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26  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: August 11, 2014, 09:52:16 PM
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27  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: August 11, 2014, 09:30:10 PM
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...Of course that leaves only the People to change the Future...
Very droll.
28  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Annoyance - Win8 "stole" the Win+s OneNote screen clip hotkey [FIXED] on: August 11, 2014, 06:42:34 PM
There was a query in a OneNote forum:
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Disable search shortcut in 8.1 - Microsoft Community
Joe Fargo asked on August 12, 2014:
I use OneNote extensively, and I recently upgraded to 8.1.  I want to be able to use the Windows+S key combo to enable the OneNote screen clipping tool, however, now it brings up the search charm.
Is there a way to disable (unhook) that key combo from the search charm so that it will just do the screen clipping from OneNote?
Thank you!

Response:
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"Is there a way to disable (unhook) that key combo from the search charm so that it will just do the screen clipping from OneNote?"
_________________________________

I am sure many people are experiencing this annoyance after starting to use Win8 or Win8.1.
I had exactly the same issue, and initially resolved it by pressing Win+n, then "s" key, but this was a tedious workaround. The theory is "the less key-depressions the better" (for efficiency and time-saving), so this was far from an ideal workaround. So I resolved the problem by using Autohotkey (http://ahkscript.org) and added the piece of script inside of the === lines below to my Autohotkey commands file:
====================
$#s::    ; Intercept Win+s to send a Screenclip request to OneNote
    Send #ns                         ; Sends Win+n, then "s"
    return
====================
This takes it straight back to what it used to be like under Win7 and OneNote 2007/2013.

The only problem you might have with this is that, if you use the Win+s hotkey combo to go to the Win8 Search menu, then that is locked out. I don't use it, but if you do, then you could alter the hotkey above (#s) to (say) LeftShift+Win+s (<+#s), or something - which would leave the Win8 Search menu hotkey as-is.
29  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: August 11, 2014, 02:05:32 AM
More strange Government logic=silly humour:
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During the Africa Summit “Resilience and Food Security in a Changing Climate” panel, Secretary of State John Kerry told an audience that “8,000 children die every day” and in sub-Sahara Africa, one in four suffer from chronic hunger.
Then a few minutes later, he stressed how creating new farms would cause too much carbon pollution so they need to discourage more farm land.
Top 5 Africa Summit Highlights | The Daily Caller
30  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Knight to queen's bishop 3 - Snowden charged with espionage. on: August 11, 2014, 12:46:15 AM
But expecting Cisco to just rattle off a list of clients that have been breached in some way, kind, sort, form, or fashion is a bit silly...as that would be even more bad exposure for all parties involved.
Yes, of course. It goes without saying that we'll never know for sure whether they actually have any proof or not, because, of course they cannot state any of it, for security reasons.
There. You and I have said it anyway.

Doesn't seem to have any meaning to make a statement that "...And we have done it.", knowing that it cannot be substantiated in any event. A marketing puff.
31  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Knight to queen's bishop 3 - Snowden charged with espionage. on: August 10, 2014, 06:22:43 AM
"If we find anyone -- doesn't matter if it's hackers or governments -- involved in any of our customer environments anywhere in the world, we tell our customers, period," Chambers said[/b]. "And we do that in the U.S., in Europe and China and India. And we have done it."

Yeah, right. Sounds great. So what? Proof to substantiate that statement? None so far, it seems. But wait...where did I put that proof...?
(Sound of crickets chirping.)
32  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Godmode on: August 07, 2014, 09:31:50 PM
Got the metadata in the Tags.
I opened the GodMode list in xplorer² and copied all the items with data in the Tags field using Nirsoft's SysExporter. It seems that only the first 27 items have data in the Tags column. Here they are in a comma delimited TXT file. Just open it with a spreadsheet proggie (I used Excel).

