Saturday, June 20, 2015

Free Windows 10



It's not exactly a secret, but you never know.

Got Windows 7, 8.x?

Windows 10 is free to you.

And none of the subscription fee stuff that was rumored earlier.

If your computer didn't happen automatically, this Microsoft link should get you started:

http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/ … e_win10faq

Do reserve the critter while you can.

Saturday, June 13, 2015

California DMV wants $33 for a driver's license renewal these days...

California DMV license image. I am happy to say this is not me. Image scavenged from California DMV website.

California DMV wants $33 for a driver's license renewal these days. More than tripled in the last 5 years it has. I am curious as to what other states are currently charging.. My 3-hour adventure there was just that. They squiggled, squimed, and were generally perturbed about my being blind in my right eye. But I knew California has no problem with one-eyed drivers. Got through it and got my driver's license renewed.

Got a DMV adventure? Post it here. Any and all States and Countries welcome. Could be interesting.

As a side note, other than the 3-hour wait, it was a classy operation. I was impressed.

Search engine reference notes...


How much does a California driver's license renewal fee cost these days?

California DMV has no problem with one-eyed drivers.

Friday, June 12, 2015

Rumors and Secrets about HubPages Staff - A Review

HubPages Headquarters

Yep, this is the rumors page by a Hubber about the HubPages Staff. For those who have been living in a cave, HubPages is a website where writers post their articles and share in any ad revenue generated. All is revealed, no secret is spared.

And always remember... If it is on the internet, then it must be true. 

The HubPages Team...


Paul Deeds. Was seen drawing to an inside straight.

Paul Edmondson. Keeps an old Hewlett Packard printer and a sledge hammer in the same room.

Fawntia Fowler. Loves naps. A kindred spirit.

Tim Martin. Can't seem to stay away from HubPages.

Mausmi Mehta. Has drunk cats.

Robin Edmondson. Was a third grade school teacher, turned out to be the perfect training for managing writers.

Marina Lazarevic. Stayed away from the South Side of Chicago.

Edward Zhang. There is no omelette without his name on it.

Matt Wells. A firm believer in dogs half-a-dog high and dog-and-a-half long.

Camille Harris. Spotted doing yoga at Trader Joe's.

Matt Meyer. He has whiskers. As do I.

Christy Kirwan. She is really nice to us. For real.

Karla Clark. She and Edgar Allan Poe have a thing.

Alison Monroe.Throws a mean slider.

Oren Radousky. Juggles guitars while riding a unicycle.

Joanna Fonte.Crows swap notes about her.

Betty Wang. Knows lawyer jokes.

Katie Harper. Spotted in the East Bay investigating Gaspar de PortolĂ .

Brandon Gordon. Adopts neurotic dogs found at Fleetwood Mac concerts.

Kate Rix. Snails beware.

Rebecca Schuetz. Does yoga with kittens.

Helena Bonde. Windy days beware.

Emily Drevets. Mumbles in Arabic when eating ice cream cones.


And here is a "typical" Hubber's account. 1.8 million visitors it has received so far.

Saturday, June 6, 2015

The Day the Ambulance Made Two Trips... A True Story

Dispatch - The Day the Ambulance Made Two Trips...


Taking a shower I was...

All pervading, extreme, intense pain started growing in my back, sides, and front. By the time I got out of the shower I was on all fours with saliva pouring out of my mouth as the body prepared to throw up from the pain.

Surprisingly the vomiting didn't happen. I'd had kidney stones in the past and was thinking this must be that. But my entire torso continued to be in throbbing, steady pain. Was I actually having a heart attack? My previous kidney stones adventures in the past had never felt like this.

The pain remained unrelenting. Too darned many similarities to what we've all read are signs of a heart attack (NIH). I gave it up and called 911.

The ambulance showed up in short order. Three paramedics there were.

Dialogue ensued. Laid down in semi-upright position I was. EKG performed.

Not a heart attack or stroke or whatever other similar ilk. And the pain had substantially subsided.

They still wanted to take me to the hospital. Even though there was the obvious financial incentive for them to want this, I could understand their reasoning; admittedly it was the medically logical, intelligent, reasonable, and sane thing to do.

But the pain had pretty much gone away and because of my previous experiences with kidney stones, I said no. Like any normal person, I try to avoid ambulances and hospitals at all costs. Besides, as a kidney stone pain expert, I figured I could just deal with it as I've had in the past.

A half-hour later I was slammed with a second episode, this time the pain was ripping and spasming my side and stomach muscles apart. It wouldn't stop.

I was beaten, the second 911 call I made.

I managed to close all the windows, make sure everything was turned off, and the place locked up. Outside I was when they arrived. Off to the hospital I went.

And that was the day the ambulance made two trips.

Epilogue

Yep, kidney stones they were. Lots of them. Apparently the little critters had all decided to get together and throw a party.

I've decided to work up the energy to do a couple posts about my experiences in the emergency room and then the subsequent lithotripsy a month later. Hopefully, fellow kidney stone folks might find it interesting and maybe even of some use. Stay tuned, I'll post the links here.

Saturday, May 30, 2015

The Most Common Cause of Frequent Muscle Spasms / Cramps Is Low Potassium - And the Cure

Lima beans have high potassium

Muscle spasms, also known as muscle cramps. Do you suffer from occasional or even not so occasional muscle spasms? Foot cramps? Leg cramps?

There could be a couple dozen medical reasons for this. If you go to the doctor or a medical clinic, they will be more than happy to help you. They will arrange for you to be given all sorts of medical tests. They will call in a few specialists along the way. There will be lots and lots of appointments for you to keep. Yes, they will do all this for you.

Why? Because they really care. The several thousand dollars they will bill you is entirely incidental and will never even have entered their thoughts during the entire process.

Did you know that low potassium in your diet is the most common cause of frequent muscle spasms and cramps? Maybe, just maybe, you would like to eliminate that possibility first before embarking on the above adventure.

Everyone knows that bananas have potassium. But it turns out hey are actually number 10 on the high potassium nutrition food list. What’s number one? I was pleased to discover that lima beans graced that spot. And there are more ways to cook and prepare them than you can shake a banana at. And they are all delicious. My easiest and quickest recipe is to mix in a couple of all-beef, sliced up hot dogs. Add three pats of butter on top. Heat, mix in the butter thoroughly, and enjoy.

Some other foods rich in potassium, in descending order, are spinach, baked potatoes, salmon, and avocados. All of them are more potassium-enriched than bananas.

So give yourself a diet rich in potassium (don’t go overboard) for a few days and see how it goes. The muscle spasms and cramps just might go away and your problem is solved.

It worked for me. Foot muscle spasms in my case.

