of a public blog, a written journal, or simply a conversation with a friend to reflect on your year so far.

Reflecting on your journey, is one of the most important things you can do for your direction and self-awareness in the long term. The active recovery will give you the clarity needed to act on hard truths — so that you can make wise improvements in both your personal and professional life.

  1. Save BIG Money Every Month

If you don’t have money under control, you don’t live free. If you don’t save money every month, you’re not preparing for the future. Making a saving plan doesn’t have to be complicated. You just need to calculate how much you automatically spend every month, and then create a comfortable monthly standing order for an amount that you can easily commit to.

Brian Tracy, one of the most prominent self-improvement gurus, in his book, the 21 Secrets of Millionaires, wrote: “if you don’t save money, the seeds of greatness aren’t within you. By saving for the future, you show that you understand that a little money saved each month, will end up going a long way towards your freedom. And freedom is something you value tremendously.

  1. Mostly Eat Healthy Food!

Anyone can eat a couple of fruits and vegetables per day. Anyone can eat one protein-rich meal per day. Anyone can skip the soda and make sure they drink enough water. Eating healthy is not a pursuit of perfection, it’s just about feeding your body more of what it needs, and less of what it doesn’t.

Companies are spending billions of dollars on marketing processed foods so you can’t be too harsh on yourself if you eat unhealthy on occasion. Yes, you’ve probably grown to love cookies, ice cream, and the like — but by feeding your body more nutritious foods most of the time, you’ll disable part of the lure processed foods have over you.

  1. Exercise Regularly!

Exercise isn’t just about improving your physique or your health; it’s about improving your mentality and physiology. Similarly to fine-tuning a car, your body needs the right intervention to operate at its best! You only ever end up getting one body in your lifetime, so you do what you can to take care of it! Whether you go to the gym three times per week, jog once a week, play sports with your friends — you were built to move!

Having an xercisee ritual is a gateway into a higher state of energy and focus. And with that state, you can experience more rewarding days = a more rewarding life.If you’re exercising in some form regularly (even if it’s just taking a long walk), then you’re leveraging all the areas of your life closer to their full potential!

  1. Be Mindful of your Media Consumption!

One of the easiest ways to relax and stimulate yourself after a long day at work is to turn on Netflix, Amazon Prime, or whatever’s trending now. With a flick of your fingers, you can get access to a whole variety of entertainment. The average person in America consumes an average of five hours of Television per day! Zig Ziglar, in his book, How to Stay Motivated, mentions that the average Chairman of a board only consumes four to eight hours of television per week.

Be the chairman of your life — by being mindful of the quality and quantity of information you allow to flow into your consciousness. You decide whether you want to experience the better part of the thrills you seek, through a screen, or your life...

With time and application, these seven different components of your life will start clicking into place, as they continually serve to brighten your horizon!

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          Integrating the Ethereum Blockchain into Java Apps    

How to access a distributed ledger technology blockchain from a Java application using web3j. The Ethereum blockchain is a decentralized platform that is the backbone of a secure, decentralized internet and is driven by the eponymous cryptocurrency Ether. Conor Svensson authored web3j, a lightweight Java library for building Java applications on the Ethereum blockchain. 

In a first article, which appeared in the Java Magazine, Conor Svensson gives the background of the Ethereum blockchain technology and explains how to create a blockchain that is connected to a Java application.  Web3j, a wrapper of client remote procedure calls using JSON, manages the transaction interactions with Ethereum clients. 

In a second article, he details how to use web3j to query the Ethereum blockchain via its reactive-functional API. He explains how to use RxJava’s Observables to add reactive functionality to the blockchain. 

An Ethereum client like Geth or Parity is the first step to getting you started. Clients will synchronize the Ethereum blockchain with one another and provide a gateway to interact with the blockchain. Ethereum takes care of Ether cryptocurrency payment transactions via the network. With just a few lines of code, you can hook up to the Ethereum blockchain and be notified of new blocks being added to the blockchain and start pulling information out of the blockchain in real time.

For code and step by step examples, read the full article here 

for more information, please visit: web3j project and Conor's blog 

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          Jury Finds That NYC Skyscraper Owner Violated Iran Sanctions   

The U.S. government said it’s ready to seize a Manhattan skyscraper from an Iranian-American charity after a jury found Thursday that the charity’s majority ownership was derived from financial dealings that violated sanctions against Iran. Acting U.S. Attorney Joon H. Kim said the owners of the office tower near Rockefeller Center “gave the Iranian government a critical foothold in the very heart of Manhattan through which Iran successfully circumvented U.S. economic sanctions.” “For over a decade, hiding in plain sight, this 36-story Manhattan office tower secretly served as a front for the Iranian government and as a gateway for millions of dollars to be funneled to Iran in clear violation of U.S. sanctions laws,” Kim said in a statement. “In this trial, 650 Fifth Avenue’s secret was laid bare for all to see, and today’s jury verdict affirms what we have been alleging since 2008.” The verdict in the civil case was sure to be appealed. The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals had earlier ordered the case to go to trial after U.S. District Judge Katherine B. Forrest ruled in favor of the United States. Over the last month, lawyers for the Alavi Foundation argued that the charity was unaware if Iran was secretly benefiting from a partner who owned 40 percent of the building. The Alavi Foundation owns 60 percent. Kim said the building was worth at least a half billion dollars, though some estimates put its worth closer to a billion dollars. Kim said the sale of the building, combined with several other properties around the country, would represent the largest terrorism-related civil forfeiture in U.S. history. The prosecutor said the verdict “allows for substantial recovery for victims of Iran-sponsored terrorism.” The government is seeking to turn over proceeds of a sale to holders of over $5 billion in terrorism-related judgments against the government of Iran, including claims brought by the estates of victims killed in the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. Defense lawyers didn’t immediately comment. It was unclear what effect the verdict will have on the Alavi Foundation, which supports a Queens school among other charity works. The verdict seemed to spare a Catharpin, Virginia, property after jurors concluded its funds did not violate sanctions and were not used in money laundering activities. The government said the verdict should allow it to seize properties in Houston; Carmichael, California; and Rockville, Maryland. The Fifth Avenue building was erected in the 1970s on property acquired by the not-for-profit corporation. It was valued at $83 million in 1989 and has steadily risen in value. Government lawyers said Iran has secretly controlled the building for years as millions of dollars in rent payments are funneled to it from a partnership made up of Alavi and a shell company fronting for a secret interest held by the state-owned bank of Iran, Bank Melli. (AP)

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          US Blacklists China Bank, Revving Up Pressure Over NKorea   

The United States has blacklisted a small Chinese bank accused of illicit dealings with North Korea, escalating the pressure on Beijing to rein in its wayward ally amid increased signs of frustration among President Donald Trump and his top advisers with China’s diplomatic efforts. The Treasury Department on Thursday declared the Bank of Dandong a “primary money-laundering concern,” proposing to sever it entirely from the U.S. financial system, pending a 60-day review period. Although Trump’s treasury secretary said the move didn’t target China, it comes a week after the president lamented that China’s promise to help with North Korea “has not worked out.” Calls to Bank of Dandong rang unanswered on Friday. Beijing, however, criticized Washington’s action, saying that unilateral sanctions outside the U.N. Security Council were inappropriate. “We also firmly oppose any individual country to exercise long-arm jurisdiction under its own domestic law,” said Lu Kang, spokesman for China’s foreign ministry. Lu added that Beijing will investigate possible wrongdoings by Chinese individuals and entities under Chinese laws. Trump had been leaning on President Xi Jinping to help stop the North’s development of nuclear weapons before they can threaten the U.S. homeland. A main focus of the coordination has been getting China to fully enforce international sanctions intended to starve North Korea of revenue for its nuclear and missile programs. The U.S. action is likely to anger China, which handles about 90 percent of North Korea’s external trade, and whose banks and companies are said to provide Pyongyang access to the U.S.-dominated international financial system. The sanctions bar Americans from doing business with Bank of Dandong, which is based in a northeastern Chinese city on the North Korean border that serves as a gateway for trade with the isolated nation. The U.S. also slapped sanctions Thursday on a Chinese shipping company and two Chinese people that it said have facilitated illegal activities by North Korea. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin said the U.S. still wants to work with Beijing on combating the North Korean threat. “We are in no way targeting China with these actions,” Mnuchin told a White House news briefing. The punitive steps were presaged by a tweet from Trump last week reflecting dissatisfaction with Beijing’s efforts. “While I greatly appreciate the efforts of President Xi & China to help with North Korea, it has not worked out. At least I know China tried!” Trump tweeted on June 20. The Trump administration may be struggling to maintain international pressure on Pyongyang. The president was to meet for the first time Thursday with South Korea’s new leader, President Moon Jae-in, who has long advocated outreach to North Korea. His predecessor had staunchly backed Trump’s harder line. Mnuchin said the Bank of Dandong has facilitated millions of dollars of transactions for companies involved in North Korea’s weapons of mass destruction and ballistic missile programs. Anthony Ruggiero, a sanctions expert and former Treasury Department official, described it as a small Chinese bank “sitting at the heart” of trade between North Korea and China. “This is a strong message to Chinese leaders that the Trump administration will act against North Korea’s sanctions evasion in China,” he said. The other targeted Chinese entities are: —Dalian Global Unity Shipping Co., which Treasury accused of transporting 700,000 tons of freight annually, including coal and steel products, […]

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          CNN Boss Jeff Zucker Flees Like a Coward When Confronted by James O’Keefe (VIDEO)   
  Cristina Laila / The Gateway Pundit Jun 29th, 2017  New York – Project Veritas President, James O’Keefe confronted CNN boss, Jeff Zucker Thursday morning over the recent bombshell undercover videos which exposed CNN for pushing the Trump-Russia story for … Continue reading
          Iconic Brands/ICNB-Enjoy Bellissima Prosecco by Christie Brinkley for the Holiday Weekend   

AMITYVILLE, NY--(Marketwired - Jun 30, 2017) - Iconic Brands, Inc. (OTC PINK: ICNB) the company is pleased to announce that Bellissima has entered the final phase of the Canadian approval process with a tasting panel submission this week. This tasting is the last hurdle for a brand to clear before gaining final board approval. The company is excited to be in front of the Liquor Control Board of Ontario a/k/a the LCBO. This region of Canada is the gateway for our platform in Canada and represents the majority of the Canadian sales channels and is a key step toward full nationwide distribution in Canada.

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          Take a 10-Day Getaway in Missouri   

Well, you’ve done it. Everyone you know is jealous, but you’re pumped. You’ve got 10 days – 10 days! – off and Missouri is your vacation destination. Should you set your sights on St. Louis and the Gateway Arch? What about seeing how many barbecue restaurants you can visit in Kansas City? Maybe you want …

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          S03E11: He's psychedelic comedian Shane Mauss   
Featured guest: hallucinogen-loving comedian Shane Mauss, host of the “Here We Are” podcast. Talking science, gateway drugs, psychedelic tourism and more.
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          Gateway Moments: Live from St. Louis   
We’ve all had them—the big, significant, transformations that take your life in a new direction. And even though those gateway moments present new and exciting opportunities, they are almost always by definition uncomfortable.    This hour, in partnership with St. Louis Public Radio, To The Best Of Our Knowledge explores various examples of crossing over, to racial understanding, to recovery and to greater unity and love. A City of Gates That Do Not Swing Wide; Adventures on the Woke Spectrum; Shadowball; The Last Game I Make Before I Die; Beatboxing With My Dad; Black At Home, White At Work.
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          Hope and Comfort   
[This was shared during the funeral of the father, father-in-law, grandfather, and great-grandfather of friends from Cincinnati earlier today.]

2 Corinthians 1:3-4
John 11:21-27

There’s a passage of Scripture I mentioned as we began today’s service. It comes from the first chapter of the New Testament book of 2 Corinthians and says: “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort…

I know something of how important Lee was to people, especially to his family. He was a strong presence in the life of that family, a man who loved his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. And he was a vital presence in their lives almost to the end, as the video Dave shared on Facebook the other day, showing Lee teeing up on the golf course at the age of 90, demonstrates. All of you have been blessed to have Lee in your lives and you know it.

But now what?

People who haven’t been blessed as you have, strangers to Lee or to all of you, might not understand that it’s possible to grieve just as much, sometimes more, for an older person who has left this life as it is to grieve for someone younger. When someone has been the patriarch of a family for so long, it leaves a hole in many lives.

So, the first thing that I would say this morning is that you shouldn’t let anyone tell you that it’s time to snap out of it, time to stop feeling your loss.

As I read God’s Word, the Bible, it becomes clear to me that death was never meant to be part of the human experience. We were created in the “image of God,” Genesis says, and the Old Testament book of Ecclesiastes tells us that God “has put eternity into [humanity’s] heart…” We have every right to feel offended by death, to resent its removal of loved ones from our lives. We weren’t made for death. It’s offensive and hurtful to us.

Listen: It’s offensive to God and hurts God too. He loves us. He wants more for us than death and grief. He wants to give us life and hope and peace.

That’s exactly why He took on human flesh in the person of Jesus, Who took the death sentence for sin each of us inherits at birth and then rose from the dead so that all who turn from their own sin and trust in Him have a life with God that cannot be taken from them.

When a friend of Jesus, a man named Lazarus, died, Jesus took His apostles with Him to the little village of Bethany. Some regarded this as a risky trip because, by that time, the forces of government and religion had decided that Jesus needed to be killed and Bethany was close to Jerusalem, where temple police or Roman soldiers could easily get their hands on Him. But Jesus went anyway.

Lazarus had two sisters, who also lived in Bethany. Martha was the first of them to see Jesus when He got to Bethany and she was none too pleased with Him. She and her sister had sent urgent pleas to Jesus to come and help their brother. They were sure that Jesus, Who already had a track record of miracle-working, could come and heal Lazarus. But, by the time Jesus arrived, Lazarus was dead four days.

And so, when Jesus arrives, Martha is reproachful. “Lord, if you had been here, my brother he would not have died,” she tells Him. “But even now I know that whatever you ask from God, God will give you.” They exchange a few more words, then Jesus tells her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die.”

Jesus was offering to Martha at that moment the same thing that He offers you today: hope. Hope that when we dare to follow Christ, dare to turn away from sin, and turn to Him in trust, we have life with God. It’s a hope that God will be with us always and a hope that death need not have the last word over the lives of those who trust in Jesus.

To all people, Christ offers universally and unreservedly the chance to receive what, deep in our souls, we all know we were made for, eternal life with God. “I am the way, and the truth, and the life,” Jesus says elsewhere. “No one comes to the Father except through me. If you had known me, you would have known my Father also.” As we turn to Jesus each day, He brings God’s hope to us, even when we grieve.

But this same God can give something else to you today. I pray that you’ll take it as He offers it to you. It’s mentioned in that passage from 2 Corinthians I spoke of a few moments ago: Comfort. The passage calls God “the Father of mercies and God of all comfort.”

If you seek God, the God made plain in Jesus, He can bring you comfort.

I remember being at a funeral visitation. One of the friends who stopped by to visit the grieving family was a man I’d met several times previously. We fell into conversation. He talked about how it had been when he lost his wife of fifty some years. They had been inseparable and he was devastated. He talked about how often at night he would fall to his knees in his bedroom and cry out, “God have mercy on me.” God’s Word, the Bible, promises that all who call on God will be saved. This man, as he called on God for help, was saved from facing His grief alone. “I don’t know how I would have survived without God’s help,” he told me.

And speaking personally, when I had a heart attack seven years ago and needed to be hospitalized, my son spent the night with me. As I lay in bed, I asked him to read some Scripture to me. I'll never forget the comfort I felt amid the noise in my soul when he read the words of Psalm 46:10: "Be still, and know that I am God."

The God Who has experienced death and grief Himself, wants to offer that same comfort to you today.

He wants you to know that you’re right to be hurt by the loss of your father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and friend.

He wants you to know that, for all who dare to trust in Christ, there is a hope for life with God in this world and a perfect life with God in the world to come, and there is comfort for those who run into the strong, compassionate arms of the God Who made you, loves you, died for you, rose for you.

Take the comfort and hope that only the God we meet in Jesus can offer.

And know that a lot of people, including Ann and me and our family, love you. God bless all of you. Amen



[Blogger Mark Daniels is pastor of Living Water Lutheran Church in Centerville, Ohio.]


          US blacklists China bank, revving up pressure over North Korea   
WASHINGTON — The United States has blacklisted a small Chinese bank accused of illicit dealings with North Korea, escalating the pressure on Beijing to rein in its wayward ally amid increased signs of frustration among President Donald Trump and his top advisers with China's diplomatic efforts.

The Treasury Department on Thursday declared the Bank of Dandong a "primary money-laundering concern," proposing to sever it entirely from the U.S. financial system, pending a 60-day review period. Although Trump's treasury secretary said the move didn't target China, it comes a week after the president lamented that China's promise to help with North Korea "has not worked out."

Calls to Bank of Dandong rang unanswered on Friday. Beijing, however, criticized Washington's action, saying that unilateral sanctions outside the U.N. Security Council were inappropriate.

"We also firmly oppose any individual country to exercise long-arm jurisdiction under its own domestic law," said Lu Kang, spokesman for China's foreign ministry.

Lu added that Beijing will investigate possible wrongdoings by Chinese individuals and entities under Chinese laws.

Trump had been leaning on President Xi Jinping to help stop the North's development of nuclear weapons before they can threaten the U.S. homeland. A main focus of the coordination has been getting China to fully enforce international sanctions intended to starve North Korea of revenue for its nuclear and missile programs.

The U.S. action is likely to anger China, which handles about 90 percent of North Korea's external trade, and whose banks and companies are said to provide Pyongyang access to the U.S.-dominated international financial system.

The sanctions bar Americans from doing business with Bank of Dandong, which is based in a northeastern Chinese city on the North Korean border that serves as a gateway for trade with the isolated nation. The U.S. also slapped sanctions Thursday on a Chinese shipping company and two Chinese people that it said have facilitated illegal activities by North Korea.

Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin said the U.S. still wants to work with Beijing on combating the North Korean threat.

"We are in no way targeting China with these actions," Mnuchin told a White House news briefing.

The punitive steps were presaged by a tweet from Trump last week reflecting dissatisfaction with Beijing's efforts.

"While I greatly appreciate the efforts of President Xi & China to help with North Korea, it has not worked out. At least I know China tried!" Trump tweeted on June 20.

The Trump administration may be struggling to maintain international pressure on Pyongyang.

The president was to meet for the first time Thursday with South Korea's new leader, President Moon Jae-in, who has long advocated outreach to North Korea. His predecessor had staunchly backed Trump's harder line.

Mnuchin said the Bank of Dandong has facilitated millions of dollars of transactions for companies involved in North Korea's weapons of mass destruction and ballistic missile programs.

Anthony Ruggiero, a sanctions expert and former Treasury Department official, described it as a small Chinese bank "sitting at the heart" of trade between North Korea and China.

"This is a strong message to Chinese leaders that the Trump administration will act against North Korea's sanctions evasion in China," he said.

The other targeted Chinese entities are:

—Dalian Global Unity Shipping Co., which Treasury accused of transporting 700,000 tons of freight annually, including coal and steel products, between China and North Korea. It cited a U.N. expert panel as saying the company has violated a ban on trade in luxury goods with the North.

—Chinese national Sun Wei, said to have been running a cover company for North Korea's Foreign Trade Bank, which is already subject to U.S. sanctions.

—Chinese national Li Hong Ri, said to have established several front companies that end up benefiting Koryo Bank, a U.S.-sanctioned conduct for financial transactions on behalf of North Korea.


          Another mainstream lie goes down the drain after hurting you and me.   
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Tinker

New York Times says only 4 intelligent agencies and not 17 approved the assessment that Russia hacked the DNC. Susan Rice was the first to spread that outrageous lie.
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http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2017/06/fake-news-nyt-quietly-issues-major-correction-4-not-17-intel-agencies-approved-russia-hacking-assessment/


FAKE NEWS: NYT Quietly Issues Major Correction — Only 4, Not 17 Intel Agencies Approved “Russia Hacking” Assessment

The MSM’s credibility took another hit today, as the New York Times quietly issued a correction about their claims that all 17 U.S. intelligence agencies agreed that the Russians ‘hacked’ the 2016 presidential election. The REAL number is only 4 agencies held such views.
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          Live like a local: Realtor Cheryl Chandler’s guide to Garfield County   
Hop on I-70 and head west from Glenwood Springs. You'll find an abundance of adventure outside city limits. That's certainly true in Silt, which brands itself "Gateway to the Outdoors." The town of 3,000 is tucked between other local municipalities and offers its own appeal, […]
          Commercial Analyst - LaGuardia Gateway Partners - New York State   
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          New York jury finds Iran-linked office tower can be seized by US govt   
A New York jury has concluded that a tower located in Manhattan can be seized by the US government. The nonprofit organization that owns the building was determined to be in violation of US sanctions against Iran. The Alavi foundation, the company which is a majority owner of the tower, is accused of concealing the knowledge that its minority owner and partner company, Assa Corp, was a front for Iran, according to Reuters. Acting US Attorney Joon H. Kim said that "for over a decade, hiding in plain sight, this 36-story Manhattan office tower secretly served as a front for the Iranian government and as a gateway for millions of dollars to be funneled to Iran in clear violation of US sanctions laws. In this trial, 650 Fifth Avenue's secret was laid bare for all to see, and today's jury verdict affirms what we have been alleging since 2008: that through all the efforts to sanction and isolate Iran, a state sponsor of terrorism, the owners of 650 Fifth Avenue gave the Iranian government a critical foothold in the very heart of Manhattan through which Iran successfully circumvented US economic sanctions," a Department of Justice press release stated. The jury said that the US government had confirmed that the property was traceable, or involved in money laundering. The government wanted to seize the building, which may be worth close to $1 billion, in pursuance of benefiting people with legal judgments against Iran in relation to bombings or other attacks, Reuters reported.
          (USA-PA-Canton) CNA Certified Nursing Assistant HHA Home Health Aide   
To apply, you must be enrolled in JobGateway AND logged on to your JobGateway account, CLICK ON Apply Now, select a resume and click Continue. Follow Employers' instructions on the following screen to ensure you are properly referred to this job posting. Reference #: 2108_149685 Job Requirements: Prefer 1 Year of verfiable direct care experienceAvailability to pass all background clearancesFavorable work and professional referencesHealth care provider CPREncompass Compassion, Excellence, and Reliability attributes Job Description: Are you dependable, motivated, and a hard worker? We believe our clients come first and our employees are our greatest asset. We are currently looking for CNA - Certified Nursing Assistants / HHA - Home Health Aides to work with pediatric clients in the comfort of their homes. Our company is hiring HHAs and CNAs to care for children in both the home and school settings in the Canton area. These positions will be starting the beginning of the Fall school term. If you are interested inquire ASAP. We are looking for applicants who are interested in making a difference in the lives of children with exceptional needs. Qualifications for CNA / HHA: * Minimum one year work experience * Certificate of at least 75 hours of Certified Nursing Assistant CNA training * Current CNA license listed in good standing with the board Job Responsibilities: * Activities of daily living * Light housekeeping * Bathing * Dressing * Grooming * Toileting * Nail care * Range of motion / exercises * Transfers /use of mechanical lifting devices * Oral feeding * Vital sign checks: temperature, pulse, respiration * Home Management Tasks: laundry, meal preparation, bed making etc. * Assisting with ambulation * Medication assistance Our comapny offers: * Weekly pay * Flexible scheduling to fit your lifestyle * Short commute times - we try to match you to opportunities near your home * Positive work environment and the tools you need to do your job * Scholarship programs * A stable working environment - we invest in our care team * Paid time off * 24 / 7 on call clinical manager support For further inquiry call 570-326-2663 and allow us to tell you why We Love What We Do! Advertisement Our Company is an Equal Opportunity Employer and qualified applicants will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, or veteran status.
          Comment on Online Dating. . . by Tor Libertarian   
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Agree with your adversary quickly… —Matthew 5:25

In this verse, Jesus Christ laid down a very important principle by saying, “Do what you know you must do— now. Do it quickly. If you don’t, an inevitable process will begin to work ‘till you have paid the last penny’ (Matthew 5:26) in pain, agony, and distress.” God’s laws…


          CA Westwood Iron Railing and Fence Setup Services   
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          House for sale in durrus, cork - 220000 eur   
House for sale in durrus, cork - 220000 eur Situated close to the wild atlantic way, a scenic coastal route running along the entire length of irelands west coast, is no. 4 carraig naofa - the show house - an exceptionally well finished, high spec, 2 storey, 105 sm, completely furnished end of terrace property with 2 designated parking spaces and a completely walled and landscaped south-west facing garden at the rear of the property (with its own separate entrance). ready for immediate occupancy. carraig naofa is a development of 12 recently completed quality-built semi-detached and terraced houses located in durrus village (gateway to both the scenic mizen and sheepshead peninsulas and on the wild atlantic way coastal route and the renowned sheeps head way walking and hiking trail). the newly built properties are conveniently located only a minutes stroll from durrus village (shops, bars, restaurants) and a stones throw from the local national school and community centre thus being ideally suited to either permanent all year round living or for use as a holiday destination or base for touring west cork. location: durrus is a lively village situated at the head of dunmanus bay and located along the very popular wild atlantic way coastal drive that winds it way along the west coast of ireland. it is only a 10 minute drive from the market town of bantry, a 20 minute drive from the bustling seaside town of schull (with its world famous sailing centre), and a 30 minute drive from both skibbereen and the miles of sandy beaches at barleycove. the renowned sheepshead way - over 45 miles of marked trail - encompasses the village and spreads westwards towards the coastal villages of ahakista and kilcrohane. there is public transportation to bantry two days per week and school buses to secondary schools in bantry and schull stop in the village. cork city and airport are a one and a half hour journey by car. the accommodation: no. 4 carraig naofa - the show house - is an exceptionally well finished 2 storey, 105 sm semi-detached property with 2 designated parking spaces and a completely walled and landscaped south-west facing garden to the rear of the property (with its own entrance). the property is completely furnished and the living accommodation comprises: downstairs: - entrance hall (17 x 5) - timber floor, white oak stairs, leading to - living room (186 x 12) - timber floor, fireplace - dining area (12 x 12) - timber floor, patio doors to rear garden/bbq area - kitchen (12 x 103) - ceramic floor tiles, cream painted fitted kitchen , appliances included - oven, hob, dishwasher, fridge/freezer - guest wc (5 x 5) - ceramic floor tiles, wc and wash basin upstairs: - master bedroom (15 x 11) - timber floor, built-in wardrobe and chest of drawers - ensuite shower room (7 x 3) - ceramic floor and wall tiles, electric shower, wash basin and wc - double bedroom (106 x 116) - timber floor, fitted wardrobe and chest of drawers - single bedroom (106 x 10) - timber floor, fitted wardrobe and chest of drawers - family bathroom (10 x 76) - ceramic floor and wall tiles, bathtub with shower over tub, wash basin and wc - hot press/linen cupboard features: - well insulated and sound proofed walls - fireplace in living room - upvc double glazed windows and solid timber exterior doors - completely fitted cream painted kitchen - appliances included - fridge/freezer, oven, hob, dishwasher, washer/dryer services: - oil fired central heating - condensing boiler (constant hot water) - mains water - mains sewer - electric shower in ensuite
          Cisco: Industry’s First Secure Internet Gateway in the Cloud   
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          Gateway to Frayser   
New development promises economic boost to North Memphis.

Once the site of a department store, a near-20-acre lot on Hollywood has sat vacant and blighted for over two decades. Now, Frayser Gateway, a grocery-anchored shopping center — the area's first project of its kind in the past 30 years — is in the works to transform the space.

In addition to a proposed 35,000-square-foot grocery store, Frayser Gateway will host other retail establishments, restaurants, and a hotel.

Total investment in the shopping center would equal a little over $16 million, with construction set to begin in 2018 and wrapping up sometime in 2020.

Known for his work on the retail side of the new Crosstown Concourse and the Binghampton Gateway development, Shawn Massey with the Shopping Center Group is working in collaboration with G2 Ventures, the group that currently owns the property, to develop the 97,000-square-foot space.

Massey says one of the goals of the project is to eliminate the huge source of blight that the abandoned lot, now used as a dumping ground and illegal parking lot for 18-wheelers, has created.

"It sets a bad example for what the Frayser community is perceived as and not really what exists in the community today," Massey said.

Another goal of the development is to address long-term poverty in Frayser by bringing economic development to the area, while providing access to food and jobs to the surrounding residents.

Introducing a grocery store to the area would provide relief to neighborhoods near the proposed project, which are certified USDA food deserts, with transportation-challenged residents lacking access to healthy foods.

Additionally, Frayser Gateway is expected to bring the equivalent of 136 part-time jobs with an average annual wage of $24,294 to South Frayser, which currently has unemployment rates between 15 and 30 percent.

Leaders in the Frayser community welcome the new shopping center, acknowledging the neighborhood's need for more businesses and avenues of revenue.

"The Frayser Gateway project would be a much needed shot in the arm for the community," said Steve Lockwood, executive director of the Frayser Community Development Corporation. "I believe it could spur other developments in Frayser, particularly in the nearby Watkins gateway area."

The Frayser Gateway project is made possible by a 15-year Community Builder pay-in-lieu-of-taxes (PILOT) incentive awarded to the group by the Economic Development Growth Engine for Memphis and Shelby County (EDGE) last week.

EDGE board chairman Al Bright Jr. said the shopping center will prove to bring economic growth to Frayser and put money back into the community, as the Frayser Gateway group is expected to produce a little over $100,000 in taxes during the PILOT and over $400,000 post-PILOT.

The incentive gives the group a temporary abatement of taxes in return for spending $3.2 million of construction-related costs with city or county-certified minority or women-owned enterprises (MWBE).

Previously, terms of the PILOT required contracting only with locally owned small businesses, but after the EDGE board voted to amend its local participation policy last week, PILOT recipients must spend 25 percent of spending to contract with MWBE.


          Учебник Gateway [ответ #12]   
Скажите, а Демо-версия Gateway - это просто один юнит для просмотра?
          Headway для 11 лет, подойдет ли? [ответ #3]   
Не подойдет, это учебник для взрослых.
Рекомендую Gateway, он для подростков , хороший учебник.
          Middleware Engineer II - Ohio University - Athens, OH   
JavaScript/NodeJS, Groovy, Python, Java Spring Framework, SQL , MuleSoft ESB /Anypoint Studio, F5, Tomcat, API Services/Gateways....
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          Campaign for the Regions Tour Begins   
Campaign for the Regions Tour Begins The Campaign for the Regions Tour of New Zealand by New Zealand First began today. New Zealand First Leader and Northland MP Rt Hon Winston Peters boarded the campaign bus at the Northern Gateway at Silverdale to ...
          Gateway to Metal Casting   

Casting is an exciting and very useful pastime, but it’s not exactly common these days. That’s a problem whether you’re just getting started or have been doing it for years: everyone can use the advice of another. Fear not! The US Department of Energy is here to help with the Industrial Metal’s Program’s Metal Casting cornucopia.

Although not strictly a hack, this is certainly a facilitator of hacks and any experienced user would do themselves some good by perusing the site. Click on the maps to find complex issues presented remarkably well for papers at this level of rigor. Seriously, …read more


          Serviced Office for Rent   
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          Gateway Antivirus EH-1.3.1   
CG Gateway Antivirus allows you to block malware at the gateway.
          WAF Gateway EH-1.3.1   
CG WAF Gateway Secures and Optimizes Web applications.
          Comment on The ESV Goes Beyond Mars and Venus by J. K. Gayle   
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          Múltiples vulnerabilidades en Symantec Messaging Gateway   
Symantec ha publicado una actualización para solucionar tres vulnerabilidades en Symantec Messaging Gateway Appliance 10.x que podrían permitir a un usuario incluir archivos, evitar funcionalidades de seguridad o ejecutar código arbitrario.

Symantec Messaging Gateway está destinado a proteger la infraestructura de correo electrónico y productividad con protección en tiempo real contra software malicioso, spam, y ataques dirigidos. Incluye protección contra ataques dirigidos, datos de reputación de URL ampliados y administración simplificada con autenticación LDAP.

El primer problema, con CVE-2017-6326 y gravedad alta, reside en una vulnerabilidad que podría permitir a un atacante remoto ejecutar comandos en el sistema afectado. Por otra parte, con CVE-2017-6324 y también gravedad alta, se puede evitar la funcionalidad de desarme de una macro potencialmente malintencionada al procesar un archivo Word malformado en un adjunto de un correo electrónico, a pesar de que el administrador tenga habilitada dicha funcionalidad. Por último, de gravedad media con CVE-2017-6325, una vulnerabilidad de inclusión de archivos que podría dar lugar incluso a la ejecución de código remoto.

Se ven afectadas todas las versiones de Symantec Messaging Gateway Appliance anteriores a 10.6.3. Symantec recomienda actualizar a la versión 10.6.3 y aplicar el parche 10.6.3-266.

Más información:

Security Advisories Relating to Symantec Products - Symantec Messaging Gateway Multiple Vulnerabilities

Symantec Messaging Gateway



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          [病毒防治]Norton Antivirus 病毒库 2006.03.24    
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          EMERGENCY NURSE - INTERIOR HEALTH AUTHORITY - Chase, BC   
Chase, otherwise known as “The Gateway to the Shuswap”, is located 56 kilometers east of Kamloops at the southern end of Little Shuswap Lake in the Thompson...
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          Offer - WR562-S - CHINA   
WR562-S              300Mbps wireless rate IEEE 802.3af/at 48v POE power supply AP            Product features:Strong wireless coverage with high gain MIMO antenna Inside.      Optional various colors, and can also be customized color.            Safe and stable IEEE 802.3af/at POE power supply.Qualcomm Atheros MCU with MIPS 24K kernel Inside with high performance and high stability.The external power switch can be locked to face the use of hotels, and be valid home used.Terminal Roaming effect can be achieved in a local wireless network with APs.Support soft AC software for Centralized management.Support MAC address white list to guarantee access security.Gateway/AP Mode supported            SpecificationHARDWARE FEATURESMCU ChipsetQualcomm Atheros AR9331Power InputWR51-S: POE(802.3af/at),Voltage:48VInterface1 10/100Mbps WAN Port,Auto MDI/MDIX1 10/100Mbps LAN Port,Auto MDI/MDIX1 Reset Button1 Power ButtonWireless StandardsIEEE 802.11n, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11bAntenna TypeInside 5dbi high gain MIMO antenna WIRELESS FEATURESFrequency2.4-2.4835GHzchannel1-13Signal Rate11n: Up to 150Mbps(dynamic)11g: Up to 54Mbps(dynamic)11b: Up to 11Mbps(dynamic)EIRP
          Offer - WR511 - CHINA   
WR511            Product features:Strong wireless coverage with high gain MIMO antenna Inside.      Optional various colors, and can also be customized color.24v non-standard POE with 45+ 78- wire core of cable. and Support 9-24v wide voltage supplyQualcomm Atheros MCU with MIPS 24K kernel Inside with high performance and high stability.The external power switch can be locked to face the use of hotels, and be valid home used.Terminal Roaming effect can be achieved in a local wireless network with APs.Support soft AC software for Centralized management.Support MAC address white list to guarantee access security.Gateway/AP Mode supported            SpecificationHARDWARE FEATURESMCU ChipsetQualcomm Atheros AR9331Power InputSimplified POE(45+ 78-),Voltage:9-24VInterface1 10/100Mbps WAN Port,Auto MDI/MDIX1 10/100Mbps LAN Port,Auto MDI/MDIX1 Reset Button1 Power ButtonWireless StandardsIEEE 802.11n, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11bAntenna TypeInside 5dbi high gain MIMO antenna WIRELESS FEATURESFrequency2.4-2.4835GHzchannel1-13Signal Rate11n: Up to 150Mbps(dynamic)11g: Up to 54Mbps(dynamic)11b: Up to 11Mbps(dynamic)EIRP
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WR511-D            Product features:Strong wireless coverage with high gain MIMO antenna Inside.      Optional various colors, and can also be customized color.            External 9v DC power adapter supply, and the lower right corner is the DC socket.Qualcomm Atheros MCU with MIPS 24K kernel Inside with high performance and high stability.The external power switch can be locked to face the use of hotels, and be valid home used.Terminal Roaming effect can be achieved in a local wireless network with APs.Support soft AC software for Centralized management.Support MAC address white list to guarantee access security.Gateway/AP Mode supported            SpecificationHARDWARE FEATURESMCU ChipsetQualcomm Atheros AR9331Power Input9V Power adapter supply Interface1 10/100Mbps WAN Port,Auto MDI/MDIX1 10/100Mbps LAN Port,Auto MDI/MDIX1 Reset Button1 Power ButtonWireless StandardsIEEE 802.11n, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11bAntenna TypeInside 5dbi high gain MIMO antenna WIRELESS FEATURESFrequency2.4-2.4835GHzchannel1-13Signal Rate11n: Up to 150Mbps(dynamic)11g: Up to 54Mbps(dynamic)11b: Up to 11Mbps(dynamic)EIRP
          Offer - WR513-S - CHINA   
WR513-S               Product features:Strong wireless coverage with high gain MIMO antenna Inside.      Optional various colors, and can also be customized color.            Safe and stable IEEE 802.3af/at POE power supply.Qualcomm Atheros MCU with MIPS 24K kernel Inside with high performance and high stability.The external power switch can be locked to face the use of hotels, and be valid home used.Terminal Roaming effect can be achieved in a local wireless network with APs.Support soft AC software for Centralized management.Support MAC address white list to guarantee access security.Gateway/AP Mode supported            SpecificationHARDWARE FEATURESMCU ChipsetQualcomm Atheros AR9331Power InputWR51-S: POE(802.3af/at),Voltage:48VInterface1 10/100Mbps WAN Port,Auto MDI/MDIX1 10/100Mbps LAN Port,Auto MDI/MDIX1 Reset Button1 Power ButtonWireless StandardsIEEE 802.11n, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11bAntenna TypeInside 5dbi high gain MIMO antenna WIRELESS FEATURESFrequency2.4-2.4835GHzchannel1-13Signal Rate11n: Up to 150Mbps(dynamic)11g: Up to 54Mbps(dynamic)11b: Up to 11Mbps(dynamic)EIRP
          Offer - WR510 - CHINA   
WR510             Product features:Strong wireless coverage with high gain MIMO antenna Inside.      Optional various colors, and can also be customized color.24v non-standard POE with 45+ 78- wire core of cable. and Support 9-24v wide voltage supplyQualcomm Atheros MCU with MIPS 24K kernel Inside with high performance and high stability.The external power switch can be locked to face the use of hotels, and be valid home used.Terminal Roaming effect can be achieved in a local wireless network with APs.Support soft AC software for Centralized management.Support MAC address white list to guarantee access security.Gateway/AP Mode supported            SpecificationHARDWARE FEATURESMCU ChipsetQualcomm Atheros AR9331Power InputSimplified POE(45+ 78-),Voltage:9-24VInterface1 10/100Mbps WAN Port,Auto MDI/MDIX1 10/100Mbps LAN Port,Auto MDI/MDIX1 Reset Button1 Power ButtonWireless StandardsIEEE 802.11n, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11bAntenna TypeInside 5dbi high gain MIMO antenna WIRELESS FEATURESFrequency2.4-2.4835GHzchannel1-13Signal Rate11n: Up to 150Mbps(dynamic)11g: Up to 54Mbps(dynamic)11b: Up to 11Mbps(dynamic)EIRP
          Offer - WR512-D - CHINA   
WR512-D            Product features:Strong wireless coverage with high gain MIMO antenna Inside.      Optional various colors, and can also be customized color.            External 9v DC power adapter supply, and the lower right corner is the DC socket.Qualcomm Atheros MCU with MIPS 24K kernel Inside with high performance and high stability.The external power switch can be locked to face the use of hotels, and be valid home used.Terminal Roaming effect can be achieved in a local wireless network with APs.Support soft AC software for Centralized management.Support MAC address white list to guarantee access security.Gateway/AP Mode supported            SpecificationHARDWARE FEATURESMCU ChipsetQualcomm Atheros AR9331Power Input9V Power adapter supply Interface1 10/100Mbps WAN Port,Auto MDI/MDIX1 10/100Mbps LAN Port,Auto MDI/MDIX1 Reset Button1 Power ButtonWireless StandardsIEEE 802.11n, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11bAntenna TypeInside 5dbi high gain MIMO antenna WIRELESS FEATURESFrequency2.4-2.4835GHzchannel1-13Signal Rate11n: Up to 150Mbps(dynamic)11g: Up to 54Mbps(dynamic)11b: Up to 11Mbps(dynamic)EIRP
          Offer - WR510-D - CHINA   
WR510-D             Product features:Strong wireless coverage with high gain MIMO antenna Inside.      Optional various colors, and can also be customized color.            External 9v DC power adapter supply, and the lower right corner is the DC socket.Qualcomm Atheros MCU with MIPS 24K kernel Inside with high performance and high stability.The external power switch can be locked to face the use of hotels, and be valid home used.Terminal Roaming effect can be achieved in a local wireless network with APs.Support soft AC software for Centralized management.Support MAC address white list to guarantee access security.Gateway/AP Mode supported            SpecificationHARDWARE FEATURESMCU ChipsetQualcomm Atheros AR9331Power Input9V Power adapter supply Interface1 10/100Mbps WAN Port,Auto MDI/MDIX1 10/100Mbps LAN Port,Auto MDI/MDIX1 Reset Button1 Power ButtonWireless StandardsIEEE 802.11n, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11bAntenna TypeInside 5dbi high gain MIMO antenna WIRELESS FEATURESFrequency2.4-2.4835GHzchannel1-13Signal Rate11n: Up to 150Mbps(dynamic)11g: Up to 54Mbps(dynamic)11b: Up to 11Mbps(dynamic)EIRP
          Offer - WR513-AC - CHINA   
WR513-AC               Product features:Strong wireless coverage with high gain MIMO antenna Inside.      Optional various colors, and can also be customized color.            110-220v AC power supply AP ,and the AC connection is in the back of product.Qualcomm Atheros MCU with MIPS 24K kernel Inside with high performance and high stability.The external power switch can be locked to face the use of hotels, and be valid home used.Terminal Roaming effect can be achieved in a local wireless network with APs.Support soft AC software for Centralized management.Support MAC address white list to guarantee access security.Gateway/AP Mode supported            SpecificationHARDWARE FEATURESMCU ChipsetQualcomm Atheros AR9331Power Input110-220v AC power supplyInterface1 10/100Mbps WAN Port,Auto MDI/MDIX1 10/100Mbps LAN Port,Auto MDI/MDIX1 Reset Button1 Power ButtonWireless StandardsIEEE 802.11n, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11bAntenna TypeInside 5dbi high gain MIMO antenna WIRELESS FEATURESFrequency2.4-2.4835GHzchannel1-13Signal Rate11n: Up to 150Mbps(dynamic)11g: Up to 54Mbps(dynamic)11b: Up to 11Mbps(dynamic)EIRP
          Wyrd Previews Charles Edmonton For The Other Side   
Along with Friday being the gateway to the weekend, Wyrd is posting up previews of The Other Side on Fridays. This time around, we get a look at Charles Edmonton and his gun. It’s quite a thing. I wonder what the recoil is on something like that… From the preview: Charles Edmonton is one of […]
          Lone Republican ‘NO’ Vote On “Kate’s Law” Speaks Out   

Michigan Congressman Justin Amash has taken heat for being the only Republican to vote against HR 3003, BKA Kate’s Law. ...

The post Lone Republican ‘NO’ Vote On “Kate’s Law” Speaks Out appeared first on The Gateway Pundit.


          Bernie Sanders Blames Trump and Republicans When Questioned About His Wife Being Under FBI Investigation (VIDEO)   

Bernie Sanders appeared on MSNBC’s “All In With Chris Hayes” Thursday, and blamed Trump and Republicans when questioned about the ...

The post Bernie Sanders Blames Trump and Republicans When Questioned About His Wife Being Under FBI Investigation (VIDEO) appeared first on The Gateway Pundit.


          OUTRAGEOUS – Illegal Alien Awarded $190,000 After Suing San Francisco Over Sanctuary City Law Violation   

An illegal alien from El Salvador sued San Francisco after police turned him over to immigration authorities in violation of ...

The post OUTRAGEOUS – Illegal Alien Awarded $190,000 After Suing San Francisco Over Sanctuary City Law Violation appeared first on The Gateway Pundit.


          BREAKING – Multiple Doctors Shot at Bronx Hospital – Shooter Dead, NYPD Says   

Bronx – Multiple people were shot Friday afternoon, including doctors inside a New York City hospital. NYPD confirmed that one ...

The post BREAKING – Multiple Doctors Shot at Bronx Hospital – Shooter Dead, NYPD Says appeared first on The Gateway Pundit.


          MSNBC ‘Morning Joe’ Panelist Challenges President Trump to a “Fight in the Schoolyard” (VIDEO)   

MSNBC’s ‘Morning Joe’ invited Donny Deutsch on as a guest to speak about President Trump’s behavior following the savage tweet ...

The post MSNBC ‘Morning Joe’ Panelist Challenges President Trump to a “Fight in the Schoolyard” (VIDEO) appeared first on The Gateway Pundit.


          James O’Keefe‏: “Most overlooked part of #AmericanPravda [is how CNN] selectively edited segment to make Trump voters look bad.” [VIDEO]   

James O’Keefe took to Twitter today to share what he believes is among the most damning from the steady leaks ...

The post James O’Keefe‏: “Most overlooked part of #AmericanPravda [is how CNN] selectively edited segment to make Trump voters look bad.” [VIDEO] appeared first on The Gateway Pundit.


          Acting FBI Director McCabe Referred to DOJ Watchdog Over Potential Conflict of Interest in Russia Probe   

Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe is getting hammered this week as he faces a Federal investigation into THREE separate inquiries. ...

The post Acting FBI Director McCabe Referred to DOJ Watchdog Over Potential Conflict of Interest in Russia Probe appeared first on The Gateway Pundit.


          Eric Holder Sends Out Ominous Midnight Tweet to ‘Career FBI/DOJ Employees’   

Former Attorney General, Eric ‘Fast N Furious’ Holder sent out a late night, ominous tweet to the ‘career men & ...

The post Eric Holder Sends Out Ominous Midnight Tweet to ‘Career FBI/DOJ Employees’ appeared first on The Gateway Pundit.


          European Court Rules Terminal Baby Must Die Despite Parents Willingness to Pay for Other Options   

A European court has ruled that a terminally ill ten-month-old baby must “die with dignity”, even though the parents are ...

The post European Court Rules Terminal Baby Must Die Despite Parents Willingness to Pay for Other Options appeared first on The Gateway Pundit.


          UNHINGED – Chris Matthews Suggests President Trump Murder Jared Kushner (VIDEO)   

MSNBC’s Chris Matthews once again compared the nepotism in Trump administration to 3rd world dictatorships but this time he suggested ...

The post UNHINGED – Chris Matthews Suggests President Trump Murder Jared Kushner (VIDEO) appeared first on The Gateway Pundit.


          Comment on Run an ESP8266/Arduino as a IBM Watson IoT Platform managed device by antelder   
Hi RetoKeller, i've still not got to writing the developerWorks sample for Watson gateways sorry. I do have some code that shows how an ESP8266 can be a gateway though so that should help, see here: https://github.com/HarringayMakerSpace/ESP-Now/blob/master/EspNowWatsonRestartingGateway/EspNowWatsonRestartingGateway.ino
          re: re: Anxiety Overtakes Depression as No. 1 Mental Health Problem   

Excitotoxins in combination with damage that gluten does is even worse...and most canned soup has wheat noodles or flour to thicken it.

Here is an article covering it by Functional Medicine Dr. Will Cole:

www.mindbodygreen.com/.../what-gluten-can-do-to-your-brain-hint-it-isnt-pretty.html

"...This Is Your Brain On Gluten

Although just 1% of Americans have a diagnosis of celiac disease, it's most likely vastly under-diagnosed. In fact, only 10% of people with the disease exhibit obvious GI symptoms. And research now suggests that celiac disease can present itself strictly as a neurological problem.

In reality, celiac disease is the extreme end of the gluten sensitivity-autoimmune spectrum — there's also an estimated 1 in 20 Americans living with what's called non-celiac gluten sensitivity.

Gluten has been shown to increase levels of the protein zonulin in the gut leading to leaky gut syndrome. This gut permeability allows undigested food proteins and bacterial endotoxins to pass into the blood stream, activating an inflammatory-immune response in your body.

Elevated zonulin levels in the gut have been linked to elevated zonulin levels in the brain.

