Getting Calcium From Raw Food

We all know that calcium is essential for bone and teeth health, but I wonder how many people know that calcium is also vital for a healthy heart, circulatory system, healthy muscle tissue, blood, and skin?

Not many, I would venture to say. We all have also heard through the advertising from dairy companies, that we should drink 3 glasses at least, of milk every day to obtain this important nutrient. If the milk was a raw food product, instead of pasteurized, I might agree. However the milk that most people drink would actually kill the calf, if he drank it! I have decided to help bring awareness about how to obtain this important mineral from raw foods, which you can take that will help you absorb this vital nutrient, and finally, deficiency symptoms that could mean a lack of calcium.

Calcium can be found in raw foods such as carrots, carob flour, green leafy vegetables such as kale, mustard greens, collards, parsley, turnip greens, beet greens, and dandelion greens, for the adventurous. Legumes such as sprouted lentils are also a good raw food source, and fresh string beans give an ample supply of calcium. Nuts such as almonds, filberts, and brazil nuts are an excellent raw food source of calcium. Blackstrap molasses is very high in this important nutrient. One way to consume this is to simply put a tablespoon in a half cup of warm water, and enjoy. Sea vegetables such as arame, dulse, hijiki, kelp, and wakame are also good sources, and add an many other trace minerals as well. Sesame and sunflower seeds are another raw food source of calcium. For those who enjoy fruits, (and who does not?) Persimmons, contracts, figs, and blackberries, to name a few, also provide a most enjoyable way of getting your calcium. For a better understanding of which raw foods have calcium, check out the chart directory on my site. It's free.

To help your body absorb calcium, Vitamins A, C, D, F, and iron are complementary vitamins, although I have heard not to take vitamin C and calcium at the same time. All of these course can be obtained from raw foods; check out the chart directory. Minerals that help you absorb calcium are magnesium, manganese, phosphorous, and silicon. The sources for these minerals are best found from raw foods, especially in the case of vitamin A, as you can not get the toxicity symptoms from the raw food sources, as you can from the animal sources. The amino acid lysine is helpful, as well as getting exercise, and sunshine are also helpful to absorb calcium.

Finally, you may be deficient in calcium if you have arm & leg numbness, brittle fingernails, eczema, fragile bones, headaches, heart palpitation, hypertension, insomnia, irritability, muscle cramps, nervousness, osteomalacia, osteoporosis, periodontal disease, rickets, or tooth decay.

To learn more about calcium, what other raw food sources there are (there are a lot), what inhibits your absorption, and what the therapeutic uses are, check out my website for free info. I hope this has encouraged you to see that we can obtain all the calcium we need from living raw foods.

Preparing Piranha: Four Delicious Recipes for Adventuresome Eating

Prepare your freshly-caught Piranha native style, with these Brazilian recipes. Cachama, a Piranha-related farm-raised species, is often used where Piranha are not locally available. Cachama (in Colombia) and Tambaqui or Pacu (in Brazil) which also originate in the Amazon and Orinoco River basins can likewise be used. Two Cachama species cultivated commercially in Central and South America are the white one (Piaractus brachypomus) and the black one (Colossoma macropomum). If one of these is not available where you live, any firm white-fleshed fish or fillets will amply suffice. Here are four delicious ways to prepare your Piranha:

Piranha in Tomato Sauce

Ingredients:

Piranha, whole, cleaned and scaled

4 firm, ripe tomatoes

1 finely chopped medium-sized onion

2 tablespoons of finely chopped fresh parsley

half a cup of water

2 tablespoons of margarine

salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

Peel and cut tomato into small cubes. Put half the tomatoes and onion into a large frying pan, place the cleaned Piranha on top then cover it with the rest of the tomato, onion and parsley. Add the salt and pepper.

Add half of the water and cook covered over a low fire for about 20 minutes or until the fish can be easily pierced with a fork.

Carefully remove the Piranha from the pan and place on a warm serving dish.

Reduce the mixture in the frying pan for an additional 5 minutes until thickened and pour over the Piranha.

Brazilian Piranha Soup

Ingredients:

Piranha, whole fish (or heads)

green vegetables in season or to taste

carrots, peeled and sliced or diced

yams, peeled and cut up

onions, whole small or quartered

salt and pepper to taste

1 or 2 small chilies to spice things up a bit

small ginger root, coarsely chopped

1 or 2 sliced or wedged lemons or limes

Directions:

Boil whole fish in vegetable stock with spices and pieces of ginger. Add fresh cut up vegetables. Remove bones and larger fins from the fish. Slice lemon or lime as garnish. Remember, the head is an aphrodisiac and is often served separately. The soup can also be made entirely from Piranha heads if desired.

Fried Piranha

Ingredients:

A medium-sized whole Piranha for each serving

2 or 3 cloves of garlic

salt and pepper

sprig of fresh parsley

whole lemon or lime

1 or 2 whole ripe tomatoes, sliced

small quantity of seasoned flour or corn meal

Directions:

Clean and scale the fish thoroughly. Make a series of diagonal cuts along both sides of the fish from top to belly. Crush the garlic cloves and mix with the salt and a little pepper. Rub this mixture into the cuts along the sides of the fish. Wrap with a damp banana leaf (or a moistened paper towel). Allow to marinate for 30 minutes to an hour. Some Colombian cooks leave refrigerated overnight. Heat some fresh cooking oil to a high temperature in a large frying pan. Sprinkle the marinated fish lightly with seasoned flour or corn meal. Fry golden brown on each side, turning the fish carefully after browning. Serve hot garnished with sliced tomato and fresh lemon or lime juice squeezed over the fish.

