It All Depends On How You Define “Holocaust”

Did the Holocaust really happen? Did Adolf Hitler really murder six million Jews? Maybe the truth is that they all simply got on board a space ship to colonize other planets? Or maybe it is more likely that they all committed mass suicide and threw themselves into the ovens and gas chambers as part of a Zionist conspiracy against good old Uncle Adolf? These are the questions Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad set out to answer by gathering together what can only be described as characters that if they weren’t here on Earth would be sitting in the seats of Mos Eisley Spaceport. To call them a collection of “scum and villainy” however might even be an understatement considering that former Imperial Wizard of the KKK, David Duke was but only one of the attendees. Discussing whether or not the Holocaust happened is like questioning if the sun rose this morning. You can look up and you can see the sun just like you can look up and see the remnants of the Holocaust including those that are still alive and were scared by it bearing the tattooed numbers from the depravity. Not to mention that the vast graves and horrid collections of trinkets made from the skin and bones of murdered Jews would tell anyone with even the intelligence of a ripe tomato that “Yes Virginia, there really was a Holocaust.” At times President Ahmadinejad has tried to back track his statements saying that he is simply uncertain of, and not willing to believe, that so many were murdered by evil madmen. I guess it all depends on how...

Understanding Stress – Top 5 Stress Hot Buttons to Define Your Stress Quotient

When you define or become aware of what causes your stress. You can take back your control of your emotions and become more calm and relaxed. There are at least five hot buttons that will set off stress very quickly, understanding and removing them, will therefore enhance your life. Button 1- Busy work: Those tasks that are so mundane that a robot should be doing them. You consider them a waste of your time, but you have made them into an attitude hot button. Try delegating these tasks if you can. Also try doing the most important ones and put the rest on tomorrow’s list. Button 2- People watching over your shoulder: Working in a fish bowl environment is not any fun. I’d ignore the onlookers if you can. Do your best, the best way you can, take your time and staying focused will help you concentrate. Button 3-Being late for an appointment: Forgetting or arriving late for a meeting or appointment can be very embarrassing and does nothing for your credibility. Try setting your watch five minutes ahead, put an alarm and the appointment into your cell phone to remind you well in advance. Call ahead if you are being delayed. But think back did you really want to go to them appointment, perhaps that is way you forgot. Button 4- Your hungry and irritable: Everyone gets very stressed when their physical need for food is not met, our body tells us in many ways, you need to fuel up. Always, always have bottled water with you at all times. Carry a few healthy snack bars with you...

Requirements Gathering – Define Requirements Accurately

The requirements you capture must be stated in business terms, must be clearly stated, must be concise, and must be feasible. To ensure that requirements are clearly stated, you should have them proof read by someone external to the project (or at least someone not familiar with the requirements you’ve captured). Any questions raised by your proof reader should trigger a re-write of that requirement. Clean the language up until your proof reader understands the requirement. Requirements should address a business need. Requirements that can’t be translated into a benefit for the business should be questioned for validity. By benefiting the business I don’t necessarily mean generating new revenue (although this is never a bad thing), but benefits derived from software application are typically derived through cost savings, eliminating manual effort, or supporting new products. The requirement should address one of these areas. Requirements should be stated in terms that are verifiable. A requirement that states the need for a “fast” transaction provides little guidance to the business analyst who will translate the requirement into a technical feature, or the programmer who will code it. Make sure that all the requirements that are captured are testable: “the user should be able to recover their session after an error” isn’t good, “the user should be returned to the order input screen upon an error” is good (and testable). When a requirement speaks to how well the system performs, such the speed at which a transaction is performed, or the systems ability to process multiple transactions, the requirement should come with specific benchmarks. For example: “the transaction must complete in under...

How Do I Find Or Define My Life Purpose?

Someone I believe to be in her forties, shared that amid the busyness of her life, she’s trying to figure out what to do for the rest of her life (I suspect she really meant life purpose). I responded maybe she doesn’t need to figure out what to do for the rest of her life, just what she chooses to do with the next piece of it. This made me wonder at what age that question, the way she stated it, becomes the right one. I’ve experienced, and have heard from clients, the belief that whatever we do, it needs to be something others can label grand, special, or worthy of their admiration. (A life purpose should fulfill this requirement, shouldn’t it?) This energetic imprint is all around us, including most of the email announcements I’m signed up for. Question: What is the message ads (and email ads) bombard you with repeatedly, even if only implicitly? Answer: You have to be or do something Big. You have to become the next guru of something, make a gazillion dollars, and you’re only a success if you do this by . . . 5p.m. Tomorrow Evening! How’s this working for you so far? How does it feel? Is my intention here to motivate you towards mediocrity? Of course not. My intention is to motivate you to listen to Your Self, Your Truth. Maybe your truth is you do want to live big, bigger, biggest. Great. I hold that intention with you. However, if that path feels like a burden, like a heavy weight on your life, could it be it’s not...

Mesopotamia – Art and Artifacts Define the Cradle

Mesopotamia, long known as the cradle of civilization, the birth place of writing, occupies a special place in the history of man. But how do we know it was the birthplace? What did this first civilization look like and why is this place so special? The answer can be found in temple art where pictorial representations are mixed with a simple early language to tell us how that civilization worked, how it compared with modern times and how it became the forerunner or prototype for civilizations yet to come. Mesopotamia, approximately where modern Iraq is located, is not a country but a region. The word means “between two rivers”, defining a geographical region where water was the key to survival. The geographic area known as Mesopotamia was divided into four main states. Those states, Assyria to the north, Babylonia to the west, Akkad to the East and Sumer to the South all took turns holding political sway in the entire region.  To be more accurate “the cradle of civilization” was Sumer. The progress established by the Sumerians was carried on over the following thousand years by various regional powers, including the Assyrians and Babylonians. The hanging garden of Babylon became one of the wonders of the Ancient world. Writing was first to appear in the time of 3500-3000 BC. This is crucial to our understanding because the people of Sumer, known as Sumerians, displayed their writing proficiency on many things, including temple wall sculptures, statues and clay seals used to commemorate people and events. That one thing has been significant in furthering our understanding. The simple pictographic style of...
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