Fear Power

The more material wealth and power one accumulates, the more necessary it becomes to spend both to maintain possession. This is the spiritual penalty of poorly chosen desire. When I desire that which many others desire, I create a challenge to the criminal mind to relate me of my own. The seeds of destruction are contained in my very desire. This makes me fearful and the fear makes me dangerous. A fearful man is ego dominated, faithless and all alone in the world, as he sees it. Put such men in a group, call them leaders and we have only compounded the fear, foolishness and danger.

Fear is poorly understood by those under its power and control. It is interesting that one fearful person quickly learns how to infect others and most of us were infected by adults in our childhood. In every case fear is both servant and master. It is both poison and disease.

The US is at war today because George Bush was afraid he would appear weak if he did not respond to violence with violence. A Christian knows better but as Wayne Dyer tells us, ego means Edge God Out. On 11 September, 2001, God was edged out of the spirit of George Bush and ego took control, as ego read does. Ego, which is fearful by nature, has been running the White House since then. The Christian and spiritual response to the Trade Center attack is immediate and unconditional forgiveness. The question we must ask and answer is: what have we done to bring this circumstance upon us? Because we sense the answer is a laundry list of errors, criminal behaviors, wrong desires, choices and miscalculations; Ego tells us to respond before we ask. Shoot first – ask questions later. George Bush was robbed of his Christian or divine spirit and we got an unnamed president called ego.

White House and Defense egos then fed each other fear and anger, one derived from the other. Ego decided Al Qaeda was but one threat to wealth and power and it would have to eliminate all perceived threats, real or imagined. The lesson for observers is: to empower ego is the most self destructive thing we can do. Yet we do it every day and at every election. Only ego driven people run for office. Spirit led people avoid ego driven environments and have no voice there. We may want to believe an ego driven person is spiritual, but a spiritual person is never, never ego driven. We need to discern the difference.

Vietnamese Zen Master Thich Nat Hanh has plainly said American leadership must develop understanding, which leads to compassion, which leads to communion. This is his desire and should be our as well. Since we insist on ego driven leadership and ambition, it then becomes a social obligation to convert them from ego driven to spirit led souls – something an ego led society is loathe to do. Ego never surrenders control without a fight. Visualize those devil vs. Angel cartoons.

Wayne Dyer also makes a powerful point about perspective. If you believe the world is a cold, cruel, hostile and dangerous place, you will live your life and function in strict accordance with that view. If you believe the world is a rich, warm, comfortable, adventuresome place, you will live and function in accordance with that view. The power here is in understanding we make this choice on a daily basis before we get out of bed and we can change it any time we choose. We must understand the choices we make, consciously or otherwise. We must understand that today's choice need not be the same as yesterday's. A choice is not necessarily a commitment.

This power is not to be feared. It is the power of liberation. It is the power of choice and the power of spirit that releases us from the prisons of our own making (with great assistance from others). In America, the fearful, ego driven inmates are running the asylum. Those pretending to be sane also pretended the inmates are not running the asylum. Ego can not exist without pretense born of fear. This is so easily observed along leadership, we know it intuitively.

The intuition of a spirit led person is 100% reliable. The intuition of ego only multiplies perceives threats, fears and dangers. Ego driven people can be the most religious among us, so religion is no test of spirituality, as we can clearly see. The power of fear is the power of destruction, whether it leads one to depression, anger and suicide, or rage, murder and war. In every case, spirit is suppressed by ego and the self has made an unconscious choice.

It is this unconsciousness of the ego – spirit struggle for self control which creates entire civilizations of sleep walkers. Unconscious people with open eyes repeating unconsciously chosen behaviors for a lifetime. One can choose their own awakening. It can come from a chime in the wind, a good book, a flash of inspiration, a threat, a crisis or a hammer blow. If we have chosen to remain unconscious, the awakening will more often come by threat, crisis or hammer blow. Many will not be awakened in this lifetime and may require another.

Sleepwalkers will do nothing to put the conscious, spirit led people in authority over the money loving ego machine. The responsibility for the good of global society naturally falls to those who have become conscious. When fearful, unconscious choices rule the world or parts of it, there is no end to suffering. When we change ourselves, we change the world. If the change is unnoticed today, it might be spotted tomorrow. There is no limit to the changes a conscious, spirit led person can make. Such is the nature of heroism.

In truth, we need not fear the power of the fearful, which can easily be neutralized and overcome, if that is what we choose. The failure to choose the good, is to choose evil, not only for ourselves, but those we touch in mind, body and spirit. Such a choice is unloving and uncaring. There is no problem or suffering beyond the reach of consciousness and the conscious have begun discussing strategy to awaken the sleepwalkers in positions of power and authority. We are calling such people cultural creatives. Look to them for practical applications of consciousness raising.

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Tips For the Advertising Copywriter – When Black Moms Are Your Client's Target Market

There's no question the landscape for marketing has changed … drastically. Social media and the advances in technology are largely responsible for the most recent surge. The mom marketing gurus are correct in saying things like social media marketing is key; The bottom line is: corporations no longer are completely in charge; Or to a rapidly increasing extent, the customer is in the driver's seat. It's true that corporations can no longer market to moms and that they now have to market with moms.

However, as a copywriter for the mom market this fact rang true until I stepped back to write a report about social media marketing with African-American mom consumers. Suddenly, something seemed a little less accurate. After several starts, I realized why I could not move forward no matter how hard I tried. As an African-American mom consumer that premise felt imprecise. I was forced to put the project on hold. This article needed to be written before I could go forward with a report on social media marketing and black moms.

In talking with other African-American moms my gut was further affirmed. Finally, after attending a multi-cultural-focused social media marketing event (with speakers representing Latino, Asian, Indian, and African-American markets), the imprecision was confirmed – multicultural moms, including African-American moms, still do not mind being marketed To. Yes, social media is extremely important in reaching all moms; However, traditional marketers need not completely forgo their traditional marketing efforts when attempting to reach black moms. There is a vast bevy of African-American folks (moms in particular) whose mindsets, if you approach them correctly, welcome and still gravitate toward traditional media marketing.

The operative phrase is "approach them correctly"

Headlines

Immediately paint a picture of the benefit of your product to the African-American mom. Copywriters are all taught this elementary tip. This is great, standard advice. However, bear in mind that African-American moms often repeatedly envision the benefit they want. Many have reached the point where they are merely looking for the solution to bring about the benefit in the forefront of their minds.

If your product or service addresses a problem she has, mentioning the features up front will not always be a disadvantage to you. For example, The Behr company has a traditional television commercial that promotes its paint with primer product. They are obviously targeting people who need a paint job and / or are in the market for painting products. These prospects, undoably, have some knowledge of what such a project entails. When you mention the primer / paint feature, the African-American mom shopper sees the benefits; She's just been waiting for the product to be invented. You've successfully removed a necessary expense from her budget. That primer guy she considered hiring is no longer needed. For the self-painter, her primer knowledge no longer needs upgrading or a refresher course. For both types of mothers, the primer shopping is no longer necessary. You've improved her busy schedule, taken something off of her plate and reduced her stress level … immensely!

For black moms, showing her the benefit may just be as simple as reminding her of the benefit. Do not be afraid to occasionally let the visual sell the benefit (the freshly painted, stunning apartment) and hit her up front with the most important feature.

Black Mom Consumers Are not Dark-skinned White Mom Consumers

Do not simply put a commercial or ad together, insert images of African-American folks and think that it's going to appeal to the African-American mom consumer. As marketers and copywriters do with main marketing, it is important that you understand the thinking of the African-American mom market. African-American moms are incredulous about advertising in that they know the bottom line of the marketing effort is the company's bottom line. They may not use terms like brand awareness, marketing strategies or lead generation strategy but black moms (as do all moms) know that the ploys, even subtle ones, are quite about getting mom to remember the brand when she opens her purse.

She is amenable to changing her money for your product or service, but you must: (a) know and appreciate the current values ​​of the African-American mom segment you are marketing to (b) clearly understand your brand purpose so that it carries through Your entire marketing message, genuinely; And (c) align these two factors, so that your marketing copy of messages mirrors this harmony and is authentic and therefore speaks to her value-driven emotions.

