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1971 War – Sam Manekshaw, Kim Yadav, Krishna Menon …

Posted on March 27, 2018. Filed under: From a Services Career, Personalities, Regimental |

A sordid Story which began when Gen Thimayya was Chief and Nehru’s blue eyed Defense Minister – VK Krishna Menon began to under cut and humiliate the Chief in order to pave the way for the rise of the Kashmiri ASC Gen BM Kaul – a distant cousin of the PM.

The Story starts when the Defense Minister visits Maj Gen Sam Manekshaw who was GOC 26 Div and tries to enlist him against his own Chief – Gen Thimayya. Sam of course refuses point blank and thereby begins to  dig his own grave.

This is the cause de terre for the enquiry which was initiated against Sam a year or so later when he was Commandant of the Staff College.

The principle witness against Sam in the enquiry against him was a close colleague and friend – then Col – later Brigadier – Kim Yadav who happened to be the the first CO of a very dear course mate and friend, who vouches his elan and professionalism. Kim was, indeed, an outstanding officer, who was for a while, ADC to Lord Louis Mountbatten.

Years later when Sam took over Western Command where Brig Kim Yadav  was Commanding a Brigade, Sam heard some officers in the Mess, in hushed tones belittling Brig Yadav. Turning to them he says, “Gentlemen, Brig Kim Yadav professionally is  head and shoulders above most of you – all he lacks is character”.

The late PKK Raju, a Rimcollian, was present with the FIFTH when it was part of Kim Yadav’s Brigade and used to narrate this exercise which most every one thought was to fix Kim. This seemed  more so Sam as Army Commander himself attended.

The brigade had performed pretty well and Sam went up for his Summing Up, most every one thought that Sam would now tear apart Kim. But Sam went to the podium, looked round and spoke just one sentence before he shook the Commanders’ hand. He had said was that were he himself commanding the brigade, he could not have done better!

And at the end of the 1971 war, Kim Yadav sent a telegram to Sam, ‘You seem to have won the war all by yourself – without any help from me! My Congratulations’.

Those were the Days and these were the Guys.

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Trump, Cambridge ‘Analytica’ and FB …

Posted on March 27, 2018. Filed under: American Thinkers |

From ‘Mother Jones’ –  “The phenomenon Donald Trump”

The Cruz campaign was still in the process of unwinding when Cambridge, following the lead of its investors, the Mercers, offered its services to the Trump campaign.

As Nix courted the Trump campaign, he came up with an idea to boost the GOP nominee-in-waiting — one that was more in line with the political dirty tricks he and his colleagues would later discuss with Channel 4’s undercover reporter.

WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange had recently told a British TV station that he had come into possession of internal emails belonging to senior Clinton campaign officials — the result of a cyberattack later revealed to be the work of Russian hackers.

Nix reached out to Assange via his speaking agency, seeking a meeting. Nix reportedly hoped to get access to the emails and help Assange share them with the public — that is, he wanted to weaponize the information. According to both Nix and Assange, the WikiLeaks founder passed on his offer.

Nevertheless, by late June Nix had landed a contract with the Trump team. At first, a handful of Cambridge employees set up shop in San Antonio, where Parscale was running Trump’s digital operation out of his marketing firm’s offices. But Matt Oczkowski, Cambridge’s head of product, was eventually put in charge of the San Antonio office after Parscale relocated to campaign headquarters in Trump Tower.

What exactly Cambridge Analytica did for Trump remains murky, though in the days after the election, Nix’s firm blasted out one press release after another touting the “integral” and “pivotal” role it played in Trump’s shocking upset.

Nix later told Channel 4’s undercover reporter that Cambridge deserved much of the credit for Trump’s win. “We did all the research, all the data, all the analytics, all the targeting. We ran all the digital campaign, the television campaign, and our data informed all the strategy,” he said.

Another Cambridge executive suggested the firm had delivered Trump victories in Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin — states crucial to his ultimate win. “When you think about the fact that Donald Trump lost the popular vote by 3 million votes but won the Electoral College vote, that’s down to the data and the research.”

Cambridge helped run an anti – Hillary Clinton online ad campaign for a Mercer-funded super-PAC that paid the company $1.2 million. The ads stated that Clinton “might be the first president to go to jail” and echoed conspiracy theories about her health.

But according to multiple Republican sources familiar with Cambridge’s work for Trump, the firm played at best a minor role in Trump’s victory. Parscale has said that $5 million of the $5.9 million the Trump campaign paid Cambridge was for a large TV ad buy.

During an interview with 60 Minutes last fall, Parscale dismissed the company’s psychographic methods: “I just don’t think it works.”

Trump’s secret strategy, he said, wasn’t secret at all: The campaign went all-in on Facebook, making full use of the platform’s advertising tools. “Donald Trump won,” Parscale said, “but I think Facebook was the method.”

Nix, however, seemed determined to capitalize on Trump’s victory. Cambridge opened a new office a few blocks from the White House, where Bannon would soon take on his new role as Trump’s chief political strategist. (Bannon retained his stake in the firm, valued between $1 million and $5 million, until April 2017, months after Trump took office.)

SCL, its UK-based affiliate, eventually relocated its global headquarters from London to Arlington, Virginia, and began chasing government work, quickly landing a $500,000 State Department contract to monitor the impact of foreign propaganda.

SCL briefly signed on Lt. General Michael Flynn as an adviser and later hired a former Flynn associate to run its DC office.

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Trump vs Stormy Daniels …

Posted on March 26, 2018. Filed under: American Thinkers, Personalities |

From The New Yorker –

A running gag in political journalism is that all the bombshells drop late on a Friday, by the time most reporters are done for the week and our public servants and institutions are expected to be done making news.

And sure enough, last week the Trump administration sent shockwaves through Washington with the late-Friday firing of Andrew McCabe, a former deputy of dismissed FBI director James Comey, mere days before he was set to enjoy what he calls his “long-planned, earned retirement.”

Planned or not, the upheaval that followed McCabe’s dismissal effectively buried what could soon become the most significant arbitration dispute in all of American history.

