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saco-indonesia.com, Banyak orang yang telah bingung ketika saat menghidupkan mesin kendaraannya tiba-tiba ngadat. Hal ini bisa telah terjadi karena berbagai hal, salah satunya adalah karena aki yang sudah tidak berfungsi dengan baik. Aki juga merupakan sumber energi yang biasanya digunakan untuk alat-alat elektronik, kendaraan dan lain sebagainya. Aki itu sendiri telah terbagi menjadi dua yaitu aki basah dan aki kering. Tentunya keduanya juga telah memiliki kelebihan dan kekurangannya sendiri-sendiri. Jika Aki basah dibutuhkan perawatan yang lebih telaten dibandingkan dengan aki kering, tetapi jika kita tahu cara merawat aki basah, maka aki basah akan mempunyai umur yang lebih lama jika dibandingkan aki kering.

Sebagai salah satu sumber kelistrikan pada kendaraan, tentunya kita juga tidak ingin aki kendaraan kita gampang mati. Karena itu disini kita akan mengulas salah satunya saja, yaitu bagaimana cara untuk merawat aki basah agar awet dan bisa dipakai dalam kurun waktu yang lama.
Cara Merawat Aki Basah Yang Benar

Langkah-langkah cara merawat aki basah :

    Anda jangan malas untuk selalu memeriksa air aki. Pemeriksaan juga bisa dilakukan secara berkala, dan air aki juga harus lebih tinggi dari batas Low dan juga berada di bawah batas Upper Level.
    Tambah air aki jika air aki sudah berkurang dan berada di bawah level Low. Gunakan air aki biasa, jangan menggunakan air aki zuur, karena air aki zuur telah digunakan saat pertama saja.
    Penambahan air aki sebaiknya pada pagi hari sebelum mesin dinyalakan.
    Penggunaan arus listrik Aki juga harus sewajarnya. Anda juga harus membatasi pemakaian arus sesuai kapasitas dari aki yang digunakan, karena jika over maka aki akan mudah mati.
    Hati-hati terhadap hubungan pendek antara kutub positif dan negatif, karena hal tersebut juga bisa menyebabkan kerusakan pada sel aki.
    Periksa katup krem yang ada di aki, jika Anda telah mendapati dalam keadaan longgar maka segera kencangkan.
    Aki yang telah mendapat goncangan terlalu keras juga dapat mempengaruhi umur aki tersebut, maka pastikan aki terlindungi dengan memperhatikan penjepit aki/braket aki tetap kokoh.
    Bersihkan aki dari debu dan berikan sedikit gemuk pada kutupnya agar tidak mudah berkarat atau berjamur.
    Periksa secara keseluruhan fisik aki, apakah ada keretakan pada fisik, plug aki yang tidak tertutup dengan baik dan juga jangan lupa memperhatikan bagian ventplug, mampet atau tidaknya.


Editor : Dian Sukmawati

CARA MERAWAT AKI BASAH

saco-indonesia.com, Siska, ibu rumah tangga warga Kecamatan Rambah, Kabupaten Rokan Hulu, Riau, akan terancam dipenjara akibat tertangkap mencuri lima batang cokelat SilverQueen di supermarket.

"Kejadian pada Jumat (20/12) sekitar jam 14.00 WIB," kata Abdul Imam yang berusia (34) tahun, seorang petugas keamanan swalayan di Simpang Tangun, Kecamatan Rambah, Rokan Hulu, pemilik lima batang cokelat itu.

Kronologi kejadian tersebut menurut pelapor, berawal ketika dia tengah menjaga swalayan dan telah melihat gerakan yang mencurigakan dari seorang wanita yang berada di dalam toko. Waktu itu, kata dia, pelaku telah memasukkan beberapa barang ke dalam bajunya tanpa sepengetahuan kasir swalayan.

Saat itu, kata dia, seorang karyawan swalayan juga sempat melihat aksi pencurian yang telah dilakukan oleh pelaku.

"Saat digeledah, ternyata di dalam baju pelaku telah ditemukan lima batang cokelat. Pelaku kemudian akhirnya mengaku akan mencuri makanan dengan harga total Rp 85 ribu itu," katanya.

Karena perbuatannya, pihak swalayan yang tidak terima kemudian telah meminta agar pihak petugas keamanan melalui Abdul Imam membawa pelaku ke pihak kepolisian.

