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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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Cheap Color Copies Printing: The Complete Guide

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Cheap Color Copies Printing has exploded as a new trend in the printing world. It is becoming increasingly common for people to use these cheap color copies instead of the traditional cheap black and white copies most copy shops offer. Many benefits come with this type of printing, with one being lower costs.

What is Cheap Color Copies Printing?

Cheap color copy printing is a process that allows you to make copies of documents, such as photos, without having to spend a lot of money. This is done using a printer that prints in color instead of black and white.

How to Save Money on Cheap Color Copies Printing

If you’re like most people, you probably don’t have much money to spare when printing your photos and documents. So, how can you save on cheap color copies? In this article, we’ll walk you through the best ways to get great-looking prints for a fraction of the price.

The first step is to understand how color printing works. When you print using color inkjet or laser printers, each color requires its ink cartridges. Each photo or document requires at least three cartridges (one black, one cyan, and one yellow), plus any extras you might need for specific colors.

One common way to save on cheap color copies is to print single-color copies instead of multi-color copies. This means you only need to buy one cartridge for the black and one for the other colors, saving you money on each copy.

Benefits of Cheap Color Copies Printing

There are many benefits of cheap color copy printing, including saving on overall printing costs, increased efficiency in your office, and better quality prints.

You reduce the ink used in each print job when you print using cheap color copies. This means that you’re getting lower-cost prints with less waste and that your prints will be of higher quality.

Cheap color copy printing also saves you time and money. By printing your documents on low-cost printers, you can cut down on the number of trips you need to make to the printer and save gas costs.

In addition to saving money, cheap color copy printing can also improve your workflow. You can free up more time in your day by eliminating the need to make multiple trips to the printer, and you’ll also be able to reduce the time spent waiting for your prints to finish.

Finally, when you use cheap color copy printing services, you’re getting high-quality prints at a fraction of the cost of standard prints. Cheap color copy printing is a great way to get affordable prints that look professional.

Tips for Cheap Color Copies Printing

Here are four tips on how to get the most out of cheap color copies printing: 

1. Choose the correct printer. There are many cheap color printers on the market, but not all are equal. Make sure you choose a compatible printer with your document and photo prints. 

2. Use quality paper. Cheap color copy printing will not be as good as if you used higher-quality paper, but it will still be better than regular copy paper. Use paper designed explicitly for printmaking, or the print will not be as clear or accurate.

3. Get a suitable printer ink cartridge. Just like with printer cartridges for regular inkjet printers, printer ink cartridges for cheap color printers can quickly get expensive. If you print many documents or photos, it might be worth investing in a high-quality ink cartridge instead of trying to cheap out and use a cheaper one.

4. Be patient. Printing your copies can be time-consuming,

Conclusion

If you need cheap color copy printing but don’t know where to start, read for the ultimate guide on finding affordable color copiers. In this article, we’ll explore some aspects of inexpensive color printing and how you can use them to save money. From choosing the right printer to getting creative with your proofs, by following these tips, you’ll be able to get prints at a fraction of the cost of more expensive options. If you need more information about Cheap Rush Printing, visit https://www.cheaprushprinting.com.

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Why is Antonio Serravalle Getting Famous in the Indy Lights Racing Series?

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Life is really better when you dream of achieving what you deserve in life. A 20-years-old talent Antonio Serravalle changed the entire scenario of the IndyLight Racing Series with his out-of-the-box racing skills that shocked the world for so long. 

Ranging from Italy to worldwide racing, Antonio grabbed the audience and soon became the talk of the town as an IndyLight racer. Antonio is a Canadian speed icon who constantly won countless races and is now dreaming about competing in the F1 racing series to show his talent to the world. 

However, his impressive personality currently has no bigger exposure; the game seems on due to his non-stop racing finishes at the top 4 & 5.