And do be careful about too much potassium. Too much potassium is even worse than too little potassium. Your heart muscle, for one, will not take kindly to it. I've found when I start to feel the beginnings of muscle spasms, a single potassium-rich meal solved the problem.

Here is a page from the National Institute of Health that has more information about potassium, includes an expanded food list. It also has some necessary warnings.

Side note. If you happen to know your muscle spasms, cramps, or other muscle pains were caused by too much muscle strain or other physical activity; OTC ibuprofen actually works. You can buy Advil or you can buy the store generic brand with the exact same dosage for half the price. It should be mentioned ibuprofen is part of a class of drugs known as NSAID's. In addition to general warnings about NSAID's, NSAID's don't get along well with a lot of other medicines and prescription medications. If you are taking other medicines or prescription medications, be sure to read what those medications have to say about being mixed with NSAID's. I also found out recently doctors won't do elective surgery if the patient has recently been taking ibuprofen; turns out ibuprofen thins the blood and surgeons don't like that when it comes to surgery.

Friday, May 22, 2015

How to Microwave Rice - And What Causes and How to Prevent Crunchy Rice

I'd certainly at least add some butter to this...

Interesting how there are no microwaving instructions on rice packages. This is probably because microwave ovens are indeed not all the same. As such I must advise that the following instructions worked perfectly for me, but your results may vary. The following recipe is for two servings or one large serving, depending on who you ask.

 How to Microwave Rice

 Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup rice
  • 1 pat of butter
  • 1-and-3/8's cups of water
  •  Optionally sprinkle some salt on it
Stir a little bit as needed until floating rice is submerged.

 Cooking

  • Microwave for 10 minutes.
  • Let the microwave rest for a minute.
  • Then do defrost mode for 7 minutes.
Move some rice aside to see if there is still any water at the bottom of the bowl. If just a little, stir the rice for a minute to absorb it. If a lot, stir it all up and do another 1 or 2 minutes defrost mode.

When finished, optionally add 2 or 3 more pats butter and stir until nicely melted and mixed.

What Causes and How to Prevent Crunchy Rice

There are three things that can cause crunchy rice. It can be caused by both overcooking and under cooking.  And it can be caused by too little water.

When I began my quest to create the perfect recipe for microwaving rice, I began with the usual 2:1 water to rice ratio. In this case, one cup water and a half-cup rice. As for the cooking; I did 10 minutes at full power, a minute's rest, and then followed by 10 minutes defrost mode. This first attempt ended up with some of the rice being crunchy.

So for my succeeding attempts, I gradually increased the water and varied the cooking methodology and times. I eventually ended up with the recipe stated above. It was delicious and crunch free.

If this recipe doesn't work perfectly with your microwave, it should hopefully get you close enough so that you will know what to adjust for next time.

And as for things to add to the rice after the rice has been cooked, they are just like what you would add to beans. In other words, almost anything you like:
  • Pretty much any meat
  • Pretty much any vegetable
  • Sliced olives
  • Sliced mushrooms
  • Garlic salt or whatever spice packet
I'd recommend going sparse to moderate on any and all additions the first time around.

If you want to keep it quick and simple, just a couple of already microwaved, sliced-up hot dogs mixed in isn't bad at all... 

May all your rice recipes be awesome!

Monday, May 18, 2015

How to Have a Positive and Better Perception and Perspective on and in Life - The Way to Happiness

Alternate titles for this page might be How to Be Happy - Less Stress / Depression - About Perception / Perspective - About Happiness / Well-Being  or How to Increase Your Happy Life Expectancy - Perspective and Happiness 
 
My Perceptions and Perspectives in Life

Self-awareness, perception and perspective are the psychological side of what controls our human feelings, emotions, and levels of stress or depression. Self-awareness of how our perceptions and perspectives influence our emotions is the key to emotional health, happiness, and a stress-reduced / depression-reduced life.

With self-awareness comes the ability to control how we perceive and the ability to "assign" the proper perspective to any given situation. With self-awareness comes the ability to reduce stress and depression.

Side note: The environmental/physical/nutritional side of things are equally important.

Perception and Happiness

What is perception? One might say that it is an attitude or emotion by another name; one example being the glass-half-full versus the glass-half-empty scenario. Perception is how one perceives, interprets, or reacts to a given situation or a newly discovered fact or premise.

How one perceives and emotionally responds to a problem determines how one approaches a solution to that problem. A person's perception determines one's quality of life.

An example: You decide to make a casual Sunday, unimportant,  early-morning trip to the supermarket. The car doesn't start. You can tell it's a dead battery.
  • After the initial feelings of dismay, do you feel lucky or unlucky? The correct feeling would be to feel lucky. After all, you were planning to do a casual, unimportant trip. Would you rather have had the car wait one more day and then not start when you tried to go to your job or meet an important client? This way, you have been given the time and convenience to take care of the problem on a casual Sunday morning.

Perspective and Happiness

It seems to be the nature of our species to become emotionally stressed over matters that are really of no consequence. An example of this might be being subjected to the conduct of an unprofessional, rude sales clerk. For many people, when something like this happens, their whole day is ruined. It is all they think about for the next several hours or even days. And for what?

This is where perspective comes into play. When something unpleasant occurs, one's first thought should be, “What are the consequences of this unpleasant matter?” In the above example, the answer is, “Absolutely none!” In other words, one should think, “So what?”; or even better, “Who cares?”

An easy way to induce perspective is to turn on the evening news. How many people lost their homes to the bank or became outright homeless today? How many people were killed or permanently maimed today? How many people lost their life-savings today? How many people lost a loved-one today? The list is endless. It soon becomes readily apparent that to be upset about the actions of a rude person or some other inconsequential incident is just not logical.

And it most certainly isn't worth wasting your thoughts, time, and emotions dwelling on it. Save the stress for the stuff that really matters.

 

Ego!

So why do we respond this way? Ego! Ego is what gets a person in trouble. Ego is what causes stress. Ego is what triggers emotions. Once one has the ability to recognize when the ego is asserting itself, then that is when self-awareness recognizes what is happening.

Every time you become self-aware that your ego is obsessing and stressing again for no really good reason, consciously change the subject.

Positive perspective really does save the day here. The ego may be having fits, but you know that the whole unpleasant situation is really of no consequence. Besides, time really does heal all "wounds".

Embarrassed about something? They'll get over it.

The ego is what causes emotional embarrassment and stress. An embarrassing incident that is a big deal to you is in actuality trivial to everyone else. Always has been; always will be. True they might get a few minutes entertainment out of it. But on an importance scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being the highest; what is a 7 to you is a zero to everyone else. Their egos are as busily being about them as your ego is about you. In other words, when viewing it from other people's perspective, you quickly realize how inconsequential it was.

