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Friday, 5 February 2016

Can a webdesigner help please?

I used to build my own websites but at 76 my memory is not so good.

I want to put my own html home page up in Firefox with links to about 40 websites I use regularly.

A skilled designer could get this wrapped up in five minutes.

Heading: white Helvetica wording on a black background panel. Wording: "Ampers' Websites",  in <h1> bold. Panel to stretch right across the page, about two inches above and below the wording

I need two columns so maybe tables is not the complete answer?

I'd like a subheading between collections of websites. <h4> bold. I like to group then along the lines of Banking, Shopping, Utilities etc.

Please populate two under a sub heading of sub1 in the left hand column and two under a Subheading of sub2 in the right hand column. About 10 point helvetica.

Underneath, a footer also white letters on a black background with the words "Ampers home page" in <h5> bold Helvetica. Panel to stretch right across the page, about an inch above and below the wording

If you can help me, please leave me a message in the private email form on the left.

If you know any Web designers, please pass this on.

Ampers


Thursday, 4 February 2016

How to eliminate someone in Gmail.

It's really very easy.

Click on the offending email.
Click on the More box, on the right, just under the Google search box.
  1. Click on “Filter messages like these” (one before the bottom of the list)
  2. Click on “Create filter from this search”, (bottom right). If it is a company and you don't want messages from anyone there, go to the From field at the top of the page, and remove the left hand part of the email address up to the @ sign.
  3. Click on “Delete it” (the 6th box down.
  4. If you want to delete all emails on your computer from this exercise, click on “Also apply filter to ? matching conversations”. (? will be the number of messages in Gmail).
  5. Now click on the blue box stating “Creat Filter”.
As I said, in a previous blog, if it is a company which you might want to deal with in the future but they won't stop emailing you, send them this message, preferably to the Sales and/or the Marketing Director.

Please remove me from your mailing list.


You may elect to ignore my request. However, I use an email program which allows me to delete all emails from a specific address (or domain) sight unseen. So your emails would disappear for ever if you choose to go down this route.

Also, there may be other consequences. I may want to deal with you in the future. But I would never see your reply and may end up dealing with a competitor.

Ampers.

Wednesday, 3 February 2016

The dangers of introducing National ID Identification Numbers

Ordering A Pizza - Soon
 
Operator: Thank you for calling Pizza Hut. May I have your... Customer: Hi, I'd like to order... Operator: May I have your NIDN first, sir?

Customer: My National ID Number, yeah, hold on, eh, it's 6102049998-45-54610.

Operator: Thank you, Mr Smith . I see you live at 1742 Meadowland Drive, and the phone number's 01494-232766. Your office number over at Lincoln Insurance is 020-7745 2302, and your cell number's 0799-662566. Which number are you calling from, sir?

Customer: Huh? I'm at home. Where did you get all this information?

Operator: We're wired into the system, sir.

Customer: (Sighs) Oh, well, I'd like to order a couple of your All-Meat Special pizzas...

Operator: I don't think that's a good idea, sir.

Customer: Whaddya mean?

Operator: Sir, your medical records indicate that you've got very high blood pressure and extremely high cholesterol. The NHS won't allow such an unhealthy choice.

Customer: What do you recommend, then?

Operator: You might try our low-fat Soybean Yogurt Pizza. I'm sure you'll like it.

Customer: What makes you think I'd like something like that?

Operator: Well, you checked out 'Gourmet Soybean Recipes' from your local library last week, sir. That's why I made the suggestion.

Customer: All right, all right. Give me two family sized ones, then... What's the damage?

Operator: That should be plenty for you.

Customer: What do you recommend, then? Operator: You might try our low-fat Soybean Yogurt Pizza. I'm sure you'll like it. Customer: What makes you think I'd like something like that? Operator: Well, you checked out 'Gourmet Soybean Recipes' from 

Customer: What do you recommend, then?

Operator: You might try our low-fat Soybean Yogurt Pizza. I'm sure you'll like it.

Customer: What makes you think I'd like something like that?

Operator: Well, you checked out 'Gourmet Soybean Recipes' from your local library last week, sir. That's why I made the suggestion.

Customer: All right, all right. Give me two family sized ones, then... What's the damage? 

Operator: That'll be enough for you, your wife and your four kids, sir. The 'damage,' as you put it, heh, heh, comes to £19.25.

Customer: Let me give you my credit card number.

