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War-torn ME Vibrations
U.S. Combat Officer briefing a combat battalion: "In answer to your question:
'Who is the enemy out there in the dessert?' ... Anything that throws a stone
at you. Aim, fire and find out who it was later".
 
A Militant adviser in the ISIS: "Capture all Americans in the area. News reporters
and Hollywood movie stars preferred. We chop off their heads for effective exhib-
ition and advertising in the U.S.A."
 
A U.S. Commander briefing fighter and bomber pilots of a Strike Force in the Middle
East: " ... just be damned sure you strike the target accurately and precisely.
We cannot afford to miss ... even if the target is a pile of junks. It's not your fault."
 
Lt. Cmmdr. of a U.S. Air Relief & Rescue Detachment to his pilots in the Middle East:
"None of us has the means and capability to detect rebel elements among the
refugees you carry in your relief missions. If your aircraft lands in one piece, then
we'll know there was no rebel onboard your plane."
 
 
11Sep2014rbm111743
Mind-Thrillers
Flight Simulation - FOR ANYONE INTERESTED!
 
It is one of the many mind-thrilling softwares available in the market.
 
The first software (WWII Pacific Theater) which I purchased and tried
was as early as 2001. I was new to computers then and to my knowledge,
a computer, as I had studied and known it, was not for games. I decided
not to spend more money on accessories and returned the purchase for
refund.
 
I learned a lot about computers since then. My mind and knowledge have
broadened about what PC systems are capable of and now my mind is thrilled
by flight simulators - the softwares that I thought would harm and/or damage
PC's when I was a computer novice.
 
Flight simulation can have you immersed - learner and expert level alike -
hours just pass by and there seems to be not enough in a day. I think I will
never get tired of it in the years ahead.
 
Two flight simulators keep me busy.
 
The first Flight Simulator is one in which I can pilot model aircrafts from the
outside: Take off, fly inconceivable paths (cruise, fly-by, aerobatics, dead
zoom, etc., etc.) and then finally gently land the aircraft on the runway.
The aircraft models as well as most of the amazing scenarios (airports, airfields,
etc.) are pictorial, not graphics, which make them very realistic indeed. Except
for a very few "jerky frames" in a few scenarios, the software is indeed superb.
 
The second Flight Simulator, built by Microsoft, that I purchased recently, is one
in which I can fly the aircraft inside the cockpit. The aircraft can also be controlled
and monitored from the outside but only in 2-dimensions, meaning the aircraft does
not fly in random flight paths (you don't see the aircraft fly around). It is also
amazing but not as realistic as that for aircraft models. The scenarios (airports,
airfields, sceneries below, including the aircrafts) are not pictorial - only graphics,
so realism has been sacrificed.
 
This Microsoft Simulator is not uncommon (available in supermarkets since 2007).
Nevertheless, I am amazed and get immersed in it. Looking down from the cockpit
window, sceneries below are especially very impressive and the flight lasts over
real time (hours) from take off to landing. However, I am skeptical: Landing any
aircraft on any runway is impossible. Approach is impossible. The aircraft does not
fly straight but bobs up and down, veers and meanders in drunken directions -
worse than breaking a Bronco! Finally the aircraft stops on anything but the runway!
If aircrafts fly like this, there would be crashes every minute around the globe and
no one would dare pilot any aircraft. Microsoft must have put everything they had,
most specifically coding programs, in this mind-thrilling software ... FOR ENJOYMENT!
 
P.S.
Correction:
The fantastic landscapes and sceneries viewed from the cockpit are too numerous
and detailed to be anything else but pictorial and computer enhancement.  The
views are very much as though you were really in the cockpit flying. Incredibly
amazing how this was done!
 
 
22Aug2014rbm111743
 
 
 
Odd As It Seems
IN NORTHERN SYRIA
Two women were stoned to death for adultery in two separate
occasions and public places in Northern Syria, very recently.
The stoning was done by jihadi fighters, members of the Islamic
State group, after a cleric had read the verdict over loud speakers.
It was supposed to have been an execution by the public but local
residents refused to take part. The jihadi fighters were Saudis
and Tunisians.
 
Although the first of its kind in these swaths of land in Northern 
Iraq seized by the Islamic State group, the stoning, beheading
and cutting off the hands of thieves and burglars, scorching under
the summer sun while tied to a cross or post, as well as other
deadly brutal punishments have been, and now being perpetrated
on helpless inhabitants by the militants. This group claims such 
punishments are in accordance with ancient Islamic laws.
 
IN IRAQ
Two U.S. F/A-18 jet fighters dropped 500-lb bombs Friday,
09Aug2014 on insurgent artillery and the truck towing it near
the city of Erbil, near the Syrian border North of Baghdad.
The missions were to counter the advance of militants belonging
to the ISIS to protect American civilians and interests in the city.
T here are rumors, however, that the targets bombed by the jet
fighters were junks from the previous Iraq wars.
 