Stress and Fear and Worry

There are legitimate reasons for the emotions of stress and fear. Fear is good. Fear prods one to do what needs to be done.

Unfortunately, many times people inflict the emotions of fear and stress upon themselves in situations in which it is not warranted. This stress and fear usually takes the form of one's worrying about some aspect of their quality of life. Most people are already self-aware of this and freely acknowledge that they worry too much about this, that, and the other.


Things to Know about Worrying

  • Most of what you worry about will never happen.
  • It’s your subconscious (ego) doing the worrying and you’re just along for the ride.
  • Each time you become self-aware that you are worrying, just consciously think one or more of the following: “so what”, "ignore it", "forget it", "stop it", "shut up", "give it a rest", "go away", and then change the subject. In time, the practice becomes automatic. After awhile, your subconscious (ego) will quit serving up so many of these kinds of thoughts to you. Buddhists and others have engaged in this practice for millennia.
Coincidentally, this works equally well when previous injustices, unfairness's, and other unpleasant past experiences begin circling your thoughts. Just make the conscious decision to change the subject.

 

Random Notes About Life

  • Sometimes perceived depression is really just boredom in disguise.
  • Introspection is good. Too much introspection is bad.
  • Sometimes a situation you find yourself in is not about you. Sometimes it’s best to keep it that way.
  • Don't bother being bothered by the conduct of a rude person. It happens millions of times a day to everyone and everywhere.
  • Perspective is a learned response.
  • Don’t suppress an inclination to talk to a stranger. Most times you will be pleasantly surprised. This applies to places like work, school, grocery stores, and malls. Not back alleys, parking lots, or your front door.
  • Don't believe everything you think.
  • Unfairness is the norm in life, not the exception.
  • The stress and other negative emotions of dreading the confrontation of a particular problem or scenario is also a form of fear. Face it and fix it. If you can’t fix it, mitigate it and then move on. Getting a major unpleasantness behind you feels so, so good…
  • Problems and unfairness are the norms in life, not the exception. Sooner or later life victimizes everybody. And it will happen more than once. Obstruction, sabotage, conflict, injustice happens all the time. It is just the way of the world. You are not alone. Be thankful for all the things that have not happened. Many times misfortune is self-inflicted; many times it is not.
  • When all else fails, just keep plodding along. It will change. It always does.
  • You can keep going long after you think you can't.
  • Stress, many fears, and especially depression are often born of fatigue and loneliness.
  • Corruption and other unethical conduct are not rare events. Being emotionally stressed or depressed by them is a waste of time.
  • Most corporate cultures are Darwinian, not intelligent design.
  • The cognitive stages and emotions of coming to terms with certain parts of reality are: Awareness, Denial, Anger, Bargaining, Depression, Acceptance, Peace.
  • Perception of reality is as important as the reality itself. The more accurate one's perception of reality, the more prosperously one can live in that reality.
  • The world is a mess, but so what?
  • Everyone does make mistakes. It's the nature of our species. In fact, it is positively amazing how virtually all of us put our foot in it on a downright regular basis. Many mistakes are stress induced.
  • Perspective can be a very useful tool in life. The worst case scenario for many problems is “So what?” Save the stress for the really big problems.
  • The world is not your friend. The world is not your enemy. The world just is.
  • Hope and expectation are valid premises that one should always keep. Good things happen all the time.
  • To prevent feeling overwhelmed, plan and make a list of things needing to be done. That way, instead of you doing the worrying, the list does the worrying for you.
  • Avoid negative things to the extent one is able. This includes things like TV news, certain internet forums, perennially unhappy people in your circle, and so forth.
  • If a negative social or business interaction is occurring, don't automatically assume the worst as to the other person. Keep an open mind and a willingness to continue communicating in good faith. More often than not, the results could end up quite satisfactorily.
  • Gratefulness for what one has can go a long way towards overall happiness.
  • Dwelling on negative things that you have no control over, past events for example, is another prime situation where you want to deliberately change the subject when you become aware of it.
  • One of the most important lessons a person can learn in life is that other people are as real behind their eyes as you are behind yours.
  • As to the pursuit of happiness, finding something that interests you is almost always the key.The happy people are the ones who have found something outside themselves that interests them. It can be a career, school, a hobby, family, a project, a goal, a venture, the pursuit of knowledge, helping others, helping yourself, people interaction, exploration, or any combination thereof.
  • You owe it to yourself to be the best you can be and enjoy life to the fullest.


Sunday, May 10, 2015

How to File a DMCA Complaint / Takedown / Removal Request with Bing (or anyone else in US) - Email and Webform

UPDATE: Includes US "universal" DMCA removal / complaint / take-down email template letter.

[Please read the whole page before acting on the information herein . The email option is usually not necessary with Bing, though the sample letter should prove quite useful in similar situations. Webform page information is also provided.]

Source: .gov

 I discovered one of my articles had been stolen. And it was one where the theft has literally been costing me money daily. The emotional pain and hatred of the thief when I discovered this...Needless to say, I've since filed a Google DMCA complaint.

I decided it was time to learn how to file a Bing DMCA removal request. I did the appropriate searches, but the information on how to do this was nowhere to be found.

I then thought to go to HubPages' thoughts on this subject.  Bless their fuzzy, little hearts; they came through. They provided an email address for Bing DMCA's removal requests in the last paragraph of their page, lots of other useful information there as well.

What with the procedure being the email mode, as opposed to the usual Google's webform mode; traps abound. The big trap of course being possible communication confusion as to which is which as to authorized URL versus theft URL. There are also all sorts of information and other technicalities one must fulfill.

So I thought I'd post my excerpted email version to help people avoid what could be a possibly costly mistake.

[Update] As explained in the updates at the end of this page, I've decided to make this a universal letter template that can be used for any US email DMCA take down / complaint / removal request anywhere the webform option is not available.

<begin letter>

Your first name:
Your last name:
Your email address:
Name of the copyright owner (if not you):
Country:

The Title of the copyrighted work:
Type of work: Text

My original, authorized, copyrighted article is at: <URL redacted>.

The alleged thief who stole my article has placed it at <URL redacted>.

Sample of content text that shows up in both the original and the allegedly stolen copy: (Paste a couple of really long sentences or a paragraph that are in common to both URL pages.)

[Optional, additional information/rant]---> If you go to my profile page from there, you will see the Google proof-of authorship link. The well-know Way-Back-Machine website will also prove I wrote this article years ago (first published <redacted>, <redacted> will confirm), and have been editing/updating it ever since. Maybe they unknowingly bought the article from a thief, instead of being the ones who stole it  themselves. If so, I hope they catch him and file a criminal complaint.

