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The horoscope is a reference point for a particular time and place. The main reference point in the horoscope is the Ascendant because it is the main identifying feature of an individual. This reference point is valid for both the Spiritual Man and the Ordinary Man because it is the vehicle through which the essence of the ‘self’ finds expression.

In most people, the reference point refers to the “I” element or “personal ego”. The true definition of a Spiritual Man is that there is no one fixed reference point because there is no “I”. The Spiritual Man can move from one reference point to another at will. The Spiritual Man can be in one place or all places at the same time. He can easily stand on Earth, Orion or any star or planet in the galaxy he chooses.He can visit the past or travel into the future. He can transgress the physical laws of time and space.

The Spiritual Man lives in an eternal present with no fixed abode. His reference point depends on the dictates of his will, a will perfectly aligned with the Cosmic will that is unlimited in attribute. The Spiritual Man has the freedom to locate to a new reference point temporarily or permanently. The permanent relocation is happening in the cases of advanced yogis who choose the moment of death, obliterating all traces of their reference point even on the physical plane as they dissolve their physical bodies into pure light. They are making the atomic shift to a completely new reference point. Ordinary Man has no such freedom. At the time of death his new reference point remains pretty much the same as the one he is leaving behind.

Until the Spiritual Man chooses to permanently shift his reference point, like the Ordinary Man, his reference point at the time of birth provides the vehicle of a particular size, shape, colour and quality which holds the genetic and environmental codes for his mental, emotional and physical experiences.

When we study an individual’s natal chart we usually understand that we are analyzing the reference point of one who has not stepped outside the “single reference point matrix”, who is still a slave to the laws of the personal “I” or ego; laws which are governed by the personal “I’s” past actions and desires, which define the present “I’s” actions and desires, and give rise to the presupposition of the future “I’s” actions and desires.

We can regard the horoscope as a map of a place full of winding roads and sights to see, which the “I” – a particular vehicle of a particular make, colour and quality drives through. The benefit of learning how to read the map is that we can use this knowledge to make the journey safer and more comfortable, and by improving our steering control, we empower the Spiritual Man inside ourselves and develop our “will”, which is an implicit agreement to execute the intent of the creator.

The horoscope is not a profile of the Spiritual Man as such, who stands outside of it, but a reference point which the Spiritual Man uses. The Ordinary Man has no such ability because his sense of self is too limiting and he has not developed his will.

The difference between the Spiritual Man and the Ordinary Man is that the Spiritual Man acts from Pure Intent and the Ordinary Man doesn’t. This greatly affects the scope of influence and the level of refinement a Spiritual Man possesses compared to the Ordinary Man.

For example, if Sun and Ketu are in the nakshatras of Krittika in the 4th house of the charts of both an Ordinary Man and a Spiritual Man, the ability to control others in the personal environment using a commanding, terrifying and warlike countenance is equally pronounced. The difference is that one commands from the perspective of Karmic Justice and his personal environment spans the length and breadth of the galaxy, and the other one’s commands are based on a personal definition of justice whose sphere of influence is limited to home, town, country whatever. One is acting out of an unselfish impersonal need to preserve the spiritually coherent matrix that is the Universe; while the other one acts out of limiting personal egoic considerations which often conflicts with Universal considerations, even if those considerations have a benign purpose. One does not need to be benign to be in harmony with universal will.

The key word is “Preservation”. The Spiritual Man is “Preserving”, which is why out of the universal threefold hierarchy, only Vishnu, the Preserver, incarnates on earth as an avatar, to set an example fo all men to follow.

To become a Spiritual Man is to become like Vishnu, the Preserver, and to have the ability to choose more than one reference point.

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The horoscope is a reference point for a particular time and place. The main reference point in the horoscope is the Ascendant because it is the main identifying feature of an individual. This reference point is valid for both the Spiritual Man and the Ordinary Man because it is the vehicle through which the essence of the ‘self’ finds expression.

In most people, the reference point refers to the “I” element or “personal ego”. The true definition of a Spiritual Man is that there is no one fixed reference point because there is no “I”. The Spiritual Man can move from one reference point to another at will. The Spiritual Man can be in one place or all places at the same time. He can easily stand on Earth, Orion or any star or planet in the galaxy he chooses.He can visit the past or travel into the future. He can transgress the physical laws of time and space.