Keep Your Copy Relevant.

Do not rely on old research data, because what follows are stale, outdated approaches that miss the mark. Contrary to popular belief, black moms evolve. Additionally, it's important to understand how black people view themselves. Stay in-the-know by reading professional, marketing research data – Target Market News (the Black Consumer Market Authority), Warc.com, BSM Media. Do not just stop there, however. Examine, firsthand, unfiltered and raw views, opinions, fears and desires of African-American moms by visiting blogs, forums and groups like Mochamoms.org, BlackMomsClub, Mommy Too Magazine, etc.

You can not put a commercial or ad together (make it stereotypically black) and expect to appeal to the African-American mom consumer. We do not see ourselves as all the same, and your marketing copy and images should not either. However, as with other cultural groups, there are certain nuances and "no-no's" inherent in the African-American mothers' ethos that a significant percentage of us refer to. Some include:

-Don't make light of God. Embraceing a higher / authority (God, Allah, Buddha, Jehova, etc.) is still very important in the black community, even though today, God has many permutations and applications. Marketing text, for example, should not challenge, doubt or disrespect God.

-The black mom is iconic. This includes others' respect for our individual mothers or of an African-American woman, who could be someone's mother. It does not matter if she is an affluent stranger or a baby boomer aged bagwoman, if she looks like she could be someone's mother, tread carefully when creating text referencing the image.

-Don't let your marketing copy sound like it is debating or judging the African-American race, plights or achievements.

-Patronization is taboo. Do not allow your copy to compliment an African-American achievement to get on the good side of a black mom consumer. There's enough genuine data out there that will smoothly align with your marketing campaign. It behooves you to find it and work it into your copy. Patronization will work against you. It makes you, and everything you say from that point forward, suspect.

-Don't get too comfortable such that you write comments that you hear black moms exclusively make with other black people.

-It's perfectly okay to say and show you understand certain things that are important to African-American moms, like her hair, hair care products, her babies, her home, her, or her time, her car, her personal care issues, her Money and her budget. African-Americans appreciate that understanding.

-Always, use easing-going, conversational language. Do not be flippant, which is incorporating and causes deviation from the focus of the ad. Do not add irrelevant observations, because you think you need to "keep it real."

Finally, make sure your copy:

1. is written from the African-American mom's point of view;
2. speaks to the African-American mom as if you are talking to one person;
3. is specific about what you are offering;
4. includes an offer that black moms value and not something merely to comply with the copywriting 101 rule about including an offer;
5. is written in straightforward language; And
6. Includes testimonials or information to lend your message credibility.

Kichler Outdoor Garden Collections, Outdoor Lighting Options

In my endeavors to research and provide really interesting considerations for homeowners on outdoor lighting, a name continued to pop up. That of Kichler. Kichler is a very well respected lighting provider that has taken outdoor lighting to another level. With the invention of the Garden Collections, now people with a strong interest in making their outdoor space a carefully decorated work of art, here are some tools to help along the way.

One challenge to decorating exteriors has always been the task of finding lights that matched one another. Thus providing a very strong tread which tied the outside space together. Kichler has masterfully solved this problem by providing 8 different Collections. Now even the most particular is bound to fine a design that matches their exterior motif and has more than one type of light to choose from.

Many of the Kichler Collection are low voltage lights. Additionally two of the Collections- the Almeria and the Oak Trail- have outdoor chandeliers included in the collections.

Personally my favorite is the Almeria Collection. With strong root in the old Spanish Architecture, it is really a lovely option.

Also the Cotswold Collection has a country manor flair that steps you back in history. For a more modern look the Zen Garden low voltage series is appropriate. Lodges should research the Oak Trail.  And for an English garden Ainsley Square Collection would be a great fit.

So whatever your choice, take a look at the Kichler ideas, even if just to gain some ideas of your own.

See more information about Kichler and their Collections at my site http://outdoorchandelierlight.com/?p=71

Sue

Ensiferum Album Review – "One Man Army"

Finnish metal band Ensiferum can now be called true veterans of the genre. Ensiferum was founded in 1995 and they are still leaving headbangers with sore necks in 2015, probably even more than ever. The Fins who describes their brand of metal as melodic folk metal has recorded their strongest album so far. The new album ‘One Man Army’ shows the band increasing their craft on every level.

Ensiferum’s sound is still marked by combining death metal influences and harsh vocals with melodies and folk inspirations. On ‘One Man Army’ they have perfected this blend even further. The album starts with the 90-second intro ‘March Of War’ before it breaks into ‘Axe Of Judgement’, a classic opener with neck-breaking speed, lots of double-bass action and fast riffs. In true Ensiferum style they include references to Russian folk music, a choir and a break in the middle of the song that does not only groove but also includes Accept-like choir sequences. Most metal fans will rejoice.

‘Heathen Horde’ follows and brings more traditional metal parts, some guitar melodies even sound like Maiden. Arching over all this is the extensive use of the choir-like gang vocals, a recurring theme for the remainder of the album. The break in the middle ventures into medieval folk music before the band picks up speed again. Ensiferum then get into fifth gear with the title track ‘One Man Army’. Ultra-fast riffs, sharp melodies and again the choir are the trademarks of this song. The 2-minute ballad ‘Burden Of The Fallen’ provides a welcomed break.

The remaining six songs of the album stay on the same high-quality level. Ensiferum range from epic song structures (the 11-minute ‘Descendant, Defiance, Domination’) to fast up-beat tracks (‘Two Of Spades’) to late Maiden-like prog adventures (‘Warrior Without A War’). It is hard to pick a highlight of the album. All songs have their own little treasures to discover. The special edition of ‘One Man Army’ comes with three bonus songs including a cover of the classic ‘Rawhide’ which really suits the band’s sound.

Ensiferum has not changed their style compared to previous album. Neither have they rewritten the story of heavy metal. But what they have done is to create a unique brand of metal that is recognisable and different from most mainstream metal bands these days. It is not the search for harder, faster and more extreme metal that you find on this album. Instead you find well-crafted songs that will make for a neck-breaking live performance.

Bottom line is that Ensiferum have released a very strong album which will be on many top 10 lists at the end of the year. The metal veterans from Finland have perfected their sound even further. Their six full-length album releases have grown stronger from record to record. ‘One Man Army’ is the logical continuation in this row of strong releases. It seems the band has a lot more to give in the coming years. Watch them live if they play close to you.

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How Do Hard Drives Die?

There are normal things that happen to hard drives and individual, sometimes unusual things that clients have managed to do over the three decades we've been recovering data for them.

The usual suspects:

Dust, fur, heat, electrical spikes, bumps, loose cables.

People's cats & dogs create a nice fur blanket that often overwhelms the cooling system for computers, laptops and external drives. See if you can put the computer in a less attractive spot.

Having a computer on a carpeted floor is another surefire way to drag heat-inducing fuzzdust into the box. Better to have it on a hard surface that is elevated a couple of inches off the floor, as heat is one of the main killers of hard drives.

Having an operating device in a sunny spot is another way to kill it with heat. Better to have it made in the shade.

Vacuums, power tools, and some kitchen appliances will often cause a device-disabling power spike. If the lights flicker, your computer and associated peripherals are suffering and in danger. Getting an uninterrupted power supply (not just a power strip) is a good cure for electrical spikes.

Computers and devices are often on side tables, subject to bumping or being knocked over, or on desks with drawers subject to being slammed. These kinds of impacts are unhealthy for hard drives. Besides the impact itself, poorly contained cables can wiggle and provide intermittent power or signal, or become disconnected. These are sudden, sometimes deadly events for hard drives. Make sure all your cables and connectors are secure, and have a stable base for that computer, away from foot traffic and other physical impacts.

The individual / unusual:

People do occasionally throw their laptops, external hard drives (and most certainly their iPhones) against the wall. We recommend against this particular form of emotional outlet.

We have recovered data from laptops and external devices that have had cat urine (a homeowner), people urine (an unpopular professor), a latte (a sleepy client), a martini (a too-awake client?), And any number of Glasses of water.

We once had a laptop that burned up in a school library fire to recover data from and ones that have been flooded, others that have had covered with fire retardant foam from putting out a house fire.