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33  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Godmode on: August 07, 2014, 06:44:27 PM
Whilst I was mucking about with the GodMode functions/files per my post above, I noticed that the "files" had what looks like search metadata - quite long strings of it - in the Tags field.
I had thought the Tags were in the NTFS ADS (Alternate Data Stream), along with the Comment field, however, using xplorer² (which enables you to View, Split, Bundle to Go, Unpack bundle the ADS) the View shows there's apparently nothing in the ADS. Furthermore the user is unable to edit or add comments to the Comment field, and I have not yet figured out how to access (read/copy) the contents of the Tags field for these "files" (they have no File Properties either). If they are Junction Points or something, then that might help to explain it, I suppose.

Here's a partial screenshot of the relevant columns, to give you an idea of what I am on about:

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34  DonationCoder.com Software / Find And Run Robot / Re: Include Windows 7 Start Button Search Results in FARR? on: August 07, 2014, 05:04:12 PM
There is a text file containing all (262) paths in the list of GodMode functions that I get using GodMode.{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C}
Refer here: Re: Godmode

Posting link in case it could be relevant/useful in this thread.
35  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Godmode on: August 07, 2014, 04:28:40 PM
...Also in W8 if you hit Winkey x, there's a small menu with commonly needed links such as Computer Management, Programs and Features, Disk Management, Control Panel, Admin and regular Command Prompts, Run etc..  smiley

^^ Yes, I find the hotkey Win+X to be very handy: (using Win8.1-64 PRO)
Here's the menu that I get (after having modified it a little bit).

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By the way, here are all (262) paths in the list of GodMode functions that I get using GodMode.{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C}
(I posted them in the TXT file below as it was impossible to post them as code text in this comment - kept getting "The connection to the server was reset while the page was loading.")    huh

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36  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Knight to queen's bishop 3 - Snowden charged with espionage. on: August 07, 2014, 11:37:39 AM
Interesting.
Of course, this could presumably all be a deliberately manufactured "fog".
If it is a manufactured fog, then someone is controlling the fog generator.
If Snowden really did leak the stuff he is supposed to have done, we have certainly only been allowed to see certain bits of it, so someone somewhere is censoring things.
If there is a censor, then there is a control over the release/flow of information.
Thus, whereas it may seem that Snowden is in Russia because of a series of accidents or circumstances outside of his control, that could be by calculated design.
If it was by calculated design, then someone was the designer, and someone implemented the design.
Thus Snowden may be in exactly the place he was supposed to have ended up in at the outset.

I wouldn't put anything past the US NSA/SS administration.

My head is hurting. I think I shall go for a cup of tea and a lie-down now...
37  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Everyone is brokenhearted. on: August 07, 2014, 10:51:50 AM
@Tomos: Sorry, I did not intend to suggest that your perceptions of growing up were somehow "wrong", it was just that your statement suggesting "the tall grey man" was a powerful image was not substantiated. Well, it wasn't to me, but I could see that if one allowed it to have that power in one's perception, then it would probably seem so - to oneself - and it could even have subconsciously set one's paradigms at an early age.

Why do we need the metaphor of "a tall grey man"? It rather seems to be just more external locus of control.


If we now turn again to the content of the rant at that link:
It seems to be pretty good rhetoric (though I wouldn't call it brilliant, as you do) on a commercial website, and the rhetoric takes a scattergun approach to protesting about various things, including commerce. That could arguably seem to make it hypocritical. As though to prove how awful the world is, he proceeds to make capital out of, and an appeal to agreement and pity by invoking "the killing of children in Gaza". Up to that point, I had been smiling a lot at the rant, but I draw the line at cynical attempts to gain access to my agreement by invoking such things. If he had sung the song of the millions of children killed annually by (say) an avoidable disease, all because Western greenies say they must be, then I would have had some sympathy with what he was talking about:


But our author wasn't singing that song. He wasn't concerned with correcting any real and huge human injustice that is correctable. Malaria is an avoidable disease (QED) that kills upwards of (est.) at least 1.5 million children annually. Some estimates put the total accumulated deaths from Malaria to date at around 3 billion, since the use of DDT was banned/withdrawn by the West.
No, our author was sat on his backside looking at his stupid Twitter feed and mistaking it for reality whilst uttering epithets. As I said "Way to go".
Then he was generating empty, high-minded rhetoric - pontificating and protesting on matters he seemed to be clueless about, safe in his cosy, insular little worldview and demonstrating that he had no apparent understanding or perspective of the history of what seems to be an insoluble problem deliberately created by man and based on a clash of religio-political ideological beliefs.
This isn't an original thought. Some of the commenters to that post made similar points.
I felt a bit like saying what one of the commenters to that post said: "STFUP".