Grilling Piranha Amazon Style

Grilling fresh-caught fish on an open fire is always a tasty way to enjoy a fresh catch. Use a whole cleaned and scaled fish, rub it lightly with oil, season it with salt and pepper or other available spices, then place it on a grill, about 4 – 6 inches from the heat. In the wild you can use a framework of small twigs and shaved saplings to position the fish over the fire. Cover the fish with a banana leaf (or foil), and cook until the fish is brown on the underside, approximately 6 – 8 minutes. Turn the fish carefully and continue until the flesh near the bone is (check with the tip of a small knife or long fork), in approximately 8 to 10 minutes. Smaller fish usually work best using this method, especially in the jungle.

Modifying these procedures slightly will allow you to adapt them for use with a barbeque grill. If you haven’t already, be sure to read the article “Piranha: Deadly and Delicious” which is online at: http://EzineArticles.com/?id=72722 . Buen Provecho!

1000 Oz Silver Bars – Lowest Markup Over Spot Makes These Silver Bars A Great Investment

Today’s uncertain economic factors have leading investment advisors enthusiastically recommending the purchase of precious metals such as 1000 Oz silver bars. In a time when owning tangible assets is viewed as a necessary part of any investment strategy, wise investors are buying larger bars like the 1000 ounce silver bullion bar because they offer the lowest markup over the spot price of silver.

These 1000 Oz bars are poured from Troy silver with bars normally weighing from 950 ounces to 1075 ounces, or roughly 70 pounds. Each bar is individually weighed and stamped with the exact weight, the purity and the hallmark of the company that produces it.

There are several private companies that offer the 1000 oz silver bar for sale, guaranteeing their weight and purity and shipping them via insured carriers. These larger sized bars may be received and stored personally by the investor or shipped to a secure precious metals repository for safekeeping.

The most popular 1000 oz silver bar brand is produced by Johnson-Matthey, a leading silver refiner known world-wide. Each bar is individually weighed by Johnson-Matthey and is stamped with its hallmark, purity, and weight.

These large silver bullion bars are Comex deliverable and are poured as a bulk product when ordered for shipment.

Reasons for Buying:

The outlook for rising prices in the precious metals market continues to be good. Here are the six primary reasons top financial advisors are adding silver to their portfolios and suggesting you do the same.

• Precious metals are the preferred hedge against inflation and the declining values of other assets including the dollar.

• Purchasing one 1000 ounce silver bar is more cost-effective and easier to manage than purchasing 1000 1-ounce silver bars, for example.

• Precious metals such as silver are a tangible asset and form an excellent foundation to any portfolio.

• Investment experts recommend a portfolio contain a minimum of 10% to 20% precious metals.

• 1000 Oz silver bullion bars have the lowest markup and do not have any of the numismatic premiums that silver bullion coins are saddled with.

• Industrial demand for silver is increasing in areas such as water purification and superconductivity, spurring rising prices.

Conclusion:

If you are looking for an outstanding way to store and grow wealth in a tangible asset, then you should know that 1000 Oz silver bars are the preferred choice of serious investors who recognize the investment opportunities that silver represents.

The outlook for making profits from owning silver continues to be excellent because demand is increasing and prices are continuing to rise. It’s no wonder that savvy investors are allocating significant percentages of their portfolios to precious metal assets like 1000 Oz silver bars.

The Role of the Match Commissioner in the Game of Football

The roles of match commissioners in modern-day football cannot be compromised considering their importance to the success of a game. Beginning from their appointment down to their individual character, care must be taken to ensure that the right persons are appointed to commission a match.

As part of their attributes, they must have sound knowledge of the laws of the game and the rules governing any competition. The ability to take prompt and accurate decision and maintain a sound comportment is the hallmarks of a good match commissioner. He/she must also be courageous and bold especially when a game is getting out of hand.

five specific roles

  • carry out joint inspection of the field of play prior to the start of a game
  • The state of a football pitch is very important in a game of football. A field that is water-logged or unmarked may not be suitable for a standard game of football. The pitch must also have perimeter fencing to avoid encroachment.

  • ensure that there is adequate security arrangement pt in place by the host team
  • Security is one of the most important aspects of the game of football as violence can erupt in the course of play. The presence of mobile and regular policemen cannot therefore be compromised. The match commissioner has a duty to insist that the match be discontinued if there is no adequate security for the match officials.

  • presides over the meeting of referees and officials of both teams prior to the start of a game
  • A meeting of all stakeholders is usually held in the morning prior to be kick-off of the match. Some issues usually discussed include security, medical, colors of jersey to be used by both teams and general admonition by the match officials on the need to observe the spirit of fair play before, during and after the game. This meeting is usually chaired by the match commissioner.

  • ensure that unauthorized persons or objects do not enter the field or stadium
  • It is the duty of the match commissioner to ensure that the match venue is free of unauthorized persons and objects in the course of the game. He watches the match in a good position and observes the performance of the referee and his assistants.

  • submit a detailed report
  • He submits a detailed report of the match to the appropriate football authority within 48 hours after the match. The report will include virtually everything that occurred before, during and after the match. In conclusion he must ensure that match officials are given their entitlement by the organizers in accordance to the provisions and regulations of the game.

I Was Freed From Suicidal Thoughts With EFT

On January 7th, 2011, I decided to commit suicide. It was a crisp, sunny, Friday afternoon and I was walking on an overpass with a busy freeway underneath. There was a concrete barrier beside me, and a chain link fence on top of it.