The Spiritual Man lives in an eternal present with no fixed abode. His reference point depends on the dictates of his will, a will perfectly aligned with the Cosmic will that is unlimited in attribute. The Spiritual Man has the freedom to locate to a new reference point temporarily or permanently. The permanent relocation is happening in the cases of advanced yogis who choose the moment of death, obliterating all traces of their reference point even on the physical plane as they dissolve their physical bodies into pure light. They are making the atomic shift to a completely new reference point. Ordinary Man has no such freedom. At the time of death his new reference point remains pretty much the same as the one he is leaving behind.

Until the Spiritual Man chooses to permanently shift his reference point, like the Ordinary Man, his reference point at the time of birth provides the vehicle of a particular size, shape, colour and quality which holds the genetic and environmental codes for his mental, emotional and physical experiences.

When we study an individual’s natal chart we usually understand that we are analyzing the reference point of one who has not stepped outside the “single reference point matrix”, who is still a slave to the laws of the personal “I” or ego; laws which are governed by the personal “I’s” past actions and desires, which define the present “I’s” actions and desires, and give rise to the presupposition of the future “I’s” actions and desires.

We can regard the horoscope as a map of a place full of winding roads and sights to see, which the “I” – a particular vehicle of a particular make, colour and quality drives through. The benefit of learning how to read the map is that we can use this knowledge to make the journey safer and more comfortable, and by improving our steering control, we empower the Spiritual Man inside ourselves and develop our “will”, which is an implicit agreement to execute the intent of the creator.

The horoscope is not a profile of the Spiritual Man as such, who stands outside of it, but a reference point which the Spiritual Man uses. The Ordinary Man has no such ability because his sense of self is too limiting and he has not developed his will.

The difference between the Spiritual Man and the Ordinary Man is that the Spiritual Man acts from Pure Intent and the Ordinary Man doesn’t. This greatly affects the scope of influence and the level of refinement a Spiritual Man possesses compared to the Ordinary Man.

For example, if Sun and Ketu are in the nakshatras of Krittika in the 4th house of the charts of both an Ordinary Man and a Spiritual Man, the ability to control others in the personal environment using a commanding, terrifying and warlike countenance is equally pronounced. The difference is that one commands from the perspective of Karmic Justice and his personal environment spans the length and breadth of the galaxy, and the other one’s commands are based on a personal definition of justice whose sphere of influence is limited to home, town, country whatever. One is acting out of an unselfish impersonal need to preserve the spiritually coherent matrix that is the Universe; while the other one acts out of limiting personal egoic considerations which often conflicts with Universal considerations, even if those considerations have a benign purpose. One does not need to be benign to be in harmony with universal will.

The key word is “Preservation”. The Spiritual Man is “Preserving”, which is why out of the universal threefold hierarchy, only Vishnu, the Preserver, incarnates on earth as an avatar, to set an example fo all men to follow.

To become a Spiritual Man is to become like Vishnu, the Preserver, and to have the ability to choose more than one reference point.

I once saw an advertisement, and you probably have too, which said, “We’ve cut out the middle man.” The advertisement was indicating that whatever widget they happened to be selling could be purchased for an extra low price because there was no one between the manufacturer and the consumer. That is, there was no distributor, thus there was no reason to pay a distributor. The manufacturer was happy for selling to a larger client base and the consumer was happy for getting such a great price. They would then surely take their widget home and show it to their neighbors while bragging about what a great negotiator they are and everyone was full of joy.

What are you talking about Brian? Ok, ok… I’ll get to the point. What possible reasoning could the government have for being the middle man in our economic stimulus? We all work and pay taxes. The taxes pay for things like roads, bridges, schools, F-22 fighter attack squadrons, and artificial turf for the National Mall, right?

According to President Obama, on Jan 28 in the White House East Room, “business, not government, is the engine of growth in this country.” (More on this in an upcoming article entitled “The Reagan Mask”) If business is the engine of growth in this country, why is there a middle man between business and its own money? It doesn’t make sense and is in fact detrimental to growth, that government should confiscate money from business via a world record breaking 35% tax, only to return it to them with incentives or keep it via government expansion. Wouldn’t the country be better served by allowing businesses to keep more of what they earn to employ people rather than have the government do it? After all, business, not government, is the engine of growth in this country.

It seems wholly illogical to me to allow an economic distributor to come in and reapply that money for transient and low-paying jobs, as directed by the Obama stimulus plan, when we have a host of businesses eager to apply it to permanent and higher-paying jobs.

