Advantages and Disadvantages of Web-Based Time Clocks

Web-based time clock systems are among the newest time management systems available, and they have numerous advantages over older applications and methods. An old-fashioned time clock was really a labor-intensive device with all the hard data collection, monitoring, and frequent repairs it required. Online systems are fast and efficient, require no paper, and can be remotely accessed and upgraded. Some workers and companies might not be suited for this type of system, especially in cases of micro-businesses with very few employees, or one-office firms that have little need for remote time clock management.

In most other cases, however, an online time clock is the way to go, especially because such systems allow for collection of time data anytime, anywhere. As long as the worker has access to a computer terminal, clocking in is simple. In addition, because web-based applications allow for numerous standard reports, there is very little data collation for management. Under paper-based systems, and even in-house computerized time and attendance systems, a company needed all sorts of complicated software to manage payroll.

Web oriented time clock applications are easy to set up and install. Online time sheets do not require any software installation on the part of the company using the system. Workers merely log on to their computer to clock in or out. Firms that use web-based systems need not take valuable IT resources for managing the payroll and time sheet systems.

Managers who opt for web-based time clock applications are able to eliminate time-consuming tasks such as time sheet review and approval. A web-based program will rapidly identify exceptions, errors, and missed punches in a fraction of the time it would take a human to perform the same task. Editing, reviewing, and approving worker time online takes just a few minutes rather than a few hours.

With the modern day threat of security breaches, it is comforting to know that web-based time and attendance applications are among the most secure systems in existence. Most web time systems use highly secure physical storage areas so that clients have access to their time data around the clock via a computer network.

For smaller business that are on the verge of growth, web-based systems are ideal, since they allow for growth as it happens. It is easy to add in new employees without having to reconfigure the entire time clock setup. Simply add new employees as they are hired and as they come into the company’s work force. Web-based time clock systems have many advantages.

Family, Incest, and Law

Family Values ​​in Ancient Times:

Many people of the present make some very grave and disturbing assumptions about prior unethical behavior by humans. My theories may be biased and overly appreciative of a time before Empire and there is less data due to the destructive power of Empire and the hegemony to go on. However, that data is more pure and less likely to have been promoted or propagandized for the interests of power-mongers. Top scholars and those who are regarded as great academies still debate whenever women ever had equal rights and some state there were never matriarchal societies of great note. It would be a surprise for me if there were not many different approaches used in various cultures and millennia before the Ice Age we just experienced and thereafter, leading up to what we call history. Much of history today has all the marks of hegemony akin to the Middle Ages according to John Ralston Saul who says it "has come to resemble the obscure and controlling scholasticism of the Middle Ages." (1)

Could it be that ethics and moral behavior had higher importance in the communal homes of the Kelts and North American Indians, as well as other societies through this awesome world? We now know it has been traversed by ancient humans who loved and played all over the place for a far longer period than we have been lead to believe even though many may not be aware of these facts. Is it possible that basic principles were easily communicated and respect was the goal of people long ago? Why even debate the point about power and money – they had little need of it. Western society still has much of the ingrained misogyny of millennia of macho Mediterranean mores and the rest of the world is far worse. What greater issue is there than incest and family violence? It rots the fabric of families and society as a whole. This quote from respected anthropologist Carlton Coon about the 'hunting societies' of prehistory sets a stage we need to appreciate and evaluate.

"While under certain circumstances, in some societies, a young man may marry a woman past menopause, he may manage to have sexual relations with other women, and may possibly get a nubile second wife." (2)

This seems a workable arrangement that includes education and the planning of families to avoid unnecessary abortion or mouths who are not really cared for, does not it? The older woman would probably be able to satisfy the early sexual energy of the young man, without leading their social or tribal culture into all the problems associated with children having children such as often happen today. The young man might even develop some sexual techniques and understand his urges better than pure lustful infatuation or the need to run off to fight in order to get rape and pillage payment for some Lord or Caesar. Then when financially and emotionally prepared for parenting he might actually do a decent job. Coon was able to observe this still exists in some Neolithic societies of the present day. When the second wife arrived it might present some problems but in most cases the first wife would probably enjoy helping the new wife to understand her opportunities better. Yes, I do overstate the case, I suppose, but in the Keltic clandoms it was even better than I am suggesting.

