Celebrating Independence

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On July 10, 1973, the Islands of the Bahamas, became an independent state, while, too, staying, as part of the British Commonwealth. The nation started, with limited finances, and so on, and small infrastructure. But it also, fortunately, started with a focus, vision, goals, priorities, and marginally, visionary leadership. From the early 1980’s, when I was involved in operating and managing, a tourism industry, focused on the Bahamas, I had the joy of meeting, for the first time, this awesome individual. We had several conversations over the next, almost – two years, and I developed a much greater understanding of what our Founding Fathers, and those of most countries, must have, to a degree, underwent. There were certain decisions made from the start, which led the Bahamas, in the future.

1. Mission and vision of Creator: because there are limited natural resources, and the ability to compete, in terms of exporting goods, is restricted. This meant focusing on friendliness, service, and bringing tourists, to return, repeatedly. There were lots of challenges, but when one finds, the amount of amazing restaurants restaurants, shops, and so on, and also the short – life of the nation, is inspirational!

2. How mistakes/ challenges are managed: Things didn’t always go, as easily, as the government expected. From the mid – 1980’s, the Cable Beach Hotel, and then, Crystal Palace, were assembled, in addition to several other significant projects, but lots of these, were negatively affected, by the downturn in the world market. As opposed to give – up, or move, negatively, they confronted the challenges, admitted there were challenges and issues, but continued, in a concentrated way, towards a greater future. When the greatest project, ever intended, for the Caribbean area, was proposed, and began, about a decade ago, hopes were high, but the first developer faced economic difficulties, there were many legal battles, and so on, but the $4.5 billion, Baha Mar Resort opened, and afterwards, visiting last week, exceeded anyone’s expectations!

3. Encourage foreign investment: When the Bahamas, became a country, one of the principal objectives, was to guarantee qualified Bahamian employees, received the majority of the jobs, in any undertaking, etc.. That country recognized, the need to promote foreign investment and investors, however, to also, protect taxpayers. Important projects like the Atlantis, the Towne, the Baha Mar, along with many others, followed these principles. Many banks and nations, have a substantial economic presence on those Islands, such as: China; the United States; Canada; United Kingdom; etc..

4. Infrastructure needs: Roads are designed, and enhanced, constantly, throughout the country’s history! In a country, representing a variety of races, and nationalities/ ethnicities, there’s a relevantly low amount of racial biases, etc..

5. Overcome challenges: This nation has proceeded, and overcome many obstacles, since it proceeds, with an attitude and attention, o challenges, rather than problems!

If the Bahamas, in its brief history, can be, where it’s, and, though, still having to confront many future challenges, should not all people learn some courses? I’ve seen many changes in the almost 40 years, I’ve seen, and have to admit, I am motivated by the progress, so far!

laser weapons

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The Space Race and Cold War was in full blossom and coming to an end, largely because of the USSR running out of cash and efficiently imploding attempting to keep up. Back then, we did not have laser weapons, but desired themmuch was a bluff, but shortly, these laser weapon systems will be anywhere and used for a number of uses. Let us talk shall we?

Daniel the interviewer asks;”Do you believe we shall see laser weapons? Why?”

Yes, and in the US we’re really there, now on the challenge of miniaturization. Perhaps building a little laser system the size of a small refrigerator to fit in the bomb bay of an F-35 or F-22 and I don’t have any doubt that will occur within 5-10 years, great for our allies who purchase our stealthy F-35, but awful for all adversaries. We’re focusing on a smaller system mounted on truck and Humvee, we have proven concept.

In the USA we also have boat mounted laser weapons apparatus for protection also. In the long run perhaps a hand-held device, not like a Star Trek Phaser, but more like a bigger version of an assault rifle. There are still challenges with these kinds of weapons like air-density and the sort of laser in airborne applications. In addition, the power needed, particularly in the event of man-portable units. Another challenge is that the time required on goal to get a fantastic kill when using lasers to shield against swarm attack.

Laser weapons don’t make sense for every market in the battlespace or future battlespaces, but they’re viable nevertheless. It could be the science fiction loving minds of investigators or our passion for Star Wars that has been ensure the financing for such things. Cash strapped countries should consider costs of these systems, and they will.

The US has many allies who would like to have those systems, and BAE and many others are working on systems of their own today.

Fortunately, these systems are hard to engineer, hard to produce, and difficult to get right – but people are the smartest of the planet’s primates, and each state with an innovative military has rounded up their finest 150 IQ, Human+ scientists to work on these projects. For now however, it’s a matter of getting the most bang (zap) for the dollar.

Its the end of the world

Apocalypse, War, Armageddon, Destruction

This week Pakistan declared that when we, the U.S. ever pulled a stunt like the one we pulled the week earlier, we would be in big trouble. What is that mean? Pakistani D-Day on a beach south of Los Angeles? Probably not. I guess they are referencing their nuclear aresenal. They probably don’t have a delivery system that could drop Nuclear-grade Weapons directly on top of us, but perhaps they do. Maybe? You can never tell. Especially if a person’s thinking outside the box.

I believe a good deal of us consider that. Children who grew up under the threat of an impending Soviet First Strike. Everything doesn’t get murdered outright. In reality plenty of stuff survives. Major metropolitan areas may be destroyed but there is a great deal of an in-between. People have thought about this so much that there are games such as Fallout and Metro 2033 that envision the big what if of life after Nuclear War. Ther’s a genre of fiction named Post Apocalyptic Fiction, or PA fiction.

I think one thing everyone can agree on in this situation is that society, national and international, will collapse for awhile. It has happened before. Think about the Dark Ages. Most do not expect much beyond the most powerful i.e. motorcycle gang, local warlord types keeping control over a limited area the size of state a town. Society collapses pretty quickly when people have firearms and resources are scarce. Especially when there’s no recognized authority figure to enforce social contracts you are probably looking at some hard times what with the bike gang and all.

So let’s say your one of those few who create it. You are far enough away from the devastation which you may collect some supplies and endure. But what abilities do you require? I have a friend who spends his entire life training for the apocalypse. He is always teaching himself new skills and knowledge so he will actually be ready in case of. . .whatever. He is not crazy. The truth is it’s really only his own syllabus as he continues to improve himself post-college. It is the way he spends his weekends.

And perhaps it is not so startling. Society goes sideways pretty quickly. When it is a flood. An earthquake. The government can not pay its bills. Even if you’re on holiday and the country you are staying in collapses economically. These skills can come in handy.

A list of items you may want to begin learning. Danger abounds. Stuff happens.

