Thursday, April 10, 2014

Top 10 Tips and Rules on How to Be a Succesful and Working Musician in a Popular Band

Being a successful musician in a working band is a dream of many would-be musicians and start-up bands. As with just about any career these days, for every person that succeeds there are a 100 that fail. It is also said that the entertainment industry is even more brutal than most.

This How to Be a Successful Musician and/or Band article is a worthy read for those who are in the business. As a side note, many of the tips contained therein are equally applicable to many other professions. May all your music ventures be prosperous ones.

Monday, April 7, 2014

What Are My / Your / Our Civil Rights - Freedoms - Legal Rights - Civil Liberties - American Societal Problems / Issues

This is a former article of mine at HubPages. I’ve also scattered it all over Bubblews. Here it is all in one place. As usual, there were some formatting problems when transferring it from HubPages to here.

American Societal Problems / Issues - What Are My / Your / Our Civil Rights - Freedoms - Legal Rights - Civil Liberties

Some of the things this page addresses include:
  • The law and ethics.
  • Civil rights with and without money.
  • Freedoms with and without money.
  • Legal rights with and without money.
  • Civil liberties with and without money.
  • And much of the previous being dependent on which particular city, county, and state you happen to live in.
  • American private-sector medical corruption.
  • Corporate America. Corporate greed. Corporate loyalty.
  • Contracts. SWAG.
                                Society and our " rights ". A hopefully thoughtful opinion piece.


               

Void Where Prohibited by Law

                                   
               

My / Your various legal and civil rights and freedoms



This page has several purposes.

First, it is a lament as to our societal inequalities. Second, it is a consumer warning for when dealing with any business entity and with corporate greed in general. Third, it may give you some ideas on how to help solve some of our specific societal problems, and maybe even enable you to make or save some money in the process. Last, it is an acknowledgement that some societal issues and losses of personal freedoms and civil liberties will never be solved. The corruption is just too ingrained.

Core reference: this page is about societal revocation of individual rights as well as those revocations resulting from corporate greed and government actions.

Another note: One's civil rights, liberties, and personal freedoms can vary greatly, depending on where one happens to be living in the US. There are significant fluctuations of civil rights and liberties completely dependent on the city, county, or state in which you happen to be.

My / Your civil liberties and rights and freedoms - Hierarchy

Most civil rights violations and citizen victimization occur at the city and county levels of government. Of course this is greatly dependent upon the city and/or county in which you happen to be.

American Corporate greed comes in as a close third.

State and Federal government actions come in as fourth and fifth, and are usually due to incompetence, not malice; though greed and moral turpitude are factors here as well.

A note. Current events can and do change the order of this hierarchy from time to time. Many believe the federal government, by far and away, should be in the number one spot.

For most of us who have limited resources, the current hierarchical configuration is correct at this time.

For those who have lots of resources, i.e., money/connections, to deal with the hierarchy one/two/three/four shenanigans, federal is indeed at the top of the list.

Personal circumstances can also catapult federal to the top of the list, e.g., the IRS or SEC decides to become your new best friend, etc. The new healthcare laws have also become a major contender.
               
                                   
               

Daily Living Societal Problems and Issues - My / Your civil liberties and rights and freedoms - Parallels and Convergence

You have no civil rights without money.
You have no legal rights as a juror.
You have no legal or civil rights as an airline passenger.
In some cities, counties, and states; you have no legal or civil rights as a car owner.
In some cities and counties, you have no legal or civil rights as a homeowner.
In some counties, you have no legal or civil rights as a parent.
In some cities and counties, you have no legal or civil rights when calling 911.
As far as society is concerned, after age 40, your freedoms and civil rights are incrementally reduced on a yearly basis. Your economic status will accelerate or inhibit this process as applicable. Interestingly, this yearly reduction in civil rights is mainly due to corporate actions, as opposed to government actions. The primary example of this, of course, is one's ability to get a job.
When it comes to government actions, one could argue that your freedoms and civil rights actually increase a little as you become older. Examples would include:
  • Traffic officers treat 60-year-olds differently than they treat 20-somethings. Age also trumps ethnicity in this regard.
  • State and federal tax exemptions and benefits.
  • State and federal programs specifically designed for the elderly.
Whether it be societal or governmental; if you have had your legal civil rights and/or civil liberties trampled on, it may or may not be actionable. You will have to research it. Not only might you be compensated, you would be helping society. Probably won't be much fun, but it could be profitable.
               