As the author writes this article, we're recovering data from a laptop that was run over by a truck.

Lots of flash drives have gone through the washer and dryer. My experience is that they give up the ghost in the machine after about three washings.

We've had flash drives that have been "accidentally" hammered, and ones that were inadvertently bent up from the side of a laptop and broken (I've personally had the transmitters for 2 Bluetooth mice broken that way.)

One sorry client's wife thought he had his little black book on his desktop PC. She took it out back to the children's sandbox, shoveled sand into it, and then had at it … with a sledgehammer! He said that the computer contained only a stamp collection database. Unfortunately, his stamps were canceled – this is one we did not manage to recover much useful data from.

Sports: when my kids were little, a Nerf ball against a hard disk was enough to knock it out. And then there are the occasions of the aforementioned use of laptops as basketballs with walls as the backboard …

Do remember that everything breaks, even when not subjected to extreme circumstances and that the only surefire means of protecting your data is a good (and regular) backup.

In the mean time, we hope you've enjoyed this sampling from the disk drive graveyards.

And if it comes to it, we hope you remember to use Burgess Consulting for your data recovery needs.

Questions You Should Ask About Your Strength Training Routine

Do you know what's the number one question asked by inexperienced weight lifters when they discover a new exercise? It's " What muscle (s) does that work ?"

Unfortunately, this is probably the least useful question you can ask about a new component of a strength training workout. After all, the body is not simply a collection of parts. Just because muscles are separate and distinct does not mean they exist in isolation.

Actually, the parts of the body work together as one, and they're inseparable. When a new trainee tries to work out one part of the body without understanding this concept, he sets himself up for failure. Do not be the sort of weight lifter who is destined to fail. If you keep in mind a few simple facts, you'll make progress and be well on your way towards success.

Two basic types of weight-lifting exercises

Weight lifting moves can be divided into two categories: compound movements, and isolation movements.

Isolation moves involve only one muscle. They're familiar to most people because so many folks in the gym perform them. Some examples of isolation moves include biceps curls, triceps kickbacks, hamstring curls, and shoulder raises.

Compound movements, on the other hand, involve more than one muscle. They also require you to move at least 2 joints. Some examples are: squats, overhead presses, bench presses, and pull-ups.

Train movements not muscles

In the long term, it does very little good to use isolation moves. The people who conceptualize weight training as merely the act of training a muscle miss out on the larger picture.

They should be training movements like squats, bench presses, power cleans, and the like. This is the sort of exercise that gives long-repeating results, and with a half-dozen or so of these compound moves, they can get a full-body workout that can prepare them for virtually anything that life and / or sport throws at them .

Marketing – Why We Market With a Blog

Like so many of you who are reading this, I am an entrepreneur who happens to conduct business entirely over the web. Like so many of you, I have created a blog in an attempt to give visitors an insight into my business and myself. Why are we doing this? Perhaps I should rephrase that question.

Have you ever told someone who has a tradition job what you do and you either get a blank stare or they ask you if you don’t miss going to work? Most of us who have an online business have had a traditional job so we should understand where they are coming from. People who work in traditional jobs typically have a job title. Job titles are important, and a cleaver retention tool, because a job title gives someone status. People’s status is tied to the company they work for. “I’m George and I’m the senior vice president of marketing for Titus Distributors.” Being able to make such a statement is an important part of people’s identities.

As an self-employed entrepreneur, I do not have a job title. I have an elevator speech to explain what I do and give the benefits of what I do in 30 seconds or less to begin the rapport building process with someone. To help bridge this gap between the online and offline world and even with other online entrepreneurs, we build blogs to give someone an inside peek at our business and ourselves.

A common belief that we entrepreneurs try to provide this snapshot into our business and ourselves is the web has evolved into something called Web 2.0. Web 2.0 interactive applications such as Facebook, MySpace, Twitter and hundreds of others enable us to market to build relationships and our brand. This belief is only partially true. Here is an observation that I have made by visiting other blogs, including blogs created by some well known people in our online entrepreneurial world.

I have observed that blog posts that receive the most comments reveal something of a personal nature, even if the information provided is intertwined with a message about our business. People want to know not only what we do but who we are. If we are successful in accomplishing this seemly easy task, we have status.

The Best Ways To Prevent Insects From Damaging Your Carpets

Many homeowners are unaware about the biggest enemies of their expensive carpets – Bugs and Insects. Moths and carpet beetles are considered as the main enemies that damage the carpets the most.

Lately, if you’ve been witnessing moths flying around in your house, then they may have arrived from the outside or from an infestation somewhere in your house. This is why it becomes crucial to check your drawers, storerooms and cupboards once in a while. Bugs found in the rugs are tiny, dark-reddish brown or blackish in colours that likewise grow from wool and fibre eating larvae.

Here are some bugs, insects and other things that you need to remove from your rugs to ensure clean and healthy atmosphere at your home. Have a look.

  • Insects – The common bugs and moths that are present in almost every house. They are usually small, brown or dark in colour and fly around quite quickly.
  • Missing Pile In Your Rugs – If you see tiny and regular patches on your carpet, which runs deep down to its base, then it’s a clear sign of moths. You should know that larvae generally won’t move ahead on the cotton fibres as they can’t eat it. So, get professional help to resolve this issue.
  • Webbing – your carpet might be a home of larvae, if you see a fine, white cover of webbing grouped in it.
  • Larvae – many homeowners often see tiny white larvae on their rugs, but they don’t take any necessary action to remove them. However, it’s a clear indication that your rug needs cleaning immediately. If you lack knowledge on how to clean the rugs, then clean hire professional help for washing.
  • Sandy, Dry Deposit – Another major sigh that larvae are thriving on your rugs is when you see particles of brownish grey clusters. These are the droppings of the larvae.

If you wish to keep away the insects from your home, or don’t want them to damage your expensive carpets, then you must vacuum at least once a week. At that point, after couple of months, turn the carpet and vacuum the backside too.

While you’re performing this task, make sure to clean the floor under the carpet so there’s no dust or grime left behind. Never place the carpet back until the floor becomes fully dry. If your rug is too large, then to clean its backside you can fold it in from the sides and perform the cleaning work in separate sections.

Keep in mind that by just utilising moth balls and other items, like, cedar chips, flakes or crystals won’t generally wipe out or even prevent moths, as these lack the ability to eliminate the larvae or eggs. To get rid of these eggs and larvae from your rugs, you should call professional carpet cleaners to achieve favourable results.

LCD Vs Plasma HDTV

LCD vs plasma HDTV – which is best? If you're looking for a flat-screen, slim and sexy display, to watch HDTV, you have a choice of two technologies, LCD and gas plasma.

Each has benefits and disadvantages and so each is more appropriate in particular
Circumstances.

Historically, the LCD vs plasma HDTV choice has been fairly simple. If you wanted a
Flat-screen that was about 40in or bigger, you had to choose plasma, otherwise you
Should choose LCD. However, as LCD technology improves, LCD HDTVs are getting
Bigger and most of the major manufacturers expect the number of LCDs they
Produce to grow steadily over the next few years while the number of plasmas will
Decrease. However, if you're looking for a flatscreen TV today, plasma still has a lot
To offer.

To understand the LCD vs plasma HDTV question, we need to look at the way the
Two technologies work.

LCD

LCD HDTVs work by shining a light behind an LCD panel made up of a fixed number
Of pixels. Each pixel is either red, blue or green and is switched on or off when a
Voltage is applied to it. When voltage is applied to a pixel, it is switched off,
Meaning that light can not shine through it.

The main advantage of LCD vs plasma HDTV is that LCD panels do not suffer from
What's called burn-in. This is a feature of plasma TVs where they are used to watch
TV stations with logos permanently displayed on-screen or where they are used for
Video gaming with games that have static images such as a cockpit on flight
Simulators. The image literally 'burns-in' the screen meaning that even when the
Image is not present you can still see a flaw trace of it on screen. So for video
Gamers in particular, LCD is a better choice than plasma.

Plasma

Plasma HDTVs have over a million chambers which house one or a combination of
Gasses. When a voltage is applied to one of these chambers the gas ionizes and
Emits ultra-violet light. This light strikes red, green or plue phophors covered on the
Inside of the chamber and a pixel emits this color light.

