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Email Scandal

The other day I was having discussions with a friend who was troubled by the fact that the FBI director did not go forward to press charges against Hillary Clinton on her email practices when she was secretary of state.

I said to him first it was stupid for Hillary Clinton to use a private email server to conduct state departmenet business. But even Colin Powell had reportedly done that.

As to judging violations, I have been frustrated with the simplicity of the media-reported line of question, which is always asked "Were there classified emails being sent?" As if that alone constitutes indictable offense or implies illicit conduct.

To me, a better question is "Were there classified emails being sent between Hillary involving people who have no security clearance to receive them?"

The following diagram illustrates my point.

 

 

B kinds of emails are violation. In fact, even if the exchange is conducted within state department IT system. Any time when classified information is sent to people who have no clearance to know is a violation.

I would have liked to see the FBI report as to how many B kinds of emails exist. But I am having trouble finding the FBI report online.

But Wikileaks does have all the Hillary Clinton emails disclosed by the state department in a search-able manner. Conspiracy theory folks could dig into that to see how many B emails exist.

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Remedy for colds

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Story from a friend

 

一個很有意義的小故事:
那是在15年前,我到這個城市出差,談完生意,我去商場給同事買些禮物。 平時,我逛商場時喜歡隨身帶一 些硬幣,因為商場附近有時會有乞討的人,給上一兩枚硬幣我心裡會踏實些。這天也是這樣,口袋裡依舊有些硬幣,於是我就將十幾枚硬幣散給一幫乞討的小乞丐。就在這時,我看見一個男孩 高舉著一塊牌子看著我,無疑, 他想引起我的注意。我朝他走過去,看到他約摸十三四歲,衣著破舊卻很乾淨,頭髮也梳得整齊。他不像別人手裡拿個搪瓷缸,他的牌子一面畫著一個男孩在擦鞋,一面寫著:我想要一隻擦鞋箱。
那時我正在做投資生意,反正還有時間,我便問男孩需要多少錢,男孩說:125元。
我搖搖頭,說他要的擦鞋箱太昂貴了。男孩說不貴,還說他已經去過批發市場4次, 都看過了,要買專用箱子、凳子、清潔油、軟毛刷和十幾種鞋油,沒有125元就達不到他的要求。男孩操著方 言,說得有板有眼。
我問他現在手裡有多少錢,男孩想都沒想,說已經有35元, 還少90元。 我認真看著男孩,確定他不是個小騙子,便掏出錢夾,拿出90元, 說:90元錢給你,算是我的投資。有個條件,從你接過錢的這一刻起,我們就是合夥人了。我在這個城市呆5天,5天內你不僅要把90元 錢還給我,我還要1元錢的利息。如果你答應這條件, 這90元 現在就歸你。
孩興奮地看著我, 滿口答應。男孩還告訴我,他讀6年級,每星期只去上3天課,另外幾天要放牛、放羊和幫母親種地,可他的成績從沒有滑下過前3名, 所以,他是最棒的。我問他為什麼要買擦鞋箱,他說:因為家裡窮,我要趁著暑假出來,攢夠學費。
我以一種欣賞的眼光看著男孩,然後陪他去批發市場選購了擦鞋箱和其他各種擦鞋用具。男孩背著箱子,準備在商場門口擺下攤位。我搖搖頭,說:作為你的合夥人, 為了收回自己的成本,有義務提醒你選擇合適的經營地點。
商場內部有免費擦鞋器,很多人都知道。男孩認真想了想,問:選在對面的酒店怎麼?
我想:這裡是旅遊城市,每天都有一車一 車的人住進那家酒店,他們旅途勞頓,第二天出行時,肯定需要 把鞋擦得乾乾淨淨。想 到這些,我就答應了他。
於是,男孩在酒店門口附近落腳了,他把擦鞋箱放到了離門口稍遠的地方,他看看左右無人,對我說:為什麼不讓我現在就付清1元 錢利息?你也應該知道我的服務水準。
“撲哧”一聲笑了,這小傢伙真是鬼得很, 他是要給我擦鞋,用擦鞋的收抵那1元 的利息。我欣賞他的精明,便坐到他的板凳上,說:你要是擦得不好,就證明你在說謊,而我投資給一個不誠實的人,就證明我的投資失敗。
男孩的頭晃得像撥浪鼓,說他是最棒的,他在家裡練習擦皮鞋練了一個月。要知道,農村並沒有多少人有幾雙好皮鞋,他是一家一家地讓他們把皮鞋拿出來,細心地擦淨擦亮 的。
幾分鐘後,看著皮鞋光可鑒人,我滿意地點頭。我從口袋裡拿出紅筆,在他的左右臉頰上寫下兩個大字:最棒。
男孩樂了。正在這時,有一輛中巴車載著一車遊客過來了,他連忙背著擦鞋箱跑過去,指著自己的臉對那些陸續下車的旅客說:這 是顧客對我的獎賞,你想試試嗎?我會把你的皮鞋變成鏡子的。就 這樣,男孩忙碌起來了
第二天,我來到酒店,看到男孩早早來守攤了,他興奮地告訴我,他昨天賺到了50塊錢,除去給我18元, 吃飯花3元, 他淨剩29元。 我拍拍他的頭,誇他幹得不錯。他說昨晚沒睡地道橋,而是睡了大通鋪,但沒交5塊錢的鋪位錢。我疑惑了,怎麼會不付床鋪錢?這時,男孩得意地笑了:我幫老闆和老闆娘 擦了十來雙鞋子,今晚我還能不用掏錢住店。
5天過得很快,我要離開這個城市了,這5天裡,男孩每天還18元, 還夠了90元。男孩知道我在北京一家投資公司做經理,說是等他大學畢業,會去北京找我,說著他伸出小黑手,我也伸出了手,兩隻手緊緊到一起
彈指一揮間,竟是15年。
我離開了當初的投資公司,自己開了一家貿易公司。這天,我正在辦公室忙得焦頭爛額,公司因為意外損失了一大批貨物,周轉資金面臨困難, 四方都在催債。剛放下電話,秘書進來了,說有個年輕人約我中午吃飯,我頭也不抬地問是誰,秘書拿出一枚鑰匙鏈,放到我桌 上,看著這鑰匙鏈,我愣住了, 那上面有一個玻璃小熊,小熊的腦門上刻著三個字:我最棒。
我想起來了,這鑰匙鏈,是15年 前我和那個擦鞋少年臨別握手時 塞進他掌心的禮物。
到了中午,我走進酒店,預訂好的座位上站起一個西裝革履、英氣逼人的年輕人。他含蓄地微笑,朝我微微彎一下腰。從他臉上,我略微找到了當年擦鞋少年的影子。喝茶時,他 拿出一張500萬 元的支票,說:我 想投資到你們公司,5年之內利潤抵回。
500萬元,真是雪中送炭!
年輕人笑吟吟地說:15年前,你教會了我 以按揭的方式生存。從那個擦鞋箱起,我完成了一次又一次的積累。現在,我有了自己的公司,這500萬 元投進去,我有權利要求一筆額外利息。
我抬起頭,問他要多少,他不動聲色地回答:1元錢。
我靠到椅背上,臉 上露出微笑。90元, 回報500萬 元,這無疑是我投資生涯中最成功的案例。
成功不僅是您擁有多少,更重要的是您幫助他人多少!有多少人因您而感動因您而成長。

 

 

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A good diagram to explain Agile Development Process

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