                                               

Corporate Greed - My / Your civil and legal rights and freedoms - Our Beloved Corporate America --- Attorneys / Lawyers Are Not Entirely Useless

Most (not all) of American Corporate Management has absolutely no loyalty towards their country, their stockholders, their employees, or their customers. This is particularly applicable as to many of our financial institutions. Corporate greed appears to be the rule, not the exception.
Believe it or not, class action lawsuit attorneys are a good thing. They do the job our government does not have the manpower and other resources to do. There is so much corporate greed and corruption our government has no chance of combating it all.
Maybe there is your own class action lawsuit you can start. All you have to do is come up with a good idea or lead; one that is good enough so the legal firm will take the case on a contingency aka percentage-of-settlement basis. The attorneys will do all the work.
You can also become a member in all current class action lawsuits you are qualified to join.
               
                                                                

Medical Greed - Our Societal Nightmare - Private Sector Medical Entities - The Way It Is

The American medical establishment is corrupt. The American medical industry is corrupt. The American medical system is corrupt. Most (not all) of the American medical profession is corrupt. There are no longer any ethics in the American medical community.
Medical capitalism without ethics is a truly vicious, malignant cancer upon our society. If our government could somehow cleanup the corruption, the National Health Care Plan would cost less than half the current estimates.
Our government and our citizens are even more overwhelmed by medical corruption than by corporate greed and corruption (many times they are one and the same). So much so, our government will give rewards to anyone who provides information leading to the arrest and conviction of these criminals. So if you think you know about or suspect something, go to your search engine and enter: “medical fraud reward site:.gov” (omit quotes). Update, here is a direct federal government link: www.stopmedicarefraud.gov/reportfraud.html. Applies to Medicaid as well.
Also, if you have been individually victimized by medical malpractice or other unethical medical conduct, you need to look into it; this includes criminal as well as civil.
There are counties that accept an annual six-figure “fee” from the ambulance companies. The county then looks the other way while the ambulance company runs around financially raping the local citizenry. Apparently this is all perfectly legal under existing law. An example of political greed and medical greed at its worst. Is your county one of these counties?
As to the medical greed of our corrupt hospitals, there are just too many to be individually listed.
               
                                                        
               
 Corporate Greed - My / Your Legal and Civil Rights - About Contracts
You also 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).
               
                               

The Way It Was - The Way It Is - The Way It Will Always Be - Disclaimer and Lament

Everything in this article is just the author’s own personal and humble opinion. Furthermore, please be advised the author has absolutely no legal training whatsoever. The opinions in this article are based upon the author’s own experiences, the experiences of others, and upon our 100+ daily news sources. The author doesn't have any bright-eyed macro-solutions to any of these problems either.
The way things ought to be versus the way things are; never the twain shall meet.

The Way It Is - The Way It Will Always Be

Unethical societies invariably collapse. This is especially true when many of the political leaders care only about themselves. Even more so when enemies would like nothing better than to see it happen.
Ethical capitalism is one of the greatest inventions of humankind, perhaps only exceeded by that of representative democracy. We seem to have lost both. We need them back.
               
                           
               
You are not alone. Please share the above information so as to help others. The more people who are knowledgeable, the better off we all are.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

How to Dial a Rotary Phone

This is a rotary phone.
Rotary Telephone
The rotary part of the telephone is the translucent, plastic circle part with the 10 holes in it. Next to each hole is the corresponding letters and numbers assigned to it.

As with push button telephones, each digit is dialed in sequence.