Meanwhile on top of the Sinjar mountains in Iraq, tons of food
and water were air-dropped from one C-17 and two C-130 cargo
planes by the U.S. Military escorted by two F/A-18 jet fighters
from the USS George W. Bush.
 
The airdrop was for the tens of thousands of Iraqi religious minorities 
stranded in the mountains in Northern Iraq surrounded by militants. 
The Islamic State group had issued ultimatum to about 40,000 Yazidis,
(ethnic Kurds who follow the ancient religion of Zoroastrianism) to be
converted to Islam, pay fine, flee their homes or face death.
 
More air-drop and strike missions as necessary are being contemplated
at the request of the Iraqi government.
 
Nothing but politics? If Obama were preparing for re-election, I would
say it is. But no, Obama has only about two and a half years more
in the White House. His interests would be in business rather than 
deliberately bear the brunt of war on his shoulders for re-election
purposes.
 
It has been 10 years since the U.S. Military has seen war missions
and combats. Time, inventions and technology, businesses and
populations have changed. It is time for wars once more.
 
IN THE WHITE HOUSE
A toddler caused a lockdown of security system in the White House
on Thursday 08Aug2014 just as the President was about to address 
the nation on Iraq. The tot was able to squeeze his body between
the steel bars in the perimeter fence and triggered the security system.
The briefing was halted until the toddler's lockdown was cleared.
 
The tot was simply returned to his parents.
 
ON PBS TV BROADCAST
PBS recently aired on TV a series of shows featuring "Sex In The Wild".
The title is self-explanatory.
 
A bunch of people, fully equipped for audiovisual recording and animal
business, went around far and wide to catch on camera the mating 
of animals such as elephants, kangaroos, pandas, whales, dolphins, etc.
 
The older generation would recall that public exhibitions of such mating,
even among animals, were blocked by censorship.
 
However, not only was the "Sex In The Wild" unperturbed by censorship,
but more oddly, their women narrators were outspokenly directly
participating in the taping of scenarios.
 
These people chased the male animals in helicopters, land rovers and other
jungle vehicles and fired anesthetics on them. Then as their women were
narrating their script,  they were holding,  caressing, massaging, pulling,
and playing, etc. the huge, long penis of the downed anesthetized beast.
 
Who knows what excitement these women were experiencing while doing
this job ... and ... their male counterparts as well as the camera men were
looking at them most undoubtedly bloating with "gusto" of course.
 
 
09Aug2014rbm111743Iraq
 
Beware Of Dominant Sofware(s)
My PC (Personal Computer) was "crippled" recently after running for a while a software that I had loaded on the hard drive. 
 
Made by a well-known brand, this PC is very good indeed. Although not top of the line in price I operate and maintain it as
though it were worth millions! It is not but  I just want  everything in it normally functional as needed; and no harm on it in
any way. It will be exactly 6 years old in December this year. 
 
My first PC lasted 8 years before its power circuit malfunctioned. I tried electrical repair but I must have damaged some circuits or parts in the way and the trouble got worse. It had already reached its life cycle; could hardly open websites, so I let it go. Being
new to computers I encountered too many issues and malfunctions in this PC before its demise. I had to ship it to the manufacturer
for repair and back in 3 separate occasions at no less than $200 each plus shipping!
 
Funny, looking back, I now realize I could have done the repairs myself! 
 
Nevertheless, I had learned from that first computer so much that by the time I purchased this other one to replace it, there
was nothing that I did not already know about what a normally operating PC should be; how to resolve issues; and troubleshooting malfunctions. 
 
About two weeks ago, Windows failed to open any of my Personal Files Folders. Restoring the O/S (Operating System) to a select
restore point should troubleshoot this malfunction, but upon opening the System Restore Program, there was not a single restore
point to select! They had all been deleted! For a minute I was worried the Advanced Booting Option (ABO, a direct keyboard to
screen booting) had also been disabled; if so, I was facing a bigger trouble: The End of this PC as it were! Luckily the ABO worked!
I immediately restored the O/S to Factory Image - the only repair left. After restoration, of course it takes a lot of patience and
time to recover the O/S as well as systems data and personal files.
 
I have never experienced such PC troubles! What disabled those Windows programs? This computer has so many times encoun-
tered harmful "clouds" lurking in the internet, but they  were not so damaging as to disable vital programs. Also, there has been
nothing that System Restore could not recover. Moreover, since right off the box, brand new, I have never loaded non-vital
software(s) on the hard drive which would cause such troubles either ... except this simulation software which I purchased
recently and has captivated me lately! There was nothing new in the hard drive but this software. Therefore, it undoubtedly
caused the troubles. 
 