I thought to myself, “I can easily climb over the fence and jump to my death on the freeway below.” That thought would have normally shocked me, but after the last few months it didn’t seem like a bad plan.

I had just hung up the phone with my ex-girlfriend of seven years. She informed me that she was with someone new. She had ended our relationship only months before and moved out-of-state. Her two adult children were still living in my house, and I kept in contact with her hoping that we’d get back together.

So it was official. My ex-girlfriend had found someone new. She was out my life, and without her I didn’t know whether life was worth living.

I didn’t have any friends I could reach out to, or call as my best friend had died some months before, and my life had revolved around my ex-girlfriend. Out of decency, fear, or both, she called my ex-wife (and the police) because she knew I was in trouble and needed to talk to someone quick, though she had no idea of my location.

Luckily when I was on the overpass, my ex-wife called me I answered. Through burning tears, and a cracked voice, I wailed into the phone shouting to her how I wanted the pain in my heart to stop! I was truly a wretched soul – totally, emotionally destroyed from the pain of it all.

The breakup with my ex-wife was many years before, through the years we forgave each other and became friends, so as odd as it may seem – my ex-wife was the best person to understand my pain.

The relationship with my ex-girlfriend was more complicated. You see I found out, sometime before all this, that my girlfriend had been having a sexual relationship with another man that she had met a year before going out with me. Her relationship with this man lasted for almost the entire seven years we had been together – and her two adult children living in my house knew all about it, but kept their mother’s secret.

So, the whole relationship was filled with betrayal, and deceit. Even after I had learned all this, I forgave her and hoped that one day we might get back together. You may think that is crazy, but it’s how I felt at that moment.

I had found out that the man, whom she had the affair with, was out of her life and I had hoped that if I put my whole heart and soul in the relationship that she would completely commit herself to me. We would live happily ever after. The whole bit. I was really in fantasy thought.

The night before, when I was on the overpass, she sent me an email that made it brutally clear that she never intended to get back with me. She lacked the decency to tell me on the phone or to my face. To make it even more confusing for me, she asked for me to help her with closing costs for a house she was buying as if I were her partner. I lent her the money with high hopes for the future. I loved her and wanted to do whatever I could to make her happy.

What she neglected to tell me was that she was involved in another relationship with a new man and the house was for them to live in. That was the news I had received just before going on the overpass.

I felt as though I were being manipulated like a puppet. I loved her and her two kids, but they gave me no respect. They all said they loved me, but really they were just using me. I was devastated as I made this realization.

The good news is that I obviously didn’t jump, or else I wouldn’t be writing this article, but it came very close. I believe that if I were under the influence of alcohol, or some other mood altering substance at the time, I would have jumped.

My ex-wife successfully talked me out of jumping for our daughter’s sake. She made me realize the pain I would cause my daughter by committing suicide – not to mention that I would be a terrible role model by setting a horrible example for her to follow. She was (and is) in recovery from drug addiction and has dealt with depression issues as well. I felt ill at the thought of her mirroring my actions.

As distorted as my thinking was, My ex-wife’s reasoning somehow got through to me and I knew I didn’t want to commit suicide for our daughter sake, if not my own. Her phone call saved my life. In a strange way, I am grateful to my ex-girlfriend calling my ex-wife, too, because I never would have gotten that call; otherwise, and I wouldn’t be here writing this now.

Looking back in time, before this scene on the overpass, I could see that a storm within me had been brewing. I had been plagued for months with suicidal thoughts that began to accompany my lifelong battle with depression.

I was on prescribed medication for depression. I was seeing a therapist, as well. Had I not been, I am certain that even my ex-wife would not have been able to convince me to not jump to my death. But, thank God I had that help, because now I see that this awful situation was sure as hell unworthy of me senselessly sacrificing my life. My girlfriend’s betrayal, and her children’s concealment just wasn’t worth it; and my daughter’s life now mattered more to me than my own life.

Strange how screwed up my thinking was. Here, I was in a crisis ready to throw my own life away, but I guess I still cared about something greater than myself, my daughter.

My own biological father had abandoned me along with my mother and younger brother. My committing suicide would have been the ultimate abandonment of my daughter – something I swore I would never do when I had a child. I would not carry on the family tradition and abandon my own flesh and blood.

Once I hung up with my ex-wife, I no longer had the desire to jump. But, I still felt like dying, and I found myself alone and emotionally destroyed. I hurt, and I wanted it to stop. You know the expression about how “it felt as though I’d been stabbed in the heart”? That’s how I felt.

So, how did I cope with this hurt?

Well, some months before this incident, I had attended a seminar where I was introduced to an energetic therapy to help release negative thought patterns. It is called the Emotional Freedom Technique, otherwise known as EFT or tapping.

Gary Craig invented EFT in the early 1990’s. He was a student of Dr. Roger Callahan – the father of TFT, or Thought Field Therapy that he discovered in the late 1980’s.

Carol Look, a well-known expert, and practitioner of EFT, describes EFT as a form of psychological acupressure. The way EFT works is first, you find your target – the subject of the problem your having (for me it was suicide) and imagine a scale of zero to ten with zero being the least degree of pain, or emotional discomfort of whatever you are feeling about the problem, and ten being the highest degree. You identify where you are on that scale of pain, or suffering, then you start the process.

The process is a series of tapping your fingers on certain places known as Meridian points of your body. As you tap, you say out loud what is known as set up statement, followed by a tapping progression called the negative reminder phrase, ending the process by a tapping round using the positive statement, or phrase.