Mandatory Legal Declarations


My Good Faith Belief Statement: By typing in my name (electronic signature), I have a good faith belief that the use of the material is not authorized by the intellectual property owner, its agent, or the law (e.g. it is not fair use).

My Authority to Act Statement: I represent that the information in the notification is accurate, and under penalty of perjury, that I am authorized to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed.

My Acknowledgement of Responsibility Statement: I represent that the information in the notification is accurate, and under penalty of perjury, that I am authorized to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed.

My Acknowledgement of Understanding Statement: I understand that the information submitted in this email may be shared with third parties, including the alleged infringer about whom I am filing this complaint. 

Very sincerely,

My Signature:

 <end letter>

Needless to say, replace where it says "<redacted>" with your own relevant information.


This letter structure and wording should successfully prevent any URL confusion. Also note the giving of the thief the benefit of the doubt. Aside from preventing yourself from being sued (I am not a lawyer), it might actually be true. Just as a matter of ethics, you don't want to falsely accuse someone. One also gets to use the word "thief" several times, but that is just for our own personal enjoyment; not to mention that it makes us feel better.

As to the email I sent, an automated reply came back saying they would expeditiously review my request. They also enlightened me as to their Notices of Infringement page. Now they tell me.

So you can avoid the email method and just go to their Notices if Infringement page and  fill out the form, which is short and self explanatory.  If you want Bing to remove a stolen article from their search results, select the third menu item on the right that says "Search".  Then select "Bing". Depending on your browser, the button is kind of finicky. Be sure you don't end up on the "Bing Ads" form.

What with their response to my email, I've decided to wait a week and see what happens. If no results, I'll then do the form.I'll update this post with the results as they occur.

UPDATE #1


I received a second letter from Bing. They informed me my letter didn't meet certain technicalities. So I am going to go ahead and use the webform to resubmit.

I am also updating the example letter above so it will fulfill all aforementioned information and other technicalities. When done, one will be able to use this letter anywhere and in any circumstance where the webform is not available. Stay tuned.

UPDATE #2


Interesting. Suddenly the bottom half of my stolen copy suddenly disappeared and has been replaced with an URL to my original article. I wonder if this has something to do with my Google DMCA notice and now they are claiming Fair Use. Unfortunately, they have still stolen so much of my article that the lost traffic resulting from my keywords is still stealing a major amount of my earnings. Still haven't heard back from Google.

UPDATE #3

 I've completed the DMCA template letter. Feel free to use for your US DMCA filings.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

What is the average cost for internet service, access, usage, etc. Find out if you are being cheated.


This forum thread might be of interest. I'm seeing numbers ranging from $18.42 USD per month all the way up to $125 USD per month. When I started the forum thread, I was mainly thinking about prices in the United States. The forum thread ended up having price quotes from around the world. Interesting indeed.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

How to Work for a Boss You Hate - How to Work for a Boss You Don’t Respect

You can’t. It is as simple as that. Whether it is because the boss is incompetent. Whether it is because the boss is unethical. Either way; you can’t.

You won’t be able to hide your feelings indefinitely. The boss will know exactly what you think of him/her. And you will feel unlimited stress and emotional pain day in and day out.


So what to do? The obvious. Write up that resume and fire it off to every potential employer you can find. You only have to do it once a week. And the time you do it is every Sunday afternoon (assuming you work M-F, otherwise adjust schedule accordingly). Then check your voicemail every noon and night. And check your email every evening. What the heck, maybe fire off another resume or two while you're at it.

Did I say you can’t work for a boss you despise? Actually, you can by just doing as described above.

Why? That is simple, too.

Now during the workweek, whenever your boss does something particularly stupid, unethical, or disgusting; you can switch your thoughts to thinking about all the potential employers you sent your resumes to last Sunday. In other words, you have now given yourself hope and positive thoughts to draw on.

And sooner or later, an interview invite will come. And sooner or later, a job offer will come.

And you will be out of there.

Here is a list of job search resources.

Friday, April 17, 2015

MILF Dating Etiquette and Tips



First and foremost, one must be sure the MILF is not still married. Still married MILF's can result in extreme husband irritation as to your poaching. You are going to have enough problems as to the kid(s), you don't need an angry husband on top of that.

As to the kid(s), 20% to 50% of the time, you will be stood up. This percentage will vary as to the number and age of the kid or kids the MILF is dealing with.

If one has successfully navigated beyond the above two issues, then the following rules apply...
  • Respect that you are interacting with another human being.
  • Be understanding when kid problems supersedes date.
  • Never bring up the kids. This will inevitably result in a MILF soliloquy about kids. Even worse, statements about the Ex will ensue.
  • Do not attempt to be the MILF's kids' substitute dad. The kids will immediately hate you. Let the relationship develop naturally over time. Let the kids and the MILF set the pace.
  • MILF's know how to cook, avail yourself of this at every opportunity.
  • Have you become thoroughly tangled up with the MILF over time? Well then, might as well go ahead and do the drop off and pick up the kid(s) and other errands.
  • Are you now doing her home repairs? Looks like you are doomed, time to marry her.


Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Consumer Contract Fraud - Contracts and the Law and You and the Judge


Consumer Contracts Frauds - Contracts and You and the Judge - www.websitewithnoname.com


"But your honor!!!" I said to the judge...

Judge, “You signed a contract.”

Me, “You mean that paragraph at the bottom of the application form?”

Judge, “Yes.”

Me, “But every bank in the country has that clause.”

Judge, “What clause?”

Me, “The sentence that says I’ve read and agreed to their charter; that I’ve read and agreed to all their bylaws; that I’ve read and agreed to all their rules and regulations. All of that stuff would be a stack of paper from the floor to the ceiling; and they wouldn’t even have copies at the branch for me to read anyway.”

Judge, “I know. But anything you sign is a contract.” (Side note: he is right.)

Me, “But every financial institution in the country has that clause.”

Judge, “I know.”

Me, “But if we don’t sign, we can’t get a checking or savings account anywhere.”

Judge, “Sucks, doesn’t it?”

Me, “What do I owe?”

Judge, “Well, let’s see what they made up... Yep, that’s what you owe.”

Beware when you do this...

The above story is fictional, but it happens for real thousands of times a year. That is why I never do business with national banks or credit card companies. Finding a local credit union is the only way to go. They’ve got the same clause, but most of them are not thieves (see referenced article).

Needless to say, unethical consumer contracts don't just apply to national banks and credit card companies. Cable companies are another example, which is why customers are leaving them in droves. Some cellphone carriers are also less than scrupulous, their contracts sometime include a clause stating you have to pay them even when they don't provide the agreed upon services. And then there is the worst of the worst, otherwise known as private sector contracts having to do with anything medical.