You tell me: Which is the greater human-caused humanitarian problem - Malaria or the Gaza standoff? - and which is immediately open to a solution? The answer should be starkly self-evident.
So why pick on Gaza then? Presumably either because he was being cynically manipulative, or (say) because he succumbed to the phenomenon of the availability heuristic - that is, always assuming he is not just an insular idiot.
 
I would take issue where you refer to my historical notes as giving "a sermon on religion" and the other points where you seem to be suggesting I am for one side or the other or promoting the "Israel can-do-no-wrong reputation". You thereby seem to have entirely missed the points I was trying to make, so I probably didn't do a very good job there. I shall try again.

First off, I think I made only statements of historical facts that are well-documented and independently verifiable. I gave links for references to substantiate some of these. Doing a Google search will bring up numerous information items - e.g., news reports and videos - on recent Israeli-Palestinian confrontations and the use of (say) dissembling as a tactic (e.g., human shield). It would thus be incorrect to call this a "sermon on religion".
I spoke of religio-political ideologies and beliefs, not of religion. The fact that these particular religio-political ideological beliefs might also be religious tenets is neither here nor there. They could, for example, have been part of communism or fascism. In fact the RC church in pre-Reformation times, and the Islamic faith can provide arguably excellent examples of fascism in the history of their structure and operational aspects, but that wasn't what I was getting at. I was laying out the construct of the artificial framework of reference that is incorporated in Islamism to show how Islamists act entirely consistently in accordance with their framework of reference. They have to, if they are devout Muslims, and I would suggest that the majority are, as some branches of it can be relatively very strict - e.g., Taliban, ISIS, Sunni (Wahabism). Generally speaking, anything that Muslims do within the hegemonic Caliphate is approved if not mandated. That's why I wrote that Hamas must not make peace - includes as per Article 15 of the Palestinian National Charter (1968).

I see no evidence that Palestinians or Muslims generally actually (say) wake up in the morning wanting to kill Jews or infidels, but it is their burden that they must, under specific conditions. One could point to similarities here in the wave of death perpetrated across the Middle East by the knights of old - the Christian Crusaders.
Nor do I expect that the Israelis want to risk killing innocent civilians in the act of defending themselves from the Hamas terrorism, but they must - are obliged to - defend themselves (as the POTUS referred to).

This type of situation is a bind that was accurately predicted by Gladstone (QED).

I had a LOL moment with your suggestion that the Israelis had a "can-do-no-wrong reputation". Very droll. I was aware of no such thing until you mentioned it. Quite the contrary, in fact. You could fill a book cataloguing what the Jews did wrong, the Palestinians not so much. It seems to me that history shows that the Jews probably couldn't have done much more that was so wrong or evil - no matter how hard they tried - than what they had already done, 2,000 years ago, and that they have been paying for it ever since.
You could argue that the whole world holds it against them, and that is why the Nazis were allowed to proceed with their genocidal activities undisturbed for so long - I mean, with the best will in the world, you can't readily exterminate 6 million Jews overnight. Like maturing a good cheese, these things take time, even with any improved technology available.
The bed that the Jews/Israelis are lying in today was arguably a bed made by their leaders who took them into exile from their homeland and by their Pharisees' murderous machinations 2,000 years ago.
Some people (not me, you understand) might say that what they are experiencing today is Karma, but I couldn't possibly comment.

But that most famous Jew of all - the one whom the Pharisees had caused to be so horribly tortured and murdered 2,000 years ago, said "Forgive them", and I would presume from the ideology implicit in His recorded teachings that He was talking about the Jews and not just the Roman soldiers He happened to be looking at, at the time.