***Translation: A leaky gut can lead to a leaky brain.***

Once the blood-brain barrier has been breached, your brains immune system — glial cells — can be activated. Glial cells will then cause inflammatory cascades throughout the brain. (I cover this topic in more detail in Signs You Might Have A "Leaky Brain" + What To Do About It.)

***In other words, gluten is a sort of gateway food that could allow other foods[toxins] to pass through the gut and brain lining***...."


          Turning Disappointments into Healing: An Interview with Jerusalem Jackson Greer   

When you live between beauty and mess, celebration and mourning, disappointment and contentment, how can you find redemption in what is rather than what could be? One woman did it by practicing the presence of God through rediscovering ancient contemplative teachings and practices (solitude, study, work, prayer, and service) and pairing them with domestic arts […]

The post Turning Disappointments into Healing: An Interview with Jerusalem Jackson Greer appeared first on Bible Gateway Blog.


          Nevermore   
Nevermore is a very original and slightly eery rpg flash game The visuals are breathtaking and the gameplay is mysterious Your objective find your way through to the next scene while collecting all the blue coins You will have to find things to jump on and levers or switches to open up gateways or doors
          TNW Acquired by UnitedCorp   
TNW to provide UnitedCorp with back office, network and cloud infrastructure to support its fixed and mobile connectivity for Smartphone-over-IP, cloud spectrum and social media posting gateway technologies MIAMI, FL, June 30, 2017 /PRNewswire/ - Miami-based United American Corp...
          Baby, It's Cold Outside   
I have for years thought of Christmas in the traditional and common way that it is often thought of today: a secular holiday with a very real and spiritual foundation, the birth of the Christ child Jesus. I have reveled in the holiday spirit, the silver bells, the dreams of wintery snow scenes, holly scented greenery and jingle-themed music. Old-school crooners like Dean Martin and Bing Crosby not replaced but supplemented by new-school crooners like Michael Buble and Josh Groban.

I have treasured these feelings and memories for their connections in my heart to the care-free days of my childhood when life was pretty easy, low on responsibility, and spiritual, but not heavy. The Christ child was relevant to me, but mostly in a passive way that gave a nod to the tradition of Jesus, but allowed me to continue in the revelry of the day and my active love for the Christmas holiday itself.

To think of “Baby It’s Cold Outside” brought instant connection in my heart to that full and rich and joyful and warm Christmasy feeling, and meant a celebration of that wintery warm-by-the-fire’s-glow feeling and that hot cup of chocolate.

And to be honest with you I have looked for that feeling in my heart for the last five to ten years. It hasn’t been there as fully or with as much life as it used to carry. I have looked for that “Baby It’s Cold Outside” feeling, trying to restore that Christmas cheer and pine-needle aroma.

And today, while thinking about that feeling and my search for it, I actually reached outside of the doorframe of my mind and found that it was in fact cold outside. I was surprised to find that the warm glow of my Christmas expectations wasn’t outshining the cold. The Christmas aroma was not overpowering the more pungent smell of sadness that I and so many others breathe this year. I realized it was a cold that chills me past my skin, past my bones and way down into my soul.

This week one of my brother’s best friends died. He was 26 and succumbed to the swine flu. Two weeks ago we heard that one of our favorite pastors had had a seizure, that doctors had discovered a fist-sized tumor in his head and yesterday we heard that the tumor was malignant and fighting for ownership of his brain tissue. This week we watched as two young men and a young lady who loved Jesus and served him fought for their lives on the side of a mountain I have climbed. I know exactly where they walked. This month we have watched a number of couples in our lives battle for their marriages, sometimes winning and sometimes failing. We watched an Acts 29 church family suffer as its pastor took his own life. The list goes on and on.

And at one point today, I thought, this is a sad Christmas. It’s hard to walk with a happy heart and dream of sugarplums dancing, laugh with Frosty the Snowman and strain to hear silver bells ringing when so many people are suffering so completely. It feels so heavy and pointless and sad.

Baby, it is cold outside. Very cold.

But as my heart reveled in and gave itself over a bit to the sadness alive in this season this year, God washed over me with a voice like a strong current. This is the meaning of Christmas. This is why He came. This is our redemption.

Because it is cold outside. Because of loss and sorrow and tears. Because of death and dying and sickness and sadness. The Christ child came to redeem these. And they are His. That little boy so poor and needy in that manager hay grew into a toddler and a youth and a man. And lived a sinless life so that He could lay it on the altar as a sacrifice for our sins. And He did.

And so today, you and I can walk in that, setting sadness aside, knowing that He has a plan that doesn’t check in with ours, but defines ours and writes ours. His ways are not our ways, but we know that His ways are good ways, and that He loves us. And that is why the God of the universe humbled Himself as He did, to become part of the creation.

To bring a warmth to us and to redeem the cold. That we might have perfect communion and connection with the God who before that Christ-child was untouchable by us because of our sin.

Baby, it’s cold outside, but there is a Savior. The Christ. Jesus.

So I am going to wallow in that memory this Christmas, and will know deeply in my heart that Christmas is to celebrate our Savior who came to bring us life and life eternal. And He will be my answer to the cold outside.

"O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?" The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away." And he who was seated on the throne said, "Behold, I am making all things new."
          How to Protect Against Petya Ransomware in a McAfee Environment   

This post has been updated with information about McAfee Enterprise Security Manager and McAfee Web Gateway (June 28, 14:20 Pacific time). A new variant of the ransomware Petya (also called Petrwrap) began spreading around the world on June 27. Petya is ransomware that exploits the vulnerability CVE-2017-0144 in Microsoft’s implementation of the Server Message Block protocol. This ransomware …

The post How to Protect Against Petya Ransomware in a McAfee Environment appeared first on McAfee Blogs.


          Oracle Consultant - IQ Hunt - Toronto, ON   
Our Client is looking for an Oracle API Gateway Consultant with technical expertise in the product, setup and configuration. The right candidate will have:
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          Kerala Property Tax payment online   
How to pay Property tax online in Kerala







The Revenue and Licence System“Sanchaya” is an application software suite developed for the computerisation of Revenue System in local governments. This application handles property tax, profession tax, rent on Land and building and licenses such as Dangerous and Offensive (D&O), Prevention of food Adulteration (PFA) and Advertisement tax etc. Utility payment services like Hall booking, ambulance, vehicles, crematorium, payment on water bill etc, can also be done through this software.

Sanchaya consists of two modules: 
  1. Sanchaya LB module captures the details of tax payee/institution and demand
  2. Sanchaya Web module (e- payment) is a web based application through which a citizen can check the tax amount due, and remit the taxes through an electronic payment gateway. It also has facility for e-filing of statements online

Features

  1. Streamlining Revenue System
  2. General public can create online account to group various properties owned within Kerala. Various activities can be done using a single login. The owner will also get period SMS/ email alerts
  3. Status (payment successful/failed) will be intimated to the payee through email or SMS
  4. e-File property tax self assessment form (under the new plinth-area, self-assessment based rule)
  5. No expense incurred by the local body
  6. Local government can generate Demand-Collection-Balance statements at any point of time.
  7. Local governments can easily identify big defaulters and take necessary steps for revenue realisation. Details of defaulters can also be published as a list, if desired by the local government.
  8. 256 bit SSL (VeriSign) secured
  9. Multiple profession tax numbers (traders & employees) can be grouped.
  10. e-File profession tax details
  11. Linkage with FRIENDS, SPARSH, Akshaya and India Post
  12. The eSMS facility, State Data Centre and KSWAN are the common infrastructure of the State Government, utilised in the project

Functionality

The URL of the e payment site is www.tax.lsgkerala.gov.in. User has to login to the site and select the services (property tax etc.) offered by the site. The link for the payment will enable the user to make the payment online. Status>>

Achievements

  1. Sanchaya property tax system was made online in these locations http://tax.lsgkerala.gov.in/epayment/OnlineLBs.php  
  2. The property tax data of all these local governments are available online at the website www.tax.lsgkerala.gov.in
  3. The handling of property tax is completely streamlined with the use of Sanchaya in these locations. 
  4. Sanchaya e-payment facility is successfully up and running in Corporation of Thiruvananthapuram. It is ready to be commissioned for Kollam and Kozhikode Corporations; Guruvayoor, Kannur and Ottapalam Municipalities; Thanalur and Manjeswaram Grama Panchayats. The facility is available for all the local governments of Kerala, and they only need to finalise the database, to utilise the facility.  
  5. Operational process of e-payment was drafted and it is being issued as a Government Order.
  6. Number of transactions so far is 427, since inception (22-Feb-2011) and up to 30-Nov-2011. Amount collected so far is about ₨ 6,31,278/-. (More publicity is planned to build awareness of the facility)

          Review: 1754: Conquest – The French and Indian War:: Club Fantasci Review: 1754: Conquest - The French and Indian War   

by Moezilla


Publisher: Academy Games
Game Designer: Beau Beckett, Jeph Stahl
Players: 2-4
Playing Time: 60-120 minutes
Suggested Retail Price: $70



TRILOGY CONCLUSION

1754 – Conquest: The French and Indian War is the third and final title in the Birth of America series from Academy Games. The game carries on the same core game play of the first two games, 1812: The Invasion of Canada and 1775: Rebellion, making it very easy for gamers already familiar with the system to jump right in.

SEVEN YEARS OF HARD LUCK

1754 covers the Seven Year’s War, which ran from 1754 – 1763, and was fought between the French and British along the northern American colonies, to points west and into Canada. As with the other titles in the series, this is an area control game with randomly dictated turn orders and card play, for two to four players. Random turn ordering and being card driven are two mechanisms that I really enjoy in games. I find that they keep both the play and strategies fluid, and drive unexpected momentum swings.

Component and rule book quality are top-notch as expected, this is Academy Games after all, and they rarely disappoint. The game is rules light, clocking in at a mere three pages, with the balance of the book covering examples of play, card explanations, and historical background to the conflict. When you have an elegant design, wordy rules aren’t a necessity, and this is quite an elegant system.

The board gets pre-seeded with different colored cubes, representing the starting forces of all five factions in the game. The two main antagonists are composed of British regulars and colonials, taking on the French regulars and French Canadiens. The Native Americans make up the fifth faction, and act as free agents throughout the game.



The six Native Nations form a buffer between the existing French and British territories, and ally with whomever is in contact with them first. These alliances are fleeting, and last only as long as you stay with them. However, they are a powerful force to not be overlooked because they bolster your forces immediately, granting you the extra troops needed to take or protect critical control points, which in the end are everything.

Winning is a simple case of having the most control markers at game’s end, which comes at either the end of the eighth round, or can be triggered once all four sides have played the Truce card from their hand.

Truce cards are one of the twelve cards in each player’s deck, from which players always have a hand of three to work with. Eight of the cards handle movement, while four others are a mix of events with a historical flavor that benefits its faction. The cards are well balanced, having both matching and unique cards for either side sprinkled between the factions. When playing a four-player game, good communications and team work are essential in maximizing card play opportunities.


Player Board

Aside from the tried and true mechanics of the series proper, 1754 adds a couple of new tricks to the mix. The additions of Forts and Ports is fantastic and distinguishes this title with its own identity, adding new and interesting avenues to be explored through repeated plays.

Each side has three Forts under their control at the start, with another that can be added through card play. Forts add a defense die to combat, giving the defender a 50/50 chance of blocking one hit from the attacker. This is a minor change, but one that can have a major implications in combat, slowing the pace of the siege and really frustrating the attacker.

If your Fort defense isn’t faring well, you have the option of destroying it while withdrawing using the command die. This is an important point to keep in mind, you don’t want to just hand over a strong defensive position to your opponent at a critical juncture. Forts can and will change the tide of battle!



Ports are an incredibly critical feature in the game, this is where the French and British regulars receive reinforcements and can move freely across large sections of the map. While the colonial militia and French Canadiens have limited muster sites in home territory cities, French and British troops make the trek from Europe. So anchoring those port locations (pun intended) with a steady troop presence is key. Leave them open, and your opponent will choke off control of the area.

Along with their reinforcement importance, ports are also where you can ferry troops to and from, to launch amphibious assaults. Using any movement card, you can move from port to port, make landfall and an offensive ingress into your opponent’s territory. There are no water movement cards that limit you in this game, a very welcome and smart game change in my opinion.

To be successful in battle, you’ll need to optimize your forces with a mix of Regulars, militia and Native Americans to build a good dice pool. Although the Regulars have the stronger combat die, the militia can add up to three more and the Native Americans another pair, greatly increasing your odds. I like how the dice abstractly resolve the outcome of the battle. Sure, there’s some luck involved, as there always is in dice rolling, but there are different levels of luck in battle as well.

When using Native Americans, be sure to bring more than your opponent does to a battle to gain the die bonus. Not really having a dog in the fight, Indians will avoid fighting each other, and cancel each other out on a one-for-one basis.

Stepping back to the militia for a moment, it’s true that they have a greater chance of fleeing back to their homes when the battle gets tough, but don’t write them off too quickly. With an extra three dice, you have a greater chance of failure, but when successful, they can quickly whittle down your opponents armies. Letting them take hits first also protects your Regulars, yes, they are cannon fodder.


Native Alliance Card

There’s one last addition to touch on and it’s an interesting one, the Native Alliance expansion. This 15 card deck adds some interesting abilities and powers. The cards are drawn randomly, one per faction at the start of the game. They can grant extra control markers, if you have control of the specified area and have a Native cube in it with you. Or, can give you special abilities, such as the Mingo power. This ability blocks the defender from rolling a Fort die in combat, and that can be huge! It’s a fun little expansion that keeps things fresh and helps broaden the game nicely.

One minor niggle I had with the game was an absence of an overflow area for battles. Some territories are fairly tight on the map, and when those areas become points of contention, the cube count becomes unwieldy. Perhaps in future iterations of the system, a battle board could be used to make managing this a little easier. That way players won’t be ham fisting other cubes out of the way in neighboring spots. Yea, I’ve done that more than once.

Games move pretty quickly, generally lasting about 90 minutes. There is a lot of back and forth action, as territories change hands and strategies are adjusted based on turn order. The game has a nice historic feel, keeps things balanced and makes for a highly enjoyable gaming experience for any level and age of gamer.

WARGAMING MADE SIMPLE

Any game in this series is a perfect introduction for a new wargamer, or when trying convert a friend over to the dark side. Each has its own identity, and 1754 – Conquest: The French and Indian War is no exception. The introduction of forts and ports are both important aspects to securing and maintaining footholds in different regions, with water movement no longer limited to specific water movement only cards, things really open up. These new mechanisms expand an elegant system, giving it its own flavor and feel and makes it shine.

I don’t often say a game is a classic title, and while it may be a bit early to lay that title here, I do feel that 1754, and the whole BoA line are deserving of that moniker. These are games that will be played for years to come, because they are great gateway wargames that are easy to teach, play, are very fun, and make you want to keep coming back for more. This is a credit to the solid design work of Beau Beckett, Jeph Stahl, for creating a solid and versatile system.

Thanks to a concise and informative rule book coupled with intuitive play, 1754 is accessible to any audience. Everyone from families to grumpy old grognards will find this an engaging bit of quality entertainment, that even manages to sneak in a little history lesson. Well done once again Academy Games!

While the game is rules light, 1754 has enough layers of strategic depth to keep you coming back again and again. Most importantly, it’s a damn fun game, and one that really belongs on your shelf. Now pardon me, I need to go acquire 1812: The Invasion of Canada, so I can finally own all three games in this series.



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          India Smart Cities Mission shows IoT potential for improving quality of life at vast scale   
The next BriefingsDirect Voice of the Customer Internet-of-Things (IoT) transformation discussion examines the potential impact and improvement of low-power edge computing benefits on rapidly modernizing cities.

These so-called smart city initiatives are exploiting open, wide area networking (WAN) technologies to make urban life richer in services, safer, and far more responsive to residences’ needs. We will now learn how such pervasively connected and data-driven IoT architectures are helping cities in India vastly improve the quality of life there.

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Here to share how communication service providers have become agents of digital urban transformation are VS Shridhar, Senior Vice President and Head of the Internet-of-Things Business Unit at Tata Communications in Chennai area, India, and Nigel Upton, General Manager of the Universal IoT Platform and Global Connectivity Platform and Communications Solutions Business at Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE). The discussion is moderated by Dana Gardner, principal analyst at Interarbor Solutions.

Here are some excerpts:

Gardner: Tell us about India’s Smart Cities mission. What are you up to and how are these new technologies coming to bear on improving urban quality of life?

Shridhar: The government is clearly focusing on Smart Cities as part of their urbanization plan, as they believe Smart Cities will not only improve the quality of living, but also generate employment, and take the whole country forward in terms of technologically embracing and improving the quality of life.

So with that in mind, the Government of India has launched 100 Smart Cities initiatives. It’s quite interesting because each of the cities that aspire to belong had to make a plan and their own strategy around how they are going to evolve and how they are going to execute it, present it, and get selected. There was a proper selection process.

Many of the cities made it, and of course some of them didn’t make it. Interestingly, some of the cities that didn’t make it are developing their own plans.
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There is lot of excitement and curiosity as well as action in the Smart Cities project. Admittedly, it’s a slow process, it’s not something that you can do at the blink of the eye, and Rome wasn’t built overnight, but I definitely see a lot of progress.

Gardner:Nigel, it seems that the timing for this is auspicious, given that there are some foundational technologies that are now available at very low cost compared to the past, and that have much more of a pervasive opportunity to gather information and make a two-way street, if you will, between the edge and central administration. How is the technology evolution synching up with these Smart Cities initiatives in India?

Upton:I am not sure whether it’s timing or luck, or whatever it happens to be, but adoption of the digitization of city infrastructure and services is to some extent driven by economics. While I like to tease my colleagues in India about their sensitivity to price, the truth of the matter is that the economics of digitization -- and therefore IoT in smart cities -- needs to be at the right price, depending on where it is in the world, and India has some very specific price points to hit. That will drive the rate of adoption.

And so, we're very encouraged that innovation is continuing to drive price points down to the point that mass adoption can then be taken up, and the benefits realized to a much more broad spectrum of the population. Working with Tata Communications has really helped HPE understand this and continue to evolve as technology and be part of the partner ecosystem because it does take a village to raise an IoT smart city. You need a lot of partners to make this happen, and that combination of partnership, willingness to work together and driving the economic price points to the point of adoption has been absolutely critical in getting us to where we are today.

Balanced Bandwidth

Gardner:Shridhar, we have some very important optimization opportunities around things like street lighting, waste removal, public safety, water quality; of course, the pervasive need for traffic and parking, monitoring and improvement.

How do things like a low-power specification Internet and network gateways and low-power WANs (LPWANs) create a new foundation technically to improve these services? How do we connect the services and the technology for an improved outcome?

Shridhar:If you look at human interaction to the Internet, we have a lot of technology coming our way. We used to have 2G, that has moved to 3G and to 4G, and that is a lot of bandwidth coming our way. We would like to have a tremendous amount of access and bandwidth speeds and so on, right?

Shridhar
So the human interaction and experience is improving vastly, given the networks that are growing. On the machine-to-machine (M2M) side, it’s going to be different. They don’t need oodles of bandwidth. About 80 to 90 percent of all machine interactions are going to be very, very low bandwidth – and, of course, low power. I will come to the low power in a moment, but it’s going to be very low bandwidth requirement.

In order to switch off a streetlight, how much bandwidth do you actually require? Or, in order to sense temperature or air quality or water and water quality, how much bandwidth do you actually require?

When you ask these questions, you get an answer that the machines don’t require that much bandwidth. More importantly, when there are millions -- or possibly billions -- of devices to be deployed in the years to come, how are you going to service a piece of equipment that is telling a streetlight to switch on and switch off if the battery runs out?

Machines are different from humans in terms of interactions. When we deploy machines that require low bandwidth and low power consumption, a battery can enable such a machine to communicate for years.

Aside from heavy video streaming applications or constant security monitoring, where low-bandwidth, low-power technology doesn’t work, the majority of the cases are all about low bandwidth and low power. And these machines can communicate with the quality of service that is required.

When it communicates, the network has to be available. You then need to establish a network that is highly available, which consumes very little power and provides the right amount of bandwidth. So studies show that less than 50 kbps connectivity should suffice for the majority of these requirements.

Now the machine interaction also means that you collect all of them into a platform and basically act on them. It's not about just sensing it, it's measuring it, analyzing it, and acting on it.

Low-power to the people

So the whole stack consists not just of connectivity alone. It’s LPWAN technology that is emerging now and is becoming a de facto standard as more-and-more countries start embracing it.

At Tata Communications we have embraced the LPWAN technology from the LoRa Alliance, a consortium of more than 400 partners who have gotten together and are driving standards. We are creating this network over the next 18 to 24 months across India. We have made these networks available right now in four cities. By the end of the year, it will be many more cities -- almost 60 cities across India by March 2018.

Gardner: Nigel, how do you see the opportunity, the market, for a standard architecture around this sort of low-power, low-bandwidth network? This is a proof of concept in India, but what's the potential here for taking this even further? Is this something that has global potential?
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Upton: The global potential is undoubtedly there, and there is an additional element that we didn't talk about which is that not all devices require the same amount of bandwidth. So we have talked about video surveillance requiring higher bandwidth, we have talked about devices that have low-power bandwidth and will essentially be created once and forgotten when expected to last 5 or 10 years.

Upton
We also need to add in the aspect of security, and that really gave HPE and Tata the common ground of understanding that the world is made up of a variety of network requirements, some of which will be met by LPWAN, some of which will require more bandwidth, maybe as high as 5G.

The real advantage of being able to use a common architecture to be able to take the data from these devices is the idea of having things like a common management, common security, and a common data model so that you really have the power of being able to take information, take data from all of these different types of devices and pull it into a common platform that is based on a standard.

In our case, we selected the oneM2M standard, it’s the best standard available to be able to build that common data model and that's the reason why we deployed the oneM2M model within the universal IoT platform to get that consistency no matter what type of device over no matter what type of network.

Gardner: It certainly sounds like this is an unprecedented opportunity to gather insight and analysis into areas that you just really couldn't have measured before. So going back to the economics of this, Shridhar, have you had any opportunity through these pilot projects in such cities as Jamshedpur to demonstrate a return on investment, perhaps on street lighting, perhaps on quality of utilization and efficiency? Is there a strong financial incentive to do this once the initial hurdle of upfront costs is met?

Data-driven cost reduction lights up India

Unless the customer sees that there is a scope for either reducing the cost or increasing the customer experience, they are not going to buy these kinds of solutions.
Shridhar: Unless the customer sees that there is a scope for either reducing the cost or increasing the customer experience, they are not going to buy these kinds of solutions. So if you look at how things have been progressing, I will give you a few examples of how the costs have started constructing and playing out. One of course is to have devices, meeting at certain price point, we talked about how in India -- we talked that Nigel was remarking how constant still this Indian market is, but it’s important, once we delivered to a certain cost, we believe we can now deliver globally to scale. That’s very important, so if we build something in India it would deliver to the global market as well.

The streetlight example, let’s take that specifically and see what kind of benefits it would give. When a streetlight operates for about 12 hours a day, it costs about Rs.12, which is about $0.15, but when you start optimizing it and say, okay, this is a streetlight that is supported currently on halogen and you move it to LED, it brings a little bit of cost saving, in some cases significant as well. India is going through an LED revolution as you may have read in the newspapers, those streetlights are being converted, and that’s one distinct cost advantage.

Now they are looking and driving, let’s say, the usage and the electricity bills even lower by optimizing it. Let’s say you sync it with the astronomical clock, that 6:30 in the evening it comes up and let’s say 6:30 in the morning it shuts down linking to the astronomical clock because now you are connecting this controller to the Internet.

The second thing that you would do is during busy hours keep it at the brightest, let’s say between 7:00 and 10:00, you keep it at the brightest and after that you start minimizing it. You can control it down in 10 percent increments.

The point I am making is, you basically deliver intensity of light to the kind of requirement that you have. If it is busy, or if there is nobody on the street, or if there is a safety requirement -- a sensor will trigger up a series of lights, and so on.

So your ability to play around with just having streetlight being delivered to the requirement is so high that it brings down total cost. While I was telling you about $0.15 that you would spend per streetlight, that could be brought down to $0.05. So that’s the kind of advantage by better controlling the streetlights. The business case builds up, and a customer can save 60 to 70 percent just by doing this. Obviously, then the business case stands out.

The question that you are asking is an interesting one because each of the applications has its own way of returning the investment back, while the optimization of resources is being done. There is also a collateral positive benefit by saving the environment. So not only do I gain a business savings and business optimization, but I also pass on a general, bigger message of a green environment. Environment and safety are the two biggest benefits of implementing this and it would really appeal to our customers.

Gardner:It’s always great to put hard economic metrics on these things, but Shridhar just mentioned safety. Even when you can't measure in direct economics, it's invaluable when you can bring a higher degree of safety to an urban environment.

It opens up for more foot traffic, which can lead to greater economic development, which can then provide more tax revenue. It seems to me that there is a multiplier effect when you have this sort of intelligent urban landscape that creates a cascading set of benefits: the more data, the more efficiency; the more efficiency, the more economic development; the more revenue, the more data and so on. So tell us a little bit about this ongoing multiplier and virtuous adoption benefit when you go to intelligent urban environments?

Quality of life, under control

Upton:Yes, also it’s important to note that it differs almost by country to country and almost within region to region within countries. The interesting challenge with smart cities is that often you're dealing with elected officials rather than hard-nosed businessman who are only interested in the financial return. And it's because you're dealing with politicians and they are therefore representing the citizens in their area, either their city or their town or their region, their priorities are not always the same.

There is quite a variation of one of the particular challenges, particular social challenges as well as the particular quality of life challenges in each of the areas that they work in. So things like personal safety are a very big deal in some regions. I am currently in Tokyo and here there is much more concern around quality of life and mobility with a rapidly aging population and their challenges are somewhat different.
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But in India, the set of opportunities and challenges that are set out, they are in that combination of economic as well as social, and if you solve them and you essentially give citizens more peace of mind, more ability to be able to move freely, to be able to take part in the economic interaction within that area, then undoubtedly that leads to greater growth, but it is worth bearing in mind that it does vary almost city by city and region by region.

Gardner:Shridhar, do you have any other input into a cascading ongoing set of benefits when you get more data, more network opportunity. I guess I am trying to understand for a longer-term objective that being intelligent and data-driven has an ongoing set of benefits, what might those be? How can this be a long-term data and analytics treasure trove when you think about it in terms of how to provide better urban experiences?

Home/work help

Shridhar:From our perspective, when we looked at the customer benefits there is a huge amount of focus around the smart cities and how smart cities are benefiting from a network. If you look at the enterprise customers, they are also looking at safety, which is an overlapping application that a smart city would have.

So the enterprise wants to provide safety to its workers, for example, in mines or in difficult terrains, environments where they are focusing on helping them. Or women’s safety, which is as you know in India is a big thing as well -- how do you provide a device which is not very obvious and it gives the women all the safety that is there.

So all this in some form is providing data. One of the things that comes to my mind when you ask about how data-driven resources can be and what kind of quality it would give is if you action your mind to some of the customer services devices, there could be applications or let’s say a housewife could have a multiple button kind of a device where she can order a service.

Depending on the service she presses and an aggregate of households across India, you would know the trends and direction of a certain service, and mind you, it could be as simple as a three-button device which says Service A, Service B, Service C, and it could be a consumer service that gets extended to a particular household that we sell it as a service.

So you could get lots of trends and patterns that are emerging from that, and we believe that the customer experience is going to change, because no longer is a customer going to retain in his mind what kind of phone numbers or your, let's say, apps and all to order, you give them the convenience of just a button-press service. That immediately comes to my mind.

Feedback fosters change

The second one is in terms of feedback. You use the same three-button service to say, how well have you used utility -- or rather how -- what kind of quality of service that you rate multiple utilities that you are using, and there is toilet revolution in India. For example, you put these buttons out there, they will tell you at any given point of time what’s the user satisfaction and so on.

So these are all data that is getting gathered and I believe that while it is early days for us to go on and put out analytics and give you distinct kind of benefits that are there, but some of the things that customers are already looking at is which geographies, which segment, who are my biggest -- profile of the customers using this and so on. That kind of information is going to come out very, very distinctly.

The Smart Cities is all about experience. The enterprises are now looking at the data that is coming out and seeing how they can use it to better segment, and provide better customer experience which would obviously mean both adding to their top line as well as helping them manage their bottom line. So it's beyond safety, it's getting into the customer experience – the realm of managing customer experience.

Gardner:From a go-to-market perspective, or a go-to-city’s perspective, these are very complex undertakings, lots of moving parts, lots of different technologies and standards. How are Tata and HPE are coming together -- along with other service providers, Pointnextfor example? How do you put this into a package that can then actually be managed and put in place? How do we make this appealing not only in terms of its potential but being actionable as well when it comes to different cities and regions?

Upton:The concept of Smart Cities has been around for a while and various governments around the world have pumped money into their cities over an extended period of time.
We now have the infrastructure in place, we have the price points and we have IoT becoming mainstream.

As usual, these things always take more time than you think, and I do not believe today that we have a technology challenge on our hands. We have much more of a business model challenge. Being able to deploy technology to be able to bring benefits to citizens, I think that is finally getting to the point where it is much better understood where innovation of the device level, whether it's streetlights, whether it's the ability to measure water quality, sound quality, humidity, all of these metrics that we have available to us now. There has been very rapid innovation at that device level and at the economics of how to produce them, at a price that will enable widespread deployment.

All that has been happening rapidly over the last few years getting us to the point where we now have the infrastructure in place, we have the price points in place, and we have IoT becoming mainstream enough that it is entering into the manufacturing process of all sorts of different devices, as I said, ranging from streetlights to personal security devices through to track and trace devices that are built into the manufacturing process of goods.
That is now reaching mainstream and we are now able to take advantage of this massive data that’s now being produced to be able to produce even more efficient and smarter cities, and make them safer places for our citizens.

Gardner:Last word to you, Shridhar. If people wanted to learn more about the pilot proof of concept (PoC) that you are doing there at Jamshedpur and other cities, through the Smart Cities Mission, where might they go, are there any resources, how would you provide more information to those interested in pursuing more of these technologies?

Pilot projects take flight

Shridhar:I would be very happy to help them look at the PoCs that we are doing. I would classify the PoCs that we are doing is as far as safety is concerned, we talked of energy management in one big bucket that is there, then the customer service I spoke about, the fourth one I would say is more on the utility side. Gas and water are two big applications where customers are looking at these PoCs very seriously.

And there is very one interesting application in that one customer wanted for pest control, where he wanted his mouse traps to have sensors so that they will at any point of time know if there is a rat trap at all, which I thought was a very interesting thing.
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There are multiple streams that we have, we have done multiple PoCs, we will be very happy as Tata Communications team [to provide more information], and the HPE folks are in touch with us.

You could write to us, to me in particular for some period of time. We are also putting information on our website. We have marketing collateral, which describes this. We will do some of the joint workshops with HPE as well.

So there are multiple ways to reach us, and one of the best ways obviously is through our website. We are always there to provide more important help, and we believe that we can’t do it all alone; it’s about the ecosystem getting to know and getting to work on it.

While we have partners like HPE on the platform level, we also have partners such as Semtech, who established Center of Excellence in Mumbai along with us. So the access to the ecosystem from HPE side as well as our other partners is available, and we are happy to work and co-create the solutions going forward.


          WPIAL softball standouts gain top-flight experience with Ohio Outlaws   
Ken Reabe Jr.  | For The Tribune-Review<br/>Hempfield's Morgan Ryan (34) completes a strikeout for the final out of the fifth inning of a WPIAL Class 6A playoff game with North Hills on Wednesday, May 17, 2017, at Gateway High School. Hempfield won 3-2.
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          Vaping, a gateway to cigarette smoking   

[USA], Jun 30 (ANI): With electronic (e)-cigarettes gaining popularity, there has been a push to understand whether or not they are a "gateway" to cigarette smoking.

E-cigarettes may harm public health and ultimately increase the burden of cancer if their use contributes to more cigarette smoking among youth. A new collaborative Dartmouth study led by Samir, Soneji and James Sargent demonstrates that this potential harm should be taken very seriously.

The study focused on an important and controversial question: Does e-cigarette use increase the risk of future cigarette smoking among adolescents and young adults? The team conducted a systematic review and meta-analysis of published studies that began with non-smoking youths and asked whether initial e-cigarettes use increased the risk they would subsequently transition to smoking cigarettes.

To rule out the possibility that e-cigarette users were simply higher risk youths, the analyses adjusted for known risk factors for cigarette smoking (like having a friend that smokes). The results showed strong and consistent evidence of greater risk between initial e-cigarette use and subsequent cigarette smoking initiation, regardless of how initiation was defined and net other factors that predict cigarette smoking.

The studies did not address why e-cigarette use increases risk of transitioning to cigarettes. The reason could be that e-cigarettes mimic smoking behaviour through similar involvement of hand-to-mouth movements, or puffing and exhalation. E-cigarette aerosol also contains nicotine, so use of these devices could enhance exposure and eventual addiction to this substance.

"The finding is very consistent across studies. That along with the strength of the association makes it probable that e-cigarette use is one cause of cigarette smoking," said Sargent. "E-cigarette use could affect population trends in youth smoking if use becomes more common, and that is the big public health concern."

"In addition to the currently enacted age restrictions on in-store sales, regulatory actions to limit e-cigarette use could include restrictions on advertising campaigns that may be viewed by adolescents, flavour restrictions for e-cigarettes that exclude fruit and candy flavours, strict standards for reporting actual nicotine content in e-liquid, and requirements for strict age verification for online and retail sales of these products" suggested Soneji.

Until more effective regulatory actions are taken, the team will continue to evaluate the excess risk posed by e-cigarette use for cigarette smoking with newer generations of e-cigarettes.

The findings will be published in an upcoming issue of JAMA Pediatrics. (ANI)


          Fahrenheit 404    

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We have always been at war with the Internet. No, I’m not talking about trolls or flamewars but efforts to keep this globally interconnected digital space a place where freedom can thrive. What that freedom looks like, of course, is endlessly debatable. There’s the problem of the digital divide, the cultural factors that can make the internet friendly or hostile, and the fact that the values underpinning sentiments like John Perry Barlow’s libertarian Declaration of the Independence of Cyberspace do not guarantee its citizens will act with wisdom or justice. Throw in mass surveillance and cybercrime and the fact that setting up your home router is just about as defeating as running your VHS system was thirty years ago. It’s complicated, but net neutrality is a foundational feature of the internet that we should preserve - and it’s under threat yet again.

Tim Wu coined the term “net neutrality” more than a decade ago to mean the principle that the packets of information that travel across the internet should all be treated equally by providers regardless of where it originated, where it’s going, or what format it’s in. Some giant internet companies love this principle and want it preserved. It’s good for their business. Others want to favor some content over other content. If you are an internet service provider that also provides access to streaming video and cable channels you want to make your content easily accessible and attractive – and throttling back the competition works great. Or you may simply see it as a legalized protection racket that can bring in new revenue: if a website wants to reach its audience, it has to pay the middleman for the privilege. The big telecomms opposed to net neutrality want their activities on the internet to be as free as possible of regulation and argue (ridiculously) that forcing companies to treat content equally is a government takeover. The only freedom involved in rolling back net neutrality is the freedom of Comcast, Time Warner, Charter, a couple of phone giants, and a handful of smaller players to develop new ways to line their pockets while providing the public with less.

In the early days of the internet (remember those clunky phone couplers? Of course you don’t, you’re too young) we didn't envision a world where cable companies would be our gateway to the internet, but that’s pretty much what’s happening. Cable companies are the broadband provider for over 90 percent of U.S. households, with AT&T and Verizon angling for their cut. The costs are too high, their service is terrible, they’re doing everything they can to consolidate and squelch competition, and now they want legal control over what we access on the internet.

I’ve complained before (including just last week) that too much of our experience of the internet is tied up in data-gathering businesses hidden behind an obscure TOS, that what we think of as free is paid for as the details of our lives are swept up in a giant data dragnet we don’t even see. But without the simple concept of net neutrality, the freedom of the internet will be even more constricted.

The problem for libraries and higher ed and nearly everyone else who uses the internet is that it may become prohibitively expensive to reach our audiences, provide our services, and communicate ideas. It will also make it harder for audiences to have access to information and culture that isn’t controlled by a handful of corporate interests. It’s not good for consumers. It’s not good for business. It’s not good for intellectual freedom or creative expression.

When every room in the house is on fire, it’s hard to muster the emotional energy to fill a bucket and try to put any of it out. The job seems too big, the stakes too high, the choice of which room to start on too wrenching. But this is important and it’s a battle worth fighting.

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          By 2100, Refugees Would Be the Most Populous Country on Earth   
Poverty and deadly wars are the major drivers of displacement.

The UN Refugee Agency has announced the new figures for the world’s displaced: 65.9 million. That means that 65.9 million human beings live as refugees, asylum seekers or as internally displaced people. If the refugees formed a country, it would be the 21st largest state in the world, just after Thailand (68.2 million) and just ahead of the United Kingdom (65.5 million). But unlike these other states, refugees have few political rights and no real representation in the institutions of the world.

The head of the UN Refugee Agency, Filippo Grandi, recently said that most of the displacement comes as a result of war. "The world seems to have become unable to make peace," Grandi said. "So you see old conflicts that continue to linger, and new conflicts erupting, and both produce displacement. Forced displacement is a symbol of wars that never end."

Few continents are immune from the harsh reality of war. But the epicenter of war and displacement is along the axis of the Western-driven global war on terror and resource wars. The line of displacement runs from Afghanistan to South Sudan with Syria in between. Eyes are on Syria, where the war remains hot and the tensions over escalation intensify daily. But there is as deadly a civil war in South Sudan, driven in large part by a ferocious desire to control the country’s oil. Last year, 340,000 people fled South Sudan for refugee camps in neighboring Uganda. This is a larger displacement than from Syria.

Poverty is a major driver of displacement. It is what moves hundreds of thousands of people to try and cross the Sahara Desert and then the Mediterranean Sea for European pastures. But most who try this journey meet a deadly fate. Both the Sahara and the Mediterranean are dangerous. This week, the UN’s International Organisation for Migration (IOM) in Niger rescued 600 migrants from the Sahara, although 52 did not survive.

A 22-year-old woman from Nigeria was among those rescued. She was on a pick-up truck with 50 people. They left Agadez for Libya. ‘We were in the desert for ten days,’ she says. "After five days, the driver abandoned us. He left us with all of our belongings, saying he was going to pick us up in a couple of hours. But he never did." Forty-four of the migrants died. The six who remained struggled to safety. ‘We had to drink our own pee to survive,’ she said.

Getting to Libya is hard enough. But being in Libya is perilous. Violence against vulnerable migrants inside Libya continues to occur. The IOM reports the presence in Libya of ‘slave markets.’ Migrants who make it across the Sahara into Libya have told investigators that they find themselves in these slave markets where they are bought to be taken to private prisons and put to work or else sold back to their families if they can raise the high ransom payments. UNICEF reports incidents of rape and violence against women and children in these private prisons. One 15-year-old boy said of his time in a private prison, "Here they treat us like chickens. They beat us, they do not give us good water and good food. They harass us. So many people are dying here, dying from disease, freezing to death."

Danger lurks on the sea as well. This year already IOM reports least 2,108 deaths in the sea between Libya and Italy. This is the fourth year in a row that IOM has counted over 2,000 deaths by mid-year. Over the past five years, this averages out to about 10 deaths a day. Libya, broken by NATO’s war in 2011, remains a gateway for the vulnerable from various parts of Africa, countries damaged by IMF policies and by warfare. There is no expectation that the numbers of those on the march will decrease.

In a recent paper in The Lancet (June 2017), Paul Spiegel, formerly of the UN Refugee Agency suggests that the "humanitarian system was not designed to address the types of conflicts that are happening at present." With over 65 million people displaced, the various institutions of the UN and of the NGO world are simply not capable of managing the crisis.

"It is not simply overstretched," Spiegel wrote of the humanitarian system, "it is no longer fit for purpose."

These are shattering words. One problem Spiegel identifies is the assumption that refugee flows are temporary, since wars will end at some point. What happens when wars and occupations are permanent? People either have to live for generations in refugee camps or they will seek, through dangerous passages, flight to the West. He gives the example of Iran, which absorbed over a million Afghan refugees without using the camp strategy. They simply allowed the Afghans into Iranian society and absorbed them by putting money into their various social schemes (such as education and health). Spiegel also points out that refugees must be part of the designing the process for humanitarian aid. These are good suggestions, but they are not going to be possible with the limited funds available for refugees and with the crisis level of activity that detains the humanitarian agencies.

Spiegel does not deal with one of the great problems for humanitarianism: the persistence of war and the theory that more war—or the current euphemism, security—is the answer to humanitarian crises. This January, over 1,000 people tried to scale the large barrier that divides Morocco from the Spanish enclave of Ceuta. Looking at that barrier, one is reminded of the idea that walls will somehow prevent migration, a view driven by President Donald Trump. Violence met the migrants, a mirror of the violence that was visited among migrants along the spinal cord of Eastern Europe last year. Walls, police forces and military interventions are all seductive to an imagination that forgets why people migrate and that they are human beings on the run with few other options. There is a view that security barriers and security forces will raise the price of migrant and deter future migrants. This is a silly illusion. Migration is dangerous already. That has not stopped anyone. More humane thinking is necessary.

It is important therefore that the UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed told a meeting on the Sahel on June 28 that the world leaders need to "avoid a disproportionate emphasis on security" when dealing with the multiple crises in the Sahara region and north of it. "No purely military solution" can work against transnational organized crime, violent extremism and terrorism, nor against poverty and hopelessness. Underlying causes are not being addressed, and indeed the surface reactions—to bomb more—only create more problems, not less.

In the July issue of Land Use Policy, professors Charles Geisler and Ben Currens estimate that by 2100 there will be 2 billion refugees as a result of climate change. These numbers are staggering. They are an inevitable future. By then, refugees will be the largest country on earth—nomads, seeking shelter from destruction of climate and capitalism, from rising seas and wars of greed.

 

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          PowerShell: Deploying vCenter High Availability in Advanced Mode   
With the release of vSphere 6.5, VMware upped the game for vCenter High Availability (vCHA) and introduced an active/passive/witness cluster setup to provide a failover cluster for vCenter Server Appliances. The diagram below shows the architecture of the solution. Deploying vCHA can be done in two modes – “Basic” and “Advanced”. You can use Basic […]]> With the release of vSphere 6.5, VMware upped the game for vCenter High Availability (vCHA) and introduced an active/passive/witness cluster setup to provide a failover cluster for vCenter Server Appliances. The diagram below shows the architecture of the solution.

Deploying vCHA can be done in two modes – “Basic” and “Advanced”. You can use Basic mode if the vCenter you want to be HA is managing the hosts it resides on – in this scenario the wizard configures your vCenter and deploys the Passive and Witness nodes for you. If you have a management cluster for your vCenter Server, or you are deploying a nested environment, you need to use the advanced mode – in this scenario you must configure your active node, deploy clones for the passive and witness nodes, then enable the configuration.

The ever-there-first William Lam has written an excellent PowerShell module for vCHA in Basic mode, which gave me a massive head start when looking at the code for Advanced mode. I will hopefully contributing part of my code to this module to extend it.

For those who just want the script, check out my GitHub repository – HA vCenter DeployThe process to configure vCHA manually, and in my script goes like this:

  1. Deploy the Active vCenter Server Appliance
  2. Assign a license to vCenter (required to enable HA)
  3. Add a 2nd NIC for the Private heartbeat network
  4. Prepare VCSA for HA
  5. Clone the Passive node
  6. Clone the Witness node
  7. Configure VCSA for HA
  8. Resize the Witness node
  9. Create a DRS rule separating all the nodes

All in, it takes about 50 minutes to deploy and configure (on my lab hardware, YMMV). I’ve broken each step up so it can be ran separately (using the switches) or all at once (no switches). Configuration is in the form of a JSON file which is loaded into the $podConfig variable. A verbose log file contains all the output that is supressed in the console when running, for debugging – again the file is defined in the JSON config.

JSON Config File

The configuration file should be (hopefully) fairly self explanatory, with the following sections:

  • target – the destination vCenter instance, including credentials, locations, network port groups and network details
  • sources – the path to the folder containing the extracted VCSA installers
  • active – configuration for the Active VCSA server
  • cluster – configuration for the cluster members
  • general – miscellaneous configuration such as syslog server, log location and SSH enable
  • license – the required licenses (just vSphere in this case!)
{        "__version": "0.1",        "__comments": "Configuration for ha-vcenter-deploy.ps1 - www.definit.co.uk",        "target": {                "server": "vcsa.definit.local",                "user": "administrator@vsphere.local",                "password": "VMware1!",                "datacenter": "Lab",                "cluster": "Workload",                "datastore": "vsanDatastore",                "folder": "Nested Labs/HA-vCenter",                "portgroup": "HA-vCenter-Management",                "ha-portgroup": "HA-vCenter-Heartbeat",                "network": {                        "netmask": "255.255.255.0",                        "gateway": "10.0.11.1",                        "prefix": "24",                        "dns": "192.168.1.20",                        "domain": "definit.local",                        "ntp": "192.168.1.1"                }        },        "sources": {                "VCSAInstaller": "e:\\Pod-Deploy\\vSphere\\VMware-VCSA-all-6.5.0-4944578"        },        "active": {                "deploymentSize": "small",                "name": "ha-vc-active",                "ip": "10.0.11.10",                "ha-ip": "172.16.1.1",                "hostname": "ha-vc.definit.local",                "rootPassword": "VMware1!",                "sso": {                        "domain": "vsphere.local",                        "site": "Default-First-Site",                        "password": "VMware1!"                },                "datacenter": "HA-vCenter-Datacenter",                "cluster": "HA-vCenter-Cluster-1",                "distributedSwitch": "HA-vCenter-VDS",                "portgroup": "HA-vCenter-PortGroup"        },        "cluster": {                "passive-ip": "172.16.1.2",                "passive-name": "ha-vc-passive",                "witness-ip": "172.16.1.3",                "witness-name": "ha-vc-witness",                "ha-mask": "255.255.255.248"        },        "general": {                "syslog": "192.168.1.26",                "ssh": true,                "log": "ha-vcenter-deploy.log"        },        "license": {                "vcenter": "7H23H-11111-22222-33333-90ZQN"        }}

Deploy the Active vCenter Server Appliance

Deploying a VCSA

.\ha-vcenter-deploy.ps1 -configFile .\ha-vcenter-deploy.json -deployActive

Assign a license to vCenter (required to enable HA)

.\ha-vcenter-deploy.ps1 -configFile .\ha-vcenter-deploy.json -licenseVCSA

Add a 2nd NIC for the Private heartbeat network

.\ha-vcenter-deploy.ps1 -configFile .\ha-vcenter-deploy.json -addSecondaryNic

Prepare VCSA for HA

.\ha-vcenter-deploy.ps1 -configFile .\ha-vcenter-deploy.json -licenseVCSA

Clone the Passive node

.\ha-vcenter-deploy.ps1 -configFile .\ha-vcenter-deploy.json -clonePassiveVM

Clone the Witness node

.\ha-vcenter-deploy.ps1 -configFile .\ha-vcenter-deploy.json -cloneWitnessVM

Configure VCSA for HA

.\ha-vcenter-deploy.ps1 -configFile .\ha-vcenter-deploy.json -configureVCHA

Resize the Witness node

.\ha-vcenter-deploy.ps1 -configFile .\ha-vcenter-deploy.json -resizeWitness

Create a DRS rule separating all the nodes

.\ha-vcenter-deploy.ps1 -configFile .\ha-vcenter-deploy.json -createDRSRule

Validating the deployment

Validating the deployment is as simple as logging onto the new highly available vCenter and checking the Configuration > vCenter HA tab – as you can see below, the Active, Passive and Witness are all up.

The PowerShell script and a template JSON file are available on my GitHub repository – HA vCenter Deploy

Some further reading and resources I used:

  • https://featurewalkthrough.vmware.com/#!/vsphere-6-5/enabling-vcenter-ha-advanced/1
  • http://www.virtuallyghetto.com/2016/11/vghetto-automated-vsphere-lab-deployment-for-vsphere-6-0u2-vsphere-6-5.html
  • http://www.virtuallyghetto.com/2016/12/vcenter-server-high-availability-vcha-powercli-6-5-community-module.html
  • http://www.virtuallyghetto.com/2017/01/exploring-new-vcsa-vami-api-wpowercli-part-1.html

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          ICA at VCU will Open in Richmond Spring 2018   

Virginia Commonwealth University today announced its new Institute for Contemporary Art (ICA) will open in Spring 2018. The new opening date is based on a revised schedule for the completion of construction and the subsequent adjustment of the internal climate before art can be installed. The ICA is already active in Richmond and on VCU's campus through programs, faculty and student collaboration, and artistic commissions, and will continue to engage the VCU and Richmond communities through special programs prior to the opening.