To dial each digit of the phone number:
  1. Pick up the horizontal, top part of the telephone. This part of the telephone is called the handset or receiver (though it is actually the sender as well).
  2. Place the flat part of the round part of the handset farthest from the cord next to your ear.
  3. Wait for dial tone.
  4. Starting with the phone number's first digit, place finger in appropriate hole.
  5. Rotate hole clockwise until finger is touching the metal hook you see to the slightly lower right in the picture above.
  6. Release hole. The hole will automatically relocate back to its former position. Do not attempt to manually force hole back to its original position. Let it happen naturally.
  7. Repeat steps 4 through 6 for each succeeding digit.
  8. After the last digit, listen for the usual ringing sound.
  9. If someone answers, speak into the flat part of the round part of the handset closest to the cord.
There are no mute buttons.

There are no ringer on/off switches.

In fact, excepting for the two, little plastic buttons in the handset cradle that are the connect/disconnect buttons, there are no other buttons or switches whatsoever.

And that is how one dials a rotary phone.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Do Not Do Business with Bank of America...

...or any other national bank. Likewise avoid all national credit card companies like the plague.

I mean seriously, these institutions bury their customers in fees. And that's not the worst of it. They charge higher interest on loans. They pay lower interest on savings.

There is no reason to put up with any of this when other options are available.

Sure. It's a pain in the neck to change accounts. But once it's done, the savings and earnings will add up month over month and year over year.

Here is how to find an ethical financial institution. So stop letting yourself be robbed blind.


Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Beavers Galore! Pictures of Beavers - Pics / Photos / Images - Welcome to the Land of Castor Canadensis.

This masterpiece is a former Hub of mine on HubPages. As usual, Blogger was somewhat obstructive on the reformatting, but try to have fun with it anyway. :D

There are so many beaver pictures and captions here, you may have to do a refresh or two to see them all, i.e. if you see a suspicious blank spot, try "Refresh". We've got beavers on land. We've got beavers in water. We've got beavers eating. We've got beavers being eaten. A true beaver paradise.

And for the true beaver aficionado, here are a couple government links that normally don't show up in your average search:
  • Have you hugged your beaver today...? "The purpose of this manual is to provide information on techniques available for resolving beaver/human conflicts."
  • It's a tough life being a rodent... "The beaver (Castor canadensis) is the largest rodent found in North America."

Some beavers are cute and fuzzy…

               
                    Some beavers are cute and fuzzy.                                     
               
Other beavers are not to be trifled with.
               
                    Other beavers are not to be trifled with.                                     
               
Sleek, slick, wet beaver.
               
                    Sleek, slick, wet beaver.                                     
               
 Crusty, dusty, dry beaver.
               
                    Crusty, dusty, dry beaver.                                     
               
Beavers are discrete...
               
                    Beavers are discrete...                                     
               
That's why they build lodges.
               
                    That's why they build lodges.                                     
               
           
Warning!
Transporting beaver across state lines for illicit purposes is a felony.
    
               
                                                        
               
                                    
               
                    Transporting beaver across state lines for illicit purposes is a felony.                                     
               

Munching beavers. Beavers will munch on practically anything.

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Sometimes for food.

               
                    Munching beavers. Beavers will munch on practically anything.    Sometimes for food.                                     
               
              

Sometimes for fun and profit.

               
                    Sometimes for fun and profit.                                     
               
           

Dam Beavers

               
                    Dam beavers...                                     
               
   

Eating Beaver.

Eating beaver is considered a delicacy in many parts of the world. However, it is imperative that the beaver be properly prepared; otherwise: sickness, disability, and even death can result.

Domesticated beavers are generally safer than beavers in the wild.

Beaver can be prepared in many ways.
                   
               
                    Eating Beaver.                                     
               
                    Eating Beaver.                
               
                    Eating Beaver.                                     
               
                    Eating Beaver.                
               
                    Eating Beaver.                                     
               
                    Eating Beaver.                


With Apologies to PETA…

PETA will not be happy about this, but...