A Rant and Warning and Consumer Alert about Contracts


You have no civil rights when you blindly give them away by signing a multi-page, fine print contract without reading it. This happens all the time. The days of trusting an entity just because they are a large corporation or an established business are long gone. This is especially applicable as to medical entities, financial institutions, auto repair entities, and pretty much any and all other service-related entities. Corporate greed is the rule, not the exception.

Read the contract. If it’s too long for you to read and understand at the time, don’t sign it. If any of the print is too small for you to read, don’t sign it. If there is anything in it you don’t like or understand, don’t sign it. If it's incomplete, don't sign it. If you don't know what you are doing, don't sign it.

By definition anything you sign is a contract; whether it be just a single word, phrase, sentence, paragraph, or a hundred page document. Whenever someone tries to get you to sign something, it is for their benefit, not yours.

Reading a contract will give you an education; not reading a contract will give you an “adventure”.

Unethical contracts and incompetent/unethical civil laws victimize more people than all legally defined criminal activity combined. It is the ultimate definition of SWAG (Stolen without a Gun).

www.websitewithnoname.com

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Vitamin D Deficiency - A Growing Health Concern - Foods Rich in Vitamin D

Fortified milk is a good source of vitamin D.

 If you are out in the sun all day everyday, then you need not be concerned. Your body will manufacture all the vitamin D it needs from the ultraviolet light you absorb.

However, if like the majority, yours is an indoor life; you may not be getting enough of this vitamin.

And to compound the problem, there are not that many foods that have it.
  • Fortified milk seems to be America's primary source for vitamin D.
  • Other dairy products also have a smattering of it.
  • Fish foods have vitamin D. Swordfish and salmon are the big two. Tuna comes in third. And if you want to give yourself a mega-dose, a tablespoon of cod liver oil will give you over 300% of the body’s daily requirement.
  • Liver has it.
  • Fortified orange juice has a decent amount.

Salmon is a good vitamin D source.


May all your vitamin D days be happy ones.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Vinegar Uses - Baking Soda Uses - A List of Cleaning and Other Uses for Vinegar and Baking Soda

VINEGAR

Cleaning uses for vinegar.

The chemical name for vinegar is diluted acetic acid. As a mild acid it chemically reacts with many other compounds. The result is the removal of those compounds from places we want them removed, otherwise known as cleaning.

Some vinegar cleaning examples include:
  • Windows
  • Mirrors
  • Do NOT use for TV’s, computer monitors, etc.
  • Shower heads
  • Kitchen counter tops
  • Coffee pots
  • Tea kettles
  • Wood floors (I’d test this on on a small spot first)
  • Toilet bowls
  • Sinks
  • Refrigerator
Non-cleaning uses for vinegar include cooking (of course), mixed with salt for killing weeds, mixed with baking soda for keeping drains clear.

BAKING SODA

Cleaning and other uses for baking soda.

The chemical name for baking soda is sodium bicarbonate. As a mild, generally non-chemically-reactive abrasive, it can be used accordingly. It also absorbs odors.

Some baking soda uses include:
  • Teeth brightening
  • Putting box in refrigerator to absorb odors
  • Keeping drains fresh
  • Removing grease from stove
  • Laundry spot cleaning
  • Adding to laundry as brightener
  • Sprinkling over carpets some time before vacuuming
  •  Other cleaning uses might be listed right on the box
  • And then naturally there’s the cooking thing.




I hope the above lists and information proves useful for folks.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

How to Make Microwave Macaroni and Cheese Taste Better

Basically, add a whole bunch more real cheese.

Microwave Macaroni and Cheese Recipe - Making It Better

It is easy to do. Here's how to do it so you don't burn it. And incidentally, by adding real cheese one actually gives the meal some nutritional value.

The Better Microwave Macaroni and Cheese Meal - Introduction

Macaroni-and-cheese TV dinners and similar ilk are one of the better frozen food concoctions the frozen food industry has come up with. However, it is still the usual, bland TV dinner. But it makes an excellent starting point for creating your own macaroni and cheese masterpiece. No boiling the macaroni and trying to get it just right. No dealing with the other ingredients. Instead, you use the basic frozen TV dinner as the starting point, and then you make it better.

Microwave Macaroni and Cheese Recipe

Microwave the TV dinner for two minutes less than what the box instructions say. After microwaving, remove the plastic film.

Now here is the how to make microwave macaroni and cheese better part... When you bought the macaroni and cheese TV dinner, you also went to the store's deli section and got yourself a one pound block of mild or medium cheddar cheese. Cut off however many pieces you want and put them on top of the TV dinner; the smaller the pieces, the better; and by all means, do lots of them.

It is not necessary to replace the plastic film back on top of the TV dinner. Microwave it for the additional two minutes. Cheese should be completely melted. Stir it all together. If the cheddar cheese still isn't thoroughly melted and mixed, maybe give it another 40 seconds in the microwave; stir some more as needed. You now have a much better macaroni and cheese dinner that will taste as good as any made from scratch.

A side note: As to the remaining three-quarters of cheddar cheese you didn't use, re-wrap in original wrapper and then thoroughly wrap and fold in one of the store's plastic bags. The cheese will stay fresh in the refrigerator for quite some time. Good for lots more meals.

And as to the meal you just made... If you added enough cheese to it, you probably changed it into two meals. Totally fine. When done eating, put the remaining half back into the TV dinner box, wrap and fold with another store plastic bag. Should be good in the refrigerator for three days or so.

As for those microwave macaroni and cheese cup and box meals...

 Simply prepare as one usually does. Then gradually add and stir in as many small chunks of cheddar cheese as desired. It will all mix and blend in quite nicely. Maybe a 30-second additional microwaving may be required. Maybe not.

And that's all there is to it. May all your macaroni and cheese masterpieces be awesome and nutritious.


Just for the heck of it, I thought I'd toss in this federal link about microwave ovens. Turns out the information contained therein is not entirely useless. For that matter, the FDA site in general has proven useful to me in the past.

But wait! There's more!


Adding cooked, sliced-up hot dogs to your macaroni and cheese meal.

Did someone say hot dogs...?

Put two wieners on a paper towel placed over a paper plate; fold paper towel over top of wieners to reduce greasy film from covering the interior of the microwave oven.

Place, flattened out, one of the store plastic bags on the counter.

Put the paper towel covered hot dogs in the microwave oven. If you like them mutated (many folks, including me, do), microwave them for 2 minutes and 20 seconds. If you are a non-mutated person, then probably an even 2 minutes is best. Times vary, depending on the microwave oven. But these times are probably a good starting point.

When removing from microwave oven, place the plate on top of the grocery store plastic bag that you had laid flat on the counter.

Let them cool for a minute. Then cut each one lengthwise. Then, holding all 4 lengths together, side-by-side, cut them up into pieces.