At first, this whole tapping thing really sounded ridiculous to me, but I did it anyway and saw how it helped. It was the solution to my problem. I kept at it and although I didn’t feel like living, or even doing the tapping rounds, it helped me get through the feelings of suicide. I figured I’d try the fake it until you make it approach, and it worked!

Little by little, something inside me started to change. I began to feel better. My suicidal thoughts became less and less frequent. It took a while, but this tapping stuff really worked.

I have struggled with depression all my life and while I’m not completely rid of it, my suicidal thoughts are gone! I can actually envision a future for me. Every day I live I give thanks for what I have, and I can see what a terrible mistake it would have been for me to end my life.

Not every day is perfect. I still take depression medication and see a therapist – although less often – now I can better cope with my depression thanks to EFT. I now can enjoy life and look to the future.

I do not advocate replacing professional help with EFT. But, EFT is yet another tool I have to use in my arsenal of defense against feeling low, depressed, and hopeless.

The reason I am writing this article is to help anyone who is in a similar situation. I want everyone to know that no matter how bad things seem, even to the point that you are hurting so badly that you are thinking of hurting yourself (or killing yourself) that there is hope.

Suicide is not a solution. It’s the worst thing you could do, not just for you, but for anyone you leave behind who will have to live with your suicide for the rest of their lives.

Do you really want that? Of course, you don’t.

I believe that EFT helped me, and that it can possibly help you. If you are feeling depressed, and/or suicidal give it a try. There is a ton of free literature out there on the subject of EFT (a free guide is downloadable on my website). You can also go to YouTube; type “EFT” in the search box, and a bunch of videos will appear showing you how to do it.

You are important and worthy of living though you may not believe it, or feel it. Give EFT a try. It’s free, and it’s easy to do. You are positively worth it! The phrase fake it until you make it was never truer than it was for me using EFT. And I did make it! So can you!

Tax Deductions and Advice for 1099-Misc Independent Contractors

A few common occupations that receive a 1099-MISC are sub contractors, real estate brokers and insurance agents. Independent contractors who have their income reported on a 1099-MISC are considered self-employed by the IRS, and are responsible for paying their own taxes. To put it most simply, none of their taxes are withheld during the year.

This can be a double-edged sword for many independent contractors. For those with adequate tax knowledge, or access to a qualified tax professional, receiving a 1099 can actually be a good thing. But for those who are new to an occupation that reports income via the 1099, or believe they are a turbo tax expert, receiving a 1099-Misc can be a disaster at tax time.

In most circumstances, an employee’s (someone who receives a W2 by January 31) net wages have already had federal, state and payroll taxes withheld. Employee’s are not totally responsible for their own taxes, but an independent contractor is. The first thing that the self-employed has to do is pay their taxes quarterly. The total amount you have to pay quarterly is the smaller of these two numbers, either 100 percent of last year’s tax liability, or 90% of the current year’s tax liability. Failure to pay in enough throughout the tax year will result in an estimated tax penalty on your tax return.

The second and most crucial part of being an independent contractor is tracking your business expenses during the year. Taxpayers who receive 1099’s are allowed to deduct their expenses from business activities just like a business owner can, in fact, some small business owners and independent contractors use the same form to report their income, a Schedule C.

The most important expense for independent contractors to keep track of are their auto expenses-namely business miles driven. The IRS allows taxpayers to deduct 50 cents for every business mile driven during 2010, the standard mileage rate cannot be taken in addition to actual vehicle expenses like gas, repairs, depreciation, and insurance. Independent contractors must decide whether or not they want to use actual expenses, or the standard mileage rate.

Something else that an independent contractor must take in to consideration in regards to mileage is the definition of business miles, not all miles driven are considered business miles. Miles driven from home to your office are considered commuting miles, not business miles. Miles driven from the office to your work site or appointment are considered business miles. And obviously miles that your drive while not at work are considered personal miles and cannot be deducted.
For those who decide to use the actual expenses method, your deduction can be figured by totaling up your auto expenses and multiplying that number by the ratio of business miles driven. For example, if you drove 30,000 miles for the year, and half of them were business miles, then you could take half of your auto expense for the year as a deduction.

Other expenses that can be deducted from income for the self-employed include:

• Advertising expenses
• Office supplies
• Cost of uniforms/Equipment
• Utilities
• Insurance,
• Interest paid
• Legal/professional services
• Meals and Entertainment Expenses
• Lodging expenses

One last topic that independent contractors need to consider is the home office deduction. If you use a portion of your home exclusively for business purposes, you can take the deduction. This will enable you to not only deduct a portion of your living expenses, including rent/mortgage interest, insurance, taxes and utilities. The home office deduction will also allow you to turn some of your commuting miles in to business miles.

You can include commuting miles as business miles if you are a small business owner or self-employed person, and you have two offices or work locations: one outside the home, and one inside the home. You will need to fill out form 8832 in addition to a schedule C to correctly file the home office deduction.

The best way for small business owners and independent contractors to save money at tax time is to understand what they are allowed to deduct. An expense and deduction using an excel spreadsheet or QuickBooks is a good way to get started.

Advantages and Disadvantages of Room Sharing

Why people ready for sharing the rooms? Well, let’s be frank, due to the growing expenditure of living, you cannot afford to live as single. Most people who have just started doing job can’t afford to live by themselves. So as too many individual prefer to share the room with someone who will lay down their burden. In metro cities like Delhi, Mumbai people come from their different states to make their careers prefer the flats available for room sharing.