Here is the list of states that are firm believers in the practice of eating beaver:

Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming.
And, yes. There is one particular state missing.

And here is the list of countries that are firm believers in the practice of eating beaver:

Akrotiri, American Samoa, Andorra, Angola, Anguilla, Antarctica, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Armenia, Aruba, Ashmore and Cartier Islands, Australia, Austria, Bahamas The, Barbados, Bassas da India, Belarus, Belgium, Belize, Benin, Bermuda, Bhutan, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Bouvet Island, Brazil, British Indian Ocean Territory, British Virgin Islands, Bulgaria, Burma, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Canada, Cape Verde, Cayman Islands, Central African Republic, Chile, China, Christmas Island, Clipperton Island, Cocos (Keeling) Islands, Colombia, Congo, Democratic Republic of the, Congo, Republic of the, Cook Islands, Coral Sea Islands, Costa Rica, Cote d'Ivoire, Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dhekelia, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Estonia, Ethiopia, Europa Island, Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas), Faroe Islands, Fiji, Finland, France, French Guiana, French Polynesia, French Southern and Antarctic Lands,
Gabon, Gaza Strip, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Gibraltar, Glorioso Islands, Greece, Greenland, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guam, Guatemala, Guernsey, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Heard Island and McDonald Islands, Honduras, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, India, Ireland, Isle of Man, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Jan Mayen, Japan, Jersey, Juan de Nova Island, Kenya, Kiribati, Korea North, Korea South, Laos, Latvia, Lesotho, Liberia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macau, Macedonia, Madagascar, Malawi, Malta, Marshall Islands, Martinique, Mauritius, Mayotte, Mexico, Micronesia Federated States of, Moldova, Monaco, Mongolia, Montserrat, Mozambique, Namibia, Nauru, Navassa Island, Nepal, Netherlands, Netherlands Antilles, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Niue, Norfolk Island, Northern Mariana Islands, Norway, Palau, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paracel Islands, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Pitcairn Islands, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Reunion, Romania, Russia, Rwanda,
Saint Helena, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Pierre and Miquelon, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, San Marino, Sao Tome and Principe, Seychelles, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Solomon Islands, South Africa, South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands, Spain, Spratly Islands, Sri Lanka, Suriname, Svalbard, Swaziland, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Tanzania, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Togo, Tokelau, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Tromelin Island, Turks and Caicos Islands, Tuvalu, Uganda, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay, Vanuatu, Venezuela, Vietnam, Virgin Islands, Wake Island, Wallis and Futuna, West Bank, Western Sahara, Zambia, Zimbabwe.
And, yes. There are several countries missing.

Beavers Galore!!! More Beaver Pictures.

               
                    Beavers Galore!!! More Beaver Shots.                                     
               
                          
               
                    Beavers Galore!!! More Beaver Shots.                                     
               
                          
               
                    Beavers Galore!!! More Beaver Shots.                                     
               
                              
               
                    Beavers Galore!!! More Beaver Shots.                                     
               
                             

Beavers Galore!!! Yet More Beaver Pictures.

               
                    Beavers Galore!!! Yet More Beaver Shots.                                     
               
                              
               
                    Beavers Galore!!! Yet More Beaver Shots.                                     
                              
               
                    Beavers Galore!!! Yet More Beaver Shots.                                     
               
                                    
               
                    Beavers Galore!!! Yet More Beaver Shots.                                     
               
                                 
               
                    Beavers Galore!!! Yet More Beaver Shots.                                     
               
                                  
               
                    Beavers Galore!!! Yet More Beaver Shots.                                     
               
                                 
               
                    Beavers Galore!!! More Beaver Shots.                                     
               
                            
               
                    Beavers Galore!!! More Beaver Shots.                                     
               
                           

Beavers Galore!!! The Ultimate Beaver Shot.

               
                    Beavers Galore!!! The Ultimate Beaver Shot.                                     
               
                                 

May all your beaver experiences be glorious ones.