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Putin's SS - The Kremlin's Bodyguards

In early 2016 the Kremlin officially announced the consolidation of several security agencies to create one National Guard consisting of an estimated 350,000-400,000 personnel. It's one powerful and well-armed security agency, a de facto personal army, an executive military protection force, under Putin's direct command. Historically such exclusive protective services are de rigueur for any autocrat.

Interestingly, the creation of such an ominous force goes against the official government that Putin's popularity rating is about 80%. If that's the case, what does he have to fear especially after his triumphant walk-over victory in Crimea and successful "shock & awe" aerial military campaign in Syria to save an embattled allied in Assad all while suffering minimal casualties.

Obviously Putin is preparing himself against internal threats. Despite the recent recovery in oil prices and rise in the ruble, the two- year recession has hurt the …

Putin's Teddy Bear Military - A Cardboard Cutout

Who's afraid of the big bad bear?

President Putin has masterfully crafted a program to provoke the West into a hissy-fit about a former military superpower seeking to recapture its past Soviet era glories and domination through military adventures that challenge NATO and American might. During Russia's recent aggressive thrust close to and beyond the Near Abroad, Russia engaged in battles that were guaranteed public relations victories, not military ones notably: Crimea, eastern Ukraine and Syria. Each encounter had limited downside risk because Russia's military

faced inferior, if any, opposition. Consider the following:
Eastern Ukraine has a large ethnic Russian population and Ukrainian government forces in effect felt like it was fighting on foreign soil. Although Russia denied utilizing its ground troops in this campaign, they still had to be clever to minimize the burials of "little green men." Crimea was a lightning invasion of an island w…

The Need for an Impartial International News Service

The history of 2016 will be very hard to write. There have been so many false bulletins repeated by every news outlet, and with commercial and political pressures behind every medium, the news is rushed out in fierce competition to be first. Falsities were often corrected, but corrections are always less sensational, and hence less memorable, than the first scandalous pronouncement. Then both in connection with the Brexit referendum in the UK, and the presidential election in the USA, individuals were contradicting themselves and making unsubstantiated statements at a rate that left both the media and the public confused and floundering far behind the facts, where facts were able to be discerned.

The news media must share a good proportion of the blame for the disastrous outcomes of the UK Brexit referendum and the US presidential election. In both cases, emotion was allowed to overwhelm reason: the perceived need for strict controls on immigration was trumpeted muc…

Under the Hood of Website Translation

If you are a smart marketer or an ambitious entrepreneur, chances are that words like website translation are not alien to you. You must have already grabbed the opportunity to make your product and brand stand visible and comfortable on a global stage. You must have started having conversations or strategies to shape your significant content formats like website or apps into a translation context.

It is very helpful at this point to understand some details that go into the making of this magic called effective translation, the wonder called 'translation with a global impact'.

Have you covered aspects like content template or source code sharing with the service provider among other elements? It would help if your code or format, whether it is a word document or an in-CMS transition, aligns well with the overall translation process and expertise.

It would also assist in a major way if you make a clear and informed choice about some not-so-easy decisions well…

Being Your Own Boss - Sometimes It Gets Lonely - Depression Awareness Month

(This post was uploaded in support of Depression Awareness Month)

When the idea to start your own business first popped into your head, I'm guessing a certain level of pessimism invaded the bubble. The thought of the grind ahead I'm sure became all you thought about and perhaps, for some of you, those thoughts delayed the start-up somewhat.

But over time, that urge to be your own boss overwhelmed the pessimism and you made the jump.

And here you are.

You're the boss.

And, it's a bit scary right?

Sure it's got its perks. You can pick the kids up from school. You no longer have to get approval to be ill and you set your own hours.


Even though you get to set your own hours, you never really switch off. The traditional 9 to 5 that forced you to become your own boss somehow gave way to a more gruelling 24 / 7.

Okay, you get to be ill without having to convince someone you are not fit to go to work but now, when you get ill, you probably won&#…

Small Changes, Every Day - Real Change Is Only Days Away

The end of every year is a natural time to reflect on what's gone and to ponder what's coming. In reflection, there are things we can accept. In pondering, there are things we want to change.

I'm working on three things I want to do less, and three things I want to be more.

It has occurred to me recently that the signs are good I'm ready for change. I've made small changes that I didn't even decide to make consciously. The thought entered my mind - that would be good - and I practiced it twice or three times, and the habit's already in the shape of the making.

If we seek to change anything, our habits spring to the forefront.