The Powerful Attempt That Gone Successful As an Indy Light Racer

Well, Antonio did attempt to make it happen when he was just 4 years old; later, he started raising his passion for cars. As he grows up, Antonio plans to grow his racing skills and start participating in the several racing competitions that made him travel from Italy worldwide. He got fame so early and won millions of hearts as he soon became the IndyLight racer who is faster in getting more points. Antonio never gave up on his dream to become an F1 racing driver and is still up to hard work and track training to pave his successful path toward the top category. 

The Mentorship of CRG to Fuel up Antonio’s Racing Passion

It was so hard to choose among countless famous racing teams and management. Still, Antonio chose to drive for the CRG factory racing team under the supervision of Dino Chiesa who fueled up his passion and racing skills to participate in the F1 formula racing series. It was a race where Antonio won the race in the 60 mini category and finished the line. 

Antonio showcased in the Pserra Racing Series his best at Indy Lights presented by Cooper Tires. He just drove faster and also came up on the forward six positions by showing his driving skills and make it to another top-ten.

The Racer Always Drive To Finish It before Time

Well, the passion goes on and Antonio’s is on the verge of diving into the F1 Formula. He has a supporting family as his father always encouraged him to turn his dream into a successful reality. Antonio’s main objective of life is to step up and choose the most possible ways to succeed as he continues to work with hunger to win. 

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How to break bad news to your IT team without killing morale

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Every team faces wins and losses. Keeping your team motivated during the lows is a tricky terrain to navigate but if you do it skillfully not only does it bring the team together but also helps make them more resilient. 

According to Stavros Zavrakas, the founder of Orthogonality “In my 10+ years of leading a team I have learnt that the first step is to make sure that your team trusts you. In the face of bad news it’s easy to lose your sense of direction, however, as a leader it is your responsibility to be their support system.”

“Creating a positive work atmosphere for your colleagues is one of the first things to do, even before you have unpleasant news to share”, recommends Eyal Pasternak (CEO of Liberty House Buying Group).

You must have an effective support structure in place that motivates them to return to work each day. They ought to be able to handle receiving terrible news just fine as long as they have that support. They will still have that wonderful setting to return to, which can provide an incentive even if the bad news comes as a severe blow. Make your staff members love their work, and they’ll want to do it as well as they can.

Sometimes unfavorable news arrives for no apparent reason on the part of the employees. It’s possible that decisions made at a higher level have nothing to do with how well they actually function or what their capabilities are. When you convey the news, be sure to emphasize this. Do not sweep it under the rug. Within the first three sentences of a conversation, deliver the bad news.

You must assume accountability in your role as a leader. This is a fantastic technique to increase employee trust in you and to demonstrate to them the value of their labour. If they believe in you, they might even decide to follow your example, which should be to remain motivated no matter what.

The worst possible action would be to break the unpleasant news and then leave. Instead, make an effort to keep a good outlook by concluding strongly. Discuss how you will handle the circumstance and how you will work as a team to get through it. Put your attention on doing something constructive and on the idea that things will improve. There is no longer a need to focus on the terrible once the bad news has been announced. This will assist your team in moving past what they have heard and regaining motivation.

Allow the worker to respond. The staff member is likely to feel a range of emotions, including surprise, wrath, and consternation. And as the boss, it’s your responsibility to acknowledge this emotional response without responding. It’s crucial to allow the employees to vent their frustrations, even if they become illogical.

But resist the urge to engage in a discussion or to cover the same ground. It’s best to just listen because it may easily turn counterproductive and because there isn’t any room for debate on the matter. It’s crucial that staff members are aware of their ability to lean on you through trying circumstances. Help them out. Inform them that your door is always open if anyone wants to discuss the most recent news. They can also come to you if they need assistance in figuring out where to go from here. You can literally help by assisting where you can in their daily duties when hard work will be required to get through difficult periods. This will make it simpler for everyone to stick together, remember their roles on the team, and stay motivated.

If at all possible, try to end on a happy note. So take a moment to consider what lies ahead. Give the employee some options or directions they can go. Be as helpful as you can; the employee is still a member of the team and will need your help. Offer to give testimonials. And if appropriate, advise contacting your network to check if there are any other job openings.

Importantly, urge the individual to protect their mental and emotional health during this trying period.