Room sharing has the both advantages and disadvantages. On the positive side you will always find someone to talk when you will come back to your office and really you will enjoy the years of living together or your loneliness is reduce and you can share the rent of flat at the end of the month. You can also share the basic needs and requirements such as internet and cable since you will both be using them. Another great thing in having the roommate is one can afford the bigger space to live.

Finally there is someone to share the responsibilities. This will split your other works like dish washing and cleaning. It will save your time and money also.

Room sharing drawbacks are that you have no isolation; means, it may create interference in your personal life or always having somebody going through all your personal things. You have to share the bath room, the kitchen, the laundry room and the living room. If the understanding between them is not similar than it may creates trouble among them. It will be very hard to live together for long time. If you don’t have the similar lifestyle, likes and dislike then you will get frustrated with each other very soon. Another issues that individual often face is if one is preparing for the exam and other one is creating disturbance by turned the television on loud.

Here I mentioned all possible merits and demerits of room sharing. It’s really necessary for one to clear the all essential issues before you start living together.

To get the best accommodations details, log on to various classified sites.

Christian Team Building Activities, Games, and Ideas for Fun

Christianity promotes unity and hence team building is an essential activity of the church. To foster unity and enhance the values taught by the religion in the congregation, some Christian team building activities for adults can be organized by the church. Such activities will also help develop leadership skills, reinforce social commitments and co-operation amongst the church goers.

To develop the activities for building a team of church goers, the Bible is undoubtedly the best source. It contains numerous sermons on the importance unity and teamwork hold, in building a strong human race. So before embarking on devising activities for adult church goers, consult the Holy Scriptures thoroughly.

1. Hunt a Bible Verse: Based on the game of Treasure Hunt, this game is a great team builder that will renew interest in the Bible amongst your congregation. Get the people into groups of three to five members. Give a Bible and a list of clues for a verse in it, to each group. Some of the clues could be easy pointers to the verse. Each group should hand in their list of verses within the stipulated time.

2. Do as Jesus would do: Divide the people into groups as in the previous game. Here you will need a few facilitators. They will depict a scene or situation to each group separately. One member from the group will react to the scenario thus presented in the manner he thinks Jesus would have reacted to it. Each and every member of those taking part should be allowed to enact a scene. The chief facilitator will judge the performances.

3. Serving the Needy: Charity or helping those in need is the most Christian of all human activities. An outdoor camp could be organized at a place where people are suffering. You could serve people suffering from accidents and natural calamities, or the sick in a hospital or take care of destitute and homeless children. Here too divide the people into smaller groups and assign them different tasks.

These and other activities that instill the essence of Christianity could be regular activities in a church to build a team of people with genuine human feelings.

Golf Solitaire Strategy Guide

Golf Solitaire (Sometimes also referred to as Forty Thieves) is a fun solitaire game, requiring great anticipation, and a good degree of luck. Whilst it is not possible to win every game, there are certain strategies you can use to greatly increase your chances of winning Golf Solitaire, and this article will go into some of them.

The most important thing to realize with Golf Solitaire is that Kings and Aces are

special. Every other card in the deck can be removed onto cards ranked directly

above or below the card. For example, a 5 can be removed onto a 4 or a 6.

But Aces and Kings are different.

An Ace can only be removed onto a Two, and a King can only be removed onto a

Queen.

This means you have to be particularly careful when you use Queen’s and

Two’s.

Because of this, the very first thing you should do when you start a game of Golf

Solitaire is to count all the Kings and Aces.

If all the Kings are in the tableau, then every time you remove a Queen, you MUST

make sure you also remove a King, or you wont be able to finish the game. And if a

Queen is dealt from the Talon, then you MUST remove a King straight away. If you

can’t, you may as well undo, or start a new game.

Similarly, if all four Aces are in the tableau, then every time you remove a Two, you

MUST make sure you also remove a Ace, and if a Two is dealt from the Talon, then

you must immediately remove an Ace.

If all the Aces and Kings aren’t out, then you need to keep track of how many Two’s

and Queen’s have been dealt from the Talon. In this case you don’t need to use

every Two or Queen on a Ace or King, but if you keep track and work out that there

are not enough Two’s or Queens left to remove all the remaining Aces or Kings, then

it is time to undo…

Just being aware of this one facet of Golf Solitaire will immediately increase your

chances of winning. It takes about 5 seconds to count the Aces and Kings at the

start of the game, but it will help to dramatically improve your winning percentage!

There are other ways to further increase your chances of winning Golf

Solitaire…

If you have a choice between removing two cards of the same rank, one being the

last card in it’s stack, and the other having cards above it, then make sure you

choose the card in the stack with cards above it. Removing the last card in the

stack will not help you to remove any other cards, but removing the card with

cards above it will expose new cards, which will help to form new sequences, and

will give you more options later in the game.

You should also look at which cards will be exposed when given a choice between

removing cards of equal value. There are two things to look for:

1) Is the exposed card an Ace or a King? If so, it might be worthwhile exposing so it

can be removed if a Two or a Queen is dealt.

2) Does the exposed card help with any other potential sequences at the moment? If

so, then it may be worth exposing because it might help make a longer sequence

later. eg: If there are a lot of Fours and Sixes exposed at the moment, then exposing

a Five might be worthwhile.

Finally, it’s often worth planning out sequences, and playing around with

alternatives, to see how long a sequence you can make. You will often find that the

first sequence you can see in Golf Solitaire is not the best one, and a different

sequence might help you to remove a lot more cards. You may find it helps to point

your finger at the screen while planning out your sequence. It seems to help the

thinking process, and helps you to remember the sequence!