Learn to purify water. Get comfortable with understanding how to locate and identify drinkable water. Chances are the stores will be looted and vending machines operate on power. But there’s a crowbar for it.
Learn to shoot a gun. Guns are complicated pieces of equipment. From the security to the cleaning and maintenance aspect, guns can be complicated. Not all ammunition matches all firearms. Some firearms perform specific actions. Taking a basic gun safety course is a skill even people who oppose firearms should think about. The reality is, due to their very nature, firearms need a healthy amount of respect. Plus you may want to eat something.
Which brings us to another ability. Sure you can take an animal and eat it. However, you may make yourself sick. An animal has to be field dressed until it could be skinned and then ready for dinner. What’s field dressing? It mainly involves removing the bladder and various other parts so the meat does not get infected with waste and feces. Weird huh? A course in basic first aid is most likely great no matter what. A friend may not go into shock as soon as they see downtown being burnt to the ground, but they may have a heart attack in a restaurant or during a struggle. Understanding CPR and other first aid skills is likely handy now or following the collapse of society. Here you may want a craft. Being handy at a craft based ability generally allows a certain amount of familiarity at working with your hands and problem solving. Plus if society does start to rebuild your work at writing code may not be there for another hundred years. Understanding how to bake or make leather products is something people will exchange goods with you . Watch they were right in camp once you learned to make leather wallets!
There are quite a few different skills you may learn. The majority of them end up being fun and you will probably never ever have to use them in an emergency, but they are good to have. You can justify learning how to sail and other experience skills in the interest of being ready.

I have thought about this subject and survival skills for quite a long time. In the course of my search for the novel I learned about how to live in the desert, flora an fauna of the South West and how to create traps. Look at making this the year you attempt to learn at least one ability you may need if everything goes Ka-Boom.

Reprogramming The Unconscious Mind

Mind, Brain, Mindset, Perception

How does the mind get programmed in the first place?

The events in our early years have the best influence over us in many cases. If we received powerful ideas which came in a time when we did not have the capacity to critically analyse what we were being told, we would have accepted the ideas without question.

Even our grandparents have brought their heritage into our lives in some way.

As we grow older, we develop the ability to be critical of new ideas and concepts. This becomes a filter to the subconscious mind. However, we often still take old, outdated ideas about life, work and relationships with us from our childhood.

If our parents struggled financially, for instance, there’s a powerful change we developed some negative thoughts around money. This can become a belief and hold us back in life when we would like to move forwards. If we have picked up some unwanted emotional baggage around financing, you can bet that they’ll be holding you back from making more money.

But how can we change these ideas, if they’re rooted in our subconscious mind, from view? One answer is to begin observing how you talk and think about the subject you are attempting to change in your lifetime. What do you say about money, work and yourself? Your thoughts around money will lightly stem from your beliefs around money. If you’ve got a negative belief from your childhood around money, you’re probably creating a blockage. To change this, you can track it out and stop giving it more energy.

By way of instance, if your rhetoric around money is something like”You must work hard for money”, you can replace it for”money comes easily and frequently”. By repeating mantras which are contrary to your old beliefs, you can loosen the effect of your old beliefs and replace them with the new ones.

Consider how often you have repeated to yourself or someone that your old view on money or on what you need to do to earn it. Over the years, this becomes a belief which you cling to as if your life depended upon it. But what if it had been a lie? Developing a new belief will take some time. You need to counteract your previous belief by repeating your new affirmation again and again.

You can also use meditation to understand how to quieten your mind. This can have a two fold benefit. Firstly you can notice your inner dialogue much better. By watching your mind, you can see precisely how you continually talk to yourself. This inner dialogue feeds into your subconscious mind and generates the cornerstones of your belief system over time. Listen to what you say closely if you want to change things in your life. Replace limiting beliefs with new, more empowering ones.

Your self image also, is responsible for lots of your thoughts about what life offers you. Self image is a powerful focus for your unconscious mind. It controls how you think about yourself. If you consciously want something, but you don’t believe it’s possible, your unconscious belief will prevail.

Or, in the event that you consciously want something but don’t believe you’re worth it, you are going to find ways to sabotage your conscious attempts to prove yourself . Then, you’re justify not achieving your desired outcome in some way which agrees with your self image and existing psychological attitudes.

This is the reason why reprogramming the subconscious mind can be so strong. Your subconscious mind has a huge part to play in your life’s decisions and results.

Lasso Your Anger

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Deep within our mind we have triggers that shut down logic and common sense and take over our brains with rage. We have all felt it and sometimes it begins with fear or jealousy. If it’s permitted to intensify, it becomes anger that may cause the death of others, both or suicide. With many instances of the scenario in recent times it is important to comprehend how and why this occurs.

The bottom line in many of these cases is revenge. The emotion triggering that is a sense of loss and feelings of hate towards and punishment for a perpetrator.

In the last month or so in Australia we have seen a grandfather shoot dead his entire family before killing himself. While this has shocked the nation it’s now followed by a father who killed his two teenage children before turning the gun on himself.

Both these instances followed custody battles in court where the two guys lost out. Their anger, however, followed months of planning. In the event of the father he combined a shooting club to gain a license to get guns. That happened weeks or even months ahead.

In the case of the grandfather there were other signs as he became more violent as the end approached. The court outcome may have had little to do with his final action but there’s signs of jealousy or fear going out.

The recent shooting of victims at the Capital Gazette newspaper in Annapolis, USA, is another case in point. It involved the death of five people but the shooter survived and is in custody.

There are many killings that are not associated with court outcomes, such as when a spouse is murdered by their ex or current lover. The reasons are not always clear but many are motivated by jealousy and or fear, especially if there’s a break-down in the connection.

The question is how can one avoid reaching the point of committing murder or being a victim of a killer? Every situation is different and every outcome is equally unpredictable. Women, however, are more vulnerable because they are the weaker of the two. The answer must, therefore, lie at the signs exhibited.

It is very likely that one who is planning such an outcome has mood swings and other things that point to a change in their thinking. While it’s not possible to give positive answers the ideal approach is to encourage you to think things through and not act because of the force inside that blocks out common sense and logic.

Preparing for Nuclear War

F present news reports are any guide, many Americans are worried about traditional military operations in the Middle East, in Africa, and in other geographical areas where U. S. interests are endangered. Regardless of this, war planners would be wise to understand how we would wage nuclear war, if the need ever arise.

Long-range bombers (B1, B2, B52) are the conventional way of delivering nuclear weapons. The amount of aircraft available for these assignments has diminished since the mid-sixties, though, due to improvements in ground-to-air missiles by both the United States and from Russia. Nonetheless, there are post-attack targets that are acceptable for these airplanes.
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Land-based intercontinental ballistic missiles (Minuteman III) overcome the constraints of long-rang bombersnonetheless, the locations of missile silos are well known and targeted.

Submarine-launched missiles (Trident II) overcome the constraints of both bombers and land-based missiles since the submarines operate in a stealth mode, making them evasive, if not impossible goals for an enemy.

Their targets are spelled out in what was once referred to as the Single Integrated Operational Plan, SIOP for short. It became operational on 1 July 1961 and was meant to make certain that capabilities were closely matched to targets and that there was no overlap among elements of the Triad. In 2003 the SIOP became a part of OpPlan 8044, the overall war plan. Although SIOP is not a current term, most senior officers understand exactly what it means.

