Fast Phones A Big Hit

JesusCited: CNN
In an attempt to climb back to the top of the mobile phone market, Nokia unveiled a new, fast mobile phone with a 41 megapixel camera and in doing so, seems to have caught the attention of their intended target, everyone.

Gadget freaks in Europe attending the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona say that they have been blown away by the new phone by Nokia and that the show, which features all of the latest innovations in the industry, is really getting the attention it wanted.

Another phone making a hit with the hip crowd is another phone from a Chinese maker, which they claim is the fastest in the world. Fast or not, the Nokia phone has a camera feature that so far is unrivaled in the industry, the 808 Pure View, and has caused some of the delegates at the show to beam with some well-deserved pride as they seem to be making good on their promise that the show would offer the market some very significant surprises.

The Nokia Pure View is said to have many of the same capabilities of professional cameras that cost thousand of dollars more than the new mobile device. At $600, the Pure View is something of a bargain and industry pundits expect that the price for the latest, greatest in mobile phones will likely fall further, as is often the case with new techie gadgets. In an effort to regain some market share that they have lost to Apple and BlackBerry recently Nokia also launched a lower-cost version of its most popular phone, the Lumia.

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My take:
I am continually amazed by the progress made with all of these devices. Its hard to imagine what a cell phone is able to do now versus how limited they were just a few short years ago. They are already the hand-held computers that were once only within the grasp of Jame Bond.

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Small Home Data Recovery

Most people who have a computer or two at home tend to put off different recuperation processes for too long and then they end up having something fail inside their machine which requires a professional Dallas hard drive recovery team come in and take a look at the malfunctioning machinery. And while it’s usually not a problem for a company to extract information that might be on a hard drive that broke, it’s actually not that difficult to back things up and even if a company is confident that they would be able to obtain a successful backup, it’s still a good idea to have a plan in place.

Professional Voices on the Phone

Running a small business can be extremely exciting and when a person finds that they are otherwise getting more business and they must figure out how to act like a professional on the phone, it’s usually a good idea to look into an answering service if there is nobody at the office that can otherwise act as an intermediary between the company owner and the public. And often someone will find out that they don’t really have a great telephone voice anyway and have their best appointments set up for them where they can meet with another person.

Considering Radio Controlled

There are some fairly complex machines out there that can be used for construction projects that are actually entirely radio controlled and while it is fairly common to still see people inside those machines operating them at the site, it is also becoming common to see people operating things like skid steer attachments from afar and a remote controlled or radio controlled situation. Such options have been shown not only to enhance the level of safety enjoyed by people working in such conditions but also to increase the speed and accuracy of the job at hand.

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Gas Prices Rise Again

Cited: CNN

Gas prices have been on a steady increase over the last month and today was no different. With prices soaring ever higher, today marked the 20th day in a row of prices going higher and soon most cities around the country will be looking down at $4/gallon gasoline, for those places that aren’t already looking down at that very scary number.

Today, the average price for a gallon of gasoline topped $3.70 up slightly from Friday, with prices just over a month ago at $3.41 per gallon on average across the country. Prices are already over $4 per gallon in California, Alaska, and Hawaii, and most other states are close to breaching this level.

Many different things are cited for causing the price of gasoline to be moving steadily higher but none of them are making the U.S. consumer any happier, and that is bad news for the Obama Administration. One of the main reasons being bandied about the news shows lately is the situation in the Middle East, now there’s news for you, and in particular growing tension with Iran. Between Israeli threats to bomb nuclear facilities in Iran and Iranian threats to close down the Straits of Hormuz, the main seaway for Middle East oil to the rest of the world, every bit of saber rattling takes the price of gasoline higher.

Another reason for higher prices, at least according to those trying to tell us all why, is the growing U.S. economy, or at least an economy that is clawing its way back. The same goes for the economies of the entire West, which just a couple of short years ago were hanging on the brink of disaster and are now said to be improving. The better economic conditions in the West means more demand for oil and thereby higher gas prices.

Last but not least on the short list is the ever-present demand for oil by countries whose economies are growing like bacteria in a petri dish. Most often cited here are China and India, who consume an ever larger share of the world’s oil supply even when their economies are not growing as quickly as they once were given the sheer size of these countries.