I asked earlier what reasoning the government could have for this proposal. The only possible reason I could come up with is power. They want to control business. They want to control opportunity. They want to control you. How do I know this? Well, it’s the only thing that makes sense. If Obama really wanted to stimulate the economy, he could do so easily by cutting corporate income taxes; this is not only common sense but historical fact. If he wanted to control you, he would take as much of your money as he could get his hand on and then tell you what you must do in order to get it back, which is exactly what this economic pork bill is all about. This bill is about control and the best way to do it is by making themselves the middle man.

The good news is, you don’t have to let them do it. You can still retain control, but you have to act. The Obama stimulus bill has passed the House (with zero Republican votes), but it still needs to go through the Senate. You have a louder voice than you think you do. Call the Senate and tell them not to vote for this monstrosity. Tell them instead to cut the corporate income tax and the capital gains tax. This will spur the economy, this will give you control, and this will cut out the middle man.

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The horoscope is a reference point for a particular time and place. The main reference point in the horoscope is the Ascendant because it is the main identifying feature of an individual. This reference point is valid for both the Spiritual Man and the Ordinary Man because it is the vehicle through which the essence of the ‘self’ finds expression.

In most people, the reference point refers to the “I” element or “personal ego”. The true definition of a Spiritual Man is that there is no one fixed reference point because there is no “I”. The Spiritual Man can move from one reference point to another at will. The Spiritual Man can be in one place or all places at the same time. He can easily stand on Earth, Orion or any star or planet in the galaxy he chooses.He can visit the past or travel into the future. He can transgress the physical laws of time and space.

The Spiritual Man lives in an eternal present with no fixed abode. His reference point depends on the dictates of his will, a will perfectly aligned with the Cosmic will that is unlimited in attribute. The Spiritual Man has the freedom to locate to a new reference point temporarily or permanently. The permanent relocation is happening in the cases of advanced yogis who choose the moment of death, obliterating all traces of their reference point even on the physical plane as they dissolve their physical bodies into pure light. They are making the atomic shift to a completely new reference point. Ordinary Man has no such freedom. At the time of death his new reference point remains pretty much the same as the one he is leaving behind.

Until the Spiritual Man chooses to permanently shift his reference point, like the Ordinary Man, his reference point at the time of birth provides the vehicle of a particular size, shape, colour and quality which holds the genetic and environmental codes for his mental, emotional and physical experiences.

When we study an individual’s natal chart we usually understand that we are analyzing the reference point of one who has not stepped outside the “single reference point matrix”, who is still a slave to the laws of the personal “I” or ego; laws which are governed by the personal “I’s” past actions and desires, which define the present “I’s” actions and desires, and give rise to the presupposition of the future “I’s” actions and desires.

We can regard the horoscope as a map of a place full of winding roads and sights to see, which the “I” – a particular vehicle of a particular make, colour and quality drives through. The benefit of learning how to read the map is that we can use this knowledge to make the journey safer and more comfortable, and by improving our steering control, we empower the Spiritual Man inside ourselves and develop our “will”, which is an implicit agreement to execute the intent of the creator.

The horoscope is not a profile of the Spiritual Man as such, who stands outside of it, but a reference point which the Spiritual Man uses. The Ordinary Man has no such ability because his sense of self is too limiting and he has not developed his will.

The difference between the Spiritual Man and the Ordinary Man is that the Spiritual Man acts from Pure Intent and the Ordinary Man doesn’t. This greatly affects the scope of influence and the level of refinement a Spiritual Man possesses compared to the Ordinary Man.

For example, if Sun and Ketu are in the nakshatras of Krittika in the 4th house of the charts of both an Ordinary Man and a Spiritual Man, the ability to control others in the personal environment using a commanding, terrifying and warlike countenance is equally pronounced. The difference is that one commands from the perspective of Karmic Justice and his personal environment spans the length and breadth of the galaxy, and the other one’s commands are based on a personal definition of justice whose sphere of influence is limited to home, town, country whatever. One is acting out of an unselfish impersonal need to preserve the spiritually coherent matrix that is the Universe; while the other one acts out of limiting personal egoic considerations which often conflicts with Universal considerations, even if those considerations have a benign purpose. One does not need to be benign to be in harmony with universal will.