At some stage, all this religio-political ideologically-fired compulsory hatred and killing has to stop, but it probably won't in my lifetime or until Israel is obliterated from the map, if that comes first.
My view is that cynical bloggers should not be allowed to get away with publishing posts that stand to make capital out of sniping at this eternal, insoluble human-created tragedy, or its innocent victims, or thereby risking potentially further inflaming world opinion in an already dangerously inflamed situation that threatens world peace.
(That is, STFU.)
If they really do wish and intend to make the world a better place, then they can get off their backsides and do something definite and positive about some far greater and readily solvable humanitarian problems - e.g., Malaria, or Z59.5 (QED).
But I'll not be holding my breath.
38  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: My New Temporary 14 day Blog that does not support comments on: August 06, 2014, 09:11:06 PM
I sort of keep track of the ongoing status of some software by having the relevant website or blog or forum (or all of those) in my Bazqux RSS feed-reader. If the feed stops issuing new posts, then I can check to see whether it is moribund/gone away or just a temporary faltering. I can view the history (all the old posts) from a given feed as well - i.e., those posts that were captured by my reader from when I started subscribing to that feed.
39  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Most advanced tagging functionalities? on: August 06, 2014, 06:05:59 PM
...I hope to revive the discussion in this thread.

Could be an interesting discussion. Tagging and commenting of files and data records is a subject I am particularly interested in, because it assists in categorisation and faster/easier data retrieval. One aspect worth considering is whether the Tags should be embedded or separate to the data/file to which they relate, and how "separate" is separate?
For example:
  • Lotus Agenda applied Tags as embedded strings appended to the text data records it held. Those records could be held either as records within Agenda's proprietary database, or as links in the database, pointing to discrete .TXT  files on the Client, and the user could select which he preferred as a general or specific rule (i.e. he could select one or the other for all, but vary the rule for any specific record).
  • The Tags field in the NTFS ADS is separate to but attached to a file, and can become irretrievably detached in file copy or move operations where the NTFS ADS is not fully supported either in the data transfer process or on the file system of the target storage media.
  • Tabbles (mentioned in the link(s) above) uses either a proprietary Cloud-based database of Tags, or a Client-based SQL database of Tags. Where offline data access and retrieval is a mandatory user requirement, the database would need to be on the Client, alongside the data to which it relates.

Please note that I have just added a link re SQL/Tabbles to my post above:
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Note 2014-08-07 1029hrs: Link to SQL Express Problems added to this post, as it relates to a rather interesting Tagging/Categorisation tool called Tabbles.
40  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: DiviFile from Qnomad - Mini-review on: August 06, 2014, 05:09:31 PM
2014-08-07: Minor update edits/corrections to the review.
41  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Most advanced tagging functionalities? on: August 06, 2014, 05:05:55 PM
There's been some discussion in DC Forum related to File Tagging, but it's been ad hoc and is a bit scattered about.
For example, some that I know of:
Re: Firefox Extensions: Your favorite or most useful
On the lack of standardisation in "tagging" .
DiviFile from Qnomad - Mini-review
Help please! - Unable to install MS SQL Express 2012 on laptop.

Hope this helps or is of use.
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Note 2014-08-07 1029hrs: Link to SQL Express Problems added to this post, as it relates to a rather interesting Tagging/Categorisation tool called Tabbles.
42  DonationCoder.com Software / N.A.N.Y. 2014 / Re: NANY 2014 on: August 06, 2014, 04:52:22 PM
...-- it's a miracle anyone can find anything on this site!  Thmbsup
The built-in FARR DC forum search tool:
dc <search string> is quite handy for that.
43  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Everyone is brokenhearted. on: August 06, 2014, 03:40:28 AM
...It's a powerful image, the tall grey man...
Yes, perhaps it could be a powerful image - if you allowed it that - but it is still just a simple metaphor (a figure of speech in which a word or phrase is applied to something to which it is not literally applicable - a thing regarded as symbolic of something else), and thus it would seem irrational to enlarge the import of an imagined and intangible thing so far as to use it as a putative explanation for something somehow shaping mankind's perceptions throughout the course of our modern history.
I mean, next minute, one might start to imagine it as an invisible god of despair working to depress our lives and having a causal effect, somehow - and that could probably be taking things a tad too far.