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My take:

How about the other factor that isn’t often mentioned, that the suits controlling the supply of oil around the world know exactly how to manipulate the market to achieve whatever ends they want. At this point I’m sure that they would like to see President Obama be a one term president so up goes the price of gas. But they won’t let it go too high because then other fuel sources could become more economically feasible and they wouldn’t want to see us break our addiction that easily.

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Changing a Personality

There are many ways that a person might be able to modify their personality and for the most part, people can indeed make personality changes but often those changes will not happen unless a person is aware of their specific personality type to begin with. For example, by taking a Myers-Briggs test, a person might become increasingly aware that they have a very introverted lifestyle and that attempting to socialize more would be a great benefit to their overall psyche. But they might not recognize this aspect of their personality until they have taken a personality test specifically to define it.

Preventing Damage and Plumbing

For residents of Los Angeles County there aren’t many issues that tend to come about regarding the wintertime and problems that can result from snow sitting on roofs for an entire season but other maintenance issues often come to pass as there are many home owners who find that they have to call up a Long Beach CA plumbing outfit to get some assistance with some clogged pipes or a leak that’s sprung somewhere in the basement. The best advice that anyone can take regarding such circumstances is that the sooner such a problem is examined, the less overall damage it will likely do.

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Online Coupons Refused by Stores

Cited: MSNBC

Online companies like Groupon and Living Social are all the rage with their advocates lauding the companies for bringing them great deals for purchasing everything from a meal at a high end restaurant to the latest Apple gadgets at prices that you can’t find at the store. How do they do it? Well, they make a deal with the business owners and then by the shear volume of business generated by them, the business owner is still happy even when giving things away. The problem can arise however when people go online and buy discount coupons to a particular business and then the business does not honor the coupon.

Why does this happen? Well, in many cases the coupons have been purchased from smaller online entities that never made a deal with the business in the first place. They call that fraud, even when it occurs online it is still fraud. One such company that has been dogged by claims of selling coupons to businesses without their permission is MobileSpinach, who have repeatedly been accused of selling fake coupons.

The owner of MobileSpinach, John Vitti, says that the problem with the supposedly fake coupons stems from several issues ranging from the short memories of the business owner to overzealous salespeople from affiliates. In any case, Vitti says that he is happy to provide the client with a full refund and says that he has done so in the past when these incidents have come up.

Problems with MobileSpinach have been found nationwide and are not so easily dismissed with mere suggestion of  misunderstanding. One Long Island, N.Y. merchant recalls a story where he was approached by MobileSpinach to buy into one of their promotions and despite declining to do so, he saw that the ad for discounts at his deli were posted on the MobilSpinach Web site anyway.

While Vitti seems to have an answer to all of the complaints, merchants say that it causes a problem for them with their customers, some of whom feel that it is the business itself that doesn’t want to honor the coupon and not a problem with MobileSpinach. The PR issue itself is something not addressed by Vitti.

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My take:

Sounds to me like Mobile Spinach is trying to pull a fast one and even if not, if you can’t keep a good handle on your business you shouldn’t be in that business. Excuses like the merchants just don’t remember our deal or that the sales people made a mistake just don’t cut it if you ask me.

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Special Gift Items

When trying to find a gift for someone that has everything, it can be difficult to locate truly special items that would actually be valued by someone who didn’t already have a house full of possessions. But one great way to offer a gift that might be more valuable is through a personalized option on something like a piece of jewelry. These days hand stamped jewelry is becoming popular for gifts to people who otherwise own everything because it’s doubtful they’d already own a piece of personalized jewelry unless a single person was responsible for every personalized jewelry gift.

Ensuring Proper Ceiling Height

Although installing a chandelier might be a beautiful addition to a room, it’s important that anyone who is looking to redo the way that their home might look does so with chandelier lighting that is appropriate for the space itself. It’s not a good idea to have a chandelier hanging from the ceiling that’s going to be lower than someone’s eye line, even if the design is gorgeous and it’s nice to look at. When seated at a table where there’s a chandelier hanging down, it should never intrude into the eye line of anyone sitting at the table.

