COLD START: WARM HANDS, COLD HEART…!!

Cold Start has been one of the biggest concerns of Pakistan’s military and civilian government.


The argument has been protracted for a while now and the Pakistani military has carried out many an exercise to counter this threat. At this stage the Pakistani military thinks that it has significant response capabilities to nullify the Indian Cold Start strike.

They could have been right if India had followed through with its military diktat, but unknown to the Pakistani military and civilian establishment, the Indian military changed its strategy and game plan right in mid-stride. The Cold Start doctrine that initially constituted a military strike at requisite targets took a shape and form of totally different nature that was not known to our military, which incidentally is extremely rigid in its approach and analysis.

In the past few years, India had taken a route of economic growth and progress, where any kind of war or aggression by the forces in uniform would have been devastating for its economy, social welfare and standing in the world.

So just after the Indians had moved their troops toward Pakistan’s border and had the full attention of the Pakistani military, mid-stride they switched gears. The Indians turned their full attention and operations toward other forms of warfare that have been subversive in nature and have managed to cause severe economic repercussions as well as massive unrest in Pakistan. This unrest in the masses was created through hyperactive news coming through controlled news media and possibly even sponsored terrorist activities. While the Pakistani military was lost in searching the elusive Indian military Cold Strike in the Sindh desert and the Punjab plains, the Indian subversive Cold Start doctrine was operating at 110% of its strength in all venues of the Pakistani community within months of its inception.

The goal has been to cripple Pakistan’s capabilities, starting with economic slowdown to gradually bring it to a standstill, and also creating unrest in the society through indiscriminate bombings of civilian targets. This was done through ‘paid for’ vendors and outsourcing it to the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan and the Baloch Liberation Front. These have brought about the desired result at a much faster pace than expected.

Match this with lacklustre reaction from the Pakistan military establishment and General Staff officers who have no clue of establishing a security ring around military establishments, let alone less critical targets. The Cold Start strike that the Indians started with military formations within stone throw away from the Pakistani border created the successful ruse that the Indians have managed to carry for many years.

Even to this day the Pakistan military is totally lost searching for clues to the whereabouts of Cold Start. They are still planning and arranging war games, air combat and naval warfare games to get ready for something that is not coming in the form they expected it to.

And sadly and truly, it does not come from the direction where they expected it. They are mentally not prepared to counter it in an aggressive manner, and have not ever created a contingency plan to strike against it in a pro active manner. They just don’t believe that it is happening.

That is why the Pakistan military doesn’t want to accept any different form of Cold Start — If it does not fall within the parameters of ‘their’ defined guidelines of Cold Start, then it does not exist. In order for them to react to its existence, they would have to recognize its presence, and as they are still searching for that elusive monster, they have no clue when, where and how to face it, even when it is staring back at them right in front of their faces.

As for the naysayers, you just have to look at the results. India has already achieved its primary goals. Pakistan is a declared pariah state in the world community, its economy is in shambles, terrorists can attack and strike any target of opportunity at their discretion and at their own pace, and all this time the valiant Pakistani military keeps a watch hopelessly for salvation to appear from somewhere else.


By H.I.Q

Reverse Economic Growth by 2050

The United Nations recently released a Human Development Report that brings to light the global challenges of sustainability and equity. The report points out that although living standards in most countries have been rising, from now on if environmental deterioration and social inequalities continue to intensify, the least developed nations will show a downward growth by 2050.

The report stresses that the world’s most disadvantaged people suffer the most from environmental issues, are the most socially backward and are most likely to live in countries that lack the political power to uplift them with policy changes.

The Bad News
Each region of the world will face unique challenges associated with climate change. The report, therefore, gives a local as well as a global perspective. Sub-Saharan Africa will be most strongly affected if worst-case scenarios come to pass. The continent is already struggling with water shortages, air pollution and drought – all of these could be devastating for agriculture, combating diseases and poverty alleviation. The projections in the report suggest that maize and wheat production in southern Africa will fall sharply through 2030.

Asia is the next region that will feel the effects. Rapid economic growth has increased the levels of pollution. Beijing now has one of the worst air pollution levels in the world. Sulphur dioxide from coal-fired plants in China further exacerbate this problem by contributing to smog and acid rain. China has reported 20 million cases of respiratory illness and pollution has already resulted in 300,000 deaths.

The projected rise in sea levels is likely to affect coastal Pacific nations the most. According to the report, Bangladesh is likely to lose 11 percent of its land which would affect an estimated 15 million people. In the Pacific region, about 100 million people are at risk of becoming climate refugees by 2050.

Other report highlights include:

  • Fossil fuels comprise 88 percent of energy supply in Eastern Europe and Central Asia and the region has the lowest use of renewable energy in the world
  • Water problems in the Arab states will affect 60 percent of its poor. They also have the highest dependency on fossil fuels
  • Qatar emits nine times more than the global average and has the highest per-capita CO2 emissions in the world

The Good News
However, the report does offer some good news in terms of sustainable development. Sixty-eight percent of the world’s population think that climate change is a serious threat. Latin America and the Caribbean showed the highest levels of awareness with 95 percent of the people surveyed saying that global warming is serious.

Brazil leads the way in alternative fuels with sugar-derived ethanol. Countries like India, China, Bhutan and Vietnam are increasing their forest cover, and deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon has actually dropped 70 percent since 2009. The UN recommends a number of ways in which developed nations can lend a helping hand. One of the recommendations is imposing an international currency tax to bring electricity to the 1.5 billion people who currently live without it.

6 percent Hike in CO2 Emissions From Last Year
PwC recently released a report that states that carbon emissions have increased 6 percent globally since last year in spite of the economic downturn. India and China have seen large jumps contributed by cement manufacturing and the burning of fossil fuels. This, in conjunction with the UN report, sets a very grim stage for the Durban climate talks that are ongoing.