That same evening, Donald Trump — through Charles Harder, the lawyer best known for helping Peter Thiel put Gawker out of business — attached his name to a court filing that, for the first time, linked him to Stephanie Clifford – the woman, better known in the adult-film industry and now the world of politics as Stormy Daniels, was fighting for her right to be ungagged — to speak freely and publicly about an affair she had with Trump over a decade ago, while he and his third wife Melania were awaiting the birth of their son Barron.

But before Harder filed that document in federal court last week, Trump was nowhere to be seen. The White House had denied any sexual encounters ever happened, the president was uncharacteristically silent about Clifford on Twitter, and his other lawyer and perennial fixer, Michael Cohen, had repeatedly denied that his client had anything to do with her.

No more: “Mr. Trump intends to pursue his rights to the fullest extent permitted by law,” Harder wrote. By which he meant that Trump intended to seek enforcement of a non-disclosure agreement, to the tune of $20 million, that Cohen had made Clifford sign less than two weeks before the 2016 presidential election.

In exchange for her silence, Clifford accepted $130,000 from Cohen, who reportedly took out a home-equity loan to execute the payoff. Because who amongst us hasn’t done that at some point.

A cruel irony of this “hush agreement,” as Clifford put it in her own lawsuit seeking to free herself from it, is that it was signed on October 28, 2016 — the same day Comey, in a letter to Congress, may have cost Hillary Clinton the presidential election.

The volatility of that political moment lends credence to Clifford’s charge that Cohen, in concert with Trump and his campaign, “aggressively sought to silence Ms. Clifford as part of an effort to avoid her telling her truth, thus helping to ensure he won” the presidency, according to court papers her lawyer, Michael Avenatti, filed in a Los Angeles county court.

That opens up another front for the already legally beleaguered Trump: If there’s any truth to this coordination, and the Federal Election Commission substantiates it, the unreported hush money may have well violated campaign finance laws.

Cohen, for his part, has insisted that he just did this to help out a longtime client, benefactor, and friend. “People are mistaking this for a thing about the campaign,” Cohen told Vanity Fair this week. “What I did defensively for my personal client, and my friend, is what attorneys do for their high-profile clients. I would have done it in 2006. I would have done it in 2011. I truly care about him and the family — more than just as an employee and an attorney.”

But do friends really take out home-equity loans, create shell companies in Delaware, use fake names, and draw up legally dubious, if not wholly unenforceable, NDAs to force someone else’s silence? For all we know, Cohen could even lose his New York law license for engaging in such shady tactics.

The brilliance of Clifford’s legal and public-relations moves, including this Sunday’s long-awaited interview with Anderson Cooper on 60 Minutes, is that they outmaneuver Trump at every turn — which may explain his own reticence about the whole thing since the Wall Street Journal blew the lid off it in January.

In a wide-ranging article exploring the seven-year saga, there’s a fantastic quote attributed to Cohen, whom Clifford is accusing of breaching the hush agreement because he himself confirmed its existence to the press. “I didn’t fucking breach it!” Cohen is said to have yelled, according to the Journal, sounding every bit like any concerned friend would.

Clifford has got her share of friends, too. Men and women of good conscience are coming forward to her aid. In a crowdfunding page she set up to help offset her legal fees, nearly 9,000 people have pledged close to $286,000 to support her cause — what she deems a quest “to speak honestly and openly to the American people about my relationship with now President Donald Trump and the intimidation and tactics used against me.”

Perhaps to assuage concerned family men who may be worried her name may appear on their credit card statements, Clifford clarified that only the name of the crowdfunding site would appear: “There is no reference to Stormy Daniels or Stephanie Clifford.”

When all is said and done, Avenatti may even agree, if he hasn’t already, to do this pro bono. The media-friendly lawyer has become a celebrity of sorts since the scandal broke — late on Thursday, he teased his client’s upcoming cable appearance by tweeting out a mysterious image of a CD, as if to suggest that there’s documentary evidence of Trump’s tryst with Stormy.

“If a picture is worth a thousand words, how many words is this worth?????” Avenatti wrote on Trump’s favorite medium.

In a quick call with New York on Friday, Avenatti said Clifford’s 60 Minutes interview will help to dispel many misconceptions about the woman he represents. “I hope the American people will know a lot about my client,” he said. “How smart she is. How comfortable in her own skin she is. And how credible she is.”

Unable to bury the story any longer, Trump may even tune in himself.

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Equinoxes – All You Need to Know …

Posted on March 22, 2018. Filed under: Guide Posts |

https://news.nationalgeographic.com/2018/03/what-is-vernal-equinox-spring-sun-moon-earth-science/

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WWI – Final Stages …

Posted on March 21, 2018. Filed under: Personalities |

Victor Hansen –  a classicist and historian at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University, and the author of the soon-to-be released “The Second World Wars: How the First Global Conflict Was Fought and Won,” 

One hundred years ago this month, all hell broke loose in France. On March 21, 1918, the German army on the Western Front unleashed a series of massive attacks on the exhausted British and French armies.

German General Erich Ludendorff thought he could win World War I with one final blow. He planned to punch holes between the French and British armies. Then he would drive through their trenches to the English Channel, isolating and destroying the British army.

The Germans thought they had no choice but to gamble. The British naval blockade of Germany after three years had reduced Germany to near famine. More than 200,000 American reinforcement troops were arriving each month in France. (Nearly 2 million would land altogether.) American farms and factories were sending over huge shipments of food and munitions to the Allies.

Yet for a brief moment, the war had suddenly swung in Germany’s favor by March 1918. The German army had just knocked Russia and its new Bolshevik government out of the war. The victory on the Eastern Front freed up nearly 1 million German and Austrian soldiers, who were transferred west.

Germany had refined new rolling artillery barrages. Its dreaded “Stormtroopers” had mastered dispersed advances. The result was a brief window of advantage before the American juggernaut changed the war’s arithmetic.

The Spring Offensive almost worked. Within days, the British army had suffered some 50,000 casualties. Altogether, about a half-million French, British and American troops were killed or wounded during the entire offensive.