If you follow these strategies, will you win every game of Golf Solitaire?

No, you won’t. There is too much luck involved, and most games will not be

finishable.

You will greatly increase your chances of winning Golf Solitaire though, and spend

less time trying to finish games which can’t possibly be won.

Us Air Quality Improves – Survey Says Americans Are In Gas Purchasing Difficulty

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reports air quality and emissions data for 2006 shows continued improvement in the nation's air quality over the long term. Emissions of six key pollutants, namely: nitrogen dioxide (NO2), ozone (O3), sulfur dioxide (SO2), particulate matter (PM), carbon monoxide (CO) and lead (Pb) have been reduced by more than half since 1970 and the national average concentration for each criteria pollutant is below the level of its air quality standard.

EPA Administrator Stephen L. Johnson was so proud in saying that the trends are good and the nation's air continues to improve because of the Bush Administration's innovative clean air policies. He further stated that tackling tailpipes and smokestacks, EPA is continuously clearing the air, and all Americans are breathing easier and cleaner air.

While emissions of six key "criteria" pollutants and the compounds that form them continue to decline, the United States has continued to grow and prosper, not just in terms of its economy but also health wise. Total emissions of the six key pollutants dropped 54 percent between 1970 and 2006. During the same time period, the US gross domestic product increased 203 percent, vehicle miles increased 177 percent, energy consumption was increased by 49 percent, and US population grew by 46 percent. In addition to this good news, emissions of air toxins in 2002 were 35 percent lower than 1990 levels.

Under the Clean Air Act, EPA sets national air quality standards for six key pollutants. Each year, EPA examines the levels of these pollutants in the air and the emissions from various sources such as factories and auto mobiles to see how both have changed over time and to summarize the current status of air quality. While national average concentrations of the six key pollutants are below national standards, results vary by site. Annual pollution levels at some monitoring sites do remain above one or more of the national air quality standards. However, it was found out that zone and particulate matter remaining as the most persistent problems.

Volkswagen, one of the auto makers which are very much concerned to the environment, has installed refin VW air filters to participate in the country's campaign for clean air.

With the theme "Keep an Eye on the AQI," Air Quality Awareness week is celebrated on April 30-May 4. This year's theme is to remind Americans to check daily air quality forecasts to help plan their activities.

Meanwhile, the Clean Air Interstate Rule (CAIR) addresses power plant emissions in 29 eastern states plus the District of Columbia. When fully implemented, CAIR will reduce SO2 emissions in these states by over 70 percent and NOx emissions by over 60 percent from the 2003 emission levels.

Under the Clean Air Act, EPA establishes air quality standards to protect public health including sensitive populations such as people with asthma, children and older adults. EPA's aim is also to set limits to protect public welfare – including ecosystems, visibility, buildings and crops.

At the same time while the US is trying to clean the air, most Americans think they are shrinking at the gas pump and say that will cut back on their summer travel plans and general spending if fuel prices continue to climb to $ 3.50 a gallon or even higher. That was according to a major new Opinion Research Corporation (ORC) survey conducted for the nonprofit Civil Society Institute (CSI) think tank and its 40MPG.org project. The organization's survey results will be released early this week on a live, phone-based news conference with full question and answer portion. News event speakers will be Civil Society Institute President and 40MPG.org founder Pam Solo; 40MPG.org spokesperson Ailis Aaron Wolf; and Opinion Research Corporation Senior Research Associate Graham Hueber.

The survey will show that most Americans expect gasoline to reach $ 3.50 a gallon this summer. It will also show that they want action from Washington now on significantly increased federal fuel-efficiency standards for cars and other vehicles. Another key finding is that with gasoline prices rising steadily so far in 2007, an increasing number of Americans are inclining to buy hybrids or other highly fuel-efficient vehicles.

Welding Goggles Lens Materials

Welding safety goggles are worn to protect the welder from shrapnel, ultraviolet, infrared light and bright light that can cause temporal or permanent blindness. The lens used in these safety goggles have to be hard coated and anti scratch. Anti-fog goggles would also be useful so that the wearer can have a clear view of the welding operation.

Many wonder how safety goggles differ from regular eye wear. The difference is that safety goggles have to conform to a standard, this standard is tabulated in the OSHA (occupational safety and health administration) 29CFR1910.133 (a)(5) eye and face protection. Also listed is the appropriate lens to go with specific welding operations.

The modern material of choice in protective lens manufacture is the polycarbonate lens. These lenses are tougher, thinner and lighter than regular plastic lenses. It is important that welding goggles be comfortable for the wearer and not too heavy so that the wearer is not blinded by excess sweat. The lightness and thinness of polycarbonate lenses provide this convenience without compromising on protection. They offer one hundred times more protection from the suns UV rays and are ten times more impact resistant than ordinary glasses.

Polycarbonate lenses were developed in the 1970’s for use in space related programs like visors on space suites and shuttle wind shields. In the early 80’s goggle lenses made of polycarbonate got introduced due to a demand for tougher and lighter lenses.

The primary properties of polycarbonate lenses are high impact resistance; a refractive index of 1.586 astm d 542; a haze of 1.0 astm d 1003; a light transmission 88% astm d 1003; and the ability to filter 99.9% of harmful radiation.

For the polycarbonate lenses to be used efficiently in welding goggles, they have to be hard coated to increase its impact resistance and treated to the appropriate shade to cope with the bright lights that emanates from and electric arc weld.

Glass protective lenses where the first to be used before the advent of the polycarbonate lens. The first glass lens goggles where those employed in a blast furnace, while this goggles provided protection from shrapnel is failed to give adequate protection from harmful radiation produce during welding. After a series of modification lenses were developed specifically for welding and these offered the desired protection needed.