Procedures for the control and control of nuclear weapons have been spelled out in detail, the main of which is the rule. The two-man rule applies as well as the president of america, who must obtain concurrence from the Secretary of Defense before ordering a nuclear strike.

This EAM will also be transmitted from the Alternate National Military Command Center (ANMCC) and from the National Emergency Airborne Command Post (NEACP). The EAM will define targets, weapons for use, and Permissive Action Link (PAL) codes to unlock the shooting devices on the weapons.

When two senior officers at the NMCC concurrently turn keys to launch an EAM, 100 million people, 50 million on both sides, will perish. But in the United States 250 million will stay and remain, though under dire conditions. In Russia roughly 90 million will endure. Other consequences: infrastructure in shambles, destroyed power grids, nuclear fallout, critical shortages of water, Animal Removal food, and medical equipment. Americans will have to rely on Canada and Mexico for massive aid shipments, although the wall we’re currently building along our southern boundary might be an impediment to a lot of the aid.

America and Russia will no longer be first-rate powers. For the whole next generation following a nuclear exchange, the two nations will be in reconstruction mode, just as Hiroshima and Nagasaki have been in the years after World War II. In an atomic war there are no winners, just losers.

Silver Uses

We’ve always known silver as alloy utilized in the making of Bee Removal Orlando jewelry. Silver jewelry has always been popular amongst girls. Aside from the jewellery facet, silver bullion coins are regarded as the fantastic investment. Also, they’re an excellent collectibles. From Silver Britannia, American Eagle and Silver Canadian Maple, individuals world over invest in silver coins as they provide excellent returns on investment.

Aside from these uses silver can be utilized in a variety of industries because of its unique properties. Silver is a precious metal, most of us know that. But it’s a noble metal since it resists oxidation and corrosion. Not just that, it’s the most excellent thermal and electrical conductor of all of the metals, so it’s excellent for electrical applications. It can readily be malleable, so it is easily flattened into sheets. This is why it is the best alternative for various industrial applications. Not only that, its photograph sensitivity has given it a place in film photography.

Silver won’t lose its valuable status in jewellery and coinage. And due to its special properties such as it could be powdered, made into paste, shaved into flakes, converted into a salt, made into metal with other metals, flattened into sheets, drawn into wires, suspended as a colloid, as well as used as a catalyst. These qualities make sure silver will continue to be the king in a variety of industries.

As a precious metal, silver bullion coins is rare and precious, which makes it a popular investment choice. Folks invest in silver bullion bars and coins. Its malleability makes silver a excellent alternative for designing and minting local currency. Lots of folks invest in silver by buying and saving 99.9% pure silver bullion bars, coins, or medallions.

As silver is less costly than gold, silver is the first option for jewelry and a standard for fine dining.

The top most use of silver in business is in electronic equipment. Its unmatched thermal and electric conductivity among metals means it can’t easily be replaced by more affordable materials. Silver is used in electric switches. Electronics require silver of the maximum purity: 99.99% pure.

Traditional film photography depends on the light sensitivity of silver halide crystals within film. The silver halide crystals change to capture a latent image once the film is exposed to light. It then is developed to a picture. Silver can be used brazing and soldering while silver glue is used to create solar panels. Nuclear energy also utilizes silver. It’s used in chemical production also. Silver plays a big role in medication since ages because of the antibiotic grounds and non-toxicity.

5 Tips for Investing Gold

We live in an impatient age, and when it comes to money we need more of it now, now, not tomorrow. When it is a deposit for a mortgage or draining those credit cards that sap our energy after we stopped enjoying what we bought together, the sooner the better. When it comes to investing, we need easy pickings and fast returns. Hence the present mania for crypto-currencies. Why invest in nanotechnology or machine learning if Ethereum is locked in an endless upward spiral and Bitcoin is the gift that keeps on giving?

A century ago, the American author George S Clason took another approach. From The Richest Man in Babylon he gave the world a treasure trove – literally – of monetary principles based on things which may appear old-fashioned today: caution, prudence and wisdom. Clason utilized the wise men of the ancient city of Babylon as the spokesmen for his financial advice, but that advice is as important today as it was a century ago, when the Wall Street Crash and the Great Depression were looming.

Take for instance, the five laws of gold. If You’re looking to put your personal finances on a solid footing, wherever you are in life, these are for you:

Law No1: Gold comes thankfully and in increasing amount to anybody who places by at least a tenth of their earnings to create an estate for their future and that of the loved ones. To put it differently, save 10 percent of your earnings. Minimum. Save over that if possible. And that 10% isn’t for next year’s vacation or a new car. It is for the long-term. Your 10% may include your retirement gifts, ISAs, premium bonds or any type of high interest/restricted access savings accounts. OK, interest rates for savers are at historical lows today, but who knows where they will be in five or ten years? And compound interest means your savings will grow quicker than you think.

Legislation No2: Gold labours faithfully and contentedly for the smart owner who finds lucrative employment for it. Therefore, if you’re trying to invest as opposed to save, do it sensibly. We are focusing on the words”profitable” and”employment”. Make your money work for you but remember the best you can expect for this aspect of the rainbow is steady returns over the long run, not lottery wins. In practice this is very likely to mean shares in based companies offering a normal dividend and a steady upward trend in share price. You may invest directly, or through a fund manager in the kind of unit trusts, but before parting with one cent, see Laws 3, 4 and 5…

Legislation No3: Gold clings to the security of this careful owner who invests it under the recommendation of those wise in managing it. Before you do anything, speak with a qualified, experienced financial advisor. If you do not know one, do some research. Check them out Online. What experience do they have? What type of clients? Call them first and get a feel for what they can provide you with, then decide whether a face to face meeting will operate. Check out their commission agreements. Are they independent or tied to a specific company, under contract to drive that provider’s financial products? A good financial advisor will encourage you to get the basics in place: retirement, life insurance, somewhere to live, before directing you towards investing in emerging markets and space travel. When you are satisfied that you have found an advisor you can depend on, listen to them. But review your connection together at regular intervals, say annually, and if you are not happy, look elsewhere. Odds are, if your judgment was sound in the first place, you are going to stick with the exact same adviser for several years to come.

Legislation No4: Gold slips away from the person who invests it in companies or intentions by which they not familiar or which aren’t accepted by those skilled in its own keep. In case you’ve got a deep understanding of food retail, by all means invest in the supermarket that is increasing market share. Likewise, if you work for a business that has an employee share ownership scheme, it is logical to take advantage of it, if you are positive your company has good prospects. Nevertheless, you shouldn’t invest in any industry or financial product that you don’t know (remember the Crash!) Or can not fully research. If you’re tempted to try your hand at money dealing or options trading and you have a financial advisor, speak with them first. If they are not up to speed, ask them to refer you to someone who is. On top of that, steer clear of anything you are not sure about, however big the potential yields.