But within a month, the Germans were sputtering. They could get neither supplies nor reinforcements to the English Channel. Germany had greedily left 1 million soldiers behind in the east to occupy and annex huge sections of conquered Eastern Europe and western Russia.

The British and French had learned new ways of strategic retreat. By summer of 2018, the Germans were exhausted. In August, the Allies began their own (even bigger) offensive and finally crushed the retreating Germans, ending the war in November 1918.

What were the lessons of the failed German offensive?

The fortunes of war can change in days. In late March 1918, the Germans thought the war was won. Three months later, they knew it was lost. Often, the worst moments of war come right before the end, as the last-gasp battles of Waterloo, the Bulge and Okinawa remind us.

In 2016, an ascendant Islamic State bragged that it had formed a vast new Islamic caliphate. By the end of 2017, ISIS had been bombed to smithereens and routed.

Long-term strategy matters. Without a strategic vision, short-term tactical success means nothing. The advancing Germans had no real idea of what to do next — even if they reached the English Channel. There was never any chance that the British would quit. The British had survived worse at the earlier battles of the Somme and Passchendaele.

In our time, America has never quite determined its strategic aims in the nearly 17-year-old Afghan war. Is it to crush the Taliban? To build a democracy in Afghanistan? To rid the country of terrorist havens? To stop the opium trade? To make Afghanistan economically and militarily self-sufficient? To simply not lose? All that and more have been mentioned as American goals.

Alliances are critical. What did it matter that Germany had finally defeated Russia if at nearly the same time it had provoked an even stronger new enemy in America? The key to denuclearizing North Korea is creating a frontline partnership of Japan, South Korea, Taiwan and the U.S. — and to flip either China or Russia to our side to ensure that sanctions strangle Pyongyang.

War is decided as much by economics as by soldiers. Germany unleashed a lethal army against the Allies, but its soldiers did not even have enough food or munitions to sustain the offensive after a few weeks. Germany had neither the food nor the factory capacity to conduct war against the combined might of Britain, France and the United States. In many ways, 1918 Germany was like today’s Russia — formidable on the battlefield, but only for a short duration and without the economic ability to finish what it starts.

Leaders usually ignore history. A little more than 20 years after the Spring Offensive, Hitler’s Third Reich fought America, Britain, France and Russia; unleashed its armies in a two-front war in Europe; was blockaded; and lost another world war.

The final battles of World War I will have their 100 anniversaries this year. But the lessons of how Germany almost won and then suddenly lost are ageless.

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PM I – Grand Daddy of Self Help …

Posted on March 21, 2018. Filed under: Personal Magnetism |

We live in Deeds – Not Years; in Thoughts – Not Breadths; In Feelings – Not in figures on a Dial. We should count Time by Heart Throbs! Life is but a means to an End. That End? Beginning, Mean and End of All Things – GOD!

General

Magnetism is a resultant energy that is generated by Life itself. Its degree of power is directly dependent upon the amount of intelligent direction the Mind may give to the Body and all its Functions; or by following a Regime of Careful and Exact Conduct.

A person able to generate electricity by controlling Life’s forces within the Body is able to retain and use this power at will.

Magnetism is a quiet Fire of the Mind and Heart. It is the synonym of Control. Superiority – whoever controls himself when compared with one who is controlled by circumstance.

A high degree of Magnetism tenses the face and broadens the features.

The Rise and fall of the tides of Magnetism, are as frequent as the movements of the Ocean. Magnetism depends upon Moods and Feelings. Thought and will yield to influences of the day, power of circumstance and the Will of Others.

 Magnetism is more or less fleeting in weak characters. It is an essence, a quality; an endowment that comes and goes at Will and is held in one’s grasp either by accidental habits or by proper training, in which Mind and Heart play important parts

Magnetism is as old as Man. It is Universal. Indeed all beings, and even inanimate matter, is endowed with Magnetism. Interestingly the Magnetic influences are greatest at night or in the waning of the year.

Magnetism can be Positive or Negative, High or Low. All humanity is divided into two classes – the Hypnotic or Controlled, who are living in the Negative Hemisphere and the Strong or Controlling, who are living in the Positive Hemisphere.

 Down the ages the battles of Life have been won by those supercharged with Magnetism. Rank is invariably determined by the degree of Magnetism, and its judicious use.

Magnetism aims at emancipating you from the slavery of Influences of Others and your own faults. It is a double power – aggressive and protective, the best friend of man and woman and their best defense.

When sufficiently developed it aims to make you the equal of the greatest persons in individual power.  It perfects Brainpower. Apply the principles of Magnetism and develop a brilliant, tireless, powerful and resourceful intellect.

 Magnetism is produced and retained by prevention of physical, nervous and mental leakages and attainment of inescapable charms.

All Life is controlled by laws. Adoption or Rejection result in Harmony or Penalty. Poverty is the natural penalty of Indifference. The bad grows by itself. The good has to be cultivated. Life is a highway and all roads lead somewhere. A man who stands still is not living. He may exist but he is better off buried.

FACULTIES OF MAGNETISM are MENTAL & EMOTIONAL.                          

Thinking, planning, reasoning are mental. Feeling, hoping, wishing, loving, existing in harmony are controlled by Moods and Feelings.

A Person with Magnetism held in abeyance  is sensitive, susceptible, impressionable and easily affected by moods and conditions.

To remain powerful, you have to maintain Mastery over the Moods. Slavery to a Mood is the most exacting form of slavery. People with a high degree of Magnetism seem cold in nature and lacking in sympathy with the misfortunes of others while possessing an attractive personal power

The quickest way to build Magnetism is to remove its enemies and move dwelling to the Positive Hemisphere.

To move the dwelling into the Positive Hemisphere, you have to stop and analyze the nature of the influences (natural or emanating from someone or some place) that maybe getting the better of you. All persons are subject to the unintended and unconscious influence of others. This is Negative Mental Telepathy.

ENEMIES OF MAGNETISM

HYPNOTISM. Hypnotism puts to sleep the conscious Will and awakens a morbid condition of the subconscious faculty.