Glass lenses have their limitations; some of the limitations are listed below.

  • They are heavy and thick
  • They are expensive in comparison to the polycarbonate lenses
  • Scratch proofing the lenses are expensive
  • Have lower impact strength than polycarbonate lenses.

Nylon is a tough material used in lens manufacture. It is characterised by its ability to absorb moisture which gives it a very high impact resistance. Nylon lenses also have a high thermal resistance and are scratch resistant.

All materials used in protective welding goggle lenses must be subject to rigorous tests. The OSHA (occupational safety and health administration) and the ANSI (American national standards institute) offer a standard for testing and grading of the lenses.

Ultimate WAR Online Shadow Warrior Guide – Tips and Hints on Warhammer Online Shadow Warrior Guides

The Warhammer Online shadow warrior’s specialty are bow usage plus they utilize combat styles and technique that is very useful in any combat situation. They are part of the shining guard army by the high elves with DPS career that is with ranged. They are the type of elves who lived in the Drutchii society but they favor high elves party as Phoenix King instead of Malekith during Sundering civil war. They are similarly paired with Squig Herder although they have no pet but still their fighting abilities are of the same range. Avid gamers have constructed WAR or Warhammer Online shadow warrior guides to help out newbies and other players to both play as and fight against them.

As shining guards, they serve as archers, hunters, and scouts. Their principle in fighting revolves around to declare death against their foes and enemies. The bow master are closely linked with their names since they have the great eye that is keen enough to strike off opponent even at a far distance no one can imagine. They are also skilled users of blades which they make use to slash off swiftly and with a fury attack that results to the downfall of their enemies.

Specialty of Shadow Warrior

During the midst of battle, they use lots of fighting styles and maneuvers that are ideally suited to every combat that they have. Lots of information are outlined in WAR or warhammer online shadow warrior guide. Three fighting stances were made by these warriors and each of which differ from the other :

1. Scout – it’s a tactic that makes use of straight moves of archers. It finishes its opponent by giving them combat attacks with the use of several snaring attacks to regain their distance before they become overwhelmed.

2. Skirmish- it refers to bow capabilities of a warrior that will enable him to shift and at the same time shoot however limitation is is within close range of distance.

3. Assault- ability of the warrior is focused on combat technique both in offensive and defensive charges giving the warrior higher chances to disable and distract his opponent.

Masteries of Shadow Warrior

These masteries are tied up to strategic fighting styles of the warrior which is sometimes of great use during multiple fighting situations :

1. Path of the Scout

Focused on the ability of bow attacks to cause damage to the opponent which could be use while stationary or even position shifts.

Career Abilities

a. Festering Arrow (9 points)

b. Glass Arrow (5 points)

c. Fell The Weak (13points)

2. Path of Skirmish

It is focused on bow usage attack which is used at close range battle for strategy of hit and run which is greatly used in skirmish type of fighting technique.

Career Abilities

a. Barrage (13 points)

b. Shadow Sting (5 points)

c. Flanking Shot (9 points)

3. Path of Assault

The focuses of this path is rested upon the capabilities of shadow warriors on fighting combats and battle either on the offensive and defensive charge which is of great use on Assault technique.

Career Abilities

a. Exploit Weakness (13 points)

b. Swift Strikes (5 points)

c. Sweeping Slash (9 points)

In either paths, shadow warrior are said to win on a game due to their dexterity in changing fighting stances. Having a WAR or Warhammer Online shadow warrior guide will help you drastically improve your game.

Remove, Replace and Repair Your Bath Tub Overflow

Installing a Tub Drain and Over Flow

To repair a waste and overflow, the plumbing technician needs to gain access either underneath the tub, or preferably, from behind the tub. The first step is to remove the overflow cover. Next (and here’s where it starts to get complicated), the tub drain needs to be unscrewed from the shoe. The tub drain is threaded into the drain shoe body of the waste and overflow which makes them both snug to the bathtub. The drain stopper is removed by backing it out from the cross bars that it is attached to.

If you manage to remove the drain from the shoe, you have disconnected the waste and overflow drain from the tub (quite often, the drain breaks making this a time consuming project). Once the drain is removed (you have to have access to the drain from behind the tub), there is usually a slip nut that connects the drain to the drainage piping. If you do not have access from behind, you will have to gain access from underneath the tub (this is where the project becomes difficult and time consuming) and you will have to cut the drain out and piece it back together. It is not unusual for a waste and overflow repair to take 6 hours or more.

Bath Tub Overflow Drain Cover

The drain covers finish is the most common (and apparent) reason for changing it. The finish tends to pit or peal. The waste and overflow cover usually has a screw or two to secure the cover to the body of the waste.

When the Leak is behind the Faceplate Causing Water to Leak Down the Drain Waste Tube.

The single biggest reason a waste and overflow leaks is because the gasket behind the drain begins to break down. When the water level rises and flows into the overflow, the water will make its way to any breach in the seal. The leak can show itself right at the waste and overflow or run along the drain waste tube and under the tub only to show itself quite a distance away from the actual leak making the leak very tricky to find.

How do I Fix the Tub Gasket and Stop the Plumbing from Leaking?

Well, there are two options. One is to remove and replace the entire waste and overflow, the other is to use the magic of innovation to save you time and money.

There is an Easy and Economical Way to Repair Your Bath Tub Waste and Overflow?