Informasi dari kepolisian, Siska saat ini telah ditahan di Polsek setempat dan terancam dihukum penjara. Pelaku telah dijerat dengan pasal 362 KHUP dengan ancaman pidana penjara paling lama 5 tahun atau denda paling banyak sembilan ratus ribu rupiah.


Editor : Dian Sukmawati

IBU SISKA TERANCAM DIPENJARA

Saco-Indonesia.com - Tangga seringkali menjadi bagian yang "terbuang" di dalam rumah. Meski diperlukan, tangga menyisakan bagian kosong di bawahnya. Hal ini bisa diakali dengan menjadikan bagian kosong tersebut sebagai lemari, bahkan pantry, atau sofa "tersembunyi" yang nyaman.

Arsitek asal Swiss, Guillaume Burri bekerja sama dengan perusahaan yang bergerak di bidang desain produk, Big-Game, punya solusi untuk masalah ini.

Big-Game diminta untuk merenovasi interior bekas pabrik di daerah pedesaan Eclépens, di dekat Danau Geneva, Swiss. Pabrik tersebut dibagi menjadi dua apartemen sewa. Guillaume Burri tampaknya ingin memaksimalkan ruang di dalam interior apartemen yang begitu kompak, di sinilah peran Big-Game. 

Mereka mendesain boxy unit dari kayu yang menggabungkan berbagai fungsi dalam rumah, yaitu tangga, tempat penyimpanan, dan dapur.

"Idenya adalah menciptakan furnitur yang akan mengikutsertakan berbagai kebutuhan di dalam rumah, seperti tangga, tempat penyimpanan, dapur, dan lainnya," ujar para desainer.

Para desainer menggunakan lembaran kayu bergurat tegas yang sudah diolesi minyak. Penggunaan kayu jenis ini menambah tekstur, daya tarik, serta kehangatan dalam ruangan minimalis berwarna putih. Hasilnya, tidak hanya cantik, namun juga cerdas.

Untuk tangga, Big-Game memanfaatkan pijakan anak tangga sebagai lemari untuk sisi lain tangga tersebut. Big-Game juga membuat tangga yang terintegrasi dengan lemari dan dapur, meja belajar sekaligus lemari pakaian, serta meja belajar sepanjang ruangan. Meja belajar yang memenuhi salah satu dinding ruangan tersebut juga tampil apik mengisi ruangan minimalis.

Proyek unik ini juga melibatkan Wood Concept sebagai realisator ide Big-Game. Ide ini tentunya juga bisa diadaptasi di rumah Anda!

Sumber :www.dezeen.com/kompas.com
Editor : Maulana Lee
Tiru Desain Ini! Tangga Kayu Berfungsi Lemari Baju

saco-indonesia.com, Geri Abraham yang berusia (27) tahun , terpaksa berurusan dengan polisi usai menghisap ganja di Jalan Kiapang, Boncos RT 08 RW 06, Kota Bambu Selatan, Palmerah, Jakarta Barat.

Kapolsek Palmerah, Kompol Sukatma, juga mengatakan, penangkapan ini telah berdasarkan adanya laporan dari masyarakat yang sudah resah dengan adanya para pemuda yang mabuk-mabukan.

"Dapat informasi itu, petugas pada pukul 06.00 pagi WIB langsung terjun ke lapangan dan telah mendapati dua orang sedang menghisap ganja," ujar Sukatma kepada wartawan, Senin (10/2/2014).

Anggota pun segera langsung menyergap dua pemuda tersebut. Namun, satu orang tersebut telah berhasil melarikan diri dari tangan petugas.

"Kami juga telah menemukan dua linting ganja yang tersimpan di dalam bungkus rokok, di dekat tersangka," lanjutnya.

Sementara itu, pelaku yang dalam keadaan panik karena telah tertangkap berkilah ganja itu bukan miliknya, tapi milik temannya yang telah berhasil meloloskan diri.

"Namun tersangka juga mengaku kalau ganja itu baru saja mereka hisap bersama-sama," pungkasnya.

Kini, Gerri telah meringkuk di tahanan Mapolsek Palmerah dan akan di jerat Pasal 111 Jo 132 KUHP dengan ancaman hukuman minimal 4 tahun penjara.