By H.I.Q

Why People Live With “Private Truths” Beneath Their “Public Lies”

Life In A Parallel Universe

The heart of the deception many enter into is that you present yourself in one way in your public role, but feel or behave a different way, in private. Life in your parallel universes often grows gradually, as you adapt to and embrace behavior that you see rewarded, even as it clashes with your own values or beliefs. Over time, that generates increasing discomfort, especially if whom you’re morphing into publically doesn’t mesh so well with the person you are inside.

This can occur when people follow pathways to “success” that are easily available or acceptable to parents. Those pathways might connect with innate abilities, whether they reflect real interests or not. The end result for them is becoming entrapped in their lives. They feel caught between elusive longings for something different and more purposeful, as opposed to settling for what they have acquired in their relationship, their lifestyleor their work.

For example, they may feel vaguely or even acutely at odds with their chosen career path, like the man who said, “I never wanted a business career,” or the woman who said, “I really wanted to be come a research scientist.” Or the feeling of being out of synch may occur in the person they created a long-term relationship with, as in the lyrics of “Once in a Lifetime,” a Talking Heads song: “You may find yourself in a beautiful house with a beautiful wife/You may ask yourself, well, how did I get here?

This feeling of vague emotional discomfort is often the product of having embraced the “acceptable” or “practical” view of adulthood that’s put in front of you. That may include “acceptable” ways to relate, or what kinds of people to relate to, based on what the parents or extended family wants to maintain; and following one acceptable path that the parents desire and encourage or is part of a family tradition.

Private truths in conflict with public lies often erupt as overt psychiatricsymptoms. Self-absorbed, narcissistic behavior may reflect a deformed effort to secure recognition and affirmation of the person’s inherent value and self-worth, an attempt to secure love for who one is inside. That may become visible in unconsciously seeking a state of infantile bliss through the hoped-for love and full attention from the partner. Some are more driven to overt hypocrisy, exploitation and dominance, and they may be fueled by deep feelings of resentment or shame.

Whether the gaps are more benign or malignant, they are the root of much of the depression and anxiety rampant in today’s culture.

By H.I.Q
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By Joshua Tompkins

This is not a Blimp. It’s a sort of flying Queen Mary 2 that could change the way you think about air travel. It’s the Aeroscraft, and when it’s completed, it will ferry pampered passengers across continents and oceans as they stroll leisurely about the one-acre cabin or relax in their well-appointed staterooms. Unlike its dirigible ancestors, the Aeroscraft is not lighter than air. Its 14 million cubic feet of helium hoist only two thirds of the craft’s weight. The rigid and surprisingly aerodynamic body—driven by huge rearward propellers—generates enough additional lift to keep the behemoth and its 400-ton payload aloft while cruising. During takeoff and landing, six turbofan jet engines push the ship up or ease its descent.

This two-football-fields-long concept airship is the brainchild of Igor Pasternak, whose privately-funded California firm, Worldwide Aeros Corporation, is in the early stages of developing a prototype and expects to have one completed by 2010. Pasternak says several cruise ship companies have expressed interest in the project, and for good reason: The craft would have a range of several thousand miles and, with an estimated top speed of 174 mph, could traverse the continental U.S. in about 18 hours. During the flight, passengers would peer at national landmarks just 8,000 feet below or, if they weren’t captivated by the view, the cavernous interior would easily accommodate such amenities as luxury staterooms, restaurants, even a casino.

To minimize noise, the aft-mounted propellers will be electric, powered by a renewable source such as hydrogen fuel cells. A sophisticated buoyancy-management system will serve the same purpose as trim on an airplane, allowing for precise adjustments in flight dynamics to compensate for outside conditions and passenger movement. The automated system will draw outside air into compartments throughout the ship and compress it to manage onboard weight.

The company envisions a cargo-carrying version that could deliver a store’s worth of merchandise from a centralized distribution center straight to a Wal-Mart parking lot or, because the helium-filled craft will float, a year’s worth of supplies to an offshore oil rig. “You can land on the snow, you can land on the water,” Pasternak says. “It’s a new vision of what can be done in the air.”

….Rich Dream !Luxury Hotel Airship

By H.I.Q

“Techno-World As I See……”

Modern technology has made this world as we say a Global Village. The term globalization went on the peak in the mid of 19th century as some of the historians says it has been coined up very early when the wheel was invented. But we considered 19th century as a “Big Bang” of Modern Mechanization…. In the late 20th Century there were thousands of evidences based on the advancement of human atomization through technology and in the very beginning of the 21st century now human is able to visualize the drastic change of life dependent on technologies. Technology is in actuality unfussy to comprehend but rigid to explain if perceived from beginning to end by the internal schematic approach where it is actually elemental.

Technology’s highest purpose lies in helping to bring about a better world, that is, in creating systems that are a benefit to society. Historically, technology has enabled nations to expand the economic pie so that the standard of living for all is increased. The globalization of the world economy makes it imperative that this aspiration be achieved through increased international cooperation, marking a permanent transformation in the engineering endeavor. This change is already evident in many areas. No longer does a small group of nations have a monopoly on technological superiority, for centers of excellence in electronics, materials, propulsion, manufacturing, and biotechnology exist in many countries. Increased cross-national investment has enabled engineers from one country to work for firms from other countries. Vast communication networks among interdependent firms and research centers facilitate the flow of information about technological developments, creating an impact far beyond the borders of the country in which the discovery originated.

New cooperative arrangements such as joint ventures, purchases of licenses and patents, research consortia, and branch laboratories have been established to promote technical exchange. Standards, certification, and product design are being harmonized as the products of engineering become increasingly global in reach and application.


By H.I.Q