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Oprah Penthouse For Sale

Cited: MSNBC

Very little in the world of celebs is private these days, even when they do their best to keep certain things under wraps. Such is always the case when they try to buy or sell real estate by setting up phony corporation, or if not phony, deliberately deceptive legal entities to mask the money trail. Back in 2008 Oprah best buddy, Gayle King, looked to be the purchaser of a posh Manhattan Penthouse in Midtown at a tower in Place 57. A little digging into the matter and viola, the actual buyer was Oprah and the cost of the cozy NY get-away was just over $7 million.

Whether or not Oprah ever lived there or if the penthouse was bought for King by Oprah or for any of the other recipients of her famous generosity is still not clear but what is clear is that now the Penthouse is for sale and for a mere $7.9 million you too can own a penthouse to the stars. The complex itself has 57 condos and Oprah’s unit was on the 36th floor of the building and measured some 2500 square feet. In addition it had a 768 foot terrace.

The wall to ceiling, windowed condo unit was the star attraction in the building with a triangle-shaped living room, and kitchen that would be the envy of any Iron Chef, though many doubt that Oprah would ever have used or have any need for such an opulent kitchen area, a dining room, two bedrooms, and an attached bathroom.

For the Queen of the Penthouse, the master bedroom had three walk-in closets, a jet spray bathtub and a shower space to die for, at least according to those lucky enough to have used the elegant facilities.

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My take:

I like Oprah and I think that she does some wonderful things. So I would bet dollars to donuts that she bought this apartment for someone else. But even if she didn’t, she has more than enough money to afford whatever she wants and she is generous enough to keep the rest of the rabble from accusing her of conspicuous consumption.

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Further Scrutiny in the Tenancy Process

With the unfortunate issues that are related to the economy that have impacted some individuals over time, it has become important for the average leasing company to take these issues into account when performing their standard tenant credit check as sometimes individuals and families have needed to get quite creative as far as securing their financial health and status. Many individuals who might otherwise have been suffering through the recession have worked hard to regain their status as being credit worthy. This also means that they might have taken an unusual route to self sufficiency.

Getting Help with Doors

A great option for people looking to make a nice update to their home without having to make significant changes to the overall facade is to consider changing the front door and this can be anything from subtle wooden doors to intricate and heavy iron doors. But one nearly universal fact regarding door replacement is that it’s not usually that easy to guarantee that a person is able to get the door replaced without help as lifting even the lightest doors is often something that takes a few people. Living iron doors can even take a few more people or an entire crew.

Pricing Real Estate

It has long been the habit of individuals who are looking to sell their home to put a price on it that’s too much but the reality is that if a person wants to sell their Nyack NY real estate in a timely fashion, the best method is to price the home appropriately so as to reduce any sort of haggling or standoff behavior that might happen if a buyer believes that a home’s price is too high. These days a seller can certainly get a good price for their home, but obtaining an exorbitant sales price is very unlikely.

Researching Cars for Purchase

One of the items for research that a person should always consider when they are going to buy a new car is how many people have reported a particular style of vehicle to the government regarding breakdowns and how many times those vehicles have actually been taken to a California lemon law attorney to see if their consistent breakdowns could be rectified. Surprisingly, some vehicle brands that are known for breaking down often aren’t seen as often as vehicles that are otherwise thought to be in the shop often such as BMW, which apparently has a terrible reputation for lemons.

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Motion Rejected in Abuse Case

Cited: CNN

A Philadelphia judged rejected a motion by the attorneys defending the Philadelphia Archdiocese from sexual abuse charges stemming from accusations that priests in the diocese were abusing children. The motion asked the court to throw out the charges against Monsignor William Lynn, in which he is accused of two counts of endangering the welfare of a child in connection with the larger sex abuse charges being fought by the Philadelphia Archdiocese, on the basis that Lynn did indeed inform his superior, Cardinal Bevilacqua, that over 35 priests in his charge were suspected of abusing children.

The defense cited a memo from Lynn to Bevilacqua, who died on January 31, in which the monsignor advised the Cardinal of the situation and that Cardinal Bevilacqua then ordered the memo to be destroyed. The defense says that the memo shows clear evidence that Lynn did indeed report the suspected incidents to his superior, as was his responsibility in the matter. The judge hearing the motion said that there was legal basis for the defense’s motion to have the case dropped on the basis of the existence of the memo.

The memo, which was recently found in the safe of the Office of the Clergy in the Philadelphia Archdiocese, is clear evidence of the abuse cases and knowledge of the abuse cases and is indeed the smoking gun that will be used against Lynn, according to the prosecutors on the case against Lynn.