Operator: I'm sorry sir, but I'm afraid you'll have to pay in cash. Your credit card balance is over it's limit.

Customer: I'll run over to the ATM and get some cash before your driver gets here.

Operator: That won't work either, sir. Your cheque account's overdrawn.

Customer: Never mind. Just send the pizzas. I'll have the cash ready. How long will it take?

Operator: We're running a little behind, sir. It'll be about 45 minutes, sir. If you're in a hurry, you might want to pick 'em up while you're out getting the cash, but carrying pizzas on a motorcycle can be a little awkward.

Customer: How the heck do you know I'm riding a bike?

Operator: It says here you're in arrears on your car payments, so your car got repossessed. But your Honda's paid up, so I just assumed that you'd be using it.

Customer: @#%/$@&?#!

Operator: I'd advise watching your language, sir. You've already got a July 2006 conviction for swearing at a policeman.

Customer: (Speechless)

Operator: Will there be anything else, sir?

Customer: No, nothing. oh, yeah, don't forget the two free bottles of Coke your ad says I get with the pizzas.

Operator: I'm sorry sir, but our ad's exclusionary clause prevents us from offering free soda to diabetics.

Can't get off a Commercial Mailing List?

Sometimes, one gets ignored when one asks to be removed from a mailing list. It's easy to totally delete them, but I find sending them this paragraph more useful, especially if I may want to do business with them in the future:



Statement
 Please remove me from your mailing list. You may elect to ignore my request. However, I use an email program which allows me to delete all emails from a specific address (or domain) sight unseen. So your emails would disappear for ever if you choose to go down this route. Also, there may be other consequences. I may want to deal with you in the future. But I would never see your reply and may end up dealing with a competitor.

Ampers.


Tuesday, 2 February 2016

Making your own salad dressing



My recipe makes a little over a litre of salad dressing, so my first tip is how to get the right size container to store it in.

1. Go to Tesco.
2. Buy their own brand aged whisky, about £25 in a 1.5 litre bottle.
3. Drink it.
4. Wash out the bottle.

Presuming it may take you a little time to drink it all, either start the process long in advance, or invite all your friends around for a drink.

This recipe presumes you have an electric blender holding a litre and a half or more, or a very strong right [stirring] hand.

3 tbsp Dijon Mustard
2 tbsp Tabasco
3 tbsp Worcester Sauce
1 tbsp Paprika
5 tbsp Balsamic Vinegar
3 tbsp Lemon Juice

1.0 cup Rapeseed Oil
1.5 cups Olive Oil
0.5 cup Honey
1.5 cups Cider Vinegar

1 tsp Salt
12 med Cloves of Garlic

Method

1. Grind or cut the garlic very finely.
2. Rub the salt into the mixture.
3. Add to the blender last so the salt can do its job.

4. Now pour everything into the blender/mixer, adding the garlic mixture last, and blend for at least a minute, preferably two if your blender isn't very fierce. If you are stirring by hand, use your imagination!!!

5. Grab the whisky bottle and a funnel and pour it in.

6. Make a salad.

Breathing for energy

Just completed a 30 day, 30 CD course: Anthony Robbins "Personal Power" ($199), mainly for my wife as I had previously attended his long weekend "Awaken the Giant Within" and already practice a lot of it.

I have to admit, it was the best £160 I have spent for a long time. I only wish it had been available back in 1955 when I came to England.

On his CD covering our ability to energise yourself, he told us about the 1-4-2 principle.

Our corpuscles in our blood stream need cleaning on a daily basis. This is done by the lymph in your blood stream but it needs your help to do the job efficiently.

The 1-4-2 principle is very simple but very effective, and the oxygen flows in and out of your blood stream rapidly and removes all the dirt and dead cells.

When you are out walking, but not in heavy traffic, try to do this, ten times, three times a day. Within a fortnight you will begin to see the change in your energy levels.

I am seventy-six, I get up just after my 6:30am alarm, and am busy throughout the day, and am often sorting out my computer problems until midnight. And no, I have never slept in the afternoon!

OK, assuming you want to at least give this a try for a couple of weeks (I have been doing it for years) here's what you do.

Breathe in for one count, hold your breathe for four counts, and breathe out for two counts. That's all there is to it. Well, nearly all!

It is ideal to do this when walking. Assuming you walk two paces a second, breathe in for two paces, hold your breath for eight paces, and breathe out for four paces. The secret is to breathe vigorously, and after holding your breath, breathe out equally vigorously.

