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MoveMe.com—Hype or Help? November 30, 2008

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If you have ever moved in your lifetime, then you understand how much work there is to do to make sure everything goes smoothly. And there are about as many websites on moving services and advice as there are jobs to do when you move. How are you supposed to make sense of it all? There is a site, Moveme.com, that seems to provide checklists and resources for moving, buying, selling or renting your home, as well as getting everything you need set up after your move. They say that they are a site that “serves people who are looking to buy, sell, or rent their homes, as well as financing their new homes.” They also provide removal quotes.

Moveme.com provides information for removal companies as well as the man and van company to help you move your items from your old home to your new home.

How does it stack up to other similar sites?

For starters, if you live in the UK, where this site is based, it is a great resource to assist you with the legal and other considerations in a move. However, if you live in the US, some of the information may not be applicable to the different laws available in the United States. But much of the information is transferrable, as much of the moving process is pretty much the same in most industrial societies.

Similar sites will have the same information, so much of the information that is on MoveMe.com can be found on many other similar websites. So nothing new here. MoveMe.com is not completely unique, and will contain information that other sites have. The big difference is that many other sites have their information laid out in a more chaotic format, leaving the user frustrated that they aren’t able to find what they need, while this site has laid out their information in an organized and pleasing format.

If you live in the UK, or are planning a move there soon, you may want to check out the MoveMe.com website. They have some good information about the laws in that country, and resources that you need to get set up with once you are over there.

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Work From Home Business Opportunities Exposed! August 24, 2008

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With our depressing economy today, more and more people are turning to the Internet to start their own home business opportunities. Everyday thousands of people are going to start a home business, and many times that are going to search online for the ‘right’ business opportunity for them to get involved with.

Most business opportunities are scams, regardless of what the “guru’s” tell you. All they do is tell you half of what you need to succeed, and then tell you that if you buy one of their more expensive programs or products, they will show you how to make as much money as they are. But when you buy the program, it ends up still being only part of the puzzle and you will never succeed.

So What Can You DO?

What is the difference between the people who succeed at business, and the people who wish they could succeed? Some people say it is because of a lack of money, but I say it is because they are just plain lazy. They want results NOW, without the work it takes to create the results. And even if they try a little bit, once things don’t happen as fast as they want them to, they give up and say that no one can make money on the internet. Is it any wonder people stay working at their J.O.B.? (That is Just Over Broke)

So what can you do to create your own work from home business opportunity? Membership sites. What? Yup…membership sites. This is the next big thing in online businesses. With each sale, you can potentially get paid again and again each month forever. So, if you make 5,000 sales in a year or so, you can stop working on driving traffic and still get paid each month. Sound exciting? I should hope so….I mean, this business is perfect for all who want to be lazy with results. Work hard for as long as it takes, and then back off for a while. Makes sense to me!

This home-based business goes completely against the concept of what people are taught in school and in the corporate world. The conventional wisdom is that if you work hard, you will get a good job with a nice salary. The more qualifications you have, the better your salary will be.

Membership sites are just the opposite. In the world of membership sites, you can become wealthy with little or no qualifications. This goes against the grain of how normal people think, beleagured as they are with the modern-day-slavery that is Corporate America, so that they immediately throw up walls of excuses, doubts, and disbelief to separate them from this strange concept of financial freedom.

What is going to hold you back from financial freedom??

Growing Marijuana with the Aerogarden? August 24, 2008

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Okay, I want to tell you that if you do grow marijuana with your Aerogarden, don’t tell me about it. It’s against the law, and you will get caught eventually for doing something illegal. I am not telling you to grow this, and I would discourage you from doing this if I were there with you and we were talking about this. There…having made that disclaimer, I feel better, and we are ready to get on with this article.

You can grow anything you want with the Aerogarden, including the illegal marijuana. (Don’t do that, though!) Aerogrow, the company who created the Aerogarden, has created the Master Gardener’s kit. This contains several grow pods that you can put your own seeds in, so that you can grow whatever seeds you want, or have on hand. This keeps you from having to limit yourself to the particular kits they have. You can run with this and create an entire indoor garden with no need to build an expensive greenhouse. But I am getting ahead of myself here…that comes a little later.