If you begin scouring the web for financial advice and wealth creation ideas, your inbox will soon be filled with”tricksters and schemers” promising you the ground if you will spend #999 in their”system” for turning #1 to #1XXXXXX on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. Bear in mind, the only one who makes money in a gold rush is the 1 selling shovels. Buy the incorrect shovel and you will quickly dig yourself into debt. Not only are you going to pay through the nose for a system which has no proven value; by following it you will most likely lose a whole lot more than the price you paid for this. At the very least you need to check real reviews of the item. And never get any platform, investment vehicle or financial product from any company which isn’t registered by a national watchdog, like the Financial Conduct Authority for the United Kingdom.

These five laws are of higher value than gold … Next time we will look at George S Clason’s seven remedies to get a lean purse.

Brief on The “Great Recession”

I thought you might be interested in some ideas about the investment climate around the time of this”great recession”. You might find them disturbing, or enlightening, based on where you believe we are today.

It would be a”piece of cake” to demonstrate that the”irrational exuberance” of the”.com bubble”, ten years or so later, was due to blind faith worship of technical evaluation, as the”no worth at all industry” flourished while rewarding, higher quality, dividend payers significantly underperformed NASDAQ’s more speculative issues.
More lately, blame for”The Great Recession” could well have been laid at the feet of big government, misguided authorities, and Modern Portfolio Theory zealots rather than heaped upon Wall Street banking associations, complicit as they were in forming the tragedy. There was plenty of guilt to maneuver around.
Sterk, in my opinion, supports the assertion that Modern Portfolio Theory (MPT) and its computer production”The Efficient Capital Market Hypothesis” were straight, without doubt, the origin of the current global financial crisis.
By eliminating the”prudence” in the Prudent Man Rule, the national government had permitted hypothesis and theory to substitute gains and periodic recurring interest payments. Effectively, probabilities, standard deviations, and correlation coefficients replaced basic value analytics, real gain numbers, and income generation capacities, as determinants of investment acceptability in trusteed portfolios.
No class or type of investment is inherently imprudent.
At exactly the exact same time, Congress was: encouraging lenders to make mortgages available to absolutely everyone; permitting national mortgage providers to bundle products for Wall Street; preventing the SEC from regulating a burgeoning derivatives sector; and making all regulators remain clear of any involvement with an increasing interest in”credit default swap” gambling.
My evaluation is that we stay in an”artificial portfolio” bubble as this is being written.

Not even Dodd Frank comprised a solution to the issues that fostered the downturn / correction (at least not efficiently ). Both pension and defined contribution plan (401k) trustees continue to be expected to concentrate on portfolio market value increase rather than growing the earnings that plan participants will need in retirement… conservative, income based, portfolios will be fined mercilessly by feckless regulators for”poor performance”.

The very popular”retirement income fund” in the world (Vanguard’s VTINX) generates less than 2% in spending cash, check it out… while countless different securities, safely yielding much more, are unacceptable to the authorities.
With no meaningful correction for more than ten decades, it appears likely that countless investors are going to become victims of a”How Can This Be Happening, Again” debacle.
Blinded From The Math

MPT does not just ignore all basic analytics while enjoying Frankenstein with the technical selection, additionally, it pays no attention to the fact of market, rate of interest, and economic cycles. It’s generated an investment environment that has taken diversification to new heights of lunacy by adding every possible speculation from the formulation, while disregarding fundamental quality and income creation.

The only significant”risk”, it postulates, is”market risk”… in fact only the always clear and present threat of securities and markets. The MPT mixologists’ mix:

Combine all industry price numbers of securities irrespective of quality positions, income, as well as sustainability amounts
determine these amounts varied against one another during various past market scenarios… no matter cyclical cause
quantify the dispersion of the outcomes as they relate to the typical and newest iterations of the real numbers (what!)
Quantify the probability of every possible outcome, assign a”standard deviation” market value change risk measurement to every possible outcome, and conclude by correlating the various risk assessments.
MPT portfolio construction ensures that everything possessed is negative directionally correlated to almost everything else, without ever owning a single stock or bond, or contemplating the amount of income created by the portfolio. Thus creating, eh, making, a passively managed… well, I have not really decided what such a portfolio is.

The”oxymoronic” passive management (allow the formulas and standard deviations steer your retirement jumped ship) of”Modern Portfolio Theory” may initially have a sexy ring to it… until you try to find out exactly what it does to the information it fuels itself .

Are not we bringing too much science into a relatively simple method of measuring dollars for ownership interests in business enterprises… an age old means for carrying quantified financial risk in the quest for improved personal wealth.

MPT has spewed forth thousands of derivative products that have shifted the equity playing area…

Should an uptick at a”triple-short-the-S & P 500″ ETF be regarded as a positive or a negative?
Should individual issue numbers be corrected for the amount of derivative entities which hold them, long or short?
Does share price have anything whatsoever to do with basic price or is it the effects of derivative parlor game action?
S & S p/e ratios are approximately 50% higher than they were five decades ago; a sampling of high-dividend-paying ETFs sports an ordinary p/e more than double that of the S & P.. . And not one of your advisers (myself excluded) appears concerned with the anemic level of earnings being generated by your retirement-bound portfolios.
Modern Portfolio Theory would have us believe that the future is, indeed, predictable in a reasonable level of error. Theorists, research economists, other professors, and Wall Street marketing departments have always gone — and they have always been wrong.

Any claim to precision; any attempt to time the market; any expectation of being in the right place at the ideal time, the majority of the time, is simply not a fact of investing. And there is the rub for the two kinds of analysis, and for”the emperor’s new clothes” hazard assessment methods and”active asset allocation” procedures so well known in MPT.

As long as we live in a world where there are tsunamis and Madoffs; terrorists and politicians; large corporate egos and a lot more dangerous major government; and imperfect intellect (both artificial and human ) that there will be no expectation of certainty.

Get over it, reality is really cool as soon as you’ve learned to take care of it.

All of the areas, concepts, and procedures explained there work together to produce (in my experience) a safer, more income effective, investment experience. No implementation should be undertaken without a complete understanding of all facets of the procedure.

Melbourne Cup

The Caulfield Cup has for a long time been the most important lead-up race into the Melbourne Cup but that trend has been changing in recent years as coaches often target either the Caulfield Cup or the Melbourne Cup with their horses. Some coaches will use the non group one races as lead-ups as opposed to the typical ones in the past like the Caulfield Cup, Cox Plate, and McKinnon Stakes.

The Geelong Cup has been shown to be an important lead-up race since 2002 when Media Puzzle won that race then followed up by winning the Flemington feature. Others to have successfully follow the exact same route to the big race were Americain (2010) and Dunaden (2011). All these are European trained horses.