The key word is “Preservation”. The Spiritual Man is “Preserving”, which is why out of the universal threefold hierarchy, only Vishnu, the Preserver, incarnates on earth as an avatar, to set an example fo all men to follow.

To become a Spiritual Man is to become like Vishnu, the Preserver, and to have the ability to choose more than one reference point.

I once saw an advertisement, and you probably have too, which said, “We’ve cut out the middle man.” The advertisement was indicating that whatever widget they happened to be selling could be purchased for an extra low price because there was no one between the manufacturer and the consumer. That is, there was no distributor, thus there was no reason to pay a distributor. The manufacturer was happy for selling to a larger client base and the consumer was happy for getting such a great price. They would then surely take their widget home and show it to their neighbors while bragging about what a great negotiator they are and everyone was full of joy.

What are you talking about Brian? Ok, ok… I’ll get to the point. What possible reasoning could the government have for being the middle man in our economic stimulus? We all work and pay taxes. The taxes pay for things like roads, bridges, schools, F-22 fighter attack squadrons, and artificial turf for the National Mall, right?

According to President Obama, on Jan 28 in the White House East Room, “business, not government, is the engine of growth in this country.” (More on this in an upcoming article entitled “The Reagan Mask”) If business is the engine of growth in this country, why is there a middle man between business and its own money? It doesn’t make sense and is in fact detrimental to growth, that government should confiscate money from business via a world record breaking 35% tax, only to return it to them with incentives or keep it via government expansion. Wouldn’t the country be better served by allowing businesses to keep more of what they earn to employ people rather than have the government do it? After all, business, not government, is the engine of growth in this country.

It seems wholly illogical to me to allow an economic distributor to come in and reapply that money for transient and low-paying jobs, as directed by the Obama stimulus plan, when we have a host of businesses eager to apply it to permanent and higher-paying jobs.

I asked earlier what reasoning the government could have for this proposal. The only possible reason I could come up with is power. They want to control business. They want to control opportunity. They want to control you. How do I know this? Well, it’s the only thing that makes sense. If Obama really wanted to stimulate the economy, he could do so easily by cutting corporate income taxes; this is not only common sense but historical fact. If he wanted to control you, he would take as much of your money as he could get his hand on and then tell you what you must do in order to get it back, which is exactly what this economic pork bill is all about. This bill is about control and the best way to do it is by making themselves the middle man.

The good news is, you don’t have to let them do it. You can still retain control, but you have to act. The Obama stimulus bill has passed the House (with zero Republican votes), but it still needs to go through the Senate. You have a louder voice than you think you do. Call the Senate and tell them not to vote for this monstrosity. Tell them instead to cut the corporate income tax and the capital gains tax. This will spur the economy, this will give you control, and this will cut out the middle man.

Some of the most important things to know about when it comes to government contracting are the Federal Acquisition Regulations, commonly referred to as the FAR. Why, you may ask? It’s simple: because the FAR are the rules that all federal agencies have to follow when they purchase supplies or services. All solicitations follow various outlines of the FAR and incorporate, usually ‘by reference’ rather than spelling out, FAR clauses within the solicitation documents. It is expected of the company bidding to understand most of the guidelines or to do some extra research themselves by asking the Contracting officer for additional documents or an informational website. All FAR clauses included must be followed or the contractor risks termination for cause.

The acquisition process that the FAR creates and maintains consists of three phrases: 1) acknowledgment of need 2) contract creation and 3) contract administration. It regulates the activities of government personnel and how they handle these contracts, not the actual purchasing activities of the bidders, unless mentioned in the contract guidelines. The full book containing the FAR is over 1,000 pages long and is updated regularly, so it is important to stay abreast of the changes. There are 53 different parts of the FAR, divided into 8 different sub chapters labeled A through H. From there, it breaks down into subparts, sections, and subsections. When referenced in a contract, only the section and subsection are shown though. For example, FAR 52.222-19 refers to FAR Part 52, Section 222, subsection 19 – “Child Labor-Cooperation with Authorities and Remedies.”

The FAR is the most important single document there is when it comes to government contracting. Though it has dozens of elements, the largest and most commonly seen part of the FAR is Part 52. It contains the most-used contract clauses, certifications, notices, and other instructions for firms interested in performing a bid to abide by. However, the most heavily regulated part of the FAR isn’t about labor or production-it’s about price. The entirety of Sub chapter D focuses on socioeconomic programs and their relations to federal contracts.