I now breathe in for four paces, hold my breath for 16 paces, and breathe out for 8 paces. Still keeping to the 1-4-2 principle.

Ampers.

Monday, 1 February 2016

Moving from Microsoft Windows to Linux

Subtitle: Moving from expensive to totally free

Many years ago, I moved from Windows to Linux. Yes, it was a learning curve, but when I think of all the money I saved, it was very much worth it. I recently moved from my “flavour” of Linux to Linux Mint as I heard the way they set it up was to make it easier for Windows folk to make the move.

I have been running it for a week and have had one or two Windows users to look at it and they were amazed at the ease with which they found their way around.

Stage One
Most PCs come with Windows installed whether you want them or not. I objected to this and found a company in Bedford who ship hand built computers around the UK.

They have a foolproof method of allowing you to choose the inside parts. Once you choose the casing then, as you go along, only those items which will work with all the others you have previously chosen will appear on the screen. A list of your choices appear on the right of the screen with the total so far showing. So, if you find it too high, you can go back and choose less expensive options.

The company is called PowerC.

Stage two
Once I receive my new computer, usually within a couple of days, and delivered free with a two year warranty, I go to the Linux Mint website to download their version of the Linux operating system. If you have a new, or reasonably new computer, you will need the 64-bit version so ignore the 32-bit one as this is for computers many years old. This comes as an ISO file.

Burn this onto a blank DVD. “Burn” is the computer parlance and means “copy”.

Put this in your computer's DVD drive, turn off your computer and turn it on again. The Linux operating system should load up, if it doesn't, turn off your computer, and press F2 or Del half a second after you turn it on again. You should go into the xxx where you can get it to load CD/DVDs before the hard drive, exit and save. Turn off, then on again, and Linux should load up.

At this stage, it is not on your hard drive but still only on the DVD. But it will give you a chance of playing with it before making any decisions. But bear in mind that it is awfully slow as it is only on the DVD. If you decide you like it, don't load it at this stage, there are other things you have to do. Come out, and load Windows again.

Stage 3
Make a list on a piece of paper of what programs you use.
If you use Microsoft Office, there are office programs in Linux which will read and save to the Microsoft Office formats on Word, Spreadsheet and Powerpoint. Two spring to mind are LibreOffice and WPS Office. Both these also have Windows versions, so you can download them and test them.

If you use CoralDraw, then Inkscape is a good alternative. Scribus is an excellent desktop publishing program. The Gimp will do most of what Adobe Photoshop does, and Digikam handles photographs, (not quite the way as Adobe Lightroom though) but will do most of what it does.

Two things to mention here, 1, all these programs are free. 2, There are 74,200 free Linux programs in Linux Mint.

If you have any programs you really need, see if they have a linux program.

Google Is there a [NameOfProgram] version for Linux,
if not, Google Is there a Linux alternative for [NameOfProgram]. 

This should help most of the time.

Once you have carried out your research, comes the easiest part. Load up the Linux Mint DVD and click on the “set up” button. It's then all straight-forward. It is best to be on line to the internet and if loading on a notebook, have the mains lead plugged in. If you have a friend who uses Linux, ask him to help set it up so you have a separate partition for your data. If not, don't worry too much at this early stage. Better still, a six year old child will think it's a doddle, they're amazing!

Stage four
Once you have finished, remove your DVD (you'll be told when) and load up your new operating system. You should notice how much faster than Windows it takes to load up. At the bottom of your screen, on the left, you'll see a menu button, in the same place as in Windows. Click on it and a menu of all your preloaded software will show in folders. They can be removed if you don't need them, or added to if you want more. Click the second button down in the row on the far left; put your password in, and you will see all the 74,000 programs available to download.

Stage five
Finally, if you have Windows software which you can't do without, go to the CodeWeavers website where you can download a trial version which will run for 14 days. They offer this so you can test that your favourite Windows version works. Some do, some don't. For example, Microsoft Office 2010 works but 2013 doesn't. If you are happy and it works, the full software is only £38.00. The good thing is, if it doesn't, you've not paid anything

I keep an eye on the comments, so if you have any problems, leave a message there and I will try to help.

Ampers.

Wednesday, 27 January 2016

Tax Avoidance, who are the real culprits?

I'd like to make a few points about the Amazon controversy over their Corporate Tax avoidance. And, the present case of Google. First of all, there are two types of avoiding the paying of tax, whether Corporate or Personal.

