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Afghanistan – A 20 Year War For Nothing

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This week, one of America’s greatest failures has finally come to a head. After twenty years of war, hundreds of thousandsdead, trillions of dollars lost, the United States of America has finally pulled out of Afghanistan- leading to the prompt takeover of the entire country by the Taliban. There was no negotiation, no compromises, no conditions. It’s completely the opposite of a Jackpot Capital Bonus. There is no other way of saying it: The United States lost, completely and utterly.

The Afghanistan people have paid the price of one of the longest wars in history. Most wars throughout history are a series of battles and conflicts that are collated together and titled as a single “war”, such as the “Hundred Years War”. In contrast, America has been fighting in Afghanistan continuously since 2001.

And it was all for nothing.

9/11 and the Initial Invasion

All this leads one to ask, why the hell were we there in the first place? The answer takes us back to 9/11. Infamously, three thousand Americans died when Islamic Terrorists hijacked several planes and crashed them into the Twin Towers. An additional plane crashed into the Pentagon, and another crashed on route to Washington DC prematurely because the passengers fought back.

In response, America initiated the “War on Terror”. American troops invaded Afghanistan, where the terrorist organization Al-Qaeda were supposedly hiding under the protection of the Taliban government. Al-Qaeda, and its infamous leader, Osama Bin Ladin, cited US support of Israel, the presence of US troops in Saudi Arabia, and sanctions against Iraq as justifications for their atrocities.

So, the question is, why were we in Afghanistan? For a long time, the answer seemed to be that the United States was seeking justice for the thousands murdered in the name of Islamic Terrorism by hunting down those responsible. The problem was… it didn’t happen. The Taliban government was toppled, sure, and Al-Qaeda is gone… technically… but it didn’t last. Al-Qaeda became Isis, and the Taliban returned to power immediately after the US left.

In fact, the United States killed Osama Bin Ladin back in 2011- and he sure as hell wasn’t in Afghanistan. He was hiding out in Pakistan, our supposed “ally”, living the dream right up until Seal Team Six put him six feet under.

Mission accomplished, right? So, ten years later, why were we still in Afghanistan, the country that wasn’t even hiding the terrorists anymore?

An Then What?

To me, I cannot find a single, justifiable reason as to why we stayed there. Ostensibly, we’re helping the Afghanistan Government rebuild. In reality, we were propping it up. Anecdotal reports from soldiers who fought there described the Afghanistan soldiers as “cowardly, addicted to drugs, undisciplined…” There were stories of Afghanistan soldiers selling their guns for drugs.

A Pew survey from when the United States was still in control showed that 99% of Afghanistan civilians wanted to live under Sharia law, 96% say converting to Islam is a duty, 94% say the wife is obligated to obey the husband, 85% say stoning should be the penalty for adultery, 79% say death for apostates, and 39% believe suicide bombings are justified.

In other words, we accomplished nothing on any front. If we were they to build up an Afghanistani government, that obviously failed. If we were there to change the hearts and minds of these people, to turn them away from this radical ideology, we failed miserably at that too. To do so would require an active condemnation of the tenants of Islam themselves, rather than just shooting the “extremists”, something which the Western world seems terrified to do. Any Western leader that even tries is ostracized by the political establishment, no matter how many victims of the Jihad are left in their wake because of it.

In 2020, when President Donald Trump began negotiating a peace deal with the Taliban. In February of 2020, he agreed to pull out US troops from Afghanistan if the Taliban committed to halting all attacks against US, NATO, or other Foreign Military Forces. A deadline of May 1st was set, and everything seemed good for a while.

Then the election came through, and Joe Biden ended up in office. One of the things Joe Biden immediately declared was that the troops would be staying past the May 1st deadline. He cited logistical reasons for this delay and promised that the troops would be out by September.

Golly gee, I can’t see anything wrong with that plan.