Even though there are regulation standards set for the entire federal government, some branches, such as the Department of Defense and the Army, have their own supplemental regulations. Also, some agencies aren’t required to follow the FAR, such as the US Postal Service or the Tennessee Valley Authority. It is interesting to note that there are agencies that are exempt or can tack on additional regulations because the original intent of the FAR was to create a government-wide set of rules in order to keep things simple. With that in mind, it is important to keep up with both the FAR and the individual agencies’ regulations to ensure that the bidding process goes in your favor. Federal regulations can be found here: http://www.acquisition.gov/far/.

In addition, while the contracting officer may answer your questions, it might be easier to keep a copy of the updated FAR in your office, or at least be able to reference it when needed. If you go to the website, you can download a PDF file which has all the current regulation standards, an explanation, and their number. Another useful tool is that they list the current bills and discussions about potential changes to the FAR which might affect your business. When dealing with the government, it is best to keep up to date on bills and other legislation that might change how contracting operates. It is important to know how these regulations change because during the bidding process, the bidder must do one of the three things: 1) comply with the stated regulations 2) demonstrate that they will comply when the contract is awarded to them, 3) claim exemption from them. One of these three things must be done or the bid will not be awarded.

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The horoscope is a reference point for a particular time and place. The main reference point in the horoscope is the Ascendant because it is the main identifying feature of an individual. This reference point is valid for both the Spiritual Man and the Ordinary Man because it is the vehicle through which the essence of the ‘self’ finds expression.

In most people, the reference point refers to the “I” element or “personal ego”. The true definition of a Spiritual Man is that there is no one fixed reference point because there is no “I”. The Spiritual Man can move from one reference point to another at will. The Spiritual Man can be in one place or all places at the same time. He can easily stand on Earth, Orion or any star or planet in the galaxy he chooses.He can visit the past or travel into the future. He can transgress the physical laws of time and space.

The Spiritual Man lives in an eternal present with no fixed abode. His reference point depends on the dictates of his will, a will perfectly aligned with the Cosmic will that is unlimited in attribute. The Spiritual Man has the freedom to locate to a new reference point temporarily or permanently. The permanent relocation is happening in the cases of advanced yogis who choose the moment of death, obliterating all traces of their reference point even on the physical plane as they dissolve their physical bodies into pure light. They are making the atomic shift to a completely new reference point. Ordinary Man has no such freedom. At the time of death his new reference point remains pretty much the same as the one he is leaving behind.

Until the Spiritual Man chooses to permanently shift his reference point, like the Ordinary Man, his reference point at the time of birth provides the vehicle of a particular size, shape, colour and quality which holds the genetic and environmental codes for his mental, emotional and physical experiences.

When we study an individual’s natal chart we usually understand that we are analyzing the reference point of one who has not stepped outside the “single reference point matrix”, who is still a slave to the laws of the personal “I” or ego; laws which are governed by the personal “I’s” past actions and desires, which define the present “I’s” actions and desires, and give rise to the presupposition of the future “I’s” actions and desires.

We can regard the horoscope as a map of a place full of winding roads and sights to see, which the “I” – a particular vehicle of a particular make, colour and quality drives through. The benefit of learning how to read the map is that we can use this knowledge to make the journey safer and more comfortable, and by improving our steering control, we empower the Spiritual Man inside ourselves and develop our “will”, which is an implicit agreement to execute the intent of the creator.

The horoscope is not a profile of the Spiritual Man as such, who stands outside of it, but a reference point which the Spiritual Man uses. The Ordinary Man has no such ability because his sense of self is too limiting and he has not developed his will.

The difference between the Spiritual Man and the Ordinary Man is that the Spiritual Man acts from Pure Intent and the Ordinary Man doesn’t. This greatly affects the scope of influence and the level of refinement a Spiritual Man possesses compared to the Ordinary Man.

For example, if Sun and Ketu are in the nakshatras of Krittika in the 4th house of the charts of both an Ordinary Man and a Spiritual Man, the ability to control others in the personal environment using a commanding, terrifying and warlike countenance is equally pronounced. The difference is that one commands from the perspective of Karmic Justice and his personal environment spans the length and breadth of the galaxy, and the other one’s commands are based on a personal definition of justice whose sphere of influence is limited to home, town, country whatever. One is acting out of an unselfish impersonal need to preserve the spiritually coherent matrix that is the Universe; while the other one acts out of limiting personal egoic considerations which often conflicts with Universal considerations, even if those considerations have a benign purpose. One does not need to be benign to be in harmony with universal will.