Change is about habit challenge and conquest. We cannot change if we don't challenge our habits, and changing our habits necessitates a conquest. Change doesn't occur unless we're relentless.

Relentlessness is nothing if not a building force of enquiry and action in the direction of our goals. Small changes…

Disruptive 3D Technology Considered

The other day our think tank was discussing the challenges of 3-D printing and how "Capitalism will begin to suffer damage when 3D printing starts to affect the retail distribution chain." Consider if you will that in the future people will be 3D printing at home using carbon composite layering graphene, metallic materials, plastics, ceramic materials, etc. - people don't need to go to a retail store to buy cheap products, they can merely print them in their living room. What about the jobs at the major retailers, what about the management in retail, the buyers, truck drivers, warehouse staff? All those jobs gone?

When does this happen - as 3D printing technology matures. How fast will that happen - as fast as it takes for people to print out the new evolutions of their 3D printers at home. In other words, the technology will outpace the ability of the markets to react. Capitalism is very good at eliminating losers. The problem is that retail will be a …

3 Signs You've Got A Chronic Sinus Infection And Don't Even Know It

As the weather changes, our bodies feel as though we are being pulled in different directions. A continuous stuffy nose runs amuck, and even though we tend to attribute this to bad allergies, it turns out that we are actually talking about chronic sinus infections. Pain in your sinuses is quite high, you're dragging, and we've made these symptoms a part of just another bad allergy season.

This highlights one major point --- most people can't tell the difference between bad allergies and a severe sinus infection. Though that is alarming enough, very few will touch base with their doctor & simply taking OTC medication to alleviate their symptoms rather than find out what is really causing a problem.

For starters, inflammation is found in the nasal areas of your face. The inflammation causes some rather large amounts of mucus to fill up nasal cavities, which causes some serious pressure. This, in turn, causes the complaints of headaches and pain in the …

Cold Sore Remedies That Actually Work

Cold sores are red, painful, fluid-filled blisters found around the mouth and nose. They are contagious and are caused by herpes simplex virus type 1. If the sore is burst open and the fluid oozes out of the blister, it becomes highly contagious. They can be treated easily by use of natural remedies. Given below are some easy to use home remedies and you can get relief from your sores by following them.

Use of lysine
Lysine is an amino acid and is used to make protein. It can be obtained from supplements and various food sources, such as eggs, milk, cheese and fish. Lysine supplements are necessary for the duration of the sores.

Lip balms
Lemon balm is enriched with anti-viral properties. It also reduces the chances of recurrence of these sores.
The use of petroleum jelly is also beneficial against the sores. It also prevents any kind of secondary infection and accelerates healing.

Ayurvedic treatment
An ancient Asian medicine like Reishi, also known as Ganoderma lucid…

Tips To Ensure Your Safety and Health When Moving

Moving is a painful and stressful task to carry out. There are many people who prefer to plan a self move, but they little realize the danger and difficulties associated with it. You could hurt yourself or get injured during the move, if you are not well acquainted with the process. A list of tips given below can help you to carry out a safe and healthy move.

Do the right packing

Try to make the boxes lighter. You must remember that the boxes have to be carried by you. So, do not make them too heavy to carry. You need an extra person for help, if the boxes are heavy.

Prepare your back

Your back will get injured, if you do not move your stuffs properly. Stretch your body before carrying heavy boxes to avoid back injury. This will help to make your body suitable for the relocation.

Use the right clothing

You should wear closed shoes and loose clothes. Never wear sandals during a move. Always wear closed shoes for proper grip and support of your feet. Wearing loose clothe…

Faculty Professors And Staff At Universities Vow To Fight Against Donald Trump

Last time I checked, Universities existed to teach the next generation and prepare them to take the helm and propel our society and civilization, and humankind into the future with the right knowledge and skills to do it. And yet, these days professors and academia in general seems to have taken up a new cause, they call it many things; social justice, equality, diversity, sustainability, progressive agenda. In fact, it appears that they believe these things to be more important to their mission than actually teaching our next generation the very subjects we've hired them to teach. Let's talk.

The other day, I read an open letter from a Chemistry Professor to the faculty and staff at the local University, asking them to repost it all over social media. The letter talked about attacking the Trump Administration, which had yet to even come into power. One of the main points of the letter, also endorsed by the State University Employees Union, stated; "We w…

Trump's Generals - The Militarized Government

Trump's appointment of a coterie of former and current military generals to key high-level government posts is unnerving and quite ironic from a man who aggressively avoided being drafted in the Vietnam War. Now he needs their services. It's not so much about defending America's core interests overseas which is a necessity for this empire, rather it's the almost exclusive appointment of generals that give the frightening perception that America could be not only more aggressive overseas but domestically as well. It's the latter that is most worrisome as a threat to our freedoms.