Editor : Dian Sukmawati

ABRAHAM DIBEKUK POLISI

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Obat Sariawan Tradisional Ampuh dan Alami
Sariawan
Apa itu sariawan? Dalam ilmu kedokteran, sariawan lebih dikenal dengan nama Stomatitis, yaitu terjadinya pembengkakan atau peradangan yang telah terjadi di daerah sekitar mulut dan lidah. Sariawan juga memang bukan penyakit yang mematikan seperti kanker atau jantung. Tapi rasanya sangat menyiksa karena terasa perih saat mengunyah makanan yang telah mengakibatkan penderitanya menjadi tidak enak makan, bahkan makanan favoritnya sekalipun.

Sariawan juga tidak terjadi secara kebetulan, namun ada beberapa faktor yang dapat menjadi penyebab timbulnya penyakit ini.

    Mulut tergigit. Ini adalah hal yang umum. Biasanya mulut tergigit karena makan terlalu cepat atau pada saat mengobrol.
    Kekurangan nutrisi seperti zat besi, Vitamin B 12 dan Vitamin C juga bisa menyebabkan sariawan.
    Tanda dari kelainan pencernaan
    Kebersihan mulut yang tidak terjaga
    Daya tahan tubuh melemah
    Produk pasta gigi yang tidak cocok dengan mulut
    Makan makanan yang terlalu pedas atau asam


Sariawan juga bisa diobati dengan ramuan tradisional ataupun dengan membeli obat-obatan kimia di apotek. Anda tinggal memilih mana yang menurut Anda lebih mudah dan manjur.

Obat Sariawan Tradisional

Untuk dapat mengobati sariawan, kita juga bisa menggunakan bahan-bahan sebagai berikut:

1. Air kelapa

Air kelapa telah memberikan efek yang menenangkan pada sistem pencernaan. Air kelapa juga dikenal karena sifat pendinginannya. Selain menghidrasi tubuh dan ini juga baik untuk dapat menyembuhkan sariawan.

2. Daun jambu biji

Ini adalah salah satu pengobatan rumah yang dapat membantu untuk mengobati sariawan secara alami. Kunyah beberapa lembar daun jambu biji lalu berkumurlah.

3. Pisang dan madu

Makan pisang dan madu untuk dapat menyembuhkan sariawan. Anda bahkan juga dapat menerapkan pasta ini pada ulkus untuk dapat mengurangi peradangannya.

4. Bawang putih dan pepaya

Mengoleskan obat langsung pada luka sariawan untuk dapat mempercepat proses penyembuhan. Tempelkan bawang mentah, pepaya atau kantong teh langsung pada luka sariawan.

5. Minyak kelapa

Minyak kelapa telah memiliki sifat anti-bakteri. Anda juga bisa mencampurkan minyak kelapa dengan madu. Oleskan ramuan tersebut pada mulut yang sariawan tiga kali sehari.

6. Tomat

Buah-buahan yang mengandung vitamin C seperti tomat mampu untuk menyembuhkan sariawan. Konsumsi tomat mentah atau jus tomat karena kandungan vitamin C di dalamnya tinggi.

7. Kunyit

Jangan dikira kunyit hanya berfungsi sebagai bumbu masak saja . Kunyit juga mampu untuk mengobati sariawan. Ambil kunyit secukupnya, cuci bersih kemudian ditumbuk hingga halus. Oleskan pasta yang terbuat dari tumbukan kunyit yang telah dicampur dengan satu sendok teh gliserin.

Cara Mengobati Sariawan Lainnya

Selain mengobati sariawan dengan ramuan tradisional, kita juga bisa mengatasinya dengan beberapa makanan dan minuman seperti berikut:

8. Garam dan baking soda

Ini adalah salah satu solusi untuk dapat mengobati sariawan dengan mudah. Buatlah pasta dari garam dan baking soda dengan cara menambahkan sedikit air. Oleskan pasta pada ulkus (luka sariawan) dan biarkan selama 10 menit. Bilas dengan air dingin.

9. Makanan kaya zat besi

Makanan kaya zat besi seperti sereal, kalkun, ham, biji wijen, brokoli, gandum dan telur juga dapat mengurangi sariawan serta meningkatkan sistem kekebalan tubuh.