It is an interesting post - the link in the opening post Everyone I know is brokenhearted. | Zenarchery - but I would suggest it be read with a skeptical mindset. For example, it seems to be quite good rhetoric - but rhetoric only - and could thus presumably be designed to increase traffic to the author's commercial site and increase sales of his book. Nothing wrong in that. A stream of high-sounding BS coming from someone immersed in the BS world of merchantilism.

It seems to be essentially one man's perception and rant, protesting about the far-from-ideal world in which he finds himself, and about his perception and personal general theory/thoughts as to how it might have got to be the way it is. We could all probably resonate with at least something of what he says, but that doesn't necessarily make any of it true, and thus it would not be correct to say that he speaks "truth". Truth needs substantiation and proof, and the only real truth we have as to how things got to where they are today comes from discovery in science, archaeology and recorded history - and even they cannot always be accepted uncritically, due to the many and several attempts to deliberately reconstruct them to align with some prevailing religio-political ideology or other, over time. We can see examples of this reconstruction in modern and ancient history - which would seem to suggest a dose of healthy skepticism as a prerequisite when, (say) listening to/viewing the Radio/TV news broadcasts, documentaries, and the History Channel.

From his published CV and his other blog posts, it seems apparent that this author of a rant about the BS world he finds himself in is a product of that BS world and he works assiduously in it, producing more BS - and with his personal brand on it all to boot. It could thus seem to be a cynically hypocritical rant. That doesn't mean to say that he might not actually believe in what he is saying, but if he did, then it could arguably be ahamkara.

That's why I picked on what looked like a complete irrelevancy (Kim Kardashian) rather than the actual post, and then posted about it with that banal comment about watching TV movies. It was a bit of a joke, you see.    Grin
The thing is, I would rather spend my cognitive surplus watching a well-structured work of fiction (a movie) intended as entertainment, than (say) discussing the merits of someone's emotionally-charged blog post of their perceptions and half-baked theories of reality, presumably designed to create traffic to a commercial website. It's his shop window, and I wasn't interested, thanks.
However, it was not a complete waste. I shall put it to good use as an example of good rhetoric, for my daughter to analyse for English studies.
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Having said that, let's turn anyway to some of the content of that rant. There are a couple of aspects about the rant that I regard as seriously muddled thinking and carrying an implicit and imputed assignment of blame to an external person or group - the preceding generations who stuffed things up.
From what he says, the author seems to have an external locus of control, which is generally considered to be an unhealthy psychological state as it can erode the individual's ability to accept responsibility for and take control of their own lives.
It's "them" as did all the bad things, you see. He didn't want any of this - he even apparently claims he did his bit and engaged in religio-political ideological protest, or something, about some of it, at least until it became unpopular to do so, it seems.
And then one morning he wakes up and sees the propaganda images on his Twitter feed are of children's dismembered bodies, or something and - they're killing children in Gaza, and before he's even had his breakfast too. This is simply too much to bear and he can only sit down sobbing and uttering epithets. Way to go.
But maybe he had overlooked or simply didn't know the history - including, for example:
  • 1. War: That there has been a continuing war on in that part of the Middle East for some years now, and this is just more of the continuation.

  • 2. Scale of War: That the war started after the Jews bought the land, occupied it, and then in 1948/50 the UN declared it as the sovereign state of Israel or something. Ever since then, Israel has been battling to keep itself intact, surrounded by remorseless enemies on all sides.

  • 3. Religious imperative: Though Israel is peaceful, it has enemies committed to destroying it. They mainly belong to an Islamist sect that has a fascinating bible (Koran - containing the actual, absolute and infallible word of Allah) describing the Jews as descendants of apes and pigs - refer Koran, sura (chapter) 5, verse 60 - and whom the members of the sect are ordered that it is their duty to exterminate.
    Why? A good question.
    Answer: It was the Jewish Pharisees who engineered Jesus Christ's crucifixion at the hands of the Romans - via Pontius Pilot (the fifth prefect of the Roman province of Judaea, from AD 26–36, who served under Emperor Tiberius, and is best known for presiding over the trial of Jesus and ordering his crucifixion).