The W.S. Cox Plate at Moonee Valley has been a favorite race for Melbourne Cup contenders but this race such as the Caulfield Cup is one that coaches tend to target by itself. Still several recent Melbourne Cup winners had their latest race at the Cox Plate before Flemington. Prince of Penzance was the first horse since the 1980s that raced at the Moonee Valley Cup before going on to win the Melbourne Cup in its next start.

In 2016, the Cup was won by Almandin who won the Bart Cummings Stakes in his most recent start in early October while Protectionist, the 2014 winner, finished fourth in the Herbert Power Handicap in his latest start ahead of the big race. What these races have in common is they are all at 2400 metres or 2500 yards. The Caulfield Cup, Geelong Cup, and the Lexius Stakes will also be at the distance range.

The last horse to have hurried on Derby Day then come out and win the Melbourne Cup three days later was Shocking who won the Lexius Stakes in 2009 but that isn’t to mention that the winner of another Cup doesn’t have hurried on Derby Day. Every Melbourne Cup needs to be taken on its own merits when studying the form publication not all Cups will follow previous scripts.

Racing: An Emotional Roller Coaster

The emotional rollercoaster of motorsport can work on both short and long timescales. At times, a team’s transition in the rear of the area up to the podium can take weeks or years. The weekend just passed was one which had its ups and downs.

The group entered the weekend with three of its drivers in the top 5 of the tournament, and one, now leading it. The confidence in the car was in an all-time large, and reliability has been improving all year. The track, among the fastest in the nation, should favour the back wheel drive BMWs, and the weather was looking good. This should be a fantastic weekend. The top driver was carrying maximum ballast as is faked which was not going to help his chances, but should not cause too much of a problem. He is a talented driver who has had ballast before – not a problem.

No true testing as such was completed before the end of the session, but a brake bias error meant a twist under breaking coming into a greatly gravel-trapped hairpin. The time lost because of the red flag for retrieval, and the clearing from the massive quantity of gravel, meant there was no time for any installation changes or refinement throughout the session.

The rollercoaster was on the top today.

Throughout Free Practice Two, multiple setup changes of varying achievement and impact were attempted, but there was hardly any noticeable improvement in lap times. The problem was simply that our driver had two laps to check each installment change before pitting and attempting the next thing on the list. Normally, these changes are spread out over two sessions. Not every change you make will enhance the car, and sadly, as FP2 closed, the car wasn’t on the pace we’d come to expect by this stage of the season.

Given the natural benefit of rear-wheel drive in wet conditions, the ominous rainclouds were really a welcome sight. Rain would equalise the pack a little more and provide the BMWs a opportunity to make up any performance deficit. The first couple of laps were dry but the speed was not there. The rain was so jarring the session was actually red flagged because of safety concerns. From the time the session stopped, the cars were suffering from water ingress from the electronic equipment and ended up in the back of the grid for race 1. The back of the grid, 28th place, with 75kg of ballast in the vehicle.

Where is the bottom?

After the disappointing qualifying session, the weather worsened. Something not found regularly in Blightly, but a tornado (yes, a TORNADO) came through the paddock. This freak weather induced terminal damage to the hospitality awnings and the whole group was out in the (now returned) torrential rain, angle grinding, cutting, hammering and spannerring to have the remains of the awning safe. The whole group, still reeling from qualifying, were drenched through, not to mentioned the harm done to staff property or to connections with sponsors and VIPs.

The engineers and motorists sat down and discussed an action plan. What can be done to recoup the weekend? Absolutely not! Decisions were made and modifications to the automobile were done late into the evening. Everything adjustable was corrected. Gear ratios were altered. Engine maps were substituted. Like something from a Hollywood blockbuster, the car was changed. Untested, yes, but changed.

When can we go back ?

Race one started in glorious sunshine. The team and automobiles had dried out immediately, but the long walk down to the back of the grid wasn’t something the team often had to perform. The untested car seemed solid on the outlap into the grid, but this is never a true test of performance. Last checks done, 75kg of ballast on-board, 28th on the grid.

In the end, we go!

He made up 18 places, an unbelievable outcome and better than anyone had hoped for. The overnight transformation had worked miracles and the rate from the car was rear. 10th also meant no more ballast, in addition to beginning in 10th for race two. An superb outcome!

No ballast on-board, and only a few minor alterations to compensate for the 75kg reduced weight. He just went and won it! He drove like the professional he is and set the car in the front of the pack, winning by nearly 3 seconds. Who’d have thought after the gloomy Saturday, that race day would have a victory. What is more, another of our drivers was third, so a double podium. An superb outcome!

All that was left was race . Ballast back in the car because of winning race two, and a reverse grid meant starting down at the middle of the bunch. The unfavoured hard tyres were required for this race. The end result was a good middle of the pack finish. Not terrible, but not on the scale of achievement of races one and two.

So the drivers leave the round with all three still in the top 10, two still in the top 5, and one still leading the championship. A result that although anticipated on Friday, appeared to fade away during Saturday.

The value in persevering, not giving up under hardship, and trying to win regardless of how the odds are stacked against you can’t be understated. A poor practice or qualifying session, doesn’t have to ruin your race. It does not have to ruin your championship hopes. It doesn’t even need to mess up your day.

Keep your chin up, your head in the game and determination in overdrive, and as a staff, wonderful things will happen.

Please remain seated until the ride has come to a complete halt.

Lets Go Fishing

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Clothing for Fishermen – Male and Female
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Fish Hooks – a Huge range for various types of fishing
Lures and Flies
Fishing Line, Braided and Nylon and everything in between
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Fishing Combos – Rod and Reel along with other needed goodies all in 1
I Urge CATCH AND RELEASE and here are a few tips to use.
While initially used extensively as the domain of Fly Fishermen,”catch and release” is now practiced by most fishermen. Fish stocks worldwide are under stress, some forms more that other so if you don’t grab for the pot release the fish. The majority of us unfortunately don’t have any idea if the fish is female or male, carrying eggs or not so releasing the fish safely back to its habitat is the ideal thing to do.
These hooks are designed so the purpose is turned away from the shank to form a round shape. The Circle Hook has been heavily researched and is essential for many catch-and-release anglers. Eliminate this Barb on the hook.Use a set of pliers or forceps to squash the barb down. This produces more interesting fishing since you will need to keep the line taught so that the fish doesn’t spit out the hook. Barbless hooks are much safer, simpler and quicker to eliminate therefore causes less stress for the fish.

Be conscious of the fact that hooking a fish is very stressful for it. Too much stress can allow the fish die even after hours following release.

To fight this problem use oversize equipment to land the fish as soon as possible.
Use a web which won’t damage the fish.
Use surgical forceps or specific pliers and a tool which may reduce the metal of this hook if necessary.
If your forceps/pliers won’t release the hook then cut on the line where it’s tied to the hook. The hook will rust shortly and give the fish a better chance of recovery.
Never ever attempt to remove a hook through the fish’s gills. In fact don’t touch the gills in any respect.