The new contemporary art institution is designed by Steven Holl Architects and located at the intersection of Richmond's historic Belvidere and Broad streets, one of the city's busiest junctures. The ICA provides a striking new gateway for Richmond, with dual entrances opening to the city's arts district on one side and VCU's Monroe Park campus on the other. Free of charge to all visitors, the ICA will be a significant new cultural resource for Richmond and VCU, in direct dialogue with VCU School of the Arts, the #1-ranked public graduate school of art and design in the U.S. The ICA will offer a vital new dimension to a premier urban research university, and contribute to a national and international cultural dialogue. With nearly 41,000 square feet of flexible space, including an inviting 33-foot high central forum, the non-collecting ICA will feature a dynamic slate of changing exhibitions, performances, films, and interdisciplinary programs. The Markel Center's fluid spaces are designed to support the diverse practices characteristic of the art of today, mirroring VCU's interdisciplinary approach and supporting the varied needs of contemporary art and audiences.

The ICA's inaugural exhibition, Declaration, will explore contemporary art's power to catalyze change, and will feature painting, sculpture, multimedia works, site-specific installations, and time-based performances by emerging and established artists. Featuring new work by artists from around the globe, including Amos Paul Kennedy, Jr., Marinella Senatore, Paul Rucker, and Cassils, the exhibition will also include artists from Richmond's vibrant arts community, such as VCUarts Associate Professor Hope Ginsburg and VCU alum Levester Williams.

"While we are eager to unveil the Markel Center to the community this spring, we are committed to ensuring that contemporary art thrives beyond an institution's bounds," said ICA Director Lisa Freiman. "We are all working hard to realize the vision and mission of the ICA, and will continue to mount dynamic programs for our VCU and Richmond communities while we plan for our launch."

"The ICA is exemplary of VCU's dedication to the arts, and to the university's belief in the importance of contemporary art and creative discourse in an engaging education," said VCU President Michael Rao. "We are looking forward to experiencing its full program this spring, and cementing Richmond as one of the world's important contemporary art centers."

About the ICA's Design

The open design of the ICA features a series of dynamic exhibition and programming spaces across its three levels that allow for creative opportunities that engage the unfixed and multidirectional nature of contemporary art. The glass walls and windows create continuity between the interior and exterior spaces of the building. On the first floor, a 4,000-square-foot gallery and large café, bar, and retail space radiate from the ICA's central forum and frame an outdoor garden, which Steven Holl describes as the "Thinking Field," that will be used for social gatherings, temporary art installations, and public programs. The first floor also features a state-of-the-art 240-seat auditorium for film screenings, live performances, lectures, and community programs.

The second floor includes two forking galleries and an adaptable learning lab for interactive educational engagement that will be open to the public. It also includes an accessible terrace-one of the four green roofs-that will be programmed with art works and available for special events. The soaring 33-foot-high gallery on the ICA's third floor will feature large-scale installations and experimental projects. The third floor also houses one of the administrative suites and the boardroom. Additional staff offices are located in the building's lower level, which also includes a lobby for visitors, art storage and preparation facilities, a fabrication workshop, a green room, the catering kitchen, and general storage.

In keeping with VCU's master sustainability plan, the ICA's design incorporates state of the art technologies and environmentally conscious design elements, and makes use of numerous natural resources. The pre-weathered, satin-finish zinc exterior of the Markel Center, which houses the ICA, includes interspersed clear- and translucent-glass walls and skylights that infuse the building with natural light and lessen the reliance on nonrenewable energy. These include the use of geothermal wells to provide heating and cooling energy for the building, and four green roofs to absorb storm water, offset carbon emissions, and maximize insulation. Native plantings include wood oats, little bluestem, Pennsylvania sedge, and goldenrod. Building materials include Virginia bluestone and custom glass cavity walls, designed to exhaust heat in the summer and harness it in the winter. The project is designed to meet LEED Gold Certification standards.

About the ICA's Capital Campaign and Endowment

The ICA has raised more than $36 million in private funds to date toward its goal of $41 million for construction. An endowment campaign is also ongoing. The ICA is the largest privately funded arts project in VCU's history and is supported by generous leadership gifts from ICA Campaign Co-Chairs Steve and Kathie Markel, and Pam and Bill Royall. Additional major donors include: John David and Meg Newell Gottwald, George W. and Helen H. B. Logan, True and Charlie Luck, Markel Corporation, Abby W. Moore, NewMarket Corporation, The Mary Morton Parsons Foundation, Patsy K. and Hunter R. Pettus, Jr., and Carolyn and John Snow.

About Steven Holl Architects

Steven Holl Architects has realized architectural works nationally and overseas, with extensive experience in the arts (including museum, gallery, and exhibition design), campus and educational facilities, residential work, and master planning. Steven Holl Architects is a 40-person architecture and urban design office founded in 1976, and working globally as one office from two locations, New York City and Beijing. Steven Holl leads the office with partners Chris McVoy and Noah Yaffe. Most recently completed are the Reid Building at the Glasgow School of Art (Glasgow, U.K.), which opened in April 2014; Campbell Sports Center at Columbia University (New York, NY), which was completed in March 2013; and the Daeyang Gallery and House (Seoul, Korea) which opened in June 2012. Steven Holl Architects currently has eight projects under construction, including the John F. Kennedy Center Expansion in Washington, D.C.; the Glassell School of Art at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston; the Lewis Center for the Arts at Princeton University; and the Institute for Contemporary Art at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA.

About VCU and VCUarts

Virginia Commonwealth University is a major, urban public research university with a diverse student body recognized for its commitment to community engagement, with national and international rankings in sponsored research. Dedicated to advancing scholarship and creative expression, VCU fosters interdisciplinary learning and collaboration. Located on two downtown campuses in Richmond and a satellite campus in Qatar, VCU enrolls more than 31,000 students in 225 certificate and degree programs in the arts, sciences, and humanities. With a distinguished faculty of professional artists and 16 departments, including Craft/Material Studies, Fashion Design and Merchandising, Dance and Choreography, Graphic Design, Music, Painting and Printmaking, Photography and Film, Sculpture + Extended Media, and Theatre, VCUarts has been the top-ranked public university visual arts and design graduate program in the country for nine years, according to U.S. News & World Report. Its campus in Qatar provides students and faculty with a direct tie to the Middle East, a region of increasing significance in the contemporary art world. For more information on VCUarts, please visit: arts.vcu.edu

About the Institute for Contemporary Art

The Institute for Contemporary Art (ICA) at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) is a non-collecting institution that will showcase a fresh slate of changing exhibitions and programs ranging from innovative visual and performing arts to various forms of design and film. Part exhibition and performance space, part laboratory and incubator, the ICA will be a place to explore new ideas, providing an open forum for dialogue and collaboration across the region and the world. Mirroring the increasing emphasis on cross-disciplinary studies across VCU, the ICA will create a new environment for artists and scholars from around the world to test unconventional and challenging ideas. As a university-wide resource, it will engage an international network of contemporary artists and organizations while encouraging collaborations between audiences and contemporary artists and with VCU departments, faculty, students, and the Richmond community. The ICA will be an agile, responsive institution that offers a broad range of artistic perspectives from across the world with the goal of questioning assumptions and encouraging critical discourse. To date, the ICA has raised $36 million towards its capital campaign. An endowment campaign is ongoing. Additional information on opening programming will be available in the coming months. For more information on the ICA, please visit: ica.vcu.edu.


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          The Secret Life of a Gateway Wine - Coming of Age in a Life of Wine   
Living in a country that is geographically isolated from much of the world by the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, many in America tend to live inside their heads. It’s funny that for those of us who love wine, the head is the receptacle for the precious liquid. If only it could occasionally be utilized as a way to flush our system and give us a more outward perspective. For some, I am sure it does. But the monkey brain inside of us, it chatters away.

I was talking to a group of young wine professionals last week, just relating the differences between now and then - then being the time when I was their age. Maybe younger. I was talking about wine and what my gateway wine was, a path which eventually led me to tables where an obscene array of aged and (often) great Barolo and Barbaresco were there for pure enjoyment. By chance, my gateway wine was a bottle of Thunderbird.


I was riding with my dad, must have been 10 or 11. We lived in the desert, Palm Springs. My dad was a real estate broker. He had a “spec” house in Rancho Mirage, coincidentally, within the Thunderbird Country Club neighborhood. My dad would go over there to check on the house, do a little painting or repair, generally putzing around, trying to stay out of trouble. The house was empty, not far from Sinatra’s house at the time. In fact we often saw their comings and goings from our house. And there was plenty of that in those days.

But on this day, it was hot. Over 100°F. And I was thirsty. So I looked into the refrigerator and saw what looked like a bottle of something that might quench my thirst. I thought it odd that the bottle said Thunderbird, same as the neighborhood. Maybe it was from the Club. So I opened it up and took a swig.

I still remember that moment. Cool, fizzy, fruity. Followed by a wave of unforgiving, burning alcohol. I took another, smaller sip. Same cool, fizzy, fruitiness. But the finish wasn’t as severe. Still, I longed to quench my thirst in the relentless heat of the desert. Thunderbird wasn’t going to quench it, not this day.

It wasn’t my first time to taste wine. Our Italian-American family had plenty of wine at the table. One uncle was a trader in the business and fancied himself an aficionado of the vine. And all these stories you hear about the Italians giving wine cut with water to their kids - not in my family. We never got the watered down version.

My grandfather was a fan of brandy. It was like a cure-all for him. Aside from warm water with fresh lemon squeezed into it, which he had every morning (he lived to be 97), brandy was the answer to everything. Upset stomach? Have a little sip. Can’t sleep? Here’s a spoonful of brandy. The kids are too active? “Go see Nonno”, Nonna would tell us. She liked a calm house.

So, it would seem Thunderbird was positioned in that time of my life when I started seeing wine as something other than that which our family would partake of on Sunday meals. It stood out, on several accounts. And it was a portal, albeit in a very small way, on my life’s journey in wine.

Later, when I went off to college, to Santa Clara, we were surrounded by wine and winemaker families. The president of Santa Clara was a winemaker. Wine was everywhere. But it was also not as cool as it is now – the era was late 1960-early 1970’s - there were other burning issues.

When I graduated and moved back down to Southern California, I think that was when my real wine education began. Aside from working in restaurants (the first one being a health food place, called the Loaf & Ladle – in Pasadena), wine education fell upon me and my own resources. I was poor. I worked three jobs, had a family and wine was a luxury. But, fortunately there was a Trader Joe’s (the  original one, on Route 66, in Pasadena) down the road from me. And they had stacks of wine, from all over the world, usually for $2 or $3 per bottle.

This was my “Promised Land.” Here was a Vouvray for $1.99. On the stack next to it was a Rheingau, also $1.99. A shiny, golden chrome-like bottle announced Sherry. Into the shopping cart it flamenco’ d. nearby was a Petite Sirah from Morgan Hill, a stretch at $2.99. Ok, why not? The place was rife with easy-entry doorways into the world of wine. And so it began in earnest, this life of wine, as an adult, now going into the fifth decade of such a life.

Can an industrial produced wine, such as Thunderbird, lead to other things? Did it, in my case?

In all likelihood, it probably started at the Sunday table of my grandparents, where I saw wine integrated in our life as an accompaniment to food. To this day, it is that. Not to say there aren’t times when wine isn’t brilliantly refreshing. The other night we opened up a 2016 Rosé of Sangiovese from Alexander Valley Vineyards. The wine virtually disappeared from the bottle in minutes. Leave a bottle of Cleto Chiarli Vecchia Modena Lambrusco di Sorbara in the fridge and it will disappear. (Note to self, always have two bottles of that, at all times). Riesling? Forget about it. I don't know how they all escape the fridge so quickly, like they all leave for the Italian Riviera with the Soave's, the Gavi's and the Greco's, through some secret door.

My Thunderbird experience didn’t lead me down some rosy gateway path – it didn’t teach me how to love wine - but what Thunderbird did was to leave an impression – it catalyzed a young soul and made a notation for something, somewhere down the line. Sure, it wasn’t an altogether pleasant experience. But it was something that I never forgot.

And while I have never had any inkling to go back and revisit that moment, I do look back upon it in a wistful manner. Last night, over a bottle of 2005 Brunello from Barbi (opened too early, by the way), I enjoyed the wine immensely. So, for however I got here, I have learned how to love wine.

And for all the good, bad and otherwise inappropriately positioned bottles along my path, I’m in a good place with wine.

My advice to anyone who cared enough to read this far: Don’t worry about how you got here. If Barefoot brought you, so be it. If Gaja was your gateway, count yourself lucky (and pecuniarily propitious). We are overwhelmed with commercially produced, industrialized wine. And as well, we are admonished, regularly, by influencers, to only place pure, organic, special stuff into the temples that are our bodies. But you have to start – somewhere.

The Trader Joe’s of my early adulthood doesn’t exist as it once did. What was then a clearing house, for unknown and apparently unwanted wines, was a universe waiting to be discovered. I was very fortunate. To walk into a supermarket today, where wine is sold, is to be assaulted with any number of outrageously labeled wines. Cute, at times. Offensive at other times. But somewhere on that shelf, might just be a wine that can lead to other things. If there is an independent wine shop, you might be luckier. This isn’t going to magically appear to you. You have to climb the hill, make the trek. Hey, you gotta do something to get your 10,000 steps in a day, yes?






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          Internet dalam Jaringan lokal   
 Internet Dalam jaringan Lokal
Pada artikel sebelumnya telah dibahas tentang pengertian jaringan komputer, namun belum dijelaskan secara rinci apa saja komponen-komponen yang dibutuhkan agar bisa membentuk suatu jaringan komputer, jadi agar lebih memahami tentang jaringan komputer silahkan baca artikel di bawah ini.
Kita awali dengan mengulas apa itu TCP/IP, TCP/IP yang mempunyai kepanjangan Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol adalah sekelompok protokol yang mengatur komunikasi data komputer pada jaringan komputer. Komputer-komputer yang terhubung ke jaringan berkomunikasi dengan protokol TCP/IP, karena menggunakan bahasa yang sama perbedaan jenis komputer dan sistem operasi tidak menjadi masalah. Komputer PC dengan sistem operasi Windows dapat berkomunikasi dengan komputer Macintosh atau dengan Sun SPARC yang menjalankan solaris. Jadi, jika sebuah komputer menggunakan protokol TCP/IP dan terhubung langsung ke jaringan, maka komputer tersebut dapat berhubungan dengan komputer di belahan dunia mana pun yang juga terhubung ke jaringan tersebut.
Ciri-ciri jaringan komputer:
1. dapat berbagi perangkat keras (hardware).
2. dapat berbagi perangkat lunak (software).
3. dapat berbagi saluran komunikasi (internet).
4. dapat berbagi data dengan mudah.
5. memudahkan komunikasi antar pemakai jaringan.
Local Area Network (LAN) adalah sejumlah komputer yang saling dihubungkan bersama di dalam satu areal tertentu yang tidak begitu luas, seperti di dalam satu kantor atau gedung. Secara garis besar terdapat dua tipe jaringan atau LAN, yaitu jaringan Peer to Peer dan jaringan Client-Server.
Pada jaringan peer to peer, setiap komputer yang terhubung ke jaringan dapat bertindak baik sebagai workstation maupun server. Sedangkan pada jaringan Client-Server, hanya satu komputer yang bertugas sebagai server dan komputer lain berperan sebagai workstation. Antara dua tipe jaringan tersebut masing-masing memiliki keunggulan dan kelemahan, di mana masing-masing akan dijelaskan.
LAN tersusun dari beberapa elemen dasar yang meliputi komponen hardware dan software, yaitu :
1. Komponen Fisik
Personal Computer (PC), Network Interface Card (NIC), Kabel, Topologi jaringan
2. Komponen Software
Sistem Operasi Jaringan, Network Adapter Driver, Protokol Jaringan.
—–
Komponen Fisik (hardware)
Personal Komputer (PC)
Tipe personal komputer yang digunakan di dalam jaringan akan sangat menentukan unjuk kerja dari jaringan tersebut. Komputer dengan unjuk kerja tinggi akan mampu mengirim dan mengakses data dalam jaringan dengan cepat. Di dalam jaringan tipe Client-Server, komputer yang difungsikan sebagai server mutlak harus memiliki unjuk kerja yang lebih tinggi dibandingkan komputer-komputer lain sebagai workstation-nya, karena server akan bertugas menyediakan fasilitas dan mengelola operasional jaringan tersebut.



soal internet dalam jaringan lokal

1. Lokal Area Network adalah kepamjangan dari...
    a. LAN
    b. LN
    c. LAAN
    d. LNN
2. Koneksi internet dapat mempengaruhi...
    a. Koneksi
    b. Kecepatan tiap komputer
    c. Kegunaan komputer
    d. Kenyamanan penggunaan
3. Apa kegunaan komputer PC...
    a. sebagai HOST
    b. sebagai koneksi
    c. sebagai perangkat keras
    d. sebagai modem
4. Apa fungsi LAPTOP..
    a. sebagai client
    b. sebagai server
    c. sebagai user
    d. sebagai printer
5. Apa yang dimaksud dengan Gateway...
    a. gerbang penghubung antara dunia internet dan komputer
    b. koneksi
    c. server
    d. user

          Perangkat Keras Dan Fungsinya Untuk Akse Internet   

    
Macam-Macam Perangkat Keras dan Fungsinya Yang dibutuhkan Komputer atau Notebook Untuk Mengakses Internet :
  1. MODEM (MODULASI DEMOLATOR)
  2. ETHERNET CARD ATAU LAN CARD
  3. HUB ATAU SWITCH
  4. ROUTER
  1. Modem
Fungsi dari modem adalah mengubah data dari digital ke listrik atau gelombang elektronik dan sebaliknya.
Jenis-jenis modem berdasarkan beberapa kategori :
A.     Berdasarkan letak di CPU Komputer, modem terbagi dua, yaitu :
1.            modem internal
         modem yang berada di dalam cpu
2.            modem external
         modem yang berada di luar cpu
B.     Berdasarkan cara koneksi dengan ISP, modem terbagi dua, yaitu :
1.            modem wireline atau wired
modem yang menggunakan media kabel untuk berkoneksi dengan ISP
2.            modem wireless
modem yang menggunakan media nirkabel (gelombang elektronik)untuk berkoneksi dengan ISP
C.     Berdasarkan ISP (Internet Service Provider) yang digunakan atau teknologi ISP yang dipakai, jenis modem bisa dibagi menjadi beberapa macam, antara lain :
1.            modem adsl
2.            modem dsl
3.            modem cdma
4.            modem gsm
5.            modem dial up

  1. Ethernet Card atau Lan Card
Lan Card ( kartu jaringan ) berfungsi sebagai alat penghubung sebuah komputer dengan jaringan komputer atau penghubung komputer dengan modem jenis adsl dan dsl.
  1. Hub atau Switch
Switch berfungsi menghubungkan dua komputer atau lebih. Switch dibutuhkan, jika ingin melakukan sharing internet.
  1. Router
Router mempunyai fungsi yang sama dengan Switch, tetapi lebih pintar. Kelebihan Router dibanding Switch adalah fungsi routing dan gateway-nya. Fungsi routing berguna untuk memilih rute yang terbaik dalam jaringan, sedangkan gateway berfungsi seperti komputer server.

Pada saat sekarang ini sudah ada jenis modem tertentu yang juga mempunyai fungsi sebagai router, gateway atau switch. Jadi pada saat kita ingin melakukan sharing internet ke beberapa komputer cukup membeli modem model tersebut.

Persyaratan minimal komputer atau notebook yang digunakan untuk akses komputer
  1. Processor Pentium III 500 Mhz
  2. Ram 64 MB
  3. VGA Card 4 MB
  4. Sound Card dan Speaker
  5. CD ROM
  6. Harddisk 10 GB
  7. Monitor CRT SVGA


Pertanyaan!!!
1. Di bawah ini yang bukan macam-macam perangkat keras dan fungsinya yang dibutuhkan komputer untuk menangakses internet....
a. yahoo
b. modem
c. ethernet card atau lan card
d. hub atau switch

2. apa itu fungsi modem....
a. untuk akases internet
b. untuk akases komputer
c. alat penghubung
d. mengubah data dari digital ke listrik atau gelombang elektronik dan sebaliknya   

3. Sebutkan modem berdasarkan letak di CPU komputer....
      a. modem wireline atau wired
     b.  modem internal dan external
   c. modem adsl
   d. modem cdma

4. Berdasarkan ISP jenis modem dibagi berapa macam...
a. 7 macam
b. 5 macam
c. 6 macam
d. 8 macam

5. Dibawah ini yang bukan Persyaratan minimal komputer atau notebook yang digunakan untuk akses komputer....
a. Processor Pentium III 500 Mhz
b. Ram 64 MB
c. facebook
d. cd room





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              7 Ways to Brighten Your Horizon Forever   

    You're reading 7 Ways to Brighten Your Horizon Forever, originally posted on Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement. If you're enjoying this, please visit our site for more inspirational articles.

    1. Read Books that Make you think Outside the Box!

    Brighten your horizon by realizing that everyone is your teacher. Gradually, you’ll gravitate to books - reading them will shape and mould your character brick by brick. Over time, they’ll help carve out a masterpiece of an inner canvas, making you consider possibilities you would have never otherwise considered.

    One idea has the potential to change your life forever if you act on it.“Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it.” Sometimes, the most profound insights you have in your life will come through reading one sentence, one quote, in one book.

    1. Invest BIG in Yourself

    Countless people similar to you have made mistakes and often pass on their decades of experience — so that you don’t have to learn things the hard way. Warren Buffett, the world renowned and famous investor, once said “It’s good to learn from your mistakes. But it’s better to learn from other people’s mistakes.”

    Whether it’s through an online course, seminar, or a three-day event (related to skills you’re passionate about improving) — you’ll usually come back with an upgraded toolkit. Having the willingness to let go of your ego, by investing in yourself, will cut your learning curve and allow you to get the skills that some people have taken YEARS to learn.

    Just because you’ve finished your degree doesn’t mean your life education is over. In fact, it’s always just getting started. Remember: if you don’t invest in yourself, then who will?

    1. Reflect on your Direction Regularly!

    You only ever have so much energy to give, and every once in awhile; you need to make a pit stop. That can take the form of a public blog, a written journal, or simply a conversation with a friend to reflect on your year so far.

    Reflecting on your journey, is one of the most important things you can do for your direction and self-awareness in the long term. The active recovery will give you the clarity needed to act on hard truths — so that you can make wise improvements in both your personal and professional life.

    1. Save BIG Money Every Month

    If you don’t have money under control, you don’t live free. If you don’t save money every month, you’re not preparing for the future. Making a saving plan doesn’t have to be complicated. You just need to calculate how much you automatically spend every month, and then create a comfortable monthly standing order for an amount that you can easily commit to.

    Brian Tracy, one of the most prominent self-improvement gurus, in his book, the 21 Secrets of Millionaires, wrote: “if you don’t save money, the seeds of greatness aren’t within you. By saving for the future, you show that you understand that a little money saved each month, will end up going a long way towards your freedom. And freedom is something you value tremendously.

    1. Mostly Eat Healthy Food!

    Anyone can eat a couple of fruits and vegetables per day. Anyone can eat one protein-rich meal per day. Anyone can skip the soda and make sure they drink enough water. Eating healthy is not a pursuit of perfection, it’s just about feeding your body more of what it needs, and less of what it doesn’t.

    Companies are spending billions of dollars on marketing processed foods so you can’t be too harsh on yourself if you eat unhealthy on occasion. Yes, you’ve probably grown to love cookies, ice cream, and the like — but by feeding your body more nutritious foods most of the time, you’ll disable part of the lure processed foods have over you.

    1. Exercise Regularly!

    Exercise isn’t just about improving your physique or your health; it’s about improving your mentality and physiology. Similarly to fine-tuning a car, your body needs the right intervention to operate at its best! You only ever end up getting one body in your lifetime, so you do what you can to take care of it! Whether you go to the gym three times per week, jog once a week, play sports with your friends — you were built to move!

    Having an xercisee ritual is a gateway into a higher state of energy and focus. And with that state, you can experience more rewarding days = a more rewarding life.If you’re exercising in some form regularly (even if it’s just taking a long walk), then you’re leveraging all the areas of your life closer to their full potential!

    1. Be Mindful of your Media Consumption!

    One of the easiest ways to relax and stimulate yourself after a long day at work is to turn on Netflix, Amazon Prime, or whatever’s trending now. With a flick of your fingers, you can get access to a whole variety of entertainment. The average person in America consumes an average of five hours of Television per day! Zig Ziglar, in his book, How to Stay Motivated, mentions that the average Chairman of a board only consumes four to eight hours of television per week.

    Be the chairman of your life — by being mindful of the quality and quantity of information you allow to flow into your consciousness. You decide whether you want to experience the better part of the thrills you seek, through a screen, or your life...

    With time and application, these seven different components of your life will start clicking into place, as they continually serve to brighten your horizon!

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              Fundracers søger betalings løsning til abonnements betaling   

    Hej med jer, håber at jeg må låne lidt ekspertise af dette "hive mind" af kloge ildsjæle :)

    FundRacers.dk er en gruppe af mennesker som frivilligt samler penge ind til gode formål (pt BørneCancerFonden) og skal bruge en betalings gateway til at tage imod abonnements betalinger (og dankort). Vi har allerede en aftale om at få en indløsningsaftale sponsoreret af NETS men mangler en god og ikke mindst billig, ( så mange penge som mulig skulle gerne gå til børnene :) ) payment gateway.

    Så mit spørgsmål er sådanset simpelt, hvem vil i vælge hvis i skulle ud og finde en under ovennævnte kriterier?


              Sabbatical Reflections [part one]   
    It's my third day back with Anchor Community Church. The time has been spent reconnecting with leaders from the congregation. We've been catching up on the sabbatical experience for all of us. All the conversations have prompted some helpful reflection for me.

    I didn't do a lot of reflection about the sabbatical during the four months, but now that I'm on the other side of it, now seems a good time to do so. Over the next few weeks and maybe even months I intend to write out my reflections as a way to connect the congregation to my sabbatical experience.

    Anchor provided my family with a tremendous gift for which we will be forever grateful. I want them to know some of what resulted from the gift of the sabbatical. I've begun to hear stories of how God used the sabbatical in the life of the congregation. Apparently we all have a lot of stories to tell. I want to hear them, and share mine.

    But I also want to connect with other pastors who may be interested in a sabbatical. It seems to me that most pastors need a sabbatical, but don't believe that it is possible. Through my reflections, I hope to encourage pastors to follow up on their awareness that they do need a sabbatical. Not only that, but then provide some insights on how they can begin to prepare now for helping make a sabbatical possible in their future.

    My first brief reflection here centers on the point I just made in regard to pastors: I was convicted, confronted, and eventually convinced that I needed a sabbatical. I needed a Psalm 23 experience.

    He makes me to lie down in green pastures;
      He leads me beside the still waters.
    He restores my soul;
      He leads me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake.

    It was with some embarrassment that I admitted I needed a sabbatical. Shouldn't I have managed my life better such that I didn't need a sabbatical? Isn't a sabbatical a luxury item? Who am I to get a sabbatical, shouldn't that be reserved for pastors with more experience or bigger churches who have "real" stress or more complicated, enduring problems that they've had to shoulder? And how dare I ask my small congregation to help fund a sabbatical for me, isn't that selfish of me? If none of them will ever get a sabbatical through their work, how is it fair for me to request that they grant one to me?

    You could come up with your own objections to a sabbatical. Maybe the time is not (ever) right. Maybe the money isn't there. Maybe you're too busy to take a break...

    Through my family, close trusted friends, through experience, counseling, honest self-assessment, and the Spirit of Christ, and probably some other factors I'm not clear on, I became convinced that I needed a sabbatical. In taking stock of who I was becoming to my wife and children, to my friends and family, and even my congregation, I finally acknowledged that I needed an extended time of cessation from being a pastor. I knew it had to happen. No more putting it off. Either the sabbatical happens, or else something else does...something else not good.

    Since sabbaticals aren't a common experience for congregations in my denomination, or many other denominations that I am aware of, there is little precedence for preparing for a sabbatical. Anchor had to dive into uncharted waters to prepare for this sabbatical. Ideally the next sabbatical will occur before I'm worn out, but at just the right time for a Psalm 23 experience for all of us.

    But for me, I became convicted that a sabbatical had to happen. That conviction accelerated the conversations and planning. Had we not been operating out of urgency, we may have prepared better for the sabbatical. As it was, God was gracious to the congregation, taking care of all of us as we walked in faith. It was hard work preparing well for the sabbatical, but it was good work that had to happen. Anchor's leaders were amazing in their willingness to step up and help make this experience possible for my family and the congregation.


    For pastors reading this who would like a sabbatical, do the research. Find out if there is any precedence in your denomination or region for a sabbatical. Talk to that pastor or congregation. Here's our denomination's helpful guidelines for sabbaticals.

    Start paying attention to your schedule and self to determine how weary you are and can you make some small changes immediately. It's better to enter a sabbatical already making some key changes to diet, sleep, schedule and rest.

    Continue to pray about the sabbatical with the Lord: does this desire have God's blessing? Is the Spirit of Christ giving you permission to pursue a sabbatical? The conviction and confirmation that you ought to take a sabbatical are key to moving forward. Second-guessing your decision will undermine the success.


    For Anchor: with the rapid pace of preparing for the sabbatical, I gave off the impression that I was doing fine, that I had the energy to lead and preach well. I'm grateful that my ministry went well (for the most part...) up to the end of the year. But everything comes with a price to be paid. I was on fumes, I crossed the finish line of December 31st with nothing left in the pastor-tank.

    For all the confusion that my sabbatical may have caused, I am sorry. That's maybe part of my pastoring that didn't go well at the end.

    But, I was convinced and convicted that the sabbatical had to happen. And I am deeply grateful that Anchor helped make it possible. Thank you.


    Check out this link for more blogposts published during my sabbatical, as well as upcoming sabbatical reflections.




              Barely Hanging On   
    What can you do for the people you know who are barely hanging on? Especially when you are the one barely hanging on. What do you do when it seems to you like almost everyone is barely hanging on.

    Except that you wouldn't know it by looking at them.

    What you see isn't always what you get. You see people and you think they have it all together because that's how they act. So then you feel bad for not having it all together like all those people.

    And you wonder what their secret is, and how you can learn that secret so that you don't have to feel like you are barely hanging on, so you can have it all together like them.

    But then you find out that they don't have it all together, that they are actually barely hanging on. So then you feel betrayed. Here you were, beating yourself up for not having it all together like them, when all along they were barely hanging on just like you. Well, not just like you. Everybody is barely hanging on, just in different ways.

    Well, not everybody. Some people actually have it all together. But they've got to work so hard to have it all together that they don't have much time or energy left over to help others who are barely hanging on to find a way to get it all together. So basically people that are barely hanging on have to start hanging out together. At least if you are going to be barely hanging on, you might as well barely hang on with others. Why be lonely when you're barely hanging on?

    Except that it's embarrassing to admit that you are barely hanging on. People will look at you and wonder what is wrong with you. Except that most people who are judging you are also barely hanging on. Oh the irony.

    So why is it so hard to let others know that you are barely hanging on? Is it because of denial? Or is it false hope, that I'm only barely hanging on for just a bit longer - so why admit to something that won't be true of me in a short time. Except that you do end up staying that way. And stay in denial. A weird denial; you seem to be crystal clear with yourself about barely hanging on, yet obscuring the truth towards others about your clinging. Is there shame in barely hanging on?

    It seems to be such a universal experience - millions of people all barely hanging on and all ashamed about it, all committed to keeping it a secret. If everyone would just come clean with the people in your life about barely hanging on, maybe, just maybe, we'd find that what we call barely hanging on is not so bad. Maybe what we call barely hanging on is normal.

    Maybe what we are barely hanging on to isn't worth it.

    Maybe trying to be busier than God intends isn't worth it.

    Maybe trying to make more money to afford more material possessions isn't worth it.

    Maybe trying to make yourself so happy or fulfilled isn't worth it.

    Maybe it's okay to fight with the people in your life, to not be content, to be unsettled and dissatisfied.

    Maybe we don't have to want to be like other people.

    Maybe we should just let go of what we are barely hanging on to. Maybe we'll find that the fog around our feet is hiding the ledge that is inches below our toes. Maybe we're barely hanging on to something that God's fine with us not having anymore.

    Maybe we want more for ourselves in this life than God wants for us.

    Maybe God's not interested in giving us more then we need.

    Maybe we confuse the things we have for the things we need, and we attribute to God gifts that he didn't give or care about. Does God really care about you having a bigger house? Does God really care about you having a safer car? Does God really care about you getting a flatter TV? Does God really care about you having the perfect marriage and kids?

    Maybe God doesn't care about any of those things in and of themselves. Maybe God put the fog around your feet so that you'd pay attention to what you're hanging on to. Maybe God wants you to notice what you are barely hanging on to and make a decision about it.

    Maybe God isn't answering your prayers for help amidst your barely hanging on because he doesn't want you to hang on anymore. Are you barely hanging on to your marriage? Are you barely hanging on to your kids? Are you barely hanging on to your home? Are you barely hanging on to your job? Are you barely hanging on to your health? Are you barely hanging on to your friends?

    Maybe it's not that God wants you to let go of your marriage, your kids, your job, your life - but God does want you to let go of the expectations and assumptions you have about them. If you expect someone to always make you happier, if you expect a job to always satisfy you, if you expect your kids to be more than they can be, if you expect life to give you more than it owes you - then yes, you'll continue to barely hang on to a ledge that leads to nowhere.

    But maybe you'll finally decide you're tired of barely hanging on, you'll admit that you're tired of barely hanging on, you'll let others know you're tired of barely hanging on, and then someday maybe you'll quit barely hanging on.

    And you'll discover that in letting go you finally stood firm on your feet instead of grasping with aching fingers. When you land on your feet, you may find that there are still intractable problems and insatiable desires. But instead of equating success with solving all problems and satisfying all desires, you'll be bravely honest enough to accept life as it is.

    Accepting your life as it is allows you to hear the words of Jesus as spoken to you as you really are, not the you that you were barely hanging on to, a you that didn't really exist except in your fantasies.

    And by hitting the fog-laced ledge with your feet, now it becomes possible to follow the way of Jesus in life as it really is, not just with your head and grasping hands.

    May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you the same attitude of mind toward each other that Christ Jesus had, so that with one mind and one voice you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise to God. [Romans 15v5-7]

    So if all of us who are barely hanging on will just accept one another in the same way that Jesus accepts us, maybe we'll have the courage to let go? Maybe instead of expending so much energy on ourselves and our clinging, we accept from God the endurance and encouragement he's willing to give for the life we really have, not the one we wish we had. And maybe this would help us to see people as they really are - not as ones who have it all together, but as ones who are barely hanging on. Maybe if we can learn to glorify God as we're barely hanging on, we'll someday be willing to praise God standing on our feet.

    I know, I know, it just looks like there are so many people who have it all together. So many people, who despite their problems still seem to be happy and worry free. You see them smiling, you see the ways they are blessed, how they seem to work through obstacles with ease, the same obstacles that seem to trip you up.

    Yes, all those people who you think are successful and don't fit into the category of barely hanging on - there are some of them. But for most of those people you think have it all together, there's something in their life, something important, something they care deeply about that is not going well. And in that area of their life, they are barely hanging on. And it's in that clinging, that concern, that worry, that fear that God meets them and invites them to trust.

    People don't have it as together as you'd like to think. But regardless of whether you think they are barely hanging on or not, what matters more is you - you can't cling and take God's hand at the same time. Either you continue to choose to barely hang on or you trustingly take God's hand and let him lower you down on the fog-laced ledge.

    And quit looking at other people and judging for yourselves whether they are barely hanging on or having it all together. Quit comparing people. You barely know their story. Pay attention to your own story.

    You don't have to keep barely hanging on anymore. And you don't have to keep comparing yourself to others anymore. You don't have to. You don't. But if you do, if you continue to barely hang on, I understand.
              City plans to 'dream a little bigger' re: the riverfront and St. Jude area   
    The City of Memphis is looking to the State of Tennessee to help it create a "sense of arrival" as vehicles enter the city across the Hernando DeSoto Bridge. The city is expected to go before the State Building Commission this summer with a plan, similar to the Bicentennial Gateway Project presented to the Memphis City Council and Shelby County Commission in January, to add Mud Island and the riverfront as a qualified public use facility under the state Tourism Development Zone (TDZ) Financing Act. To…

              Turning Pages Reads: UNIDENTIFIED SUBURBAN OBJECT by MIKE JUNG   

    Welcome to another session of Turning Pages!

    This bright, cute cover was just one of the reasons I picked up this book; another reason is the author, who is a friend of the blog, and a pretty sterling human being. Solidly in the category of a problem/solution novel for younger middle graders, this book is one of my favorite impulse-picks so far this summer.

    Synopsis: Chloe Cho has lived in a very boring small town for most of her elementary school experience. Her father's pet store and her mother's work as an astrophysicist, Chloe feels could have happened anywhere but no, they choose to live in the dullest, most white-bread town, ever. There are no other Asians in their town. Certainly, no other Koreans. It's tiresome to be the only anything - and when Chloe's school gets a new teacher whose last name is Lee, Chloe is beyond excited. Finally, another Korean! Even better, Ms. Lee is open to Chloe exploring her Korean background and doing a Model UN project about South Korea.

    Unfortunately, Ms. Lee is the only one who's excited about it. Chloe's parents are not. They would really prefer she concentrate on being ...an American. It's what the Chos are now, right? Americans?

    Chloe is desperate not to feel like a fish-out-of-water anymore, and does all she can to learn, on her own, about who she is... but what do you do when you really are nothing like the people around you? How do you cope?

    Observations: Okay, I did not see the plot twist in this novel coming. At all. Well done to the people who did the advertising. I was reading along, and said, "Wait, what? WHAT!?" So, that was excellent. Second, I wish that I'd had this novel when I was teaching the fifth grade, because we often talked about the deeper meanings behind the friendships we had, and the identities we had as human beings: as people of color or white people, as child people who were younger or older siblings or adult teachers and friends. This is a book about multiple identities - about having and losing and choosing them. Chloe is trying very hard to align the identity she has inhabited unknowingly with the identity she discovers, and this allows readers to consider the question, how much of who we are is simply who we choose to be?

    All of us, school aged or elsewhere in life, have felt stupidly out of step with our peers, but not everyone weathers the realization that they're a square peg, and still comes out a ...shape on the other side, to really drag the metaphor out. ☺ Chloe, as she comes through this difficult time, fails to do so gracefully -- arguing with teachers, feuding with her best friend, and screaming at her parents as she struggles to balance being the Only in her community, and wondering if the love and support and position she's found for herself within the community is entirely false. The very realness of her reaction makes this story relatable to everyone, but I think it's especially relatable to kids who have been adopted or who are of mixed race in an environment where they are in the minority. Sometimes a minority person can wonder, "do people like me because they think that X - whatever is different about me - is cool? or is it truly me in which they're interested?" Chloe struggles with why her best friend actually likes her -- and her best friend has to explicitly explain to her why by leading her back through the situations they've been through together. This is the proof that an unbeliever needs to see that they are loved. More than that, Chloe and Shelley also model strong communication techniques that are the basis of what keep a relationship strong.

    Conclusion: There so much I can't tell you about the narrative behind this book because that takes all the fun out of reading the story and discovering it for oneself - but this quiet, snarky, fun little book is a gateway and a bridge to some deeper conversations between adults and kids that a quiet summer afternoon seems the perfect time to delve into.



    I received my copy of this book courtesy of the public library. You can find UNIDENTIFIED SUBURBAN OBJECT by Mike Jung at an online e-tailer, or at a real life, independent bookstore near you!


              Trump strikes at China with arms sales to Taiwan   
    Crazy hot this weekend on the coast, but good riding.

    The Trump Administration State Department released a large arms deal for Taiwan, something which has been long predicted but had been held up. According to Defense News, the deal was worth $1.3 on the surface, but will need Congressional approval and may end up below that figure. Lawmakers have 30 days to object, according to AP....
    The State Department has approved arms sales to Taiwan worth a total of $1.4 billion, the first such deal with the self-governing island since President Donald Trump took office, officials said Thursday.

    The sale will anger China, which regards Taiwan as part of its territory. It comes at a delicate time for relations between Washington and Beijing over efforts to rein in nuclear-armed North Korea.
    Note that the routine formula is followed: we learn that China will be angry, but we do not learn that the people of Taiwan -- our ally! -- will gain protection. Thus, the framing is entirely negative. Sad. Further down, we are told the relationship has deteriorated but not that Beijing was the cause. Why are there alt-facts? Because the media refuses to accurately describe the world.

    I've placed the Nelson Report comments on the arms sale at the bottom of this post, but one quote from an anonymous and well placed Nelson Report reader said it all:
    "Chris, word on the street is that WH has called this "F- China Month".
    A longtime and knowledgeable observer said that Washington was rapidly accepting that it would need to stop delaying arms sales so that they can be rolled out in packages. Rather, they would have to be sent to Congress as soon as the Pentagon approves them. This would increase the deterrent effect. US-Taiwan Business Council head Rupert Hammond-Chambers added
    “The Council supports the return to a normal and regular process for assessing all Taiwan arms sales requests and sales. Packaging several years’ worth of items drives up the overall dollar value of each tranche of notifications. Each Taiwan arms sale also becomes a rare and compelling event, drawing significantly more attention than it might otherwise garner. This creates a more substantial opportunity for Chinese protests and posturing in response to each sale, protests that have had a deterrent effect on U.S. willingness to release needed but advanced systems to Taiwan - such as new-build fighters and submarines. It would be in the U.S. interest to provide less of an impetus for Chinese protests in response to Taiwan arms sales, and moving away from packaging would be a substantial step in the right direction.”
    Recall that this package was delayed by the Obama Administration -- an actual sellout of Taiwan's interests to please China.

    The US-Taiwan Business Council says the deal is for...
    The published FMS Congressional Notifications (transmittal numbers 16-67, 16-68, 16-69, 16-70, 16-73, 16-74, and 16-75) were for SM-2 Block IIIA All-Up Rounds, associated equipment and technical support (US$125 million); MK 54 Lightweight Torpedo Conversion Kits, spare parts and other support and assistance (US$175 million); MK 48 Mod 6AT Heavyweight Torpedoes, other support, spare parts, training, and assistance (US$250 million); Hardware, software, and other upgrades to the AN/SLQ-32(V)3 Electronic Warfare Systems supporting Taiwan’s KEELUNG Class destroyers (US$80 million); AGM-154C JSOW Air-to-Ground Missiles, spare/repair parts and other support and assistance (US$185.5 million); AGM-88B HARMs and Training HARMs, spare/repair parts, testing, and other support and assistance (US$147.5 million); SRP Operations and Maintenance follow-on sustainment (US$400 million).[i]
    Note that these are largely upgrades and additions to current systems. Nothing really major here. Details are here. ADDED: Note comment below about the package actually having some new/interesting things...

    Meanwhile this week a Senate Committee backs a bill calling for port calls in Taiwan by US naval ships (FocusTw):
    The Armed Services Committee of the U.S. Senate on Wednesday approved a provision that will allow U.S. naval vessels to make regular stops at Taiwanese ports.

    The provision was adopted by a vote 21-6 as part of the National Defense Authorization Act for 2018, which will now move on to the full Senate for consideration.

    It stipulates re-establishing "regular ports of call by the U.S. Navy at Kaohsiung or any other suitable ports in Taiwan" and permitting "U.S. Pacific Command to receive ports of call by Taiwan," according to a summary of the bill.
    It also calls for the US to provide technical support for weapons development in Taiwan, for indigenous undersea warfare vehicles (subs!!) and mines. China had a fainting spell and called for smelling salts over this. UPDATE: Apparently ROCN visits to PACOM ports such as Guam, Hawaii, and Yokusaka are also included in this, a Navy friend tells me.

    This is good news all around. It illustrates the old observation that whenever the US moves farther from China it moves closer to Taiwan. By the same token, it shows that Taiwan will always be at the mercy of the US relationship with China. But I don't expect that relationship to improve much... especially since the US sanctioned Chinese banks for dealing with N Korea. A clear signal, that....
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    Below READ MORE is the Nelson Report:


    SUMMARY: the Administration delivered a "one-two punch" today for anyone who thinks that Xi Jinping somehow snowed Trump into going easy on Beijing because of alleged help on N. Korea, and being "transactional" on the vital question of helping Taiwan keep some semblance of an effective defense capability to deter PLA adventurism in a crisis:
    First, while Xi is still in Hong Kong (!) State announced a $1.4 billion arms sale package; then Treasury's OFAC announced it was finally implementing some "secondary sanctions" against Chinese banks and businesses still underwriting the Kim Regime in N. Korea despite Beijing's claims to oppose Kim's nukes, missiles and threats to one and all.
    Both come just before a Xi-Trump bilateral at the Hamburg G-20, and that coincides with the end of what a frankly sarcastic player calls "the Magic 100 Day Trade Review", virtually guaranteeing more will come as various "enforcement" decisions come due. Steel, anyone?
    A senior US-China hand preferring ANON status:
    "You have to read the OFAC decision as a 'vote of no confidence' by Trump in terms of Xi's willingness or ability to somehow 'fix' the N. Korea problem.  Trump now apparently realizes that the Chinese will always disappoint him. In fact, that they are built to do that!"
    National Security Advisor McMaster was politer yesterday at the Center for a New American Security, saying China represents a vital lever to pressure North Korea to step back from nuclear weapons.     
    "I think one the key elements of the strategy is that decision, how much China is able, really willing, able to help," McMaster said. "China does have a great deal of control over that situation, largely through coercive power related to its economic relations...The North Korean problem is not a problem between the United States and North Korea. It's a problem between North Korea, China and the world. And China recognizes that this is a big problem for them..."
    God help us, Treasury is Tweeting, also:
    Treasury targets Chinese bank serving as gateway for illicit N Korean financial activity, and issues sanctions: treasury.gov/press-center/p...
    Looking at the big picture, Loyal Reader Frank Jannuzi, Mansfield Foundation:
    "These are modest steps, probably long overdue from a technical standpoint.  That said, these moves will not significantly curtail China-DPRK trade and investment or encourage Beijing to be more cooperative at the UN.  To the contrary, Trump's mercurial nature will likely undercut Chinese support for U.S. pressure tactics and exacerbate growing tensions in U.S.-China relations.  Gonna be a long hot summer..."
    Oh yeah!! Here's an ANON quote on which the protection need is self-evident, both on content and point of origin:
    "Chris, word on the street is that WH has called this "F- China Month".
    Sigh, so much for good taste. Scroll down for the gory details of Trump's latest "mercurial". Here's the arms sale story from the official "background brief", attributable to a "U.S. Government official":
    This afternoon, the Department of State approved and delivered Congressional notifications for several sales to Taiwan cumulatively valued at approximately $1.4 billion. The notifications from DSCA are attached.
    Systems include:
    ·        Early Warning Radar Surveillance Technical Support ($400 million)
    ·        AGM-154C Joint Stand-off Weapon (JSOW) ($185.5 million)
    ·        AGM-88 High-Speed Anti-Radiation (HARM) Missiles ($147.5 million)
    ·        MK 48 6AT Heavy Weight Torpedoes ($250 million)
    ·        MK 46 to MK-54 Torpedo Upgrade ($175 million)
    ·        SM-2 Missile Components ($125 million)
    ·        AN/SLQ-32A Electronic Warfare (EW) Shipboard Suite Upgrade ($80 million) 
    The Administration has formally notified Congress of seven proposed defense sales for Taiwan cumulatively valued at $1.3 billion.
    Under long-standing U.S. policy, U.S. arms sales to Taiwan are guided by the Taiwan Relations Act and based on an assessment of Taiwan's defense needs. There is no change to our longstanding "one China" policy based on the Three Joint Communiques and the Taiwan Relations Act. Today's notifications are consistent with the Taiwan Relations Act, and our support for Taiwan's ability to maintain a sufficient self-defense capability.
    These sales represent upgrades including converting current defensive legacy systems from analog to digital.
    Across decades and Presidential Administrations, the United States has remained deeply committed to meeting Taiwan's defense needs. This Administration is resolved to fully implement the provisions of the Taiwan Relations Act under which the United States makes available to Taiwan defense articles and services in such quantity necessary to enable Taiwan to maintain a sufficient self-defense capability.
    Taiwan's defensive capability gives it the confidence to engage with the mainland in dialogue to improve cross-Strait relations.  In this context, our arms sales to Taiwan support peace and stability -- not only in the Taiwan Strait, but also in the entire Asia Pacific region. We support further development of cross-Strait relations at a pace and scope acceptable to people on both sides of the Taiwan Strait.
    Here's the AP story, which needs a couple of clarification/corrections:

    US approves 1st arms sale to Taiwan under Trump

    [story removed]

    Your Editor: two points...first, the TRA does not "require" arms sales, but it doesrequire that the Administration consult with Congress on what is needed to help Taiwan preserve the peaceful status quo vis a vis the Mainland. 