Plasma HDTVs tend to have better contrast than LCDs because, even when a pixel
On an LCD panel is switched off it does not block all the light coming through and
Therefore the pixel is not completely black. Plasma HDTVs also tend to have a wider
Viewing angle than LCDs, as on LCD HDTVs the contrast and color of the image can
Change when the screen is viewed from different angles.

LCD vs Plasma HDTV conclusion

Technology is changing rapidly, but for now (July 2004) it's still true to say that at
Sizes of 40in and above, plasma offers a less-expensive and generally better
Solution. For screen-sizes less than 40in LCD is better. However, as LCD technology
Improvements and prices fall, this will change.

Fishing To Be Added As Winter Olympic Event In 2010

The Winter Olympics….

Once again the fishing world has been ignored.

As I sit watching a spine tingling, heart thumping, always tension packed Olympic Curling event competition, I can’t help but wonder why a fishing event has never been represented in the Olympics.

What are they trying to say?

Are they saying that there is no athletic prowess involved when trying to flick a #12 Adams to a 20 inch ring created by the kiss of an 18 inch Rainbow trout!

Is the firing of a high powered rifle after skiing around on a pair of wooden planks any more demanding than fording a riffle packed stream and tossing a chunk of powerbait deftly into the “honeyhole” pocket containing an 8 inch stocker?

I see no difference.

But then I’m an idiot.

Or am I? Let’s at least take a look at some future options for the winter Olympics, that can finally give the fisherman his due when it comes to skill and athleticism….

1) What event shows stamina and grit more than ice fishing? I propose a winter Olympic event that is comprised of ice fishing. In this event, contestants will be timed on their ability to saw a hole in 8 to 10 inches of a frozen lake surface, run in sneakers across the frozen ice to a designated staging area where they will grab up a rod, and stool, and sprint back across the ice to the open hole, bait up, and sit for hours in a fierce northern wind. The athlete then will hopefully, eventually catch a fish, pull his fish from the ice hole, drop it in a bucket, and sprint again across the ice, into a 1975 Ford pick- up truck, drive across the finish line to the cheers, flag waving,and cow bell jingling of his fellow countrymen.

More challenges? Perhaps a couple of fellas name Swen and Ole can sit across from the contestant and constantly be throwing a verbal barrage of “You Betcha’s” and “Don’t ya know’s” at the athlete, as he or she agonizingly attempts to coax a fish out of the water.

Talk about grit!!

Of course the Norwegian contingent might not have a problem with this and be at a decided advantage.HOW do you say “you betcha” in Norwegian anyway?

We will all watch as the hole starts to skim over with ice,and the athlete frantically chips away at the hole to keep it ice free.All the while precious time clicks away as the fish only nibbles at the bait.

They can even hold this event indoors at the Olympic Hockey or Figure Skating venues. It might even make the hockey games more interesting with a few holes in the ice, and figure skating?PLEASE… a double axle into a gaping hole in the ice will add more excitement than Tonya Harding and Nancy Kerrigan living in the same trailer park. Or they can leave a few frozen fish on the ice to help add to the Olympic ambiance.

The events could also easily be held as a “two man” competition with one athlete fishing, while the other builds an ice shack.

If the extreme thrill of the Downhill is your cup a tea, imagine if they hold the event on thin melting ice. The now famous runs of Franz Klammer and Hermann Maier will pale in comparison to the crackling of ice beneath the ice fisherman’s stool as he scrambles for shore before disappearing into the frigid waters.

Talk about the agony of defeat….

2)Boat Slalom. Never mind the luge, bobsled, or skeleton(which at first glance appear to require the two major athletic skills of courage and alcohol), try standing up in a drift boat while running a classIV rapid with a 40 pound salmon stripping line off of your reel, hell bent for return to the ocean. Yes, athletes in ten layers of clothing including the mandatory flannel outer jacket, will try to stay afoot while “the driver” navigates the boulder choked channel of a stream. Not only are the contestants timed in this event, but style points are given for the degree of difficulty the athlete shows while doing “gunnel grabs”, “spins”, and the ever popular “aerials”. Throw in a number of slalom gates, and you have the making of an event made for television. Fall in or lose your salmon, and it’s sorry Charlie–see you in four years.

“OOOHHH, tough break Vern–Elwood has been training all his life for this moment, and to see it all go overboard in one instant is heartbreaking….”

3) No offense to our Canadian friends north of the border, but –CURLING!!! CURLING!! A combination of bowling on ice and a group of shop keepers trying to keep the storefront spiffy.

Gawd, the winters must be awful up there.

Outside of the obvious “sex appeal”of the Olympic Curling

events, the only thing more thrilling would be to watch Dick Cheney go quail hunting.

But, given that there is a place on the podium for chiseled curling athletes, I’m sure we could find a spot for the skilled athleticism of the Winter Fly Tying Team !

This event would obviously be dominated by the American squad, which has trained year round in a meat locker in Detroit. Size #28 midge after miserable size #28 midge, the Americans have relentlessly been training, by tying these little buggers to 8x tippet–in a meat locker kept at 14 degrees below zero.

That’s minus 26 celsius for our European competitors.

There at the Olympic Fly Tying arena, in frigid weather, teams of fly tiers will take to the vice, and tie up various flys. We will watch pained expressions and complete intense concentration as athletes try to get their fingers to work in the icy cold. We will hold our breath as they try to get the hackle and dubbing just right. Precious time will tick away as they blow on their hands, and we watch split screen images of just where the Olympic hopefuls lost time along the way.

Of course,in this two day event, athletes will be judged on speed, style,difficulty, and the ability to catch and release fish.

So, here’s to the athletes of the XX th Olympiad, and I will see you fishing rod in hand, in Vancouver in 2010.

Overview of Disaster Recovery Plan

Whenever accidents, disasters and natural events interrupt day-to-day business activities, one thing can be certain: corporations lose money. The amount of money often depends on how prepared businesses are for dealing with interruptions. An up-to-date, well-planned and well-practiced disaster recovery plan often makes the difference between quickly returning to business as usual and failing for months or even years from the devastating repercussions.

Any event that interrupts business due to the loss of operational ability required for normal operations qualifies as a disaster. A disaster recovery plan is a blueprint for recovering from these events. A DRP does not seek to duplicate a business rather, its intent is to increase the chances of survival and to minimize the effects of the loss.

Disaster recovery planning is a set of tasks that must be performed. In addition, it is filled with potential hurdles that even the best intentions, most intelligent people in the organization can overlook. Regardless of whether the plan is developed using internal talent, external experts can help. Disaster recovery planning is an essential process for companies.

The basic tasks proceeding and maintaining recovery preparedness make good economical and business sense. In most cases with less effort than anticipated, disaster recovery planning can improve efficiency, reduce recurring issues and, through reduced downtimes and better managed processes, pay for itself.

Management must first understand the characteristics associated with a crisis. Any crisis has the following characteristics:

  1. Surprise
  2. Insufficient Information
  3. Escalating Flow of Events
  4. Loss of Control
  5. Intense Scrutiny from Outside
  6. Siege Mentality
  7. Panic
  8. Short-term Focus.

One strategy used to put the crisis in the proper context is to establish an order of magnitude with respect to the crisis. Crises may be categorized into one of three levels:

Level I-Low Risk

No serious injuries, minimal physical damage, no disruption to critical business operations, minimal impact on routine business activities, minimal distress to employees.

Level II-Moderate Risk

Serious (life threatening) injuries, significant number of minor injuries, minor damage to property and facilities, minor or impending disruption on critical business operations, moderate impact to routine business activities, moderate employee distress.

Level III-High Risk

Major human casualties including death, major physical damage, significant impact on critical and routine business activities, media visibility, potential customer and shareholder impact.

As part of the disaster recovery plan, an established Escalation Procedure should be tied to each of these levels so that if the situation escalates to the next level procedures are already in place.

As part of a disaster recovery plan, crisis events are defined in a slightly different manner. The least serious event could be described as a “serious incident”, which involves a minor loss of data, a roof leak that drenches several shelves of replaceable books in a library or a threat from a drunken employee.