CPR

Fish may seem lethargic when released. Hold the fish to the stream or in still water grip the fish lightly and move it backward and forward until you feel it is about to be released.

And now the main matter!

While the catch and release issue but it’s definitely in the forefront of conserving our oceans for future generations. It’s in everybody’s interest to be responsible! Always have a container or bag with you to take your garbage, used line, lures, flies, bait containers and much more with you to dispose of in the right manner.

Wildlife Rehabilitation

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Most Wildlife Rehabilitation Centers aren’t large like the ones you see on the character programs on T.V.. The majority of us run from our houses and backyards. We do it with no Federal or State funding. We are a few of the Division of Wildlife’s most important volunteers; we do thousands of hours annually. Funding our facilities is our duty. Our education is our duty also. In most states you need to be licensed by the state and at times also the Federal Government. This is for the critter’s wellbeing, because he then goes to a person trained to deal with that species.

It requires long hours and plenty of money (which you do not have). In one day you’ll be shown something amazing, and come face to face with death. The best paycheck is successfully releasing that critter back to the wild. Which is great, for there is not any glory in cleaning up piles and piles of manure. It’s strictly for the love of these animals. You take all of the coyotes, and then you have population problems with species they consume, such as the cottontails or gophers.

What we do as Wildlife Rehabbers is to try to keep the balance between man and wildlife. Virtually everything we get in is because of a kind of human conflict. As we move further and further into”critter land” we will have a growing number of conflicts with character, your garden is that raccoon’s backyard also. We simply need to learn how to co-exist, not take over but co-exist. If everything in nature has its own place, and it has learned to coexist except for us, well why? Why do we want to modify the behavior of everything so as to get along with it? As Wildlife Rehabilitators we need to be sensitive to that creature or birds needs. This is the reason if you discover wildlife in trouble call your community licensed Wildlife Rehabilitator. They’ve been trained to help. We can all pitch in together with the preservation of our own backyards. And if we’re really blessed, we get to see that critter return to the wild and live as it was intended. That is a job well done! And it takes us all.

Don’t leave you pets in the car

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Never leave your pets in a parked car, not even for a minute. Not even with the car running and air conditioner on. On a warm day, temperatures inside a vehicle can rise rapidly to dangerous levels. On an 85-degree day, for example, the temperature inside a car with the windows opened slightly can reach 102 degrees within 10 minutes. After 30 minutes, the temperature will reach 120 degrees. Your pet may suffer irreversible organ damage or die.

As someone who resides in a small coastal city in the Pacific Northwest, I know that probably 5 out of 10 people in the region drive around with their 4 legged friends riding shotgun. We’re usually cool enough for our pets to be safe but as summer is fast speeding us up we will need to think about how the increasing temperature can place our pets into danger.

It important to think about the humidity and not just the ambient temperature. Animals pant to evaporate moisture from their lungs, which takes away heat from their body. If the humidity is too high, they are unable to cool themselves, and their temperature will skyrocket to dangerous levels-very quickly. So in regions with higher humidity always consider this when determining if your pet can go for a ride with you or not.

Adjust intensity and duration of exercise in view of the temperature. On very hot days, limit exercise to early morning or evening hours, and be especially careful with pets with white-colored ears, who are more susceptible to skin cancer, and short-nosed pets, who typically have trouble breathing. Asphalt gets very hot and can burn your pet’s paws, so walk your dog on the grass if possible. Always carry water with you to keep your dog from dehydrating

Pets respond differently to heat than humans do. (Dogs, for example, sweat primarily through their feet.) So don’t rely on lovers they do not cool off pets as effectively as they do people.

Whenever your pet is outside, be sure he or she has protection from heat and sun and plenty of fresh, cold water. In heat waves, add ice to water when possible. Tree shade and tarps are perfect because they don’t obstruct air flow. A doghouse doesn’t provide relief from heat-in fact, it makes it even worse. Always make sure your pet has a place to escape the sun either under a tree or under a tarp covered area to be certain they don’t get overheated.

Rehoming animals

 

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It may be frustrating and hurtful some days scrolling down Facebook and studying banners with odes to animals, poetry to creatures like”I will keep you forever, I will never leave you in an animal shelter. My commitment to you will never perish.” There is another banner showing a picture of a dog driving the car, along with his owner operating behind the car and it says something to the effect” That’s what you get for dumping me in the animal shelter.”

Once in a while, I will read comments from people when they see a post of a”pitiful looking dog staring at a shelter wall”. The article calling out for someone on FB to rescue this poor dog. The comments from individuals, many are in judgement of the men and women who dropped off the dog will say”how do they do this”,”how can someone be so cruel.”

And I ask myself what do they believe an animal shelter is for? If we’re going to have animals as pets, there’ll remain animal shelters. I worked for the Marin Humane Society for a little more than five years. It was exhausting at times getting animals over the counter. Initially, I did get frustrated with people, since I was still young. I did not have a lot of life experience.

1 day, two guys walked to the shelter and put a little lap dog in addition to the counter. I put my incoming form on the counter, grabbed a pencil, did not look up and began asking them the list of questions on the form when pushing to them the”owner surrender questionnaire”. I began reciting our policy making sure to replicate the euthanasia policy over three or more times to be certain they got it.

Finally, after a couple of minutes, one of the guys asked me”he will not get put to sleep, right. He is very adoptable. People today want small dogs.” Again, I did not look the dog owner in the eye, I simply recited the euthanasia policy. And than he said”where is Carol. We spoke to Carol and she said everything would be fine, our dog would not be murdered.”

I will stop here and say that the puppy was quite cute and it was 99.9% sure, this dog could be embraced in Marin in a snap.

At this time, I was humiliated. I didn’t want Carol to measure in. I realized I had screwed up and I was not really taking a look at the fact of the circumstance. I had been in judgement over both of these good looking, wealthy looking guys and was not seeing their heart.

“I am so sorry. Give me another opportunity to assist you. Yes, your dog is cute and his odds of being put to sleep are next to nothing unless he got really really sick and we could not treat him.”

Among the guys, let out a huge sigh and smiled at me. “I am so happy Janet. Thank you. This is so tough for me. I have AIDS and I am going into hospice. I wish to be certain my dog gets a great home.”

And I don’t need to tell you what type of lesson that taught me twenty six years of age. After I filled out the paperwork, I found Carol and handed her sweet little dog.

When I was living on the ranch in Lake County, I needed to return my pony back to the rescue I embraced him. I was so broke I knew I wouldn’t have the ability to provide him proper trimming and the sort of feed that he needed to reduce founder. I cried when I walked him into the trailer that picked him up from me. Years later, I contacted the woman who adopted him to request a picture since I wanted to write a story about him. All my pictures are ruined and lost from the past. She didn’t respond to my message. I think she read the note, since it reveals”seen” on messenger on Facebook. . I won’t write her again. I really don’t want to make someone feel uncomfortable. I’ll miss with a picture of”Little Eddie” to remind me of who he was and who he is and my love for him.