  • 4. Crucifixion: That, when the last true prophet of Allah - Mohammed (pbuh) - came along about 600 years later and looked at the situation, he evidently saw Jesus as a holy man and a true prophet of Allah, and that the Pharisees had thus committed an unforgivable and unspeakable act of blasphemy against Allah.
    If you take the time to study the progressively horrific mistreatment and torture meted out to Jesus (which was well-recorded by witnesses and historians), from the point when he was captured in the Gardens of Gethsemene, including the scourging he was subjected to before and after his trial by Pilot, during the 9/7 stages of the cross, his crucifixion, and his eventual expiration on the cross, you would need to have a heart of stone not to pity him and could perhaps be forgiven if you felt like raging at the hateful and evil people who apparently so very badly wanted this devout proponent of peace and love  to go through that ordeal.

  • 5. Article 15: That, to ensure they retain their jihadist focus, the Palestinian National Charter (1968) has, amongst its 33 Articles, one article - number 15 - which states:
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    The liberation of Palestine, from an Arab viewpoint, is a national (qawmi) duty and it attempts to repel the Zionist and imperialist aggression against the Arab homeland, and aims at the elimination of Zionism in Palestine. Absolute responsibility for this falls upon the Arab nation- peoples and governments-with the Arab people of Palestine in the vanguard. Accordingly, the Arab nation must mobilize all its military, human, moral, and spiritual capabilities to participate actively with the Palestinian people in the liberation of Palestine. It must, particularly, in the phase of the armed Palestinian revolution, offer and furnish the Palestinian people with all possible help, and material and human support, and make available to them the means and opportunities that will enable them to continue to carry out their leading role in the armed revolution, until they liberate their homeland.


  • 6. Dar al-Harb: Islam draws a clear distinction between the world of Islam (Dar al-Islam) and the world of heresy (Dar al-Harb, which is "the rest of the world") - they are antithetical.
    So point 3 and this point 6 are a likely explanation of why in 1941, a prominent Arab representative, the then Grand Mufti of Jerusalem - Haj Amin el-Husseini - met with Adolf Hitler, Heinrich Himmler, Joachim Von Ribbentrop and other Nazi leaders. He wanted to persuade them to extend the Nazis’ anti-Jewish program to the Arab world. Haj Amin sent Hitler 15 drafts of declarations he wanted Germany and Italy to make concerning the Middle East.
    One draft called on the two countries to declare the illegality of the Jewish home in Palestine. Furthermore:
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    “...they accord to Palestine and to other Arab countries the right to solve the problem of the Jewish elements in Palestine and other Arab countries, in accordance with the interest of the Arabs and, by the same method, that the question is now being settled in the Axis countries.”
    A Mufti is an expert in the Islamic Shari'ah (law) who gives legal judgments called fatwas.
    Haj Amin el-Husseini was/is regarded as having being one of the greatest of modern Islamic leaders.

  • 7. Dissembling: That the Koran forbids dishonesty, but where it is in the pursuit of jihad (holy war) and/or the conversion of Dar Al-Harb to Dar Al-Islam, then dissembling and subterfuge are allowed. This is what is sometimes referred to as "stealth jihad", and it is regarded as being perfectly legitimate, and is also presumably the foundation of the 1991 documented Muslim Brotherhood strategic plan to Islamicise North America:
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    Government exhibit 003-0085 - copy incl. translation here.
    3:04-CR-240-G
    U.S. v. HLF, et al.
    Covering memo and notes written in Arabic script ref. ISE-SW 1B10/0000413 to 427.
    Main document ref. Bate #ISE-SW/1B10/0000427.
    __________________________

