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T he atheist rejects the claim that there is a
supernatural entity or force that interacts with existence...
Because it is a claim without basis.

Atheism makes no claims whatsoever.
Atheism asserts nothing.
Atheism IS NOT an act or an action
IT IS a position
 It has no objective.
Comparatively / Conversely:
Anti-theism IS an act or an action
 It IS NOT a position
 It has an objective.
Not all ATHEISTS are ANTI-THEIST.
All ANTI-THEISTS are ATHEIST.

Friday, July 8, 2016

Same as it ever was.



There exists an argument that is employed to support the 2nd Amendment, and the 'Right to keep and bear arms'... This argument insists that those 'arms' are needed in order to defend against a tyrannical government.

For all of the earmarks of government tyranny - The increasing brutality displayed by this countries 'Law Enforcement', certainly contains all of the characteristics one would point to as an example of government tyranny 'In effect'.

From my experience, all of the members of 'Law Enforcement' that I know, are ardent supporters of the 'Right to keep and bear arms'. But my experience is less of a factor still, when looking at the public outcry related to this issue in the darkness of reports that 'Law Enforcement' professionals are being shot and killed, recently.

And yet, it is important to see the reality; That these 'Law Enforcement' professionals work in an industry that allows bullying and intimidation to become a career for many of that industries members.

That is not to say that every 'Law Enforcement' professional is a bully, nor that every 'Law Enforcement' professional is looking to intimidate others. Not at all!

Just as is the case with any profession, there are people who are genuinely good at their work, and others who are not. This is a very important detail.

The biggest problem that those 'Law Enforcement' professionals who do good work, face, is the fallout created by those 'Law Enforcement' professionals that aspire to bully and intimidate.

So a situation is created where those 'Law Enforcement' professionals that aspire to bully and intimidate, are now seen to put their lives at risk, as well as putting at risk, the lives of 'Law Enforcement' professionals who do good work.

This situation is on display, as we see armed citizens, using their firearms to take aim at the 'Law Enforcement' professionals, who represent a tyrannical government, not only in appearance, but most importantly in practice at the hands of those 'Law Enforcement' professionals that aspire to bully and intimidate.

There are several end results that can be examined, but one of those results, begs a question to all 'Law Enforcement' professionals.
If they do actually support the 'Right to keep and bear arms' as a means of defending against a tyrannical government...

Will that give these 'Law Enforcement' professionals reason to reject the 'Right to keep and bear arms'?
Do they intend on cleaning up their industry, in order to remove the internal threat to their lives - Those 'Law Enforcement' professionals that aspire to bully and intimidate?
Will they refuse the call to fix a mortal danger that is embedded within their ranks, and exit the 'Law Enforcement' industry?
Or will they do nothing, as is the case now, and allow the threat to their lives to remain in place within their ranks?

The fact that 'Law Enforcement' professionals are being shot and killed, as an act of defending against what is seen as a tyrannical government, is something that should not, for the sake of those 'Law Enforcement' professionals who do good work, be left out of the dialog related to the increasing brutality displayed by this countries 'Law Enforcement', and how its citizenry are responding.

The worst thing that can be done, is for 'Law Enforcement' to further increase the brutality that is at the root of the problems that this brutality is causing in the first place, as a means to address the response to that brutality, by the citizenry - But that is what has been seen to be a common resolve, increasing the brutality, presumably as a means to avoid addressing the actual problem and allowing it to fester and grow, that is actually putting at risk, the lives of 'Law Enforcement' professionals who do good work.

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Creating conditional hyperlinks in MS Excel




In cell 'B2'...


=IF(A2="goodbye",HYPERLINK("https://www.google.com/search?q="&A1,"Search Google for: "&A1),"")


Note: that last ~,""~ {comma double quote double quote}, provides the 'IF' statement with instructions on what to do if the argument returns a 'FALSE' - In the above case, just a blank cell.


If that part is left off, and the argument is 'FALSE', then the cell will contain 'FALSE', but you can put anything you want in there...

Some other text (between those quote-marks), or even a different HYPERLINK:


=IF(A2="goodbye",HYPERLINK("https://www.google.com/search?q="&A1,"Search Google for: "&A1),HYPERLINK("https://www.google.com/search?q="&A2,"Search Google for: "&A2))

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

iText / iTextSharp / Powershell / checkboxes

Some cryptic notes related to how 'Checkbox' values are addressed when using iText / iTextSharp, .NET PDF library - To automate filling in PDF forms.