    Perhaps this misunderstanding accounts for our second concern, the claim that today's announcement does not "violate" the TRA. Huh!?  How did anyone at State get that idea? Matt is a valued colleague and experienced reporter, so we have nodoubt he quoted Nauret accurately...

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    Don't miss the comments below! And check out my blog and its sidebars for events, links to previous posts and picture posts, and scores of links to other Taiwan blogs and forums!

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              Middleware Engineer II - Ohio University - Athens, OH   
    JavaScript/NodeJS, Groovy, Python, Java Spring Framework, SQL , MuleSoft ESB /Anypoint Studio, F5, Tomcat, API Services/Gateways....
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              Wirepas and Rigado connect and configure for IoT   

    Wirepas and US-based Rigado have partnered up to offer Wirepas Connectivity on Rigado's Internet of Things (IoT) Gateway.

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              Gateway to Hell Set July 21 Release for Clovers EP   
    Baltimore’s severely-named Gateway to Hell will issue their debut five-track EP, Clovers, via Unholy Anarchy Records on July 21. The band have posted the grim-looking cover art by Ru Gomez and the tracklisting, as well as the opening title-track, which you can stream at the bottom of this post, and which leaves little to wonder […]
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              An overview on Tuscany and its villas   
    Tuscany is a region in Italy located in the central part of the country along the western coast. Most important city of the region is Florence. Tuscany has a long and well deserved reputation as the most beautiful location in all of Italy. This beauty is both architectural and natural. The region was the center of the Italian Renaissance. The Renaissance produced some of the art masterpieces in the history of the World, that you can still found in the museums and galleries of Florence. Pisa, famous for its leaning tower, is also located in the area.

    It is the country side that represents the natural beauty. Villas in Tuscany dot the tranquil landscape where travelers are transported to a timeless era, and can enjoy the slow paced life and the scenic landscape. Like a trip in a time machine,you can live at the slow pace of the life and the colorful landscape invoke the time of Michelangelo and Leonardo Da Vinci.

    Tuscany villa rentals are a big business here as Tuscany is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Italy and even in Europe. With their combination of the old and the new, the classic and the modern that give Tuscany lot of interest by the tourists. Tuscany has its own unique style in cooking. It is Italian, of course, but has its own special taste as do some of the famous wines made from the grapes that grow in Tuscany’s sun drenched vineyards.

    If your vacation plans include Italy, you are going to want to plan to spend sometime in Tuscany. It would take a lifetime to fully explore the art treasures of Florence alone so you are going to want to stay awhile. Renting Tuscany villas has long been the right way to fully adsorb the culture of the region. It is something that you need to discuss with your travel agent. Florence is one of Italy’s largest cities and is the gateway to Tuscany. It is serviced by an International Airport, so you can easily begin your vacation here. However you chose to arrive in Tuscany, there is no doubt that you will leave a little piece of your heart here when you leave. It has enchanted visitors and inspired artists for centuries and you are certain to leave behind a little piece of your heart.


    If you are planning to travel to Tuscany on holiday then you will have a very pleasant vacation experience ahead of you. This is a popular destination in Europe with plenty in terms of natural beauty as well as attractions and entertainment, and the ideal way to make the most of your time in Tuscany is by opting for one of the holiday villas in Tuscany, which are available in the various parts of the region. Tuscany vacation rentals are a popular choice amongst those visiting this area, as they offer affordable luxury that is ideal for a family vacation. Tuscany villas rental costs can vary depending on the type of villa you opt for, and there is plenty of choice when it comes to finding your holiday home in Tuscany. You can get your Tuscany villa in one of many areas in the region, so you can enjoy being conveniently located close to the areas you want to enjoy. With a luxury villa in Tuscany you can relax in style and comfort, with the ideal base from which to explore the area and enjoy all the beauty, attractions, and entertainment that is on offer.

    Holiday villas in Tuscany offer a range of facilities and amenities

    When you opt for one of the holiday villas in Tuscany you will find a range of amenities and facilities on offer, which can vary depending on your budget. This can include everything from a private swimming pool to staff services, so you can enjoy the ultimate in luxury with some of these villas. A vacation in Tuscany is one that you will be thrilled with thanks to the beauty, history, and culture that can be found in this area, and being able to relax in your own villa will make your time here even more special and memorable. You will enjoy the benefits of plenty of space with your own villa, so you and your loved ones can relax without having to put up with other visitors and tourists as you would in a hotel. Having your villa in Tuscany also means that you can enjoy complete privacy yet enjoy being close to all the areas of interest.

    Choose a holiday home in a range of areas in Tuscany

    There are many beautiful and fascinating areas in Tuscany, some of which include Siena, Pisa, and Florence, as well as the Chianti wine region, Maremma, and others. You can enjoy a choice of villas in and around these areas, putting you within easy reach of the attractions and sites and enabling you to enjoy affordable luxury in convenient and beautiful surroundings.

    You will be surprised at just how affordable a villa in Tuscany can be, even with the more luxurious villas. This is particularly true if you are travelling as part of a larger group or family as it means you won’t have to pay for separate rooms and can enjoy plenty of space and luxury for everyone.
              Disinstalla Deccripted@gmail.com Virus da Windows 8 : Liberarsi di Deccripted@gmail.com Virus   
    Deccripted@gmail.com Virus Disinstallazione: Tutorial Per Disinstalla Deccripted@gmail.com Virus In semplici passi Più errori causati da Deccripted@gmail.com Virus 0x8024A005 WU_E_AU_NO_REGISTERED_SERVICE No unmanaged service is registered with AU., 0x00000081, 0x0000005A, 0x00000065, 0x0000008F, 0x80244023 WU_E_PT_HTTP_STATUS_GATEWAY_TIMEOUT Same as HTTP status 503 – the request … Continue reading
              Visit Nordfab Ducting at The Woodworking Show in the St. Louis Area   
    If you will be visiting the Woodworking Show taking place February 10 – 12 at the Gateway Center Hall (Ballroom ABCD) in Collinsville IL, please stop by to see us (and ask for one of our complimentary Nordfab measuring tapes). The show features woodworking demonstrations and seminars in addition to the machinery and supplier exhibition. […]
               Gateway 3200 Desktop SoundMax Audio Driver 5.12.01.5240 for XP 32-bit 1.0    
    Gateway 3200 Desktop SoundMax Audio Driver 5.12.01.5240 for XP 32-bit
              Sunshine: Theology as seen by a four year-old   

    Sunshine:  Theology 101 according to a four year-old.

    After I pick up Sunshine from Gateway Christian Preschool, we always have lunch together.

    Having lunch with Sunshine is always an interesting event, even if it involves copious amounts of pbj, milk, and applesauce.  All it takes is a simple question, and her vast wealth of knowledge and opinions come flooding out like gold coins from Scrooge McDuck’s vault.

    All I have to ask, “What did you learn at school today?”

    Just before Easter, Sunshine’s eyes brightened at that question, and without missing a bite of pbj, or a drop of the jam from the oozy edges, Sunshine told me.  “I learned all about Jesus.  And, Grandma, did you know…”  

    She paused for a swig of 2% milk, and to allow me to mop off her face.  “Did you know that Jesus gotted nailed to a cross?  That’s a thing that has two pieces of wood that make a small ‘t’.  The bad Romans (Where did she hear about them, I wondered.) took big nails, Grandma, really big nails.”  She spread her hands about a foot apart.  “And then they hammered them through Jesus’ hands, really hard.  Right through Jesus’ hands.”

    Her wide blue eyes made contact with my green eyes, to make sure I understood what she said.  Oh, I understood.  I could feel His bones breaking, and the blood dripping onto the wood.  My green eyes became misty with tears.

    With casual care, Sunshine licked off the strawberry jam that she had squeezed out from the bread, on purpose.  She likes to do that, and I don’t blame her; so do I.

    “Then they stood the cross up like this,” Sunshine demonstrated with her yellow IKEA plastic spoon, “and dropped it in a hole like this.”  She brought down the spoon hard into the bowl of applesauce.  “That woulda really hurted, you know.”

    Again her eyes looked deeply into mine, checking for understanding just like any good teacher would.  Oh, I understood how the cross would have hit the ground with a vibrating thud, and how this would have shook Christ’s body with waves of pain.  My eyes blinked at hers several times.

    She told me the whole story, event by event, while I remained very still, listening and watching as my almost 5 year old granddaughter explained salvation to me.  “Miss Kenny gived us each a paper cross we color on, and I decided to color my cross like a sunset.”  I looked confused, I suppose, for now she patiently explained her ideas as if I were only 4 years old.  

    “You see, Grandma, the red is for the Blood of Jesus, which He gave away so we can see Him in Heaven.  Then the orange is for the sunset when Jesus died.”  Another bite of pbj, and the last swallow of milk.  

    “Can I have some more milk, Grandma?”  Without missing a beat while I automatically poured the milk into her pink IKEA cup, Sunshine lowered her voice to a whisper.  “Then I used yellow.  You know why I used yellow?” 

    I shook my head, for at this point I didn’t want to or couldn’t talk.  “Well, the yellow is for sunrise, when Jesus got up out of His grave.  That meaned that He wasn’t dead anymore, that He was alive!”  She slammed her hand on the table.  “There!  See!  Jesus is alive!”

    With the last bite of pbj, and the last swipe of the spoon around the bowl of applesauce, Sunshine finished up.  “Then I colored around the cross in blue, ‘cause Jesus went up to Heaven, and He’s waiting there for all of us.”  She gazed into my eyes and asked, “Grandma, why are you crying?  This is good news, not bad.  Jesus is alive!”

    I pulled her into my lap and wrapped my arms around her.  Sunshine wiped her gooey face into my tee-shirt, and filled me with her warmth.  Yes, He’s alive, Sunshine.


    Susan Kane
    April 27, 2011

    This is a re-post from six years ago.  I had forgotten about until I checked comments in Hold for Moderation section.  Sunshine is now eleven, my height, with the amazing blue eyes.  And she still knows what Jesus did for us.

              Money Processing Associate - Crown Financial Ministries - Knoxville, TN   
    Be familiar with credit card/ACH processor, payment gateways, etc. Monitor credit cards and ACH chargebacks processed through payment gateway....
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              API Development Squad Lead - Apps Systems Engineer 6 - Wells Fargo - Charlotte, NC   
    Good knowledge on design principles and best practices in implementing machine 2 machine REST APIs. Wells Fargo Gateway is using the latest software tools and...
    From Wells Fargo - Thu, 22 Jun 2017 12:05:18 GMT - View all Charlotte, NC jobs
              Java API Squad Developer - Apps Systems Engineer 5 - Wells Fargo - Charlotte, NC   
    Good knowledge on design principles and best practices in implementing machine 2 machine REST APIs. Wells Fargo Gateway is using the latest software tools and...
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              API Development Squad - Apps Systems Engineer 5 - Wells Fargo - Charlotte, NC   
    Good knowledge on design principles and best practices in implementing machine 2 machine REST APIs. Wells Fargo Gateway is using the latest software tools and...
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              Senior Oracle ERP Developer - CSC - Wilmington, DE   
    We are the business behind business. Deep understanding of Oracle EBS 12.2 technical stack including Oracle Workflow Builder, SOA Gateway, Business Events...
    From CSC - Thu, 16 Mar 2017 23:10:56 GMT - View all Wilmington, DE jobs
              Lead Integration Architect - CSC - Wilmington, DE   
    We are the business behind business. Deep understanding of Oracle EBS 12.2 technical stack including Oracle Workflow Builder, SOA Gateway, Business Events...
    From CSC - Thu, 09 Mar 2017 22:59:33 GMT - View all Wilmington, DE jobs
              API Development Squad - Apps Systems Engineer 5 - Wells Fargo - San Francisco, CA   
    Good knowledge on design principles and best practices in implementing machine 2 machine REST APIs. Wells Fargo Gateway is using the latest software tools and...
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              Java API Squad Developer - Apps Systems Engineer 5 - Wells Fargo - San Francisco, CA   
    Good knowledge on design principles and best practices in implementing machine 2 machine REST APIs. Wells Fargo Gateway is using the latest software tools and...
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              Sr IT Communications Analyst - Medtronic - Framingham, MA   
    Experience deploying and integrating Audio Codes gateways. Ability to understand business impact and prioritize assignments....
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              Help Desk Manager - Omni Hotels - Dallas, TX   
    Omni Hotels and Resorts creates genuine, authentic guest experiences at 60 distinctive luxury hotels and resorts in leading business gateways and leisure...
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              Podcast404: Learning About the Textile Industry Through Object-Based Global Exchange   
    This podcast is an interview with Branson Skinner and Liz Ricketts, founders of theOR.org and a global exchange framework which helps students learn about the textile industry, sustainable textile production, and a host of global literacy issues through the object-based curriculum TheseThingsTakeTime. This interview was recorded in Washington D.C. on June 15, 2013, at the Connections Conference hosted by the Sidwell Friends School. At Sidwell Friends, this initiative has been the focus of 6th grade “service learning” projects the past two years. According to Branson and Liz’ website, “Our object exchange project creates a microcosm of global trade for education. Participants begin by designing and creating an item for someone else, somewhere else. Each person is partnered with a peer across borders through the exchange of their items. Not only does the exchange serve as a creative outlet to foster empathy, but it also represents a gateway to building relationships. ‘Those people’ found in textbooks and news reports become ‘the person I know.’ This shows the incomplete nature of stereotypes and encourages participants to consider global perspectives. In addition to fostering relationships, participants examine the resources they use in creating the objects they exchange. Working with natural dyes made from school lunches, organic cotton and fabric scraps from local designers, participants can examine the full lifecycle of the things they use everyday. Different ways that resources are used in each location add to what participants can learn from one another.” This project presents wonderful opportunities for students and teachers to engage in interdisciplinary studies. It also provides concrete ways to learn about the complexities involved in the textile industry as well as our globalized economic supply chains. By connecting students in the United States to students in Ghana, and exchanging textile products the students have created for each other (scarves) the project provides powerful opportunities for students to learn about global issues in individual, personal ways which impacts the perceptions and pre-existing stereotypes which students from different cultures have of each other. Visit theor.org for more information and ideas about getting your own students involved in this object-based global exchange project.
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              Ένα video clip με την στιγμή της αποκάλυψης των λεπτομερειών ενός ψηφιδωτού (από αναγνώστη)   
    2,200 Year Old Beautiful Ancient Greek Mosaics Discovered in Zeugma, Turkey (Ancient Greek City)



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              Comment on Yes, We Have an International Airport by BC Shelby   
    ...Boeing recently announced plans for the 797, which will fit in between the 737 Max and 787. The plane is designed specifically with providing long range/transatlantic service to smaller market cities (like Milwaukee) in mind. The 737 Max also will have the range to provide such service as well. One good candidate is Norwegian Air which currently serves Mitchell with "sunbird" flights to the Caribbean. The airline is not only taking on more orders for 787s, but the 737 Max 10 and is interested in the 797.. Norwegian is also looking to increase service between Europe and North America and is evaluating "second tier airports" that are close to major population centres such as Milwaukee Mitchell. Given the refurbishment that is under way to transform the underused E concourse into an international terminal complete with customs, as well as the close proximity to the Northern Chicago environs as well as having a rail station associated with the airport, Milwaukee could become an attractive "secondary" gateway. for the lower Great Lakes/Chicago region. True we may not be able to attract the big foreign carriers like British, Lufthansa, Air France, Virgin Atlantic, KLM, Qantas, ANA, or Ethiad, nor have overseas service provided by any of the big three US carriers (particularly since a number of them already offer intercontinental service from O'Hare). However, many of the low fare international airlines like Norwegian, Condor, Icelandair, and Air Berlin would fit right in.
              Múltiples vulnerabilidades en Symantec messaging gateway   
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    Symantec ha publicado una actualización para solucionar tres vulnerabilidades en Symantec Messaging Gateway Appliance 10.x que podrían permitir a un usuario incluir archivos, evitar funcionalidades de seguridad o ejecutar código arbitrario.



    Symantec Messaging Gateway está destinado a proteger la infraestructura de correo electrónico y productividad con protección en tiempo real contra software malicioso, spam, y ataques dirigidos. Incluye protección contra ataques dirigidos, datos de reputación de URL ampliados y administración simplificada con autenticación LDAP.



    Por último, de gravedad media con CVE-2017-6325, una vulnerabilidad de inclusión de archivos que podría dar lugar incluso a la ejecución de código remoto.



    Se ven afectadas todas las versiones de Symantec Messaging Gateway Appliance anteriores a 10.6.3. Symantec recomienda actualizar a la versión 10.6.3 y aplicar el parche 10.6.3-266. https://support.symantec.com/en_US/article.TECH246802.html



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              Comment on What is Mike Parry doing now? by steve   
    Totally agree with most comments, TS not as good as it was. It had a good blend of presenters, with enjoyably Sport coverage and after 10pm i used to really enjoy listening to the Ian Collins show. Can't stand Ronnie Irani,so patronising and false, its embarrassing! Apart from Brazil,'Moose','Sags' and a few ex players. the rest of them typifies a typical London based radio station. There are football teams north of London Gateway services!!
              EMERGENCY NURSE - INTERIOR HEALTH AUTHORITY - Chase, BC   
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              Microsoft must launch a Surface phone — and get it right the first time   
    Smartphones are the gateways to many tech companies' broader ecosystems. Sadly, history proves any attempt by Microsoft to fill that void in its ecosystem is a huge gamble. Still, the absence of the most personal of computing devices from Microsoft's lineup is detrimental to its present and future relevance. Microsoft must launch a Surface phone. ...
              Open Houses Of The Week – June 30, 2017   
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              Re: aws api gateway sdk - attach usage plan to api key   
    Here's the solution to my post - the key type being "API_KEY" isn't documented anywhere, i found it in some random python sample :/ This creates a new user with an api key and adds them to a usage plan with the api gateway java sdk
              Sven Vermeulen: Structuring infrastructural deployments   

    Many organizations struggle with the all-time increase in IP address allocation and the accompanying need for segmentation. In the past, governing the segments within the organization means keeping close control over the service deployments, firewall rules, etc.

    Lately, the idea of micro-segmentation, supported through software-defined networking solutions, seems to defy the need for a segmentation governance. However, I think that that is a very short-sighted sales proposition. Even with micro-segmentation, or even pure point-to-point / peer2peer communication flow control, you'll still be needing a high level overview of the services within your scope.

    In this blog post, I'll give some insights in how we are approaching this in the company I work for. In short, it starts with requirements gathering, creating labels to assign to deployments, creating groups based on one or two labels in a layered approach, and finally fixating the resulting schema and start mapping guidance documents (policies) toward the presented architecture.

    As always, start with the requirements

    From an infrastructure architect point of view, creating structure is one way of dealing with the onslaught in complexity that is prevalent within the wider organizational architecture. By creating a framework in which infrastructural services can be positioned, architects and other stakeholders (such as information security officers, process managers, service delivery owners, project and team leaders ...) can support the wide organization in its endeavor of becoming or remaining competitive.

    Structure can be provided through various viewpoints. As such, while creating such framework, the initial intention is not to start drawing borders or creating a complex graph. Instead, look at attributes that one would assign to an infrastructural service, and treat those as labels. Create a nice portfolio of attributes which will help guide the development of such framework.

    The following list gives some ideas in labels or attributes that one can use. But be creative, and use experienced people in devising the "true" list of attributes that fits the needs of your organization. Be sure to describe them properly and unambiguously - the list here is just an example, as are the descriptions.

    • tenant identifies the organizational aggregation of business units which are sufficiently similar in areas such as policies (same policies in use), governance (decision bodies or approval structure), charging, etc. It could be a hierarchical aspect (such as organization) as well.
    • location provides insight in the physical (if applicable) location of the service. This could be an actual building name, but can also be structured depending on the size of the environment. If it is structured, make sure to devise a structure up front. Consider things such as regions, countries, cities, data centers, etc. A special case location value could be the jurisdiction, if that is something that concerns the organization.
    • service type tells you what kind of service an asset is. It can be a workstation, a server/host, server/guest, network device, virtual or physical appliance, sensor, tablet, etc.
    • trust level provides information on how controlled and trusted the service is. Consider the differences between unmanaged (no patching, no users doing any maintenance), open (one or more admins, but no active controlled maintenance), controlled (basic maintenance and monitoring, but with still administrative access by others), managed (actively maintained, no privileged access without strict control), hardened (actively maintained, additional security measures taken) and kiosk (actively maintained, additional security measures taken and limited, well-known interfacing).
    • compliance set identifies specific compliance-related attributes, such as the PCI-DSS compliancy level that a system has to adhere to.
    • consumer group informs about the main consumer group, active on the service. This could be an identification of the relationship that consumer group has with the organization (anonymous, customer, provider, partner, employee, ...) or the actual name of the consumer group.
    • architectural purpose gives insight in the purpose of the service in infrastructural terms. Is it a client system, a gateway, a mid-tier system, a processing system, a data management system, a batch server, a reporting system, etc.
    • domain could be interpreted as to the company purpose of the system. Is it for commercial purposes (such as customer-facing software), corporate functions (company management), development, infrastructure/operations ...
    • production status provides information about the production state of a service. Is it a production service, or a pre-production (final testing before going to production), staging (aggregation of multiple changes) or development environment?

    Given the final set of labels, the next step is to aggregate results to create a high-level view of the environment.

    Creating a layered structure

    Chances are high that you'll end up with several attributes, and many of these will have multiple possible values. What we don't want is to end in an N-dimensional infrastructure architecture overview. Sure, it sounds sexy to do so, but you want to show the infrastructure architecture to several stakeholders in your organization. And projecting an N-dimensional structure on a 2-dimensional slide is not only challenging - you'll possibly create a projection which leaves out important details or make it hard to interpret.

    Instead, we looked at a layered approach, with each layer handling one or two requirements. The top layer represents the requirement which the organization seems to see as the most defining attribute. It is the attribute where, if its value changes, most of its architecture changes (and thus the impact of a service relocation is the largest).

    Suppose for instance that the domain attribute is seen as the most defining one: the organization has strict rules about placing corporate services and commercial services in separate environments, or the security officers want to see the commercial services, which are well exposed to many end users, be in a separate environment from corporate services. Or perhaps the company offers commercial services for multiple tenants, and as such wants several separate "commercial services" environments while having a single corporate service domain.

    In this case, part of the infrastructure architecture overview on the top level could look like so (hypothetical example):

    Top level view

    This also shows that, next to the corporate and commercial interests of the organization, a strong development support focus is prevalent as well. This of course depends on the type of organization or company and how significant in-house development is, but in this example it is seen as a major decisive factor for service positioning.

    These top-level blocks (depicted as locations, for those of you using Archimate) are what we call "zones". These are not networks, but clearly bounded areas in which multiple services are positioned, and for which particular handling rules exist. These rules are generally written down in policies and standards - more about that later.

    Inside each of these zones, a substructure is made available as well, based on another attribute. For instance, let's assume that this is the architectural purpose. This could be because the company has a requirement on segregating workstations and other client-oriented zones from the application hosting related ones. Security-wise, the company might have a principle where mid-tier services (API and presentation layer exposures) are separate from processing services, and where data is located in a separate zone to ensure specific data access or more optimal infrastructure services.

    This zoning result could then be depicted as follows:

    Detailed top-level view

    From this viewpoint, we can also deduce that this company provides separate workstation services: corporate workstation services (most likely managed workstations with focus on application disclosure, end user computing, etc.) and development workstations (most likely controlled workstations but with more open privileged access for the developer).

    By making this separation explicit, the organization makes it clear that the development workstations will have a different position, and even a different access profile toward other services within the company.

    We're not done yet. For instance, on the mid-tier level, we could look at the consumer group of the services:

    Mid-tier explained

    This separation can be established due to security reasons (isolating services that are exposed to anonymous users from customer services or even partner services), but one can also envision this to be from a management point of view (availability requirements can differ, capacity management is more uncertain for anonymous-facing services than authenticated, etc.)

    Going one layer down, we use a production status attribute as the defining requirement:

    Anonymous user detail

    At this point, our company decided that the defined layers are sufficiently established and make for a good overview. We used different defining properties than the ones displayed above (again, find a good balance that fits the company or organization that you're focusing on), but found that the ones we used were mostly involved in existing policies and principles, while the other ones are not that decisive for infrastructure architectural purposes.

    For instance, the tenant might not be selected as a deciding attribute, because there will be larger tenants and smaller tenants (which could make the resulting zone set very convoluted) or because some commercial services are offered toward multiple tenants and the organizations' strategy would be to move toward multi-tenant services rather than multiple deployments.

    Now, in the zoning structure there is still another layer, which from an infrastructure architecture point is less about rules and guidelines and more about manageability from an organizational point of view. For instance, in the above example, a SAP deployment for HR purposes (which is obviously a corporate service) might have its Enterprise Portal service in the Corporate Services > Mid-tier > Group Employees > Production zone. However, another service such as an on-premise SharePoint deployment for group collaboration might be in Corporate Services > Mid-tier > Group Employees > Production zone as well. Yet both services are supported through different teams.

    This "final" layer thus enables grouping of services based on the supporting team (again, this is an example), which is organizationally aligned with the business units of the company, and potentially further isolation of services based on other attributes which are not defining for all services. For instance, the company might have a policy that services with a certain business impact assessment score must be in isolated segments with no other deployments within the same segment.

    What about management services

    Now, the above picture is missing some of the (in my opinion) most important services: infrastructure support and management services. These services do not shine in functional offerings (which many non-IT people generally look at) but are needed for non-functional requirements: manageability, cost control, security (if security can be defined as a non-functional - let's not discuss that right now).

    Let's first consider interfaces - gateways and other services which are positioned between zones or the "outside world". In the past, we would speak of a demilitarized zone (DMZ). In more recent publications, one can find this as an interface zone, or a set of Zone Interface Points (ZIPs) for accessing and interacting with the services within a zone.

    In many cases, several of these interface points and gateways are used in the organization to support a number of non-functional requirements. They can be used for intelligent load balancing, providing virtual patching capabilities, validating content against malware before passing it on to the actual services, etc.

    Depending on the top level zone, different gateways might be needed (i.e. different requirements). Interfaces for commercial services will have a strong focus on security and manageability. Those for the corporate services might be more integration-oriented, and have different data leakage requirements than those for commercial services.

    Also, inside such an interface zone, one can imagine a substructure to take place as well: egress interfaces (for communication that is exiting the zone), ingress interfaces (for communication that is entering the zone) and internal interfaces (used for routing between the subzones within the zone).

    Yet, there will also be requirements which are company-wide. Hence, one could envision a structure where there is a company-wide interface zone (with mandatory requirements regardless of the zone that they support) as well as a zone-specific interface zone (with the mandatory requirements specific to that zone).

    Before I show a picture of this, let's consider management services. Unlike interfaces, these services are more oriented toward the operational management of the infrastructure. Software deployment, configuration management, identity & access management services, etc. Are services one can put under management services.

    And like with interfaces, one can envision the need for both company-wide management services, as well as zone-specific management services.

    This information brings us to a final picture, one that assists the organization in providing a more manageable view on its deployment landscape. It does not show the 3rd layer (i.e. production versus non-production deployments) and only displays the second layer through specialization information, which I've quickly made a few examples for (you don't want to make such decisions in a few hours, like I did for this post).

    General overview

    If the organization took an alternative approach for structuring (different requirements and grouping) the resulting diagram could look quite different:

    Alternative general overview

    Flows, flows and more flows

    With the high-level picture ready, it is not a bad idea to look at how flows are handled in such an architecture. As the interface layer is available on both company-wide level as well as the next, flows will cross multiple zones.

    Consider the case of a corporate workstation connecting to a reporting server (like a Cognos or PowerBI or whatever fancy tool is used), and this reporting server is pulling data from a database system. Now, this database system is positioned in the Commercial zone, while the reporting server is in the Corporate zone. The flows could then look like so:

    Flow example

    Note for the Archimate people: I'm sorry that I'm abusing the flow relation here. I didn't want to create abstract services in the locations and then use the "serves" or "used by" relation and then explaining readers that the arrows are then inverse from what they imagine.

    In this picture, the corporate workstation does not connect to the reporting server directly. It goes through the internal interface layer for the corporate zone. This internal interface layer can offer services such as reverse proxies or intelligent load balancers. The idea here is that, if the organization wants, it can introduce additional controls or supporting services in this internal interface layer without impacting the system deployments themselves much.

    But the true flow challenge is in the next one, where a processing system connects to a data layer. Here, the processing server will first connect to the egress interface for corporate, then through the company-wide internal interface, toward the ingress interface of the commercial and then to the data layer.

    Now, why three different interfaces, and what would be inside it?

    On the corporate level, the egress interface could be focusing on privacy controls or data leakage controls. On the company-wide internal interface more functional routing capabilities could be provided, while on the commercial level the ingress could be a database activity monitoring (DAM) system such as a database firewall to provide enhanced auditing and access controls.

    Does that mean that all flows need to have at least three gateways? No, this is a functional picture. If the organization agrees, then one or more of these interface levels can have a simple pass-through setup. It is well possible that database connections only connect directly to a DAM service and that such flows are allowed to immediately go through other interfaces.

    The importance thus is not to make flows more difficult to provide, but to provide several areas where the organization can introduce controls.

    Making policies and standards more visible

    One of the effects of having a better structure of the company-wide deployments (i.e. a good zoning solution) is that one can start making policies more clear, and potentially even simple to implement with supporting tools (such as software defined network solutions).

    For instance, a company might want to protect its production data and establish that it cannot be used for non-production use, but that there are no restrictions for the other data environments. Another rule could be that web-based access toward the mid-tier is only allowed through an interface.

    These are simple statements which, if a company has a good IP plan, are easy to implement - one doesn't need zoning, although it helps. But it goes further than access controls.

    For instance, the company might require corporate workstations to be under heavy data leakage prevention and protection measures, while developer workstations are more open (but don't have any production data access). This not only reveals an access control, but also implies particular minimal requirements (for the Corporate > Workstation zone) and services (for the Corporate interfaces).

    This zoning structure does not necessarily make any statements about the location (assuming it isn't picked as one of the requirements in the beginning). One can easily extend this to include cloud-based services or services offered by third parties.

    Finally, it also supports making policies and standards more realistic. I often see policies that make bold statements such as "all software deployments must be done through the company software distribution tool", but the policies don't consider development environments (production status) or unmanaged, open or controlled deployments (trust level). When challenged, the policy owner might shrug away the comment with "it's obvious that this policy does not apply to our sandbox environment" or so.

    With a proper zoning structure, policies can establish the rules for the right set of zones, and actually pin-point which zones are affected by a statement. This is also important if a company has many, many policies. With a good zoning structure, the policies can be assigned with meta-data so that affected roles (such as project leaders, architects, solution engineers, etc.) can easily get an overview of the policies that influence a given zone.

    For instance, if I want to position a new management service, I am less concerned about workstation-specific policies. And if the management service is specific for the development environment (such as a new version control system) many corporate or commercially oriented policies don't apply either.

    Conclusion

    The above approach for structuring an organization is documented here in a high-level manner. It takes many assumptions or hypothetical decisions which are to be tailored toward the company itself. In my company, a different zoning structure is selected, taking into account that it is a financial service provider with entities in multiple countries, handling several thousand of systems and with an ongoing effort to include cloud providers within its infrastructure architecture.

    Yet the approach itself is followed in an equal fashion. We looked at requirements, created a layered structure, and finished the zoning schema. Once the schema was established, the requirements for all the zones were written out further, and a mapping of existing deployments (as-is) toward the new zoning picture is on-going. For those thinking that it is just slideware right now - it isn't. Some of the structures that come out of the zoning exercise are already prevalent in the organization, and new environments (due to mergers and acquisitions) are directed to this new situation.

    Still, we know we have a large exercise ahead before it is finished, but I believe that it will benefit us greatly, not only from a security point of view, but also clarity and manageability of the environment.


              Petya Cyberattack hits JNPT in Mumbai   
    In India, Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust(JNPT) was hitting by Petya Cyberattacks on Thursday. After hitting the control mode JNPT has urgently brought  in cyber experts from the centre and state to take care of upcoming situations.   JNPT has also made an alternative arrangement to divert container traffic from its Gateway terminal india(GTI),which was hit […]
              Meet the Cookie Troop 100 Winners!    
    What an amazing Girl Scout Cookie season it's been!

    In celebration of 100 years of Girl Scouts selling cookies, close to 5,000 troops participated in the Cookie Troop 100 Challenge. Way to go, girls!

    Our go-getting troops set their goals and told us how they planned to put their cookie money to good use. They earned their Cookie Business badge and asked 100 new customers to buy cookies. And to make things extra fun, troops blinged their booths and shared photos of their creativity!

    Now that the entry period has closed, we have randomly selected one troop from each participating council to receive $100 toward its awesome Take Action or service project. And one VERY lucky troop will win $3,000 to superpower its project!

    We are excited to introduce to you the 2017 Cookie Troop 100 winners!

    Troop 2067 from Girl Scouts of Nassau County
    Cookie Troop 100's Grand Prize Winner


    2017 Cookie Troop 100 Council Winners



              The Gateway gets a makeover   
    Host Jason Mathis talks with Edie Trott, marketing director at The Gateway. They discuss upcoming events, new features and plans for the outdoor mall.
              Global Foot Orthotics Insoles Market Increase from $2,637.0 Mn in 2015 to $3,678.0 Mn by 2021   

    Global Foot Orthotics Insoles Market Projected to Reach $3,678.0 Million by 2021

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              Recent letters in The Star relating to KTM stations   
    Please install a lift for the elderly at KTM station


    I AM a senior citizen who frequently travels by train from Tanjong Malim to KL Sentral. I then take the Kelana Jaya train to KL Gateway University. From there, I hop on to a T790 Rapid KL Bus to University Hospital.
    At KL Sentral, there are escalators and in KL Gateway University LRT there is a lift for the elderly, pregnant and physically disabled commuters.
    In Tanjong Malim, the pedestrian bridge is very high and has neither escalator nor lift to help one to get to the opposite platform. I shudder every time I use the bridge as I have to pull myself up with the railings.
    Going down, I have to hang on to the railing, slowly put a foot down on one step and then follow with the other foot. I have to repeat this until I reach the end of the stairs.
    Some kind people have offered to hold my hand but I have I declined because it is my legs that need help.
    Tanjong Malim also has many college and university students and during long semester breaks, one can see them lugging large, heavy bags up and down the bridge and panting upon coming down.
    I urge KTM to have mercy on the elderly, disabled and wheelchair-bound commuters and spare a thought for the students too by installing a lift at this station as soon as possible.
    TAN CHOOI KEE
    Tanjong Malim, Perak
    Provide lift facility for the elderly and disabled

    I REFER to the letter “Please install a lift for the elderly at KTM station” (The Star, Feb 22) in which the writer related his ordeal each time he travelled to KL Sentral from Tanjung Malim station where the pedestrian bridge was very high and he found it difficult to use.
    The scenario is almost similar at all the smaller train stations.
    My wife almost fell backwards while climbing up the high pedestrian bridge at the station in Batu Gajah as she was carrying two heavy suitcases.
    Fortunately, a kind gentleman who was behind her managed to help her in time.
    We hope the authorities will be kind enough to install a lift or an escalator at all KTM stations to enable senior citizens and disabled commuters to move around with ease.
    I recall an incident where a friend, on reaching Batu Gajah, refused to get off but continued her journey to Ipoh.
    From there, she took a taxi to go back to Batu Gajah.
    P. W.
    Batu Gajah, Perak

    Lack of facilities for the elderly in far too many places


    I REFER to the two recent letters in The Star on the lack of lift facilities at KTM stations and would say that generally, facilities for the elderly and physically disabled are lacking in many places.
    I drove my friend to Terminal 3 at the Subang Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport and parked my car opposite the terminal.
    There was a pedestrian bridge for people like me and my wife, who are in our late 60s, to use to cross over to the terminal.
    To our disappointment, there was no lift to get on the bridge which was quite high.
    Although I am quite fit, I found it difficult to climb the stairs.
    My wife who had a lumbar operation several years ago experienced even more difficulty getting on the bridge.
    It was also raining at that time and the steps to the bridge were wet, slippery and dangerous to climb.
    We had no luggage with us but we could imagine the great difficulty for those who would have to carry suitcases across.
    I really cannot understand why lifts were not constructed for the bridge as the parking facilities are directly opposite the terminal.
    I hope the airport authority will construct lifts at both ends for the convenience of the public.
    THOMAS FOO
    Subang Jaya

              The Wise Man’s Fear - The King Killer Chronicle: Day Two - Patrick Rothfuss (2011)   




    Last month I officially became one of the multitudes waiting for the third and final book of this great trilogy. After I finished The Wise Man’s Fear I investigated online if there was any indication that the third book, provisionally titled The Doors of Stone, would be published soon, however in a recent interview Rothfuss would not commit to a publication date. The Wise Man’s Fear, like the first book, The Name of the Wind (2007), is beautifully balanced between establishing the epic arc of the trilogy and also providing enough intrigue, action, character development and adventure to keep even the most demanding of readers happy. The Wise Man’s Fear delivers on every level, surpassing all limitations of so called genre fiction, with nearly one thousand pages featuring the flawed but brilliant Kvothe and his adventures in the Four Corners of Civilization.


    The Wise Man’s Fear continues in the same vein as The Name of the Wind, with Kvothe recounting his tale to Chronicler and Bast (one of the magical Fae creatures) in his tavern somewhere in the backwoods of civilization. The novel is divided into long sections featuring different settings, with complex story arcs that are satisfying in their own right, but that also inform the overall narrative perfectly. After a short preamble in the tavern the novel begins in earnest, finding Kvothe still at The University; this time he becomes the student of the mentally cracked Master Elodin, one of the novel’s best characters. Acting both as a seamless continuation of the first novel and a gateway to further adventures, this section is supremely entertaining. After Kvothe faces up to Ambrose, his nemesis from the first novel, he is finally forced to leave The University on an extended sojourn. In classic fantasy fashion Kvothe journeys to other parts of the map provided in the front of the book. 


    The section set at The University is so perfect that it is almost jarring to be introduced to an entirely new setting and collection of characters, however Rothfuss’ world-building skills are so finessed that the foreign climes of the city of Severen in a region called Vintas quickly becomes both familiar and filled with intriguing possibilities. Kvothe’s time in Vintas finds him in the service of the immensely rich Maer, where he foils assassination attempts, kindles a romance and is sent off to deal with bandits in the region know as The Eld. When Kvothe and his band of mercenaries, including an important character called Tempi, catch up with the bandits in The Eld the ensuing battle is both thrilling and disturbing. This section proves to be one of the best of the two books, in particular the time Kvothe spends with the alluring and magical Felurian in the Faerie realm, which is just brilliantly written. One of Ruthfuss’ great strengths is his ability to create slowly building tension and intrigue, while adding absorbing detail along the way, much of which hints at mysteries within the wider narrative, before finally revealing a climax or revelation. 


    Apparently a critic complained that there is no real page-turning excitement to be found in the novel, but I disagree, whilst Rothfuss is certainly in no hurry to push the narrative along, he is always hinting that something significant will happen and when it does it is certainly worth the wait. Such criticisms also overlook the fact that the main narrative thrust of the novel is its subtle and intelligent world building; the novel is akin to a puzzle, with a multitude of clues scattered throughout the narrative, many of which are difficult to decipher. It is perhaps best to have someone you know also read both novels because discussing their mysteries is both enjoyable and most importantly integral to understanding the complex story arc. There is so much going on in both novels and so many unanswered questions that it is obvious why Rothfuss appears to be obsessed with taking the time to get the third novel just right, but I’m sure that it will be worth the wait. Apparently a HBO style series has been optioned, so hopefully Rothfuss does not end up in George E. Martin’s situation in which the series out-paces the novelized version.



              The Political Ghost That Should Haunt Andrew Cuomo as He Again Pledges to Fix the New York City Subway   

    New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo was in Manhattan on Thursday to declare a “state of emergency” at the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, the beleaguered agency that moves millions, some of them to the office and some of them to tears, every workday.

    The event in question was the launch of the MTA Genius Transit Challenge, a yearlong quest to figure out how to run a big city subway system. Three $1 million prizes will be distributed. (Nobody tell Tokyo, Beijing, Moscow, London, or Paris—we want to keep this a fair fight.)

    It’s part of Gov. Cuomo’s campaign to show the world he really does run the MTA, at least when he feels like it. This new effort to disrupt the status quo might have a little more credibility had he not, three years ago this week, established a commission of 22 experts to reinvent the MTA. (Reader, they didn’t.) This year’s task is reimagining. It is at once an odd diversion, since managing a subway system is not rocket science, and a welcome one, since it reinforces a sense of political accountability at a time when it feels like the system has reached a crisis point.

    It’s also an interesting turn for Cuomo, who came into office with a transit system functioning in high gear, with annual record ridership on shiny new trains. He inherited credit for finally completing the Second Avenue Subway, adding the most new track mileage to the subway system in decades. His relationship with the unions was good. He made cheap, cosmetic improvements like installing Wi-Fi in stations as service steadily languished.

    It all left him free to focus on his true love: cars. (Or so he thought …) In an effort to brand himself a modern-day Robert Moses, Cuomo built new bridges—one of which, the State Assembly decided today, will be named after his late father, Gov. Mario Cuomo—invested half a billion in tolling technology, and spent billions on highway construction in upstate New York while shorting the city’s own infrastructural needs.

    As a result, Cuomo now finds himself celebrating two new bridges whose predecessors together carried 320,000 cars a day, while a derailment snarls the A and C trains, which clock 800,000 rides per day. (Oh, and the city bus system is in terminal decline, which has helped contribute to subway crowding problems.)

    It’s déjà vu all over again, as Cuomo follows in the footsteps of his counterpart across the Hudson River, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. When Christie took office, the state’s commuter rail system, New Jersey Transit, was a model. Now it’s a mockery. When he took office, the state had billions in federal money ready to build a second trans-Hudson rail tunnel. Now it has one, deteriorating tunnel whose imminent failure will irreparably damage the state’s economy.

    That Gov. Christie is now the least-popular governor in the long, misruled history of the Garden State has much to do with his alleged involvement in a scheme to punish a political rival with a traffic jam. But Christie also did his part to punish the state’s transit commuters.

    First, in 2010, he canceled that tunnel, then the nation’s largest public works project. Whatever its faults, Access to the Region’s Core, as it was known, would have provided a back-up to the 107-year-old North River Tunnels to Penn Station. Christie spent the state’s own contribution on roads. Decried as shortsighted then, the decision has looked even more dumb since 2012, when the existing, ancient tunnel was flooded by Superstorm Sandy. Amtrak subsequently announced the tunnel must be shut down for repairs. Senators from both New York and New Jersey are desperately trying to procure federal support for a new tunnel before that happens.

    Confronted with the delays caused by the aging tunnel, the two governors spent a while trying to dodge that problem as well, though they eventually came around, as I wrote last year:

    In July [of 2015], Christie had called on his attorney general to investigate Amtrak. In August, Cuomo had said the tunnel was not his problem. “It’s not my tunnel!” he told reporters. “Why don’t you pay for it?” But by September, the men agreed their states would pay for half the new project. “Our shovels are ready,” a joint letter proclaimed.

    Meanwhile, New Jersey Transit—the commuter rail system that shares the tunnel with Amtrak—underwent its own decline. NJT was been the country’s fastest-growing commuter railroad between 1980 and 2016, a period during which rail passengers crossing under the Hudson to New York more than tripled. In 1980, 9 percent of New Jersey travelers bound for Manhattan used commuter rail. By 2014, that figure was 16 percent.

    It has since become, the Newark Star-Ledger wrote in a scathing May editorial, a “dystopian nightmare”:

    In the past year, the agency had a $45 million shortfall, the director's office was empty, its board hid from the public, it had a fatal crash and several derailments, and its grim safety records were marked by federal fines, an alarming breakdown rate, and slow installation of an automatic braking system.

    Over the past 12 years, even as ridership has risen 20 percent, capital expenditures have gone down 19 percent. “The agency has been starved,” its co-founder and former director Martin Robins said last year, after a commuter train came screaming into Hoboken and half-destroyed the station. State subsidy to NJT has fallen 90 percent on Christie’s watch.

    Now, it’s hard to know how much of Christie’s decline can be attributed to this—his approval rating has been volatile, spiking with Sandy and plummetting with Bridgegate. But it has continued to slide since. According to a Quinnipiac poll released last month, the percentage of New Jerseyans who approve of Christie’s handling of trans-Hudson mass transit is 18—the same percent that think he’s handling his job well. Just 18 months earlier, he was at a more respectable 39 percent, according to a Rutgers poll. Meanwhile, transit has been a big issue in the current gubernatorial race—a subject of real debate in a way that would surprise anyone accustomed to transit’s quiet political profile. Crashing trains look bad even if they don’t personally snarl your commute.

    Cuomo doesn’t need me telling him he doesn’t want to end up like the guy who fetches President Trump’s chicken nuggets. He had a 41 percent approval rating in June, according to Marist, and it’s up to 51 percent in heavily Democratic (and subway-dependent) New York City. He isn’t embroiled in a federal conspiracy trial.

    But it’s hard to avoid the sense that New York, under Cuomo, is living a delayed version of New Jersey under Christie. Christie took office in 2010, Cuomo in 2011. Two governors, each of whom saw himself as a moderate capable of bridging the political divide, each had presidential ambitions, each mistook “infrastructure” to just mean “roads,” and each failed to make the trains run on time.

    Christie has paid the price. Can Cuomo learn from his example?


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              Multiple Doctors Shot at Bronx Hospital – Shooter Dead, NYPD Says   
    Via Billy

     

    Multiple people were shot Friday afternoon, including doctors inside a New York City hospital.
    NYPD confirmed that one shooter is deceased. It is also being reported that the shooter is a former employee of the hospital and killed one person before killing himself. Story developing…

    **UPDATE**  The shooter has been identified. The shooter was wearing a lab coat and had a concealed rifle inside it. FOX 5 indentified him as Dr. Henry Bello.

    More @ The Gateway Pundit

              Additional Payment Gateway option for Shopping Carts   
    Afterpay is the modern day of the layby, but unlike the old laybys, you can get delivery of your purchase right away.  Afterpay allows shoppers to pay for items in four simple instalments and you the merchant to be paid immediately. What it mean for the Ecommerce Merchant An increase in conversions:  Helps you get customers that may not have made a purchase due to cost.  Increase in Average $ spend: Helps your customers spend more, as it removes the need to pay for it all upfront Overall increases sales revenue Zero fraud or credit risk. ...
              Little known but oh so enabling…   
    Windows Server 2008 added two new features that enable some very cool remote-use scenarios, that really enable some new ways for using and publishing applications:  RemoteApp(tm) and Terminal Server Gateway. RemoteApp allows you to publish out an application, as if it was installed locally on the users workstation but actually runs in the memory space...
              Ninth Inning Comeback Lifts Gateway To Walk Off Victory   
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              Vaping, a gateway to cigarette smoking   

    Washington D.C. [USA], Jun 30 : With electronic -cigarettes gaining popularity, there has been a push to understand whether or not they are a "gateway" to cigarette smoking. E-cigarettes may harm public health and ultimately increase the burden of cancer if their use contributes to more cigarette smoking among youth.


              Kommentar zu TP-Link bringt smarte Glühbirnen mit Wi-Fi von zosh   
    <blockquote>Ikea machts vor. Mit zigbee Standard und Gateway. Und ohne wifi Anbindung.</blockquote> Du hast natürlich recht, und ich mich schlecht ausgedrückt, ich wollte den Ikea-Leuchten kein Wifi zuschreiben. Mein Argument steht aber: <blockquote>Bei einer Lampe mit direkter wifi Anbindung wie im Artikel beschrieben sind 0,3 – 0,4 Watt nicht machbar.</blockquote> Warum sollte das nicht machbar sein? Weil sie andere SoCs verwenden? Am Ende sind es ja doch alles nur winzige ARM-Prozessoren mit ein paar Sende/Empfangsbausteinen. Und die sind in der Entwicklung der Stromsparmodi nicht stehengeblieben. TP-Link gibt für LB110 und LB120 übrigens einen Standby-Verbrauch von 0.55W an (http://www.tp-link.com/us/products/details/cat-5609_LB110.html#specifications). Allenfalls kann man sich wundern, warum eine LB130 wiederum mit "max. 1,5W" angegeben wird. Andere SoCs? Verschieden dimensionierte Netzteile?
              Christina Beardsley   
    It's been a while since I considered religion as a topic, but it's been in my mind a lot lately. I was raised in a strongly Christian family, but have been increasingly critical and questioning of much of that for many years now. I have nonetheless experienced quite a considerable amount of existential guilt about exploring my gender identity. Not all of that relates, of course, to religion, but it all fitted together: religious views of sex as dirty, impure and shameful featured large in my upbringing, and there was no tolerance whatever of any idea of homosexuality or transgenderism.