 

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Can Social Media Posts Impact Immigration?

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There have been many speculations as to why some applicants are denied visas when all their documents are intact. Or why they are turned back by immigration at the point of entry even though these travelers have a visa in their possession. There have been no absolute answers to these concerns.

But, one constant that cannot be overlooked is that a discovery was made about these applicants that disqualified them. Some analysts and immigration attorneys located in Louisiana associated this event with the social media content of the applicants’ profiles. 

However, since there was no proof that this was the reason for those denials, that argument fizzled out. Can immigrants’ posts on social media affect their immigration process? Let’s find out. 

Does what you post on social media matter?

The discourse on whether social media posts can impact immigration has gained renewed momentum since 2019. This is after the US Department of State (DOS) announced in May 2019 that visa applicants are now required to provide their social media account names for review.

This news threw a new spanner in the works of individuals with immigrant status seeking citizenship and created more folders for new applicants to sort through before going to embassies. 

As you open yourself up for scrutiny by the relevant authorities when you make applications, you will learn here a few things you must know about your social media use.

The reach and limits of the DHS and relevant agencies

The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is one of the agencies that are involved in the monitoring and/or review of your social media accounts as a visa applicant, naturalized citizen, or immigrant. They scrutinize your account for content that could be a potential threat to national security.

This department, in association with the US Consular, also screens for languages or relationships with individuals that pose a security threat to the country. If certain immigrants like asylum seekers, for instance, seek certain benefits but their social media content does not reflect this reality or danger, they can be denied a visa.

The DHS collates information gathered from social media accounts and stores them in files called A-files. The limitation to the powers of the DHS is that they cannot request passwords or any authentication code that will give them operational access to your social media accounts.

What will you be required to disclose?

The disclosure of details of one’s private accounts used to be limited to immigrants arriving or applying from countries tagged “high-security risk countries.” But reviewed policies and immigration reforms have now subjected every foreigner to the same scrutiny. 

As a visa applicant, you will be required to disclose the following:

  1. The email addresses and phone numbers used within the last five years.
  2. The social media platforms used within the same time frame as above.
  3. A list of the names or aliases on these social media accounts

What aspects of your social media use can be under scrutiny?

Instagram is a bubbly platform for those vacation pictures or some of your business posts. It can also be a good platform to also keep up with your family and friends. Twitter may also be an excellent pedestal to launch and champion the activism campaign you are involved in.

But some of this content can disqualify you from certain visas and benefits if you are found wanting after social media account validation by the DHS. It can, for example, incriminate people who are trying to commit marriage fraud for a green card but have posts that are inconsistent with their marriage claims.

To prevent such unfortunate occurrence, you can take steps to check the following kinds of content or affiliations on your social media accounts:

  • Offensive posts and comments

These are the obvious contents to avoid. If your posts can be perceived to be discriminatory against a particular group of people, you can be denied a visa. 

Likewise, posts that instigate violent acts and hate or incite people to attack others, no matter how cloaked in the garment of opinion they are, can disqualify you.

  • Comedic content

Comedy can be satirical or it can simply mirror everyday life events. The assumption of ignorance or humor will not suffice if you post comedy skits on your socials that can be linked to support heavy subject matters such as rape, gang action, or even terrorism. 

This can negatively impact the success of your immigration application. Your jokes should not touch on sensitive matters especially if they are to be posted on your social media accounts.

  • Comments from friends

As far-fetched as this might seem, the comments made by your friends and connections on your social media platforms can influence the decision on your application. 

While you may not have control over what others decide to post on your profile, you should consider restricting what appears on it after they have been posted.

  • Past history

The internet never forgets. It doesn’t matter if a post was made ten years ago. If it is incriminating and suggests a history of drug abuse or criminal activity, it can be grounds enough to deny your immigration benefits or deny your visa application success.

How can you protect yourself?

It is a generally held consensus that setting your social media posts private can buffer you against the possible consequences of having questionable content on your social media. Since there is no request for passwords, your posts set to private cannot be accessed by agencies such as DHS. 