Hypnotism is a condition of painlessness established to release its prey from suffering (the bird looks at the glitter in the eye of the snake and is paralyzed and is content to die painlessly).

Self Hypnotism is mechanically produced through the optic nerveAll forms of monotony (eye strain, monotony of gaze, of voice, of physical and mental activity, resulting in lapse of mental activity) are harmful to the Mind and Personal Power.

 Lapse of Thought is a brief hypnotic condition; it occurs when mentally busy while engaged in routine activity. Forgetfulness is a lapse.

Doubting minds are rarely if ever affected by hypnotism.

All forms of monotony and morbid conditions help in hypnotizing. Hypnotic depressions are contagious – like yawning. The scale of control begins from slight and goes onto total control.

Prevention of Hypnotism.

Physical. Never lean out of physical poise. Carry the vital organs and chest high with the shoulders low or solidly down. Keep the jaws firmly together.

Nervous. Study Magnetism. Control temper and irritability. Practice by exposing yourself to disturbing causes. Do eye movements, tensing and stretching.

Mental. Acquire the ‘ I do not believe’ habit. Cultivate detachment and coolness.  Avoid surprise. ‘This too shall pass’ ‘God reigns and His Govt still lives’ 

IRITIBILITY.  It destroys Magnetism. Snapping at everything and everyone from dawn to dusk, fretting, fuming – giving way to irritation makes for the negative temperament.

You will say mean things, do acts of violence, act most unmanly and be unmagnetic. It comes like sneezing. It is the temper having a sneeze.     Recognize its approach and deflect it away.                                                   Habit of giving way to little things soon grinds out the exalted part of your character and leaves dross.

IRRITIBILTY SHOWS UNCONTROL IN THE MEANEST DEGREE.       Nothing needs more mastery than the temper.                                                     Lack of Magnetism causes irritability and results in the narrow, pinched and repulsive face.

CYNICISM                                                                                                               

This weakens mind and heart. If you cannot speak well of others, keep silent. Adverse criticism is negative. To mock others is to chaff at God. Every time you turn on the mud pipe you daub yourself. You cannot besmirch another without getting spattered. The reaction in your own mind is harmful. Do not cater to this scum of the heart. Disappoint its morbid greed by refusing to become a sewer through which any filth will flow. The reason for this is that most humans are defective – but that is no excuse.

 FLIPPANCY                                                                                                             

This is the most distasteful mood. It takes away the dignity of a person. It begins at home and is due to an unloosening of the restraints. It weakens the brain. Flippancy and morbid moroseness are the only off springs of an empty mind.                                       

UNSUCCESSFUL PEOPLE are full of disgust for everything and everybody. The fault is due to their impatience and incredulity, unless their laziness is also the cause.

When a little success makes a man arrogant, overbearing and independent of the views of others – his ability is never great enough nor his past triumphs brilliant enough to prevent the decadence of his power.

ENEMIES

LIVING HELL is confusion of the mental and nervous system. It is the first fruit of a lack of Poise.                                                                                       

BRAIN STORM. This is when a person is driven by hate, envy, suspicion and jealousy to engage in crime and murder.                                                    WORRY kills. A minute of Worry destroys a mine of Magnetism.                      PAIN weakens Magnetism. Few are those who look after their real well-being and take interest in themselves.                                                             STOMACH A weak stomach is the most potent thief of vitality. A man is what he eats. The stomach poisons the brain. Eyesight follows the stomach in everything.

Anything that weakens the nervous system, even if for a little while, must be turned down. Omit all rich foods and desserts. Ingest properly. No wolfish gulping down. Get up hungry from the table. The Stomach is the first of the Dark Appetites.

 INDIGESTION is the cause of irritation. Feed the mind by purpose and the brain by nutrition.

EXCESSES. Man has little control over himself. Then he goes about with pale features, sickly hue, and drawn and pinched lips – showing that his vitality and nerve centers have emptied themselves out. Excessive and pervasive sex is the second of the Dark Appetites.

WASTE OF TIME 

It is the greatest sin. To be constantly doing something, whether of mind or body is the greatest of all virtues. It is the employment of the little minutes, the spare grains of time –in every 24hrs there are more than a 100 small periods of time, of a minute or more, in which it is easy to let time wing its flight, never to return.

Waste of time is robbery of life. There should be a supreme goal in life but also many minor ones constantly being selected and attained. Nothing should be left to shifting moods. The man who would be most powerful, must be most active but quietest in outward mien.

GOSSIP AND GAPING. Self-explanatory. Also the micro leakages, which add up to a mountain of PLF. Total Self Mastery even when alone in the confines of your room and in your own company.

 COMMON PLACES. A Commonplace is anything ordinary in speech, method or manner. Eliminate these commonplaces. Socially never say or do anything that is not elevating. Commonplaces do not elevate a person. Animal instincts despise beauty.

 A WARNING –  A HIGH DEGREE OF MAGNETISM CREATES A DOUBLE LIFE. It is the possibility of being fascinated with the hypnotic idea. The test is that whereas the Magnetism allures a person upward, hypnotism draws a person downward.

In the Law of Life and Energy of the Soul, is the common fluctuation between the forces of attraction and repulsion, between good and evil. Hence the most moral of men are prone to commit the most heinous of crimes and vice versa.

 BEST CURE FOR THE ENEMIES OF MAGNETISM IS A BUOYANT TEMPERAMENT. 

Adopt a fixed temperament by adoption of fixed habits which should include methods of living. No man can have a better friend, a more staunch and abiding supporter than such a fixed temperament. Solicit the favor of sunshine and loving kindness and shower them wherever you go. It is the magnetic temperament.

LIFE IN THE POSITiVE HEMISPHERE – AN ACTIVE LIFE

No man or woman has achieved a great life’s work unless the wee small hours of the mornings have been employed. The earliest impulse of the day lives and breathes into a strong and pure life all through the hours till night. We are affected in the daytime by the first mood of the morning.

A magnetic person loves to be doing something. It is the most virile of all virtues. To arise in the morning ready and eager to live a full day through. To see as many books, as many persons – friends or not, as many transactions, as many activities as can be crowded into a single day. Do things that you dislike to do.