The term “emergency” is used in the event of a single casualty, a moderate fire, or substantial vandalism that compromises the security of the site.

A “major emergency” classification covers serious damage at a single site and possibly several casualties.

A “disaster” is defined as an event that is beyond the powers of first responders to prevent or control, and that results in serious damage and prolonged service disruption at several sites and possibly a number of casualties. The term “disaster” means the interruption of business due to the loss or denial of the information assets required for normal operations. It refers to a loss or interruption of the company’s data processing functions or to a loss of data itself. Loss of data could result from accidental or intentional erasure or destruction of the media on which data was recorded. This loss could be caused by a variety of man-made or natural phenomena.

Loss of data could also refer to a loss of integrity or reliability either in the dataset (or database) itself, or in the means by which data is transported, manipulated or presented for use. Corruption of programs and networks could interrupt the normal schedule for processing and reporting data, wreaking as much havoc within a company as would the loss of the data itself.

The above conception of disaster may suggest that only a major calamity – a terrorist bombing, an earthquake, or even a war – would qualify as a disaster. Most people might imagine in a smoking data centre rather than an accidental hard disk erasure at the small business office down the block. In either case, if the result is an unacceptable interruption of normal business operations, the event could be classified as a disaster. Disasters are relative and contextual.

Simply stated: A disaster is an occurrence that disrupts the functioning of the organization resulting in loss of data, loss of personnel, loss of business or loss of time:

Organization of the Disaster Recovery Plan

A written and tested disaster recovery program can determine whether or not your business fully resumes operations after a catastrophe. A sound program is actually a collection of specific action plans:

  1. A disaster avoidance plan to reduce or limit risks.
  2. An emergency response plan to ensure quick response to incidents.
  3. A recovery plan to guide the firm in resuming vital business functions.
  4. A business continuation plan to fully restore all business activities to normal.

Disaster avoidanceis the cornerstone of any disaster recovery plan. The first step in creating an avoidance plan is to analyze the potential hazards/risks and how well you are protected against them. This step should be accomplished during a risk/business impact analysis. The next step is to develop procedures for protecting those vulnerable assets/processes that are identified.

Even the best avoidance plan cannot prevent every disaster. When a serious incident occurs, a company must have an emergency response plan. The focuses of this plan should be the personnel and tasks necessary to immediately mitigate damage to people and company assets. After ensuring the human safety for employees, visitors, and the public, the plan should also address public relations and advertising strategies to let your clients know that you are still in business and where they can reach you.

If the emergency escalates to the disaster level, a comprehensive disaster recovery plan must be ready to implement. This plan should contain two main sections that address the specific action plans for:

  1. recoveringcritical business functions, and
  2. restoringthe business to pre-disaster conditions.

The scope of the disaster will also have an impact on the business’ recovery. Regional disasters could affect others with whom you do business including clients, vendors or emergency personnel. The plan should consider the possibility of competing for resources. Developing a comprehensive disaster recovery program that incorporates the four action plans takes foresight and commitment. But if catastrophe strikes, an effective written disaster recovery plan will provide a smooth, speedy return to business instead of diminished customer confidence, loss of clients and ultimately, failure.

The objectives of a disaster recovery plan are four-fold:

  1. To limit the extent of the damage and to prevent the escalation of a disaster
  2. To prevent personal injury to the company personnel as well as the general public
  3. To prevent physical damage to company property, and
  4. To minimize a disaster’s economic impact on the business.

With properly organized plan documents, it should be able to look at the disaster recovery plan’s table of contents for an overview of plan functions. The reason for this is simple: Most plans are compiled as sets of procedures that are developed to accommodate recovery strategies.

Body of the Disaster Recovery Plan

The complexity of a disaster recovery plan is directly related to the size of the organization. For very small firms the development of the coordination and recovery procedures may include all employees. For other larger companies, it may be necessary to assign functional business areas the full responsibility for developing and maintaining their section of the DRP. After all, it will be the recovery team for the functional business area that will be responsible for recovering the operation.

If each functional business area is responsible for developing its own disaster recovery plan, a central control area should also be established. This area should be responsible for coordinating the development effort, training the line planners, recruiting from within line operation and managing scarce resources.

As for the business resumption planners, each major area of the organization should make resources available, usually part-time resources (at least half time) familiar with the areas for which they would develop plans. Having planners from the areas for which they would develop plans is important in two ways. Much of the success in getting resumption plans developed in a timely fashion comes from the relationship that the planners have with the areas. Not only are the planners familiar with the areas, which gives them knowledge of the people and resources, but the areas are familiar with them. With this relationship already established, the development of the plans goes much more smoothly and quickly.

If the scope of the project is still quite large, the disaster recovery plan development efforts should initially focus on three critical areas:

  1. The first is the development of an Incident Management Plan and the Incident Management Team.
  2. Then, recovery procedures should be addressed.
  3. And finally, an infrastructure within the organization should be created to support any disaster recovery effort, i.e., replacement staff, key supplies, etc.

General Issues to consider:

The Disaster Recovery Plan

Creating a business continuity plan is far from a trivial exercise.

Risk Analysis

Risk analysis is inextricably linked with disaster recovery. Assessment of the risks which may lead to disaster is essential in the determination of what controls are appropriate to the situation.

Disaster Recovery Audit

How do you ensure that your disaster recovery plan meets your actual needs? How do you know that it will all work? Do you audit it, and if so, how?

Equally fundamentally, do you know what your resource/service dependencies are and what their time criticalities are? What of your actual everyday contingency practices – do they measure up?

Understanding Windshield Chip Repair

Introduction

For most automobile owners, changing oil and doing routine maintenance checks are important aspects of keeping the vehicle healthy. When the car manifests signs of problems, the driver would usually make sure it is corrected immediately to avoid more costly repairs later. But one thing most car owners neglect, but should not, is the windshield. Although the windshield does not belong with the ‘mysterious’ underhood components and seems to be transparent in its use, its importance cannot be understated. As with any car component problems, windshield damage should be repaired immediately.

Many people doubt the value of a chip repair. Paying fifty bucks for a chip repair that is barely the size of a nickel seems unreasonable. However, most do not realize that the windshield is very fragile to internal stress. It may look impenetrable, but when subjected to road and temperature stress, the chip can easily become a crack. Searching recent forums, an Acura owner’s tolerance of “an annoying little rock chip [had] finally become a long streak across the middle of [his] windshield.” (1)

Your Windshield

As with all things, let’s begin with the basics.

Windshield glass is a type of laminated glass. It consists of two layers of special composite glass with a laminate in between the layers. The laminate usually is made from a form of vinyl plastic, which is in simple terms, a very strong plastic. The laminate acts as a sticking board for the inner and outer layer of glass, which serves to hold both layers together and provides a surface in the event of shattering for glass fragments to adhere to.

A black frame, referred as the ‘frit’, lines the outer edges of the windshield, commonly 2-3 inches wide and even wider on top. The frit protects the urethane molding (generally speaking, glue that bonds windshield to car) of the windshield from the sun’s ultraviolet rays. Without the frit, the urethane would melt and cease to hold the windshield to the body frame. This is what happens with rear-view mirrors that are incorrectly installed; they fall off the windshield after the adhesives melt in the sun’s heat.

Functions of Your Windshield

Windshields play essential roles in vehicle safety and drivability. First and the most apparent function of the windshield is blocking wind and airborne debris from you and providing a clear perspective of road conditions. This is more of a drivability issue. The next two functions are safety-related, especially during an accident. In a frontal collision, two safety features of the car minimize impact damage to the driver and passenger: SRS Airbag and seat belts. In order for the airbag to deploy properly, the windshield needs to be in place. It stops the airbag from deploying upwards and redirects the direction of inflation toward the driver. In a rollover, windshield serves dually to prevent the roof of the car from collapsing and the passenger from having any body parts hanging outside the car. This issue is more pertinent with side windows, where loose body parts will dramatically increase fatality rates.

An improperly installed or cracked windshield will jeopardize your safety. One, the windshield may crack up and eventually lose integrity and shatter. Two, during an accident, the windshield will fly apart on airbag deployment with shards of glass spewing all over the place. And the airbag will be less effective. Third, on a rollover, compression stress will first stretch the crack from end to end and then finally break the windshield. Flying glass shards are very sharp and dangerous.