10. Minum vitamin

Perbanyak konsumsi vitamin B, vitamin C, zat besi dan asam folat yang juga berperan dalam mencegah dan menyembuhkan luka sariawan.

11. Minum yogurt

Yogurt juga mengontrol keseimbangan bakteri di mulut dan tubuh. Dengan ini, Anda juga bisa meningkatkan kecepatan penyembuhan dan membantu mencegah luka sariawan.

Nah, itulah ramuan tradisional untuk dapat mengobati sariawan. Jika sariawan tidak kunjung sembuh dalam waktu tiga minggu, segera hubungi Dokter.

Editor : Dian Sukmawati

Sumber : Manfaatnyasehat.blogspot.com

OBAT SARIAWAN TRADISISONAL

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Late in April, after Native American actors walked off in disgust from the set of Adam Sandler’s latest film, a western sendup that its distributor, Netflix, has defended as being equally offensive to all, a glow of pride spread through several Native American communities.

Tantoo Cardinal, a Canadian indigenous actress who played Black Shawl in “Dances With Wolves,” recalled thinking to herself, “It’s come.” Larry Sellers, who starred as Cloud Dancing in the 1990s television show “Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman,” thought, “It’s about time.” Jesse Wente, who is Ojibwe and directs film programming at the TIFF Bell Lightbox in Toronto, found himself encouraged and surprised. There are so few film roles for indigenous actors, he said, that walking off the set of a major production showed real mettle.

But what didn’t surprise Mr. Wente was the content of the script. According to the actors who walked off the set, the film, titled “The Ridiculous Six,” included a Native American woman who passes out and is revived after white men douse her with alcohol, and another woman squatting to urinate while lighting a peace pipe. “There’s enough history at this point to have set some expectations around these sort of Hollywood depictions,” Mr. Wente said.

The walkout prompted a rhetorical “What do you expect from an Adam Sandler film?,” and a Netflix spokesman said that in the movie, blacks, Mexicans and whites were lampooned as well. But Native American actors and critics said a broader issue was at stake. While mainstream portrayals of native peoples have, Mr. Wente said, become “incrementally better” over the decades, he and others say, they remain far from accurate and reflect a lack of opportunities for Native American performers. What’s more, as Native Americans hunger for representation on screen, critics say the absence of three-dimensional portrayals has very real off-screen consequences.

“Our people are still healing from historical trauma,” said Loren Anthony, one of the actors who walked out. “Our youth are still trying to figure out who they are, where they fit in this society. Kids are killing themselves. They’re not proud of who they are.” They also don’t, he added, see themselves on prime time television or the big screen. Netflix noted while about five people walked off the “The Ridiculous Six” set, 100 or so Native American actors and extras stayed.

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But in interviews, nearly a dozen Native American actors and film industry experts said that Mr. Sandler’s humor perpetuated decades-old negative stereotypes. Mr. Anthony said such depictions helped feed the despondency many Native Americans feel, with deadly results: Native Americans have the highest suicide rate out of all the country’s ethnicities.

The on-screen problem is twofold, Mr. Anthony and others said: There’s a paucity of roles for Native Americans — according to the Screen Actors Guild in 2008 they accounted for 0.3 percent of all on-screen parts (those figures have yet to be updated), compared to about 2 percent of the general population — and Native American actors are often perceived in a narrow way.

In his Peabody Award-winning documentary “Reel Injun,” the Cree filmmaker Neil Diamond explored Hollywood depictions of Native Americans over the years, and found they fell into a few stereotypical categories: the Noble Savage, the Drunk Indian, the Mystic, the Indian Princess, the backward tribal people futilely fighting John Wayne and manifest destiny. While the 1990 film “Dances With Wolves” won praise for depicting Native Americans as fully fleshed out human beings, not all indigenous people embraced it. It was still told, critics said, from the colonialists’ point of view. In an interview, John Trudell, a Santee Sioux writer, actor (“Thunderheart”) and the former chairman of the American Indian Movement, described the film as “a story of two white people.”

“God bless ‘Dances with Wolves,’ ” Michael Horse, who played Deputy Hawk in “Twin Peaks,” said sarcastically. “Even ‘Avatar.’ Someone’s got to come save the tribal people.”