    The Old Testament contains stern and forbidding passages like this one:
    He that is wounded in the stones, or hath his privy member cut off, shall not enter into the congregation of the LORD. --Deuteronomy 23:1.
    Ouch! Make sure you look after your stones! Some people view transgender behaviour as inherently sinful. As you know, I don't agree. I believe that this is the way I was created: a man with a generous spoonful of woman in the mixture. In addition, I think that Jesus went out of his way to befriend the marginalised people in his society: lepers and prostitutes and tax collectors and whatnot. These days, if Jesus were among us, I think he would (among others) be befriending transgender people--and no doubt attracting the same scorn and criticism for doing so, as he did back then.

    Christina Beardsley
    We seem to be in the midst of a landslide in transgender acceptance, where transgender people seem to be everywhere: in the media, in sports, in politics, in the military, in entertainment, in the arts, and so on. So what of deeply religious people, those in ministry? Are there any transgender clerics out there? The answer turns out to be yes, although they are not easy to track down. I wanted to talk to them: to ask them about their own journeys; how their gender conflicted (or perhaps not) with their faith; about how they face up to those disapproving biblical passages. And I was delighted when I was able to make contact with the Rev. Dr. Christina "Tina" Beardsley, an ordained woman priest in the Church of England, who happened to be born a boy. Tina has been in ministry for nearly four decades, and worked as a hospital chaplain in the UK for the last 15 years, and has recently retired. She is the author of several books, and a blog (see the end of this article for details).

    Not only did she kindly agree to submit to my battery of interview questions, she provided detailed answers. I hope you will find those answers as interesting and enlightening as I did. She taught me that priest can be used as a verb, and she can spell mediaeval, and I learned a whole new (and somewhat wonderful) word: transcestors.

    Can you tell us a bit about your trans journey? (A potted life story, if you will).

    It’s tempting to compartmentalise our lives, and when communicating to others one might have to focus on the trans aspects of the journey, but I see my life as a whole, and am glad that you reframe this question by asking for a potted life story.

    I’m 65 years old now so that’s a fairly long life history. I was born in West Yorkshire, in the north of England, near an industrial town, but grew up in a small town on the edge of the Peak District. I am the eldest of two, and my brother was born when I was 6. My family was working class – I come from a long line of miners on my father’s side (though my dad did not work down the pit) and country house (the home of industrialists) gardeners on my mother’s side. I was the first person from my family to go to university.

    My childhood was relatively happy but my gender presentation was problematic to my father in particular. I once overheard him complaining to my maternal grandmother how unhappy he was that I was ‘so effeminate’ which came as something of a shock, though it shouldn’t have, as I can recall many occasions from my earliest childhood when he expressed disapproval with my gendered behaviour. My grandmother’s response was that he should not worry and that it was something that I would ‘grow out of’. Through therapy I have learnt to appreciate that I was feminine rather than effeminate and that my femininity is something that I have ‘grown into’, though not without a struggle because there were many years of denial and suppression before I was able to accept myself.

    You said that you were "feminine rather than effeminate". Can you unpack what that means exactly?

    Effeminate is a pejorative term arising from the hierarchy in which the male is considered superior to the female and feminine boys/men whether or not they turn out to be trans are taunted with all sorts of unpleasant names. To see oneself instead as feminine reclaims and owns one's behaviours or gender expression as fitting, appropriate and nothing to be ashamed of.

    Like many people who are not understood within their family I found escape in study, and when it was time to go to university I went to Sussex University in Brighton, a city that has always had a liberal, even naughty reputation. That was 1970-73 and while at university I met the man who would become my husband. In my mid-teens I had begun to realise that I was attracted to males, but there was also ‘something else’ going on--cross dressing--which I was not able to talk about, and which I also associated with the childhood shame of being ‘effeminate’. I was very fortunate in my partner because he preferred feminine men and told me that was one reason that he found me attractive. We certainly talked about drag, and one of my fantasies while preparing for university, had been to join a drag entertainment collective (like Bloolips) and maybe not change back into male clothes, but I knew it was a fantasy.

    Courtesy of the State I was receiving a wonderful education in the study of religion, mediaeval philosophy and church history, and when I graduated I had the opportunity to go to Cambridge to do doctoral research. That kept me occupied for the next three years, and even though I was vaguely aware of another student who was in transition in Cambridge, and was intrigued, I didn’t see that as being for me at that time. Despite being in a loving relationship I think my self-awareness about being transgender (though that wouldn’t have been the term used then) was poor and my emotional intelligence still fairly limited.

    I had experienced a call to ordained ministry when I was about twelve years old (in a small wood near the church) though I also had a strong sense that I should teach, and it wasn’t clear which of the two would have priority – today I realise that one could do both! I was accepted for ordination training and went to theological college, which meant another two years of study, followed by three years as an assistant curate (assistant minister) in a city parish in Portsmouth. My college principal, the bishop who ordained me, my training incumbent and the parish leadership were all aware that Rob was my partner and very affirming of us both. Sexuality was the dominating issue in my life at that point, rather than gender identity, though of course that had not gone away but, hey, there were plenty of other things to think about and to do.

    When it was time to move on my training incumbent asked me to stay on in the parish to look after one of the daughter churches, which I did for another four years before leaving the city to become the vicar of two rural/suburban parishes, where I was even busier, but it was here that the Holy Spirit broke in and ministered the divine love to my heart.

    By the late 1980s I had been vicar of the two parishes for four years. It was just as the AIDS epidemic struck the UK and was a very bad time for gay people in the Church, especially gay clergy. Remember that gay and trans were still blurred in the 1970s and 80s; this was 1989. I woke in the night knowing I must include these words in my sermon the next day: ‘God loves me, including the fact that I’m gay.’ It wasn’t a good career move, but I felt an imperative and as if this was ‘meant to be’.

    A few days later the Sunday School leader came to see me about something else. ‘It’s wonderful that you came out’ she said as she left, ‘It’s such a good role model to see a gay man in a caring profession.’ And I thought to myself, ‘But I never said that I was a man!’ That was when I knew, definitely, who I was, and that, however I might have appeared on the outside--and by this time testosterone had begun to masculinise my features--I was, as I began to express it at the time, ‘90% to 100% female on the inside’, though I can appreciate that may sound strange to some people; nor was I clear what it would mean for me at that stage. I’m aware that this is becoming a long answer, so let me say more about this episode and about what happened next as I try to answer the next question.

    How did that overlap with your spiritual life? I know that you were ordained before you transitioned. Did you think that ordination would somehow prevent you transitioning? Or did you consider that you might pursue transition at some point post-ordination?


    photo by Christa Holka
    In terms of gender awareness I had always been intellectually committed to the ordination of women, and after ordination became a member of Priests for the Ordination of Women. It was apparent to those around me that I was a feminist. The ordination of women as priests in the Church of England proved a much longer struggle than any of us had anticipated, but when it eventually happened (the successful vote was in 1992) I was not as elated as I had expected to be.


    When I was ordained in 1978 Church of England priests had all been male, and later, in therapy, by which time women were being priested, one of my dreams suggested that this dynamic had been going on in my mind: ‘priests are male; I am a priest; therefore I am male.’ Once women were ordained though, this stasis was undermined and I was forced to reframe it: ‘priests are male and female, I am a priest, therefore I am … female’. So, although it occasionally occurred to me that I might transition post-ordination, especially after seeing the landmark BBC programme about Julia Grant in 1980, I always found reasons why this was not appropriate – some of them to do with natural law and living with one’s given body – and just hoped this was something that would ‘go away’. The green light for women’s ordination made me face up to my gender identity.
     
    Did you pray to God not to be transgender? (I know I have, many times).

    Once I began to recognise that I had ‘a problem’, yes, I did pray that God would take it away permanently – on one memorable occasion I was driving along a dual carriage making this my earnest prayer… and one of the tyres punctured! It was a dramatic sign, but what did it mean?

    It took time to sink in, but it looked as if God was not going to magically remove this aspect of my personality, and that, just as with my sexual attraction, my gender identity was also loved by God, and I would need to learn to love it too. You see, those words about God’s love that had formed during the night in 1989 had come out of considerable pain, following the death of my training incumbent, and had set in motion a train of events during which, as a friend remarked, I appeared to have faced my demons. I had certainly felt as if I was experiencing death and resurrection and I knew, just knew, that Paul’s words were true, that nothing, nothing in all creation can separate us from the love of God. This was to give greater depth to my work as a priest and prepared me for the intensely pastoral role I would begin a few years later as a hospital chaplain.

    A new spiritual practice that developed from that ‘coming out’ in 1989 was that I immediately began to dance – circle dance with friends, then movement classes in Skinner Releasing Technique, and later still contemporary dance classes at the Brighton Natural Health Centre on my days off. This practice helped me to relate to my body – I seemed to have spent so much of my life in my head avoiding the body – and alongside other women. Occasionally there would be men in the class but more often the other participants were women and I felt wholly at ease. Eventually my dance CV was extensive enough to gain me an interview as a part-time research supervisor at the Laban Centre of Contemporary Dance, but I was not appointed. This was in the late 1990s, by which time I knew that I needed to transition and that I might not be able to work for the Church, but I am a priest and it seems I was not meant to be anything else.

    How did knowledge of your transition go down with your parishioners? And what about fellow priests and bishops? Did you meet any hostility or rejection? Is that still going on sometimes?

    In 1997, roughly seven years after the ‘coming out’, I was planning a long overdue sabbatical from the parishes, and given my interest in dance, I assumed that I would be attending a dance academy, but when I applied not one was able to take me during the months I was available. Again, it was in the night that it came to me that I must use the sabbatical to address various ‘unfinished business’, one of which was my gender identity. Just prior to the sabbatical I took part in Diane Torr’s five day workshop ‘Gender in Performance’ at the Chisenhale Dance Space in London’s East End, and I knew after that that I did not want to be sometimes male and sometimes female – like Diane who is a Drag King – but that I needed to integrate my gender identity, though how I would do that as a parish priest was not at all clear.

    photo by Christa Holka
    I was not aware of any transgender role models for clergy: the one clergy person who transitioned at this time did so on retirement, nor did I think it was fair to the parishes where I worked to land them with another coming out! They had been affirming in 1989 but I did not want to impose ‘my stuff’ on them again; and in any case, after fifteen years in post, I was ready for a move. In my annual ministerial reviews it emerged that I ought to work part-time (in my mind to deal with the rigours of transition), that I should work in a non-parochial role (to establish better boundaries between work and home) and that, ideally, I should live in our own home. This would happen in 2000 when I was appointed to a very part-time post as a chaplain at a hospital ten minutes’ drive from our house.

    By this time I’d been on hormones about six months, was living as a female, and working as an androgynous male. Five months later, in November 2000, I met with my manager to raise the possibility of transition at work, and was on the point of discussing this with the acting bishop when the press began to track me down – I had been outed to a journalist by another trans person who was also a Christian. (This seemed a catastrophe at the time, but in retrospect it was a blessing as it would open up many opportunities for me, but I was unaware of this then and it was all rather terrifying.)

    Although I was not named in the press at that stage it made my discussions with the bishop extremely strained as there were huge anxieties surrounding possible press exposure. I’d like to think that the bishop might have been more understanding had we not been meeting in this fraught context, but his opinion was that he could not support me and that I should surrender my licence, which I needed to continue as a chaplain in that particular hospital. This was one of the most painful episodes of my life, but transgender people were not well understood at that date, and with the support of the human rights organisation Liberty, I held my ground.

    I also began to look for work elsewhere because it was apparent that, whatever the outcome, I was not being supported and I didn’t feel safe. I was now presenting as female all the time and had three job interviews in a row, and it was after the last one that I was appointed to the hospital where I have worked for the past fifteen years and from which I’ve just retired. My new bishop was cautious about my status to begin with and I was under his direct supervision, but after three or four years it was obvious to him that there had been no ‘issues’ and that I was in my element as a chaplain – well of course, because I was now at last able to be myself.

    Prior to taking up my new post the press did try to ‘expose’ me but my former hospital’s press officer was ready for that, and my story in my own words was sent off to the Press Association to prevent the newspaper concerned claiming an exclusive. Prior to transition at work I wrote to friends, former parishioners, and the priest who had succeeded me in the parishes, explaining what I was about to do. Most people were supportive.

    Do you know other transgender clerics? Perhaps even those of other faiths? How do they get along?

    In 2000, while I was working towards transition, my clinician informed me that another priest was transitioning. He could not tell me who it was of course. When the news broke in the media it turned out to be Carol Stone with whom I had been at theological college. Carol was supported by her bishop and her parishioners, remaining as parish priest until her untimely death last year. Later I would meet the priest who transitioned on retirement. I was next in line to transition after Carol.

    Some of those who followed me were less fortunate. One was given an ultimatum – give this up or resign: she chose to resign and is no longer in public ministry. Another was told to withdraw from her parish until her transition was complete: it would be a decade before she returned to ministry. Those who were ordained after transition – I am aware of two such clergy and of others currently in training – seem to have a better time. Another friend lost her public ministry because of transition.

    My impression is that trans clergy and ordinands are better supported now than when I transitioned although the Church of England still lacks a policy for clergy who transition – something that I and other Changing Attitude, England trustees have urged the Church to do.

    I have networked with trans clergy and laity in the US and attended the Episcopal Church’s General Convention in Indianapolis in 2012 when three trans inclusive resolutions were passed. Yes, I do know of trans clergy from other faith traditions – one of my friends is a rabbi – not least through Twilight People: Stories of Faith and Gender Beyond the Binary.

    I am sorry to nail you down to this, but I am curious about your interpretation of some Biblical passages, which are sometimes used to justify trans-exclusionary views. The first is obviously Deuteronomy 22:5. Can you let us know what your thoughts are about that passage? (You might say that you are now a woman, and I would agree with you, but other people, as you know, might disagree, and say that you were born a male and therefore remain one).
    The woman shall not wear that which pertaineth unto a man, neither shall a man put on a woman's garment: for all that do so are abomination unto the Lord thy God.
    The Deuteronomy verse troubled me a little as a child but even then I realised that the New Covenant was more gracious than the Old, and studying biblical criticism soon clarified that this verse was not about twentieth century cross dressing. Indeed, the text begins with a prohibition on women wearing men’s clothes, in particular armour, so it appears to be about prescribing gender roles and avoiding a mixing of categories that is completely broken down by the ministry of Jesus and the work of Christ.

    And my second passage is Matthew 19:12. What do you suppose Matthew was talking about here when he was talking about "eunuchs"? Do you think he meant intersex people when he talked about "people born eunuchs"? Can you give us your interpretation of that passage? (As you know, some people interpret scripture very literally, so I am trying hard to get a scholarly viewpoint).
    For there are some eunuchs, which were so born from their mother's womb: and there are some eunuchs, which were made eunuchs of [by] men: and there be eunuchs, which have made themselves eunuchs for the kingdom of heaven's sake. He that is able to receive it, let him receive it.
    It’s a fascinating passage. Just as St Paul thinks that it is better not to marry, because the end times have begun (1Corinthians 7:25-31), here Jesus seems to be saying that the arrival of the kingdom means that some people (his apostles) are to be entirely focussed on its concerns rather than procreation, marriage and family, which were strongly emphasised under the Old Covenant, and, one could add, are once more in modern Christianity.  The early Christian tradition too favoured virginity over marriage.

    In this passage it seems likely that Jesus was referring to those we would describe as intersex people, and also to the eunuchs who played such an important mediating role in ancient societies, and who do appear to have represented a third gender. I can relate to a theological essay like Lewis Reay’s chapter ‘Towards a Transgender Theology: Que(e)rying the Eunuchs’ in Trans/formations (SCM 2009) which regards the biblical eunuchs as our ‘transcestors’, but can also appreciate the criticism that this could imply undue focus on surgery, and that other biblical frameworks might be more appropriate – my current collaborator Chris Dowd is working on this.

    Like the virgins and infertile women of the Old Testament, the eunuchs were ‘barren’ but God seems to choose these unlikely people to demonstrate that God alone is the arbiter of fruitfulness, as Isaiah prophesied (Isaiah 56) and as the baptism of the Ethiopian eunuch in the Acts of the Apostles (Acts 8:26-end) illustrates.
        
     Are there any Biblical passages which you consider supportive to trans people? I guess I am asking which are your personal favourites?

    I have learned of many such passages from my friend Peterson Toscano, especially his show Transfigurations –Transgressing Gender in the Bible and by reading some of the scholarship that lies behind it. The gender variant people in the Bible he performs or refers to in this show are the Judge Deborah (Judges 4 & 5), Joseph in the Genesis (Chapters 37 onward) narrative (whose supposedly colourful coat is probably ‘a princess dress’), the eunuchs in the Book of Esther, the ‘man’ (though the Greek word used is for human being rather than for a male) carrying the jar of water, a woman’s role, (Mark 14:13, Luke 22:10), and a female disciple interpreted in the light of verses from the Gospel of Thomas.

    In the Old Testament my favourite passage is the Joseph narrative in Genesis, not least because there God turns disaster into blessing, as God seemed to do for me following the attempted outing during my transition. My New Testament favourite is Galatians3:28:
    There is not Jew nor Greek, there is not slave nor free, there is not male and female, for all of you are one in Christ Jesus
    ...and my favourite New Testament book is the Gospel of John which is astonishing, powerful, utterly beautiful, and yet profoundly earthed in first century culture, the Word made flesh indeed. In this gospel Jesus sits at the well with the Samaritan woman, and we observe his affection for the family at Bethany: Martha, Mary and their brother Lazarus.

    What do you think about the Biblical role of women? It certainly seems to me that the Bible seems to regard women as being subservient to men, and many female figures (I am thinking about, say Eve, or Delilah, or Salome, or Jezebel, or the Whore of Babylon) are depicted as temptresses, adulteresses, and moral corruptors of men; while all the heroic figures (Moses, Abraham, David, Solomon, Jesus, the Apostles) are all men. (Of course there are exceptions on both sides).

    The Bible could be read as highly misogynist were we to focus on the women mentioned here, although feminist and queer readings are questioning such interpretations by examining the way editors and redactors have shaped the material. These readings highlight the strength of biblical women, and let’s be clear, there are plenty of examples of men – even those chosen by God – behaving badly!

    I love the way it is now common to name the matriarchs as well as the patriarchs: Sarah, Rebekah, Rachel and Leah are constrained by patriarchal conventions but also subvert them. When my chaplaincy role was based mainly in the women and children’s division, including maternity, I thoroughly enjoyed reading Anita Diamant’s take on Jacob’s wives and midwifery in her novel The Red Tent. The early church’s emphasis on virginity has affected traditional interpretations of Mother Mary and Mary Magdalen but there are plenty of feminist readings of both, and I loved Carlo Caretto’s Blessed are you who believed (Burns & Oates 1982) which locates Mother Mary in her middle eastern setting, and the deconstructive reflections and  poetry of Nicola Slee’s The Book of Mary (SPCK 2007).

    Can you talk more about the Sibyls? Are they an international organisation? What other organisations exist which are supportive of transgender Christians?

    Sibyls, Christian Spirituality for transgender people, is a UK organisation, but it has had members from further afield, including as far away as Hong Kong.

    It was founded as a support network by Jay Walmsley in 1996, at a time when trans people were being turned away from their churches if they came out or transitioned. Churches are much more inclusive today, but in those days Holy Communion was celebrated at every meeting as people were being denied this sacrament in their own churches then.  Sibyls has always held meetings in both the north and the south of England (and in Wales) and the pattern has been two retreat weekends a year, plus social gatherings. People talk to one another on the retreats – conversations with other transgender Christians being vitally important – and there are prayer times morning and evening, free time, and a film or home-made entertainment (the latter was usual in the past, and intended to help people gain self-confidence). There is now a London meeting every two months, which begins with Evening Prayer at St Anne’s, Soho, and then members go out dinner together. Sibyls’ members are involved in educating the churches about transgender people through workshops, research, speaking engagements and writing.

    photo by Christa Holka
    The Sibyls is the main organisation for transgender Christians, but LGBTI Christian organisations like Changing Attitude, England (which had three trans trustees at one point) and the Lesbian & Gay Christian Movement (LGCM), whose former CEO identified as genderqueer, (these two organisations are about to merge) are supportive of gender variant people and campaign on their behalf, as does the LGBTI Anglican Mission, Inclusive Church, Accepting Evangelicals, Diverse Church (aimed at younger people) and others beside.

    What is your relationship status currently?

    I was married in 2006, following Gender Recognition and the issue of an amended birth certificate thanks to the passing of the UK Gender Recognition Act 2004.

    Your husband presumably fell in love with you when he thought you were a gay man. How did he handle you becoming a woman?

    Well, as I've said in the narrative I never fully saw myself as a gay man - gay yes but not really male and on reflection Rob has said that he can see now that I always was a woman looking back, for example, at the times that we were n holiday, sitting each side of a table, and irrespective of how we may have been perceived by others.

    Which famous person would you most like to meet, and why?

    A fun question and one I rarely get chance to think about. Recently, though, I was sad to discover that my dance heroine, Gabrielle Roth, had died five years ago and that I had left it too late to try to visit her in New York. The Five Rhythms practice she developed has been important for me and I would have loved to have heard about it directly from her rather than from her books and videos though her ‘voice’ is strong in both. I’m a big fan of the BBC television programme Call the Midwife, and as a chaplain have tended to see my better self as the rather wonderful sister superior, Sister Julienne, while knowing deep down that I am probably more like the ancient Sister Monica Joan, who is sadly teetering on the brink of dementia, but remains profound and wise, and is always raiding the biscuit tin. Tea with the two actresses who play these characters – Jenny Agutter and Judy Parfitt – would be lovely!

    May I ask one last question? What advice would you personally give to people who feel a powerful conflict between what they feel their gender to be, and what their religion teaches them?

    That's a big question in that it could cover so many varied experiences and, as I said in another interview, I'm not supposed to give advice, but since you ask ... I think it's wonderful that we have the internet which we didn't when I was exploring these things, so, researching via the internet, reading books on the subject and networking with other gender variant people of faith would be my initial advice.

    ===

    With all my interviews, I like to reflect on a few points. Clearly there is a lot to talk about, and since this article is already very long, I might save some of it for the next time.

    First, this interview only reinforces my idea that transgender people are everywhere: in every walk of life. You need only look, and there they are; and in fact, as has often happened before when I talk to someone, I realise that not only are there transgender Christians (including some in ministry and the religious life), there are a lot more of them, being a lot more active, than I had previously thought!

    It doesn't surprise me that transgender clerics exist: Jesus chose only male apostles (which has long been used as justification for keeping women out of ministry). But a lot of Jesus' behaviour is what we might associate with femininity: nurturing, avoiding conflict, kindness to the sick, the elderly and children. Therefore men who (like me) relate strongly to that aspect of Jesus' work might easily possess a strong feminine side.

    I had hoped that Tina might provide some resources to those of you who might be struggling with a conflict between what your own heart tells you is your gender, and what your religion tells you is your gender. And I am delighted that she has provided several resources to consider. As someone who has been a priest for many years, she clearly has reliable credentials to draw upon. If you are questioning, or worried, or ashamed, or guilty, it's clear that you are not alone; others have walked the same path, and there is plenty out there to inform, support and guide you.

    In terms of what Deuteronomy forbids and permits, I must say I don't put much store in any of that. The same chapter describes that you must build a parapet on your roof in case someone falls off it; that you must not plough your field with a donkey and an ox together; that you must not wear a garment woven of two different fibres (such as wool and linen); and that you must make tassels for the four corners of the cloak you cover yourself with.

    Many of the old Testament books contain prohibitions against all kinds of things. It makes sense (to me) to advise people to build a parapet on the roof to stop somebody falling off. It makes sense if you see one of your brother's sheep straying, for you to bring it back if he is not around. It doesn't make sense (to me, at least), to prohibit wearing of garments made of two or more fibres (this practice is in any case nearly ubiquitous these days). Deuteronomy 21:15 warns of the scenario where a man has two wives, one loved and the other unloved: a man must treat his first-born son with honour, even if he is born to the unloved wife. Bigamy is illegal in the Western world, though Deuteronomy talks about it as if it's not unusual. So Deuteronomy discusses activities which are now illegal on the one hand, and near-ubiquitous on the other (for a humorous and powerful discussion along these lines, take a look here). Therefore I cannot use it, in isolation, as any sort of useful rulebook to live by.

    The wonderful BBC programme The Why Factor has an episode devoted to cross-dressing. The presenter, Mike Williams, talks to consultant psychiatrist Dr. James Barrett, from London. Barrett points out that this is evidence that cross-dressing probably happened even in Old Testament times: why bother to prohibit something if nobody is doing it anyway?

    To those who would argue that being transgender is inherently wrong or sinful, I would point to Tina, who has shown that one can be transgender and live a life in Christian ministry at the same time.

    I hope that this article provokes more conversation on the topic of transgenderism and religion. Comments from other faiths apart from Christianity are especially welcome (though I propose to talk further about other faiths in a future article).

    My thanks to Tina, for taking time to answer my questions so fully, and for providing the photos which I have used to illustrate this article.

    ===

    Tina is co-editor, with her long-time collaborator, Michelle O’Brien, of ‘the Sibyls’ book’ This is My Body: hearing the theology of transgender Christians. She also wrote, The Transsexual Person is My Neighbour: Pastoral Guidelines for Clergy, Ministers and Congregations, to which Michelle contributed an Appendix on Intersex people. Published by the Gender Trust, it is now out of print but is available online here or here or here. Tina is now working with Chris Dowd on a transgender pastoral care manual, which is due for publication in 2018 by Darton, Longman & Todd, and is based on Chris’s research into transpeople’s spirituality.

    Tina is sole author of a biography of a notable Victorian preacher, Unutterable Love: the Passionate Life and Preaching of FW Robertson (Lutterworth 2009). Robertson was preoccupied, both personally and theologically, with the relations between the sexes, or as we would describe it today, ‘gender’. Follow this link for the book’s contents and free access to its Preface, Introduction and the 2nd Chapter.

    Tina has also blogged for some time about transgender people and faith here. You can also read her interview with the Cambridge Festival of Ideas here.

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              IoT in Manufacturing - Buzzword of next generation OEM   



    Accelerated market demands

    Technology has grown rapidly, so has mankind’s vision to evolve and sustain earth. The world has become more astute and time considerate. This is the era of smart technologies and smart living with no much room left for manual processes which consume unnecessary time and money. This is one of the many reasons that the market demands and people interests are changing rapidly, bringing a paradigm shift in every sector of business and its operations. 





    IoT - a revolution for a sustainable planet

    The world has experienced extraordinary revolutions since the early ages of human kind. We have evolved to learn and develop ourselves into a dominant race.
    The mechanical, electrical, computer and the internet revolution, played a key role in our development and humanities quest for more once again raised the famous question of “WHAT NEXT?”
    The answer lies with the new generation technology companies who have already orchestrated and prepared for an incipient revolution, which may rewrite the history of the world by its seamless capabilities.
    Introducing the IoT revolution (Internet of things). Indeed, IoT is a vision and a concept where humankind, environment and the man-made objects/assets blend their futuristic thoughts and work as a unified service unit to scale today's business needs on the fly and tomorrow's deliverables set by today.  Automation controls and data acquisition is the heart function of IoT in a keenly interactive world. We may literally call IoT as an INTRANET or a BLUE BOOK or a DIGITAL LIBRARY on all connected equipment's for a country or a region.


    IoT in manufacturing, upcoming Business Model for OEM business administration

    The interest rate on most OEM businesses is transmuting from traditional product-oriented business module to service-oriented business model which leads to a data driven lifestyle supported by IoT enablement in their business network. The whole optimization and governance of data will enable cost reduction in operating a large scale manufacturing network and their services through increased operational efficiencies and real time data availability. This will help the OEM portfolio managers to execute any dynamic business changes as the need arises.


    Why is it said that IoT changes the way manufacturers think tomorrow?

    IoT in manufacturing sector is an interesting subject, researches reveals that 42% of the manufacturers are self-prepared to become Internet of things connected players.
    Also 45 % are thinking that they need to urgently shift from traditional ways of business to up-to-the-minute IoT cutting-edge services.
    For majority businesses, IoT is one of the top 3 priorities.  Only 3% of OEM will stick with their traditional level of product oriented business model for long and eventually adopt IoT and data driven policies to drive their business network.


    Current OEM Business model Vs. IoT driven business Model

    Anybody familiar about an open loop and a closed loop in control system engineering would be interested in below statement.
    In simple words, an open loop is an automation method with no control on its process output.
    A closed loop concept actually performs what the situation exactly wants and therefor enabling fast decision making capability. The perfection to process governance in closed loop is adequate in comparison with an open loop.
    Nowadays, every manufacturing industry is struggling with cut-throat competition from their domain of business area and the traditional business process flow concept is struggling and seems inefficient to respond towards this generation's dynamic market needs. This is almost similar like an open loop (Most of the OEM business models are driven as linear progression method so the failure rates are high in current circumstance and customer demands or market trends are slowly adopting to the portfolio). 
    Today the OEMs are facing big challenges in terms of business visibility about their flagship products in the market.
    Compare the IoT enablement as a closed loop feedback control system or a tool which can fill the business process gaps for any manufacturer, who would really be interested to see live customer interactions and comfort level graph towards their product and services in the market. This will definitely help any OEM to execute customer retention policies in a smarter way.  The business outcome and the value proposition is measurable in terms of quality, performance,  SLA maintainability, operational excellence, product enhancement etc. Further, the next generation IoT services will enable a bunch of new revenue streams, bringing a standard governing policy to the OEM portfolios networks and this will change the way we interact with any OEM tomorrow.


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    Pacific Controls provides end to end IoT services for various verticals including “IoT in Manufacturing".  With their expertise/ knowledge in the area and with the help of substantial experts such as application engineers, system integrators, Industrial application specialists and domain experts, software developers, technical leads, hardware designers, Manufacturers, Research organizations etc, they have identified the current OEM challenges and have already started delivering tailored end to end solution from their IoT platform called "Galaxy 2021" with the help of “G2021ES” a multi-technology gateway. These OEM engagements are currently generating bunch of new opportunities in the market place and creating a superior level of quality and value proposition in each OEM business model.








              How will IoT change your life?   



    An IoT (Internet of Things) setup has devices connected to the internet catering to multiple use case scenarios. These can be monitoring of assets, executing tasks and services to support day to day human requirements, ensuring life & safety through alerts and responses, city infrastructure management through command control centers for emergency response, enabling efficient governance through process automation, provisioning healthcare and enabling sustainable energy management thereby addressing environment conservation concerns.

    A platform which caters to all above use cases from devices and sensors to management functionalities qualifies to be a Smart city platform.

    Cloud computing is a popular service that comes with many characteristics and advantages. Basically, cloud computing is like DIY (Do It Yourself) service wherein a user/consumer can subscribe to computing resources based on demand/requirement whilst the services are delivered entirely over the Internet.

    IoT and Cloud computing go hand-in-hand though they are two different technologies which are already part of our life. Both being pervasive qualifies them as the internet of future. Cloud merged with IoT together is foreseen as new and disruptive paradigm.

    Just like cloud is available as a service, whether it is infrastructure, platform or software .Similarly IoT is seen as every(thing) as a service for future since it also fulfills the smart city initiative. First and foremost requirements of any IoT platform for smart city is on demand self-service which enables usage based subscription to computing resources(hardware) that manage and run automation , platform functions, software features and algorithms that form part of city management infrastructure.

    Characteristics of such an IoT on Cloud scenario are …

    ·     Broad network access- to enable any device connectivity whether it is laptop, tablet, nano/micro/pico gateways or actuators or sensors.
           Resource pooling - for on demand access of compute resources like assign identity to device in pool.
          Rapid elasticity - to enable quickly edit software features providing elastic computing- storage & networking demands.
          Measured service - pay for only resources and or services used based on duration/volume/quantity of usage.   

    Advantage of any IoT Cloud setup is that it doesn’t involve upfront CAPEX from a service consumer point of view in terms of building entire infrastructure from ground zero. Rather it is based on subscribe-operate-scale-pay model. This enables stakeholders and decision maker’s instant access to actual environment which helps them gauge prospective investment and expenditure at the same time technology teams are geared up to anticipate which component of the IoT setup needs to be scaled rather than replicating entire setup to fulfill growing demands.

    Dockers (which are basically containers having associated compute, storage and software module with runtime environments required to run software module of overall software) and Micro services (are independent services having own data persistence and dependency software elements which can run independently or provide service to monolithic systems) are some of the features that help manage scalability aspect of IoT platform on cloud catering to smart city use case. Individual modules and components within IoT platform can be preconfigured as Dockers and Micro services.  Once there is traction on the platform, respective Docker or Micro services gets provisioned to handle surge in data traffic thus individual functionality of the platform becomes horizontally scalable. Hence to address such ad-hoc scalability requirements, unlike monolithic systems wherein entire platform needs replication, here only individual module of the platform can be scaled which saves substantial resources and OPEX for stakeholders.

    This platform architecture can be implemented on a cloud infrastructure reusing legacy hardware or over commodity computing infrastructure.

    Any smart city deployment of IoT platform demands fail safe high availability setup. As a result computing infrastructure has to be clustered (grouping of similar functional units/modules within software system).With the surge in number of clusters and Dockers of each functional modules, managing such disparate clustered environments becomes a challenge. Technologies such as Kubernetes and Mesos address these challenges.

    Mesos and Kubernetes enable efficient management, scalability and optimization of Dockers micro services and APIs which are exposed as PaaS or SaaS over cloud infrastructure, thereby fulfilling on- the- fly auto scaling demands from service consumers.

    Pacific controlsGalaxy2021 platform built using open source technologies has adopted most of the above mentioned technologies and best practices. This forms a unique value proposition enabling early adoption to latest technology innovations in the open source world that is either related to IoT or cloud computing. Galaxy2021 platform is horizontally scalable and is capable to manage disparate IoT applications of various stakeholders. It can handle high volume data communication originating at a high frequency from various sensors devices and gateways installed across various smart city assets.

    Galaxy2021 Platformhas been deployed and available on different cloud infrastructures in public, private and hybrid models catering to customers ranging from Government, Utility companies to OEMs across Middle-East, US and Oceana.




              PCS Digital Business HUB and API Economy   

    What is PCS Digital Business HUB?

    Pacific Controls (PCS), a leading provider of Internet of Things (IoT) managed services solutions globally and Middle East’s largest Tier 3 secure data center / cloud services provider, has collaborated with WSO2.Telco, creator of a ground breaking digital enablement platform, to launch Middle East’s first Digital Business Hub. The Digital Business Hub will also contribute towards the acceleration of the on-going transformation of Dubai into the world’s most advanced and connected Digital Marketplace. 

    The PCS Digital Business HUB is a ground breaking digital enablement platform, which is designed to enable enterprises, MNOs(Mobile Network Operators), government and individuals to transform the way they engage and partner in digital ecosystem by removing many of the barriers by providing API and Identity as a service hence positively affect an organizations profitability (API Economy). This platform provides a single point of integration, creating a simple, agile, monetizable digital service echo system aimed at connecting government services, enterprises and consumers across Middle East Region.

    What is API Economy ? 


                       


    API economy is a general term that describes the way application programming interfaces (APIs) can positively affect an organization's profitability. Today, business leaders are aware of the financial impact APIs can have and companies are generating revenue by exposing APIs as business building blocks for third party applications. In the API economy, application programming interfaces (APIs) act as the digital glue that links services, applications and systems. This allows businesses to make the most of their data to create compelling customer experiences and open new revenue channels.
    There is disruption happening in global business world over. For example, 50% of business-to-business collaboration will take place through Web APIs by 2017, and by next year 75% of Fortune 1000 firms will offer public Web APIs, according to IT research firm Gartner Inc.
    This economy is not separate from the overall global economy, but represents a growing slice of the global economic pie:

    Mobile and cloud in particular are pushing increasing amounts of economic transactions from the existing HTML web over to API-driven interactions, even as both continue to grow.

    B2B supplier relationships in the form of APIs are also accelerating rapidly, replacing human web-based flows or even older fax/phone-based procurement models.

    Multi-channel plays in retail, content and other sectors are all tending towards API-style implementations with many interface points feeding a single transaction process.

    For this reason, it is best not to imagine that joining the API Economy would be similar to joining a new economic system. Rather, think of it as maximizing your growth potential in what is likely to become the most important component of the economy.

    Life cycle of API Economy


    API optimization is continuous based on insights from new customers and usage of APIs. Apps and APIs continuously improve. Product management emerges for APIs as digital products.

    API management backbone

    API management is the process of publishing, promoting and overseeing application programming interfaces (APIs) in a secure, scalable environment. It also includes the creation of end user support resources that define and document the API.

    Technology teams striving for speed and quality needs to invest on a rock solid API management backbone that is, a platform to:


    • Create, govern, and deploy APIs: versioning, discoverability, and clarity of scope and purpose
    • Secure, monitor, and optimize usage: access control, security policy enforcement, routing, caching, throttling (rate limits and quotas), instrumentation, and analytics
    • Market, support, and monetize assets: manage sales, pricing, metering, billing, and key or token provisioning

    Your approach joining the API Economy

    • Start by understanding your business context
    • Understand your firm’s role within the open Web
    • Factor in your goals for delivering mobile apps
    • If you will provide APIs, then develop your API design strategy
    • Choose your API management platform
    • Design and deliver APIs consistent with your design strategy
    How PCS Digital Business HUB helps you joining the API Economy?

    The PCS Digital Business HUB provides enterprises and developers a single point of integration, creating a simple, agile, monetizable digital service echo system aimed at connecting government services, enterprises and consumers across Middle East Region.

    HUB Enables multi-operator aggregation, discovery, routing and interconnectivity of services. Aggregates services exposed by other hubs, by gateways, and via direct connections from MNOs. Provides a single point of integration for enterprises and service providers. Comprehensive administration, rating and reporting.

    It can also be used to provide hosted Mobile Connect functionality for a Telco group or for a whole country.

    Key features and benefits of Digital Business HUB

    • Highly secured API manager
    • API based services will be launched in quick time
    • Single point of integration exposing simple REST APIs
    • Secure layer independent of your core business systems
    • Rapid on-boarding of services and publishing of APIs
    • Choose to publish APIs privately (for internal use), for trusted partnerships or for wider public developer ecosystem
    • Cost effective Opex model using PCS' end-to-end managed cloud delivery infrastructure
    • Easy future migration to dedicated instance with no re-engineering
    • New revenue opportunities for the government and other ecosystem partners/players
    • Governance and policy framework with government engagement to a wider and global audience

       


              Reducing IoT operational cost using reliable, secured and intelligent devices   


    When we talk to customers about their IoT plans, first thing they asked about is “Device or gateway management”. In our discussion with IoT platform providers and partners, they explained about Connectivity Manager, over the air firmware upgrade and configuration, device maintenance and diagnostic modules and rich set APIs exposed from the platform.

    Fortunate to have IoT platforms and device clouds. The device management tools help us to identify failures quickly and put it in the proper context to call operations team for necessary actions. However, these tools may not help in operational cost reduction.

    The device maintenance and management cost primarily depends on:

    1. Edge device stability and performance
    2. Edge analytics and intelligent data acquisition
    3. Efficient, reliable and secured cloud connector for self-registration and auto configuration of data sources

    In order to truly benefit from device management platforms, we need intelligent and reliable devices and gateways. Pacific Controls IoT gateways are intelligent and reliable. Our gateways designed by knowing the complexity of enterprise application and architectures. Our enterprise platform and the device cloud architected by knowing the complexity of embedded applications and M2M communication.


    The “G2021ES” is a purpose built, cost effective, multi-technology gateway with rich set of wired and wireless communication channels and protocols including on board IO. The product design, form factors suitable for industrial extended vibrations and temperature ranges. Intended to use in factory and building automation sectors, OEM asset management in automotive, industrial and mining sectors.










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              В Лондоне провели тестирование доставки продуктов робомобилем   
    Онлайн-ретейлер продовольственной продукции Ocado объявил о том, что его подразделение Ocado Technology провело «очень успешное» тестирование осуществления доставки продуктов с помощью беспилотных автомобилей в одном из районов в Гринвиче, на юго-востоке Лондона. Тестирование проводилось в партнёрстве с Gateway Project — исследовательским проектом стоимостью £8 млн под руководством Лаборатории транспортных исследований (Transport Research Laboratory, TRL) в сотрудничестве с Oxbotica (дочерней компанией Oxford Robotics Institute), Digital Greenwich, Telefonica и другими.
              Human Resources Manager - Gateway Casinos - Hanover, ON   
    HR functions and ability to develop, implement and administer programs Strong interpersonal skills, communication skills and negotiations skills to build and...
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              How to Write Amazing Content for Your Website or Blog   
    The Secrets of writing amazing content, your customers will love…. The Secrets of writing amazing content Your website is a gateway for potential customers to interact with your brand, business, and ideals. Whether you sell services or products, your website needs to show potential customers what your brand represents, and why they should care. Content […]
              Install Windows on Dedibox XC SSD 2016 with QEMU   

    Hello! Here my tutorial to install Windows or another SO ISO with QEMU

    Tested on: Dedibox XC SSD 2016 (Server without KVM/iLO or IPMI)

    1- Go to your Online.net panel

    2- Install Ubuntu

    3- Once install is finished open Putty and login with your SO credential

    4-

    sudo -i

    5-Put your password Again

    Format Dedicated Server:

    dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/sda bs=1M count=1

    size=8000m This depend of the size of your SO ISO

    mount -t tmpfs -o size=8000m tmpfs /mnt

    **Download the ISO - In this case from Microsoft Evaluation (180 Days): **https://microsoft.com/en-us/evalcenter/evaluate-windows-server-2016/

    wget -P /mnt DIRECTOLINKOFTHEISO

    Example Windows Server 2016 x64

    wget -P /mnt http://care.dlservice.microsoft.com/dl/download/1/4/9/149D5452-9B29-4274-B6B3-5361DBDA30BC/14393.0.161119-1705.RS1_REFRESH_SERVER_EVAL_X64FRE_EN-US.ISO

    Install Portable QEMU

    wget -qO- /tmp https://ia601503.us.archive.org/12/items/vkvm.tar/vkvm.tar.gz | tar xvz -C /tmp

    Start QEMU

    /tmp/qemu-system-x86_64 -net nic -net user,hostfwd=tcp::3389-:3389 -m 2048M -localtime -enable-kvm -cpu host,+nx -M pc -smp 2 -vga std -usbdevice tablet -k en-us -cdrom /mnt/NAMEOFTHEISO -hda /dev/sda -boot once=d -vnc :1

    Example:

    /tmp/qemu-system-x86_64 -net nic -net user,hostfwd=tcp::3389-:3389 -m 2048M -localtime -enable-kvm -cpu host,+nx -M pc -smp 2 -vga std -usbdevice tablet -k en-us -cdrom /mnt/14393.0.161119-1705.RS1_REFRESH_SERVER_EVAL_X64FRE_EN-US.ISO -hda /dev/sda -boot once=d -vnc :1

    Install Windows with VNC Viewer: https://realvnc.com/download/viewer/

    You need connect to YOUSERVERIP:1

    Disable Firewall

    Enable RDP

    Ctrol+c to stop QEMU

    (Very Important) Put this to boot from C: disk in next reboot

    /tmp/qemu-system-x86_64 -net nic -net user,hostfwd=tcp::3389-:3389 -m 2048M -localtime -enable-kvm -cpu host,+nx -M pc -smp 2 -vga std -usbdevice tablet -k en-us -hda /dev/sda -boot c -vnc :1

    Reboot Server from Online console.

    Connect to windows via RDP

    Enjoy!

    Online.net does not need configure IP they have DHCP but if you are testing in another provider and they dont support DHCP you can:

    $ lspci | egrep -i --color 'network|ethernet' $ lshw -class network

    And configure with your provider IP, Netmask, Gateway.

    netsh interface ipv4 set address name="Ethernet 2" static 37.XXX.XXX.183 255.255.255.192 37.XXX.XXX.129

    Reboot Server from Online console.

    Connect to windows via RDP

    Enjoy!


              Maxine Waters: Democrat leader....bwahaha   

    Auntie’s Off Her Meds Again… Democrat Leader Maxine Waters Wants President Trump Impeached AND Exiled

    When impeachment is not enough.,,
    Democrat leader Auntie Maxine wants Trump impeached because he posts mean tweets.

    But that’s not all. Waters wants President Trump impeached and then exiled!


              Update: Go Local Naples - Real Estate (Lifestyle)   

    Go Local Naples - Real Estate 2.0


    Device: iOS iPhone
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    Description:

    Never miss a SWFL Real Estate Listing! Download Go Local Naples Now.

    When searching for a home in Naples, Bonita Springs, Fort Myers, Cape Coral, Estero, Marco Island or anywhere else in south west Florida, Go Local Naples is your local Real Estate App. Browse real time MLS listings, something Zillow and Trulia can't offer. We are powered by SWFL MLS. That means never miss a new listing and never having to weed through expired homes for sale.

    Features
    * Search by your location Instantly see all the homes, condos and townhomes for sale near you,.
    * Schedule a private showing of a home, condo, or property with a Naples Native.
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              Human spaceflight and robotic exploration future   

    ESA’s vision for human spaceflight and robotic exploration is part of humanity’s road to the stars. Exploring is about visiting new places and coming back with new experiences and knowledge to help us on Earth.

    Our strategy includes three destinations where humans will work with robots to gather new knowledge: low-Earth orbit on the International Space Station, the Moon – our closest neighbour, and our third destination Mars.

    The exploration programme includes Europe’s service module for NASA’s Orion spacecraft around the Moon, a landing on the Moon with Roscomos’ Luna lander and ESA’s Exomars rover on Mars.

    A deep-space gateway farther afield than the International Space Station is considered as a springboard for exploration beyond the Moon.


              Visions of human spaceflight and robotic exploration   

    Visions and clips from ESA’s future for human spaceflight and robotic exploration. Exploring is about visiting new places and coming back with new experiences and knowledge to help us on Earth.

    Our strategy includes three destinations where humans will work with robots to gather new knowledge: low-Earth orbit on the International Space Station, the Moon – our closest neighbour, and our third destination Mars.

    The exploration programme includes Europe’s service module for NASA’s Orion spacecraft around the Moon, a landing on the Moon with Roscomos’ Luna lander and ESA’s Exomars rover on Mars.

    A deep-space gateway farther afield than the International Space Station is considered as a springboard for exploration beyond the Moon.


              World War I aviator posthumously receives the Distinguished Flying Cross   

    U.S. Army Capt. James Ely Miller, the first American aviator killed in combat during World War I, posthumously received the Distinguished Flying Cross on June 14 at the U.S. Army Military District of Washington’s Twilight Tattoo ceremony, in celebration of the Total Army Force’s 242nd birthday.

    Army Acting Sec. Robert Speer, Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Milley and Army Sgt. Maj. Daniel Dailey hosted the patriotic performance, which captured 242 years of soldiers' stories spanning across generations of men and women who have answered the call to uphold America's freedom and democracy. Approximately 1,500 people attended the event, held inside Conmy Hall located on Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall (Fort Myer) in Arlington, Va.

    “We have a privilege today to be able to recognize not only the heraldry of our total 242 years, but also that point and time where we recognize, late, a Distinguished Flying Cross for an American hero,” Speer said before the award presentation. “We're very proud today to have some of the descendants here from James Miller's family here and able to represent him and a lineage of what he achieved on those battlefields as the first individual who gave his life in that war in aviation.”

    Speer presented a framed plaque to Byron Derringer, the great grandson of Miller, in recognition of Miller’s pivotal role in the early formation and build-up of the American aerial presence during World War I in France.

    Miller, who American Legion Post 833 in Smithtown, N.Y., is named in honor of, was instrumental in organizing the first aero company under the New York National Guard in 1915. He supervised the build-up of the U.S. Army 3rd Aviation Instruction Center at Issoudon, France, which was a new flight training center for American aviation cadets. He then assumed command of the 95th Pursuit Squadron, the first American trained fighter pilots sent to the frontlines.

    “I’ve always had a sense of honor from the standpoint that it’s American history,” Derringer said. “I’m just proud of the country we live in and the freedom we have. Knowing he was an intricate part in providing that freedom and pushing that forward, sort of speak, is just amazing.”