How Your Windshield is Installed

Ok, are you still following me? In the above sections, I have mentioned windshield structure and function. This section will cover windshield installation. The next section will tell you about windshield stress areas that dictate how likely a chip or crack is going to develop further.

Windshield placement is a highly robotic and computer-controlled process in the assembly line of automobile manufacturing. Computerized alignment and placement procedures ensure that both molding and windshield are accurately fitted. Preparation of the car frame provides a clean surface to which the windshield could bond. Furthermore, there is ample time between windshield installation and the end of the production line for the molding to cure. Because of these exacting processes, the quality that comes out the factory is the best.

For aftermarket windshield installation, getting rid of the original windshield properly is foremost to a good replacement. The correct installation techniques require removal of the old molding and lower windshield cowl panel. Subsequently the glass is cut out, leaving around 1/16″ of urethane bedding. The channel area, where the urethane adhesives bond, should be primed to inhibit rust formation. Rust formation will eventually weaken the bonding of the windshield to the car. After placement of the windshield, the car should be given from 1-24 hours to cure, depending on the adhesives used.

Some unethical replacement practices include shortcuts, such as close-cutting, flush-cutting and jumping-the-cowl. These will not be covered here, but if you are interested, you may read about these shortcuts in brief in the second link in References.

Stresses the Windshield Endures

Whether your car is parked, speeding east on Highway 60 or turtle-ing in the morning rush hour on I-10, your windshield endures many abuses: temperature changes (most notably night cooling and day heating,) road vibrations and car body frame shears, and road debris.

Because glass expands and shrinks at a slower rate than the metal body frame it is located in, during temperature changes, for example a rise in ambient temperature, the expanding metal pushes in on the sides of the windshield; conversely, a decrease in the ambient temperature exerts a pulling force on the edges of the windshield.

Now imagine, in addition to temperature stress, the constant pulling and pushing of the windshield from the body frame absorbing road impact. A stress gradient exists within the windshield. The highest stress occurs around the edges and lessens gradually approaching the center point of the windshield.

So far so good…Then a rock hits the windshield and creates an opening. Usually the windshield could distribute temperature and vibrational stress to its neighboring glass molecule. Now, however, tension would accumulate along the edge of the crack until it travels down to the border of intact and separated glass. The extra tension causes the borderline intact glass to separate, since it is the next weakest point and would continue until something is done about it.

Stress gradients correlate directly to the likelihood of a chip or crack developing further. A stone break in a high stress area, i.e. the sides, is more likely to evolve into a crack. Cracks that start from the edges usually travel to the center of less stress, just as water flows from high pressure to low pressure. Depending on shearing forces the car body exerts on the windshield, the crack may actually travel in different directions.

Value Windshield Chip Repair Services

After you read this article, we hope that you have a deeper appreciation of the value of the windshield chip and crack repair that our service sector provides to you. By repairing stone breaks and cracks when repairable, we save you time and expense and give you quality. Cars retain their originally fitted windshield, which is ever more important in new models where windshield design have reached the stage that correct replacement is paramount to ensure a snug fit and prevent stress cracks from developing. (Stress crack can occur even without external damage, especially if the windshield is not designed to fit on certain car models.)

Properly done repairs will enhance the strength of the windshield, reduce optical distraction, restrict damage area and maintain a smooth surface for wiper operation.

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References

1 Acura Owner
http://cl.acurazine.com/forums/archive/index.php/t-174634.html

2 Windshield Replacement Shortcuts
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Top 10 Jewish Monuments in Prague

During the past decade, there has been an unexpected surge in interest towards the Jewish culture in medieval Europe. Two international conventions on Jewish heritage in Europe have only helped to fuel the global interest on the subject. At the same time, these meets have provided the much-needed fund to restore and renovate the ancient and medieval period Jewish monuments in the region. And significantly, the Czech capital Prague, with sizable Jewish monuments, has been the hub of such activities that have drawn hordes of tourists from various parts of the globe.

Old Town Square

A visit to the Old Town Square in Prague or Staromestske Namesti, the hub of all activities in the area, is like traveling into the past – back by 600 or 700 years! The visitors are full of admiration and awe as the atmosphere at the place is saturated with glorious as well as the tragic history of the medieval Jews. In addition to the Wenceslas Square, situated at a five minutes’ walking distance, the Old Town Square is the only other city centre in Prague. It is amongst the most beautiful historical locations in entire Europe.

Talking about history, the Old Town Square dates back to the 12th century and was primarily used as Prague’s central marketplace. As many new Romanesque, Baroque and Gothic-style constructions came up around the marketplace over the centuries, the Old Town Square gained in wealth both economically and aesthetically. Today, the most significant tourist attractions at the Old Town Square comprise the Church of Our Lady before Tyn, the Old Town Hall Tower and the Astronomical Clock and the stunning St. Nicholas Church. Right in the heart if the Old Town Square is the statue of the great reformer Jan Hus.

Jewish Town Hall

Originally constructed in the 16th century, the Old Jewish Town Hall is also known as the Zidovska radnice. It is situated adjacent to the Old-New Synagogue in Josefov, but following renovations, today it sports a decorative frontage. The new look was added in the 18th century and has a clock tower with Hebrew figures. The building is known to be funded by the Jewish Town mayor Maisel. Most of parts of the Jewish Town Hall are under the scheduled area and the only part open for the general public is the Kosher Eatery. Currently, the town hall is used as the Jewish Community Center and offers information regarding Jewish tours, activities and events of interest to both the local as well as foreign tourists.

The Old-New Synagogue

The Old-New Synagogue at Josefov in Prague is Europe’s oldest active synagogue and is also known as Altneuschul in German and Staronova synagogue in Czech. Built in the Gothic style in 1270, the Old-New-Synagogue was initially called the New Synagogue or Great Shul. When more synagogues came up in Prague by the 16th century this came to be known as the Old-New Shul or Old-New Synagogue. This is because another synagogue much older to this one and constructed earlier than 1270 was demolished in 1867. The structure of this Gothic style synagogue is outstanding and to reach the foyer one has to climb a flight of nine steps from the street. The foyer opens to a rectangular hall which has six arched bays supported by two large pillars in the middle. The mausoleum has twelve Gothic windows representing the 12 Israeli tribes.

Synagogues of Prague

In all there are seven synagogues in Prague and five of these synagogues can be found in the relics of the Jewish ghetto. Apart from the Old-New Synagogue, there are the Maisel Synagogue, the Pinkas Synagogue, the High Synagogue, the Klausen Synagogue, the Spanish Synagogue and the Jubilee Synagogue. The Maisel Synagogue was built with the permission of Emperor Rudolph II in 1591 and is named after Mordechai Maisel, who funded the construction. On the other hand, the Pinkas Synagogue was built in the Renaissance style. If first finds mention 1492 and was reconstructed in 1953 after floods had destroyed it completely. On the walls of this synagogue there is a list of 77,297 Jews who perished during the World War II. Situated near the Jewish Town Hall, the High Synagogue is named such as it is situated at a great altitude. Near the Old Jewish Cemetery you will find the Klausen Synagogue, which was originally built in 1694 and re-constructed several times. The Spanish Synagogue was built during 1867-8 and is different from the other synagogues in Prague. This synagogue is unique since Moorish decorations were used in its construction. The most modern in this series of synagogues in Prague is the Jubilee Synagogue. This was built in the early 20th century in the New Town and prayer services are held regularly at this synagogue.

Old Jewish Cemetery

Established in the 15th century, the Old Jewish Cemetery is situated in the Josefov area – a primeval Jewish ghetto – and has 12,000 tombstones scattered all over the area. The cemetery was established at a time when the Jews were not permitted to bury their dead outside the area earmarked for the community. As the cemetery area was too congested, bodies were buried here on top of one another. And it is believed that most of the tombstones have twelve layers of burials below them! Currently, no more bodies are buried here and the Jewish Museum in Prague has taken over the responsibility to preserve this chaotic place. Incidentally, the Old Jewish Cemetery was a favorite place for the surrealist writer Franz Kafka who spent much of his idle time here.