Do not shirk, dodge, evade, and put off. Do not avoid worthy duties of life. It is the part of wisdom to waste less time in cheap reading and cheaper gossip and to put more into self-improvement. Laziness is an enemy of Magnetism. An undeveloped nature is inactive.

Magnetism must be busy. A working mind adds something to individual power. Constant change and variation increase magnetic vitality. Activity is the right arm of strength and variety the constant refreshment of all our faculties. The faculties are best preserved by their constant use; but not overuse.

 MARGINS. Margins or never reaching the limits, are vital in each and everything.

AVOID too much rest, reclining, lounging, having someone else to do your work and errands. Much rest does injury to the faculties.

 MONEY. Respect it. Expenditure should always be less than ones income. Save for a rainy day. Never buy anything that you do not really need – no matter how cheap it might be.

REGIME. Follow a regime. A line of exact and careful conduct helps develops Power. Irregular living constantly subjects one to low vitality. Note the daily faults, which cause the vital power to slip away.

 EARNESTNESS 

To be sincere at all times is to be faithful to the trusts that have been reposed in you by nature and by GOD. Few are those who respect the powers with which they are endowed.

You are not true to yourself if you neglect your health, your mind, your body, your faculties and your essential being. The true man or woman looks upon the necessities of life as incidents only of existence – useful at maintaining the faculties at their best. He who has nothing beyond the care of the body is poor in the most abject sense of the term.

 Always Be in Earnest – in Great Things and Small. This virtue will stamp itself upon your thought and affect your daily habits. Others will see it and you will be believed in and your power over others will rapidly become recognized. IT PAYS.

Do not trifle with body, with mind, with health and with any facultyIn every deed, in every remark, in play, in sport, in love and in labor – in all things, be in Earnest.

This temperament of Earnestness will stand you in good stead in hours of discouragement and conflict. It is your friend. It is the buoyant temperament.

The one great quality of the masses is Flippancy; of the successful men and women – Earnestness. Nothing is in vain that is in earnest.

Want, Wish, Decide, Propose to Rise in Life – in Earnestness.

Magnetism demands that you make yourself believed in. It demands an active body. The purpose of the Mind should be sincere, honest, clear, definite and thorough.

We may become what we will but we must be in Earnest. For example, without a complete interest in what you are saying or doing, you cannot be in earnest. No lover can win the object of his adoration if his interest is dulled or weakened.

CHARMS                                                                                                     

Magnetism is built upon Thoughtfulness.  Aim at becoming attractive and thoughtful to the needs of others.

Care for Quality and Style. Develop gentleness, sweetness and kindness in the family circle. Be ever watchful of the needs of others. Anticipation is the Soul of Happiness. A wife likes attention. Neglect her and she will seek it elsewhere. There should be no fault finding in marriage.

No magnetic person corrects errors, mistakes or stupidity by scolding or offensive action. A member of a family can be easily cured of a fault by using intelligence or by assuming the same habit to depict its total foolishness.

 You cannot shut your eyes to the fact that you are in competition with all mankind and that others stand ready to push you to one side, once you no longer can hold your own. Personal Attainments are powers that defeat each in itself, some counter influence that seeks to put you down.

 Charms are embellishments of manner, of method, of thought and even of feeling that cannot fail to lend power and advantage to those that possess them. Charms and embellishments are necessary and enhance Magnetism or indeed, Magnetism is enhanced by every physical and mental charm.

Charms enforce evenness of action and freedom from friction. They make you appear cool and free from embarrassment. When charm is strong, brain is strong.

 POLITENESS

Politeness builds Magnetism. Sy and practice it as an art before the near and dear and before the high and low.

Sympathy is a Quality of the Heart. Politeness is a Quality of the Mind and Muscles. Talk to the least of your fellow humans as if you believed them worthy of your attention. Become skilled in the art of etiquette and polished in good breeding.

Polish is the fairest of all accomplishments. To become refined and polished, imagine that those whom you wish to impress the most are observing you. A man must absorb the ideal he has created, into his own nature and he or she must be the one person above all others who is desired by the ideal that has been created.

 In private and in front of others, want of careful conduct to yourself, is important. In marriage personal improvement – physical, mental and nervous – must continue. Whether alone or in company, take exacting care to behave and speak with the best culture. Diction should be free from coarseness and slang.

Private refinement enriches the character. Form the habit of observing yourself and note the faults that will lesson the respect others may have for you.

 GENERAL OBSERVATIONS

 Argument is very little employed in higher business. It is the personality of the man that counts. The General who wins his battles is nearly always reticent.

Thinking should precede speaking. There is mystery about a man or woman who does not have an opinion on every subject and who is not frothy and exuberant in words.

Do not open your mind on all occasions to everybody. It is commendable to keep your most private thoughts to yourself.

 Think, read, ponder Magnetism and all the great works of bygone ages. Shakespeare, the Bible, the Classics, Speeches. Reading may change the whole current of your life – inspiring and motivating you.

 Silence commands respect, impressing others with a weighty regard. Still waters run deep. Unsolicited opinions are cheap. The rare talker is always held in esteem. Reticence helps magnetic telepathy.

ENRICHING THE MIND

Talking aloud excites thought. Memorizing makes the brain strong, giving a new power to memory. Greater the number of quotations you imbibe and incorporate in your mind, richer will be the run of your thought.

 The Great Men and Women of the World, as far as is known, have been reciters in solitude, of the powerful extracts of great works. Mere reading of uplifting thoughts is beneficial.

 Mental wandering destroys Magnetism. Closing the mind injures it.

Expression and power go hand in hand. Vocabulary builds power. Add one new word to your vocabulary each day. The more words you can actually use with accuracy, the more control you will have over the thoughts and minds of others.

LIFE PHILOSOPHY

All geniuses and leading characters fill examples of plainness and gentleness in their lives.

 The great men and women of the world, as far as is known, have lived in their second self to themselves and in their outer self to others.

Place no value on the faults, which have dragged great men down.

Greatness lives in the lives of those who serve it. Absorb and be uplifted by the nobler thoughts of the world.