Tax Avoidance
Tax Evasion.

Tax evasion is illegal and heaven help you if you evade tax and come to the notice of the Inland Revenue. Apart from a highly likely prison sentence (our government hates competition) they'll be on your back for the rest of your life.

On the other hand, tax avoidance is perfectly legal. The tax rule book, at 17,000 pages, is ridiculously long and, has to be by definition, a crock of gold for skilled accountants, who will easily find ways of lessening their clients tax bill. The reason it has grown so long is crass laziness on the part of the government to do anything about it. Amazon's duty to its shareholders, is to pay as little as possible . And remember, if you have a private pension, it will consist of shares from all Corporates, who hire top accountants to minimise their tax payments. And probably your State Pension as well, they aren't going to put it in a bank!

I won't even talk about the EU allowing large corporations to pick the best EU country to base their head office in for tax purposes. But, most of my readers know my thoughts on the EU!

By all means get hot under the collar about the tax avoidance, but channel your ire to the culprits, our lazy British MPs!

Whilst we are on the subject of Amazon, I must admit I am a prolific buyer there. So much, that I do get preferential treatment when I am not satisfied with the goods and want to send them back.

In addition, I pay the seventy odd pounds a year to be a member of Amazon Prime. I get free delivery, and the next day for all Amazon products. And mostly, third party sellers, if they know you are on Prime, tend to get their goods off to you to receive them the next day, two at the most.

Amazon give you a £1 discount off any Kindle Book or digital music for each time you elect for a slower delivery. I try to do this seventy odd times a year so I get the Prime for free. In addition, Amazon allow Prime customers to stream huge amounts of music, I presently can stream about a thousand songs or classical music pieces. In addition, I have the Amazon Fire gadget plugged into my TV and can stream hundreds of films and television episodes for free.

The one good thing is, by being so successful, Amazon have been responsible for many firms offering an Internet shopping service. Just Google the huge Selfridge store in Oxford Street, in London. You will see they do Internet shopping and even offer click and collect if you are local and want to save on carriage.

Amazon, like Google, are hated, especially by the left. They feel it is obscene to be so successful. But these companies started with nothing, with an idea, that the early directors pushed into highly successful companies. These people hate success. Personally, I say, good luck to them. I shall continue to use Google and buy from Amazon.

Ampers

Sunday, 24 January 2016

A powerful tool for the all the "Leave the EU" teams

Winston Churchill had some good ideas

Back in my younger days, I used this to make a sale.

The left hand column must always be totally blank. In the right hand column I would add all the benefits the prospect would get by buying my product. When I finished, I'd hand the A4 sheet to him and ask him to fill in, on the left, all the reasons why he shouldn't buy the product. Of course, when you do that, the brain freezes and he would be lucky to list two or three.

As a group leader for Leave.EU, I thought I'd use the same powerful tool to persuade people on the cusp or leaning towards staying in the EU to change their direction. 

Naturally, the died in the wool people who hate our country couldn't be pursuaded. 

So take an A4 sheet any sheet, use the back of a letter if you want. now add "Why we should stay" on the left half, and "Why we should leave" on the right.

Then write down all the reasons why we should leave on the right hand side, dovetail them to the other persons possible interests, in their home, or job if you know them well enough!

This way you might counter any possible arguments they may think of before they occur. 

Fill the right hand column, note that a certain amount of homework is necessary before you attempt this if you really want to succeed.

Here is a sample page, OK, I have already typed in the right hand column, you shouldn't. It has to be spontaneous, which is why you need to rephrase good arguments into short sharp sntences.

 

Have fun but remember, we have to win this battle.

Ampers.


Friday, 22 January 2016

The most intelligent man in all of Europe.

Oskar Freysinger, a member of the Swiss Parliament ...truth with passion that few politicians in most countries speak.  Maybe an awareness of what’s happening will dawn on both sides of parliament in all European countries, before it’s too late?

For me, the most concerning aspect of this clip, is that it was produced before the carefully coordinated New Years Eve violation of German women…..who knew….he did.

It is in German but with excellent En266glish subtitles.


Is there a single person, in our British parliament with his acumen and intelligence? This has to travel, before our referendum, far and wide

Ampers

Thursday, 7 January 2016

Two excellent apps for testing your router and mobile signals.

Just a short article, no real explanations, just how good I find these two apps are.

I have downloaded about twenty apps on Android on Wi-Fi. One by one I deleted them as not being "up to the mark".