Jewish Museum

Founded in 1906, the Jewish Museum in Prague is the arguably the largest of its kind in Europe and has an enormous assortment of sacred Jewish works of art. According to modest estimates, the museum houses around 40,000 artistic artifacts and 100,000 items of printed fabric. Synagogue objects like textiles and silver include almost two-thirds of the museum’s huge collection. The exhibits of the Jewish Museum are to be found in six different locations of historic importance. They include the Maisel Synagogue, the Old Jewish Cemetery, the Pinkas Synagogue, the Ceremonial Hall, the Spanish Synagogue and the Klausen Synagogue. The museum not only comprises synagogues and exhibitions on the Jew community’s past, but also promotes contemporary Jewish art and culture. The Robert Guttmann Gallery situated near the Spanish Synagogue is an ideal example of such promotional activities.

The Jewish Quarter

The Jewish Quarter or Josefov in Prague is akin to a ghetto where the members of the Jewish community were compelled to live in the early days. The Jewish settlement in the area dates back to the 10th century. Prior to and during the World War II, all the Jews residing in the area was required to wear clothes with special markings on them to identify their community. The place has an old cemetery, numerous old buildings and many old synagogues. However, prayer services are not held in most of these synagogues, as the Jewish population in Prague has diminished from 120,000 before the World War II to just 8,000 now. And many of these 8,000 Jews also no longer reside in the region today. The place is, however, being re-built now and has already got rid of its clumsy look.

Franz Kafka House

If you are in Prague, you cannot miss Franz Kafka. Whether you are in a library, bookstore or any other place, the shadow of the great surrealist writer of the 20th century will always loom large. While Kafka’s house, where he stayed with his sister for a few months, is located at the beginning of the Golden Lane, his statue stands near the synagogues in the Jewish colony. Presently, Kafka’s house is being used as a museum where outfits, armaments and works of art of the middle ages are on display. For the uninhabited, the writings of Franz Kafka, who was born in Czechoslovakia, but spoke German, mostly became popular after his death. He primarily wrote about the loneliness of the 20th century man, the bureaucratic maze and his fears. Among Kafka’s most famous novel is ‘The castle and The Trial’ that best demonstrates Kafkaesque characters and the features of his unique writing style. He succumbed to tuberculosis in 1924.

The Hebrew Clock

Another attraction of the Old Town Square in Prague is the Hebrew Clock of the Old Jewish Town Hall in Josefov. The clock, established in 1410, is interesting in many ways. While the clock has Hebrew numbers and runs in an anti-clock manner, it does not depict time. On the contrary, the clock depicts the days of the Christian calendar, phases of the moon, seasons and equinoxes. On the upper windows, there is a 30-second demonstration of apostles, deadly skeletons and a crowing cock every hour that mesmerizes and often scares the tourists. On a pane above this Hebrew Clock there is another clock with Roman numbers.

Jewish Ceremonial Hall

Located in Jewish Quarter, the Jewish Ceremonial Hall is also known as Obradni Sin. It was built in neo-renaissance style in 1911-12. Noted architect J. Gerstl planned the structure that was to be used for the Jewish Burial Society. The construction was initially utilized as a ceremonial hall and mortuary, but now it forms a part of the Jewish Museum of Prague. Currently, the Jewish Ceremonial Hall houses a permanent exhibition relating to Jewish history.

How to Stop "Victim Thinking" in Kids – "I'm a Victim, So the Rules Do not Apply to Me!"

Whenever an adolescent does not want to take responsibility, it's very likely they'll present themselves as a victim. When your child says, "You do not understand me," that's playing the victim, because what they're really saying is, "I'm a victim of your misunderstanding." When they say, "My teacher is mean. That's why I did not do my homework," that is victim thinking, because they're blaming their teacher for not having completed their work. And when you hear, "I hit my sister because she stuck her tongue out at me," that is also victim thinking, because your child is using something as an excuse for breaking a rule in your household. And you'll see excuse-making, blaming and justification all contained within this kind of thought process. In our society today, kids as well as adults have become adept at using all of these strategies to rationalize their actions.

Here is where the danger lies: at the core of victim thinking is the belief that if you're a victim of something, then the rules do not apply to you. To put this another way, if you're a victim, you're not responsible for the results of your actions. Consequently, if you're not responsible, then you do not have to change anything: it's somebody else's fault. In our culture, if you're a victim of a bad childhood, an accepted belief is that you're not entirely responsible for your wrongdoings. In my opinion that's a lot of nonsense. That kind of thinking has led to the type of society that we see around us today, in which no one takes responsibility for anything and everyone is a victim of some perceived injustice. So where does this thinking come from? Well, look around you. Look at our leaders, look at our politicians. It's never their fault; They're always victims of something or someone. The sad truth is that victim thinking permeates our society at every level.

Teens and Victim Thinking: "You Just Do not Understand Me!"

One reason why it's so common for teens to fall into the trap of victim thinking is because it's part of the way they try to differentiate from their parents. So, instead of seeing themselves as protected by their parents, they start to see themselves as the victim of their parents. They feel victimized by household rules, limits and expectations from their parents.

If you think of it from your child's perspective, adolescence is probably the most conflicted age that a person can go through. Teens and pre-teens are filled with intension emotions. They are undergoing hormonal, physical and sexual changes. When they get to junior high and high school, they are handling more responsibility than they ever had in grade school. Do not forget that the 16-year-old who has access to money and cars and drugs was a 12-year-old four years ago. As parents, it's important to remember how quickly this happens. This does not mean that children should not be held responsible for their actions, though-far from it. In fact, I think parents need to be more aware of the natural propensity of teens to use victim thinking, and that you should challenge it as often as possible.

It's not unusual for kids to feel very comfortable in their identity as a victim. When you challenge that stance, your child might see you as being a little weird and out-of-touch. He might say, "You just do not understand me," when you do not buy into the victim thing. And by the way, most parents do buy into it. Many develop a parenting style where they believe their kids are victims, and then they try to fix things for them. But in my experience, this creates a very difficult situation for the family.

When your child says, "You do not understand me," he's inviting you to a fight. Do not fight that fight . All you have to say is, "Well, maybe I do not understand you. But I do understand this: you have to do your homework and there will be no electronics until you get it done."

Another thing you can say is, "Maybe I do not understand you, but it's important that you understand what I expect you to do." Do not argument with your child or get sidetracked into fights about who understands who, or who loves what. Be firm and do not let yourself get dropped into that.

Why Seeing Yourself as a Victim is a "Thinking Error"

Victim thinking is actually part of a broader range of what we call "thinking errors". There are errors in thinking just like there are errors in math and spelling. Someone may spell a word or solve a math problem a certain way and get the wrong answer. But while they're doing it, they believe it's right.

In the same way, people use thinking errors and get the wrong answer to life. The sad part is, while they're doing it they think it's the right answer. Some of the thinking errors indictors use are dishonesty, justification, making excuses, blaming others, and playing the victim. And so you'll see attorneys using victim thinking within this whole constellation of thinking errors. And they use it to avoid taking responsibility for things that they've done or things that they do not want to do. For the most part, adolescents believe what they're thinking; It's not a manipulation. When your child plays the victim, makes excuses or justifies himself, he believes what he's thinking and saying is true. That does not mean that you should not hold him responsible for his actions-and I mean hold him responsibly sternly and clearly. I believe allowing your child to use thinking errors in order to avoid taking responsibility is a very dangerous thing, because it will not prepare him for adult life and decision-making.

Establish a Culture of Accountability

I believe parents should develop what I call a "culture of accountability" in their home. This means that whatever is going on in the outside world, in your home there is a culture of accountability-and not a culture of thinking errors. So blaming, excuses, justifying, and being the victim should have no place in the realm of doing your chores, treating other people appropriately, doing your homework and taking care of your responsibilities. It means that your child is accountable in your home for all of those things.

Part of establishing a culture of accountability is being very clear as a parent about what your values ​​are with your kids. Then, you have to live those values. So if you value taking responsibility, not only do you have to be clear about that, you have to take your responsibilities seriously, and then you have to demand it from your children. As I've said before, if you value honesty, do not lie. If you value trust, be up front about the things you do. And tell your kids, "These are the things we value and this is the way we're going to live in this home."

