Thursday, January 31, 2013

Alex P. Vidal Quote 10

Happiness is not something you experience, it's something you remember. 

We remember earthshaking events in our life when we unshackle our cognitive power. Happy or sad, we must first experience these events before they will leave an indelible mark in our memory bank.

Alex P. Vidal Quote 9

Greatness lies not in being strong, but in the right use of strength 

We may be weak, but our little strength is a premium reserved to empower the oppressed, the enslaved and the persecuted.


Alex P. Vidal Quote 8

The highest revelation is that God is in every man. 

God reveals His special love for mankind in the trials we face in life and in one pair of footprints in the sand. 


Alex P. Vidal Quote 7

Unless you try to do something beyond what you have already mastered, you will never grow.

No one holds the franchise for human growth. Mastery of certain things and doing something beyond that does not guarantee continuous growth. Growth can only be stymied and choked off when one is morally and spiritually bankrupt.

Alex P. Vidal Quote 6

Never trust a man who speaks well of everybody. 

If he heaps praises to everyone -- including the beasts, the wolves and the vultures -- how do we know if he is telling the truth and nothing but the truth when he starts to converse with us?

Alex P. Vidal Quote 5

Instead of giving myself reasons why I can't, I give myself reasons why I can. 

The reason why WE CAN is because we believe we are capable of doing it; our mental attitude tells us we can hack it. The only reason why WE CAN'T is because we have propensity to doubt our competence even before opening the parachute. 

Alex P. Vidal Quote 4

As a man grows older it is harder and harder to frighten him. 

If we didn't fear Santa Claus and Mickey Mouse as kids, there is no reason to shake in our shoes when we bump into Dracula and Frankenstein in the dark alley now that we are grown ups.

Alex P. Vidal Quote 3

One of the greatest disservices you can do a man is to lend him money that he can't pay back.

After trying his very best to convince us he badly needs money, he will next try his very best to avoid us once we make a mistake of 
lending him more than what he only needs.

Alex P. Vidal Quote 2

Respect for ourselves guides our morals; respect for others guides our manners. 

Respect should be sacrosanct and immutable. Our reputation will quickly melt down the moment we commit a mea culpa in the etiquette department. 

Alex P. Vidal Quote 1

Friendship is always a sweet responsibility, never an opportunity..

Friendship is the bastion of mutual cooperation and understanding, the hallmark of trust and transparency, and torchlight of love and respect. To define friendship from commercial point of view smacks of pure and simple opportunism.

'Bontella's' literary and allegorical meanings

By Alex P. Vidal

SAN FRANCISCO, California -- Reading Bontella reminds us of Plato's Allegory of the Cave. Bontella both has literally and allegorical meanings. In allegorical writing characters, actions and setting are used as symbols and they should be interpreted to make the allegorical meaning.
In Bontella, author Greg Bonfa has given a description of the journey of Theerus and Casmers into a mysterious place which he described as "the beautiful and mystical forest of Shea to find three divine gifts."
Both boys realized the world of creatures and powerful enemies they encountered during the journey is neither as hospitable nor as peaceful as they had hoped even if they were filled with hope and confidence when they started to embark on the perilous exploration believing that their divine mission would be an easy sojourn to the charm of their dream girls.
It has parallelism in Plato’s cave which is very dark because there is little light inside it and hardly seen the objects. Some chained people are seen inside on their necks as well as feet, and they cannot move comfortably. Similarly, there is also another world out of the cave world, but between these two worlds, a wall is raised. On the wall, many other people move with different things on their hands and their shadows fall in the cave world. The people inside the cave cannot raise their head completely so that they can only see the shadows like illusion, which they believe, as real but it is just their illusion.
Their adventure became legend to generations of other Bontellions in the future after successfully ditching some menacing challenges and spellbinding places that pushed their heart and soul to the limits.
Like the cave allegory, there is light and everything is clearly visible in the outer world. One of the people, when released from the cave world and taken to the outer world, cannot see anything at first because his eyes dazzle in the light. But if he stays in the outer world, slowly and gradually he begins to identify everything and he becomes to realize that the outer world is the real world and the cave world is the unreal world.
The chained person becomes gratified with himself and remembers the other people in the cave and gives pity and sympathy over the cave people lost in darkness. He thinks it is better to be the slave in the outer world rather than being the king inside the cave and even though he does not want to go back to the cave world, his eyes dazzle more if he is taken back to the cave world, and he can’t count anything inside darkness. If he attempts to persuade the people inside the cave saying that the outer world is the real world, and the cave world is unreal, his ignorant friends kill him.
In Bontella, the dog that the Fasmer had dealt with exhorts Villagers of Bontella to “listen to words from beyond, for they shall set you upon a journey. We have come to tell of three idols. God, in His saving grace, placed three idols in the world.”
Idols of Wisdom, of Strength, and of Power, that were waiting to be discovered somewhere in the world.

USCIS Begins Transition to Centralized Policy Manual

Release Jan. 7, 2013
Resource designed to enhance consistency and efficiency of immigration adjudications

WASHINGTON—U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) today began the agency’s transition toward an online, centralized manual of immigration policies by releasing the first volume of the new USCIS Policy Manual-- the Citizenship and Naturalization volume. Today’s release follows an unprecedented, agency-wide review of USCIS policies that incorporates feedback from thousands of agency employees, customers and stakeholders. 
“With the introduction of the Policy Manual, we take a further step to provide our customers, stakeholders and workforce with an efficient and effective adjudication process that provides a high level of quality and consistency,” said USCIS Director Alejandro Mayorkas. 
USCIS will begin implementing the policies outlined in the Citizenship and Naturalization volume of the USCIS Policy Manual on Jan. 22, 2013. 
The complete USCIS Policy Manual will comprise several volumes, each pertaining to the different areas of immigration benefits the agency administers, including citizenship and naturalization, protection and parole, adjustment of status, admissibility, refugees and asylum, waivers, and travel and employment. The new Policy Manual will ultimately replace USCIS’ current Adjudicators Field Manual, or AFM, and the current USCIS Immigration Policy Memoranda website.
 As content becomes available for each volume, USCIS will notify the public and invite comment on new or substantially changed policies. Public engagement opportunities will be made available on our website. 
 In preparation for this transition to a centralized online policy manual, USCIS undertook an extensive review of all adjudication and customer service policies, including a survey of members of the public and the USCIS workforce. USCIS received approximately 8,000 survey responses regarding the agency’s policy and operational guidance, which informed the development and publication sequence of Policy Manual volumes. For staff affected by the release of the Citizenship and Naturalization volume, training has been conducted to ensure familiarity with the new online tool and its content.
 For more information on the USCIS Policy Manual and other USCIS programs, please visitwww.uscis.govor follow us on Twitter (@uscis), YouTube (/uscis) and the USCIS blog The Beacon

Number of children victims of sexual exploitation every year

According to UNICEF, an estimated 2 million children are sexually exploited each year throughout the world. Currently, Human Trafficking is the 2nd highest lucrative criminal activity in the world, surpassing illegal arms dealing and second only to international drug trafficking. The United Nations definition of human trafficking is "The recruitment, transportation, transfer, harbouring or receipt of persons, by means of the threat or use of force or other forms of coercion, of abduction, of fraud, of deception, of the abuse of power or of a position of vulnerability or of the giving or receiving of payments or benefits to achieve the consent of a person having control over another person, for the purpose of exploitation".
It is also important to understand that, the heart of the concept of TRAFFICKING IN PERSONS is the DENIAL of the LIBERTY of another. In a word, it is slavery.