The two I was left with were both written by Andreas Kraemer who, I presume, must be extremely knowledgeable, both about Wi-Fi and about programming - as the apps are both extremely informative, and work exceedingly well.

They are both PEGI 3 which one would expect (PEGI 3 indicates the app is suitable for all ages).

The more useful one for the non-technical is Network Signal Info. This has a user base of between one and five million users and is user rated at 4.3 out of five.

The second one, which is only very slightly useful for the non-technical, but probably more useful for the technically minded (although this is very subjective) is WiFi Overview 360. This has a user base of also between one and five million and is user rated at 4.1 out of five.

They both have Pro versions, but I can't remember what I paid for them as the price disappears once one pays for them. I'd be grateful if a non-user of these apps could post the cost of the pro versions in a comment below. The Pro versions have a higher user rated figures. 4.3 for the former and 4.4 for the latter.

Finally, I'd be surprised if these weren't in other app stores as well. Please comment below if they are in your app store.

Ampers

Some frightening information about the EU.


Once the EU have their own Army, Air Force and Navy, what we all think of their dictatorship will be nothing to what it will be then.

This can be only avoided, or at least put back for a decade or two, if we deny them our money. This is an ideal time with Germany and France having to deal with their huge immigration problems to be able to make up the financial loss themselves very easily.
In addition, once we pull back and leave, this might encourage other European countries to leave. Especially when the EU will demand money from them all to make up our shortfall.

So, by leaving the EU, we might escape a fully fledged EU dictatorship. By staying in, we will allow it to happen.

I was at Rodney's presentation in 2008, at the Houses of Parliament, it was in a Committee Room in the House of Lords. I came away in a daze.


Ampers.

Thursday, 31 December 2015

Honours, UKIP and the House of Lords.

I'm seeing, on Twitter, a general dissatisfaction that no gongs are being presented to UKIP personnel.

You have to understand David Cameron. Apart from being a vindictive and mean spirited person, he has acknowledged by his bad language in calling UKIP names, that he is very concerned that they have the power to disrupt his plans.

However, from my point of view, the last thing I want is to see any UKIP member in the House of Lords under its present format.

In a democracy, I suppose it should be an elected house. Certainly not one of political patronage.

My own feelings on the matter are not generally shared. The basic difference between the present Lords, and the Hereditary Lords is as follows. Five years is a long time for Life Peers (between Governments). However, Hereditary Lords who worked on the basis that a generation was short term and a hundred years or more was considered long term.

No such peer looked upon his ancestral home as being his; he thought of it as being in his trust for the next generation. This is why they were always looking towards the long term future.

These are the people who should be examining government laws, looking for the longer term. Hastily conceived laws were examined and sent back with observations until the law was well written and would achieve what the government were aiming it to achieve.

Let's face it, since the Hereditary Peers were sacked, the Government seem to be getting into more of a mess each year.

Happy New Year!

Ampers

Friday, 18 December 2015

Astrology, fact or fiction?


Thirty years ago I bought a programmable calculator, and wrote a few penny ante programs for it. A friend said, come to our astrology meetings and learn how to build a program to work out all the star positions at the time and place of birth.

I just laughed, and looked condescendingly at him.

“There's seven women to every man at the meetings.” My friend added.

The next Monday I attended the meeting, and got hooked. I also became interested in Astrology!

To cut a long story short, I took a two year correspondence course and became quite adept at reading people. I was also hated as, at parties, all the women flocked around me to ask me about themselves, and left the men supping beer, fuming, in the background.

But do I believe in it? This is a difficult question to answer with a simple yes or no.



First of all, they (astrologers) make the subject too complex and get lost in the mire. I have to believe astrology can work, I was right too much of the time, and sometimes could guess within two hours what time of the day a person was born, just knowing their sun sign.

Also, astrologers divide the chart into twelve houses. There are as many different ways of choosing the degrees of each house. To me this indicates none of them are correct, so I never used house systems, nor midpoints, nor so many other bits which I thought were irrelevant.

Then there are sun-sign columns in the newspapers, anybody who thinks you can lump all the peoples of the world into twelve divisions must be absolutely mad.

An astrologer looks at the signs, most them look at the houses, then all look at the angles between sun. moon, venus, mars, jupiter, saturn, uranus, neptune and pluto, some use other less relevant additions. By doing this, they find Grand Trines, T-Squares, Trines, Squares, Septiles etc.