The Taliban, justifiable pissed, vowed that they would renew the attacks if the agreement wasn’t held. Well, the agreement wasn’t held. The Taliban made no deals, no conditions, and no compromises. And this week, the US troops were finally removed, under fire, while the Taliban swarmed the propped up Government, leaving Afghanistan in an even worse state than the one we had found it in (The Taliban hadn’t conquered everything back then).

It would be completely justified to call this the modern Saigon. At the end of the Vietnam War, the United States pulled out of that country via helicopters at Saigon, under fire, and limped home. That was forty years ago. There is a famous photo of the US helicopter taking off from the embassy. Jump to 2021, and the US forces had to flee Kabul, via helicopter, under fire. There’s even a similar photo, just to rub it in further.

At long last, we’re finally out. Not triumphantly, not with a bang, but with a pathetic whimper, with our tails between our legs.

The Cost

Twenty years of pointless war is going to hurt far more than our wallets. According to AP News, this war has cost:• 2500 American Servicemen• Nearly 4000 US contractors• 66,000 Afghan Military / Police• 1500 Allied Servicemen• 47,000 Afghan Civilians• 500 Aid Workers• 72 Journalists

For comparison, the Taliban lost 50,000 men.

Oh, and obviously, all this was on the taxpayer dollar too. The AP News tallies the total debt of the war to number around two trillion dollars, with the interest costs adding an additional 6.5 trillion dollars by 2050. Gotta love deficit spending.

All this to fight an enemy who wasn’t even there, to provide help to a population that didn’t want it, and to overthrow a regime our “allies” were protecting.

The Aftermath

We have yet to see the long-reaching consequences of this war, but there are some more immediate effects that are already coming to a head. The first being the fall of our propped-up Afghanistan government. The Taliban basically waltzed into Kabul without firing a single shot once the US was gone. There are horrifying videos of Afghanistani civilians swarming the airports, and trying, in their desperation, to cling to the outside of airplanes as they’re taking off in order to escape.

The Taliban has already started implementing the Islamic Code of law. For example, they’ve been going door to door, informing everyone that any girl above the age of fifteen is going to be assigned a husband.

How this will affect the Western World has yet to be seen. There could be another wave of refugees and immigrants who will soon be pouring across Europe and the West. Will the Taliban continue to fight the US and the West in other parts of the world? Who knows at this point. I’d guess the odds are quite probable.

Then there’s Pakistan’s role in all of this. They hid Osama Bin Ladin for nearly a decade. They airlifted the Taliban out when the US had them surrounded. They funded the terrorists and provided them with arms and munitions, and God knows what else. I’m not suggesting yet another middle-eastern war, but dammit, there should be some sanctions on the bastards at the very least.

You know, since before I was alive, the term “Military-industrial-complex” has been thrown around. For a long time, I considered it to be stupid. I put it in the same category as “George Bush is responsible for 9/11” kind of theories. I mean, were there really people in the West so willing to throw away US lives for the sake of profit? I thought the West was better than that.

However, as I’ve grown older, and hopefully wiser, and hopefully not just more cynical, I’ve realized that, yes, there are people with so little morals. There are people in the world who can and will say or do anything if it keeps them in power for just another day.

Do I believe that George Bush invaded Iraq for oil? No. I think he and many Americans truly wanted to avenge those that died on 9/11. However, as the war dragged on- far away and out of sight for most Americans, politicians, and people within these inner circles began to wheel and deal. No mustache-twirling villainy, perhaps, but a moral compromise here, a compromise there, money spread around… and you end up with a group of power elites each looking the other way as the other does compromises and compromises until there is no moral compass left in any of them. These kinds of people are too involved, too compromised, to see who gets hurt, to see the bigger picture… and, perhaps, they don’t want to.

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Space is something we all crave more of – especially for storage. However most of the time we need to accept the space we do have and find ways to use it as best we can.

There are many ways to make the most of space around your home or workplace, so keep reading for a round-up of some of the best solutions.

Euro containers

For a much more heavy duty storage solution, a euro-container might be just what you need. Euro containers are essentially sturdy plastic containers with a standardised base dimension.