From 1992 to 2004, Lynn was in charge of a church investigation into allegations that priests in the diocese were abusing children. The state maintains that Lynn is guilty of contributing to the abuse of these children by allowing the abuse to continue long after he already knew of the cases reported in the Philadelphia diocese. The memo that the defense has presented as evidence on Lynn’s behalf is now likely to be used against him as this trial moves along.

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My take:

Throw the book at him. The fact that the diocese would spend the money to defend these guys almost makes me want to turn in my membership card. The priests facing charges across this country for these charges bring shame to everyone in the church and they should never have been allowed to stay in the church after everyone at the head of these diocese knew exactly what was going on.

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Different Projects during Divorce

A divorce is sometimes a rather complex procedure which involves more than just a meeting with the opposing counsel to discuss the final terms of a divorce. There are often things like court dates and specific schedules to which a San Francisco County criminal attorney must abide and there are different deadlines that will exist once the initial divorce petition has been filed and served to the opposing party. Deadlines might include things like the financial status of various accounts owned by the couple and may even involve investigations handled by child and family investigators.

Complexities of Probate

Dealing with the death of a loved one is always difficult and the process is often made additionally difficult due to concerns of burial procedures and probate issues that will likely appear after a person has passed away. As far as the probate issues are concerned, a Denver Colorado estate lawyer will generally have quite a significant number of different duties associated with the probate process which will be structured in such a way so as to comb through a person’s financial holdings and make sure they are taken care of appropriately after their death.Swift Bankruptcy Options

Recovering from an Injury

One misconception that some people might have regarding the status of a potential lawsuit is whether a recovery from an accident means that a Marysville Washington personal injury lawyer cannot sue the person responsible and the answer is that any type of accident which has resulted in injury and issues of lost time at work, financial loss or mental anguish is eligible for such a lawsuit as it is important that individuals who have become injured due to the fault of another person or entity are able to be given a chance to recover through the financial assistance that a lawsuit would offer.

Dealing with Historic Preservation

There are many towns in which buildings and sites still stand where a particular location has been given historic status as far as being a state monument or other historically designated area and for some construction companies who have been hired to make improvements or changes to such sites, employing Denver CO construction attorneys to ensure that there are no legal issues that might result from such changes is important. There are often hidden restrictions that a person might not have any idea about how to navigate regarding the legalities and enforcement of state laws and historic preservation.

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Tattoos For Your Health

Cited: MSNBC

People get tattoos for a lot of reasons. Fashion, wanting to belong, rebellion, culture, rite of passage, prison affiliation are just  of the many reasons why some people opt to get a tattoo at some point in their life. Now one doctor has added another, perhaps more practical reason to get a tattoo, for your health.

Dr. Ed Friedlander, and Kansas City doctor, decided that the best way for a health care provider to know about his medical condition in the case that he was unable to tell them himself is to have the condition tattooed across his chest; in his case “No CPR” clearly written across his upper rib cage. Friedlander and others that have opted  to have their condition tattooed on a clearly visible part of the body say that they want to alert  first-responders, paramedics, or other emergency care providers to their wishes or condition. However, there is no guarantee that a paramedic responding to Friedlander having cardiac arrest will abide by his “no cpr” wishes.

Others following Friedlander’s lead in getting a medical alert tattoo are diabetic patients, many of whom say that through the years they have often lost their bracelets or other such items that would tell medical personal what they were dealing with should the patient not be able to speak for themselves during a medical emergency.

Little if anything is being said about the medical tattoos in  the medical community and you won’t find too much about it written in any medical handbooks but many doctors are hoping that this will soon change. Some who support the tattoos say that they would like to see the medical community embrace the option for those that chose to have the tattoos and to perhaps standardize the practice so that the tattoos are located in a common place on the body and that the information contained is appropriate and useful to the care providers at the scene.

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My take:

This could be a whole new source of business for the tattoo parlor in every neighborhood in the country. You have to imagine that these body art artists will come up with some very clever ways to make the otherwise functional information, ornate and colorful.