Here is an example of some of the additional seeds you can grow in your Aerogarden Pro or Deluxe models:

  1. Peas
  2. Sugar snap peas
  3. All your flowering plants that yield fruits and vegetables
  4. Anything else that you want—even flowers!

I have heard of people growing marijuana in their Aerogardens, and there are even some forums on this topic. But I am not going to give you that information as I do not want to get in trouble with the law in case you get caught. You never heard it from me!

So, you could build an entire garden with these things! They have different sizes of wall shelves made especially for the Aerogarden that you can hang up, keeping them off your surfaces, giving you more room in your kitchen. But the best part about this is that you can literally create an entire room of these wall Aerogardens that are growing anything from flowers to tomatoes to strawberries and salads—during any part of the year you desire! All year round, you could be growing the vegetables and herbs that you use every day—fresh and organic.

If this sounds like a great plan to you, and if you want to know more, why not find out more here? In fact, they are running a promotion right now that you can try it free for 36 days. If you like it, pay for it at the end of your trial period. If you do not like it, you aren’t out any money and you can send it back, no questions asked. So, try out one…if you like it, try out another one…build up your garden one machine at a time. Enjoy!

5 Ways to Keep Visitors Coming Back August 24, 2008

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A lot of successful websites depend on returning visitors to account for a major part of their traffic. Returning visitors are easier to convert into paying customers because the more often they return to a site, the more trust they have in that site. The credibility issue just melts away. Hence, keep your visitors coming back to your site with the following methods:

1) Start a forum, chatroom or shoutbox

When you start a forum, chatroom or shoutbox, you are providing your visitors a place to voice their opinions and interact with their peers — all of them are visitors of your site. As conversations build up, a sense of community will also follow and your visitors will come back to your site almost religiously every day.

2) Start a web log (blog)

Keep an online journal, or more commonly known as a blog, on your site and keep it updated with latest news about yourself. Human beings are curious creatures and they will keep their eyes glued to the monitor if you post fresh news frequently. You will also build up your credibility as you are proving to them that there is also a real life person behind the website.

3) Carry out polls or surveys

Polls and surveys are other forms of interaction that you should definitely consider adding to your site. They provide a quick way for visitors to voice their opinions and to get involved in your website. Be sure to publish polls or surveys that are strongly relevant to the target market of your website to keep them interested to find out about the results.

4) Hold puzzles, quizzes and games

Just imagine how many office workers procrastinate at work every day, and you will be able to gauge how many people will keep visiting your site if you provide a very interesting or addicting way of entertainment. You can also hold competitions to award the high score winner to keep people trying continuously to earn the prize.

5) Update frequently with fresh content

Update your site frequently with fresh content so that every time your visitors come back, they will have something to read on your site. This is the most widely known and most effective method of attracting returning visitors, but this is also the least carried out one because of the laziness of webmasters. No one will want to browse a site that looks the same over ten years, so keep your site updated with fresh bites!

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Congressman Barney Frank Sold Out! August 24, 2008

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ENDA, while the voting is over for now, is far from being over. Okay, it may be over for the LG and B of the alphabet soup, but it is definitely not over for the T. I wanted to give you a brief recap of what happened with our “friend in court”, Barney Frank, during this time.

From Congressman Barney Frank, who voted against the trans-inclusive language in ENDA:

“The millions of people that talk openly and to take on the prejudice against people who are transgendered is newer. It is also the case that prejudice begins with people reacting against those who are different from them in some way. People are rarely prejudiced against their clones. So we have this situation where there is more prejudice in this society today against people who are transgendered than against people who are gay and lesbian, partly because we have been working longer at dealing with the sex orientation prejudice; partly because the greater the difference, the greater the prejudice is to start, the more people fail to identify, the more they are put off by differences, especially when those differences come in matters of the greatest personal intimacy.

“So where we are today is that earlier this year, after years of our introducing the bill which we call ENDA, the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, to ban discrimination in employment based on sexual orientation, we added this year for the first time a provision that would also have banned discrimination based on gender identity as we have designated it, i.e., against people who are transgendered. We began dealing with the transgender issue earlier in the context of the hate crimes legislation, and legislating against hate crimes, it’s easier to do than sexual orientation. It is less intrusive, and it is easier to make the argument that assaulting people and destroying their property is wrong than it is to say that refusing to hire them is wrong. I think they’re both wrong, but obviously, there is a distinction in this society. One is a serious criminal issue; one becomes civil.”