    On March 9, 1918, Miller, along with Maj. M.F. Harmon and Maj. Davenport Johnson, started the first U.S. Army Air Services Combat Patrol. Shortly after taking off, Harmon’s aircraft experienced motor trouble which prevented him from continuing on the patrol. “I have news clippings from that era, of all the different accounts of him going down,” Derringer said. “I have the first account of (Major Davenport) providing a report after he came back, and I also have a letter to his son shortly after that states how helpless he felt because his gun was jammed.”

    Miller and Johnson continued their aerial patrol as they crossed enemy territory, engaging two German fighter planes over Barrieux, France. During the first encounter, Miller and his wingman forced the enemy to retreat, but were attacked by another group of German biplanes.

    Johnson withdrew from the dogfight due to engine problems and jammed machine guns, leaving Miller to face the enemy alone. Miller continued to attack the two German biplanes, fearlessly exposing himself to the enemy as he closely followed and performed matching tailspins to keep the Germans from evading him.

    However, the Germans were able to turn the tables on him. Miller was then forced to perform the same evasive maneuvers, rolling his plane into four tailspins with two or three turns to get away from the enemy.

    Miller was the first U.S. airman to be killed in combat, having been shot down behind German lines. His remains are buried at Oise-Aisne American Cemetery and Memorial in Fère-en-Terdenois, France.

    “To my amazement, the Library of Congress and other institutions, they don’t have anything on him,” Derringer said. “I think all the credit is due to his daughter (my grandmother) because she kept meticulous notes and kept the memorabilia. I simply just put it together and came to a point where I thought people need to hear his story because it’s very compelling.”

    On July 20, 1921, the U.S. Army airfield at Dorp, Staten Island, N.Y., was renamed Miller Field in his honor. Miller’s mother, Mary Miller, presented a bronze tablet to the Army on November 11, 1924, which was Armistice Day. The airfield has since become part of the National Gateway Recreation Area where the tablet is still on display in the park at the administration building.

    “It’s been simply amazing on various levels,” said Derringer, who actually received the Distinguished Flying Cross award from the Army Chief of Staff’s office on June 8. “All of my family was just ecstatic, even the ones who weren’t able to attend (the Twilight Tattoo ceremony). We’re just really excited that this came to fruition. We didn’t expect it. I really don’t know what to say—it’s just such an honor.”

    Speer said Miller’s heroic actions not only align with the highest traditions of the military service, but also reflect great credit upon himself, the U.S. Army Air Services and the American Expeditionary Forces.

    For Derringer, a resident of Bethesda, Md., he is proud of his great grandfather and the sacrifice he made to protect and defend. He said Miller is the first World War I soldier to posthumously receive the Distinguished Flying Cross and Purple Heart medal for his heroism.

    “He received a recognition that he should probably have had a long time ago. But the most important thing is to recognize all the people that actually made this happen,” said Derringer, a resident of Bethesda. “It was really a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, special honor and event that definitely none of us will forget.”

    Derringer said the Twilight Tattoo ceremony was more than just an event to celebrate the Army’s birthday. Rather, it highlighted an important era wherein brave soldiers like Miller proudly served and made the ultimate sacrifice 100 years ago.

    “It was an honor to be included in the celebration with the secretary of the Army, and the Chief of Staff, for not only the Army’s birthday, but also the (World War I) centennial. I give them, and the other major players who were there, the upmost respect,” Derringer said. “Our entire family is just really thankful for what the military does every day. It’s simply amazing.”


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              Refresh yourself during weekends by visiting Gateways near Mumbai    


    People from every corner of India come to Mumbai for many reasons ranging from making a livelihood, taking higher education, doing business or joining the film industry, which is having headquarters in this city of dreams. This metro city one of the popular among top notch cities of the world has expanded with an unexpected rate, spreading its wings on the neighboring territories. Obviously due to the rising population and expanding infrastructure very little space is left for recreational activities.



    Due to this unavailability of open space for sports and recreational activities, Mumbaites or residents of Mumbai take refuge in some places in the vicinity of the city, where they can spend a day or two in the lap of nature. There are many places to visit near Mumbai, where you can inhale fresh air and join some refreshing activities. The list is unending but to mention a few names places like Mahabaleshwar, Matheran, Lonavala, Alibag, Murud-Janjira and Elephanta are the best places to visit near Mumbai during weekends. Best time to visit these places differ from summer, winter or even the monsoons, when places like Lonavala get transformed into a green cover accompanied by beautiful waterfalls oozing out of the hill slopes. The dams like Valvan dam, Bushy dam and Tungarli Lake when start overflowing, offer best opportunity for weekenders to rush to these dams and enjoy romantic showers at the lake side. There are many other places to visit around Lonavala the most favored hill station, which can be easily approached from Mumbai, Navi Mumbai and Pune.

    There is no scarcity of hotels in Lonavala as well as resorts at this destination, but to select the right resort or hotel is catchy since you have to pick the hotel which offers better facilities at the same time it should match your budget. We can introduce you to United-21 Retreat, which offers comfortable stay at the most reasonable tariff at this destination. Lonavala restaurantshave been continuously modified in order to match the tastes of the visiting city dwellers.

              TMBA394: What Happened to Technorati?   
    http://www.tropicalmba.com/richardjalichandra/ One of the things that Dan and Ian are most passionate about is finding great blogs and podcasts. These days, the internet seems to be getting smaller and smaller. You really need to dig deep to find unique content, and a lot of it is being made in the most remote corners of the internet. Once upon a time, though, there was a search engine that highlighted blogs themselves. Richard Jalichandra is the former CEO of Technorati.com, which at one time was considered by many to be the gateway into the blogosphere. During their quest for great blogs, Dan and Ian became curious as to why this company disappeared. On this week's episode, Richard shares the story of Technorati, as well as the details of his long and storied career in the early days of the world wide web.
              Surveillance Operator - Gateway Casinos - Kelowna, BC   
    Identifies fraud and takes the appropriate action required by law and company policy; As the eyes of the casino, you will ensure the security of customers,...
    From Gateway Casinos - Tue, 20 Jun 2017 16:03:37 GMT - View all Kelowna, BC jobs
              Sessions   
    I will be back with (I hope) a fairly major piece later today, but right now, I'd like to offer a quick note about the testimony offered by Jeff Sessions. It all comes down to one basic question: How the hell does he get away with it?

    The dimwits who frequent rightwing sites like Gateway Pundit seem to be under the impression that every conversation with Donald Trump is automatically classified -- at least, that was their argument against Comey. Although one has come to expect such idiocy from the rightists, our Congressfolk should know better. And yet they allowed our law-breaking Attorney General to refuse to divulge any of his private conversations with Donald Trump.

    The A.G. made no claim that the material under discussion was classified. There was no claim of executive privilege. Sessions, when asked to reveal what he said to the "Predisent," simply fell into an imitation of Bartleby the Scrivener: "I prefer not to."

    Apparently, Trump is Sacred. Those who come face-to-face with the Sacred One in private are like the ancient High Priests of Israel who made offerings in the Holy of Holies on Yom Kippur. No one must ever know what transpires in the secret places of God.

    As everyone has heard by now, Sessions lied during his confirmation hearings about meeting with Russians. Sessions lamely tried to excuse that lie by claiming that Al Franken's "rambling" question had confused him. Oh really? Franken had spoken with his characteristic lucidity, and Sessions did not ask for a clarification. Besides, Trump himself is such a classic rambler that his horn goes beep beep beep.

    Here's the really damning part: Sessions had offered the exact same denial in writing.


    So during his confirmation, Sessions lied to Franken and he lied to Senator Leahy. Later, he lied when he said that he was confused by Franken's question.

    But it gets worse. I am quite sure that he lied when he said that he was following longstanding Justice Department policy in not disclosing what he said to Donald Trump. I'd love to see proof that such a "historic policy" exists.

    (Can you imagine the howls of outrage from Republicans if Hillary Clinton, during the Benghazi hearings, had refused to divulge any discussions she had had with Barack Obama? We never would have heard the end of it!)

    Janet Reno never referred to such a "historic" policy of silence when -- giving testimony before Congress -- she detailed her conversations with Bill Clinton. Eric Holder never referred to such a "historic" policy when he was questioned during the Obama years.

    Holder was cited for Contempt for allegedly lying about Fox News reporter James Rosen -- an alleged infraction which was far less weighty than the almost daily outrages we've seen from Trump's team. A look back at that case offers a compelling view of the double standards on display here. Holder had testified that he had never been involved in the prosecution of a reporter. Desperate for any excuse to scream "Liar!", the Republicans proved that Holder, as part of a leak investigation, had signed off on a search warrant of Rosen (who was never indicted). Holder's counterargument was simplicity itself: There's a difference between a prosecution and an investigation.

    And that was it. That was the so-called "lie" which had the Republicans screaming bloody murder. These same Republicans are now giving Jeff Sessions a free pass, even though he has clearly fibbed under oath on multiple occasions.

    Sessions even tried to revive the debunked claim -- debunked by Trump himself! -- that FBI Director James Comey had been fired because the so-called "Comey letter" (the one about emails on the Wiener laptop) was "inappropriate." During the campaign, Sessions had lavishly praised Comey for that very deed.

    The hypocrisy on display here is beyond outrageous.

    So why does Congress allow Sessions to get away it? He clearly merits a charge of contempt.

    A member of the House of Representatives should begin the official process of impeaching Jeff Sessions. Even iIf the attempt is unsuccessful, it will demonstrate that this nation has not completely forsaken morality and the rule of law.

    By the way: I was surprised by the large number of "I don't recall" answers offered by Jeff Sessions. Why is his memory so bad? Has he been smoking pot?
              Security Systems Administrator   
    <span>Location: Torrey Pines<br>Skill set: 7+ years of experience, Support Day-today operations and support. Experience with administering Firewalls, web security gateways, IDS/IPS.&nbsp;<br>Summary &nbsp;<br>Under general supervision, this position is responsible for monitoring and the administration of security controls to prevent unauthorized access, modification, and/or unauthorized disclosure of company information. May participate in developing programs and processes to ensure security protocols are not compromised. Participates in administering security policies to control access to systems. May providing technical education to professional or technical staff. &nbsp;<br>Essential Functions &nbsp;<br>1. Monitors and manages security devices such as Firewalls, Intrusion Prevention Systems, VPN devices, and Security Event Management systems. &nbsp;<br>2. Provides technical support and consultation as it relates to network security configurations. &nbsp;<br>3. Provides fault isolation and resolution for security devices and escalates when necessary. &nbsp;<br>4. Ensures compliance with security policies and standards. &nbsp;<br>5. May provide information security awareness training to employees, contractors, and other third parties. &nbsp;<br>6. May be a point of contact with suppliers and vendors. &nbsp;<br>7. Responsible for observing all laws, regulations and other applicable obligations wherever and whenever business is conducted on behalf of the Company. Expected to work in a safe manner in accordance with established operating procedures and practices. &nbsp;<br>&nbsp;<br>Additional Functions &nbsp;<br>Other duties as assigned or as required. &nbsp;<br>Essential Qualifications &nbsp;<br>Typically requires an associate&rsquo;s degree or certificate in a related discipline and three or more years of progressive professional security administration experience in an information technology department. Equivalent professional experience in corporate information technology security may be substituted in lieu of education. Must demonstrate a basic understanding of information security administration principles, concepts, practices, and standards including but not limited to, firewalls, intrusion protection and detection, network devices, TCP/IP and related internet protocols. Must have organizational skills including scheduling, conducting, and coordinating work assignments to meet project milestones or established completion dates. Must be customer focused and possess: (1) the ability to identify issues, analyze and interpret data and develop solutions to a variety of non-routine technical problems; (2) good analytical, verbal and written communication skills to accurately document, report, and present findings; (3) the ability to maintain the confidentiality of sensitive information; (4) the ability to initiate, plan, and manage projects; (5) the ability to represent the company as a knowledgeable resource on external projects ; and (6) strong computer skills. Ability to work independently or in a team environment is essential as is the ability to work extended hours and travel as required. &nbsp;<br>&nbsp;<br>Notes:<br>Shift will be Sunday-Thursday<br>&nbsp;<br>&nbsp;<br></span>
              LYNC Engineer -   
    An IT Consulting Firm has an immediate vacancy for a Microsoft Lync Engineer in our Orange County (CA) location.

    Duties include but not limited to:

    - Implementation and operational support to Microsoft Lync for various clients locally & nationwide.
    - Support for Voice Gateways
    - Working closely with Active Directory and Microsoft Exchange Administrative teams
    - Architect network & Lync server
    - Architect SIP migrations

    Requirements:
    5+ years with Lync
    MSCE


    Salary: Negotiable DOE

    Looking forward to your replies! This is a perm position. We are an equal employment opportunity employer and will consider all qualified candidates without regard to disability or protected veteran status.
              LYNC Engineer -   
    An IT Consulting Firm has an immediate vacancy for a Microsoft Lync Engineer in our Orange County (CA) location.

    Duties include but not limited to:

    - Implementation and operational support to Microsoft Lync for various clients locally & nationwide.
    - Support for Voice Gateways
    - Working closely with Active Directory and Microsoft Exchange Administrative teams
    - Architect network & Lync server
    - Architect SIP migrations

    Requirements:
    5+ years with Lync
    MSCE


    Salary: Negotiable DOE

    Looking forward to your replies! This is a perm position. We are an equal employment opportunity employer and will consider all qualified candidates without regard to disability or protected veteran status.
              Sr. Systems/Storage Engineer   
    <span><span style="color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-family:Times New Roman;font-size:12pt;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;">Our client in El Segundo has a job opportunity for Senior Storage Systems Engineering to join their team. <br>&nbsp;<br>Responsibilities Include:<br>&nbsp;<br>&bull; Implement and architect server/systems infrastructure in a large 24x7 environment.<br>&bull; Specify and certify next generation server, storage, and network hardware to match company growth.<br>&bull; Be able to implement from design diagrams a highly available and scalable system infrastructure. Candidate should be able to translate a design concept into a working diagram highlighting individual hardware/software components required to integrate the project into existing infrastructure.<br>&bull; Manage to engineering milestones by ensuring that development, integration, test and production environments are all in sync; implement revision change control<br>&bull; Support and maintain communication and project workflow between development group and operations group.<br>&bull; Ability to provide engineering input for database development (SQL, Access) and Business Objects<br>&bull; Fluency in Linux/UNIX a plus<br>&bull; Implement and configure server virtualization technology such as VMWare and Citrix Xen and the proper use of these environments.<br>o VMWare vCloud Director<br>o VMware vCenter Operations Manager<br>o Cluster deployments <br>o vDistributed Switches<br>o vMotion<br>o Able to create, maintain &amp; deploy templates<br>o Create clones &amp; customization profiles<br>o High Availability (HA) &amp; Distributed Resource Scheduler (DRS) <br>o Host profiles<br>&bull; Install and configure Dell servers (Rack mounted &amp; Blades)<br>o M1000e<br>o M620<br>o R610, 620, 810, 820<br>&bull; Install and configure Cisco UCS servers a plus<br>Technical Qualifications<br>&bull; 7+ years of experience in networking industry. B.S (or higher) in computer science or equivalent.<br>&bull; Experience with Redhat Enterprise Linux 5.x - 6.4, Redhat Deployments using Kickstart installations, Redhat Clustering configuration and deployments<br>&bull; Experience with Oracle Linux 5.6 - 6.4 and Oracle RAC cluster technology<br>&bull; Virtualization software/hardware: VMWare, Citrix Xen, Network bonding, and VLAN Trunking<br>&bull; Server platforms: Dell OpenManage, x86, x86-64, IA64, PA-RISC, SPARC, POWER<br>&bull; Experience with the deployment and management of storage hardware:<br>o 3PAR, EMC, Isilon IQ, iDRAC configuration &amp; management and Netapp NAS appliances <br>o SAN hardware and technologies: EMC/Brocade, SAN Directors, Fibre-Attached storage, iSCSI, RAID levels and best practices<br>&bull; Linux administration to include networking, storage, multipathing configurations<br>&bull; Familiarity with:<br>o NTP, DNS, NFS, Load Balancing<br>o Fiber Channel zoning concepts<br>o Brocade administration, NPIV &amp; Access Gateway Mode<br>o HTTP servers and understanding of content delivery/CDN integration<br>o High Availability and Scalability Technology: Brocade Load Balancers, clustering software, auto-failover, Ethernet bonding<br>Office and Interpersonal Skills<br>&bull; Must be able to work successfully in a deadline-driven, fast-paced environment, and effectively multi-task multiple priorities in a team-oriented setting.<br>&bull; Candidates should possess excellent written/verbal communication, problem-solving, and analytical skills and be able to communicate ideas and concepts between different departments.<br>&bull; Demonstrate leadership and organizational skills by seeing a project from engineering design concept to final product deployment.<br>&bull; Establish technology roadmaps for servers, OS versions, and cluster software through product evaluations and collaboration with development and operations groups.<br>&bull; Must be able to work both independently on projects and cooperatively within a team environment.<br>&bull; Must be proficient in MS Office Suite, including Excel, Word, Project, PowerPoint, Visio and Access.<br>&bull; May require up to 20% travel; must have the ability to expense travel costs prior to reimbursement.<br>&nbsp;<br></span><br></span>
              Flash Builder Plug-in for SAP NetWeaver Gateway going away in April   
    A little over a year ago the Flash Builder 4.5 plug-in for SAP NetWeaver Gateway was published as a beta on Adobe Labs (at http://labs.adobe.com/technologies/flashbuilder_sap).  As a research beta, the plug-in only works with older versions of Flash Builder (4.5 … Continue reading
              Forum Post: RE: Dynamics Portals Integration with Payment Gateway   
    Out of the Box, Payment integration with Portals isn't possible, In order to add payment Gateway capabilities Connect 365 can be used. For more details refer : https://www.adoxio.com/Connect-365/
              2014-04-05 - SPSPhilly - Authentication and Authorization   

    n today’s complex market place of corporate partnerships and relationships, sharing information is pertinent to ensuring that business operations are conducted in a secure computing environment with trusted entities being provided access to protected information. In this session, Dan will discuss the basics of authentication and authorization in relation to the SharePoint platform. Further, we will be discussing the technical underpinnings of the SharePoint platform’s processing of a user’s identity dependent on identity provider and authorization settings. As a part of this session we will demonstrate different authentication and authorization configurations that are common place in today’s business settings to include when to use: • Integrated Windows Authentication • Forms Based Authentication using SQL Server • ADFS as a Trusted Identity Provider • Threat Management Gateway with Kerberos (Constrained Delegation using client certs) After attending this session, attendees will have a better grasp of the configuration complexities involved with each scenario as well as the user experience impacts based on the path taken.
              Business Mlm Software In Ludhiana   
    Smartway Solutions offers you with low price in Web Designing & development services Mlm Software, E-Commerce Website, Online Shopping website, Matrimonial Website Development or Business Website, Payment Gateway, Bulk Sms Services, Facebook Promotion Etc.

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              ‘Elba stole my heart – and inspired my latest novel’   

    Best known for Napoleon’s exile, Italy’s third-largest island also offers pretty beaches, good diving, charming towns and great food, says author Emylia Hall

    Piombino, on Italy’s Tuscan coast, makes an unlikely gateway to paradise, with its abandoned steelworks and concrete port. Elba lies six miles from the mainland, part of the Tuscan archipelago, and during the summer ferries depart for the island all day, every day. Its capital, Portoferraio, is a town built in fruit-bowl colours, with a hilltop fort and the flash of a white marina.

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              The City Gate, Exeter: hotel review   

    This newly-refurbished pub with smart rooms and locally produced food is a great reason to break a journey to or from the West Country

    Exeter is so close to lovely beaches, Dartmoor, Exmoor, and pretty towns like Totnes and Chagford it’s a wonder many travellers know it mainly for the M5 services. Being a “gateway” to the West Country is almost an invitation to whizz through.

    When the 18th-century Royal Clarence Hotel – often described as England’s oldest hotel – was destroyed in a fire last October, the city lost its most characterful lodgings. The City Gate – a Young’s pub with rooms in a listed redbrick former coaching inn, which reopened in May after extensive refurbishment – doesn’t make up for this loss, but it does provide the essentials for a short stopover. Its 14 bedrooms are smallish but smartly decorated, and the locale is of historical interest: the pub abuts the original Roman city walls and looks out on to the Iron Bridge, built in 1834.

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              Gerber Scientific Launches Gerber University Online Learning Portal   

    The online education gateway is designed for users who wish to increase their proficiencies, learn new features and functionalities of Gerber’s systems and software or gain industry knowledge and training.

    (PRWeb November 25, 2013)

    Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/gerberscientific/gerberu/prweb11364039.htm


              CCWF, Blessed John Paul and Mary - Our Musical Tribute "Tota Pulchra"   
    Today is the wee hours of Sunday May 1, 2011, the feast of Divine Mercy and the day that Pope John Paul II will be beatified. 

    The focus of this letter is to formally introduce you to the collection of songs honoring Our Blessed Mother Mary,  the CD Tota Pulchra (www.totapulchra.net). It is our tribute to Blessed John Paul II http://totapulchra.net/project.html. During the vigil ceremonies last evening, I heard it said that the Pope responded to all his letters, and this is true in our case as well. I wrote to Pope John Paul II prior to our first forum  on February 26, 2005 and told him that he is the genesis of what we do and how thankful we all were for his work. He responded through his office on March 5, mere weeks before he died, while in hospital, that he appreciated our comments and was keeping me as well as my associates in his prayers. I truly feel that he is continuing these prayers from heaven and it gives us great joy to know that we are helping in the New Evangelization which is so needed and so beautiful for those who have eyes to see.

    For that is our job - to help eyes to see and ears to hear the Good News of our Lord, Jesus Christ so as to build a civilization based on love.

    As we embarked upon this analysis of the Apostolic Letter Mulieris Dignitatem in 8 parts through a series of lunches, http://ccwf.org/forums.html it came to be that we wanted to look at Jesus' mother, Mary, as she is a thread that not only runs through the document but through the whole life of Blessed John Paul II. This task was undertaken last year, 2010. In February we hosted the play Lolek, written and acted by Jeremy Stansbury http://www.epiphanystudio.com/inc/sdetail/1539. We included a Polish dinner, and as it happened, 400 admirers of the late pope (and the dessert Crustiki!) came. We skirted mishap  but through the grace of God, all occurred flawlessly (ok, the coffee urn would not turn on). That is one of the greatest gifts of working with God, grace redolent in activities approached with a pure heart and perseverance.

    In May we had hoped to present our first full day forum, now postponed http://ccwf.org/forums/forum052210.html. In the meantime, October of 2009 in fact, the process of honoring Mary that God had desired began to take form. It is not educative, except in the most general sense. It is not typical of us, ie lunch combined with Church teaching on what it means to be a person, knowledge etched on our heart yet often clouded by the energetic pace of today's society and the advancement of technology which lulls us into believing that we are master of our own lives.

    No, my friend Liliane Cromer, a mezzo-soprano, had wanted since my conversion http://ihrarchive.org/archive/wic-20101008.mp3 to sing some Ave Marias she had in her collection. When she first proposed the idea over coffee on her porch in January 2005, I knew the germ was real, and as the years passed I invited talented people I would run into if they would like to participate. A loony proposition for sure, as I had never produced even a school play, much less a professional recording of songs of Mary! Did I know when it would happen? No! Did I know what it would be like? No! Was I sure that it would happen some day? Yes!

    At a fundraiser for our local Catholic radio station in October of 2009, I met the harpist Anna Maria Mendieta, approaching her in the foyer and telling her of my idea. She responded enthusiastically (joining Liliane Cromer and Frances Peterson who had also said yes!) and thus began an avalanche of activity as the pieces needed began to take shape and the tribute to Mary, in honor of the 5th anniversary of the death of Pope John Paul II, came into being, thanks be to God! I must also thank Chris Miloslavich www.milomix.com, who also said "yes" a few weeks later and  co-produced the CD, Russell Bond of the recording studio The Annex, as well as all those who joyfully agreed to help "shout joyfully unto the Lord, . . . come before him with joyful song" Psalm 100, in honor of Mary and JP II. Originally slated to come out in the fall of 2010, it actually was released January, 2011 - our first shipment of copies arrived December 24! A Christmas gift!

    Tota Pulchra is a purposeful tribute to the life of Pope John Paul II and she who guided him, Mary. The inside cover of the CD describing the tribute is pasted below.  It is 1700 years of songs reflective of Mary in our lives. 
    As Pope Benedict XVI said, "Mary is the Tota Pulchra - the 'All Fair' -  an ideal of beauty artists have always sought to reproduce . . . where human beauty encounters the beauty of God." I found that quote on Palm Sunday of last year and knew at that moment the name Tota Pulchra would be the title of the collection. 

    Recording began as Time magazine ran a cover story on Mary  and the last notes of the final song were recorded as our daughter and I stepped out of the train in Lourdes, France, Aug. 13. So one might say the recordings were bracketed by Mary, but there is more. I recently read Michael Waldstein in the National Catholic Register (March 25 edition), who stated that the dedication to the Theology of the Body was to the Tota Pulchra
    "At the very top of the first page of his handwritten manuscript of the theology of the body, John Paul placed a verse from the Song of Songs, also applied to Mary, Tota pulchra es, amica mea, et macula non est in te - You are all beautiful, my beloved, and there is no spot, no macula, in you" (4:7). This first page is dated December 8, 1974, the feast of the Immaculate Conception."
    Providence that humbles.

    The first piece,  Tota Pulchra Es was written in the 300's, with music by a talented graduate of Santa Clara University, Nick Benavides. Nick composed the music for one other song, and another recent graduate, Ian Jenkins, composed the music for Priez pour Paix  (Pray for Peace), a poem from the 1400's written during the 100 years war. The CD covers 4 continents and 11 languages. A composition from the 1570's honoring Our Lady of Guadalupe in the language of the era, Nahuatl. Songs from the pilgrimage to Montserrat and Santiago de Compostela, songs from the Romantic era, the middle ages, and the modern era, with Mary, Did You Know? beautifully rendered by Dana Couey as the most recent popular song. Elizabeth Campisi offers an updated rendition of Schubert's famous Ave Maria, and there are 4 different Ave Marias in the collection - from Germany, Vietnam and Argentina. A treat for the ears and a beautiful way to contemplate how people from all ages have turned to Mary in times of stress. A message our world, which hungers for peace, needs to hear. www.totapulchra.net

    This recording is available for donation, and all proceeds will be used to further our main mission, which is to educate on authentic personhood, especially the new feminism. More on that below. 

    Please join us by supporting this special project.

    There are suggested donation amounts on the website, (payable by PayPal, with the CD as a thank you gift for your generous donation!), and multiple copies can be had for larger donations. All contributions are tax deductible. The songs are beautifully rendered, professionally mastered, and the equilibrium among the pieces creates a unique whole. www.totapulchra.net or go directly to http://ccwf.org/support.html

    Today the pope is beatified.  Today is the first day of May, the month of Mary. This CD is the perfect gift to get for yourself and for your loved ones. Order it for those  people you know who love good music and may not be aware of the treasury of songs devoted to Mary through time. Acquire several and keep them on hand for impromptu gifts! 

    If you live in the Bay Area, keep your ears tuned as we are gearing up for the Circle the Bay for Mary live tour this Christmas. 

    The California Catholic Women's Forum was formed  with the intent of creating a program of study on the new feminism, as stated when we received non-profit status in 2005. This facet of our work has recently also begun in earnest with this beautiful CD as the  symbolic foundation stone. Mary, who keeps us on her lap and has made us her responsibility.

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     This month we will film the first of what we hope will become a series of DVDs on the meaning of personhood. We believe it is time to include men in the equation, as the complementarity of the sexes requires that men and women, though different in vocation, are equal in identity. One cannot be a person without the existence of an "other" ( listen to our first forum, "Teasing the Document Apart", by Rebecca Teti, to hear more on that!)

    This first recording is called "The Meaning of Love" and is a philosophical and theological consideration of the reality of marriage. It will be recorded in the third week of May, God willing. We will send more information on this groundbreaking work in the near future.

    Please consider donating generously to our forum. As we gear up to produce these new educational tools, we need sponsorship! If you would like particulars on the upcoming recording or would like to support this project financially, write to me at mcoldiron@ccwf.org

    With thanks, and thanks be to God, for he has risen as He said, Alleluia!


              Get on Your Bike in Kirkland   
    Name of Ride: 

    Get on Your Bike in Kirkland

    Date and Time: 
    Saturday, July 1, 2017 - 11:00am
    Start Location: 
    Chainline Brewery Parking Lot
    423 6th Street South
    Kirkland, WA 98033
    Contact Information: 
    Don Volta
    voltadh@yahoo.com
    (425)828-0138
    Jane Volta
    voltaji@yahoo.com
    425-828-0138
    Distance: 
    19.50 miles
    Elevation Gain: 
    1,037 feet
    Terrain: 
    Regroup: 
    Weather Cancels?: 
    Ride Description: 

    Been off the bike for a while? Bought a bike and not yet confident riding? Time to take advantage of nicer weather to get riding for health, fitness or just fun! Here is your opportunity to develop riding skills, become more familiar with your bike and feel confident riding in a group.

    We will start and finish at the Chainline Brewing Company in Kirkland, next door to the Google Campus and near the Cross Kirkland Corridor. The route takes us first to Marina Park for a rest stop at the one mile mark and then north through Kirkland neighborhoods to Bothell and Woodinville for another rest stop at Wilmot Gateway Park.  We return via the Sammamish trail to NE124th where we climb back up to the Kirkland Cross Corridor (the trail is hard pack gravel but OK for skinny tires) ending at the brewery. The route involves climbing some hills but we regroup at the top.   After the ride, join us at the brewery for refreshments and more conversation about biking.

    Please park at the far south end of the parking lot.  Arrive 20 minutes before the published start time to ready your bike and check in. 

    This is a social ride with experienced ride leaders to grow your confidence with group riding. It is free and open to everyone. The route is somewhat longer than previous Get on Your Bike in Kirkland routes but still consists of trails and bike-friendly streets with easy climbs so you can practice shifting gears. Everyone will ride the hills at their own pace and we always regroup at the top and before any turns so you need not be concerned about being left behind.

    "Leisurely Pace" is 10-12 mph on flat surface without any headwind. We will go slower on hills and with a headwind and faster going downhill. Average walking speed is around 3 mph, so we be 3-4 times faster!. If you aren't sure about your pace, please join us anyway, but study the route and bring a printed the cue sheet with you. We can help you read the cue sheet if you need to return to the start early. Carrying ORCA card is another good option.

    You should dress appropriately for the weather, but you do not need spandex or other specialized bike gear. All you need is a working bike and a helmet. If you haven't ridden your bike for quite some time, please do a ABC Check (link below) or take it to your local bike shop a few days prior to the ride date. It is recommended that you bring a snack to eat mid-ride.

    During the safety and ride briefing, we will go over hand signals and what we say during the ride to keep ourselves safe.

    Register - Please sign an e-waiver by clicking on the “Register Now” button at the top of this page (right below the ride title) and enter your information. If you cannot make the ride, you do not need to unregister.

    Weather - Showers or more severe weather will cancel the ride.  Ride cancellation will be announced in the comments section at least two hours before start time and the ride leaders will not be at the start.

    If you have questions, please contact the Ride Leaders.

     

     

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              Preying on disaster: How human trafficking has spiked in quake-shattered Nepal   
    The year following two earthquakes that devastated Nepal saw a spike in desperate people falling into the clutches of human traffickers. Two years later, with the country’s infrastructure and economy still in ruins, NGOs say human trafficking is still on the rise.
     
    Nepal has long been a source of economic migrants, and the money they’ve sent home from Gulf countries and neighbouring India has helped to feed families and build homes. Almost a million of those houses were destroyed or damaged in the quakes of 25 April and 12 May 2015, which encouraged more people to migrate, some of whom have been trafficked into unpaid labour or sex slavery.
     
    Nepal’s National Human Rights Commission reported a 15 percent increase in the number interceptions of people “vulnerable” to human traffickers during the three months following the quakes.
     
    That trend shows no sign of slowing, according to the anti-trafficking NGO Maiti Nepal, as well as Indian border security officials. “We continue to see a rise in trafficking cases and in interceptions at the border,” said Shivani Chemjong of Maiti.
     
    The NGO stations people at border crossings with India and intervenes if women and children are suspected of being trafficked. Last year, Chemjong said, Maiti “intercepted” more than 5,700 “vulnerable girls”; in 2014 – the year before the quake – the figure was 2,900.
     
    The Sahastra Seema Bal, the Indian force guarding the 1,751-kilometre border, also reported an increase. In a statement last month, the SSB said officers intervened in the cases of 33 victims of human trafficking in 2014, compared to 336 in 2015 and 501 in 2016. And the SSB has found 180 cases of human trafficking in just the first three months of this year. 
     

    Rescued

     
    In a small workshop in Nepal’s capital, Kathmandu, about a dozen women between the ages of 14 and 20 sat at tables, diligently threading beads into jewellery. Each was recently rescued after being trafficked, and was now receiving support, including skills training, from a local NGO, Shakti Samuha, which was established and is run by survivors of trafficking.
     
    Shakti Samuha also provides trafficking victims with housing and psychological support, as well as tracking down their families and counselling them. Families often do not welcome trafficking victims home, especially if they have worked in the sex industry. For protection reasons, the NGO declined to reveal their identities or details of their experiences.
     
    The young women preferred instead to focus on the future.
     
    "I'd like to learn computer skills, and teach other girls after learning them myself,” said one.
     
    A young girl rests on a beam in her house in Sindhupalchok, Nepal, which is being rebuilt after the 2015 earthquake
    Nimisha Jaiswal/IRIN
    A young girl rests on a beam in her house in Sindhupalchok, which is being rebuilt after the 2015 earthquake
     
    More programmes like this are needed, according to the US State Department’s Trafficking in Persons 2016 report. It notes that, in the aftermath of the 2015 quakes, NGOs and the government increased “services and access to vulnerable populations”, but “referral efforts remained ad hoc and inadequate”.
     

    Thwarted efforts

     
    The Nepalese government has taken measures to curb human trafficking as well, but they are limited in effect.
     
    Agencies that recruit overseas workers must be registered and based in Kathmandu. They may employ agents based in district capitals who are prohibited from charging recruits for their services. 
     
    In practice, though, there is little oversight. Advocates for trafficking victims say agents sometimes falsely promise women legitimate domestic work and men construction jobs overseas, mainly in India and Gulf states. 
     
    Once they are there, some women find themselves sold into sex slavery, and many are told they must work until they pay off unforeseen fees.
     
    “In many cases, the imposition of high fees facilitates forced labor, and recruitment agencies engage in fraudulent recruitment,” the US State Department report says.
     
    Nepali embassies in six Gulf nations provide emergency shelters for vulnerable women, including trafficking victims, but the report says they are “inadequate to support the high demand for assistance”. 
     
    A Nepal Police officer looks out from an anti-trafficking check post in Sundhupalchok
    Nimisha Jaiswal/IRIN
    A Nepal Police officer looks out from an anti-trafficking check post in Sundhupalchok
     
    One way to try to curb trafficking is to restrict air travel out of the country. Nepal's Department of Foreign Employment mandates that all migrants undergo pre-departure training before receiving a stamp of approval from the Labour Ministry, without which they can be prevented from boarding flights.
     
    However, traffickers often avoid such restrictions by bringing people over the porous land border into India.
     
    An ornamented gateway marks the busy Nepalgunj-Rupaidiha border point, where 4,000 people from Nepal cross into India each day on foot, battery rickshaws, or horse-drawn carts, according to SSB officials.
     
    “If there is no proof of wrongdoing, we cannot detain vulnerable women travellers as it can look like harassment,” said one senior SSB officer who asked not to be named as he was not authorised to speak to media.
     
    Once in India, they may be sold into slavery or put on flights to countries beyond.
     
    Nilambar Badal of Asian Forum, an NGO that works with returned migrants, explained how the traffickers are always one step ahead.
     
    “The [Nepalese] government has asked India to hold special screenings at the airports. So instead of flying out of Delhi or Mumbai, the girls fly from small airports like Lucknow or Amritsar,” he said. “From there, they can pretend to be on a trip to Sri Lanka, Singapore or Bangladesh, and onward to the Gulf.”
     
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    Nimisha Jaiswal reported on a fellowship from the International Reporting Project
     
    (TOP PHOTO: Guransh Gurung of the NGO Shakti Samuha, which fights human trafficking, in the office in Chautara, Nepal CREDIT: Nimisha Jaiswal/IRIN)
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              Global warming turns up the heat on glacial lake risk in the Himalayas   

    The roof of the world is melting.

    As the Earth’s temperature rises, many glaciers atop the Himalayas are in retreat. That can cause disaster for mountain communities, as melting ice feeds glacial lakes that overflow and wash out everything in their path – a phenomenon known as Glacial Lake Outburst Floods (GLOFs for short).
     
    As awareness has grown, so have local fears, and governments in the region have been taking increasing measures to prevent such disasters. But there are major challenges to working at such high altitudes.
     
    Nepal recently managed to lower the level of the Imja glacial lake by 3.4 metres. The results of the project are shown in the photos below.
     
    “It’s extremely cold there and it’s a high-altitude area,” said Rishi Ram Sharma, director general at Nepal’s Department of Hydrology and Meteorology. “Even for healthy people, just to reach Imja Lake is a great challenge.” 
     
    The lake sits at 5,100 metres above sea level and there’s no road access, so materials had to be flown in by helicopter. Work on Imja Lake finally wrapped up at the end of November, but only after it had taken six months for the army and about 100 volunteers from nearby communities to dig a channel to divert some of the water in order avoid the risk of a GLOF.
     
    It was Nepal’s second such project. In 2000, the government lowered the level of the Tsho Rolpa glacial lake. It had increased from 0.23 square kilometres to 1.53 square kilometres over the course of five decades. 
     
    Sharma said Nepal plans to lower the water level of at least five more lakes, but stressed that his department is working with old data so researchers may find more areas at risk of GLOF.
     
    “Now our next plan is to identify the risks posed by glacial lakes by investigating geophysical conditions of the lakes in Nepal,” he said. “If we find that the lake poses a threat to the people living downstream, then the lake-lowering will be done.”
     
    Of course it’s not just Nepal at risk. Glaciers throughout the Himalayan region are melting. This means the volume of water in glacial lakes increases, but it also means that the natural barrier walls of the lake may crumble. Many barriers are formed from rocks and sediment fused to an internal core of ice, which is itself melting in some cases.
     
    The International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development, based in the Nepali capital of Kathmandu, has documented 35 GLOF events in Nepal, Bhutan, and the Chinese autonomous region of Tibet over the past few decades. In Pakistan’s Hunza Valley, there were five GLOF events in the first half of 2008 alone, according to ICIMOD.
     
    In one of the most deadly GLOF events in the Himalayan region, Bhutan’s Lugge Tsho Lake burst in 1994. At least 20 people were killed, along with livestock critical to the economic survival of the people who live in the mountainous region. The flood also damaged more than a dozen houses and other infrastructure. 
     
    Most GLOF events in the Himalayas take place in remote areas where there are few if any people, and they may even go unnoticed. But with global warming, the threat has increased greatly. Imja Lake did not even exist a few decades ago, but it started to grow rapidly in recent years and was deemed a serious threat by Nepali authorities.
     
    Part of that risk was its location. Imja Lake is in the Everest region, an area popular with trekkers, as well as a home to villagers who survive partly on the tourism dollars they bring. 
     
    The government has installed an early warning system in six highly vulnerable settlements on the Everest trekking trails. An automated sensor has been installed in the lake itself, which can transmit any mass water movement to the warning system. 
     
    Karma Sherpa, who lives below Imja Lake in the village of Dangboche, said he and his family fled their homes twice last summer when small floods occurred, because they were afraid a GLOF might follow. He said the government’s initiative to drain the lake and set up a warning system has brought peace of mind.
     
    “Now I am assured to some level that I do not have to run in emergency, leaving my home,” he said. “It has also secured my investments in a hotel, for the timebeing."
     

    Nabin Baral/IRIN
    A young woman looks down to the town of Namche Bazaar, which is a gateway to the Everest region

     

    The controlled exit channel built to lower the level of Imja Lake
    Nabin Baral/IRIN
    The controlled exit channel built to lower the level of Imja Lake

     

    The controlled exit channel built in 2000 to lower the level of the Tsho Rolpa Glacial Lake
    Nabin Baral/IRIN
    The controlled exit channel built in 2000 to lower the level of the Tsho Rolpa Glacial Lake

     

    Sherpa women in traditional attire take part in a ceremony to celebrate the completion of a project to lower the water level in Imja Lake
    Nabin Baral/IRIN
    Sherpa women in traditional attire take part in a ceremony to celebrate the completion of a project to lower the water level in Imja Lake

     

    Imja Lake has become one of the biggest glacial lakes due to glacial melt over the past few decades. It's now 1.28  square kilometres with a depth of 150 metres.
    Nabin Baral/IRIN
    Imja Lake has become one of the biggest glacial lakes due to glacial melt over the past few decades. It's now 1.28 square kilometres with a depth of 150 metres.

     

    An early warning system installed in Phungithanka Village, which will receive an automated warning if there is a risk that the Imja Lake will overflow
    Nabin Baral/IRIN
    An early warning system installed in Phungithanka Village, which will receive an automated warning if there is a risk that the Imja Lake will overflow

     

    Tourists trek through Solukhumbu District in the Everest region
    Nabin Baral/IRIN
    Tourists trek through Solukhumbu District in the Everest region

     

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    (TOP PHOTO: Buddhist monks perform a ceremony after a successful project to lower the level of the Imja Glacier Lake. CREDIT: Nabin Baral/IRIN)

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              Parents Matter   
    I frequently think about virtual learning environments, what they are, why they matter, what impact they may have on teaching, learning... and the administration of schools and universities.  There's a great deal of debate about their (as if there's a category of product called "VLE" to which we can all agree) utility given the effort and cost often required to implement and adopt.

    I recently had an opportunity to spend the day with some senior education leaders and policy makers from Europe.  One of the common threads they shared was an unyielding belief (one they intuitively knew but also had research to support) that PARENTS (and their aspirational involvement) are critical to the success of all students.  Their position wasn't so much centered on how VLE's may augment the formal or informal learning process... but on how we draw parents into the relationship, leverage their innate aspirations for their children and engage them in a productive, proactive and positive community.

    I'm encouraged by insight like the following from an Independent article published today:

    "Teachers use the gateway to plan lessons, contact parents and each other and mark school work from home. Pupils can upload their homework for marking and benefit from an e-portfolio of all their computer work, while parents can access their children's work, check on their attendance and behaviour and even look at pictures of school trips. Unless you invited parents in every week there's no way they'd have such a window into the life of the school..."


              What's Wrong with the Train the Teacher Paradigm?   
    Maybe nothing.

    Egypt is certainly undertaking a massive scale effort to equip teachers with necessary, potentially transformational, ICT skills.

    From the article, "One shortcoming the EEI aims to overcome is the lack of communication among students, teachers, administrators, district managers and parents. Another is developing interactive educational material that services the learning objects in order to make an impact."

    Egypt posits two challenges, no?  The first is to facilitate communication and community.  The second is a question of content production and delivery.  Both problems have dimensions that encompass skills and infrastructure.  The infrastructure challenges have many solutions.  The solutions of which I am fond are pretty good ones.  The skills question, however, is one where I'm less versed and certainly less qualified.

    But... being unqualified rarely keeps me from talking.

    I'd suggest that there are alternative approaches we should all be evaluating that might change our methods when equipping a nation's teachers with ICT skills.  But these other approaches create a whole new universe of questions... especially around the skills that a nation's students may or may not already possess.  

    I don't have the answers.  I come with many questions.
              鹿おどしの静寂と、希少ブランドのウェア。新店・ドミサイル東京に注目を。   

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    7月1日(土)、東京・原宿に新たなショップ「ドミサイル東京(DOMICILE TOKYO)」がオープンします。

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    期間限定のポップアップを展開し続けるというコンセプトを掲げた同店。YOSHIROTTENが手がけた店舗デザインのコンセプトは「近未来的な日本の民家」。

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    古民家を改装したショップの中庭には伊豆諸島の神津島から取り寄せた石が敷き詰められ、中心にはメタリック・鹿おどしが。店内は元々の木の質感や建築様式を尊重しながらも、随所にサイバーパンクなムードが仕込まれています。

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    日本的な美意識を外部から捉えて、今までにない角度からメスを入れ直す。ここまで振り切ったショップは見たことがありません。

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    オープニングを飾る第一弾のポップアップは、〈ルックスタジオ(LQQK STUDIO)〉クルーが展開するプロジェクト「Gateway」がキュレーションするTシャツポップアップ。A$AP Rockyが始動したクリエイティブエージェンシー〈AWGE〉が初めてリリースするオリジナルアイテムをはじめとして、日本ではほとんど手に入らないキャップやTシャツが手に入ります。限定商品も多数揃いますよ。

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    アメリカのアンダーグラウンドを日本的な空間でキューレションする、そのクールなミスマッチはさすがというほかありません。

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    オープニングを記念してEric Elmsが特別に限定アイテムをデザイン。オープニングパーティーにはEric Elms、〈ルックスタジオ〉のJoe Garvey、Jack Greer、〈ハンブル(HUMBLE)〉のConor Pruntyなどが来日。

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    夏といえば? そう、Tシャツですね。ぜひこちらで調達してください。くれぐれも早めがおすすめですよ。

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              Garou - Mark of the Wolves   
    SIGHTS THAT BITE






    This 1999 output from SNK is both an answer to Capcom's Street Fighter 3 and the ninth installment in the Fatal Fury series. While ties and references to the aforementioned title are numerous, Garou certainly chooses to thread along a different path as opposed to following one which have been established already by its predecessors, let alone the evident aspiration to deliver a game which should and might rival with Capcom's Street Fighter 3.

    The Japanese word Garou translates to hungry wolf, an entity the game gives you 12 metaphorical variants of via a character roster composed of subtly diverse personas. While the number of protagonists is not exactly the highest you had chance to witness in a fighting game, this deficit allowed SNK to include more frames for character animations. The results are exceptionally fluid motions, combined with a very steep attention devoted to detail work. With true eye candy 2D presentation and a new system it introduces and proudly relies on, many regard Garou as one of the most enjoyable fighter experiences ever to date. Now it is time to scrutinize this work superclosely.

    Enjoy and Read on!




    As mentioned, this SNK effort was an answer to Capcom's Street Fighter 3, a title that finally hit the arcades when the firm no longer had face/courage/guts/place to add any more words to the Street Fighter II title AND release related variants as completely fresh outputs. How about Super Street Fighter II Turbo? While a Super Street Fighter II Turbo Special and a Super Street Fighter II Turbo Special 2 also would have been nice, Capcom instead chose to release a brand new episode back in 1997, a highly successful statement that probably shaped the creative powers and motives to fuel this here trademark delivery.

    Garou brings essential changes to the table when compared to the previous Fatal Fury statements. The focal alterations do concern an increased degree of instant accessibility in certain aspects, while the final name of the game is the massively complex structure the entire system is built and offers exceptional - sorry about this - depth upon.

    The T.O.P. gauge you need to set in on your lifebar once you pick your character represents your Tactical Offensive Position. Once your lifebar reaches the T.O.P. portion your character deals an increased damage when connecting, her/his health increases constantly and the special T.O.P. attacks do become accessible, too. T.O.P. assaults are mainly consensual attacks, invoked by the same command. This customizable period a character can exhibit increased efficiency by gives an extra tactical touch to the game, something which is spiced up both by the "common" specials each character has a decent set of, let alone Super and Power specials which are available once the corresponding meters on the bottom section invite players to unleash ruthless efficiency.

    Super moves are mainly consensus commands with but a few exceptions to them on part of certain characters, as far as Power moves go, they are accessible once a protagonist chooses to build up a maximized Super gauge - now the possessor is ready to score a Power attack in, similarly invoked by consensus moves with but a few exception to this direction. As you might have guessed and probably guessed correctly, Gauge increasement occurs when you manage to connect, though taking assaults in has a tendency to offer some Gauge power as well. All characters possess a decent selection of these rampant delicacies in their arsenal, while the common specials and the subtle, integral core system Garou supports these focal elements with do invite us to taste a fighting experience which essentially begs to be invoked. Let us elaborate on these gameplay methods.