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Tips for Cleaning an Atomizer

One of the advantages of using a type of smoking alternative is that they are often much cheaper than regular cigarettes, but it’s important to remember that the average e cigarette does require some care in order to last as long as it should and offer a true monetary savings over what a person might otherwise have to pay. One of the important items which must be cleaned on a regular basis is that of the atomizer and the more regular the cleaning schedule is, the more likely that the parts of the electronic cigarette will last longer.

Modern Methods for Efficiency

Some companies and managers begin to operate in such a way after they have been on the job for a certain amount of time in a fashion that is out of sync with modern healthcare supply chain management options and just because a particular system works, some people are inclined to keep using it even if there are other, more efficient systems out there that can be used. People have a strong tendency to become entrenched in their comfortable surroundings and this very often includes how they might work with coworkers and established systems within a health care agency.

Inspections of a Home

When a person gets older and requires some assistance during the day for regular tasks, it can help for that person to have their home inspected by a friend or family member to ensure that the mobility options within the home are appropriate. It is also a good idea to work with a Tamarac home care agency to ensure that the normal aspects of such care are properly handled when needed either by a health care professional or by someone in the family who has been trained or advised in how best to ensure the safety of a loved one.

Remembering Therapy after Sessions

There are some great options for people who want to ensure that they are the most successful they can be when they start to make regular visits to a Douglas Manor NY therapist, and one of the important things is that the revelations and other breakthroughs that happen at therapy should not end at the door to the therapy office as far as how those items might positively impact a person’s life. For the most part there are some nice techniques that a therapist can teach a patient who wants to think and consider their sessions further.

Obtaining Consistent Care

One of the more important parts of getting the right level of care for an aging parent or perhaps an older sibling who requires some help is a sense of consistency from a Hingham MA home care company so that the person who is receiving daily care visits will feel comfortable and know that they can depend on a particular person to help them with various issues each day. Ensuring that a person feels as though they can depend on another human being does take time, but cultivating that trust is important as the body ages and requires more care.

Available Dental Specialties

Just like most professions connected to the health industry, there are a number of vastly different jobs within the overall dental industry. A Chantilly Virginia dentist might choose to become specialized in handling pediatric dentistry or cases involving kids or they might go into advanced dental techniques and obtain certifications to become an oral or maxillofacial radiologist. In addition, there are also options for dentists to move out of the private sector and become a public health dentist who is affiliated with the state or city government and its health programs that are crafted for local citizens.

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Feds Can’t Help Housing Market

Cited: CNN

The housing market continues to be one of the biggest drags on the U.S. economy. And while recent data suggests that the worst may very well indeed be over for the housing market, the rise from the ashes has been slow to materialize and there are still many factors that are working against it. That is a big problem for the U. S. economy because with such a consumer driven based financial footing, the housing industry is a vital sector for U.S. consumers and the overall health of the economy.

At this point the Federal Reserve Bank is hard-pressed to come up with any additional measures that will be of any appreciable help to the housing market. Some economists use the analogy of pushing on a string when discussing what the Fed can and should do next. Pushing on a string doesn’t produce much in the way of results and many feel that this is the case now with the Fed and the housing market. Top economists in the U.S. said just as much in a paper that they presented to the Monetary Policy Forum at the Chicago Booth School of Business last week.

The academics and policy makers at the forum discussed how at this point the Fed may not have many tools left at its disposal for assisting the housing market. Interest rate policy, one of the many tools at its disposal, has very little room to further reduce interest rates throughout the yield curve as rates are near zero in the front end, and just over 2% as far out as ten to thirty years on Treasury bonds. The Fed can do little more to bring down rates, which at these levels are not problematic to the housing industry.

Many at the forum said that at this point, the problems in the housing market are out of the hands of the central bank. many feel that it is time for the Administration and those overseeing the banking industry to do more to take the glut of homes in foreclosure off the market and in doing so, to remove the biggest source of problems in the industry, the huge inventory of foreclosed and about to be foreclosed homes on the market.

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My take:

The feds should do something to make the refinancing process easier for everyone so that we can take advantage of the lower rates for mortgages. What good is it for rates to be at historically low levels but for banks to be so tightfisted when it comes to making a loan?

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Understanding Tax Issues and Charges

The number of individuals who complete their taxes in a manner in which they believe their taxes were completed correctly yet end up getting a letter in the mail from the Internal Revenue Service about a mistake on their taxes and a resulting fee that was given to the tax payer due to the mistake. What many people don’t know is that a tax attorney can actually work with a tax payer to reduce a person’s potential tax fees and that negotiation is indeed possible with the Internal Revenue Service to lower total fees paid or the size of a tax bill.