Cultivate solitude, biography, and fellowship of the Great.

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Maj Arya Writes to Mr Modi …

Posted on March 19, 2018. Filed under: Indian Thought, Personalities |

Sir,
What can a former junior army officer tell you that you don’t already know?  Absolutely nothing. But it is this very insignificance of mine that makes this letter different. I see dark clouds above and difficult times ahead. I seek your intervention. 
 
To our East, Xi Jinping has probably been crowned Emperor of China, even if they still call him President. They say that he will rule till he breathes, with all the power of the Party, Politburo and the PLA concentrated in his hands. This simply means a far more aggressive China led by a man who, in real terms, is not accountable to anyone.
 
While we are still figuring out how to respond, China’s encirclement of India is complete. From bases in South China Sea to the 99-year lease of the Hambantota Port, from PLA warships in Gwadar to the One Belt One Road (OBOR) initiative, we are hopelessly surrounded.
 
To our West, we are dealing with a rogue nuclear-armed army that actually owns a nation of 200 million luckless souls. This army is not accountable to anyone. In 1999, it launched an attack on Kargil, without so much as informing its own Prime Minister.
 
In 1965, it did not deem it necessary to inform its own sister services, the Pakistan Air force and Pakistan Navy that it had launched Operation Gibraltar and attacked India in Kashmir. 
 
Both the Pakistan Naval and Air Chiefs suspected something was wrong, but their worst fears came true when they heard Madam Noor Jehan singing patriotic songs on radio. That, in Pakistan, usually means war. Or a coup.
 
Pakistan will supposedly issue, though some say it already has, tens of millions of long-term visas to Chinese nationals to settle in Balochistan for the China Pakistan Economic Corridor projects. 
According to the Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FPCCI), by 2048 the majority population of Balochistan will be Chinese. 
 
Mandarin is already being taught to Pakistani children, not that they were learning anything useful earlier… and the Yuan will soon be legal tender in Pakistan.
 
Closer home, there is massive radicalization in Kashmir. From the pulpit of mosques to social media accounts, the Valley is turning Wahhabi with a fierceness not seen earlier. ISIS flags are waved at funerals and clashes.
 
 “Is ISIS really present in Kashmir?” a publisher asked me recently. “Islamic State is an idea, not a car dealership,” –  I tried to explain. There may or may not be physical manifestations of this vile idea, but to assume it does not exist just because you can’t see it, would be a gross miscalculation.
 
 If terrorists repose faith in an idea, it is real. Lets not look for overt signs. No one is going to put up neon boards in downtown Srinagar. Its in the speech in the mosque, the terrorist raising his index finger on video, the sign of “Tawheed” or oneness of God, the central monotheistic concept in Islam, it is in the flags draped over terrorists bodies in funerals. Seek, and you shall find.
 
 A good part of the battle for mind-space in Kashmir can be won if we have a narrative. Pakistan has a Kashmir narrative. Hurriyat has a Kashmir narrative. Terror organizations have a Kashmir narrative. All of them push their narrative everyday. And India, which has the most powerful Kashmir narrative based on the absolute truth, is reluctant to even tell its side of the story. 
 
So, in the absence of our truth, their lies flourish. Kunan Poshpora. 700,000 troops in Kashmir. Genocide. Disappearances. Mass rapes. Unknown graves. Braid chopping. Flying saucers. Its like Sydney Sheldon has started writing in Kashmiri.
 
 It is important that an urgent narrative around Kashmir is created and pushed. There are a lot of fence sitters in Kashmir. They overtly support the terrorists, but privately hate them. Such is the cost of living in Kashmir. We must give these fence sitters a story; a narrative so powerful and true that it blows away everything in its path. 
 
This narrative exists. It is structured around the truth of the UN Resolutions of Kashmir, the truth about the Hurriyat, the truth about the lavish lifestyles of those who scream “azaadi”. Shopping malls, private jets, luxury hotel stays, foreign holidays in Spain and Malaysia… while the hapless population is mired in misery, 
 
For the separatists, the blood of the Kashmiris is a credit card with no limit. Keep swiping. Keep killing. Many Kashmiris support the Hurriyat not because of love or respect, but because Kashmiris have a long history of supporting whoever they perceive as the victor. Kashmiris see Hurriyat winning against the Indian state. They don’t care to know or acknowledge that the Hurriyat exists because the Indian Constitution allows space for dissent. 
 
Had Hurriyat tried in Pakistan, a minuscule percentage of what it does in Kashmir, Geelani would have disappeared and the Mirwaiz would have been found under some culvert in a very small gunny sack.
 
In Kashmir there is a very fine, almost invisible, line between fear and respect. Some say there is no such line at all. We must understand these nuances.
 
Geelani and his cohorts are doing a very fine balancing act. They are indispensible to the Pakistanis and have, somehow, convinced the Indian government that they speak for the Kashmiri people.
 
That credibility must be damaged, not just by NIA raids but also in the heart of the Kashmiri people. This is not difficult to do; the Hurriyat’s credibility is based on falsehood. All we need is to be constant and consistent in cracking the mirror, with truth.
 
Now about our India. Your greatest initiative to push India to industrial superstardom, “Make In India” is sputtering to a halt.
 
And the people who are spiking it are your own bureaucrats. Not just the elite of the bureaucracy but the middle and lower level functionaries, too. The entire structure is rotten. They derive their power from stopping progress and denial of permission. They have created these rules and laws to buttress their arguments. Sir, if India has to progress, its bureaucracy must be cut to size.
 
Before asking countries to invest in India, we must take a step back and take the surgeon’s knife to India’s “babudom”. Let a committee for reforms in bureaucracy, be constituted; a group with wide ranging powers.
 
At the very top, we need technocrats. The miracle of the Delhi Metro happened because of E Sridharan. Had there been a senior bureaucrat in charge, the Delhi Metro would have gone the way of the Tejas LCA.
 
Our issue is not whether we have meritorious people at the top, or not. The issue is that we have wrong people at the top. And they decide sensitive policy, without having a day’s exposure to the practical aspects of the issue. We have a veritable galaxy of “Paper Tigers” running the administration of India. 
 