For greater efficiency, cook the hot dogs first. Then you can be doing the slicing and dicing while the TV dinner is cooking.

Once the TV dinner is cooked and the extra cheese is all melted and mixed, add the sliced up hot dogs and stir it all together. You definitely now have the two full meals. Not only that, it no longer fits in the TV tray. So, somewhere during all this, you've transferred the whole thing to a separate plate. If you are a true single, it is now sitting on a 3-thick paper plate on top of a regular plate.

Throw out the hot dog paper plate and the plastic bag that you had put them on. Because of the plastic bag, the counter won't have to be cleaned.

At this point, you may want to microwave it another minute, with or without the regular plate underneath the paper plates, depending on its microwaveability.

When done eating what you want, put a fourth paper plate upside-down on top, and then do the plastic bag wrap and refrigerator thing. When you get around to that second meal, it will taste as good as the first.

A note about buying hot dogs...

 Get the ones that say "no by-products" on the label and are not mechanically separated. Yes, they are more expensive; but it is still the wise thing to do...

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

How to Naturally Feel Better and Feel Good


 The human body naturally produces a chemical known as serotonin. Medical science has generally agreed that one's level of brain serotonin affects mood. The higher one's natural level of serotonin, the better one normally feels.

How to Naturally Increase One's Serotonin Levels

  • The primary environmental factor that affects serotonin levels is light; the more light the better.So do open those drapes first thing every morning. If you do not already go out into the world everyday, then make it a point to go outside in the sunlight for awhile; even just 15 minutes can make a difference. Not much sunlight where you live? The NIH link further down the page has some comments and an indoor answer for that.
  •  Exercise radically affects serotonin levels. Even just a little exercise can do wonders. But generally the more of it the better. So if you generally sit all day, then get up frequently and do other things. There's the obvious solution of jogging or some other exercise regime, but why not just do something that is productive or fun instead? This List of Things to Do When Bored includes all sorts of physically active things to do.
  • Good nutrition is also of course a factor. The B-Complex vitamins are particularly important as to emotional stability. As an example, a vitamin B-1 deficiency can cause unwarranted feelings of fear; a vitamin B-12 deficiency can cause unwarranted feelings of guilt; folic acid is another B vitamin that is vital to mental well-being. Personally, I take a B-50 Complex vitamin supplement with food every other day or so. And I chew it so it doesn't just pass through the digestive tract untouched; same with the general multivitamin supplement I occasionally take. Sometimes negative emotions are caused by nothing more than low blood sugar, simply eating something can do wonders in such cases.
  • Tryptophan is an amino acid in protein  that raises serotonin levels. There is a lot of false nutritional information out there as to which foods will increase your brain's tryptophan levels. The NIH link below covers this in detail. Some of the information is quite surprising as a matter of fact. Chickpeas (aka garbanzo beans) and dairy products appear to be the only foods that have a chance of increasing the brain's serotonin levels.


 The US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health has an article on how to increase serotonin in the human brain without drugs. It pretty much tells you everything you would ever want to know as to increasing serotonin levels and feeling good.

If interested, there is also the philosophical side of things...

May we all have increased happiness in life.

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Top 10 Tips to Save Money on Food

 
Top 10 Tips to Save Grocery Money

1. Yes, do use coupons. The Sunday paper and your junk mail will give you all you need. Also drop by your main grocery store’s website and see what they have to say for themselves.

2. Yes, do buy the generic store brands. It is common knowledge they cost less. What isn’t so well known is that more often than not they are made by the same manufacturer as the nationally labeled brands that cost up to twice as much.

3. Make it a point to look at the top and bottom shelves. The middle shelves are where the high markup items are.

4. Do make it a habit to routinely check the unit pricing. No rocket surgeon degree required; the unit price is right below the sale price. There will be at least one occasion every trip where it will affect your decision as to what to buy. Does your store not conveniently display the unit pricing? Find another store.

5. Never buy anything displayed in the checkout line.

6. Always bring a shopping list. It will cut down on your spontaneous impulse buying immensely.

7. Never shop hungry.

8. Never buy pre-made sandwiches in the deli section. The prices are highway robbery. If the sandwich looks delicious, just buy the same filling from that same deli instead. This assumes you are willing enough to take the contents from the container and put between two slices of bread yourself. Chicken salad and egg salad are good examples. Doing this will usually save you between $2 to $3 per sandwich.

9. Stock up on the sale items. Prices can vary by as much as 80% from week to week. Kleenex is an excellent example of this.

10. Check your receipt for double billing. It happens a lot more often than you think. It usually happens because either the cashier doesn’t like you or the scanner sensor is dirty. And checking the receipt really is easier than you think; even a long receipt takes less than a minute to quickly glance through.

11. Every trip you make to the store probably costs you between $3 to $5 in gas. Try to organize to make fewer trips.

Top 11 Tips to Save Food Money

The title of this page inaccurately stated there would be 10 tips, when in fact there were 11. Sorry about that. Come to think of it, I'll add more as remembered and discovered.

Stay tuned...

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

What is / are and all about RFID's. Welcome to your future, a RFID scanner is coming near you... ID theft alert.

RFID Technology

RFID is the acronym for Radio Frequency Identification Device. In other words, it is a small microchip that broadcasts whatever information is put in it. These devices have been around for years.

Las Vegas casinos put them in their higher denomination chips. So when you walk around the casino, show up at a blackjack table etc.; casino personnel know about those chips in your pocket.

Retail stores randomly hide RFID’s in their merchandise throughout the store. So if you pick up an item and “forget” to pay for it, when you try walking through the scanners at the front door; you are dead. A word to the wise.

As far as I’m concerned, so far so good as to the above uses for RFID’s. Nailing shoplifters is always a good thing. And as for Las Vegas, I haven't been there in decades.

Unfortunately, it’s not going to end there.Welcome to your future…

RFID microchips are coming to a credit card, debit card, and drivers license near you. Pretty soon all one will have to do is just wave your card at the machine to complete a transaction, or maybe even just stand in front of the thing.

Unfortunately, there is also a very deleterious offshoot to this technology. Namely, anyone with a scanner can just stand close to you and instantly acquire all your personal information. ID theft is about to enter a whole, new realm.

And if you happen to have a specific store credit card when you visit that store, the employees will instantly know everything you ever bought there, the last time you visited, your home address and telephone number, etc.

All of this is not a good thing…

However, there are ways to combat this vulnerability. There are already metal cases and such that you can buy online to prevent this kind of ID theft, simply place the cards in the metal envelope to prevent information access. The store thing doesn’t bother me that much, but a person standing close to me in the checkout line is an entirely different matter, or someone "accidentally” bumping into you on the street, etc.