Dan Spilo, a partner at Industry Entertainment who represents Adam Beach, one of today’s most prominent Native American actors, said while typecasting dogs many minorities, it is especially intractable when it comes to Native Americans. Casting directors, he said, rarely cast them as police officers, doctors or lawyers. “There’s the belief that the Native American character should be on reservations or riding a horse,” he said.

“We don’t see ourselves,” Mr. Horse said. “We’re still an antiquated culture to them, and to the rest of the world.”

Ms. Cardinal said she was once turned down for the role of the wife of a child-abusing cop because the filmmakers felt that casting her would somehow be “too political.”

Another sore point is the long run of white actors playing American Indians, among them Burt Lancaster, Rock Hudson, Audrey Hepburn and, more recently, Johnny Depp, whose depiction of Tonto in the 2013 film “Lone Ranger,” was viewed as racist by detractors. There are, of course, exceptions. The former A&E series “Longmire,” which, as it happens, will now be on Netflix, was roundly praised for its depiction of life on a Northern Cheyenne reservation, with Lou Diamond Phillips, who is of Cherokee descent, playing a Northern Cheyenne man.

Others also point to the success of Mr. Beach, who played a Mohawk detective in “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” and landed a starring role in the forthcoming D C Comics picture “Suicide Squad.” Mr. Beach said he had come across insulting scripts backed by people who don’t see anything wrong with them.

“I’d rather starve than do something that is offensive to my ancestral roots,” Mr. Beach said. “But I think there will always be attempts to drawn on the weakness of native people’s struggles. The savage Indian will always be the savage Indian. The white man will always be smarter and more cunning. The cavalry will always win.”

The solution, Mr. Wente, Mr. Trudell and others said, lies in getting more stories written by and starring Native Americans. But Mr. Wente noted that while independent indigenous film has blossomed in the last two decades, mainstream depictions have yet to catch up. “You have to stop expecting for Hollywood to correct it, because there seems to be no ability or desire to correct it,” Mr. Wente said.

There have been calls to boycott Netflix but, writing for Indian Country Today Media Network, which first broke news of the walk off, the filmmaker Brian Young noted that the distributor also offered a number of films by or about Native Americans.

The furor around “The Ridiculous Six” may drive more people to see it. Then one of the questions that Mr. Trudell, echoing others, had about the film will be answered: “Who the hell laughs at this stuff?”

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United’s first-class and business fliers get Rhapsody, its high-minded in-flight magazine, seen here at its office in Brooklyn. Credit Sam Hodgson for The New York Times

Last summer at a writers’ workshop in Oregon, the novelists Anthony Doerr, Karen Russell and Elissa Schappell were chatting over cocktails when they realized they had all published work in the same magazine. It wasn’t one of the usual literary outlets, like Tin House, The Paris Review or The New Yorker. It was Rhapsody, an in-flight magazine for United Airlines.

It seemed like a weird coincidence. Then again, considering Rhapsody’s growing roster of A-list fiction writers, maybe not. Since its first issue hit plane cabins a year and a half ago, Rhapsody has published original works by literary stars like Joyce Carol Oates, Rick Moody, Amy Bloom, Emma Straub and Mr. Doerr, who won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction two weeks ago.

As airlines try to distinguish their high-end service with luxuries like private sleeping chambers, showers, butler service and meals from five-star chefs, United Airlines is offering a loftier, more cerebral amenity to its first-class and business-class passengers: elegant prose by prominent novelists. There are no airport maps or disheartening lists of in-flight meal and entertainment options in Rhapsody. Instead, the magazine has published ruminative first-person travel accounts, cultural dispatches and probing essays about flight by more than 30 literary fiction writers.

 

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Sean Manning, executive editor of Rhapsody, which publishes works by the likes of Joyce Carol Oates, Amy Bloom and Anthony Doerr, who won a Pulitzer Prize. Credit Sam Hodgson for The New York Times

 

An airline might seem like an odd literary patron. But as publishers and writers look for new ways to reach readers in a shaky retail climate, many have formed corporate alliances with transit companies, including American Airlines, JetBlue and Amtrak, that provide a captive audience.

Mark Krolick, United Airlines’ managing director of marketing and product development, said the quality of the writing in Rhapsody brings a patina of sophistication to its first-class service, along with other opulent touches like mood lighting, soft music and a branded scent.