I wasn't able to find any information on how to fill in a checkbox on a PDF form, when using iText in Powershell.
So, hopefully this blog entry will help others.
HINT: the value is 'On'

Anyway - This is a decent example (I hope) -

The 'break' just stops the script.
After that, is the mechanics of how I figured out what value needed to be used for the 'check-boxes' on the form.




$TimeStamp = Get-Date -UFormat %b_%d_%H_%M


# Sauce:
#        http://itextpdf.com/
#        http://www.tomsitpro.com/articles/powershell-fill-pdf-forms,2-38.html#xtor=RSS-100
#        https://sourceforge.net/projects/itextsharp/
#        https://github.com/adbertram/Random-PowerShell-Work/blob/master/Random%20Stuff/PdfForm.psm1
#        https://gallery.technet.microsoft.com/scriptcenter/Use-Powershell-to-Fill-3f28ba21


## NOTE - The DLL files need to be 'UNBLOCKED' before they will load / run. This has to be done manually or by using the Unblock-File command
## Run as admin...
#Get-ChildItem -recurse "C:\Powershell Stuff\itextsharp-all" | Unblock-File #-WhatIf

## And this module is needed, in order to use the actual .NET library - So Import it.
Import-Module –Name "C:\Powershell Stuff\PdfForm.psm1" -Verbose

#Get-PdfFieldNames -FilePath "C:\Powershell Stuff\test_Jun_28_11_44.pdf" -ITextLibraryPath 'C:\Powershell Stuff\itextsharp-all\itextsharp-dll-core\itextsharp.dll'

#################################################
$ITextSharpLibrary = "C:\Powershell Stuff\itextsharp-all\itextsharp-dll-core\itextsharp.dll"

$InputPdfFilePath = "C:\Users\10482365\Documents\HR_IT_Request01.pdf"
$OutputPdfFilePath = "C:\Powershell Stuff\test_$TimeStamp.pdf"


#<#
$First_Name = "FirstName"
$MI = "E"
$Last_Name = "LastName"
$EmployeeID_Number = "OU812-ACK"
$Date_of_Request = Get-Date -format d
$Job_Title = "PEON"
$Manager = "Control Freak"
$Email_Check = "On" # The two values for a checkbox is 'On', or leaving it untouched / blank / null - Really just one value - 'On'

#Save-PdfField -Fields @{'Name' = 'test123';'Bank Name' = 'some bank'} -InputPdfFilePath "C:\Vendor-Setup-Form.pdf" -ITextSharpLibrary 'C:\users\adam\dir\itextsharp.dll' -OutputPdfFilePath 'C:\Users\Adam\test4.pdf'

Save-PdfField -Fields @{`
'First_Name' = $First_Name;`
'MI' = $MI; 
'Last_Name' = $Last_Name;`
'EmployeeID_Number' = $EmployeeID_Number;
'Email_Check' = $Email_Check;`
'Job_Title' = $Job_Title;`
'Manager' = $Manager;`

'Date_of_Request' = $Date_of_Request`
} `
-InputPdfFilePath $InputPdfFilePath -ITextSharpLibrary $ITextSharpLibrary -OutputPdfFilePath $OutputPdfFilePath

break
##

[System.Reflection.Assembly]::LoadFrom($ITextSharpLibrary)
#$OutputPdfFilePath = "C:\Powershell Stuff\test_Jun_28_12_20_01.pdf"
$reader = New-Object iTextSharp.text.pdf.PdfReader -ArgumentList $OutputPdfFilePath
# List available fields
# $reader.AcroFields.Fields
# Get the value of the the named field. Field name is case sensitive.
# The two values for a checkbox is 'On', or leaving it untouched / blank / null - Really just one value - 'On'
$FieldNames = Get-PdfFieldNames -FilePath $OutputPdfFilePath -ITextLibraryPath 'C:\Powershell Stuff\itextsharp-all\itextsharp-dll-core\itextsharp.dll'
ForEach ($FieldName in $FieldNames) {
$Name = $reader.AcroFields.GetField($FieldName)
Write-Host "$FieldName`: " -NoNewline
Write-Host "$Name" -ForegroundColor Cyan

}

$reader.Close()