Lately, I had been sharing a cup of coffee with a friend of mine and she was telling me how she needed to spend a year on a plan to put her horses and her other creatures because she needed to leave a relationship that was unhealthy for her. She cried on the way to work back and forth on her commute everyday for a year knowing she’d have to perform it.

People’s lives change. They suffer losses. They shed rentals that let animals and can’t find new ones which do. Folks get sick. Folks die. Folks realize they really can not look after a dog, a horse, a cat. Folks lose their jobs and can not afford feed, vet care, or training.

Folks give up animals for a number of reasons.

Adopt don’t shop

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Or, considering getting that cute little ball of fur called a kitty running around playfully on your home? Considering visiting the nearby pet shop to purchase one? Stop your pet search then and there, and think,”Why should I spend money on purchasing a pet once I have the choice of adopting one?”

Well, as you may see, besides saving your dollars, adopting a pet includes tons of other benefits.

1. As stated earlier, pets for adoption normally cost less than those offered for sale in pet stores.
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3. Pets offered for sale in pet stores are reared for the purpose of selling, maintaining gain in mind as opposed to the health of the pets and are consequently, frequently sick and behaviorally troubled. Pets for adoption aren’t reared for commercial purposes. Ever since, prior to being available for adoption, they had an owner who took good care of them, they are usually healthy and well behaved.
4. Pets for adoption come in every size, age, breed, and color and so you get a larger variety to select from.
5. Most pet store owners maintain the critters in dreadful conditions and the older female creatures are treated as breeding machines. They’ve no real concern for these creatures. Without buying from them, you can feel self righteous as you haven’t given them a dime.
6. So you do not have to accept the extra job of getting them vaccinated.
7. By adopting a pet, not only are you giving it a house, but also you’re helping provide shelter to another homeless creature which is taken in, instead of the animal you’ve adopted.
8. Having an animal for a pet has been shown to be psychologically and emotionally beneficial to their own companions. The feeling you’ve saved an animal by embracing it also provides you self-satisfaction and makes you feel proud of yourself.
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10. Last of all, you can brag on your social circles around having adopted a pet!

Now that you’re convinced about the benefits of adopting a pet, create a pet hunt online and discover the closest pet shelter from which you can embrace your pet.

Cinnamon

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We have to go back up to year 3000 BC to find the first traces of cinnamon in Egypt, where it was used to embalm the dead. Additionally, it is named from the Old Testament, when God orders Moses to use cinnamon (and other oils) to anoint the temple.

The exact origins of cinnamon didn’t became apparent until the Middle Ages. Until then, mythical stories surrounded this remarkable spice. According to a lot of classical roman authors for example, cinnamon grew around a lake protected by colossal birds. Whoever wanted to take it, would have to find a way to mislead them.

In the Middle Ages, Arabs were no longer the only ones to market cinnamon in the Western world. Spice trade gained a huge political and economical function. One of the original goals of Columbus’ journey, that ended up with the discovery of America, was to enlarge the trade routes to the East.

Venice began to buy cinnamon from the Arabs and became the only trader in Europe. This monopoly lasted until 1505, when Portugal found Sri Lanka (Ceylon), a goldmine for cinnamon. They were defeated by the one hundred years later.

Nowadays Cinnamon is cultivated in many countries, like India, Brazil and Vietnam to name a few, even though Sri Lanka still generates 90% of cinnamon.

Regardless of all the political and historic changes, the ways in which cinnamon is used remain the same: as a medicament, in the kitchen, and more recently to keep away insects.

Early signs of pregnancy

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The early signs of pregnancy has been talked about here are much before the fifth week once the first menstrual period is missed. Yes, there are other signs of pregnancy that could indicate towards a woman having successfully guessed.

Tenderness in Breasts

The breasts becoming tender and a bloated abdomen is also an early sign of pregnancy. As these pregnancy symptoms are very similar to what occurs prior to the periods it can be confusing. Women also begin to urinate more often a week or so after having conceived. This pregnancy symptom occurs because of ovulation. This symptom lasts almost until the time when the next period is expected.

Spotting

Pink or brown spotting much like the start of menstrual periods during this time is among early signs of pregnancy. The discharge a significant pregnancy symptom isn’t as significant as menstrual bleeding. This occurs due to implantation. It is essential that the pregnancy be confirmed through a test. If there’s excessive bleeding while the test shows a positive result then the mother must consult with a gynecologist. This frequently occurs in the case of an embryo attaching itself into the wrong portion of the uterus. Such a situation can give rise to complications.

Women often experience extreme fatigue and restlessness in the early portion of their pregnancy. This is again a pregnancy symptom that can be extremely confusing. It’s just like any other form of tiredness that the body experiences due to stress and exhaustion. The cramping of the uterus, due to after exercising or experiencing an orgasm, possibly recognized as an early sign of pregnancy.

How do I know for certain that I am pregnant at the first one month?

There is no method of knowing for sure that you are pregnant in the first one month.

After the detection of the early signs of pregnancy and a positive test result, you need to become careful about everything that you do. Giving up, or, at least slowly cutting down on smoking and alcohol become extremely important. Special attention has to be paid to diet.

It’s very important that extreme caution is exercised during the period of pregnancy. The earlier you know about your pregnancy the better equipped you are to focus on the healthy development of your child. Tracking and being able to spot the early signs of pregnancy is then important.

Grapefruits

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Grapefruits can make great corporate executive gifts!

Why did you eat that grapefruit? Was it because it was just there or was it a part of your normal diet plan since you’re concerned about keeping your good health?

For those who have consumed a grapefruit at least one time then you may be one who cares about your own health. And. Should you eat fresh grapefruits and other citrus regularly then I would dare to say that you care about your own health and welfare. This clinic is commendable and is a blessing to your body. Grapefruits have many vitally essential nutrients your body needs in addition to the high content of Vitamin C. You could be lacking plenty of nutrients if you’re not getting your daily intake of grapefruit juice.

If you are not eating fresh grapefruits or ingesting Floridas’ 100% pure grapefruit juice, regularly then it could be time for you to pay somewhat more attention to your personal health. You should make it your business to add a great nutrition plan in your daily diet so you can be in tip top shape mentally and physically every day.

According to recent past statistics, obesity is a huge problem in the united states and around the world. Eating Grapefruit has been proven to burn fat off your body and slim and trim your body. Grapefruit diets and any form of consumption would be a smart move to get in better physical shape but you have to be consistent with it so you can see positive results.

The most current Obesity Statistics shows that USA Obesity Rates have reached Epidemic Proportions. Here are the numbers:

O Eight out of 10 over 25 year olds are Overweight
o 78 percent of American’s not meeting basic level action recommendations
o 25% completely Sedentary
o 76% increase in Type II diabetes in adults 30-40 yrs old since 1990
Let us suppress this obesity problem by setting up a campaign in your local community to eat fresh grapefruits every day. Challenge your neighbors and family and friends to see who will take off the most weight by needing a definite period. Make it fun!