“The high-end leisure or business-class traveler has higher expectations, even in the entertainment we provide,” he said.

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Some of Rhapsody’s contributing writers say they were lured by the promise of free airfare and luxury accommodations provided by United, as well as exposure to an elite audience of some two million first-class and business-class travelers.

“It’s not your normal Park Slope Community Bookstore types who read Rhapsody,” Mr. Moody, author of the 1994 novel “The Ice Storm,” who wrote an introspective, philosophical piece about traveling to the Aran Islands of Ireland for Rhapsody, said in an email. “I’m not sure I myself am in that Rhapsody demographic, but I would like them to buy my books one day.”

In addition to offering travel perks, the magazine pays well and gives writers freedom, within reason, to choose their subject matter and write with style. Certain genres of flight stories are off limits, naturally: no plane crashes or woeful tales of lost luggage or rude flight attendants, and nothing too risqué.

“We’re not going to have someone write about joining the mile-high club,” said Jordan Heller, the editor in chief of Rhapsody. “Despite those restrictions, we’ve managed to come up with a lot of high-minded literary content.”

Guiding writers toward the right idea occasionally requires some gentle prodding. When Rhapsody’s executive editor asked Ms. Russell to contribute an essay about a memorable flight experience, she first pitched a story about the time she was chaperoning a group of teenagers on a trip to Europe, and their delayed plane sat at the airport in New York for several hours while other passengers got progressively drunker.

“He pointed out that disaster flights are not what people want to read about when they’re in transit, and very diplomatically suggested that maybe people want to read something that casts air travel in a more positive light,” said Ms. Russell, whose novel “Swamplandia!” was a finalist for the 2012 Pulitzer Prize.

She turned in a nostalgia-tinged essay about her first flight on a trip to Disney World when she was 6. “The Magic Kingdom was an anticlimax,” she wrote. “What ride could compare to that first flight?”

Ms. Oates also wrote about her first flight, in a tiny yellow propeller plane piloted by her father. The novelist Joyce Maynard told of the constant disappointment of never seeing her books in airport bookstores and the thrill of finally spotting a fellow plane passenger reading her novel “Labor Day.” Emily St. John Mandel, who was a finalist for the National Book Award in fiction last year, wrote about agonizing over which books to bring on a long flight.

“There’s nobody that’s looked down their noses at us as an in-flight magazine,” said Sean Manning, the magazine’s executive editor. “As big as these people are in the literary world, there’s still this untapped audience for them of luxury travelers.”

United is one of a handful of companies showcasing work by literary writers as a way to elevate their brands and engage customers. Chipotle has printed original work from writers like Toni Morrison, Jeffrey Eugenides and Barbara Kingsolver on its disposable cups and paper bags. The eyeglass company Warby Parker hosts parties for authors and sells books from 14 independent publishers in its stores.

JetBlue offers around 40 e-books from HarperCollins and Penguin Random House on its free wireless network, allowing passengers to read free samples and buy and download books. JetBlue will start offering 11 digital titles from Simon & Schuster soon. Amtrak recently forged an alliance with Penguin Random House to provide free digital samples from 28 popular titles, which passengers can buy and download over Amtrak’s admittedly spotty wireless service.

Amtrak is becoming an incubator for literary talent in its own right. Last year, it started a residency program, offering writers a free long-distance train trip and complimentary food. More than 16,000 writers applied and 24 made the cut.

Like Amtrak, Rhapsody has found that writers are eager to get onboard. On a rainy spring afternoon, Rhapsody’s editorial staff sat around a conference table discussing the June issue, which will feature an essay by the novelist Hannah Pittard and an unpublished short story by the late Elmore Leonard.

“Do you have that photo of Elmore Leonard? Can I see it?” Mr. Heller, the editor in chief, asked Rhapsody’s design director, Christos Hannides. Mr. Hannides slid it across the table and noted that they also had a photograph of cowboy spurs. “It’s very simple; it won’t take away from the literature,” he said.

Rhapsody’s office, an open space with exposed pipes and a vaulted brick ceiling, sits in Dumbo at the epicenter of literary Brooklyn, in the same converted tea warehouse as the literary journal N+1 and the digital publisher Atavist. Two of the magazine’s seven staff members hold graduate degrees in creative writing. Mr. Manning, the executive editor, has published a memoir and edited five literary anthologies.