    That part of the legitimate subterfuge by Hamas apparently includes, for example:
    • Launching rocket attacks from within densely populated civilian areas (human shield).
    • Elaborately staged still photo and video shots being submitted to news media (subsequently and rather belatedly revealed by the news media).
    • Hamas representatives posing as hospital "spokesmen" and briefing news reporters on casualties.
    • Hamas representatives using hospitals as a base, even giving news reporters political briefings inside the hospital.
    • Hamas storing weapons/explosives inside UNRWA schools and other civilian areas.
    • Hamas using schools, children and civilians as a protective shield.
    • Hamas using media reporters effectively as a hostage shield, by arbitrarily closing the border exits, thus preventing them from leaving the scene of action and placing them in what they know will be the Israeli's line of retaliatory fire.
    • When Hamas rockets misfire and fall short of target, landing in Palestinian territory, causing Palestinian deaths, Hamas falsely claims it as Israeli rocket fire.
    • Etc.

So, though the foregoing is hardly comprehensive, it does provide some idea of the historical aspects of the continuing conflict, and why it won't go away and why a peaceful solution still seems a remote possibility - an apparently deliberate, insoluble man-made religio-political ideological problem. I don't expect that anyone really understands all sides of this conflict.
Essentially, it rather seems as though Hamas must not make peace, and Israel cannot afford not to defend itself or respond with real force when Hamas deliberately keeps targeting and lobbing rockets into Israeli civilian areas, with the express intention of killing, maiming and terrorising innocent civilians.

As a background to this, there are some rather pertinent statements made by some arguably great men:
  • On The religio-political ideology: The Victorian Prime Minister William Gladstone once brandished the Koran in the House of Commons, announcing with great authority and prescience “so long as there is this book, there will be no peace in the world”. On another occasion, Mr Gladstone referred to the Koran as “this accursed book”.

  • On the right to defend oneself: Per Huffington Post:
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    At the same time, Obama said the U.S. has been "very clear that Israel has the right to defend itself" against an onslaught of rockets being launched indiscriminately by Hamas militants into Israel.
    He later added:
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    "More broadly, the situation in Gaza reminds us, again, that the status quo is unsustainable," Obama said. "The only path to true security is a just and lasting peace between Israelis and Palestinians."

  • On forgiveness:
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    "Father forgive them, for they know not what they do."
    Spoken by Jesus Christ, on the cross. It was the first of seven short sentences that are recorded as His last words. He spoke for forgiveness as He was looking down at the Roman soldiers throwing dice for His seamless garment, passing time as they waited for Him to die.

Quite frankly, from observed results/actions, it sometimes seems to me that no-one really gives a damn about the Palestinian children's or other civilians' deaths from this conflict, least of all Hamas and except insofar as it could be useful political ammunition against the Israelis - i.e., they are useful "collateral damage".
Some people (not me you understand) might say that there has to be something very sad about a people whose religio-political ideology allows them to wage a war in such a way as to apparently deliberately put their children and innocent civilians at real risk of death from military action, by using them as pawns in such an abhorrent manner, but I couldn't possibly comment.
44  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Reduce Firefox "fingerprint" + improve privacy on: August 04, 2014, 11:10:21 PM
Very useful post: Hide plugins, visited links and WebRTC from websites in Firefox | Firefox Extension Guru's Blog
Leads to these two pages in particular:
45  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Everyone is brokenhearted. on: August 04, 2014, 06:08:47 PM
...She is one of those people who is described as being famous for being famous ... Because they have exactly zero actual accomplishments. Kind of like Paris Hilton...
Ah! Thanks. That also answers another Q I had - I never could figure out what P Hilton had done to warrant media attention.
It also reminded me of the joke about Hamish the house-builder, so I just posted it in the humour section.
46  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Hamish the house-builder. on: August 04, 2014, 06:06:31 PM
Hamish the house-builder.

This little gem came with the comment that some people might say that it should actually be about someone named "Murray", and that the scene should be set in New Zealand.  You can make your own observations about that, but I couldn't possibly comment, of course.

