Saturday, April 19, 2014

The Commercial Expansion of Easter, Religion and Waistlines

The Commercial Expansion of 
Easter, Religion and Waistlines
By Nick Ashton, Founder, CEO, Tracometry Group of Companies.

Look, it is Passover and Easter, it means so much, to so many, in so many different ways.  So I did some major Internet research, which included eating Cadbury Creme Chocolate Easter Eggs.  I love the little chocolate eggs, it is just getting all the foil of the darn thing before you eat it!

So here is the water cooler version of Easter:

What is the History of Easter?

There is evidence that Christians originally celebrated the resurrection of Christ every Sunday, with observances such as Scripture readings, psalms, the Eucharist, and a prohibition against kneeling in prayer.  At some point in the first two centuries, however, it became customary to celebrate the resurrection specially on one day each year. Many of the religious observances of this celebration were taken from the Jewish Passover.

Religious Observances on Easter Sunday

Common elements found in most Roman Catholic, Eastern Orthodox, and Protestant religious Easter celebrations include baptisms, the Eucharist, feasting, and greetings of "Christ is risen!" and "He is risen indeed!"
In Roman Catholicism, and some Lutheran and Anglican churches, Easter is celebrated with a vigil that consists of "the blessing of the new fire (a practice introduced during the early Middle Ages); the lighting of the paschal candle; a service of lessons, called the prophecies; followed by the blessing of the font and baptisms and then the mass of Easter." The traditional customs of the Catholic Church are described in detail in the online Catholic Encyclopedia.
In Orthodox churches, the vigil service is preceded by a procession outside the church. When the procession leaves the church, there are no lights on. The procession conducts a symbolic fruitless search for Christ's body, then joyfully announces, "Christ is risen!" When the procession returns to the church, hundreds of candles and lamps are lit to symbolize the splendor of Christ's resurrection, and the Easter Eucharist is taken.

Protestant observances also include baptism and the Eucharist (or Lord's Supper), and often a sunrise service (to commemorate Mary Magdalene's arrival at the empty tomb "early, while it was still dark") and special hymns and songs.

Easter Eggs and Christianity

What do eggs have to do with Easter? Over the centuries, Easter Sunday has been supplemented by popular customs, many of were incorporated from springtime fertility celebrations of European and Middle Eastern pagan religion. Rabbits and eggs, for example, are widely-used pagan symbols for fertility.

Some Christians disassociate themselves entirely from Easter eggs because of their pagan connotations. Other Christians view Easter eggs, or other candies and treats, as symbols of joy and celebration (as they were forbidden during the fast of Lent) and as a "taste" of new life and resurrection that they have in Jesus Christ. A common custom is to hide brightly colored eggs for children to find.

The Waistline Factor

The confectioners crank out some 90 million chocolate bunnies, an avalanche of 16 billion jelly beans, and Peeps beyond enumeration just for the Easter baskets that 88 percent of American parents load up for their kids. Based on numbers like these, all those tips and caveats that apply to Halloween should probably be dusted off and posted for Easter as well.

For example:

  • Parents wind up eating half the candy that their kids bring home at Halloween, especially the chocolate kind. It’s reasonable to assume that in the process of purchasing Easter goodies and assembling them in baskets for the kids, a percentage thereof will wind up inside the parent as well, especially since Easter is primarily devoted to the parentally beloved chocolate. Prepare to exercise great restraint.
  • Avoid buying treats that are your own particular favorites. And bear in mind that the less total candy you bring into the home, the less your share will amount to.
  • In the first week after Halloween night, we eat about 5 percent of the candy we will eat all year. In the first week after Easter, we give our post-Halloween consumption rate a good run for its money. Put a limit on the amount or number of goodies your kids can consume each day. Also, hollow chocolate items deliver far less fat and sugar and calories than the solid or filled variety.
  • Just as you want kids to go trick-or-treating at Halloween with a full dinner inside them, a good, solid breakfast should be the rule before the egg/candy hunt or handout to help moderate the kids’ urge to gorge.
  • In the area of healthy treat options, the obvious choice is your traditional hard-boiled egg. Beyond that, dark chocolate is a bit pricier but healthier than ordinary milk chocolate, and depending on allergies, peanut butter cups are about as healthy a form as chocolate comes in.
Thank you for allowing me to search for anything Easter as I downed a dozen or so chocolate eggs and a glass of milk.  It made it so much easier to admit my addiction to chocolate and Cadbury Creme eggs, for religious reasons of course…

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

The Next Event Is Still To Come... Boston One Year On...

The Next Event Is Still To Come
By Nick Ashton, Founder, CEO, Tracometry Group of Companies.

Updated One Year Later

The Boston Marathon one year ago had been coming for a long time.  You cannot give people 100% security, it is impossible and within public safety, it is not expected.  

The public, sadly demand the impossible, not seeing the overall picture of what it takes to keep us safe.  It is a world of nutcases and the single solitary loner that sneaks through and plies their awful deadly deed.

9/11 was a wake-up call for America and a relatively short period of time has passed by.  With every day that passes since the terrible event, we move into a complacent state, taking for granted that someone is watching over us.  Yes they are, but each safe day that passes, we as humans, and relax our guard.  That you cannot and must not do, we must stay on guard at all times.

Former Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher said it best, “we have to lucky, (safe), all of the time, the terrorist only has to be lucky once.”  Somehow our ring of steel was broken, as it is a circle we can reconnect and become more vigilant once more.