The Ultimate Tub Drain Remodel Kit, featuring the Ultimate Overflow Gasket, takes care of all of these issues. The kit uses a patented gasket that fits on the outside of the tub and telescopes into the overflow tube bypassing the damaged gasket eliminating the leaks. No muss, no fuss! Typically, when the waste and overflow are damaged, do is the tub drain. The kit also includes an all brass lift and turn remodel drain which fits on top and then into your old drain (you do NOT need to attempt to unscrew the old drain and risk damage to the tub or drain assembly). Just unscrew and remove the old lift and turn assembly and/or linkage pop-up drain. Clean with a mild detergent removing any soap or build-up, dry thoroughly, apply the kits acrylic bond caulk place the drain on top of the old, press, turn and leave for 24 hours and you’re done. The entire drain remodel is done in 15 minutes.

Not Just for Repairs

The greatest thing about this product is that it’s not just for repairs. If you are remodeling your bath or changing the finishes on your faucets you can purchase the kit in all of the currently popular finishes. You don’t have to live with a chrome or brass waste and overflow cover/drain with new brushed nickel faucets. The Ultimate Tub Drain Remodel Kit comes in a variety of finishes including chrome, brushed nickel, stainless steel and oil rubbed bronze.

Sinus and Allergy Induced Tinnitus – Can This Tinnitus Be Cured?

Many sinus sufferers experience tinnitus. The tinnitus experienced by sinus and allergy sufferer results because of a thickening of the mucous in the middle ear.There are mucous membranes that surround the middle ear that perform a vital function. These mucous membranes produce mucous which cleanses the middle ear. This article will help you understand sinus and allergy induced tinnitus and how to cure it.

Ideally, this mucous then drains out of the middle ear via the Eustachian tubes and into the throat once it’s job is done. However this mucous will can accumulate in the middle ear as a result of the mucous becoming too thick and viscous. It is this accumulation of mucous in the middle ear that results is a buildup of pressure which can lead to middle infections and of course, tinnitus…

Tinnitus of this type is usually experienced by individuals who suffer from sinus infections sinusitis, rhinitis and allergies.

What causes sinus induced tinnitus?

Sinus tinnitus is caused by adverse reactions to drugs such as antibiotics or antihistamines. Tinnitus Type 3 as this tinnitus type is referred to normally occurs after prolonged spells of taking antibiotics or antihistamines in an effort to control sinus infections and allergy conditions. It is the antibiotics and antihistamines that cause the mucous in the middle ear to become too thick and viscous to easily drain away through the very narrow Eustachian tubes.

Because the mucous in the inner ear is now too thick to easily drain out via the via the very narrow Eustachian tubes, a buildup of mucous in the middle ear occurs.

How do the sinus tinnitus remedies work?

The sinus tinnitus remedy works its magic by cleansing the middle ear of that buildup of mucous that has been the causing pressure buildups and infections in the middle ear. The sinus tinnitus remedy is formulated to reduce the viscosity (thin down) of the middle ear mucous which allows it to then drain out via the narrow Eustachian tubes.

Hitting Ground Balls? – Turn Them Into Line Drives

Putting the ball in play on the ground is not always a bad thing, but turning ground balls into line drives will definitely help the hitter’s batting average and chances of playing baseball at the higher levels. Hitters with good speed can prosper by hitting the ball on the ground, especially in youth baseball, but at some point the ability to drive the ball into the outfield is necessary. Of course, hitting ground balls is better than hitting pop-ups but hitting the ball consistently on the ground is a sign of a faulty fundamental swing.

People generally think that hitting the top of the ball, which results in ground balls, is caused by hitting down on the ball or chopping at it. In my 21 years of coaching baseball, rarely would I come across hitters who actually chopped at the ball. I observed that most ground balls hit were caused by the hitters hands were on an upward path on the initial portion of the swing, usually caused by the lead elbow coming up at the beginning of the swing. This incorrect action is generally known as a chicken-wing, which does not allow hitters to bring their hands to the correct palm-up, palm-down hitting position at contact.

With this in mind, here are the drills which will generally turn ground balls into line drives.

Drill # 1 – To rid the player of the chicken wing problem, have them place their fielder’s glove under their lead armpit and take numerous swings this way, allowing the glove to fall out on the follow through.

Drill # 2 – Have the hitter stand belly button away from a net and take swings with the end of the bat just scraping the net as it comes through the hitting zone. This will prevent the hitter from casting the bat out and over the ball which can cause ground ball hitting. This drill and the next on will help players develop the correct hands to the ball and hand position necessary to hit the ball in the air.

Drill # 3 – Place a tee at knee high level and have hitters work on hitting balls at this height until they begin to hit line drives or solid fly balls. Hitters with incorrect swings will continually hit ground balls at this pitch level. Hitters will have to develop the correct hip turn and swing in order to hit solid line drives on the knee high pitch, as stated.

* Hitters can combine these drills and perform all three at the same time. This becomes more difficult but can accelerate the process of developing the correct baseball swing.

For hitters who consistently hit solid ground balls, as opposed to weak or chopped ground balls, a slight adjustment in their stance or hand position may lower the bat position on the ball just enough to hit the lower back portion of the ball instead of the top of the ball. Hitters who widen their stance and bend their knees slightly may see the necessary line drives. Also worth a try is lowering the height of the hitter’s hands a couple of inches in their initial set-up position. This may allow the hitter to get to the back of the ball more consistently. Following these few guidelines should turn those ground balls into solid line drives. For photo illustrations of these drills please refer to my book, The Making of a Hitter: A Proven & Practical Step-by-Step Baseball Guide.