So you see, it can be complicated enough without any more additions. And, you then are dividing the peoples of the world into thousands of divisions.

Then comes the crunch, you have to learn how to look at all this and synthesise att these items into a report on the subject you are investigating.

Once you have done this, you progress the birth chart so many years till the age of your client. That is supposed to give you an idea of what his life will be that year, then there are transits, where the planets are at any given moment of time. These two items I dropped as well.

Carl Gustav Jung had the right idea, he allowed his councillors to use astrology prior to the first meeting of the client, but only to guide his questions, and never to resort to the chart after that. This resulted in obtaining two or three sessions of information all in the first session.

So to sum up, the real problem with astrology are astrologers.

Ampers


PS
I am a life member of the Astrology Association, but after this, I may be ex-communicated!

Monday, 14 December 2015

Saint or Sinner - you decide

Reviled, hated, spat on, but important enough to be invited to the Oxford Union.

My question is simple, watch this hour long video and comment below on whether you think he is a saint or sinner. A one word comment will suffice, unless you feel you'd like to say more.


Ampers

Sunday, 13 December 2015

Sending Christmas Cards, the 21st century way.


Christmas cards

The Taylor Family make our own cards, and send them electronically, by email. People then print them out on A4 paper, fold them twice, and put them on their mantelpiece. So much better than these musical cards which you can't display.

The question I am often asked is, do you get people objecting? The answer is no as I add at the back of the card that I round up the savings on cards, envelopes and postage to £200 and send it to www.bhcc.org.za a worthwhile charity in Johannesburg where the twenty ladies who run it take no salary and pay their own expenses – so all my money goes to the sharp end.

To do the job successfully, you need a desktop publishing program. I use Scribus on Linux, but the good news is, they now also offer their Opensource edition for Windows and Apple OX. And, it's totally free. Many desktop programs cost hundred's of pounds, and this does it all.

I include a note in my email to people as such:

Greetings from Finchley.

We don't really like those musical Christmas Cards as the whole nice thing about cards is one can stand them on a mantelpiece.

This is why we developed our email card in a pdf which you can print out and put on your mantelpiece – just fold it twice.

We save a considerable amount in postage and cards, so we round this up to £200 and send it to a very needy charity in Johannesburg . We particularly like this charity which is run by 20 wives of doctors, lawyers and bankers, who not only don't take a penny in salary, but they pay their own expenses. The Charity is www.bhcc.org.za – do take a look, they do a wonderful job.

After folding, a pair of kitchen scissors could be used to trim the edges.

Andrew & Pam Taylor

We also desktop publish a one page A4 newsletter about all that has happened to us throughout the year to relative and friends we don't see very often. Since we started this, many of our friends have copied the newsletter idea so I thought it would be useful to include this feature here.

There are a lot of Chrismassy pictures on the Internet, and most people won't mind if you use these for your personal Christmas cards.

I have included a picture of our latest card to give you some ideas.


Incidentally, we have separate home phones as our number rings both on our home phone, and on our mobile simultaneously, this is very convenient.

Ampers.

I think this sums up the Muslim problem.

AN AMERICAN AIRLINES PILOT SPEAKS HIS MIND
No name calling, no hatred, no political agenda.

This pilot hit the nail right on the head in his open letter.

A newspaper stated that a Muslim doctor is saying we are profiling him because he has been checked three times while getting on an aeroplane. The following is a letter from a pilot. This well - spoken man, who is a pilot with American Airlines, says what is in his heart, beautifully.

By Captain John Maniscalco, American Airlines Pilot

I've been trying to say this since 911, but you worry me. I wish you didn't. I wish when I walked down the streets of this country that I love, that your colour and culture still blended with the beautiful human landscape we enjoy in this country. But you don't blend in any more. I notice you, and it worries me.

I notice you because I can't help it any more. People from your homelands, professing to be Muslims, have been attacking and killing my fellow citizens and our friends for more than 20 years now. I don't fully understand their grievances and hate, but I know that nothing can justify the inhumanity of their attacks.

On September 11, ARAB-MUSLIMS hijacked four jet-liners in my country. They cut the throats of women in front of children and brutally stabbed to death others, hacking their necks, over and over, with box cutters. They took control of those planes and crashed them into buildings, killing thousands of proud fathers, loving sons, wise grandparents, elegant daughters, best friends, favourite coaches, fearless public servants, and children's mothers.