Mr. Manning said Rhapsody was conceived from the start as a place for literary novelists to write with voice and style, and nobody had been put off that their work would live in plane cabins and airport lounges.

Still, some contributors say they wish the magazine were more widely circulated.

“I would love it if I could read it,” said Ms. Schappell, a Brooklyn-based novelist who wrote a feature story for Rhapsody’s inaugural issue. “But I never fly first class.”

Rhapsody, a Lofty Literary Journal, Perused at 39,000 Feet

WASHINGTON — The former deputy director of the C.I.A. asserts in a forthcoming book that Republicans, in their eagerness to politicize the killing of the American ambassador to Libya, repeatedly distorted the agency’s analysis of events. But he also argues that the C.I.A. should get out of the business of providing “talking points” for administration officials in national security events that quickly become partisan, as happened after the Benghazi attack in 2012.

The official, Michael J. Morell, dismisses the allegation that the United States military and C.I.A. officers “were ordered to stand down and not come to the rescue of their comrades,” and he says there is “no evidence” to support the charge that “there was a conspiracy between C.I.A. and the White House to spin the Benghazi story in a way that would protect the political interests of the president and Secretary Clinton,” referring to the secretary of state at the time, Hillary Rodham Clinton.

But he also concludes that the White House itself embellished some of the talking points provided by the Central Intelligence Agency and had blocked him from sending an internal study of agency conclusions to Congress.

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Michael J. Morell Credit Mark Wilson/Getty Images

“I finally did so without asking,” just before leaving government, he writes, and after the White House released internal emails to a committee investigating the State Department’s handling of the issue.

A lengthy congressional investigation remains underway, one that many Republicans hope to use against Mrs. Clinton in the 2016 election cycle.

In parts of the book, “The Great War of Our Time” (Twelve), Mr. Morell praises his C.I.A. colleagues for many successes in stopping terrorist attacks, but he is surprisingly critical of other C.I.A. failings — and those of the National Security Agency.

Soon after Mr. Morell retired in 2013 after 33 years in the agency, President Obama appointed him to a commission reviewing the actions of the National Security Agency after the disclosures of Edward J. Snowden, a former intelligence contractor who released classified documents about the government’s eavesdropping abilities. Mr. Morell writes that he was surprised by what he found.

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“You would have thought that of all the government entities on the planet, the one least vulnerable to such grand theft would have been the N.S.A.,” he writes. “But it turned out that the N.S.A. had left itself vulnerable.”

He concludes that most Wall Street firms had better cybersecurity than the N.S.A. had when Mr. Snowden swept information from its systems in 2013. While he said he found himself “chagrined by how well the N.S.A. was doing” compared with the C.I.A. in stepping up its collection of data on intelligence targets, he also sensed that the N.S.A., which specializes in electronic spying, was operating without considering the implications of its methods.

“The N.S.A. had largely been collecting information because it could, not necessarily in all cases because it should,” he says.

The book is to be released next week.

Mr. Morell was a career analyst who rose through the ranks of the agency, and he ended up in the No. 2 post. He served as President George W. Bush’s personal intelligence briefer in the first months of his presidency — in those days, he could often be spotted at the Starbucks in Waco, Tex., catching up on his reading — and was with him in the schoolhouse in Florida on the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, when the Bush presidency changed in an instant.

Mr. Morell twice took over as acting C.I.A. director, first when Leon E. Panetta was appointed secretary of defense and then when retired Gen. David H. Petraeus resigned over an extramarital affair with his biographer, a relationship that included his handing her classified notes of his time as America’s best-known military commander.

Mr. Morell says he first learned of the affair from Mr. Petraeus only the night before he resigned, and just as the Benghazi events were turning into a political firestorm. While praising Mr. Petraeus, who had told his deputy “I am very lucky” to run the C.I.A., Mr. Morell writes that “the organization did not feel the same way about him.” The former general “created the impression through the tone of his voice and his body language that he did not want people to disagree with him (which was not true in my own interaction with him),” he says.