The key word is “Preservation”. The Spiritual Man is “Preserving”, which is why out of the universal threefold hierarchy, only Vishnu, the Preserver, incarnates on earth as an avatar, to set an example fo all men to follow.

To become a Spiritual Man is to become like Vishnu, the Preserver, and to have the ability to choose more than one reference point.

I once saw an advertisement, and you probably have too, which said, “We’ve cut out the middle man.” The advertisement was indicating that whatever widget they happened to be selling could be purchased for an extra low price because there was no one between the manufacturer and the consumer. That is, there was no distributor, thus there was no reason to pay a distributor. The manufacturer was happy for selling to a larger client base and the consumer was happy for getting such a great price. They would then surely take their widget home and show it to their neighbors while bragging about what a great negotiator they are and everyone was full of joy.

What are you talking about Brian? Ok, ok… I’ll get to the point. What possible reasoning could the government have for being the middle man in our economic stimulus? We all work and pay taxes. The taxes pay for things like roads, bridges, schools, F-22 fighter attack squadrons, and artificial turf for the National Mall, right?

According to President Obama, on Jan 28 in the White House East Room, “business, not government, is the engine of growth in this country.” (More on this in an upcoming article entitled “The Reagan Mask”) If business is the engine of growth in this country, why is there a middle man between business and its own money? It doesn’t make sense and is in fact detrimental to growth, that government should confiscate money from business via a world record breaking 35% tax, only to return it to them with incentives or keep it via government expansion. Wouldn’t the country be better served by allowing businesses to keep more of what they earn to employ people rather than have the government do it? After all, business, not government, is the engine of growth in this country.

It seems wholly illogical to me to allow an economic distributor to come in and reapply that money for transient and low-paying jobs, as directed by the Obama stimulus plan, when we have a host of businesses eager to apply it to permanent and higher-paying jobs.

I asked earlier what reasoning the government could have for this proposal. The only possible reason I could come up with is power. They want to control business. They want to control opportunity. They want to control you. How do I know this? Well, it’s the only thing that makes sense. If Obama really wanted to stimulate the economy, he could do so easily by cutting corporate income taxes; this is not only common sense but historical fact. If he wanted to control you, he would take as much of your money as he could get his hand on and then tell you what you must do in order to get it back, which is exactly what this economic pork bill is all about. This bill is about control and the best way to do it is by making themselves the middle man.

The good news is, you don’t have to let them do it. You can still retain control, but you have to act. The Obama stimulus bill has passed the House (with zero Republican votes), but it still needs to go through the Senate. You have a louder voice than you think you do. Call the Senate and tell them not to vote for this monstrosity. Tell them instead to cut the corporate income tax and the capital gains tax. This will spur the economy, this will give you control, and this will cut out the middle man.

Some of the most important things to know about when it comes to government contracting are the Federal Acquisition Regulations, commonly referred to as the FAR. Why, you may ask? It’s simple: because the FAR are the rules that all federal agencies have to follow when they purchase supplies or services. All solicitations follow various outlines of the FAR and incorporate, usually ‘by reference’ rather than spelling out, FAR clauses within the solicitation documents. It is expected of the company bidding to understand most of the guidelines or to do some extra research themselves by asking the Contracting officer for additional documents or an informational website. All FAR clauses included must be followed or the contractor risks termination for cause.

The acquisition process that the FAR creates and maintains consists of three phrases: 1) acknowledgment of need 2) contract creation and 3) contract administration. It regulates the activities of government personnel and how they handle these contracts, not the actual purchasing activities of the bidders, unless mentioned in the contract guidelines. The full book containing the FAR is over 1,000 pages long and is updated regularly, so it is important to stay abreast of the changes. There are 53 different parts of the FAR, divided into 8 different sub chapters labeled A through H. From there, it breaks down into subparts, sections, and subsections. When referenced in a contract, only the section and subsection are shown though. For example, FAR 52.222-19 refers to FAR Part 52, Section 222, subsection 19 – “Child Labor-Cooperation with Authorities and Remedies.”