Topics of Expansion in Business

Coming up with the next big thing in business is often key to experiencing very successful company growth but for the most part there are some times when a business owner must consult with his team to figure out whether expansion and a business cash advance might be a good idea for a company even if the financial picture of the overall country isn’t as positive as it once was. Making the difficult decision to head into expansion can be a game changer if a company can expand to fill a niche left void by another business that decided to retract during the recession.

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Oscars Too Stodgy?

Cited: CNN

The Oscars are the big event for the movie industry, at least that’s what they are supposed to be. And since having made a big push to get “younger” just one year ago with James Franco and Anne Hathaway, it seems to some that the Academy has gone back to its roots as a somewhat theatrical event because perhaps it doesn’t know how to move forward.

A few events worked against this year’s Oscar extravaganza such as the self-destruction of director Brett Ratner, Eddie Murphy bailing on the show, and dust-covered Billy Crystal being commandeered into service despite not having been part of the Oscars since 2004.  In addition, writers for the event seemed so bent on being nostalgic with constant references to movies of the past and the way the old films made you feel that it was almost impossible to not envision yourself in your grandmothers living room watching the event on a small black and white tube with rabbit ear antennas rising up from behind the ancient set.

From Crystal’s opening monologue, replete with all of the standard lines about the age of some of the nominees, as well as the montage of films along with the not-so-funny lines that followed them on the screen, the entire evening was almost as dated as the Kodak Theater where the event was held; a somewhat ironic choice of venues considering that Kodak, maker of film had just declared bankruptcy. Crystal was careful to steer clear of that minefield in not lobbing any of the obvious references that a less-reverent host might have chosen for comic ammunition.

To some, Hollywood, a town supposedly noted for being out front on almost everything, never looked so staid and dry. Perhaps most strikingly indicative of Hollywood’s malaise was the winner of Best Picture of the Year, “The Artist” and black and white silent film that is anything but a forward looking film.

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My take:

This was indeed a pretty boring show. Thank god for Tivo otherwise it would’ve been all the more torturous to have to sit through the commercials. The entire broadcast did seem a little dusty.

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Adding Class to a Wedding

For women who are interested in designing a very classically styled wedding, there are some standards that often appear at most receptions for such occasions. Most traditional and classic weddings will utilize table cloths, Alpine CA chair covers and nice cutlery and china to serve people’s food on and this is usually part of a nice repast that would include an actual main course and perhaps an appetizer and dessert rather than just a series of finger foods that might be available on a buffet or some sort of less classy affair such as a regular party.

Lisa Marie Releases Record

It has been five years since Lisa Marie Presley released a music record but she’s recently been in the studio creating a new disc and has said that she’s proud of the mixes, music loops and songs that will be coming out soon. The disc is to be called Storm and Grace and will be out on store shelves in a few months. A report from a major news magazine suggests that Presley is very pleased with the outcome of the disc and that she spent a lot of time creating each song so that the overall disc would be a success.

Young Kids and Playing

There are some great ways that a child can get healthy outdoors and when it comes to swings and playgrounds, some parents might think that their child is too young for outdoor play equipment, but there are a variety of great structures that have been specifically created for kids as young as toddler age to enjoy and they are made with safety and young children in mind. These play sets will often be made of plastic and will be low to the ground to ensure safety for the small kids as they play around the structure and have fun.

Being Overwhelmed in Betting

There are some amazingly complex mathematical systems at work in modern betting and there are also tons of different terms that are specific to each style of betting. For example, sports betting will include many different terms that may be thrown about from odds, bookies, and point spreads. Although the overall world of betting can look like something that’s worse than a high school math class, just learning what the various basic terms mean is often enough to get one’s foot in the door to basic betting techniques and how to read the industry and begin betting.

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Auto Bailout Saves Town

Cited: MSNBC

With the Michigan Republican primary just a day away, one of the most publicly debated points among the potential Presidential candidates is the Obama Administration’s bailout of the automobile industry and the merits of this decision. Of course Michigan is car country and so are the states surrounding it. While Detroit is indeed the car producing capital of the U.S. states like Ohio and Indiana are also closely tied to the auto industry and the bailout had far reaching effects on the economies of these states as well.