A couple on holiday in Scotland go to a local pub in a small village, and order some drinks.  As they sit there, they notice that a big man sitting near to their table is staring moodily into his drink and muttering to himself.  Eventually, he notices them, and turns to them. He points to a window and growls out, "D'ye no see that house doon the road there?"

The couple nod, they can see a house in the direction he's pointing.

"Aye.  Wheel, I built it meself!  Every board and nail.  Now d'ye think folk aroond here should call me Hamish the House-builder for that?"

They shrug and say, "Why, for building just one house?"

"Mebbe not for that then? Fair enough.  But suppose I tell ye I built half the houses aroond here, single-handedly!  Shouldn't they be a callin' me Hamish the House-builder for that?  Shouldn't they?"

They couple agree "Yeah, guess they should.  That would seem pretty likely, for building all those houses single-handedly.  That's pretty impressive!"

The man glares angrily into his beer and grumbles "Aye, that they should. But ye go an' f### just ONE sheep..."
47  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Everyone is brokenhearted. on: August 04, 2014, 10:33:12 AM
Interesting post.
I'm a bit vague about who Kim Kardashian is. I mean, I've heard/seen the name, but have no real idea who/what she is known for - though I suppose I learned a little by reading this discussion thread just now. Nor would I care to know more, as she is apparently part of the sort of moronic TV pseudo-culture that I avoid spending my cognitive surplus on. It's by choice.
I just don't really "watch" TV. Oh, I sat up last night cuddling my daughter and watching the latest "Total Recall" movie with her. I hadn't realised they had made a newer version after Arnold S' one (which I thought was pretty good). I was able to describe some of the main differences to "We can remember it for you wholesale" by P.K.Dick, to my daughter, and we decided we would rent out the Arnie version video for comparison, as she is studying SF at the moment and was interested in the story.
I would not have watched it if my wife had not told me that there was a children's movie just about to begin that she thought I might like. She's usually right.
Whilst the adverts were on, my daughter was fiercely scrolling through the channels, so we were watching bits of hockey (at the Commonwealth Games), some NZ rugby match, and a nondescript movie that she rather liked (I mentally tuned out on the latter, going into my own thoughts where I was preoccupied trying to figure out a perplexing problem using Excel pivot tables, so don't recall the name of the movie or anything about it).
After she went to bed, I stayed up stuck in front of the TV watching a new (2nd?) sequel to Underworld that I hadn't known they'd made. I always rather liked Underworld 1 and 2, but this sequel was a bit of a disappointment. I guess they have almost exhausted its possibilities. Like all those Planet of The Apes sequels and TV serials.
After that there was a painfully slow sort of drama-horror movie called "The River" which was riveting enough to send me to sleep, so I missed the ending. When I looked it up on IMDB just now, I couldn't find anything about it, so maybe I got the name wrong. Anyway, it was about a mother and son and a TV crew going up an Amazon river in search of the husband/father, who had been a famous explorer and had disappeared seven years previously looking for "magic".
48  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Bleep… Bittorrent unveils serverless & encrypted chat client on: August 04, 2014, 02:16:32 AM
Cool!

But if there's no central server, how does the client know where to find other peers?
It's P2P, so it's using peers to communicate that information.
I mean, how do the peers know how to find each other? How does my computer know to connect to someone on the other side of the world unless we both connect to a central server that tells us the other person is running the client?
You would have to communicate your IP addresses to each other first. That's how SpeakFreely works, anyway.
49  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Bleep… Bittorrent unveils serverless & encrypted chat client on: August 04, 2014, 12:29:06 AM
I thought the Bleep invite was was interesting.
Reminded me of the original "Speak Freely", which had 2 versions - with or without encryption - it's here (plus the source) - click to access SpeakFreely v7.6a.zip
50  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: Classic Shell (shell alternative for Windows 7/8) - Mini-Review on: August 03, 2014, 10:18:32 PM
@consumer4beta:
Here's an objective comparison of the Start Menus: http://www.classicshell.n...orum/viewtopic.php?t=2399
Thanks for that! Just what was needed - compares it to the standard system also. I have added the link to the comparison review to s7.0 of the opening post.
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