They are designed to fit onto standard Euro pallets which makes them ideal for many workplaces. This means that storage boxes can be moved from one place to another easily and quickly when needed.

Euro containers are manufactured from food-grade plastic, so they can be used in catering industries, as well as protecting anything that is stored in them from damage. They are also 100% reusable and can be washed and dried if they get a little dirty before using again. Another great benefit is that they are suitable for all temperature conditions, no matter how extreme.

You can find euro containers in a wide variety of sizes from as small as five litre ones to as large as 60 litres. Plus, they are stackable when not in use and won’t take up a lot of your valuable floor space.

Ottoman storage

An ottoman adds a really nice finishing touch to any home. Whether it’s in the bedroom or the living room it can add class and elegance, as well as double up as extra seating when guests come over.

But did you know you could also use them for storage? Look for ottomans that can be opened and have a lid for a nifty storage solution that you can use to store everyday items. From toys to blankets to books, ottomans are the perfect way to add storage and upgrade the décor of the room at the same time.

Clear storage bins

The biggest benefit of clear storage bins is an obvious one—you can see what’s inside. This means they can save you a lot of time when looking for things.

Clear storage bins can be used in the home and the workplace. Thanks to their versatility, they can be used to store an array of items from fruits and veggies in the fridge, to tins in a cupboard, to desk supplies to organise your drawers.

Corner shelves 

This type of storage solution is best suited for kitchens, both at home and in the office. Kitchens are usually one of the tightest spaces in a home or workplace in terms of storage. The kitchen is used on a daily basis which means it needs to be organised and tidy to prove efficient for everybody. 

A corner shelf is a perfect place to keep salt and pepper, spices, bowls of fruit and tea and coffee supplies. So if you are finding that your counter is cluttered and needs a makeover, a simple corner shelf can solve your problem. 

Organiser bins 

Just about every office or warehouse will need some type of organiser bin. They’re perfect for storing and organising small, individual items like office supplies, nuts and bolts, small tools and craft supplies.

The best thing about organiser bins is that they are stackable, so you can store them on your desk or a table, or display them on a shelving unit. 

Organiser bins come in a wide variety of colours and are very easy to label, helping you keep track of small items that can easily get lost. What’s more, they don’t rust or corrode, are resistant to chemicals and cope well in extreme weather conditions. This makes them extremely versatile and if they do get dusty or dirty, you can simply wash them out and dry them to bring them back to new.

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How Speechelo Work? Speechelo Review and Discount

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For anyone who has ever been in the situation of recording a voice over for a video, you probably want to know if Speechelo is right for you. Not only will this software help you create a high-quality audio file for your videos, but it will also allow you to customize the voice to suit your needs. In addition to this, you can even use Speechelo on freelance websites, which offers you more opportunities for money.

Speechelo is a popular speech recognition software. It allows you to create a high-quality audio file with a variety of music genres. The Pro version of Speechelo is a lot more sophisticated than its standard counterpart. You can even use it to make a voiceover on your own. The standard version is also priced at under $30. They are now offering 53% discount and this is one time payment, no monthly fees. The Pro version is best for businesses that need a professional-grade sounding audio.

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The AI engine in Speechelo makes it possible to speak in a variety of languages, including Chinese, Japanese, and Korean. You can also choose the tones, pitch, and breath sounds for your voice. You can even add your own expressions and breathing sounds, and you can even customize your text’s tone. While the software is based on artificial intelligence, it is still useful for many situations.I use this to my website site-checker.org and it works so good. If you need a voice to accompany your video, Speechelo can help.

Another advantage of Speechelo is that you can use it for social media posts as well as videos. It has over 30 human sounding voices, and it can also work in 23 different languages. It’s a good choice for influencers and freelancers who offer video services and want to provide a high-quality voice over to their content. It’s easy to use, and it’s perfect for people who don’t speak English well.