The Palestinians celebrated, the Iraqis were overjoyed as was most of the Arab world. So, I notice you now. I don't want to be worried. I don't want to be consumed by the same rage, hate and prejudice that has destroyed the soul of these terrorists. But I need your help. As a rational American, trying to protect my country and family in an irrational and unsafe world, I must know how to tell the difference between you, and the Arab/Muslim terrorist.

How do I differentiate between the true Arab/Muslim Americans and the Arab/Muslim terrorists in our communities who are attending our schools, enjoying our parks, and living in OUR communities under the protection of OUR constitution, while they plot the next attack that will slaughter MORE of the same good neighbours and children?

The events of September 11 changed the answer.. It is not MY responsibility to determine which of you embraces our great country, with ALL of its religions, with ALL of its different citizens, with all of its faults. It is time for every Arab/Muslim in this country to determine it for me.

I want to know, I DEMAND to know and I have a right to know, whether or not you love America ...... Do you pledge allegiance to its flag? Do you proudly display it in front of your house, or on your car? Do you pray in your many daily prayers that Allah will bless this nation; that He will protect it and let it prosper? Or do you pray that Allah will destroy it in one of your Jihads? Are you thankful for the freedom that this nation affords? A freedom that was paid for by the blood of hundreds of thousands of patriots, who have through our history, given their lives for this country? Are you willing to preserve this freedom by also paying the ultimate sacrifice? Do you love America?? If this is your commitment, then I need YOU to start letting ME know about it.

Your Muslim leaders in this nation should be flooding the media at this time with hard facts on your faith, and what hard actions YOU are taking as a community and as a religion to protect the United States of America. Please, no more benign overtures of regret for the death of the innocent, because I worry about who you regard as innocent.... No more benign overtures of condemnation for the unprovoked attacks, because I worry about what is unprovoked to you. I am not interested in any more sympathy; I am interested only in action. What will you do for America - our great country - at this time of continuing crisis, at this time of war?

I want to see Arab-Muslims waving the AMERICAN flag in the streets.. I want to hear you chanting 'Allah Bless America'. I want to see young Arab/Muslim men enlisting in the military. I want to see a commitment of money, time and emotion to the victims of this butchering and to our returning wounded and to this nation as a whole.

The FBI has had a long list of people they’ve wanted to interact with regarding the threats that they believe to be ongoing. Many of these people live and socialize right now in Muslim communities. You know them. You know where they are. Give the FBI a heads up as to where they may be. Better yet, hand them over to us, NOW! But I have seen little even approaching this sort of action. Instead I have seen an already closed and secretive community close even tighter. You have disappeared from the streets. You have posted armed security guards at your facilities. You have threatened lawsuits. You have screamed for protection from reprisals.

The very few Arab/Muslim representatives, like CARE, that HAVE appeared in the media were defensive and equivocating. They seemed more concerned with making sure that the United States apologize and take responsibility for actions defending our own people. They seemed more concerned with protecting their fellow Muslims from violence directed towards them in the United States and abroad than they did with supporting our country and denouncing 'leaders' like the late Khadafy, the late Hussein, Farrakhan, and the late Arafat.

If the true teachings of Islam proclaim tolerance and peace and love for all people, then I want chapter and verse from the Koran and statements from popular Muslim leaders to back it up. What good is it if the teachings in the Koran are good, pure, and true, when your 'leaders' ARE teaching fanatical interpretations, terrorism, and intolerance? It matters little how good Islam SHOULD BE if huge numbers of the world's Muslims interpret the teachings of Mohammed incorrectly and adhere to a degenerative form of the religion.
  • A form that has been demonstrated to us over and over again.
  • A form whose structure is built upon a foundation of violence, death, and suicide.
  • A form whose members are recruited from the prisons around the world.
  • A form whose members (some as young as five years old) are seen day after day, week in and week out, year after year, marching in the streets around the world, burning effigies of our presidents, burning the American flag, shooting weapons into the air. A form whose members convert from a peaceful religion, only to take up arms against the great United States of America, the country of their birth.
  • A form whose rules are so twisted, that their traveling members refuse to show their faces at airport security checkpoints, in the name of Islam.
We will NEVER allow the attacks of September 11, or any others for that matter, to take away that which is so precious to us -- our rights under the greatest constitution in the world. I want to know where every Arab Muslim in this country stands and I think it is my right and the right of every true citizen of this country to DEMAND it. A right paid for by the blood of thousands of my brothers and sisters who died protecting the very constitution that is protecting you and your family.
I am pleading with you to let me know. I want you here as my brother, my neighbour, my friend, as a fellow American...... But there can be no grey areas or ambivalence regarding your allegiance, and it is up to YOU, to show ME, where YOU stand. Until then, "YOU WORRY ME!"