Personally, the first one of these cards I'm forced to use, I’ll try wrapping it in aluminum foil and see if that works.

Hopefully this post will prevent an ID theft or two.

Monday, March 2, 2015

How to Microwave Bacon Recipe - Zero Mess

For regular-sliced bacon...


Took the package out of the refrigerator, as opposed to the freezer.

Placed a double-layered paper towel on a paper plate.

Placed 3 bacon strips on the paper towel.

Placed a second double-layered paper towel over the bacon so as to reduce the amount of grease coating the inside of the microwave oven.

Microwaved it for two minutes.

Rotated it 90 degrees and microwaved for another two minutes.

Flattened one of the grocery story plastic bags on counter so the counter wouldn't be covered in grease.

Removed the bacon paper plate from the microwave onto the flattened plastic bag.

Wiped up bottom of microwave using kleenex.

Ate the bacon. It was perfect and delicious.

Threw out the paper plate, paper towels, and the plastic bag.

For thick-sliced bacon


 A third rotate-an-eighth-of-a-turn this time and do an additional 1 to 3 minute microwave session may be required; it all depends on the thickness of the bacon.

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Another zero-mess recipe I've written from years of experience has to do with microwaving scrambled eggs.


Sunday, March 1, 2015

A Review of indulgy.com - A Pinterest Clone

Indulgy

A "new" Pinterest clone is in town.

According to Alexa, indulgy.com traffic has been all over the map during the last 12 months.  Lately it has gone up, leveled off, and then gone up some more. It is currently ranking as one of the top 10,000 websites globally. That isn't too bad really, considering there are over 180,000,000 websites out there.

Using indulgy.com for backlinks

Indulgy is a nice, simple, uncomplicated version of Pinterest. If you like Pinterest, Indulgy can be fun as well.

As with Pinterest, you can include backlinks to the images you post on Indulgy

Visitor traffic is still relatively low at this point, but Indulgy could have some future value as to and for backlinking purposes.

As a low priority project, I've opened an account (the link above) and started posting some images there.  We'll see how that goes; I'll report on any results in a month or two.

Quick User Review

For some strange reason, I am intuitively fond of this site. Probably because of the nice, clean interface and ease of use. I'll continue to add images from time to time. I hope the site does well.

Update(s)

(03/30/2015) Unfortunately, Indulgy does not enable enough text space when displaying the photo to include the title of the article where the image came from. This pretty much shuts down the prospect of generating a click-thru to your article from Indulgy. Hopefully, Indulgy will change this and emulate Pinterest.

 (04/14/2015) I'm beginning to think Indulgy has become a mess. When right-clicking to post pictures, the box doesn't auto-fill and after filling out the box the picture doesn't show up in my collection. Also, earlier this week, the site locked up my computer.

 

Alternatives to and more info about indulgy.com

If interested, here is an article about Pinterest and Pinterest clones, includes more information about Indulgy and others.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Corporate Employers Not Hiring the Unemployed

Many national companies refuse to hire the unemployed. Their company hiring process is to only hire people who are already working at another company. A corporate greed fact and the way it is. What can an unemployed person do about it? Try applying at the smaller and/or local companies.

Companies are excluding the jobless from hiring. Corporate greed in America.

Companies are excluding the jobless from hiring.
Companies are excluding the jobless from hiring.
Source: .gov

[Side Note. If you happen to be looking for a job, here are a boatload of job links. And btw; never, ever pay for a job lead or job interview. The industry standard is the potential employer pays the recruiter; the applicant is not required to pay anything. Ever. And if you happen to come across any work-at-home offers and up-front money is requested; depart the website immediately.]

You Are (Not) Hired.

You Are (Not) Hired.

Source: .gov

 

Corporate greed in America, jobs, job ads, hiring practices.

Corporate America continues its refusal to hire the unemployed. Their job ads now contain phrases such as “no unemployed candidates will be considered” or “must be currently employed”. This is truly corporate greed at its worst.

This problem has become increasingly severe as evidenced by EEOC Testimony (new window).

This page is an ongoing compilation of companies that are engaging in this particular corporate-greed practice. If the reader is aware of such a company, please post their name and/or ad excerp in the Comments Section below; any additional information would also be appreciated..

 

EEOC testimony excerpts:

Eliminating arbitrary employment barriers that operate to weed out qualified and interested job applicants…

It is profoundly disturbing that the trend of deliberately excluding the jobless from work opportunities is on the rise…

"Unemployed Need Not Apply", stories suggesting systematic exclusion, often blatant, of unemployed workers from consideration for jobs began to emerge early last summer

Sony Ericsson,…had posted a job announcement…that explicitly said, “No Unemployed Candidates Will Be Considered At All". Ad posted on The People Place specified the company would “not consider/review anyone NOT currently employed regardless of the reason".

A Craigslist posting for assistant restaurant managers … flatly requiring that applicants, “Must be currently employed"…

Unemployed workers, mostly older workers, told they will not be referred or considered for employment, once recruiters or potential employers learn they are not currently working.

Most executive recruiters won’t look at a candidate unless they have a job, even if they don’t like to admit it. …

The tendency to exclude the unemployed is growing. …

Other staffing firm industry specialists similarly confirm that the unemployed need not apply…. “there is a disturbing and growing trend among employers—honored by staffing firms—to refuse to consider the unemployed for available job openings, regardless of their qualifications. This refusal is often explicitly manifested in job ads that include restrictive language specifying that only currently employed candidates will be considered; or that no unemployed candidates will be considered, regardless of the reason for unemployment.”

 

List of Corporations and Other Companies Who Decline to Hire the Unemployed.

This is an ongoing list. Company names will continue to be added as discovered.

List:

Robert Half Legal is the premier provider of legal professionals... Job is located in Southwest portion of LA County. Must be currently employed...

Employee Paralegal Jobs & Careers at Beacon Hill Staffing Group ...To be considered, candidates must be currently employed and have at least three years of experience as a residential real estate paralegal and have ...

“NATIONAL ACCOUNT MANAGER - HOME DEPOT Job in Atlanta, Georgia US. Candidates must be currently employed ***. Good fits: Power Tools and Accessories, Pneumatics, Lawn and Garden, Plumbing, Paint, Building products, ...”

Benchmark Electronics, "It's our preference that they currently be employed…”

Caregivers Currently Working in Assisted Living Co..., Right at Home, Inc. - Sacramento, CA Are You Currently Working At An Assisted Living... are seeking qualified caregivers who are currently employed at assisted living facilities who may be...

Sony Ericsson, as reported in EEOC testimony.