Better still write a letter to your congressman or city council man to proclaim the month of February to be the National Grapefruit Month. Be excited about it. Make it a major issue. Talk about it among your friends, family, neighbors etc.. But. Also send out your company executive gifts of grapefruits to people concerned.

There are many ways to get the benefits of grapefruit. Visit the site in the resource box and you will never run out of ideas. You will become a fan of grapefruits and the household of citrus because they contribute tremendously to your entire health.

If you do not wish to eat it by itself, then you can add the pulp and segments or pegs to your salads, cakes, sorbets, sauces, and cocktails and much more. The possibilities are endless!

You can be creative and enjoy fresh grapefruit in many different ways. . Here are some suggestions that you engross yourself in a joyous feast of grapefruits with all your meals during the day, every day.

O Add the sections of fresh grapefruit to your favorite salads.
O Add a few to broiled or grilled fish or poultry.
O Insert fresh grapefruit sections into your gelatin salad.
O Sprinkle some brown sugar and cinnamon over sugar and bring to a bubbly broil. This makes a great side dish at breakfast–with your pork and ham or favorite dessert.
O Insert fresh grapefruit juice and healthy marinade and or basting liquid when you are having baked fish or chicken. Squeeze a little juice over vegetables instead of using butter or salt and you’ll be delighted of the flavor.
O Make a decorative platter of fresh grapefruit segments and ripe avocado slices with a bit of sweet French dressing of your choice. This salad is delicious.

So, take an active role in promoting better health in your house, neighborhood community and get your local civic organization involved–State, County, City, Town and other associations –with eating more grapefruits. They make great corporate executive gifts baskets. SEE SAMPLE OF A PROCLAMATION to send to your elected official, mayor, congressman, governor etc.. At the site in the resource box. For more info check out Palm Springs Bat Removal.

Stress can kill

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Did you know that 75-90% of all visits to primary care physicians are due to stress-related illness? We’ve all heard about stress: what causes it, what it does to us. But have you really thought about the stressors in your life? And have you developed healthy habits for managing stress?

Today’s article will provide you a brief history about how stress affects our brain and body and give you practical choices for de-stressing and handling the stress that is part of most everyone’s life. I remember being 9 years old and hearing Norman Vincent Peale say that’ the only people who do not have problems (stress) are those lying at the cemetery’.

Our nervous systems are intended to keep us safe and alive. In cave men days, we might encounter a wild animal that had been one of our predators. We are intended to’fight’ or’flee’ when a predator threatens us. In other words, our brains release neurochemicals that make us fast (so we can run away from the predator – flee) and strong (so we could fight and kill our predator). This puts us in ‘survival mode’. This explosion of’stress hormones’ as we now refer to them will be instantaneous, and then go away quickly as the need disappears.

Think of the adrenal rush you feel when you almost have a car accident. You don’t need to think about releasing the adrenal gland, it occurs automatically once you feel threatened by an oncoming vehicle. It makes you more alert and speeds up your response time so you can safely avoid the crash. And then, it goes off very quickly after the incident and you unwind.

In our society we rarely encounter actual predators that threaten our lives. Instead we confront chronic’stressors’ that activate the same’fight or flight’ response that a predator could activate. And rather than going away fast, the stress hormones remain high in our systems almost continuously. These same stress hormones that work so well to help us survive in a dangerous situation become a threat to our health when they remain chronically high.

Stress hormones are released when: you are feeling pressured by time, always in a hurry with too much to do; you have arguments with your spouse, children or your boss; you do not have enough cash; you worry about your health; you are vulnerable to toxins in your food and environment; you get frustrated dealing with bureaucracy; you lay in bed at night (when you ought to be relaxed) with your thoughts racing about all the things you need to get done. Phew! It’s stressful just to think about these things.

ACTION The best way to counter these present sources of stress in your life

You will need to realize how important managing your stress is to your health and make it a priority. Recall being chronically stressed is deadly! Look at the chronic stresses in particular that never get resolved or that recur regularly.

Start looking for ways to change the stressful circumstances. By way of instance, if your job is very stressful, make changes that facilitate the stress, and talk to your boss about options for change. When it does not work, start searching for a less stressful job situation. Your life depends on it.

Understand how you react to stress and to learn how to manage your response. Do you feel overwhelmed, angry, frustrated, stressed, or hopeless? Different people will react differently to the same stressor. Some people become very angry at seemingly minor things while others never seem to get upset. Remember the name of Richard Carlson’s book Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff.

Pay attention to your thoughts. Should you worry constantly, you’ll be in a continuous survival mode. Stress and anger release stress hormones. Learn how to manage your thoughts. Replace worry or negative thinking with calm, positive ideas.

Learn and practice daily meditation. This calms the brain and the body and helps to reduce the amount of stress hormones in the body. Many meditations focus on the breath. By regulating your breathing you regulate your stress hormones. It works!

Exercise regularly. Find an exercise that you like and match it in everyday. While you are exercising, watch your own thoughts. If you spend the entire time feeling angry about something and running it over and over in your head, you will negate a few of the benefits of the exercise.

Talk to someone about how you’re feeling. Don’t attempt to do it all alone. When you share your feelings with someone else you’ll feel better. And they may have some excellent suggestions for helping you de-stress.

Design your life so you’re doing just those things that only you can do. For instance, if you’re in business, focus on serving your clients and attracting more customers and nothing else. Get an assistant to answer the telephone, manage your emails, do the bookkeeping, etc.. In the home, get some cleaning aid, use Stop and Shop Peapod to get your groceries delivered to your home, and hire someone to mow your lawn. You get the idea.

Eat a healthy diet on a regular schedule. Do not skip meals. Ensure that you are getting all the nutrients your body has to handle stress. Eat organic foods whenever possible to lower your toxic load. Eat only the calories that you will use up daily.

Nurture yourself. Get a good night’s sleep. Get a massage. Relax in a hot bath or spa. Read a good book. Watch a favorite movie. Listen to some relaxing or cheerful music. Go out to dinner with a few friends. Play a game with your kids. Sing. Watch a fantastic comedian. Get outside and allow nature rejuvenate you.

A therapist can help you know yourself better and help you explore options for altering the stressful situation and how you react to stress. They will help you manage your thoughts and feelings.

Experiencing chronic pain is quite stressful and places the body in survival mode. If necessary get expert help for pain control.

Neurofeedback is a form of biofeedback on brainwaves that teaches your brain to regulate itself . It’s approved by the FDA for stress management. Read my next newsletter to find out how to’Change Your Mind’ so you’re not stuck in a non-productive, stressful thinking pattern. Go to Pahokee Rat Removal to get more details.