These agencies also do not use spy technology to pry into or view the posts of the applicants. You can also delete all doubtful content or information on your social media posts. 

Making edits is not acceptable on platforms such as Facebook since your edit history can easily be viewed. Above all, do not share content that will call your eligibility into question.

Final Words

There is an increasing global interest in immigration reforms and laws. Consequently, immigration officers, embassies, and security agencies have tightened their reins on requirements that foreigners must fulfill to gain entry into their country. 

To err on the side of caution, it is pertinent that all conditions that might disqualify you be avoided at all costs

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In this digital era, photography is a crucial part of the real estate sales process. You need quality images to show off the house and entice buyers. But many realtors have trouble photographing their properties due to their large size or home location. This is where drones and quadcopters come into play. According to the multiple listing service (MLS), houses and other properties with Real Estate Drone Photography photos have a 68% better probability of selling than those without.

Real Estate Photographer is a tough job. It’s not just about taking pictures. Realtors must be masters of marketing, and mastering drone photography is one of the best ways to do that. If you want to know tips to do excellent drone photography in real estate, this blog will be able to help you as it will provide you with some valuable tips do drone photography in real estate.

Top 5 tips for getting the best real estate photograph

Aerial drone photography is the latest and greatest way for real estate agents to showcase a property. The pictures are beautiful, but the process of capturing them can be overwhelming. The good news is that you can capture stunning aerial images without breaking the bank. Below are some tips to get the best Drone Photography Real Estate:

1.  Take benefit of natural light.

Indeed, there are several artificial lights available on the market, but nothing can replace the orangish light of the sun. However, it will give a natural look to the whole photo. Take advantage of the timing if you are shooting at midday because the sun will be at its lowest angle and maximize the shadow. If you think the harsh light at noon can affect your photo, you must use a neutral-density drone filter to reduce the amount of light entering the lens.

2. Set your drone

Drones, like traditional cameras, come with numerous features and settings to make your photography perfect. It would be best to set the drone before starting your photography to get the best result. You should change the camera aspect ratio to 3:2 to acquire the highest-definition images possible while using a drone to take real estate shots. It also works with 4:3. You can also use autofocus because it will relieve a lot of your stress and ensure that your pictures are clear. Shoot your pictures in RAW; although the file sizes are more extensive, you’ll have considerably more versatility when editing the pictures.

3. Keep your drone low

Indeed, drones are famous for taking pictures from the uppermost angle. But if you think you should take photos from the uppermost layer of the sky, you might be mistaken as the drone will only take pictures of the roof and garden of the property. It would be great to keep your drone closer to the house to capture every exterior aspect since real estate photography strives to present a comprehensive listing perspective. The height of the 20 to 25 feet of the drone will be quiet enough to take an excellent photo.

4. Consider traffic

No one wants to cover the distraction in the photo as it can destroy the overall view of real estate photography. Drone photography’s ability to capture a broader perspective is one of its appeals. You should consider the traffic patterns in the area, much as you sought to decrease the clutter on the property. You should consider what kind of activities, like vehicle traffic, pedestrian traffic, people waiting for the bus, or more, can affect your shot. Find out when there won’t be too many distractions from what you’re attempting to feature and try to avoid those times of day or week.

5.Take multiple shots

You might think that one perfect shot is enough for real estate photography, but you can be wrong because sometimes the results can differ. Several issues are evident in the field but unpleasant at high resolution. There might be a child running through the corner of a nearby yard which is gone a second later, or you might be slightly out of focus or have a motion blur from a burst of wind. Apart from that, there can be other reasons that can destroy your photo. So it would be best to take multiple shots. You must turn on the burst mode setting to ensure you capture multiple shots of every angle.

Conclusion

When you take the time to find the best Drone Photography Real Estate, you’ll capture stunning aerial photos that are impossible to get with a traditional camera. You’ll also find plenty of services that offer ways to track your shots. Although if you are searching Real Estate Photographer Near Me on Google, stop searching as Alex Drone Photography is the best option for you that can capture eye-catching photos using a drone of your property.

 



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