Response Companies - New York, NY 75 PLUS BONUS... THIS A CHANCE TO GET IN THE GROUND FLOOR, BUT PLEASE ONLY CANDIDATES CURRENTLY EMPLOYED AND THAT HAVE GRADUATED IN THE 2-4 YEAR TIME FRAME $65 - $75 an hour

Mortgage Loan Underwriter, Sente Mortgage - Houston, TX - +2 locations Lender system Encompass knowledge preferred Interested applicants must be currently employed in the mortgage industry. Please send cover letter and resume.

Pharmaceutical Sales Representative, Sales Force - Madison, WI - +11 locations Must have had no more that 2 jobs in 5 years. Must be in current job at least 1.5 years. Must have no... Must be currently employed. No exceptions! Must have...

The People Place, as reported in EEOC testimony.

Senior Tax Associate or Partner, Bradsby Group - Columbus, OH benefits package. To be considered, you must be currently employed possessing the above qualifications. Please forward resume in Word. Viable candidates will be...

News Snapshot During Week of EEOC Testimony

* Unemployed are being refused the chance to apply for work at some companies, By Ann Belser, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. The stories have been horrible.... So the want ads that included a line that unemployed applicants would not be considered have hit a nerve.... Wednesday the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission convened...

* Inquiry considers whether employers discriminate against jobless Boston Globe. Are some companies weeding out job applicants just because they are unemployed? After news accounts about the practice and requests from concerned lawmakers, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has jumped in, trying to figure out whether it's a widespread tactic that could violate federal job discrimination laws...

* Bias Against the Unemployed Is Subject of Probe. WSJ, By MELANIE TROTTMAN,
EEOC Chairman Jacqueline Berrien said at a hearing Wednesday that the agency began hearing anecdotal reports of the practice last summer, including from news reports and from worker-advocacy groups gathering examples of help-wanted advertisements that said only individuals who currently had jobs should apply...

* EEOC Explores Bias Against The Unemployed, Braintrack, Compiled by Yaffa Klugerman. According to The Examiner, the perverse practice of excluding the unemployed as job candidates--and particularly the long-term unemployed--has been growing in many fields. Helen Norton, associate professor at the University of Colorado's School of Law, noted that advertised job listings for electronic engineers, restaurant managers and mortgage underwriters have explicitly stated that only currently employed candidates will be considered...

* Are companies excluding jobless from applying? KING5 Seattle. Commissioners at an EEOC hearing Wednesday said they are investigating whether excluding the unemployed may have a greater effect on blacks, Latinos and other ethnic minorities that tend to have higher jobless rates...

* Are companies excluding jobless from applying? KING5 Seattle. TACOMA, Wash. - Are some companies weeding out job applicants just because they are unemployed? After news accounts about the practice and requests from concerned lawmakers, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has jumped in, trying to figure out whether it's a widespread tactic that could violate federal job discrimination laws. At a job fair in Tacoma Thursday, desperate job hunters ...

* Are companies excluding jobless from applying? San Francisco Chronicle WASHINGTON, (AP) -- Are some companies weeding out job applicants just because they are unemployed? After news accounts about the practice and requests from concerned lawmakers, the Equal Employment...

* EEOC to examine treatment of unemployed job seekers, MLive.com - Jackie Headapohl‎. Currently, unemployed people are not protected by anti-discrimination law. However, if the practice disproportionately affects minorities, who are protected against discrimination, it could be deemed illegal. The Commission will hear from invited ...

* Are Unemployed Applicants Facing Discrimination? The Epoch Times - Antonio Perez‎. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images) NEW YORK—Federal regulators are examining allegations that employers are biased against candidates that are currently unemployed, potentially a violation of federal anti-discrimination laws. A typical scenario might ...

* Are companies excluding unemployed from applying for open jobs? The Post-Standard. Because unemployment is hiring among blacks and Hispanics, the chances of an employer considering a minority are decreased by one-third if jobless applicants are excluded...

* EEOC investigates whether companies may be discriminating against jobless Contra Costa Times. WASHINGTON -- Are some companies weeding out job applicants just because they are unemployed? After news accounts about the practice and requests from concerned lawmakers, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has jumped in, trying to figure out whether it's a widespread tactic that could...

 

Here are some search queries this article has received (capitalization and punctuation added).

Why don't law firms hire older educated unemployed workers?
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Corporate greed companies names.
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Final thoughts...

Please share this information so as to help others. The more people who are knowledgeable, the better off we all are; especially as to applying at smaller and local companies. And if you are being subjected to age discrimination, this page has some employment resources for us 50 and older folks .

Monday, February 16, 2015

When Is the Next Full Moon? Year 2015 Calendar Dates. And Some Best Moon Pictures / Images / Photos.

Here are the full moon calendar dates for Year 2015:
  • January 4, Sunday
  • February 3, Tuesday
  • March 5, Thursday
  • March 20, Friday - Total Solar Eclipse - Depending on your location, your results may vary.
  • April 4, Saturday
  • May 3, Sunday
  • June 2, Tuesday
  • July 1, Wednesday
  • July 31, Friday
  • August 29, Saturday
  • September 27, Sunday
  • September 27, Sunday -  Total Lunar Eclipse - Depending on your location, your results may vary.
  • October 27, Tuesday
  • November 25, Wednesday
  • December 25, Friday
Partial Sky Events Calendar by Fred Espenak and Sumit Dutta (NASA's GSFC)

Best Moon Pictures / Images / Photos


Full moon calendar
Full moon calendar
Super Moon
Moon Creation Theory
The Moon. Spectrum scanned and color coded to display composition differences.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Your Friday the 13th Guide - And How Entropy Messes with Us

Black Hole

We have three months this year ( 2015 ) that have a Friday the 13th...
  • February
  • March
  • November

A Short Friday the 13th Guide...


Beware the power of suggestion; if not yours, then others.

Beware the powers of coincidence.

Inspect those car tires before driving to work today.

Ambiguously timed yellow light? Today you choose to stop.

An out-of-sorts coworker or boss? Unobtrusive avoidance is the key.

Someone wants to talk politics or religion with you today? Best to avoid that.

An email attachment from a stranger? Best not to click that.

Computer doing anything weird? Virus/malware scanning time.

Feeling overly optimistic? Feeling overly pessimistic? Either way, extra thought prior to action is not a bad idea.

A strange telephone solicitor has called you? Hang up. Well, actually you should always do that anyway. Come to think of it, that pretty much applies to everything on this list.

Have a safe, happy, and prosperous Friday the 13th.

As to how entropy messes with us, that truly is the bane of our existence.


Black Hole Friday - NASA

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Hannibal Lecter Meme - You got a complaint? I'm all ears.

Meme - You got a complaint? I'm all ears. - Hannibal Lecter - www.websitewithnoname.com
Perfect for posting at Store Customer Service and Company Human Resource websites.