But it is his account of the Benghazi attacks — and how the C.I.A. was drawn into the debate over whether the Obama White House deliberately distorted its account of the death of Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens — that is bound to attract attention, at least partly because of its relevance to the coming presidential election. The initial assessments that the C.I.A. gave to the White House said demonstrations had preceded the attack. By the time analysts reversed their opinion, Susan E. Rice, now the national security adviser, had made a series of statements on Sunday talk shows describing the initial assessment. The controversy and other comments Ms. Rice made derailed Mr. Obama’s plan to appoint her as secretary of state.

The experience prompted Mr. Morell to write that the C.I.A. should stay out of the business of preparing talking points — especially on issues that are being seized upon for “political purposes.” He is critical of the State Department for not beefing up security in Libya for its diplomats, as the C.I.A., he said, did for its employees.

But he concludes that the assault in which the ambassador was killed took place “with little or no advance planning” and “was not well organized.” He says the attackers “did not appear to be looking for Americans to harm. They appeared intent on looting and conducting some vandalism,” setting fires that killed Mr. Stevens and a security official, Sean Smith.

Mr. Morell paints a picture of an agency that was struggling, largely unsuccessfully, to understand dynamics in the Middle East and North Africa when the Arab Spring broke out in late 2011 in Tunisia. The agency’s analysts failed to see the forces of revolution coming — and then failed again, he writes, when they told Mr. Obama that the uprisings would undercut Al Qaeda by showing there was a democratic pathway to change.

“There is no good explanation for our not being able to see the pressures growing to dangerous levels across the region,” he writes. The agency had again relied too heavily “on a handful of strong leaders in the countries of concern to help us understand what was going on in the Arab street,” he says, and those leaders themselves were clueless.

Moreover, an agency that has always overvalued secretly gathered intelligence and undervalued “open source” material “was not doing enough to mine the wealth of information available through social media,” he writes. “We thought and told policy makers that this outburst of popular revolt would damage Al Qaeda by undermining the group’s narrative,” he writes.

Instead, weak governments in Egypt, and the absence of governance from Libya to Yemen, were “a boon to Islamic extremists across both the Middle East and North Africa.”

Mr. Morell is gentle about most of the politicians he dealt with — he expresses admiration for both Mr. Bush and Mr. Obama, though he accuses former Vice President Dick Cheney of deliberately implying a connection between Al Qaeda and Iraq that the C.I.A. had concluded probably did not exist. But when it comes to the events leading up to the Bush administration’s decision to go to war in Iraq, he is critical of his own agency.

Mr. Morell concludes that the Bush White House did not have to twist intelligence on Saddam Hussein’s alleged effort to rekindle the country’s work on weapons of mass destruction.

“The view that hard-liners in the Bush administration forced the intelligence community into its position on W.M.D. is just flat wrong,” he writes. “No one pushed. The analysts were already there and they had been there for years, long before Bush came to office.”

Ex-C.I.A. Official Rebuts Republican Claims on Benghazi Attack in ‘The Great War of Our Time’
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Many bodies prepared for cremation last week in Kathmandu were of young men from Gongabu, a common stopover for Nepali migrant workers headed overseas. Credit Daniel Berehulak for The New York Times

KATHMANDU, Nepal — When the dense pillar of smoke from cremations by the Bagmati River was thinning late last week, the bodies were all coming from Gongabu, a common stopover for Nepali migrant workers headed overseas, and they were all of young men.

Hindu custom dictates that funeral pyres should be lighted by the oldest son of the deceased, but these men were too young to have sons, so they were burned by their brothers or fathers. Sukla Lal, a maize farmer, made a 14-hour journey by bus to retrieve the body of his 19-year-old son, who had been on his way to the Persian Gulf to work as a laborer.

“He wanted to live in the countryside, but he was compelled to leave by poverty,” Mr. Lal said, gazing ahead steadily as his son’s remains smoldered. “He told me, ‘You can live on your land, and I will come up with money, and we will have a happy family.’ ”

Weeks will pass before the authorities can give a complete accounting of who died in the April 25 earthquake, but it is already clear that Nepal cannot afford the losses. The countryside was largely stripped of its healthy young men even before the quake, as they migrated in great waves — 1,500 a day by some estimates — to work as laborers in India, Malaysia or one of the gulf nations, leaving many small communities populated only by elderly parents, women and children. Economists say that at some times of the year, one-quarter of Nepal’s population is working outside the country.

Nepal’s Young Men, Lost to Migration, Then a Quake
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