The software is for Radio Control (RC) flight simulation. It is a very amazing, awesome software! Reviews from past and current
users  describe running the software is like really flying the RC aircraft in the field. I agree, but I describe it more like replaying
and controlling a video record of your real RC flight in the field ... plus ... feeling the reaction of the simulation  stick (aileron and elevator control). The simulation stick becomes tough to control during a dead dive or at full flaps, very similar to the stick in the cockpit of the real aircraft ... incredible how this was invented!
 
Although RC flight simulators have been commercialized over no less than 10 years now, I have never experienced it until recently.
I will probably never know what went into the making of the software.  All I can say is it is one of the man-made miracles of this generation!
 
However, it is now clear to me it is a very dominant software. I very much doubt if the manufacturer knows that at a certain
point in time after prolonged runs (about 2 weeks  in this case) the software disables and/or deletes vital PC programs and data.
The mechanics and/or electronics of the domination is probably not known, but I speculate the software "grabs" storage spaces
for its data. In addition, I have observed its domineering power is enhanced when it is run while the PC system is concurrently on
the internet.
 
Well, right now it is a matter of fixing the troubles caused by the flight simulation software. But if it causes worse trouble in the
future, it might be a matter of deciding whether to operate the vital functions of the PC or ... run the software for the thrills of
simulated flight. I might be needing two PC's some thrilling day!
 
A lot worse, now that I am an expert in simulated RC flight, the very enticing and tantalizing idea of real RC flight is gradually
becoming irresistible! Many say RC flight is addictive ...
 
 
14Jul2014rbm111743
 
 
This Lingering Other Thought
Sitting on my old swivel office chair, I savored this sufficiently comfortable life. I alternated between being immersed with my PC on my old office table and invariably being engrossed in the splendor of the lush green trees extending from just across the road to the hori-zon with the blue sky with white and gray clouds yonder in a panoramic view from my window.
 
Tears filled these old eyes when in retrospect I knew this basically and essentially good, frugal life, including this scenery, is my reward for everything that I earnestly and devotedly  worked for and went through when I was young. A pick of very pretty rose, I might say. 
 
However, the very pretty rose is not without thorns!
 
My PC system went down very recently. I had to repair it. I reserve the details in a future blog.
 
My body also went down. There  was quite an unbearable sensitive muscular pain in my left leg, a bit of cramp on the left foot, and  a sensitive pain in one of my remaining teeth. I became a doctor and dentist to myself. All the maladies but slight leg pain are now gone and I saved a few hundred $$$. 
 
And yet, Behold! Right before my eyes was the splendid view of creation!
 
My mind drifted to this other thought which I must write down lest would be lingering and began to ponder about the Holy Bible, the Almighty God, Jesus Christ Lord and Friend and Satan.
 
The Almighty God is perfect, or so I remember it was said, perhaps in the Holy Bible or in some other sources; and I believe. It should follow the Almighty God's creation is perfect.
 
Humans, animals and plants are each a creation by the Almighty God. Physiological systems comprise the bodies of these humans, animals and plants. They are supposed to be perfect.
 
BUT NO, they are not !!! Some have defects, right at birth. Diseases and illnesses afflict these creations, more specifically as they grow old; pains in the leg, foot, tooth, you name it!
 
If you were a good, conscientious craftsman, you would undoubtedly create a perfect craft and put everything in that craft that would make it perfect through infinity. I believe every good and conscientious manufacturer is such a craftsman. Point finger at a car manufacturer, for example, who will deliberately manufacture a car with a defect(s)!
 
Why then would a creation by, of all creators, the Almighty God, be defective or vulnerable to afflictions? What Almighty God would be so insane or demented to let this be so? 
 
This should lead one to think that there is an opposing power ...  opponent or opposition or competitor or antagonist or what not ... against the Almighty God. Since the beginning, this opposing power has been responsible for the defects and permeability to afflictions in God's creations.
 
Through the ages, the opposing power has been named, Satan, whom the Holy Bible, Christians as well, consider as the enemy of God.
 
It is not justice to call Satan as an enemy. Satan stands for a divine Opposing Power, perhaps equal to some extent to the Almighty God. Moreover, Satan has been wretchedly branded an evil - a villain that stands for anything but good and holy. 
 
Albeit, it is not farfetched to believe that Satan created humans, animals and plants, just as the Almighty God did, and belong to Satan to this day.
 
Unfortunately for humankind, there is no means of distinguishing one creation from the other. Both Creators are so clever and cunning not to leave any identifying trace on their creations.
 
My Goodness! One can only imagine what would happen if we humans knew who among us were created by the Almighty God and who were created by Satan! This must be one reason the Catholic Church solemnly and in many ways vehemently preaches there is only one God.
 
Be that as it may, the two Divine Powers coexist very likely equally in all aspects of creations and scenarios here on earth: What one power can do, so also can the other.
 
In the simplest analogy, the Almighty God and the Opposing Power remind me of Popeye and Bluto, respectively and vice-versa; once a cartoon TV series.
 
 
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