    Garou heavily relies on the brand new Just Defense system when compared to previous SNK and Capcom efforts: a Just Defense maneuver occurs when you block an attack in the last possible moment as opposed of blocking offensive moves all the while. Successful Just Defense is Good News: it gives back life to you. Unsuccessful Just Defense is Bad News: you will suffer the harm intended without any block to damp the punishment down whatsoever. Just Defense is a truly nice implementation which invites you to demonstrate not just a safety-based, but instead a skill-based defensive game. Via the health increase a successful Just Defense worths and a flawed one tolls on you, the system becomes a focal factor and an element to imbue tactics into the flow when two great Just Defenders meet. Actually, the game features an invisible gauge which we might regard as the Guard gauge: if you eat in too many attacks in a short period, your Guard will be effectively crushed, leaving you pretty much helpless against consecutive attacks for a brief period.

    Guard Cancels are reliant on the Just Defense system: certain kinds of special moves - for the Impatient: Special Command Moves, T.O.P. moves and Super Moves - can be transitioned and utilized as Guard Cancel moves, granted you Just Defended an attack. Time is both little and precious to introduce these cancels though, as you will have but a little more than a moment to state your special from behind the Just Defense you - naturally - just exhibited.



    Feint moves are new, and pretty cool, too: the commands for these moves are consensual ones, while the moves themselves look different on a per character basis. Feints are both nice decoys and gateways to delicious parts of the system's depths. When you throw a Feint, your character will mimic one of her/his trademark specials by introducing the first few frames of the related animation, yet you are free to turn the Feint into an instant assault against an enemy whom is hopefully got misled by the Feint itself. This subsystem offers firm possibility to form combo chains by Feinting out from certain normal attacks, something the game allows, even invites you to do. Now it is up to the player to construct and develop longer combo chains that are incorporating both the Feints and the consecutive attacks.

    What about Break moves? Each character has one or more Specials that can be broken up by a consensus command, giving opportunity to make your next action via any direction you want after splitting this particular special. These Break moves can be incorporated into combos, which of course is a yumi, yumi. Normally you can implement one Break move per combo, though you will see that this directive is but a directive indeed, not a rule which reigns intact and permanent. Successful Countering can open pathways to multiple Break moves. A Counter hit occurs when you manage to connect on your rival prior she/he could finish an opposing move that she/he was busy introducing. Garou likes Counters immensely, thus also delivers a rather complex and balanced subsystem to incorporate them.



    The following sentence might sound a bit complicated, as it will concern move buffering. A quite nice thing about Garou is that it remembers movements and recognizes once a complex command have been both started and then have been finished, regardless if some additional command and its related move have been given and executed in between starting and finishing the more complex move which is incorporating the simpler move. Hey, thanks for still being here. This ability of buffering commands is naturally opens up nice additional perspectives. Garou also offers complex evasive maneuvers via upper body and lower body variants, yet each character have only one kind of main evasion form - upper or lower - available for them.

    Throws are implemented nicely with a pair of related minigames to spice this here subsystem up further: you can escape throw grips if you use the consensus move with the right timing, while an underlying roll structure gives the players opportunity to decide how and when to roll - if to anywhere, that is - when knocked down. A swift forward roll might very well earn you both a grip on your rival and a successful throw, or a knee in your face which is not necessarily the result you were hoping for, yet an unsuccessful attempt at least still does remain an attempt, yes?

    Garou still weighs in as a very integral and flamboyant 2D fighting system which remains supereasy both to recommend and to develop an immense liking for. But a final tip remains before you are advised to punish some Garou butts: if you want to face the Final Hidden Boss - and hell, you WANT to face the Final Hidden Boss as this is the only way to see your character's end sequence - then you do not necessarily want to score lower than an "A" Fighting Rank during the bouts, especially be sure that you do not lose a round against Grant, the great Sub-Boss Garou introduces. Kain awaits you, and it is Kain who waits for you, indeed.



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              Samurai Shodown V Special   
    ISSEN HISSES!






    While fine tuned, much more balanced gameplay mechanics and boosted presentational appeals are focal reasons to regard Samurai Shodown V Special as the Finished Fifth Installment of the series, the 2004 effort also caused good old controversy with its fresh implementation of Finishing Moves, a similar concept to Mortal Kombat's Fatality system. These extremely violent specials were unleashed on consensus by the time of the Nevada-tan Incident, leading SNK Playmore to release a whole stream of variants of the game, many of which are heavily censored, yet surely you can access all of them on the MAME platform, uncensored variant included.

    Samurai Shodown V Special
    is the last statement for the NeoGeo platform from SNK, a piece naturally introducing massive relations with its direct predecessor Samurai Shodown V. The game presents a very impressive hero palette, offering even the trademark Boss protagonists as playable characters, while an elegant blend of the established Samurai Shodown traditions do form a supersolid basis here just to be spiced up sanely by fresh elements you never had chance to witness prior to this statement of elegance, integrity and significance.

    Enjoy and Read on!




    At its innermost soul - nice oximoron, no? - Samurai Shodown V Special seems to be a sober blend of the classic, simultaneous buttonmolesting-direction of the series, while keeping the more furious pace introduced from the third episode on intact. Every single method, feature and/or solution you love in the previous games are implemented, thus Samurai Shodown V Special first and foremost unravels as a robust statement to contain all the charming traits its predecessors have brought to the table, yet with the quite complex, combined structure it claims and proudly exhibits via filtering elements from previous episodes results in a highly flamboyant system that has a massive amount of content in store for us.

    Now that the previously established gameplay mechanics pretty much all have been implemented, Samurai Shodown V Special definitely does NOT come up short of all the cute gauges we had exquisite chances to familiarize ourselves with, let alone the highly complex relations these meters are affecting each other by this time around. The basics have been altered as well, now we have a button specifically assigned to perform various dodge maneuvers beyond the classic evade attempts that are still available. These new basic movements allow you to roll back and forth, also swift jumps can be utilized, giving players increased potential to escape both from airborne and low ground attacks. The same button you use for the new dodge maneuvers triggers the Meditation function if you stand still and keep pressing, a feature coming back to the game after a brief absence, also a feature we will account on later.

    Basic blocking still happens via the classic method of pulling your character towards the opposite direction good blessings and assaults do come from, yet the system now exhibits a rather elaborate cancellation structure underlying beneath which allows you to effectively counter opposing maneuvers out once you unleash the proper antidote-move to the incoming strike. This particular aspect weights in as a supportive, quite elegant subsystem which is rather interesting to explore on a per-character basis, yet seems to operate at the highest frequencies of the game. A definite offering for the hardcore player you witness, and what you witness here is none other than a definite offering for the hardcore player, say that I herein.



    Additional extras as far as consensus movements are concerned include Pursuit maneuvers that do come in two different variants, each is quite suitable to greet an opponent who is about to get back on her/his feet, also some crazy-ass triangle jumps can be mastered to confuse either the enemy or at least yourself. A basic Surprise Attack is also accessible in each hero's skill palette, swift moves to connect on multiple occasions when properly executed, giving you a recoiling opponent and a chance to take a deep - yet swift - breath.

    The essential gameplay mechanics surely do concern the massive amount of gauges you see on screen, in fact, you can't pick any favorite from a previous title and end up lackadaisical seeing that it's missing. Trust me, it IS there. The Rage meter still fills up when you eat strikes in, also the Rage Explosion is still available as comfy, cozy gateway leading to excessively aggressive behavior. You can pass through this gate once your Rage meter is full and choose to trigger the Rage mode via the consensus move. When enraged, you deal a blatant amount of damage to All Flesh Opposing, even better: when in this state, the timer stops counting back, letting you claim ruthless punishment without time limitation as long as the Rage gauge has some life in it.

    A catch is present though, also, a clever one it is: you can use ONE Rage Explosion per match. I do not mean the round, I mean the entire match. As we will see, there are sober decisions to be made about when to use up this ability, as keeping it to the second or the third round is an absolute MUST if you plan to punish your rival with radical elegance. My personal observation is that it is generally seems to be unwise to trigger the Rage Explosion in the first round.

    Let us see into the cause of this suspicion. Samurai Shodown V Special comes with the Mu no Kyouchi state implemented, this translates roughly to State of Nothingness. You can enter into this mode only when certain, strict conditions are fulfilled. These are as follows: you must have had lost a round already, AND you must be close to release your soul for the Eternal Hunting Fields by the time you are allowed to rely on this mode. Meaning you can trigger the Mu no Kyouchi only if your Life gauge has turned to Blue. This occurs only if you have access to the Rage function yet - surely, whether you do or not is revealed clearly by the accessibility or the absence of the meter in question. In case you Exploded in the prior round, you won't do that in the current, as the Rage gauge itself is absent. You see why it was unwise to trigger Rage in the first period? Haha, or you might as well see that you do NOT see.



    As for the Mu no Kyouchi state: granted that conditions are fulfilled you trigger this special mode via a consensus command, and a pace of slow motion you find yourself in. The Rage gauge turns to Blue, counting back quite hastily: the amount of time you can spend in Mu no Kyouchi is massively dependent on the time you spent with Meditating prior triggering the state. You will see a tiny triangle above your Life gauge, - granted you are kind 'nuff to point your eyes to the hinted area - the further it is, the more you have meditated, and the more time you will be able to spend in state of massive focus and concentration. Let us clarify matters further: each character has different starting relations to pretty much all the gauges, meaning every hero will have their respective benefits and hindrances towards each gauge. Some gets Enraged further, some does not need to Meditate all that match to be able to spend a considerable amount of time in Mu No Kyouchi. The basic idea though, is this: if you spent no time whatsoever with meditation then chances are that you will only have time to execute the Issen move while in Mu No Kyouchi. The Issen move is the quite vicious strike we had chance to witness in Samurai Shodown IV by the name RAGE Strike - now accessible only through the State of Nothingness, while the resultant effects of successful utilization remain as satisfying as ever. Mu No Kyouchi also has an interesting trait to it: connecting strikes into a combo is quite easy when in this mode, you can even abuse your enemy in mid-air if you prove to be skillful enough to prevent her/him from falling. Perfect care, cool design.



    We are to elaborate a bit on the Rage gauge yet, as a maximized Rage meter gives you access both to the Weapon Flipping Techniques and the Zetsumei Ougi delicacies, these latter group being the class to contain those tender, controversy-ridden Fatalities. Weapon Flipping Techniques are essentially the same elements that were the POW Specials in Samurai Shodown IV, yet now these moves do guarantee that your opponent will be disarmed when you successfully utilize these particular Specials. Weapon Flipping Techniques are blockable assaults, yet you are allowed to attempt them as long as your Rage gauge looks alive - once you succeed, the meter drops to zero, leaving you in dominant, your rival in desperate situation, as weapons are the most precious friends to keep close in the game.

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    A little side note here: the output features consensus commands to disarm the opponent while you are unarmed, even better: you are free to drop your instrument yourself as an act of taunting your partner. Killing yourself is still an option, as well. And great fun, too! Not to mention that you could rely on the feature in a tactical context in case you would go for the Mu no Kyouchi or the inherent Issen, as these, remember: require one lost round out of you. If giving away a session to your rival is too bitter of a perspective, then throw the round away by your own hands, and never forget to unleash the Ultimate Special, the Forbidden and Highly Secretive Five Note Song of Revenge Technique!

    Goes like THIS, though takes LIFES to master:

    MUHAHAHAHAHA!

    The Zetsumei Ougi moves are accessible only in the rounds in which you could get away with the W, meaning either in a second round that follows up a FIRST in which you emerged triumphant, or in a third round following rounds with one win to go for both participants. You will need to be after a Rage Explosion to trigger the Fatalities, also it is required that your opponent's Life gauge have turned to Blue, giving her/him the chance to enter concentration mode and surprise you with the Issen. What though if your rival's Life gauge no longer can turn to Blue because she/he lost the Rage gauge by using up the Rage Explosion? Can you still unleash the Zetsumei Ougi? Be sure to comment if you could. A side note yet: the Zetsumei Ougi is blockable.

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    Samurai Shodown V Special weights in as a robust statement to simultaneously record, contain and offer the great gameplay mechanics that were culminated during a whole decade to solidify unto the worthy output this piece proudly radiates as via every single seconds you spend with it. The excessive character palette and fine tuned presentational values conceal robust inherent content ready to be explored, yet let us conclude this review with a quite practical advice: if you want to see an Endsequence in this effort then you have to kill, KILL, absolutely !KILL! the first three Bosses the game puts you together with. Rely on the Issen or on the Zetsumei Ougi. For the forth Boss: you decide.



    Giving the Issen to Amakusa?? SURE, we do that ALL DAY LONG!

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              Current Affairs Update – 28-29 June, 2017   

    Hello and welcome to exampundit. Here are the Important Current Affairs of 28 & 29 June, 2017. These are important for the upcoming IBPS RRB OS-I, Office Assistant, IBPS PO, Dena Bank PGDBF, NABARD Grade A Recruitment Exam 2017.


    Banking & Financial News

    Maharashtra Government issued government resolution on loan waiver


    • The Maharashtra government issued the Government Resolution (GR) on 28 June 2017 for the farm loan waiver of Rs 34022 crore announced by Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis last week.
    • The resolution said, loans of all indebted farmers whose accounts went into default until 30 June 2016, will be waived off with a cap of Rs 1.5 lakh per farmer.
    • It said, the farmers who have paid off their outstanding loans after 30 June 2016, will get a blanket help of Rs 25000 from the state government. The GR said, the farmers are entitled to get the benefit only once.
    • Persons with an annual turnover of over Rs 10 lakh and those who are registered under VAT or Service Tax will be ineligible for loan waiver. Retired persons excluding ex-servicemen whose monthly pension is Rs 15000 or more are also not eligible.
    • The GR says that the farmers, who have more than Rs 1.5 lakh debt, will get the benefit of loan waiver after they pay their remaining amount of debt along with interest. It also says that woman farmer would be given priority in this scheme.

    India makes voluntary contribution of USD 100000 to United Nations Tax Fund


    • India on 27 June 2017 made voluntary contribution of USD 100000 to the United Nations Trust Fund for International Cooperation in Tax Matters (UN Tax Fund).
    • This voluntary contribution will be dedicated towards ensuring greater support for developing country participation in the subcommittee meetings of the UN Tax Committee which are currently unfunded.
    • By handing over the cheque to the UN Tax Trust Fund, Indian Government is hopeful that more developing countries will contribute towards the fund. This move is also expected to ensure that global tax cooperation norms and rules will work more effectively and efficiently for all countries and all stakeholders.
    • Voluntary contributions for the Trust Fund have been called for by the UN Tax Committee since its establishment in 2006. The call for contributions was also emphasized in the Addis Ababa Action Agenda adopted at the Third International Conference on Financing for Development in 2015.

    Union Government launched new bidding mechanism for mega oil and gas auctions


    • The Union Government on 28 June 2017 simultaneously launched two key interventions: a revamped oil and gas bidding mechanism named Open Acreage Licensing Process (OALP) and the National Data Repository (NDR) for the first major oil field auctions to be held from 1 July 2017.
    • The auctions will be held under a new Hydrocarbon Exploration Licensing Policy (HELP).
    • Arun Jaitely, Union Finance Minister, and Dharmendra Pradhan, Union Petroleum Minister, launched both the initiatives in a mega event in New Delhi.
    • The new bidding mechanism will allow interested firms to bid for blocks of their choice at any time of the year with the help of National Data Repository.
    • The NDR is a comprehensive database of India’s key sedimentary basins that will provide the bidders data on contract areas that will be available for auctioning.
    • Under the mechanism, an investor will be allowed to put forth an Expression of Interest for undertaking contracts under Petroleum Operations Contract (POC) or Reconnaissance Contract (RC).
    • The investor will have the liberty to apply for such contracts bi-annually. They may also participate in rounds of auctions conducted by the regulator DGH over and above the applications made under OALP.

    India, World Bank sign USD 35 million agreement to enhance efficiency in tax administration in Assam


    • India on 27 June 2017 signed a loan agreement of USD 35 million with the World Bank for Assam State Public Financial Institutional Reforms Project.
    • The loan will be provided by the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD), an international financial institution under World Bank that offers loans to middle-income developing countries.
    • The agreement was signed by Raj Kumar, Joint Secretary under Department of Economic Affairs and John Blomquist, Acting Country Director of World Bank (India). The Implementing Entity Agreement was signed by Additional Chief Secretary (Finance) of Assam's Department of Finance and John Blomquist.
    • The objective of the project is to improve predictability and transparency in budget execution and efficiency in tax administration in Assam.
    • The project will benefit the citizens of Assam through efficient processes, enhanced transparency and better service delivery such as electronic payments and collections for services.
    • It will also lead to better public procurement and enhanced taxpayer services provided by public institutions.
    • The total project cost is USD 44 million, out of which USD 35 million will be financed by the World Bank. The remaining amount will be funded out of the State Budget.
    • The project duration is of 5 years.

    6th Joint Trade Committee was convened between India and Myanmar


    • The 6th India-Myanmar Joint Trade Committee (JTC) Meeting was held on 27 June 2017 at New Delhi. The meeting was co-chaired by Nirmala Sitharaman, Minister of Commerce & Industry from India and Dr. Than Myint, Union Commerce Minister from Myanmar. The Joint Trade Committee plays a key role in facilitating issues related to the enhancement of the bilateral economic partnership between the two countries.
    Speaking on the occasion, Sitharaman stated that both the countries have a long history of shared religious, linguistic and ethnic ties:
    • - Myanmar is India’s gateway to South East Asia and ASEAN with which India is seeking greater economic integration through ‘Act East’ Policy.
    • - Myanmar shares a long land border of over 1600 Kms with India as well as a maritime boundary in the Bay of Bengal.
    • - The bilateral relationship between the two countries has been further strengthened by the high-level exchanges.
    • - Prime Minister of India visited Myanmar in November 2014 for the Twelfth India-ASEAN Summit while the state counsellor of Myanmar visited India in October 2016.



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    India's policy panel proposes to break up of Coal India into 7 firms


    • A new draft of a New Energy Policy (NEP) prepared by Union Government's policy think-tank, NITI Aayog, says that India should split the seven units of state-controlled Coal India Limited (CIL) into independent companies. This action will help the firm to be more competitive.
    • About 70 percent of India's power generation is fired by coal. The country is the world's third-largest producer and third-biggest importer of coal, which the government wants to change by boosting local coal production.
    • Fresh coal production should come from private sector mines, the government think-tank NITI Aayog said, adding that the move called for reforms in allocating coal blocks to independent companies specialised in coal mining.
    • The previous report of December 2016 by Reuters said that senior Indian government officials, tasked by Prime Minister Narendra Modi with reviewing energy security, were recommending the breakup of the world's largest coal miner within a year.
    • Attempts to break up the world's biggest coal miner could expect resistance from powerful unions representing the firm's more than 350000 employees. The government backed down from a similar proposal in the face of union protests in 2014.
    • One of the unions, which is close to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's party, is against the move and says it, has the support of about half of Coal India's workers.
    • According to reports, Baij Nath Rai, president of Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh in its conversation with Reuters said, “We are opposing the recommendations made by NITI Aayog".

    News related to India and states

    Union Cabinet approves MoU between India and Israel on National Campaign for Water Conservation


    • The Union Cabinet, presided by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on 28 June 2017 approved signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between India and Israel on National Campaign for Water Conservation in India.
    • The MoU will help India in conserving water for future generations.
    • As per the agreement, the two nations will work to enhance cooperation at the national, regional and international level to design, implement and monitor a professionally-designed National Water Conservation campaign in India.

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurates Centenary Celebrations of Sabarmati Ashram


    • Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 29 June 2017 inaugurated the centenary celebrations of Sabarmati Ashram in Ahmedabad, Gujarat.
    • In addition, PM Modi also released the coin and postal stamp in the honour of Jain saint and philosopher Shrimad Rajchandra on his 150th birth anniversary at Abhay Ghat.
    • Shrimad Rajchandra was a Jain poet, philosopher, scholar and reformer.

    Election Commission to launch nationwide Voter Registration Reminder on Facebook


    • The Election Commission of India (ECI) on 28 June 2017 announced that it will launch a special drive to enrol left out electors, with a special focus on first time electors.
    • The step is taken in the direction of Commission’s motto that 'No Voter to be Left Behind’.
    • It is the first time that Facebook's voter registration reminder has been rolled out across India. The drive will be launched on 1 July 2017.
    •  In order to reach out to maximum eligible voters, the ECI is collaborating with Facebook to launch first nationwide Voter Registration Reminder. 
    • With over 180 million people in India on Facebook, the Register Now button is designed to encourage Indian citizens to register themselves with the Election Commission of India.
    • On 1 July 2017, a notification of the Voter Registration Reminder will be sent to people on Facebook in India who are eligible to vote.

    India's communication satellite GSAT-17 successfully launched


    • India's latest communication satellite GSAT-17 was successfully launched from Kourou in French Guiana on 29 June 2017. The satellite was launched by French rocket Ariane-5. The European launcher Arianespace Flight VA238 blasted off from Ariane Launch Complex No 3 (ELA 3) at Kourou, a French territory located in the northeastern coast of South America, a couple of minutes delayed than the scheduled time of 2:29 hrs India time.
    • After its lift-off at 2:45 am (IST) and a flight lasting about 39 minutes, GSAT-17 separated from the Ariane 5 upper stage in an elliptical Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit (GTO) with a perigee (nearest point to Earth) of 249 km and an apogee (farthest point to Earth) of 35920 km, inclined at an angle of 3 degrees to the equator.
    • GSAT-17 with a lift-off mass of about 3477 kg carries payloads in Normal C-band, Extended C-band and S-band to provide various communication services. GSAT-17 has a life expectancy of 15 years.
    • The Satellite also carries equipment for meteorological data relay and satellite-based search and rescue services being provided by earlier INSAT satellites.

    India-Netherlands Joint Communique issued during PM Modi’s visit


    • India and the Netherlands on 27 June 2017 released a Joint Communiqué at The Hague. The Joint Communique was released after bilateral talks between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Dutch counterpart, Prime Minister Mark Rutte.
    • The communiqué was released during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s working visit to the Netherlands on 27 June 2017. Modi was on a visit to the Netherlands at the invitation of his Dutch counterpart. His visit to the nation also marked 70 years of the establishment of diplomatic relations between India and the Netherlands.
    • During this visit, Modi met with his counterpart Mark Rutte, His Majesty King Willem-Alexander and Her Majesty Queen Maxima. In addition, Prime Minister Modi also met with representatives of Dutch companies operating in the Indian market and those who are keen to invest there.
    • Earlier on his arrival, the Prime Minister was welcomed at Schiphol Airport by Minister of Foreign Affairs Bert Koenders.

    Indian Army gets first batch of modern bullet-proof helmets


    • The Indian Army reportedly received its first batch of bullet-proof helmets from Kanpur-based MKU Industries.
    • The MKU Industries, which supplies military equipment to the United Nations and NATO, was awarded a contract to manufacture 1.58 lakh helmets at the cost of Rs 180 crore.
    • Indian Army has ordered the bolted version of bolt-free ballistic helmets. Bolt-free is a higher and expensive version of bullet-proof helmets, which gives all-round protection from head injuries.
    • The MKU Industries claims that the bullet-proof helmets go through rigorous quality tests and ballistic lab test conducted at its testing facilities in India as well as in Germany.
    • The helmets are reportedly designed to bear the impact of 9 mm ammunition fired from a short range.
    • They match global standards of equipment for armed forces.
    • The bullet-proof helmet has the main protective layer of Kevlar, which has high tensile strength-to-weight ratio; by this measure it is 5 times stronger than steel.

    JNPT, India's largest container port, hit by cyber attack


    • Operations at one of three terminals at India's largest container port Jawaharlal Nehru Port (JNPT) in Mumbai were disrupted by the global ransomware attack. The attack was confirmed by the port authorities on 28 June 2017.
    • The impacted terminal is operated by Danish shipping giant AP Moller-Maersk. The Maersk group confirmed individually on 27 June that its operations were hit by a cyber attack named Petya that affected its multiple sites and select business units.
    • The group’s statement read, “We are responding to the situation to contain and limit the impact and uphold operations."
    • Anil Diggikar, JNPT chairman also stated that the port has been trying to clear containers manually but its operating capacity has dropped to a third at the terminal.
    • “This is a fallout of global cyber attack. Containers are piling up outside the port due to delay in loading and unloading at Gateway Terminals India,” Diggikar said and added that they are hopeful that the operations would normalise in a day.
    • AP Moller-Maersk operates the Gateway Terminals India (GTI) at JNPT, which has a capacity to handle 1.8 million standard container units.


    Appointments

    Rajiv Kumar appointed as Chief Secretary of Uttar Pradesh


    • Rajiv Kumar was on 29 June 2017 appointed as the Chief Secretary of Uttar Pradesh. His appointment was approved by the Uttar Pradesh Government.
    • Prior to this appointment, Kumar was a Secretary in the Union Shipping ministry. He is a 1981 batch IAS Officer of the Uttar Pradesh cadre.
    • Kumar succeeds Rahul Prasad Bhatnagar, who was appointed by the previous Samajwadi Party (SP) government and continued to serve in the office for three months under the Yogi Adityanath government.
    • Rahul Prasad Bhatnagar, the outgoing Chief Secretary, will now serve as the Chairman of the Greater Noida Authority and also as the Investment Commissioner of Uttar Pradesh in New Delhi.

    Former Vice Chancellor of Ambedkar University takes oath as UPSC Member


    • Dr. Manoj Soni, former Vice Chancellor of Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Open University, took the Oath of Office and Secrecy as Member of the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) on 28 June 2017 at Delhi.
    • The Oath was administered by the UPSC Chairman David R Syiemlieh. UPSC conducts recruitment exams to select country’s top bureaucrats.

    Indian-American Krishna R Urs appointed as US Ambassador to Peru


    • Indian-American Krishna R Urs was on 28 June 2017 appointed as the United States (US) Ambassador to Peru by the President Donald Trump administration.
    • Krishna is currently serving as the Charge d' Affaires of the US Embassy in Madrid, Spain, where he was also the Deputy Chief of Mission. He has been a career service American diplomat since 1986.
    • During three decades of State Department service, Urs has specialised in economic issues and developed extensive policy experience in the Andean region of South America.

    Narinder Nath Vohra appointed as President of India International Centre


    • Jammu and Kashmir Governor Narinder Nath Vohra in the last week of June 2017 was appointed the President of the India International Centre (IIC).
    • Vohra was appointed as the president at the Annual General Meeting, which was held on 23 June 2017.
    • The appointment was made after eminent jurist Soli Sorabjee quit the presidential post.
    He is the first civilian Governor of Jammu and Kashmir in 18 years after Jagmohan.

    Loknath Behra appointed as DGP of Kerala


    • Loknath Behra was on 28 June 2017 appointed as the Director General of Police (DGP) of Kerala as incumbent TP Senkumar will retire as the state DGP on 30 June 2017.
    • Behra's appointment as state police chief was confirmed by the Pinarayi Vijayan-led Kerala government after the cabinet meeting.
    • Behra is currently serving as the Director of Vigilance and Anti-Corruption Bureau. He is a 1985 batch Kerala cadre IPS officer.

    Kaushik Basu takes over as President of International Economic Association


    • Former Chief Economic Advisor Kaushik Basu on 27 June 2017 took over as the President of the International Economic Association (IEA) with effect from 23 June 2017. He will serve the office for three years.
    • The IEA is a leading organisation for professional economists that seeks to shape global economic policy and research. Among IEA's past presidents are Nobel laureates Kenneth Arrow, Robert Solow, Amartya Sen and Joseph Stiglitz.

    Days

    International Day of the Tropics 2017 observed globally


    • The International Day of the Tropics 2017 was observed across the world on 29 June 2017 with an aim to raise awareness to the specific challenges faced by tropical areas and the far-reaching implications of the issues affecting the world’s tropical zone.
    • The International Day of the Tropics celebrates the diversity of the tropics and provides an opportunity to share tropical stories and expertise and to acknowledge the diversity and potential of the region.
    • The day was proclaimed on 14 June 2016 by the resolution of United Nations General Assembly to mark the anniversary of the 'State of the Tropics Report' that was launched by Nobel Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi on 29 June 2014.

    Sharjah named World Book Capital 2019 by UNESCO


    • Sharjah, a city in the United Arab Emirates has been named as 'the World Book Capital' for 2019 by the Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova for the quality of its literary and cultural activities and for its efforts to make books accessible to the entire population of the nation.
    • Bokova took the decision on the recommendation of the Advisory Committee that met at the Headquarters of the International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA) at La Haye.
    • The programme runs with a slogan ‘Read - you are in Sharjah’.
    • It focuses on six themes: inclusivity, reading, heritage, outreach, publishing and children.
    • It would include a conference on freedom of speech, a contest for young poets, workshops for creating Braille books and tactile books as well as many other events for Sharjah's multi-ethnic population.

    World News

    Trump’s travel ban: Visa applicants from these 6 Muslim nations require close family ties in US


    • The Trump administration has set new criteria for visa applicants from six Muslim nations and all refugees that require a close family or business tie to the United States.
    • According to the new guidelines sent to all the US embassies and consulates on 28 June 2017, visa applicants from six countries- Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen-must prove a relationship with a parent, spouse, child, adult son or daughter, son-in-law, daughter-in-law or sibling in the United States in order to get a go ahead.
    • The new guideless have been set by the State Department, according to which extended family members including grandparents, grandchildren, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law and fiancées are not considered to be close relationships.
    • These new measures are expected to be implemented from 29 June 2017.
    • The court’s opinion exempts applicants from the ban if they can prove a “bona fide relationship” with a US person or entity. However, it is up to the government lawyers to determine how to define such a relationship. The court offered only broad guidelines suggesting it would include a relative, job offer or invitation to lecture in the US.
    • The move comes after the Supreme Court partially restored President Donald Trump's executive order that was widely criticised as a ban on Muslims.

    World's first ATM celebrates its 50th birthday


    • The Automated Teller Machine (ATM) marked its 50th anniversary on 27 June 2017.
    • The first ATM was opened on 27 June 1967 at a branch of Barclays bank in Enfield, north London, the first of six cash dispensers commissioned by the bank.
    • To celebrate the occasion, the British bank decorated the site of the world's first cashpoint in gold. A black-and-white picture of Varney using the ATM hangs above it, while a commemorative gold plaque has been placed on the bank wall.
    • The original cash machine was the brainchild of Scottish inventor John Shepherd-Barron, who was commissioned by the bank to create six cash dispensers, which based on vending machines.
    • The first person to use the inaugural ATM was actor Reg Varney, the star of a popular British TV comedy called "On The Buses."
    • Transactions were initiated by inserting paper cheques issued by a teller or cashier, marked with carbon-14 for machine readability and security.


    Chinese Navy launches biggest new generation destroyer


    • China’s Navy on 28 June 2017 launched its biggest new generation destroyer that weighs around 10,000 tonnes at the Jiangnan Shipyard (Group) in Shanghai. The launch is a part of the country’s massive expansion effort to become a global naval power.
    • The new destroyer, which is a domestically designed and produced vessel, is the first of China’s new generation of destroyers.
    • The destroyer is equipped with new air defence, anti-missile, anti-ship and anti-submarine weapons.
    • The ship is believed to be the first Type 055 destroyer, which is considered to be a successor class to the country’s smaller Type 052D guided missile destroyers.
    • The vessel will have to undergo planned testing including equipment operation, berthing and sailing before it is commissioned into use.

    Chana and Chana Dal words added to Oxford English Dictionary


    • The words Chana and Chana Dal were on 27 June 2017 added to the Oxford English Dictionary (OED). 'Chana' means Chickpeas and 'Chana Dal' stands for split chickpea lentils.
    • With this, these Indian food essentials Chickpeas (chana) and the split chickpea lentils (chana dal) join the vast list of more than 600 other words and phrases that have been included in its quarterly update of the Oxford English Dictionary.
    • The other prominent new entries in the OED include a batch of tennis-related words like "Forced Error".
    • A slang 'Bagel' has also been added which refers to a score in a set of six games to love, as there is similarity of the numeral zero to the shape of a bagel.
    • A new sense of 'woke', which was shortlisted for 'Word of the Year', has also been added. It means alert to racial or social discrimination and injustice.

    US adds China to the list of Worst Human Trafficking Offenders


    • The United States State Department in the last week of June 2017 issued highly public criticism of China in its latest annual report on the global state of human trafficking.
    • As per the Trafficking in Persons report, China is among the worst offenders of human trafficking.
    • China is now grouped with Tier 3 offenders such as Syria, Iran, Russia and North Korea.
    • China was downgraded to Tier 3 status in 2017 Trafficking in Persons (TIP) in part because it has not taken serious steps to end its own complicity in trafficking, including forced labours from North Korea that are located in China.
    • Several other countries like the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Guinea and Mali were downgraded to Tier 3 status.

    Sports News

    Kidambi Srikanth re-enters top 10 of BWF men’s rankings


    • Indian badminton player Kidambi Srikanth has re-entered the top ten of the Badminton World Federation (BWF) men's singles rankings for the first time in ten months.
    • The rankings, which were released on 29 June 2017, saw Srikanth placed at the 8th position with 58,583 points. The development comes less than a week after the ace shuttler beat Olympic champion Chen Long in straight games 22-20, 21-6 to claim the Australian Open Super Series and before that Japan's Kazumasa Sakai to clinch the Indonesian Open.
    • Srikanth is the lone Indian shuttler to figure in the top-10 of men's singles ranking after climbing up three places.
    • The 24-year-old had last reached the top ten in October 2016, few months after he reached the quarter-finals at the Rio Olympics 2016.

    Lasith Malinga gets one-year ban, fined for media remarks


    • Sri Lankan fast bowler, Lasith Malinga has been handed over a suspension ban of six months after a disciplinary inquiry found him guilty of breaching his contract by speaking to the media without permission.
    • Malinga will also be fined 50 percent of the match fee from his next one-day international. He will be facing a disciplinary inquiry over his comments about Sri Lanka's Sports Minister Dayasiri Jayasekara. 

    Roger Federer defeats Alexander Zverev to lift ninth Halle Open title

    • Swiss legend Roger Federer on 25 June 2017 defeated Alexander Zverev 6-1, 6-3 in the final to clinch the 2017 Halle Open Men’s Singles title.
    • The final took place at the Gerry Weber Stadion in Halle, Germany.
    • He also won the Olympic gold medal in doubles with his compatriot Stan Wawrinka at the 2008 Summer Olympic Games and the Olympic silver medal in singles at the 2012 Summer Olympic Games.
    • He is currently ranked world No. 5 by the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP).












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    Microsoft envisions a world where passionate innovators come to collaborate, envisioning what can be and taking their careers places, they simply couldn’t anywhere else. This is a world of more possibility, more innovation, more openness, and sky's-the-limit thinking - a cloud enabled world. Our mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more. This mission is ambitious and at the core of what our customers and employees care deeply about. We have unique capability in harmonizing the needs of both individuals and organizations. We deeply care about taking our ideals and vision global and making a difference in lives and organizations in all corners of the planet. We are always learning. Insatiably curious. We lean into uncertainty, take risks, and learn quickly from our mistakes. We build on each other’s ideas because we are better together. We stand in awe of what humans dare to achieve and are motivated every day to empower others to do more and achieve more through our technology and innovation. Together we make a difference. Are you ready to join the team that is at the leading edge of Innovation at Microsoft’s Azure is the most innovative cloud platform in computing today and Microsoft is hiring Technology Solutions Professional Global Black Belt IoT? As a Technology Solutions Professional Global Black Belt IoT, you will be a senior technology sales leader within our enterprise sales organization working with our strategic enterprise customers. • You will lead the technical engagements by orchestrating and managing a virtual team of partners, ISVs and Microsoft services consulting resources to help customers accelerate their digital transformation journey through Microsoft IoT solutions. • You will be accountable to achieve/exceed Microsoft IoT sales targets in your assigned accounts. Being part of this team will allow you to maintain and develop your deep technical expertise & thought leadership in IoT. • You will grow by collaborating with Microsoft engineering and technical communities across different geographies. 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              (CAN-Calgary) Technology Solutions Professional, IoT   
    Microsoft envisions a world where passionate innovators come to collaborate, envisioning what can be and taking their careers places, they simply couldn’t anywhere else. This is a world of more possibility, more innovation, more openness, and sky's-the-limit thinking - a cloud enabled world. Our mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more. This mission is ambitious and at the core of what our customers and employees care deeply about. We have unique capability in harmonizing the needs of both individuals and organizations. We deeply care about taking our ideals and vision global and making a difference in lives and organizations in all corners of the planet. We are always learning. Insatiably curious. We lean into uncertainty, take risks, and learn quickly from our mistakes. We build on each other’s ideas because we are better together. 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Being part of this team will allow you to maintain and develop your deep technical expertise & thought leadership in IoT. • You will grow by collaborating with Microsoft engineering and technical communities across different geographies. You will have opportunities to showcase your experiences and knowledge at various Microsoft and Industry conferences. • You will be the key technical leader and influencer in shaping customer decisions to buy, architect and adopt Microsoft IoT solutions. • Being a member of the sales opportunity team, you will give technical presentations, demonstrations, help execute proof of concepts, design and implement solutions leveraging P-Sellers, partners, ISVs and MCS as needed. • You will directly support the market share and revenue growth of Microsoft Azure and IoT platform through your technical leadership in designing and implementing mission critical solutions for our customers [~50% of time] • You will influence the Microsoft IoT go to market strategies by providing feedback to sales, marketing, and engineering on current and future product requirements and sales blockers you encounter [~20% of time] • You will be the thought leader in IoT space. 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              Weighing Two Options: Christian Theocracy and Racial Nationalism   
    This post is in response to a recent one by Vox Day where he answered a question I had asked:

    http://voxday.blogspot.com/2016/11/mailvox-stuck-on-cuck.html

    To start with a brief diversion, someone saying you're any type of intelligent is not the type of compliment that means a lot. Words are cheap, flattery is easy.

    The compliment is in the implicit message of "you were worth the time to respond to at all". In a sea of screaming voices all demanding validation and attention, getting a response from someone who has better things to do is special, and the message they send in response should be granted sufficient weight.

    So to the task at hand: between the two options which would I now choose?

    What I took from Vox's response is that the identity that America, or really any peoples, must adopt needs to satisfy three specific criteria:

    1) It must be clearly defined.
    2) It must be enforceable.
    3) It must be enforced.

    If it cannot be defined clearly, then it is weak and will be destroyed by stronger identities with greater clarity. Without clear definition, the capability to be enforced becomes a matter of subjectivity as competing interpretations of the identity fight each other as often as with those who hold different identities. An identity divided cannot stand.

    If it is not enforceable, it is likely based more on fantasy than reality, based on what we want and not what is practical, and denial of reality is not progress. If it's not enforceable, this doesn't mean something won't still be enforced, but it will be an interpretation of the fantasy which wasn't defined clearly, and the enforcement will face resistance from different interpretations as well as other identities.

    If it is not enforced, then even if clearly defined and capable of being enforced, it won't matter. Those who hold the identity must have the resolve and perseverance to enforce it, whatever it is. Having an idea is great, but being unwilling or unable to manifest that idea makes the idea moot. Talk, and as before words, are cheap. Actions speak louder, and our actions in this country have told a tale of suicidal surrender for decades.

    On these criteria, the option of a Christian theocracy is woefully inadequate compared to racial nationalism. For starters, as was posited in my original question, faith can be faked. If a Department of Inquisition is established, all they'll be able to measure are the fruits of an individual and then try to make judgment calls based on what information could be gathered about the context, but even secular moralists can do that through our existing court systems. Putting a coat of Christian paint on it won't alleviate any of the flaws or shortcomings of that system.

    The association with Christianity and the political system being proposed by so many Christians isn't really "Christian", because the Bible just doesn't care about that stuff anymore. It's stuff that Christians can do, but that doesn't mean it's Christianity, because Christians are still capable of sin and rebellion against God, which is obviously not Christianity. Since we don't yet have a truly impartial judge for this side of life, a Christian theocracy fails the first two criteria.

    Now, it could satisfy the third, in that some interpretation of Christianity could be enforced, in that passing laws which directly reflect a specific command or interpretation could be done, but that's just politics, which is well downstream from identity. It, again, wouldn't actually be Christianity, and just another distraction from actual Christianity.

    I say this because we already have an issue with most people in the country having no idea what Christianity actually is, just looking at Churchianity as inspired by the works of Peter Drucker. Mega churches which teach all various forms of heresy, demand penance through virtue-signalling, and spend millions of dollars on production value so that people are entertained enough to spend their Sunday morning in their pews.

    I would rather Christianity be stripped from the places where it was thrust erroneously than to continue see it being used as a token unifier while people ignore the tenets. From a fantasy standpoint, the idea of a Christian theocracy sounds appealing, but the practical reality is that humans can't do that without God, and few people are ever actually finding God.

    “Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it. - Matthew 7:13-14 (NKJV)


    “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’ - Matthew 7:21-23 (NKJV)

    In alignment with reality, Christianity has no practical value in trying to run a country where even the adherents can fail to follow the tenets of the belief system, and a faked faith is hard to spot when folks can muster up their will sufficient to publicly display good fruits for short periods of time.

    As an example, there was a man I knew at a former church who was well spoken of, giving of his time, big family, superficially a "good Christian" by all appearances. He also recently confessed "guilty" to molesting his daughters and will be in jail the rest of his life.

    Sin cannot be hidden forever, especially not from God, but that doesn't mean people don't try to hide it from each other as long as they can.

    These are problems which racial nationalism simply does not have. To start, it's inherently impersonal, despite often being portrayed otherwise. You didn't choose it, you didn't earn or discover it, you can't win or lose it, and through scientific research we're well past the point where anyone can fake it, and we don't need tribbles to help us out either.

    As such, we can very clearly define what racial nationalism means for a specific nation, and we can enforce the composition of that nation based on race. It is, because of its uncaring and impersonal nature, the "most fair" way to segregate people in the aggregate, specifically because nobody anywhere really has a say in it. We're all equally incapable of doing anything about race other than identify and embrace it.

    And while I am greatly vexed and frustrated by Churchians who undermine the faith, their motivations aren't rooted in undermining the safety, welfare, and legacy of my family.

    Islamists' are, La Raza's are, Black Lives Matter's are, and not coincidentally all three identities are largely held by people who do not share my racial makeup. If it's "them or me", I'll pick me every time. Jesus already died to save them, and my death won't save anyone. While the intellectual may point to the crudity of such an impersonal distinction, only the deluded will persistently favor an impractical fantasy over a practical reality, and all the alternatives are worse.

    Top top all of this off, racial based nationalism only requires racial distinction, not blanket supremacy. Each race has its ups and downs. Each race has the ability to make changes in behavior, but really even there that's just adjusting what the race does, not changing what or who the race is.

    Nations which have alignment on the secondary ideologies can still form alliances and have relationships. They can share in economic and social aspects, while still maintaining the necessary segregation required to allow those other facts of a nation's culture to manifest in the first place.

    If everyone is worried about just surviving the day, asserting their racial identity's right to exist, then nobody is going to care to discuss the economics of underwater basket weaving. For the sake of the underwater basket weavers, and for the prosperity and diversity of the races that currently exist on our planet, we need to ensure that each race has a place of its own, to have and to hold, for better or worse, in sickness and in health, till death do they part.

    To facilitate that, these specific philosophic principles are what will be required going forward:


    http://voxday.blogspot.com/2016/08/what-alt-right-is.html

    If we don't make the hard decisions now, someone else who hates or envies us will easily make the decisions for us later.
              The Absolute Imperfection of Human Rulers   
    I am going to take a detour as I continue to refine Part 2.2 of my series on the suicide of Western Civilization to talk about the moral character of human leaders, because some people seem to believe that it is possible to find ones of any great amount of repute, or that great evil will not be invited on the USA because God is greatly concerned with sustaining the political structure of our country.

    They're wrong, because human leaders are horrible, every one of them, and because God doesn't care about our countries, but about our hearts.

    Why are human leaders horrible?

    Because they're all human, and all humans are sinful, and becoming a leader doesn't negate that simple fact.

    for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, - Romans 3:23 (NKJV)

    The heart is deceitful above all things,
    And desperately wicked;
    Who can know it?
    I, the Lord, search the heart,
    I test the mind,
    Even to give every man according to his ways,
    According to the fruit of his doings. - Jeremiah 17:9-10 (NKJV)

    All we like sheep have gone astray;
    We have turned, every one, to his own way;
    And the Lord has laid on Him the iniquity of us all. - Isaiah 53:6 (NKJV)

    As it is written:
    “There is none righteous, no, not one;
    There is none who understands;
    There is none who seeks after God.
    They have all turned aside;
    They have together become unprofitable;
    There is none who does good, no, not one.” - Romans 3:10-12 (NKJV)

    Everybody chooses to reject God on their own strength, because we are born first of the flesh, are dead in the spirit, and the flesh is in rebellion with God by regularly seeking to remove the imagined chains that God placed on us by creating us as finite beings.

    For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit. For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. Because the carnal mind is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, nor indeed can be. So then, those who are in the flesh cannot please God. - Romans 8:5-8 (NKJV)

    For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary to one another, so that you do not do the things that you wish. - Galatians 5:17 (NKJV)

    Nicodemus said to Him, “How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be born?”
    Jesus answered, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. - John 3:4-6 (NKJV)

    God even gets in on this when Israel demanded a King, demonstrating how God does not desire a particular political arrangement, that the arrangement is just a distraction from God:

    But the thing displeased Samuel when they said, “Give us a king to judge us.” So Samuel prayed to the Lord. And the Lord said to Samuel, “Heed the voice of the people in all that they say to you; for they have not rejected you, but they have rejected Me, that I should not reign over them. According to all the works which they have done since the day that I brought them up out of Egypt, even to this day—with which they have forsaken Me and served other gods—so they are doing to you also. Now therefore, heed their voice. However, you shall solemnly forewarn them, and show them the behavior of the king who will reign over them.” - 1 Samuel 8:6-9 (NKJV)

    Do you understand the significance of this passage? God is telling Samuel that the desire for a King was a rejection of God. Really let that sink in. A desire for a King is a rejection of God, because a King will not behave in accordance with God's desires, because the desire of God was to not have a King in the first place.

    God doesn't like human unity on humanities' terms. God doesn't like a strong economy or a big military or lots of welfare programs or even a republic democracy. Why? Because all these things are a distraction from God, and God has no problem destroying the achievements of humans in order to get their attention and demonstrate why they need to correct their behavior.

    Now the whole earth had one language and one speech. And it came to pass, as they journeyed from the east, that they found a plain in the land of Shinar, and they dwelt there. Then they said to one another, “Come, let us make bricks and bake them thoroughly.” They had brick for stone, and they had asphalt for mortar. And they said, “Come, let us build ourselves a city, and a tower whose top is in the heavens; let us make a name for ourselves, lest we be scattered abroad over the face of the whole earth.”
    But the Lord came down to see the city and the tower which the sons of men had built. And the Lord said, “Indeed the people are one and they all have one language, and this is what they begin to do; now nothing that they propose to do will be withheld from them. Come, let Us go down and there confuse their language, that they may not understand one another’s speech.” So the Lord scattered them abroad from there over the face of all the earth, and they ceased building the city. - Genesis 11:1-8 (NKJV)

    Were the people actually capable of supplanting God in all things? No, but the implication given by God here is the same as what Christ would later state more explicitly.


    Jesus said to him, “If you want to be perfect, go, sell what you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me.”
    But when the young man heard that saying, he went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions.
    Then Jesus said to His disciples, “Assuredly, I say to you that it is hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven. And again I say to you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.” - Matthew 19:21-24

    When people look to themselves for sustenance, and especially when they are doing well, their hearts are easier to steal away from God.

    “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. - Matthew 6:19-21 (NKJV)

    God wants people focused on God. When the people are not focused on God, God intentionally raises up the enemies of His people to shake them from their rebellious stupor and get their attention focused back on God.


    “Look among the nations and watch—
    Be utterly astounded!
    For I will work a work in your days
    Which you would not believe, though it were told you.
    For indeed I am raising up the Chaldeans,
    A bitter and hasty nation
    Which marches through the breadth of the earth,
    To possess dwelling places that are not theirs.
    They are terrible and dreadful;
    Their judgment and their dignity proceed from themselves. - Habakkuk 1:5-7 (NKJV)


    You have plowed wickedness;
    You have reaped iniquity.
    You have eaten the fruit of lies,
    Because you trusted in your own way,
    In the multitude of your mighty men.

    Therefore tumult shall arise among your people,And all your fortresses shall be plunderedAs Shalman plundered Beth Arbel in the day of battle—A mother dashed in pieces upon her children.Thus it shall be done to you, O Bethel,Because of your great wickedness.At dawn the king of IsraelShall be cut off utterly. - Hosea 10:13-15 (NKJV)

    "But Nate, these are Old Testament declarations and prophesies and whatnot about a disobedient theocracy Israel, and that doesn't apply to us within a personal Christianity now!" I hear someone screaming, attempting to discredit the point to prevent having to meditate on it. Guess what?