He spoke in defense of Transgender issues, yet he voted against it—why? Here is why:

“I rise in opposition to the motion to recommit. …would he consider my making a unanimous consent request to change this to a “motion of forthwith,” so the House could simply adopt this “forthwith” and go to dinner? So the purpose here, the intent, perhaps not the purpose, but the unmistakable intent would be to put this off until after we are due to adjourn November 16. And for what purpose? For the purpose of restating what has already been stated.”

“If there was a real need to do this, it would be now part of the law and we would be voting. It is “promptly” because it adds nothing to the bill, nothing, literally nothing; it subtracts nothing. It is simply a motion to delay. I was ready to yield to make this “forthwith” so this extra language which does nothing could be added. But if you don’t do that, as they won’t, and you vote for this, you are killing this bill. Understand that. Nine days later it is too late for this bill and we are out of this. So I will close with this. Yes, this is personal. There are people who are your fellow citizens being discriminated against. We have a simple bill that says you can go to work and be judged on how you work and not be penalized. Please don’t turn your back on them.”

(To read more of this article, go to Mr. Frank’s website.)

Basically, our “friend in court” sold out, because he didn’t want to have the entire bill be rejected, because the trans-inclusive language was tripping others up, making it risk not passing. So, instead of taking a stand in court for those of us he began taking a stand for, he gave up his stand, so that he and the rest of the Lesbian and Gay community could get what they wanted—maybe coming back for us later. It seems that he was ready to have this over with, rather than fight for what was right for all people—not just for his own personal agenda.

My question to you, Mr. Frank: “Can you sleep at night for what you did to all of us Transgender Americans you shut out of the protections from the idiots who employ us? Can you deal with the loophole you gave them? So, basically—what you are saying is that if I am gay, I can work without fear of being discriminated against now. But, if it was found out that I was a transgender gay man, there would be nothing to protect me, based on my gender identity? That’s essentially what you did, and I really hope you can live with yourself.”

Why Are School Children Depressed? August 24, 2008

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The recent college shooting in Illinois highlights a very serious condition–violence in the schools where my children and your children spend the majority of their lives at. Columbine…that was the most tragic school violence that occurred in the last decade. Why? What happened with our nation’s young people that we now have to have metal detectors in our schools?

For that matter, why do we have most of our young people on drugs, designed to keep them in a catatonic state? And we say that we are “helping” them…anyone see those movies where certain communities have very happy people? And then when the movie continues, you see that there are sinister things going on behind the scenes?

We all want happy children–but at what price? And to what lengths are we going to go before we realize that all the therapy and drugs in the world will not help stop school violence? That it takes something else to help our children be truly happy? That is the subject of this hub…to get rid of school violence, drugs, etc. and replace it with proper nutrition the Paleo Way!!

Typical School Diet

In a typical school diet, as sanctioned by the USDA Federal Guidelines, students get over half their nutrients from carbohydrates. And these aren’t the healthy fruits and veggies carbs. These are mainly from the highly processed, high sugar grain products. For breakfast, a sample menu may be a choice of a pop tart or cereal, with juice and/or milk. No fruit present on this menu. For lunch that same day, the menu is chicken nuggets, mashed potatoes (more than likely, reconstituted flakes), chicken gravy, au gratin vegetables, strawberry shortcake and milk.

Aside from the vegetables, and possibly the milk, there is no healthy foods on this sample day’s menu. But there are plenty of carbohydrates on the menu. Refined and processed carbohydrates. In this particular school district, there are fresh fruits and vegetable choices, but rarely do kids choose fruits and vegetables over the other stuff being served. Maybe one or two children out of 100…which shows how prevalent the poor nutrition has become in our schools.

Research has shown that grain based carbohydrate consumption slows down mental function, increases irrational behavior, increases depression, and speeds up weight gain. With so much of the school menus being processed carbs, is it any wonder there are so many kids on Ritalin, antidepressants, and other behavior modification drugs? Why must we feel the need to drug kids to the point of submission, when they would be better off with healthier nutrition?

Need proof? I don’t blame you a bit. I mean, after all, who am I compared to the Federal Government and all their “certified” nutritionists, dieticians, scientists, and medical doctors? Who am I, but an independent journalist unbiased by corporate greed??