Speechelo is a cloud-based text-to-speech software that works in over twenty-four languages. It can be installed on multiple PCs, and is supported by a money-back guarantee. It also offers a comprehensive help guide. In case you have any problems, you can simply email the company for assistance. Then you can get your voice back. It’s that simple. Is speechelo work?

The software is available for free, and you can try it out for yourself by downloading the trial version. The trial version is free to download. You can also try it for a week before buying. There are no recurring charges or minimums. You can even try Speechelo for free before purchasing it. You’ll be able to download the trial version to test it out for yourself. It helped me when I write a travel article about germany which of course requires german language.

With Speechelo, you can create a voiceover in as little as five seconds. You can also sell your creations as a voiceover on Fiverr and get paid by paying a commission. If you’re looking for a professional voiceover, you can also start a business with your new skills. If you are an artist, you can also create promotional videos or audiobooks with Speechelo.

Speechelo uses a voice tone and music library that are compatible with your video. The software is also designed to make text appear as natural as possible. A typical example is a video with a video captioned soundtrack. The speechelo voice is a perfect match for a speechover, and most people will not know it isn’t real. It is not human, but it does sound like it’s made by humans, so it is a perfect match for your needs.

While there are several features that Speechelo has, its main purpose is to provide audio quality for your text. The free version can create a high-quality audio file with voice inflexions, but it is limited to 700 words. A Pro version offers more features and includes a full-time voice coach. The pro version has a money-back guarantee for its service and has a large number of users.

The pros of using Speechelo are that it is a free app. You don’t need to download anything. Its software is cloud-based, meaning that it’s hosted on servers and is accessible from your desktop or smartphone. And as a bonus, you don’t have to worry about downloading and installing the software. It can be used on both desktops and mobile devices. It’s not limited to the English language.

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Online gambling in US, where it is legal, and what benefit do the states get from it

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As our topic is being about online gambling, so before starting about it’s details, from where do we can participate in it?  Which countries offer and legalize it? And what they get from it? We should be aware of the term itself, that, What is gambling?

Gambling:

according to offers.bet Gambling is a mess around of opportunity for cash; bet; or making an unsafe move in the expectation of an ideal outcome.

The results of gambling depends upon chance. The standards by which gambling are played once in a while serve to befuddle the connection between the parts of the game, which rely upon expertise and possibility, so a few players might have the option to control the game to serve their own advantages. Some people might fail but when you win it’s not a normal winning you win huge rewards.

Prevalence of head forms:

A good guess of the measure of cash lawfully gambling yearly on the world is about $10 trillion. State-authorized or state-worked lotteries extended quickly in Europe and the United States during the late twentieth century and are generally circulated all through the vast majority of the world.

Gambling can be in many forms and types such as;

  1. Lotteries.
  2. Number games.
  3. Horse betting.
  4. Sports betting.
  5. Poker and other card games.
  6. Casino table games.
  7. Bingo and many more.

But now a days a new sort of gambling has taken it’s place that is online gambling where you can gamble sitting at your home or office by playing different types of games and betting over different games.

Online gambling:

It is a sort of Web based betting which is being played online. This incorporates virtual poker, gambling clubs and sports wagering. These are the most famous of online gambling but there are some other you can choose visiting different websites; as one of them is offer’s bet where you can visit and find your type gambling.

Numerous nations limit or ban internet gambling. Anyway it is lawful in certain conditions of the United States, a few territories in Canada, most nations of the European Union and a few countries in the Caribbean. And it is offering them different sort of benefits too. Well the place or state well known for gambling among them is US where it is played frequently and unbanned in most of the states of US.

Online gambling in US:

 Gambling in the United States on the earlier stage was banned or considered as illegal. In 2008, gambling exercises produced huge incomes (the distinction between the aggregate sums bet short the assets or “rewards” got back to the players) of $92.27 billion in the United States.