    Do not marvel, my brethren, if the world hates you. - 1 John 3:13 (NKJV)

    We are hard-pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed— always carrying about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our body. For we who live are always delivered to death for Jesus’ sake, that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our mortal flesh. - 2 Corinthians 4:8-11 (NKJV)

    Yes, and all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution. But evil men and impostors will grow worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived. - 2 Timothy 3:12-13 (NKJV)

    If you were of the world, the world would love its own. Yet because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you. Remember the word that I said to you, ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you. If they kept My word, they will keep yours also. - John 15:19-20 (NKJV) 

    Beloved, do not think it strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened to you; but rejoice to the extent that you partake of Christ’s sufferings, that when His glory is revealed, you may also be glad with exceeding joy. If you are reproached for the name of Christ, blessed are you, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests upon you. On their part He is blasphemed, but on your part He is glorified.  - 1 Peter 4:12-14 (NKJV)

    And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character, hope. - Romans 5:3-4 (NKJV)

    God raises up enemies that we are not capable of defeating on our own, and so we must turn to God to be saved. Nobody but God will or can save us. For Israel, because they were a chosen people with a theocracy, the assaults came at the national level. For Christians, given direct relationship with God and being agnostic to politics, the attacks come at both the national and the personal level.

    But God is faithful to those who repent and return to God.

    How faithful?

    The lineage of Jesus included a murderer and adulterer.

    Let's talk about David.

    And Samuel said to Saul, “You have done foolishly. You have not kept the commandment of the Lord your God, which He commanded you. For now the Lord would have established your kingdom over Israel forever. But now your kingdom shall not continue. The Lord has sought for Himself a man after His own heart, and the Lord has commanded him to be commander over His people, because you have not kept what the Lord commanded you.” - 1 Samuel 13:13-14 (NKJV)

    So at this point, Samuel has told Saul that Saul has been disobedient to God. As a quick aside, anyone who, at this point, still believes that God only appoints those into positions of power that will be obedient to God, should stop that based on this verse alone, but I digress.

    God, knowing the future, and the acts that David is yet to commit, still anoints David:

    I have found My servant David;
    With My holy oil I have anointed him,
    With whom My hand shall be established;
    Also My arm shall strengthen him. - Psalm 89:20-21 (NKJV)

    Why? Because David glorified God, even if only for a time.


    “But My faithfulness and My mercy shall be with him,
    And in My name his horn shall be exalted.
    Also I will set his hand over the sea,
    And his right hand over the rivers.
    He shall cry to Me, ‘You are my Father,
    My God, and the rock of my salvation.’ - Psalm 89:24-26 (NKJV)

    Not because David would not make mistakes.

    Have mercy upon me, O God,
    According to Your lovingkindness;
    According to the multitude of Your tender mercies,
    Blot out my transgressions.
    Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity,
    And cleanse me from my sin.


    And God not only forgave David, but went a step further. David's second son by Bathsheba was Solomon. Solomon was not David's firstborn, so upon David's death, the throne would not have passed to Solomon, but God saw it fit to send the prophet Nathan to Bathsheba in response to the treachery of one of Solomon's brothers.


    This transition to power was not just a nice and peaceable affair either. Solomon promised not to kill Adonijah so long as he behaved, but when Adonijah treacherously asked for the companion of David, Solomon refused and had Adonijah executed.


    Solomon killed his older brother for requesting that he be given the concubine of their father, yet today we are told that a man speaking crudely about sexual interactions with women is not fit to be a leader, even after he apologizes?

    David had another son from Bathsheba as well, Nathan. Why is this important? Because both Solomon and Nathan show up in one of the two genealogies of Christ.


    the son of Melea, the son of Menan, the son of Mattathah, the son of Nathan, the son of David,- Luke 3:31 (NKJV)
     
    So, to recap, David committed adultery, murdered the husband of the wife, repented, and two of his sons go on to be a part of the lineage of Jesus Christ, one of which had to execute his older brother to secure his place on the throne?

    And we think the political drama going on today is serious business? That the moral character of people has ever improved?
     
    Nowhere in scripture does God indicate that those who take on the mantle of leadership will be obedient to God. In fact, God added to the promise made to David with regard to his offspring:

    And what do you think soon came about for Solomon?


    And the punishment?



    God raised up enemies to the kingdom which claimed to be of God but was in open rebellion. God didn't care about the structure of the government or who was in power, merely with the return of His people to obedience and reliance on God.

    And this is where the USA finds itself today. Though some large portion of the country claims to be Christian, the majority do not actually know God, let alone act in obedience to God's commands. How can I say this with confidence?

     
     
     
    Hillary Clinton is a genuinely evil person, deceptive and a follower of Satan, if in method but not by name. Islam is a genuinely evil religion, again very deceptive religious system which has historically used lies to defeat other peoples. Blind immigration and irresponsible foreign aid are evil dogmas, teaching people to care more for the "biggest victim" than the injured and needy in their own community, or even under their own roof.

    Trump won't defeat these things. Trump won't bring lasting unity to our country all by himself. To believe that he or any politician could do so would be to subscribe to a works-based salvation.

    No, the only salvation for our country is in turning to God, and being obedient to spreading the gospel. Trump will not get in the way of that process, but Hillary will, and the "Christians" of today are too soft to fight back.

    Christian persecution under Hillary will not be survived because the Christians in the USA are turning to themselves, their comfort, and their resources instead of turning to God. Christianity will be stamped out under the thumb of a secular feminist who hates God, hates the United States of America, and wants to manifest her own godhood on earth to bring about a creation in her own image.

    Trump wants people to take responsibility for their lives and work hard to Make America Great Again.

    Which do you think is more likely to turn to God and repent of mistakes?

    This should be easy, in that a decade after Trump was exposed as having crude talk, he apologized for it, even though the talk didn't actually hurt anyone, and almost none of the people who were demanding an apology were actually affected by, or the subject of, those comments.

    This happened because of a moralism that has set into the United States which promotes armchair critics demanding that others pay attention to their superior morality, all while not living it out perfectly themselves.

    Woe to you, bloggers and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you demand your country bear the burden of foreign irresponsibility while not accepting any responsibility for your own household.

    Woe to you, bloggers and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you tweet and post about your own inherited greatness, judgment, and mercy instead of the God from whom you inherited those traits.

    Woe to you, bloggers and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you demand perfect behavior of public figures, while excusing the rebellious behaviors you excuse in your own private life.

    Woe to you, bloggers and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you go on mission trips to convert peoples to the same personal irresponsibility that you call "freedom in God".

    Woe to you, bloggers and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you believe that the pleasantly soft whispers of Satan are more true than harsh words spoken in righteous anger.

    Woe to you, bloggers and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you demand an outwardly pious appearance while excusing a heart darkened by materialistic idol worship.

    Woe to you, bloggers and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you revel and advertise the failure of others in the hopes it can forever distract you from ever facing your own.
     
    In this election, your choices are going to determine whether Christianity is purged from the United States, or whether the soil is cultivated to offer it a chance to grow again. The USA will never be saved without God, but God doesn't need the USA to save the rest of the world, and so its collapse would not hinder God's plans at all.
     
    We choose whether we want to continue to rebel against God, to seek to be our own gods and save the world, knowing that our efforts are ultimately failing but living only "in the moment". Our world is rapidly heading towards conflict. The blood of innocents does not need to be shed for it to be saved, the blood of the perfect innocent was already shed to save us all.
    God invites us to participate in what God has planned, and Donald J. Trump is the only option for President which facilitates that happening at a national level. This is not because Trump is perfect, but because God can always uses flawed people who are willing to turn to God to create a lasting legacy of good which can affect the entire world for generations to come.
     
    There is no such thing as a perfect political leader, even Jesus refused to take on that mantle. All human rulers, leaders, teachers, all of them are flawed and broken, but that's not what prevents God from using them, it's their rebellion against God that creates the divide.

    The USA was once filled with a people who looked to God, and became a world super-power faster than any other nation before it in history. This is not because we were perfect, but because our people looked to God as their guidance, not the government, and not public figures who were good at writing persuasive words. People took responsibility for their actions, they lived with the curse of the fall, and in so doing found success. We have since diluted that struggle against our curse under the pretense of grace, but in reality we have merely fostered a tolerance for sin. We have abandoned the simplicity in Christ for the unending complexity of our depravity made manifest.
     
    Hillary is busy trying to be her own god, to create her own reality, to ensure that her will is manifest by the power that she wields, to bring her idea of heaven here and now. Supporting her, either directly or by throwing your vote away for a third party candidate, is indication that you desire to share in her efforts to achieve godhood, and that you desire persecution to force your relationship with God because you are too lazy or arrogant to pursue it otherwise.

    All the explanations I have heard only further exposes the arrogance and naivety of childish Christians, people who believe that they truly understand the morality they have inherited, and the design of God's plan into the future. Such hubris leads away from God and to their own capacity.

    And God will be faithful to remind his people of why they need Him. God cares not for our happiness, but our Holiness. Our sanctification will proceed, and the pain will be increased the more we fight against it.

    How sad a commentary that we present ourselves as unwilling participants in this dynamic, excusing the responsibility we bear for the agency we have been granted by God.

    I pray that our sanctification does not require the unnecessary bloodshed of innocents before we submit to God again.

              The Suicide of Western Civilization Part 2.1: Religious Causes   
    If you have not read Part 1, you will need to in order to understand where this starts.

    Please read Part 1 to get the full understanding of what is discussed here.

    Your Government isn't getting traction on some political issue. People are growing dissatisfied with Government and don't trust it. Government needs something more powerful than itself to appeal to. It needs a religion with a powerful deity, but it can't look like the Government is pulling the strings on their deified puppet.

    Starting a religion is a lot of work, however, so it's much easier to just take one that already exists and bend it to serve your purposes. You take what you want, cut out what you don't, and then use social pressure and the people's desire to stay in "the group" to guide the compliance of those people towards following this new system of religion that benefits from all the connotations of the existing labels and terms, but in action goes a completely different direction and produces an entirely different fruit.

    This has already happened in the USA, the religion of choice to undermine was Christianity, and the work was completed decades ago.

    Don't believe me? Then read the article at this link.

    This dissection starts best with making a detour to talk about the source of the article before we dive into the content of the article. If you don't pay attention to who you take information from, and just trust blindly, then you will be led into sin. It happened in the Garden, and it's been happening regularly ever since.

    "Relevant Magazine" currently has a tagline of "Faith, Culture & Intentional Living". Does that send up any red flags to anyone? It should. "Faith" and "Intentional Living" are fairly neutral, they aren't actually unique to Christianity, but what does "Culture" have to do with Christianity? Christianity doesn't care about the culture at large, because it is a culture unto itself. The methods of evangelism may certainly be influenced by the culture that serves as a backdrop for evangelism, but evangelism isn't Christianity.

    To further make the point, in the current "September/October 2016, Issue 83" of the magazine, an article appears which is titled "We Nominate Aziz Ansari To Do All The Talking". The article starts out:

    Sure, we still have months before this year is over. But we're ready to go ahead and pronounce 2016 the year of Aziz Ansari. It all started when he released last year's mold-breaking book, Modern Romance. Then, along came Master of None, Ansari's funny-serious show exploting issues like racial inequality, millenial wanderlust and generational differences.
    This year, he's using his platform to become one of our most important social critics. While accepting a Peabody Award for his work on Master of None, Ansari addressed the lack of diversity in Hollywood.

    To address the elephant in the room, where in any of that was Jesus or the Bible referenced? Why is a magazine that folks are looking to explain how Christians should respond to the "refugee crisis" also publishing articles talking about social justice issues?

    Perhaps because before "Faith, Culture & Intentional Living", their tagline went "God, Life, and Progressive Culture." This should be setting off huge red flags that this publication is not teaching Christian principles, but is instead "Christian principles" in the same way that folks like Joel Osteen do. It is seeking to subvert actual Christian teaching by modifying Christianity to fit modern proclivities and desires.

    This magazine is a publication which preys on the ignorance of believers in order to make money off of them. It's a for-profit magazine which sells ad space, just like TV shows and "free" internet streaming services. It shouldn't take anyone long to realize that if you're going to sell advertisement space in a magazine, you will then need to sell magazines, and if you want to sell more magazines, you need to cater to what people want to hear. Does that sound familiar?

    If you want to sell more magazines, you tell people what they want to hear, and you entertain them so they "put up with" the advertisements. Reading scripture isn't entertaining. Being told you're wrong and don't think correctly isn't entertaining. Being told that you will experience suffering in life when following Jesus isn't entertaining. The "Relevant" magazine is not a replacement for sound biblical teaching, because their goal is not to uphold, but undermine, actual biblical teaching. That's demonic influence at work folks.

    Now, keeping that in mind, let us start approaching the details of the article, to look at how a perverted and demonic intent leads to perverted and demonic teaching.

    To start, one must remember that the Hebrew or Israeli nation of the Old Testament and the Christian faith of the New Testament are two entirely different things. The religion was both church and state, a theocracy. However, Jesus threw out both the state and the church, and made the relationship with God direct and personal without either the state or the church being able to get in the middle.

    Christian church is, at the most basic level, Christians coming together to share in their personal relationship with God. Part of that sharing includes acting out on the love we have been shown and acting in a sacrificial manner to help those in need.

    Note that this is not Christianity, but a result of Christianity. The "works" do not save and are inspired by, but not the source of, our relationship with God. If you are alone, stranded on a desert island, God is no less able to have relationship with you because you cannot do "works"
    There's a problem though: the "works" can also be done by those who do not have relationship with God, because actions can have a variety of motivations. Even actions done in the name of God can be done by those who do not have a relationship with God:

    Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’ - Matthew 7:22-23 (NKJV)

    So by the same token that "works" do not save us, neither do they demonstrate that we are saved, and in turn doing them or not doing them says nothing about your actual relationship with Jesus.

    There's a reason that the fruit of the spirit are listed as motivations or mannerisms, and not a specific action or series of actions:

    But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.- Galatians 5:22-23 (NKJV)

    What this really really means is that by outward appearances, and even by actions taken or not taken, we cannot know whether someone else is in a reconciled relationship with God. Why do I keep harping on this? Because the article directly states that it is "discussing how Christians should treat immigrants, refugees and those in need of help."

    The implication is that if you're a Christian, you're should behave as these verses describe, and exactly how this article presents them. To go against this is implied as going against the Bible and not being Christian, because unless you have a Bible verse which says otherwise, you need to be obedient to what the Bible clearly states. The author is intentionally setting up a litmus test for the behavior of the person to determine if they are Christian or not.

    This is a thinly veiled act of manipulation, in that now instead of folks discussing whether the interpretation was actually correct or not, they're searching the Bible to find verses which support alternative positions, instead of pointing out how none of these verses were being applied correctly in the first place.

    They're tasked to do an impossible job because instead of challenging the original interpretation, they scour the Bible looking for specifics that aren't there. The usual act then is to retreat to agreeing with the interpretation that was provided, even if they disagree with it, because they don't want to be seen as disagreeing with the Bible.

    The real problem is that the original interpretation is disagreeing with the Bible, and so we have no need to find scriptures to refute the conclusions drawn from the improper interpretation of scripture, the claims can be shown fallacious in and of themselves. Put differently, I don't have to "disprove" an interpretation that was never "proven" to begin with.


    At long last, lets get to the specific verses. Citing anything in the Old Testament which was part of the theocratic system that Israel worked by as evidence for how Christians behave is just plain wrong, because God was giving them instructions on how to run a nation and a religion, where Jesus is giving us instructions on how to run our personal lives. As such, the verses in Exodus, Leviticus, Deuteronomy, 1 Kings can be immediately dismissed in their prescriptive nature because Christians are not under The Law.

    Note that this is not dismissing the intent behind The Law, but the specific prescriptive actions. The motivations as to why God had Israel behave in a certain way will not have changed for Christians, but unless God repeated the prescriptive actions to Christians, Christians are not bound to them.

    Christians are not required to run their personal lives and the living out of their faith in the same way the nation of Israel was run (repeated rebellions and all).

    This was the original division between Christians and Judaisers. The Judaisers wanted Christians to add faith in Jesus to The Law, to be bound by all the same practices and actions, despite those things having been part of a theocracy that, through Jesus, was no longer the means by which we find reconciliation in our relationship with God.

    So, unless a specific prescription was repeated in the New Testament, Christians are not bound to follow it, nor can one be called a Christian because they do or don't do it.

    Ezekiel 16 does not say it was the "only" sin, but that the sin being done by Jerusalem was also committed by Sodom and Gomorrah, which would be evident if they continued on to the next verse:

    And they were haughty and committed abomination before Me; therefore I took them away as I saw fit. - Ezekiel 16:50 (NKJV)

    What was the abomination? Rampant sexual depravity:

    Now before they lay down, the men of the city, the men of Sodom, both old and young, all the people from every quarter, surrounded the house. And they called to Lot and said to him, “Where are the men who came to you tonight? Bring them out to us that we may know them carnally. So Lot went out to them through the doorway, shut the door behind him, and said, “Please, my brethren, do not do so wickedly!- Genesis 19:4-7 (NKJV)

    The reason this was ignored is because elsewhere in the theocratic system of rules any adulterers, homosexuals, transgenders, and other forms of sexual deviance were immediately punishable by death. Many in modern culture have tried to re-interpret scripture to make sexual deviance of all forms acceptable, yet traditional marriage roles as misogynistic and oppressive.

    Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil;
    Who put darkness for light, and light for darkness;
    Who put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter! - Isaiah 5:20 (NKJV)

    Yet these same folks are not calling for sexual deviants to be stoned based on the Old Testament commands. Why is that? Because they're picking and choosing the verses they want, not taking into account the context of the rest of the Bible, and then pretending like what they're doing is sound biblical interpretation. This is again evidenced in who they look to for guidance. It's not Jesus or scripture, it's atheists like Aziz Ansari who reject Christianity altogether. Why is an atheist being referenced as a source for commentary in a Christian magazine? Why is a Christian magazine ignoring scripture when it doesn't suit their narrative? Because it isn't a Christian magazine.

    Malachi 3 contains is a prophetic message about the future judgment of Judah and Jerusalem, the respective capitals of the split Israeli nation, for their behavior. It's not about Christians, and just because Christians took on the mantle of "God's chosen" through Jesus, does not mean that all prophesies and judgments declared on prior "chosen" will then be applied to us as well unless they're called out specifically.

    Again, Judah and Jerusalem were part of theocracies, and the judgments and commands of them would include things which would no longer apply to Christians, because Christianity is personal, not political.

    The effects of a Christian living out their faith may encompass politics, but God is not interested in ruling nations, God wants to rule in people's hearts. Christianity can exist without the state or the church. 

    If you're stuck on a desert island by yourself, you can still be a Christian and have a personal relationship with God.

    Job 31 has Job explaining his righteousness to others who were trying to say that Job was being punished for something wrong about Job's behavior. This is highlighted when you continue on to Job 32:

    So these three men ceased answering Job, because he was righteous in his own eyes. Then the wrath of Elihu, the son of Barachel the Buzite, of the family of Ram, was aroused against Job; his wrath was aroused because he justified himself rather than God. Also against his three friends his wrath was aroused, because they had found no answer, and yet had condemned Job. - Job 32:1-3 (NKJV)

    Note that this is before well before God lays into Job and excoriates him starting in chapter 38. This is Job justifying himself to other people, not God, and that is a very important distinction. God doesn't care about Job's self-righteousness. This is clearly evidence in how Job's tone has changed by chapter 42, and his declarations of self-righteousness are not revisited.

    The book of Job is a demonstration of the arrogance and ignorance of humans trying to understand God's motivations based on what God permits to happen. The circumstances we face are almost never entirely the result of decisions we ourselves have made in a vacuum, and so for better or worse, God's love of us and inherent goodness is not always visible in our immediate circumstances.

    The flow of history is complicated, and we may never know in this life what things needed to happen in order to lead that flow to where God intended it to be.

    Matthew 25 is, again, taking something out of context and then not taking the lesson of the passages and instead substituting a new meaning. If we back up to the beginning of the section, which in NKJV is called "The Son of Man Will Judge the Nations":

    “When the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the holy angels with Him, then He will sit on the throne of His glory. All the nations will be gathered before Him, and He will separate them one from another, as a shepherd divides his sheep from the goats. - Matthew 25:31-32 (NKJV)

    Now look at what God says about who these acts of kindness were done to:

    And the King will answer and say to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.’ - Matthew 25:40 (NKJV)

    Can you think of any way in which a culture that perverts the definition of "the least of these" would find a way to exploit this? In a culture where everyone is racing to become "the least", or differently, "the biggest victim", all the sudden those seeking to be judged righteous are in a competition to find the least of "the least" so that we are not judged as a goat, and to signal their virtues to others. In doing so, we go outside our own nation and find people who are "the least" somewhere else, and help them, believing that ignoring "the least" at our literal doorsteps and in our neighborhoods will go unnoticed by God.

    Are any of the "sheep" nations judged because there were people in the "goat" nations that were not taken care of? Nope.

    In addition to this, the exhortation is in regards to being "invited into your home" not "set up in taxpayer funded housing and have access to taxpayer funded welfare". Unless you think of government housing as "your home", you are not actually inviting people into your home when you merely invite them into your nation and set them up in a home which is not yours to give.

    On top of even this, the Greek word "xénos" does not have the same definition and connotation as "allodapós", so even this type of aid is not to be talking about foreigners from another nation, but people who are foreign, strange, or unusual to us. This is why people who twist scripture hate "word studies", because careful analysis of scripture in both its original and translated forms tends to expose the liars for what they are. Anyone who makes a doctrinal or theological point based only on an interpretation of a translation that is not supported by the original manuscripts is reading into the text things which are not there.

    1 Corinthians 12 is about Christians. 99% of the "refugees" are Muslims. Do I really need to explain how Muslims who reject Jesus Christ have not been "baptized by one Spirit" with Christians?

    Galatians 5 is another scripture sniping. If you look at some of the surrounding context:

    For you, brethren, have been called to liberty; only do not use liberty as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another. For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself." But if you bite and devour one another, beware lest you be consumed by one another! - Galatians 5:13-15 (NKJV)

    And then see the quoted reference in Leviticus to add context to the intent:


    You shall not take vengeance, nor bear any grudge against the children of your people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself: I am the Lord. - Leviticus 19:18 (NKJV)

    Galatians is about how Christians are to treat other Christians, not about how Christians treat non-Christians. 99% of the "refugees" are Muslims, and prominent Muslim countries in much closer proximity are not taking them in. Why is that?

    Luke 10 is the coup de grâce, right? Here is a perfect example of how a foreigner was showing kindness and care, so we should always be showing the same sacrificial care to foreigners as well, right? There's no way that this simple and straightforward story could be twisted, right?

    WRONG.

    Let's note a few important things about the parable. First off, the road between Jerusalem and Jericho is outside of Samaria. Secondly, the Samaritan brought the injured man to an inn, not his home, and not an inn in Samaria, because that would have been a long journey and the man may not have survived the trip. Thirdly, the Samaritan's charity did not include providing for the entire health and wealth of the injured man for the remainder of his life, but in helping restore him to full health.

    If the story was that the Samaritan took the man home, provided him with care, a job in his business, a daughter to marry, and so on and so forth, then that would be one thing. The moral of the story however is that you shouldn't pass by those in need that you can directly help for vain or pseudo-moralistic reasons, and guess what happens when you insist we spend resources to bring in "refugees" while ignoring those in need in our community? Especially when you insist that instead of trying to provide aid to the Syrians while they are still in Syria we bring them here?

    You pass by those in need for vain and pseudo-moralistic reasons.

    Since this is already very long, I will break here and continue in Part 2.2: Religious Causes.

    There I will overlay the review of the article with the original "secular logic" discussed back in Part 1, to show how the supposedly Christian view is just modern secular moralism plus "God".

              What Christians Winning in the Cultural War Looks Like   
    Inspired by a recent conversation with my mother and a youtube video, I wanted to address on what grounds and what it means when a Christian is to fight or destroy, and what "winning" looks like in the current Cultural War.

    First, the video:




    This video takes us right up to the point of "what do I do with the information God has given me?" The video can really only ever go that far, because the Bible does the same exact thing.

    The Bible has tons of context, historical, theological, and doctrinal information to explain why the reconciliation with God is necessary, and by what means that reconciliation is afforded to us, but changes tone from specific details to high-level motivations when it comes to behavior once that reconciliation has been accomplished.

    So what is someone who is now reconciled supposed to do with that? I can see the specific things I am not supposed to do, but I don't have nearly as clear an image of exactly what I am supposed to do.

    Sure, there are recommendations to do things like pray, to read scripture, and to meditate on things which are worthwhile, but even that still doesn't tell you what things specifically you should be meditating on. Can cute kittens be OK? Video games? Heroic actions described in fiction or non-fiction? Political figures? Earning money?

    Or perhaps what part of the Bible should I read today? Or perhaps for how long during the day?

    The short answer, as in the video, is that nothing should ever take the place of seeking out Jesus as the number one priority. This does not preclude seeking out anything else ever, but without the correct priority, we set ourselves up for failure. Once Jesus has been set as the first priority, the rest will be added to us based on what the calling is of God on our life.


    Briefly mocked in the above video, believers do not have permission to sit back and wait for God to do all the work. This isn't to say God isn't already doing most of the work, but God invites us to participate in the process. The final "command" from Jesus, arguably the second highest priority given to all believers, was not "just stay at home, except for going to church every Sunday in the morning, and bask in the blessings of God while watching God make disciples."

    The command was (summarized) to "go and make disciples and teach them". How this is actually done relates directly to the ongoing Cultural War we see in Western Civilization.

    In the Cultural War, we first need to identify the "sides". The first is that of God. Not Christians or Christianity or even the Bible. People and paper aren't the definition of the faction. They are part of the faction, but the followers of Christ are not what defines Christianity. Jesus is. The church does not define Jesus, Jesus defines the church.

    Put differently, God can exist in a vacuum absent of Christians or the Bible. Christians and the Bible cannot exist in a vacuum absent of God.

    In this manner, the "other" side is sin. Not non-Christians, and not Satan. The manifestations and members of a faction are not the definition of the faction. Satan denounces God, but Satan is merely the most prominent member of the rebellion against God. Satan is the greatest example of sin, but Satan does not define sin.

    Sin could exist in a vacuum absent Satan or non-believers. That said, Satan or non-believers could exist in a vacuum absent sin. Sin is not an intrinsic or necessary state, but it defines the entirety of the rebellion against God.

    Why these distinctions? Why tie everything back to God vs. sin? Because it greatly affects what we're talking about when we fight and destroy.

    If God's enemy is not flesh and blood, then destroying flesh and blood is not fighting for God.

    If God's enemy is sin, then destroying a manifestation of sin does not destroy the reason that sin was able to manifest in the first place.

    The "enemy" is immaterial, it is an idea, a contrast to God, and this cannot be ultimately destroyed or fought against effectively by anyone but God. Final "victory" will happen when all that is sinful is permanently set apart from God.

    So what is it then that Christians are fighting here and now? What exactly are we destroying?


    Look to the parable of the sower. In this parable, the seeds (Gospel) are just being planted, and have not yet started to grow. In all but one circumstance, the growth of the seed is impeded by circumstances. While this parable does not reference servants like that of the wheat and tares, it can provide the context where the servants of God are called into action. Soil is stated to represent the heart, and so making disciples and teaching is thus tending to that soil.

    For the seed which fell by the wayside, the seed was snatched away by birds. Christians are called to scare away those birds.

    For the seed which fell among the rocks, it thrived for only a time and then withered. Christians are called to remove the rocks from the soil.

    For the seed which fell among the weeds, it thrived but was then choked out by weeds. Christians are called to pull weeds from the soil.

    How?

    Christians are not the ones planting the seeds, not the ones which created the state the soil is found in, nor even the ones who can take credit for the growth of the seeds, but we are invited to participate in the cultivation and refinement of the soil, in addition to the care of the plants which grow from it.

    So, again, how? By the power and wisdom of God, because on our own we would not have the strength, persistence, or knowledge to keep up the very difficult work. New birds replace the old. New weeds grow back. Rocks hide just below the surface, bloody our fingers, and some are just too big to handle on our own. The work is never done, so we need people constantly tending to every patch of soil regularly. The culture we live in then defines the nature and rate of occurrence of these circumstances, and we can have influence over culture.

    God wants the truth to be planted and to grow in the hearts of all, and we are invited to participate in facilitating that process.

    The current state of the Culture War is the result of Christians neglecting their duties, and this neglect was caused by not focusing on Jesus, by focusing on the duties themselves. Seeds are stolen because Christians invite birds in by trying to evangelize a belief they do not understand themselves. Weeds grow up from the materialism and statism that we foster when we support governments and companies who are helmed by people interested only in power. Rocks remain in the hearts of those who seek a relationship and love, but are instead isolated from a moralist Church that seeks to perform charity to alleviate guilt, not to build relationships.

    These are not physical battles, they are ideological. They are philosophical. And it is this battle that Christianity has run away from in fear for far too long. It is time to stand up and fight the intellectual battles, to destroy the credibility of lies with truth, and to work with God to restore to us a culture which is influenced by God's grace and mercy and not sin. We do not do this alone, but God's plan doesn't have him doing it all alone either. We should not ignore that God has asked us to work in parallel with God.

    We fight against sin by destroying the opportunities for evil to take root through tending the soil and seeking out God's guidance on how best to do that.

    To close this already very long post, I'd recommend this sermon about Christians being "In Intellectual Neutral" from William Lane Craig, a Christian philosopher. He addresses the specific battle that Christians have not been fighting, and how we can start fighting back from his perspective:


    "The gospel is never heard in isolation. The gospel is always heard against the cultural backdrop in which a person was born and raised. A person who was raised in a culture which is sympathetic to the Christian faith will be open to the gospel in a way that a person who was raised in a secular culture will not. For a person who is thoroughly secularized, you may as well tell him to believe in Santa Claus or the tooth fairy as in Jesus Christ, it will seem that absurd to him."

    Scare the birds, destroy the weeds, and remove the rocks. Tend the soil and cultivate the truth of God in yourself and in those around you! :)
              Religious Suffering is Personal   
    Kim Davis is wrong. Not completely, but sufficiently so that I cannot support her actions, nor would I agree that anyone claiming this is Christian persecution is correct either.

    As noted by Breitbart, her actions have not affected only her, but the staff under her responsibility as well, which is the true reason why this case has had any attention at all.

    Breitbart: Supreme Court Denies Relief to Christian County Clerk—For Now

    A "money quote" from the article reads (emphasis added):

    "...she is both claiming a personal right based on her religious belief, but then also claims the right to use her governmental power to order other civil service to act only as she acts, even if they do not share her religious objection."

    This is wrong, and not supported by biblical narrative as to how one who follows God is supposed to face persecution, let alone conduct themselves in ordinary manners.

    Many, including a politician I have liked, have now been quick to claim religious persecution based on her being sent to jail for contempt of court. This action is rash and does not reflect biblical Christianity, and only serves to remove the salt from our witness.

    I'll cite first off a sermon of Martin Luther King Jr. on "But if Not", the story from Daniel 3 about Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego. If you've not heard this sermon, you need to hear it, especially given the social context the sermon was given then in 1967, and the circumstances we find ourselves in today.


    The contrast between this sermon and the calls today is that the motivation is a personal conviction. A deep conviction that moves you to stand up, even to the point of death. Civil disobedience then is something that comes from a deep personal conviction, something that you yourself are completely dedicated to. It does not come from someone else.

    Note that when King references those who are joining him in his civil disobedience, he does not reference any of his contemporaries. He does not reference those whom he has forced to join in his civil disobedience. His call in that sermon is to his contemporaries to join him based on a shared personal conviction. His call is to have a deep personal conviction.

    In the story of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego, where do they prevent others from worshiping the idol? Who does God say is joining them in the fire? It's God. Not contemporaries, or those under their responsibility. This is seen in the chapter just prior, in that Daniel and his friends were placed in positions of great responsibility in Babylon.

    Yet the complaint to King Nebuchadnezzar is only about these three, and not their subordinates. The Babylonians were all obedient to the law of the land, and these three stood alone in their disobedience.

    Though as Martin Luther King Jr. points out, they were not alone, as they had the companionship of God. It was by that companionship that they were saved, though they were still thrown in the fire. The material consequences of breaking man's law were still enacted, but by the grace of God, they were able to endure it and continue on.

    This is a theme that is littered throughout the Bible. Suffering is an isolating experience to those who do not have God, but for those who have God, suffering has a rather different connotation.

    "And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character, hope. Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us." - Romans 5:3-5 (NKJV)

    "My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing. " - James 1:2-4 (NKJV)

    "We are hard-pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed - always carrying about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our body." - 2 Corinthians 4:8-10 (NKJV)

    Our sufferings will come, but they do not do so in vain.

    "But may the God of all grace, who called us to His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after you have suffered a while, perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle you." - 1 Peter 5:10 (NKJV)

    "For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us." - Romans 8:18 (NKJV) 

    But when suffering to the glory of God, there are limits and guidelines.

    "If you are reproached for the name of Christ, blessed are you, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests upon you. On their part He is blasphemed, but on your part He is glorified. But let none of you suffer as a murderer, a thief, an evildoer, or as a busybody in other people’s matters. Yet if anyone suffers as a Christian, let him not be ashamed, but let him glorify God in this matter." - 1 Peter 4:14-16 (NKJV)

    Even intentional activities we would desire to partake in, such as fasting or prayer, are private and personal matters.

    "And when you pray, you shall not be like the hypocrites. For they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the corners of the streets, that they may be seen by men. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward. But you, when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly." - Matthew 6:5-6 (NKJV)

    "Moreover, when you fast, do not be like the hypocrites, with a sad countenance. For they disfigure their faces that they may appear to men to be fasting. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward. But you, when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face, so that you do not appear to men to be fasting, but to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly." - Matthew 6:16-18 (NKJV)

    The point being that the foundation of your faith, your personal convictions, are just that, personal. They are not suitable to be enforced on others, nor done to achieve personal gain or recognition, as those are immediately rewarded.

    With Kim Davis, she is not just acting on her own personal convictions, and the lawsuit is not that she is allowing her subordinates to issue licenses but she refuses, but that she is forcing others into a fire which they cannot withstand because they may not have the companionship of God.

    How cruel would it have been for Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego to have forced all those who were subordinate to them also suffering in the fires, albeit they without the grace of God to help them endure? While it is certainly not their fault that others were indeed consumed in the process of carrying out the orders of the King Nebuchadnezzar, the three men in their civil disobedience took responsibility only for themselves and their own personal convictions.

    It is for this reason that Kim Davis is wrong, and those who support categorizing her behavior as religious persecution only do damage to efforts of evangelism. Their actions are not unlike that of Muslims in recent history, refusing to do their jobs on claims of religious persecution, but then instead of their faith carrying them through the trial, they use the legal system to get recourse and relief. They are not willing to give up their life or job for their faith, so why aren't Christians behaving differently?

    "And whoever does not bear his cross and come after Me cannot be My disciple." - Luke 14:27 (NKJV)

    "He who finds his life will lose it, and he who loses his life for My sake will find it." - Matthew 10:39 (NKJV) 

     No believer has the right or permission to force someone else lose their life for a relationship they don't already have. We are certainly called to witness to these people, and that we live out the effects of the foundation of our personal convictions, but at no time or place are we to enforce that on others.

    "Therefore whatever they tell you to observe, that observe and do, but do not do according to their works; for they say, and do not do. For they bind heavy burdens, hard to bear, and lay them on men’s shoulders; but they themselves will not move them with one of their fingers. But all their works they do to be seen by men. They make their phylacteries broad and enlarge the borders of their garments...And whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted." - Matthew 23:3-5, 12 (NKJV)

    Know that trying to replace the grace of God with laws of man to endure suffering will only delay the inevitable and invite the unintended. It is your faith, your dependence on God's grace and mercy, that should sustain you, be what gets you up in the morning, and has you sharing your convictions.
       
    Pursue civil disobedience, but do it out of those personal convictions. You may stand alone so far as man is concerned, but you truly stand with God when you are persecuted for obedience to His commands instead of man's. You will still experience suffering, but in your suffering God is glorified, and you will be sustained in the midst of the fire.
              Community and Individualism   
    Belief systems are a complicated entity. None are really "easy", save perhaps the tongue-in-cheek FSM, to understand and to interpret on an individual vs. corporate or community level.

    While I can't speak with any authority on the specifics of other beliefs, I can comment on my own. There has recently been a study started by some dear friends of mine, and in hopes to prevent me from falling behind I've been informed of some of the content they covered so that I can try and still contribute in the meantime.

    For some of the more personal struggles and testimony, I'll save that for when we can meet in person. I can however talk about the verses they covered, and what my take is on them and how I am being led.

    The verses are as follows:
    2 Corinthians 1:3-7

    Hebrews 10:24-25

    Matthew 5:14-16

    Taking one at a time, lets first delve into 2 Corinthians. The verses state:

    3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, 4 who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. 5 For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also abounds through Christ. 6 Now if we are afflicted, it is for your consolation and salvation, which is effective for enduring the same sufferings which we also suffer. Or if we are comforted, it is for your consolation and salvation. 7 And our hope for you is steadfast, because we know that as you are partakers of the sufferings, so also you will partake of the consolation.


    God of all comfort. For me this verse highlights something which is not often seen in the discussions about God. Often being called vengeful, jealous, loving, supporting...but to state as a God of all comfort?

    To provide some quick context, in this era when the letters were written to the church in Corinth, it was not uncommon in other cultures to have gods assigned to specific tasks. There were gods for water, lamp oil, storms, intelligence, and even debauchery and drunkenness.

    That said, for the Judeo-Christian God to be called the God of all comfort would have been rather odd in that era, especially to Jews who were familiar with the see-saw relationship between them and God as recorded in the old testament, where failures led to events such as conquering forces invading and taking the Jews as slaves, only to return generations later to try the whole relationship again. This was revolutionary stuff to be saying, and what we can conclude from these verses is even more revolutionary.

    In my life, I've often stated that there are some folks that I haven't been able to connect to, and I have sloughed the blame in believing that my path is intended to allow me to speak into others lives who are struggling with the same problems. What this verse seems to say to me though is that that mentality is cutting short the power of God in my own life, and I should be able to love and comfort folks in any situation...not just ones I am familiar with.

    Lastly, I see something interesting in that both the suffering and the comforting are for our "consolation and salvation". I believe that this is not necessarily referring to the state of being saved or not, but in reference similar to what is seen in Philippians 2:12-13 :

    12 Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling; 13 for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure.

    In the same manner, this isn't talking about being saved or not, but talking about how that salvation impacts your life. Swap the word "salvation" for "bicep" for instance, and you can see how the implication is more a strengthening of something already there than working to manifest something which isn't there already.

    What this then says to me is that both the acts of suffering and comforting should be viewed as ways to grow the application of our beliefs in a practical manner. To take those beliefs from our heads to our hearts, and then work them to our hands while we reach out to those around us.

    For Hebrews:

    24 And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, 25 not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.

    It is very easy to be a cynic, especially when your worldview is "them vs. me". While our salvation and relationship in our beliefs are very personal, if we don't "check in" with the rest of humanity now and again, we can become tunnel visioned on ideas in our own head.

    Many times it is said that it is best to write things down or say them out loud, that working out how you actually feel is a part of processing...how you feel in the first place at all. We so often want to be the one who has it all figured out, yet the irony is that without input from other folks we can't ensure any sort of quality of our internal thoughts.

    This can be taken to an extreme where we become completely dependent on that interaction for validation, or the other extreme where we shun it completely. Even if balanced in a healthy manner, if who we are getting feedback from doesn't have our best interests in mind, then we're also in a tough situation.

    By seeking fellowship with other believers of the same mindset and foundation, we can help use each other to bounce ideas and struggles, and see what others take on an issue is, or perhaps how they've dealt with it in the past. Either way, by coming together as a group we can support each other in each of our needs.

    In Matthew:

    14 “You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. 16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.

    What stands out most to me here echoes what most people have experienced one time or another - when you are part of something that is truly God-touched, it shows and people want to be a part of it. We don't want to hide that experience, but at the same time we have to remember that the light isn't coming from us.

    It's in this manner we must always be giving glory to God, and not to our own ability to have brought people together and had something amazing. It can be very easy to pat oneself on the back and try to take credit - but in the end what we need is humility.

    Add to that that light is pure - unfiltered or partially covered. In this manner, we must also then be open to that light reaching in to every part of our lives, including the dark corners where we like to keep our sins and secrets. For our community, we then must not pretend that we do not have our own dark corners, and show respect and empathy regardless of the nature of the issues our fellow brothers and sisters are struggling with.

    We've each got our own paths to follow - yet we should never be walking it alone. A great paradox of sorts, where we end up walking both our own and others' paths to help support them, while they in turn walk their path and support us in our own. It is through this, though, that we can all grow stronger and live a more fulfilling life touched by God.
              Murals Take Colorful Shape 'Under The Bridge'   
    What was once a dark highway overpass will soon be awash in colorful light. On Tuesday night, civic leaders will formally turn on the lights at the U.S. 127 bridge over Michigan Avenue. That’s the spot many people in mid-Michigan view as a symbolic gateway linking Lansing and East Lansing.
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              Guest Post - Architect turned Realtor Amrita Kangle writes on Tombs   
    Text and Photo Selection by Amrita Kangle

    Death by its very nature has always fascinated man. If there is anything certain about life, it is that it is finite and will come to an end. Though despite this seeming simplicity, man has never been able to tell what happens at the point of death and thereafter.  Death remains a grand mystery. No one has ever been able to go on to the ‘other’ side and returned to tell the tale.  Hence, since it is the final adieu, man looks to honoring the departed ones and presuming that there is an afterlife, providing the departed with every convenience that he was used to in life.

    Thus arose the concept of tombs.

    Tombs, by description are houses, chambers or vaults for the dead. In prehistoric times, the dead were buried in their own homes. Gradually, the dead were taken outside their homes and their final resting places became grander and more opulent. In different parts of the world, the tombs designed, varied in shape, size, design and concept.

     NEWGRANGE

    One of the earliest instances of a tomb was found in Newgrange in Ireland. A mass grave.It was built in the Neolithic period around 3200BC. The structure consists of a large circular mound, 249 ft across and 39 ft high and covers 1.1 acre of ground. Within the mound is a chambered passage which was accessed by an entrance on the south-eastern side of the mound.  At the end of the passage are three smaller chambers off a large central chamber with a high, corbelled vault roof. Presumably, the bones of the deceased were deposited here in the large flat ‘basin stones’placed on the floor.
    The mound is contained within a retaining wall in the front, which is ringed by engraved kerbstones. It was designed to align with the rising sun and light floods the interior chamber on the winter solstice.


                                         NEWGRANGE Picture Credit HERE

                                    ENTRANCE TO THE TOMB Picture Credit Here


     THE TAJ MAHAL, Agra. 

    Situated on a large bend of the mystical Yamuna, the city grabs you by the collars of your eyes as you enter it. Every corner and by-lane tells the passionate story of a love that transcended time and place and manifested itself in a gorgeous tapestry, which continues to fascinate man through the centuries.

    Where death is the only destination at the end of the path called ‘life’, here indeed is a celebration of that destination. An emperor paid his tribute to his lost love and the tears of his grief laid the foundation stones of the monument that came to be acknowledged as the most brilliant and indeed, iconic manifestation of the Mughal dynasty’s design aesthetics.

    As his favorite queen, Mumtaz Mahal, lay breathing her last,she bound Shah Jahan to a deathbed promise that he would build her the most beautiful tomb ever known. The heart broken emperor poured his passion and immense wealth into creating a mausoleum whoselingua franca was just love.

    Designed by architects Ustad Ahmad Lahauri and Ustad Isa, the TajMahal follows the design traditions of Persian and Mughal architecture. Simply put, the floor plan of the TajMahal is completely symmetrical on all sides, so that it looks exactly the same regardless of which side it is viewed from. It is a pristine, large white marble structure with an arch shaped doorway topped by a large dome and marked with a finial.  A finial is a decorative device, which in architecture, is employed to emphasize the apex of a dome or spire. The finial here is gilded and characterized by both Persian and Hindustani design elements.

    The base is in the shape of a cube with chamfered corners, making it an unequal sized octagon, with each of the four long sides being approximately 180ft in length. The huge arched doorway or ‘Iwan’ is framed by a large vaulted archway with two similarly shaped arched balconies on either side. This motif is repeated on the four chamfered edges which contributes to the symmetry of the structure. Four minarets frame the tomb, one at each corner of the base facing the chamfered edges. These minarets are made to lean a little outwards, to prevent them falling onto the main structure in case of an earthquake. While the actual graves of Shah Jahan and Mumtaz Mahal are at a lower level, the false sarcophagi are housed in the main chamber. The central dome is 58 ft in diameter and rises to a height of 213 ft. The entire structure is decorated with with flowers and calligraphy inlaid into the marble with precious gems like agate and jasper. The whole effect is that of a precious gem more beautiful than a dream and tells a love story which touches every heart……all without saying a single word.



                                              THE TAJ MAHAL Picture Credit HERE

      

                                 THE FALSE SARCOPHAGI Picture Credit HERE  


                                       THE FINIAL Picture Credit HERE

     Myths and legends surround this structure, which is steeped in romance and mystery. But then they are just that. Mythsand legends. There are no facts substantiating them. Just speculation. These stories have only added to the mysticism of this most famous tomb and as the famous poet Rabindranath Tagore has aptly described it, the TajMahal has remained a ‘tear drop on the face of time…shining and undefiled’.

     THE PYRAMIDS EGYPTthe land of mummies, pyramids and hieroglyphics.

    Home to that very ancient civilization where pharaohs reigned and where the dark mysterious Nile, the venerated river that formed the umbilical cord that tied the ancient Egyptians to their land, flowed. The land where the sun God Ra sailed across the heavens in his boat to create the day and the night for His people on land.

    In this land were built those famous tombs that the world knows as Pyramids. Massive structures that held inside them the bodies of the deceased pharaohs along with gold, jewellery, treasures, food and many other conveniences and effects to aid them along their journey to the afterlife.

    The pyramids, known as Mir by the ancient Egyptians, were royal tombs and were considered to be a place from where the spirit of the deceased pharaoh could ascend, and could, if it so chose, return to earth. To help the soul recognize its place, a life-sized statue of the king was placed in the pyramid. The very shape of the pyramid represented the rays of the sun and they were faced with highly polished, reflective limestone in order to give them a brilliant appearance.

    The Egyptians believed that the dark area of the night sky, where the stars danced, was actually a physical gateway into heaven. In the design of the pyramid, there is a narrow shaft that extends from the main burial chamber, through the entire body of the pyramid and points directly towards the stars. It was through this shaft that the spirit of the pharaoh travelled into the immense beyond, straight to the house of   God.


                                       THE GREAT PYRAMID OF GIZA Picture Credit HERE

      

            SCHEMATIC FLOOR PLAN OF A TYPICAL PYRAMID Picture Credit HERE


    WALLS OF THE PYRAMID DECORATED WITH HIEROGLYPHICS Picture Credit HERE 

    About the author: Amrita Kangle studied Building Design and Architecture at Sir J.J College of Architecture, Mumbai, India. She is the Founder of Amrita and Priyanka Associates, the Award Winning firm in Mumbai. She is a voracious reader and writer of enormously humorous writes on day-to-day life. She lives and works in Princeton, New Jersey, USA as a Realtor while her love affair with bricks and mortar continues to flourish. Check out on her website: http://amritakanglerealtor.com . You may also like to look her up on Facebook  Click HERE 

    Apart from being a Realtor, she obsesses on, first, her son, and then her husband . And food. The last two are interchangeable she says, depending on her mood.

    Also read her post on DOMES


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              MSNBC Contributor: Hillary Lost the Election in Part Because Obama is Black (VIDEO)   
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              Enter the Warriors Gate on Blu-Ray    

    When it comes to finding movies to add to our list to watch, we find that we enjoy seeking out a variety from various genres. I also find that aside from our movie nights, that our older kids also enjoy having a selection to watch at any time, especially when they have friends over or staying the night. So when we were sent the new movie, Enter the Warriors Gate on Blu-Ray to review, I was excited to check it out and add it to our movie collection.



    With this movie, you get a fantasy adventure, that includes some martial arts in the mix. Gamer, Jack finds a box, and when he opens it he is transported through a gateway. The gateway takes him to an ancient empire, where the people are being terrorized by a evil and very mean king. Jack finds that he can use the skills he has from his gaming to defeat this king while protecting the princess and trying to find a way to get back home. We found this movie to be a great, epic fantasy adventure to watch and add to our movie collection, and you can too when you head out to bring home your copy today!





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