It's an open secret that significant economic structural flaws worldwide exists. We barely escaped an economic meltdown in 2008, however because no genuine changes to fix the system were undertaken combined with an exploding global debt crisis, we're heading for an inevitable train wreck. According to Trump, he has good instincts and his instincts probably tell him…

Dear Liberals, Don't Cry Over Trump's Victory - It Was Destined To Happen

They accused him of being a racist, islamophobe, xenophobe, male chauvinist pig, and what not. Media, which did not hide its loyalty to Hillary Clinton, demonized him. They lined up women, one of them porn stars, to accuse him of misbehaving with them, and they even dug out some old tapes to stigmatize him. The left-leaning media, headed by the New York Times, published editorial columns exhorting the people not to vote for him. They published what they called pre-poll survey results, in which they blissfully predicted Hilary Clinton's landslide victory and derived great pleasure out of their false predictions. They even went to the extent of frightening the people that if they elect Trump the consequences would be apocalyptic.

In spite of their 'leave no stone turned' efforts, Trump triumphed and Hillary humbled. The left liberals, who went all guns blazing against Trump, bit the dust. The scaremongers were overwhelmed. And the people, especially the toi…

WMD In Iraq, Was Bush Correct?

Today, everyone jokes about the Bush Administration's claim that Saddam Hussein had Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD). We hear things all the time about "yellow cake" and how the CIA and intelligence agencies supposedly lied that Saddam was trying to get Uranium to enrich. Somehow the narrative of WMD changed definitions in the left-leaning media to mean "nuclear" weapons of mass destruction, not biological or chemical WMD.

The other day, I read another report from a Think Tank that stated; "Congress believed the so-called WMD 'lies' too, long before Bush. In fact, British Intelligence still stands by the story."

This hardly surprises me, because we now know that the WMD (chemical weapons) left Iraq three days before we entered Baghdad, a Russian Convoy took them across into Syria, some actually made it to Libya, which is why the Bush Administration noted the axis of evil and three more countries were later added.
Gaddafi imm…

Royal Raider: Mahmud of Hazni


Indian history is a history of invasions, particularly from the North West Frontier. Here the high Hindu Kush Mountains formed an impregnable barrier, but some passes through these mountains made it easy to enter the rich and fertile plains of India. The most famous of these passes is the Khyber pass that connects India (now Pakistan) to Afghanistan and Central Asia., This pass has been the conduit for innumerable invasions of the fertile plains of India. Unfortunately as brought out by Field Marshal Viscount Montgomery in his " History of Warfare", these passes were never guarded by the Hindu rulers of India, who really lacked strategic sense regarding the guarding of these important passes.

These passes, notably the Khyber Pass was the conduit of the first invasion of India by the Muslims and the royal raider who first crossed this path was Mahmud of Ghazni. He was the first Muslim conqueror who rode into India and all along he displayed a shrewd…

Flotsam and Jetsam

Nothing, utterly nothing has an exact twin. There are no two things in the universe which are exactly the same (except maybe photons and their cousins; but they're relatively hard to nail down). Nevertheless, now and then you run across word twins like Flotsam and Jetsam. Now and then. Nook and cranny. Spick and span. Vim and vigor. Peanut butter and jelly. Nuts and bolts. Odds and ends. Bells and whistles.Scotch and soda.

You would think from high school biology class that xylem and phloem, i.e., tree guts, are the same thing, but no! (Look it up). How many writers have jammed the phrase "Flotsam and Jetsam " into a clich├ęd glob? FlotsamandJetsam. FlotsamandJetsam. For pete's sake! The two do not mean the same thing! Picture yourself aboard a sinking ship. Jetsam is stuff you pitch over the side to lighten the ballast to keep yourself afloat longer. Flotsam is what your buddies find washing ashore later. The fact that you can ask important and intelli…

Things To Avoid When Enrolling In Clinical Sports Massage Courses

A lot of individuals are seeking for stable and high paying jobs. However, due to the increasing number of applicants, landing a job can be difficult. Thankfully, more and more industries thrive today which can help you such as the health industry.

When talking about health, most individuals think of professionals seen on clinics and hospitals. However, some health professionals can also offer their services to athletes by completing clinical sports massage courses. But, before becoming a professional massage therapist, you need to look for the right courses. To help you, below are some things you need to avoid when enrolling in such course.