The American Gaming Association, an industry exchange bunch, expresses that gaming in the U.S. is a $240 billion industry, utilizing 1.7 million individuals in 40 states. In 2016, gaming charges contributed $8.85 billion in state and neighborhood charge revenues.

So after that much benefits or earnings from this online gambling it has been legalized in many of the states.

Critics argue that it prompts expanded political defilement, impulsive betting, and higher crime percentages. What ever they say might be it’s their habit but the state doesn’t bother about their predictions because it is causing the state huge benefit.

There are different countries or states in US which are very progressive in online gambling, some of them are;

  1. New Jersey.
  2. Pennsylvania.
  3. Michigan.
  4. Delaware.
  5. West Virginia.
  6. Nevada.

Up until now, six states have as of late passed bills to legitimize sports wagering, and 22 have advanced enactment wanting to do likewise. Some of the state’s where it has been legalized include:

  1. California.
  2. Connecticut.
  3. Indiana.
  4. Illinois.
  5. Massachusetts.
  6. New York.
  7. Nevada.

 Then there are different online websites of US from which you can start to bet or gamble online such as; offer’s bet. This is a website from which you can do online gambling and earn a lot of money by winning. There are different games from which you can choose your type of different sports on which you can bet such as;

  1. NCAA College Football Playoff.
  2. NFL Super Bowl and Playoffs.
  3. NCAA March Madness.
  4. NBA finals.
  5. MLB World Series.
  6. World Cup 2022.
  7. The Masters.
  8. PGA Championship.
  9. Australian Open.
  10. Olympics and many others.

One of the other benefits you get from this website is that it offers different kinds of free bets and bonuses such as; If you are playing you first bet and you win so you get your Winning amount but even when you lose, your money will not get wasted, you will get the same amount of money back in your account. So give it a try.

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Beauty is in the Eye of the Camera-Holder

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As the sun sets over Singapore, a group of men and women with cameras can be seen by the entrance toMacRitchie Reservoir Park in the heart of Singapore’s Bishan District. Across a beautiful, suspended bridge along the treetops, on shaded walking paths replete with animal encounters, or in kayaks across the pristine lake, dozens of photography enthusiasts are coming together to take and share shots. Participants say the outdoor social excursions are Covid-Restriction compliant, safe, good for the health, and a welcome break from months and months of being inside and staring at computer and tv screens. They are a photo club that has been meeting weekly for the last half a year.

Philipp Kindt is on the younger side for the group, at just 26, many are hobbyists in their 40s and 50s. Also a photographer by hobby, initially, he decided to take up a new venture during the pandemic when he lost significant hours at the retail sports clothing he had been with for more than two years. “I really felt like I was in trouble for a bit, but through it all, I kept on taking photos and learned a lot about editing. One day a friend asked me to take photos for an event his company was putting on, and that they would pay me for the trouble. A new chapter opened for me, but I always return to nature photography, landscapes, animals.”

Philipp and others meet once a week at the eastern gate to the park, about an hour before sunset, and discuss routes, and what they hope to capture. Just after sunset, they meet back at the gate, and compare notes and photos. Often they head to a local patio bar to sit and talk over a beer afterwards.

Atlas Bergenoff is another photographer with the group. He will be 82 years old in December. His wife Johanna of 53 years passed away from Covid early in the pandemic.They had moved to Singapore from Switzerland for his work as a managing partner of an investment firm more than two decades ago. He was already retired before the pandemic and had returned to his old hobby of photography. He bought two vintage film cameras he found online and enjoyed fixing them and even added a small darkroom in his house. More recently he bought his first digital camera and some in the group have been teaching him how to view and edit the photos on his computer. Atlas says the photo group has been a great activity to get him out of the house and socializing with other people. “The people in Singapore have always been so kind, and I’m so grateful for this amazing group of talented young people. I treasure these walks around the park with my new friends.”

With covid restrictions in Singapore tightening again, the group is committed to doing everything they can to continue their excursions and be compliant and safe. They hope to grow and encourage others to take part. Several discussed the idea of one day doing an exhibit at the park for all Singaporeans to come experience and enjoy.