The FAR is the most important single document there is when it comes to government contracting. Though it has dozens of elements, the largest and most commonly seen part of the FAR is Part 52. It contains the most-used contract clauses, certifications, notices, and other instructions for firms interested in performing a bid to abide by. However, the most heavily regulated part of the FAR isn’t about labor or production-it’s about price. The entirety of Sub chapter D focuses on socioeconomic programs and their relations to federal contracts.

Even though there are regulation standards set for the entire federal government, some branches, such as the Department of Defense and the Army, have their own supplemental regulations. Also, some agencies aren’t required to follow the FAR, such as the US Postal Service or the Tennessee Valley Authority. It is interesting to note that there are agencies that are exempt or can tack on additional regulations because the original intent of the FAR was to create a government-wide set of rules in order to keep things simple. With that in mind, it is important to keep up with both the FAR and the individual agencies’ regulations to ensure that the bidding process goes in your favor. Federal regulations can be found here: http://www.acquisition.gov/far/.

In addition, while the contracting officer may answer your questions, it might be easier to keep a copy of the updated FAR in your office, or at least be able to reference it when needed. If you go to the website, you can download a PDF file which has all the current regulation standards, an explanation, and their number. Another useful tool is that they list the current bills and discussions about potential changes to the FAR which might affect your business. When dealing with the government, it is best to keep up to date on bills and other legislation that might change how contracting operates. It is important to know how these regulations change because during the bidding process, the bidder must do one of the three things: 1) comply with the stated regulations 2) demonstrate that they will comply when the contract is awarded to them, 3) claim exemption from them. One of these three things must be done or the bid will not be awarded.

Shamila Abraham (34), met Junaid (35) when she was 21 and married him a year later. Junaid was the epitome of the attentive, love-struck suitor. ‘If you said you needed a pencil, he’d jump in the car immediately and buy an entire box,’ she says.

Shamila was flattered initially but realized, not long into their marriage, that Junaid’s eagerness to please was taking a toll on their relationship – and her. Gaining praise from others gave him a sense of self-worth that was so important to him she had to play along – in front of colleagues, friends and even family. ‘I had to be the full support, yet I wasn’t allowed to have hard times. At one stage I went through a really rough time at work, and after a week he asked me to please stop talking about it.’

Junaid was also insecure to the point of paranoia – ‘I was constantly accused of having affairs’ – and struggled to deal with Shamila’s successes. When she scored higher than him on a scuba diving test, he was livid, even refusing to be her dive ‘buddy’ on subsequent trips.

Dealing with Him

‘Healthy affirmation involves being able to give and receive,’ says Cook. ‘If you find yourself constantly giving, leaving no space for your own needs, it is important to explore the hows and whys of this pattern, where it comes from and how it impacts on your life.’ Remember that his insecurities lie within himself, says clinical psychologist Adele Romanis. ‘Empower him to address his issues, with therapy for example.’ If you feel your own behavior might contribute to his insecurity, discuss this calmly with him.

Empathize with him, ‘but if he is not willing to acknowledge the issue, you may need to question your needs and reasons for remaining in the relationship’.

Nina van der Merwe (24) has known David (25) since high school, and the two reconnected at a party. ‘He’s a very funny guy and … I actually liked (his) laid-back personality. I felt that it countered my hyper-anxious one.’

But then she realized that he was a little too laid-back. ‘David didn’t think a relationship involved any sort of work. If he was sick (‘which happened quite often’), he would complain, but without going to the doctor. ‘He’d whine until I’d go to the chemist, get some medication (and pay for it myself) and “nurse” him back to health,’ says Nina. Even when it came to conflict, he used what Nina terms ‘the silent treatment’ – to manipulate her. ‘This further provoked me and made me hysterical. He would then accuse me of being unreasonable and acting crazy.’

‘I felt like I was alone in the relationship,’ Nina says. She started to think it was her responsibility to get him interested. ‘It really makes you question whether or not you’re good enough to be loved. It wasn’t all bad all the time, but it dented my self-image.’

Dealing with Him

Resist doing for him what he can do for himself, says Arden; this will force him into being active. Rather than do more to make up for his passivity, do less. If, for example, you’re always planning annual holidays, let him know that you’re too busy to do so this year. The message is clear: if he doesn’t plan a holiday, there won’t be a holiday. ‘You can help him unlearn his passive ways by not rewarding him for being passive. As you fail to respond in the expected way, he will begin to change,’ says Arden. When he steps up to the plate, thank him.

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