I have been involved in protection from bombings since my days in the 1970’s, learning and creating the counter-terrorism techniques.  Being front line in the mass amount of Irish Republican Army’s bombing on the main land of Britain.  The days of my Metropolitan Police training at Hendon, London, with the street level experience of the inflicted violence of the bomb. The understanding of the terrorist sick mindset has kept me in contact and on the ground with the situations worldwide.

Spending time in Iraq ten years ago and the terror lessons learned with the al Qaeda factions that have been causing death and destruction worldwide. We have the experience, although distasteful, it is the knowledge and understanding that keeps us safe.  We look at events and situations with different eyes, from the dark-side, so to speak.

Right now, we must reduce the Fear Factor and Increase the Comfort Zone of the public.  That can only be achieved when you maintain your vigilance, increase your normal awareness and challenge anything out of the ordinary.  

It was with a business partner, in the development of Bomb Blast Window Film, in the early 1970’s, which is attached to the inside of the glass and holds it together in the event of an explosion.  Flying glass is the cause of most injuries and deaths in a bomb blast.  

It is the technology side of crime and terrorism that we continue in today.

It is the technology we have brought under one roof with that has made the difference. 

Our video surveillance capabilities, Action In Motion from the palm of the hand with a smart mobile phone or Tablet at street level, has revolutionized the capabilities of "live" streamed data back to an HQ or to a mobile base and every single officer in the area, tuned in to that stream with "live" video and a direct (POV) Point of View.

if you thought the video and images was effective last year, we have moved into a whole new realm of "live" capabilities.  It is the Total Recall that we must have today and we have expanded the ability to have 100% connectivity for all officers with our Secure Comms Black Box.  It is after all, a communications world!

Tracometry Group of Companies, CommSmart US works hand in hand with law enforcement to assist them to understand all the data that is generated and collected each single day.  Humans cannot cope any longer in today’s world without the analysis of information in a timely fashion.  

Public Safety has information flowing in from so many conduits and being able to be working on the information immediately, saves resources, gives intelligence information to make arrests and maintains a flow of success. 

Predictive capabilities are second to none!  Next Event Predictability is so needed today in the repetitive crimes, like, bank robbery, car thefts, rape, assault, murder and arson, to name just a few.  Real time information that can be accessed by all security cleared staff is vital to successful policing.

Our hearts still go out the families of the lost loved ones and those atrociously injured in the explosions in Boston, MA.

Public gatherings are now top of our priority list, in knowing all surrounding the events is of the most utmost importance.  They must all continue and not allow the terrorist win over, it is the reduction of the fear factor by not being complacent of the situations. 

Public Safety departments are working hard to keep everyone as safe as possible and it is with your help, this will be achieved.  Vigilance, keeping your eyes open and reporting anything strange, report it immediately.

Time is of the essence, we must use every single tool in the crime fighting tool box to succeed for us all.

WE are in the NOW and
KEEP YOU; in the KNOW… 

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Monday, April 14, 2014

Blood Moon, BleedHeart What Do You Know Or Do You Even Care?

Blood Moon, BleedHeart
What Do You Know Or Do You Even Care?
By Nick Ashton, Founder, CEO, Tracometry Group of Companies.

It seems everyone is living in their own little world, with their problems and do not see the bigger picture.  Standard, right?

This is the most the world has been connected and yet, disconnected.  Each of us is interconnected through that World Wide Web, the Internet.  There is no more six degrees of separation, the cable coming into your home/business or the Public Wi-Fi Hotspot links us all.

What goes on in Malaysia affects you in Detroit, in fact, everywhere. 
Now let us review our responsibility, you know, the word and objectivity that is missing in most everyone’s vocabulary.  Since social or unsocial media hit the Internet, we have seen the worse come out in so many.  Anti-social behavior has never been so bad and life has not been so disjointed.

People that wish to do us harm, steal what is rightfully ours and go to any lengths are amongst us.  It is the hidden means of Hacking, Phishing, Man in the Middle Brutal Attackers that want very personal information to get into your banking and steal your money.  In a business, trade secrets and methods you use to attract to your business and the clients/customer information, they want it all.

Any SaaS application that uses a password is the most vulnerable.  This includes any program, from bank card, loyalty, email, work log-in, databases, the list is endless.  All from your personally created password and do not be naive in thinking, if you change it, it will be safe!

All computers talk to each other because a certificate is issued to allow this.  Sadly, these certificates are left open far too long.  It is like leaving your front and back door wide open or leaving your car unlocked.  For the majority, no one will mess with you, as locks are for honest people.

Some are touting a two-step sign on process for you to dance your way on the Internet or into your program.  This not needed and very unnecessary.

KEYTALK changes all that, making you secure, anonymous and invisible when you are working on the Internet.  Corporately all will be well!

Passwords are humanly created, lost, stolen and foolishly shared and we wonder why our computers get hacked!  We allow you to keep your password, which though is not the real way you are able to connect with your company data servers. 

KEYTALK uses Device DNA, the selected components that make up your devices, smart mobile phone, tablet, laptop, PC or Mac.  Once authorized, your devices are trusted and now use a bullet resistant tube to connect.  

Hardwired connections and importantly Public/Hotel Wi-Fi Hotspots.  Yes, totally secure in your connection and data in motion which you send end to end.

So what was this about a Blood Moon?
WE are in the NOW and
KEEP YOU; in the KNOW…

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