Evgeny Astakhov

Evgeny.Astakhov@hotmaiI.comSingapore Atlas Investments

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Enterprise communications solutions can combine into one platform with Microsoft Office Communications Server, a server-based software. Microsoft networks, Outlook Communication Service, Office, and Office Communicators level the playing field invoice. Office Telecommunication Server, Express, and Office Communication level the playing field on Microsoft networks. During our initial review of the Office Communication Server 2007 beta code.

Aspects of Office Communication Server:

  • Instant Messaging and Presence in the Enterprise
  • Voice capabilities in the enterprise (similar to PBX functionality)
  • An option for PSTN Audio Conferencing through dial-in is available.
  • You can use the Group Chat feature (also known as Persistent Chat) as a group.

A communications server’s characteristics are as follows:

  • Inter-organizational relations (using a mechanism called “Federation”).
  • For users of the Internet who aren’t connected to a workplace network.
  • Inviting customers to a business conference

The Public Switched Telephone Network (PSTN) allows some capabilities to be accessed by users with normal phone lines or mobile phones (PSTN).

Communicator Web Access allows some capabilities:

The Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) standard is the foundation for OCS, and it is defined in the IETF Request for Comment (RFC) 3261 specification. OCS users can establish multi-modal communications sessions using SIP as a signaling protocol for registering users, transmitting instant messaging and presence data, and establishing user registrations.

Benefits of an office communication server include:

This section will go over some of the major advantages that OCS has for businesses.

Sending out A message with Power:

When multiple devices and applications are used to communicate, productivity can suffer. Allows users to identify and communicate with the right person time, using the most familiar programs. Videoconferencing has performed on its potential.

The application strategy of Microsoft:

Software-based approaches have allowed Microsoft to innovate quickly. There are numerous improvements in this version over the 2007 version. As a consequence, performance would deteriorate. Examples of OCS’s real advantages include the following:

What is the best way to locate the right person for the right time?

Due to the integration of presence (availability) information with sophisticated directory search capabilities, users may quickly discover the required contact and assess their availability. It is possible to send an instant message instead of phoning if the contact is currently on the phone.

Optimal Control and Flexibility in Operational Environment:

IT teams are expected to be cost management, security, integration with present infrastructure, and adherence to regulatory requirements. When it comes to managing secure, regulated conversations, Microsoft’s Office Communications Server 2007 R2 is a great answer for IT managers. Due to the integration of many communication methods, communication tools can now be controlled as a single system.

A platform for communication:

Firms can save money and satisfy customers by integrating communications capabilities into their current business applications via a software-based communications infrastructure. An organization’s increasing business needs can accommodate Microsoft’s Office Communications Server 2007 R2.

Microsoft’s consumer operating system:

To provide the greatest possible user experience, Microsoft has developed several client software systems for Office Communication Server:

Add-on for Microsoft Outlook:

Instant messaging (IM), file sharing, video and audio, and VoIP softphones can all be used with the Office Communicator 2007 software. This program includes a directory search and creating a contact list.

Online meeting assistive technology:

The Live Meeting console can use to facilitate web conferencing participation. It is possible to build and share whiteboards and programs and the desktop. The Live Meeting Console must view the panoramic video captured by the Roundtable conferencing equipment.

With the assistance of Outlook for PC:

The conferencing add-in is Outlook’s meeting scheduling client. Outlook’s familiar scheduling concept can now plan on-premise web sessions and texts and calls using this add-in. Set up appointments and meetings the same way you do conferences. You don’t have to do anything to acquire the meeting Location and audio connecting information.

Conclusion:

As a replacement for the Office Communication Server 2005, Office Communications Server 2007 offers greater presence features, multimedia experiences, and easier setup and management. The Office Communications Server 2007 R2 version combines the benefits of Office Communication Server 2007 by giving IT organizations with the flexibility and control they need to manage their broadband network efficiently.

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