In his highly publicized remarks at the time and in defense of since, Mitt Romney has stated that the bailout was the wrong strategy by the Obama Administration and that the government should have let the private sector deal with the grave problems being faced by the auto makers, which would have been bankruptcy and restructuring. However, one Indiana town is happy that the Obama Administration did not hear or heed Romney’s advice because since the depths of the crisis in 2008/2009, Kokomo, Indiana has risen from the ashes and now is a town on the move again.

Politics aside, you will be hard-pressed to find anyone in this area of the country that will deny that without the help of Uncle Sam, the devastation to their economy and to their very survival may very well have been permanent; at least that is what the working men and women in these towns will tell you. Partisans probably have other opinions, which now with a primary and an election coming up, it remains to be seen which course of action the people believe was the right one for them.

In Kokomo, the major employer, Chrysler, was on the verge of bankruptcy, unemployment had reached nearly 20%, and over 40% of the small number of homes being sold were foreclosures. Add to that the median price for a house fell to just over $40,000 from $110,000 just a few years prior to 2008.  Now, Chrysler is back on top and has pledged to invest more than $1.3 billion in their Kokomo plant while hiring back more than 1,000 workers.

Politicians on both sides of the aisle have views on the automaker bailout but one thing is for certain in Kokomo and the entire area surrounding it, had the government not come to the aid of the auto industry, more than 50% of all employment in the area would have gone away, and for a long period of time. In fact, by the time jobs may have returned following a private industry bankruptcy process, the damage to families in the area would have been a crisis worse than a natural disaster according to many interviewed in Kokomo.

So, while the pols will debate the issue now, prior to the Michigan Republican Primary, and again during the Presidential election process, one thing is not open to debate in Kokomo; without the bailout there may no longer have been much left to Kokomo.

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My take:

The bailout is certainly giving Romney something to worry about, his comments regarding it that is. I have never seen so much back peddling in my life from one man. What I would like him to address is what would’ve happened to the working people in Kokomo while the bankruptcy process was slowly dividing up what was left of the scraps.

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Understanding Cost Savings in Colocation

One of the major reasons why a company will start to seek out various colocation services is because the requirement that such a system provides secure redundancy and carrier class options is not always the easiest option to entertain when a company has limited finances. Many colocation providers can offer networking options that will allow a company with limited resources the ability to significantly increase the potential for upgrades and expansions in data collection and accessing than might have been possible in the past. Third party colocation options often offer many diverse options for companies of any size.

Propaganda and Public Relations

Over time the word “propaganda” has certainly retained a negative connotation whereas the phrase “public relations” has cultivated a more respected undertone and the interesting thing about a Chicago top PR firm is that a hundred years ago that firm might have been considered a straight-up propaganda machine but a public relations plan for the very art of public relations was started soon after the First World War when early pioneers of the art in its modern form attempted a makeover of the idea of propaganda and made the phrase “public relations” more common and associated with publicity.

Enhancing an Organic Lifestyle

Often people will move into an organically focused way of buying food but there are many other organic options out there that can truly reduce how many items a person might be using that are full of dangerous chemicals. Beyond consumable items and food, there are also a lot of organic cleaning options and homemade remedies that can be used to reduce how many chemicals come into the home. In addition, there are organic skin care options which will ensure that not only is a person not eating chemicals but they’re not putting them on their face either.

Utilizing Payment Services as a Small Company

It is not uncommon for different types of companies to handle various payment systems on their own and while a very large company might be able to have their own payroll services completely within their own company, a smaller business entity which might only have five or six employees could be well advised to obtain the services of a payment facility which would reduce the amount of time required to create paychecks and other payments which would likely be a good thing for any company trying to utilize their own time efficiently and reduce time wasted.

Expansion Ahead for Staffing

One of the great benefits to enhanced employment levels has been an overall enhancement of sales for many companies around the world and one important aspect has been the fact that some staffing solutions companies have found that they have required extra hours and personnel to assist in making sure that all of their available positions are filled. Amazingly, some areas have actually been reporting that they have had some jobs go unfilled for a long time simply because there are so many jobs in certain industries that have become available in the recent increases in overall economic health. 

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