When we put the right people at the top, magic happens. ISRO is a miracle because, scientists lead it. The day a senior bureaucrat is appointed Chairman of ISRO; you will receive a beautiful presentation on why ISRO can no longer launch satellites.
 
 It is these very bureaucrats who are killing Make In India, especially in defence manufacturing. Permit me to submit the following –
 
Firstly, we must redefine the entire process for selection and purchase of any weapons system. Each item takes decades to order and then decades to reach the soldier. By that time, it is obsolete.
 
Sir, you must be aware that two-thirds of all Indian Army equipment is obsolete. Our artillery is 35 years old, simply because we did not order, manufacture or induct a single artillery gun for past 35 years.
 
Secondly, no one is going to invent any weapons system just for us. All weapons systems that we are importing are being used in some armed force of the world. It should not take more than five years to import even something as sophisticated as a fighter jet.
 
The Air Force knows what it wants. Let them know the budget. They will figure out what they want, test it and then make recommendations to the government. Ditto for other services. But importing is not Make In India, right?
 
Thirdly, execution is the key. Let us assume that Indian Army wants a new assault rifle. The army knows what it wants, because technical evaluation happens every day in the Indian Army. It’s not a one-time process for them.
 
Let them shortlist 5 rifles, globally. Let them test all of them simultaneously. Why should rifle trials take a decade? It’s a rifle…just a collection of metal moving parts.
 
In a few months, they should shortlist 3 rifles. Let the negotiations begin. Again, this must be completed in a stipulated time. The selected vendor should be partnered with an Indian company to start manufacturing in India. By the time factory starts production, 15% of rifles can be directly imported.
 
Yes, there has been a greater push for transparency. There should a similar push for speed.
 
 Sir, in the end, the key is not global weapons manufacturers making weapons in India. It is our investment in R&D. We must have an indigenous manufacturing base, which is the result of Indian minds and Indian sweat.
 
The sooner we shut down our Ordnance Factories, the better it would be for our manufacturing and also the lives of our soldiers. Overpricing and pathetic quality are their hallmarks. 
 
In fact, some of their products are so bad that Nepal refuses to take them for free. Yes, Sir. Nepal refused to induct the 5.56 mm INSAS rifle. The rifle is so bad that even if given free, it is too expensive a deal.
 
India is marching towards global super-power status. But we are like an athlete who runs with an iron ball chained to the feet. Everyone wants the athlete to run faster, but no one is looking at the iron ball.
 
That iron ball is India’s bureaucracy. Unless we hack away at that ball and chain, we will keep dragging out feet. We will keep losing.
 
 The day the top employee and decision maker of every government department is an experienced and qualified subject matter specialist who is duly empowered, things will improve. 
 
For you, it’s just a snap of your fingers, but for India it will change everything, just like appointing Sridharan changed the face of Indian urban mobility.
 
We have many Sridharans, impatient to give wings to their dreams of India, but held back by the ball and chain.
 
“Dreams float on an impatient wind. A wind that wants to create a new order. An order of strength and thundering of fire”
[3/17, 6:20 PM] Registrar: Dr. APJ Kalam, perhaps India’s greatest ever Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces wrote these lines. It is his dream that we must impatiently pursue, with vigor and renewed resolve.
 
Warm Respects & Regards
Major Gaurav Arya (Retd)
17th Battalion, The Kumaon Regiment
Indian Army
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Face Book – Data Leakage …

Posted on March 19, 2018. Filed under: Business, Personalities |

Facebook lost more than $35 billion of its value on Monday, Mar 19, after reports said that more than 50 million people had their personal data misappropriated by political consultancy Cambridge Analytica.

The firm used the Facebook trove, obtained without authorization, to build a software program to influence voters, including in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, according to the New York Times and Observer of London.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-facebook-cambridge-analytica-breaking/breakingviews-facebook-gives-members-one-more-reason-to-leave-idUSKBN1GW05H

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Paul Krugman on Indian Economy …

Posted on March 18, 2018. Filed under: Business, Personalities |

India made rapid economic progress during the last 30 years but Krugman warned lack of jobs and slowing manufacturing sector could derail the growth story of the world’s fastest growing economy.

“India achieved as much economic progress in the (last) 30 years as the Great Britain did in 150 years. It is a very rapid space of transformation….why does there still seem to be visible poverty in India?,” Krugman said.

“Lack of manufacturing could be a major hurdle as India doesn’t have the jobs,” he said.

Another concern for India is high economic inequality, amid rapid economic progress, resulting in uneven distribution of wealth, according to Krugman.

Terming India’s economic growth progress as “extraordinary”, the economist said the country has become (on purchasing power) the world’s largest economy overtaking Japan and while being behind the US and China, it is far bigger than any European country.

Attributing factors that played a role in the economic “progress”, Krugman said there was a dramatic change in India’s policy including liberalised policies taken in early 1990s.

“I am on the Centre-Left, but I do not think the government should have a heavy hand on economy. India used to have Licence Raj, where bureaucratic obstacles were immense and that has not gone away completely but enormously reduced. India has become a much easier place to do business that it was. The PM said India moved from 148 to 100 in the rankings. That is not a badge of distinction, but it is better than it was,” he observed.

He also touched upon the problem of corruption that the country has been facing. “There are issues of corruption. You cannot become Denmark with Chinese levels of corruption,” he added.

In July, last year, the economist had blamed the Modi government’s note-ban, hawkish monetary policy of RBI and a strong rupee for the tepid growth, saying the 6 per cent GDP expansion was “disappointing” for a country like India.

“Your 6 per cent growth is actually disappointing. You probably should be doing 8 or 9 per cent,” the economist said. Unlike the advanced economies, it is “conventional macroeconomic issues” which are afflicting India, he said.

On November 8, 2016, Prime Minister Narendra Modi took the nation by surprise abolishing Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 banknotes with stated objective to fight the scourge of black money.

However, withdrawing 86 per cent of the currency in circulation in a economy that was close to 98 per cent cash-driven, had its impact on growth, as seen in the official data released in May.