Not assessing the institution's credibility

One of the things individuals need to avoid when enrolling in clinical sports massage courses is not assessing the institution's credibility. As of now, there are numerous institutions that offer different types of massage courses. However, some of these institutions cannot provi…

Give the Gift of Presence: How to Improve Trust With Your Team and Clients

I was sitting in my doctor's office. She'd just done an exam for causes of my vertigo (fortunately benign) and was speedily typing her notes into the computer.

A little hesitantly, I said, "I forgot, I have another question". She immediately stopped typing, and swiveled her chair to face me, expectant. I asked my question, and after fully answering it, she turned back to the computer.

Wow, I thought. That was an awesome example of presence. I felt seen. I felt heard. I felt important to her.
That kind of presence has unfortunately become more rare in the business world, as we all feel pressed for time. We all have many tugs on our attention and time.

How often do you see people attending a meeting and instead of listening to the person speaking, they're staring at their laps? They've tucked their phones out of sight and are busily texting.

As the speaker, how do you feel when you look out and see people not paying attention? How do you feel a…

Knee Replacement Surgery Facts: What Happens Before, During and After Knee Arthroplasty?

Over a period of time, due to advancing age or injury, the knees lose their flexibility. As a result, it becomes painful for people to bend their knees due to accompanying inflammation and pain. The mobility becomes further restricted and the pain increases when the cartilage between the two knees wears out with age.

The bad condition of the knee joint and the surrounding cartilage make it difficult for people to move, thus hindering their performance in conducting daily activities. If nothing is done to rectify the condition, the situation only worsens, becoming more painful and difficult.

In such cases, surgery is often recommended as the first line of treatment, most commonly after there is no relief from pain from medications and physiotherapy. It is estimated that more than 90 percent of the patients benefit from the procedure.

During knee replacement, the knee joints that get damaged because of injury or osteoarthritis are replaced with mechanical implants. Th…

Is Your Handbag Playing With Your Health?

Many of us are unaware that handbags can cause illness. A handbag can house millions of germs and dangerous bacteria that can cause skin diseases, breathing problems and even stomach infections.

Let's see what are the things that can make handbags unhealthy:

1. Carrying Used Napkins Can Cause Diseases

Carrying used tissue papers, sponges, wipes and napkins in a handbag can cause skin and respiratory diseases. There is no point of re-using tissue papers. It is better to discard the napkins and tissue papers immediately after a single usage. Washable cloth napkin should go into a laundry basket rather than remaining in a handbag.

2. Cosmetics

Cosmetics often carry germs. It is best to wash make up brushes and clean cosmetics after each use. Take out unnecessary cosmetics from the handbag.

3. Chunks Of Eatables

Keeping eatables in a handbag while on the go is not a bad idea. It is good to have something to eat to get rid of growling belly and hunger drive. Always make …

Benefits Of Pine Pollen

Pine pollen is a powerful herb obtained from a pine tree. Some individuals and companies make the powder out of the pollen. This makes it easy for people to take it. There are plenty of benefits that come with pollen powder. These benefits include:

Rich in Phyto-Androgens

Two of the popular Phyto-androgens are Gibberellins and brassinosteroids. Gibberellins are similar to testosterone in structure and are heavily used in the first stages of germination. Professionals have found out that Gibberellins mimic testosterone thus stimulate the production of androgen. The Phyto androgens have also been found to regulate the action on the prostate. The sterol component of gibberellins regulates the size of the prostate. If the prostate is too big, it shrinks and vice versa. The brassinosteroids aid in removing xenobiotic substances from the liver thus keeping you healthier.


The product is not only ideal for men-it's also ideal for women. Experts have found out that …

Homeless at Christmas

Can you think of anything more dreadful than being homeless at Christmas? Walking cold wet streets with no-one to go to, nobody that cares whether you live or die, permanently hungry, wondering if you will find a bed for the night. No wonder many are turning to drugs and alcohol. Maybe a side benefit of ending homelessness and reducing prison intake would be to get these people off the streets, re-house and re-educate them before they turn to a life of crime. It is no wonder we need more police!

Sleeping in cold wet doorways must be unbearable at any time of the year but at Christmas everyone is heading "home" to enjoy the friendship, good food and warmth with their friends and loved ones.

"The Salvation Army" and many other organizations do what they can to help the needy, homeless, and neglected members of society and do a great job, but it is the 21st century and one would expect a solution for homelessness to have been found; but no, the probl…