CANADIAN COMMENTS:

We Canadians totally agree with this sentiment. I hope you will forget all about the 'political correctness' mandate we've had rammed down our throats by so many on the left, and see if this doesn't ring true in your heart and mind. For Canada, with all the multiculturalism we've been told is so important.... why should we not, as Canadians, expect that the millions of new people immigrating to our country will show their love for our country, their allegiance to our country, their willingness to obey the laws of our country, and acceptance that we are a Christian country? Just because they are able to enjoy exercising their own religion, they should NOT expect us to be ashamed of ours. They knew Canada was a Christian country when they came here. Why are we erasing Christianity because immigrants who are unwilling to adopt our way of life expect us to? There is just too much insanity in the world, and we have to start taking a stand. I hope you will forward this, so that others will feel they are not alone if they are starting to feel the same.

BRITISH COMMENTS:

At last a clear non - racist example of the concerns that the vast majority of our Nations population probably share. The pilot's letter encapsulates all that is fair and just about national pride and protection of one's national culture. I fear it may be too late here in UK, BUT we too want our country back in the form that attracted all these different cultures to come here in the first place!! In all our conversations with a wide range of friends and acquaintances we have not met one that disagrees with our own views. If only we all had the courage of our convictions to pass this on, it is a statement that should be accepted as the heart-felt feelings of someone with honest commendable national pride.
Not all Muslims are terrorists but all terrorists to date have been Muslims. Stand up and be counted!

AUSTRALIAN COMMENT : 
 
Best email I have had in years it needs to be in every paper every day until we get some answers.

This is too good to just read and delete let’s saturate the the free world with this one! Send it!

Sunday, 6 December 2015

It's Christmas, every day in Africa, thanks to David Cameron

Here, in a short film, is a lesson in giving to your favourite charity.



It took me two years of heavy research to find www.bhcc.org.za - a charity where every penny goes to the sharp end. The twenty women, wives of doctors, lawyers and bankers, don't take any salary whatsoever and, in addition, pay every penny of their own expenses.

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Sunday, 29 November 2015

Latest TTIP leak shows systemic threat to software freedom

On March 25th, 2015, Wikileaks released a leaked chapter of the ongoing Trans-Pacific Partnership (TTIP) negotiations, the multinational trade agreement that is being developed through a series of secret negotiations and aims to create a host of new restrictions. We here at the FSF have been fighting against TTIP for years, as it represents the threat of a world dominated by DRM, software patents, and perpetual copyright.

The latest leaked chapter on investments lays out changes to a system of supra-national courts known extra judicial investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) tribunals. For years, these courts have enabled large companies to sue democratically-elected governments over policies that these corporations oppose. For example, Big Tobacco has used the system to block or obstruct health laws intended to reduce smoking in countries around the world. [They'll soon be able to do this in Britain.]

While all of this is bad news in general, one provision in the leaked document presents a particular threat to software freedom. Holders of copyright, patent, and other proprietary interests are now included in the definition of "investor." Given the destructive nature of these provisions, the fact that proprietary developers could use them to interfere with local government protections of users' rights is cause for alarm.

Source: https://www.fsf.org/blogs/licensing/latest-tpp-leak-shows-systemic-threat-to-software-freedom

Submitted to Full Circle Magazine by: Arnfried Walbrecht

Sunday, 22 November 2015

An interesting story of an Imam (Muslim Priest) who converted to Christianity.

As a Deist, I do not believe in any religion organised to take money from their poor subjects, who are worth billions, nor religious ruled by killings and beheadings, I tolerate the gentler religions, but do not accept them. I call myself an atheist, more out of not having to explain further. But I am a Deist, in that, through observing nature, I feel there is a stonger power somewhere, stronger than anything we have observed on our planet.

The following video is about a young Muslim Imam, who converted to Christianity. This is a brave thing to do, as I am sure all my readers instinctively know, this is a death sentence for the Muslim converting. In fact his father tried to kill him before having a heart attack and falling on the knife he was going to kill his son with.

I wish him well, although in my eyes, he has just moved from one fabrication to another, albeit a gentler one which has moved with the times.

Enjoy.


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