Your child is exposed to thousands of things in the outside world, but when he comes home, he's accountable to your values. You hold him accounting by setting limits, rewarding responsibility-taking, and giving consequences for making excuses. You also teach him accountability through discussions about behavior and conversations about how to do things differently "next time it happens." Remember, in your home, your child is accountable to you.

Kids are Only Victims When You Allow Them To Be Victims

Here's the truth: kids are only victims when you allow them to be victims. In order for your child to be a victim, you have to accept their excuses or their blame. I suggest you challenge your child's thinking by saying things like:

  • "It sounds like you're justifying cursing at your sister because she was looking at you the wrong way."
  • "Making excuses is not going to solve the problem of you having to mow the lawn … and I expect you to do it."
  • "Blaming your teacher is not going to solve your problem of getting your homework done."

This is a very powerful tool for parents. In this last example, instead of arguing or defending the teacher, like many parents would tend to do, just go right to, "It sounds like you're blaming your teacher." This way, you identify the thinking error . "Blaming the teacher is not going to solve your problem. Your problem is getting your work done."

Here's an example of a conversation you might have with your child when you find out they have not done their homework:

You: "Your teacher emailed me and said you have not handed in your homework all week."

Your child: "You know, my teacher's a jerk. He never explains what we're supposed to do and then he expects me to hand in his assignments."

You: "It sounds like you're blaming your teacher for not meeting the responsibility of handing in your homework."

Your child: "It's not my fault! I told you, he's a jerk."

You: "We're not talking about who fault it is. We're talking about what responsibility it is to do your homework and hand it in, or ask me or the teacher for help. And then blame your teacher. "

Challenge the thinking error right at its source.

When Victim Thinking Becomes a Way of Life

It's important to confront victim thinking in our children if we do not want thinking errors to become a way of life. A few years ago, there was a very in-depth study done on criminals in the California prison system. One of the important things it showed was that people who return to prison repeatly see themselves as victims: victims of poor children, of society, of poor parenting, of poverty. And what happens is, as long as they see themselves as victims, they do not feel as if they have to take responsibility to change their antisocial behavior.

When you're a victim you can always find a way to be a victim. If you're the parent of teenagers, you know that many of them find a way to think of themselves as victims much of the time. Remember, although your child is going to develop thinking errors automatically, it's up to us as parents to challenge that victim thinking and hold our children accountable.

The Free Spider Web System Exploding MLM Machine

The free Spider Web System is making waves out in the world of MLM and Internet Marketing in general. It's empowering individuals who are looking to either get into their very own home business or individuals who are in an existing MLM company but are not making it, with their current business and marketing systems and are looking for some real solutions on how to generate new customers And leads into their primary business.

The beauty with the spider web system and what RoundGoods Consulting have put forth is that it lays it out in lay man terms, exactly how to get your online business going while helping you to put into place a system which generates 12 plus streams of passive income ; And on top of this, the spider web will also set itself up to start pulling in leads and new prospects into the web for it's owner to start building their business with.

How? Greeeat question.

Well … first of all, right after signing up, you are put through all the steps and procedures with video tutorials and explicit instructions on how to go about building your very own spider web on the world wide web, spinning it out their, As any old spider would, who is looking to catch their next meal …. with the one exception here, you do not get to eat your "catch," rather, you get to build working relationships with real people who are looking To make either full-time or part-time incoming from their home businesses.

The spider web system will not cost you a dime, cent, peso or dollar to get into it and started.

Does that mean that it will not cost you any money at all?

Not bloody easily!

Let me ask you this question? Where can you start and operate a business without it costing you money? If you know ………. pleeeease tell me. I'd love to know!

It's ridiculous to even assume that this can be done. But, that does not mean that it can not be done entirely either. After setting up your 12 streams of income …. your cost for the system will amount to about $ 20.00 and if you did not want to spend another cent on it, you might get a slow, slooooow, sloooooooow dribble of new prospects into It.

With statistics for the Internet Marketing scene raging at a high of 97% of individuals failing, then I am not surprised to see "why" there are hesitant individuals not wanting to spend any more money on "another" ….? Loss = Pain. Pain does not feel so good.

But, as you can see from some of my other posts here, I have been with the system for over 4 weeks now, and I am turning over regular money as well as building my down line and when it comes to network marketing, then that's What you want, and more importantly, you want your down lines being able to duplicate you and being able to build their own very teams and businesses; Turning over profits and drawing in prospects.

Yes, the basic premise of the Spider Web is that it is a self-funded proposal system, or as it is also known as "funded proposal prospecting system." Essentially, it spells out the same meaning ….. meaning that, your targeting individuals who are looking for a solution, in this case, the solution is provided in a full package of tutorial videos, 12 streams of passive income, complete with 4 capture pages, back office which has an auto responder and tracking built into it.
Exactly what any online entrepreneur would need to get started and be able to function as a business should be able to.

What's that I hear you ask? "It's for Free?"

Well … yes, it's for free, which makes it even more appealing but what makes it unique as a system, is that as long as your adding and building your down line up then those streams of income will continue to flow in, and That is where the funding is coming from and if you were completely lazy, then it might just do for a while, until the market was completely settled.

But, the concept that Kimball Roundy – founder – is pushing with the system, is that the system is the system and not your primary business or secondary, but it provides a solution to getting one set-up as an Internet home business without needing To read 50 ebooks, study Google AdWords and Google AdSense backwards and …. if that is not enough, to watch 5 tutorials by all the known Gurus ….. to then still be in a position of confusion because one; Just is not able to put "all the pieces of puzzle" together to make a beautiful picture.

The Spider Web takes all of the confusions and distractions out of the "picture" and generates income and prospects for you to be able to work with and grow a network business which can then be promoted and duplicated by others, no-matter their level of Computer and Internet – savviness!

The concept is not a new one and they have been some predecessors to the spider web, but what Kimball has exceptionally done, was to put together a system which has one the hatting and steps to be able to set-up their business and get it Going making money IMMEDIATELY … without needing to spend all the long hours into the nights and in order to do so.

If you have ever had anything to do with MLMs or networking before, then you can understand that people lose momentum either either of a few things happen:

1. People are not joining up.

2. Loss of money in trying to get people to sign-up, who do not end up signing up.

3. Loss of enthusiasm from losing money, losing time in trying to get people to sign-up and who, just do not end up joining.

4. One is not able to get others duplicating the steps necessary in order to grow their down lines business, so you get that same "vicious circle …." losing interest, momentum, money and STILL no one joining up.

So of course, failure will ensue. And there … in a few lines, we get the general idea why network marketers fail online.

Now, in a Nutshell, the spider web system eliminates all these.

I should know, because I am using it and applying the system, building my business into numbers which I only thought about and never considered actually to be realistic – for me that is.

For those who have been online and have made the attempts to or have built some numbers to their business, the spider web is a blessing, to the degree that one makes the honest efforts to follow the step by step instructions as laid out in the Tutorials, but bearing in mind, that the system is also in a beta stage, and that as any other beta product, you're going to get bugs appearing and hiccups in the process.

Kimball and his team are ironing these out, from an auto-blog posting issues, to having additional servers being added in order to be able to keep up with the system demands.

The point is that, by the time you are through setting up, you now have a powerful tool in which to go out into the world wide web and generate leads and clients as well as finding people who are willing to join you as team members: -)

Pretty sweet deal.

Right now, I do not believe theirs is a better system out that that can effectively market you and more importantly, your home business such as the one seen with the spider web system. It's definitely been exploding my business and will continue to do so, as long as I continue to create the business and more importantly, as long as the system can be duplicated by my team members and their team members – and so on.

Obviously, I have not been able to tell all here, as there is soooo much that one needs to experience for themselves in order to really appreciate the REAL value that you get with the spider web system.

Think of your self as Neo in the Matrix. Which color pill are you going to take? The Red One – forget all that you have been told and go back to your life as if nothing has changed or …. you will take the Blue one, and off into a new land of adventure.

It's your choice ……

Want the Blue one? Follow the trail leading out.

May you never be the same again,

RB