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Teenage Super Achievers …

Posted on March 17, 2018. Filed under: Searching for Success |

By Zaria Gorvett – Today’s Young are known for their mood swings, social media addiction and dubious fashion choices. But some like these teenagers break the mould.

A new generation of precocious youths is solving the problems of today with ambitious, ground-breaking tech. So in case you didn’t already feel like an underachiever, here’s our shortlist of four incredible teenagers already reshaping the world we live in.

Keiana Cavé, 18, New Orleans

Cavé’s journey of invention began with the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, which unfolded in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010. It led to the largest maritime slick in human history, consisting of 4.9 million barrels (210 million gallons, or 780,000 cubic metres) of oil in one of the most ecologically important bodies of water on the planet.

In the immediate aftermath, baby dolphins began dying at six times the usual rate, while fishermen and scientists reported “disturbing numbers” of deformed sea creatures including shrimp with missing eyes and eye sockets, and fish with oozing sores and lesions. Watching the news reports on TV, Cavé instantly felt that there must be some hidden environmental damage.

She decided to focus her attention on discovering what was really going on. The Deepwater Horizon accident caused horrendous damage to the ecosystem in the Gulf of Mexico. At 15, the teenager began studying what happens to oil when it’s left on the ocean’s surface and discovered that when it’s hit by UV rays from the Sun, it reacts to form chemicals that are carcinogenic.

Today she’s turned her work into two scientific papers and two patents, for chemical methods of detecting the carcinogens. She’s also launched a startup, Mare, which is working towards a way to disperse them so that they aren’t as damaging. Oh, and her research has just received $1.2m (£860,000) in funding.

Rifath Shaarook, 18, India

When Shaarook was a child, he’d spend hours staring through the lens of a telescope with his dad. Sadly Mohamed Farook, a local professor and scientist, passed away when his son was in primary school. But Shaarook’s passion for space lived on.

As a young teenager he joined Space Kidz India, an organisation dedicated to nurturing young people with a passion for technology. He formed a six-person team and dedicated the next four years to making a satellite, under the guidance of the organisation’s founder and director.

Every night, the teenagers would discuss their plans on video calls, often until 4:30 in the morning. Eventually they invented KalamSat: the lightest satellite in the world. At just 64g, it weighs about as much as a large battery.

It’s essentially a 3.8cm-wide cube made from 3D-printed plastic, reinforced with carbon fibres. It contains several different kinds of sensor, including those to measure temperature, magnetism, altitude and any strains on the structure as it hurtles through space.

It also has its own power source and a small computer, to turn on all the sensors at the right moment and store their data. The plan was to get KalamSat into sub-orbit, to test the performance of reinforced plastic in micro gravity.  Lightweight materials that can withstand the stresses of space travel are extremely useful, since it costs around $10,000 (£7,191) to launch a pound (450g) of any substance into space.

After reaching its destination, it would spend just 12 minutes collecting data, before falling back down to Earth and landing in the sea.

On 22 June 2017, the device was successfully launched at Nasa’s Wallops Island facility in Virginia – the very same spot that its namesake, famous rocket scientist and former president APJ Abdul Kalam, once visited over half a century earlier.

Hannah Herbst, 17, Florida

Herbst was inspired to invent at the age of 15 by her then-nine-year-old pen pal, who lives in Ethiopia and did not have access to lights. This is surprisingly common: there are 1.3 billion people alive today without electricity.

So this student came up with the Beacon (Bringing Electricity Access to Countries through Ocean Energy), which captures energy directly from ocean waves.

Herbst’s thinking was that populations tend to settle around bodies of water; about 40% of the world’s population lives within 100km (62 miles) of the coast and only 10% lives further than 10km (6.2 miles) away from a source of freshwater that you don’t have to dig for, such as a river or lake.

The technology consists of a hollow plastic tube, with a propeller at one end and a hydroelectric generator at the other. As tidal energy drives the propeller, it’s converted into use able energy by the generator.

After designing a prototype turbine as a computer model, Herbst 3D-printed a prototype which she tested in an intercoastal waterway. The Beacon can create electricity from almost any water source.

If the design were to be scaled up, Herbst has calculated that Beacon could charge three car batteries simultaneously in an hour. She suggests that the energy generated could be used to power water purification technologies, or blood centrifuges at hospitals in the developing world.

The invention won the Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge in 2015, among numerous other awards, and Herbst is currently studying for a degree in computer engineering while she completes high school.

Julian Rios Cantu, 18, Mexico

This inventor was just 13 years old when his mother was diagnosed with breast cancer. He watched in horror as the tumour swelled from the size of a grain of rice to a golf ball-sized lump in less than six months. She ended up losing both her breasts, though eventually she was cancer free.

Just a few years later, Cantu set out to protect others from the disease. Together with three friends, he formed the company Higia Technologies, which is developing a wearable device that may be able to detect the early signs.

The prototype EVA bra consists of sensors that can be attached to a normal bra, and may need to be worn for just one hour every week to work. The idea is to look for changes in skin temperature and elasticity, which are among many known signs of the disease.

After each use, data is sent to the company’s app, and artificial intelligence algorithms use it to calculate the person’s risk.

The EVA bra may need to be worn for only an hour a week. The device has already raised $20,000 (£14,300) of funding by winning the Global Student Entrepreneur Awards, but it still looks to be a long way off production.

It hasn’t yet gone through clinical trials and similar technologies have proved unreliable in the past. However, if the project succeeds, it could help save millions of lives. Nearly 1.7 million new cases of breast cancer were diagnosed in 2012 and the same year, it led to over half a million deaths.

For treatment to be successful, early detection is crucial.

Today’s teenage inventors are part of a long tradition. In fact, many of the world’s most prolific brains started young – coming up with television, telephones and trampolines, as well as braille, calculators, popsicles and ear muffs before they reached their 20th birthdays. 

So while it’s true that all four students are considerably more wide-eyed and fresh-faced than their adult colleagues, make no mistake – any one of them could be the next Thomas Edison or Elon Musk.

 

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