Kids were a source and source of pride for the whole clan. In the dynamic of raising a child this allowed for many things to occur in a more mature environment with less emotional blackmail. That does not lessen the aspirations parents have for their children but it makes for a lot less vicarious pressure, as parents have to spend all their waking hours attending to the needs of kids; Who see a way to get what they want by playing to the unrealistic parents who have yet to learn what they need to know. There are aspects of North American Indians tribes that show a similar approach to child-raising. The Stadacona Indians sent some of their children with Cartier, much as the Kelts shared educational opportunities with trading partners. Aunts and uncles do the disciplining of children among the Cree. The extended family and communal living is very clannish and even Gibbon noted there were heraladic Indian regalia that mirrored those of British heraldry.

The Hurons and Iroquois are most like the Irish or Norse Kelts in their social structure. Crimes committed by a member of a family or clan (tribe) are paid for by the whole family. With this kind of policing or morals bureaucracy would starve for want of something to do. The compassion and behavior modification of a family is better than that of the police or prisons, I think. The women of the Iroquois were the decision makers in most cases except the daily running of a war once it was approved. These women owned the assets or leaseholds. No one owned land just as was true in the land use laws of the Kelts which the English had to expunge along with all other just and fair culture when they finally forced Ireland under their rule. The Indians still practice Potlatch or the giving of respect and assets respectively the 1920s law against it in Canada. We can all imagine the Tax collectors do not like this kind of custom. It was much more than mere taxes the government bought and the Supreme Court had ruled the government and Catholic Church were intent on the total destruction of Indian beliefs, in recent rulings.

"In any event, the incest tabus recognized in any given hunting society bear some relationship to his choice (or to his and / or her parents' choice) of a marital partner." Of these prohibitions there are three basic and quite different incest tabus, Prohibiting intercourse between father and daughter, mother and son, and brother and sister. These prohibitions are not based on instinct or the inductive experience of the genetic consequences that sometimes result {Like the idiots and haemophiliacs or sexual deviates who lead us as a result of 'Noble' heritage – to war and other great heroic endeavors.} Some individuals violate them, but if so the violations do not result in marriage.

To a considerable extent these primary incest tabus are based on two kinds of antisocial results. Parent-child intervention would disrupt the lines of authority between generations, lines that hold the family together. Brother-sister intercourse during adolescence would inhibit intermarriage between families, reducing their interdependence. There was a married woman to have an intercourse with her brother, it would create a state of serious conflict between her husband and his brother-in-law, two kinsmen by marriage who, in certain cultures, might need each other's confidence and help. " 3)

The 'controlling scholasticism of the Middle Ages' referred to by Ralston Saul was part of the continuing effort to destroy these real family values. The marriage laws of the Kelts had to be eliminated because these laws were equitable and fair to women and children. Bastards were not ever possible in Keltic society and the idea of ​​a single mother was totally different than it is today. Of course, the payment of mercenaries including the rape and pill which enabled men to gradually lose all decent tabus or constructs based on the ancient means of care for each other that were part of all the systems Brotherhood developed, through common sense. The elevation of Gods from the state of hero (mere human) to Divine Rights and separate from Nature, is at the root of a lot of it. Heyerdahl thinks Odin was a Keltic king in southern Russia around the time of Christ and I find that quite possibly. When man began to say other men were unable to comprehend nature and needed an interpreter for the collective soul of humanity and all life, things began the downward drift to the hegemony that often even sins man has a soul.

The extent of character assassination by academies that do not delve into the reasons for Caesar's publication or quote others who did not employ due diligence is as evident today as it ever was. The people who focus on Kelistic sacrifices and trophy head customs are telling a fact but not the whole truth. What is abortion and capital punishment if not sacrificing the life of people, perhaps for a common good? Victorian prudishness developed the 'sins and demons' fear-mongering of Jehovian greed even further. In fact the Western Tradition has succeeded in the destruction of all Ancient Knowledge if you were to believe what is allowed to be distributed through 'official' or educational channels. The Temples of Saphos and Mesopotamia joined all Mediterranean cultures in some form of forced prostitution for women, while the Biblical 'Devoted Ones' were sacrificed when the priest or his cronies were through with other obvious and disgusting uses of them. Often the orphans and waifs caused by the changing laws and racial unrest and prejudice made in these times, led souls to a place worse than the Hell ruled by the Catholic created Satan. The excellent book called The Golden Bough by Sir James Frazer gives ample evidence from reliable sources about burning Red Heads and women of all classes being forced to sell their bodies and give the money to the Temple. It may have started with Abraham (and other Ur-Story proponents with their harems) and his baby-factories but it was certainly not the way of ancient Kelts even after his time. The Indians of North America and the natives of Hawaii are ample testimony of the diversity of Keltic egalitarian approaches.

VoIP Security – How Secure Is It?

With the advent of VoIP technology, the question of VoIP security comes to mind for many who are afraid that their conversations are being listened to by people they do not even know. Although this is certainly a possibility, so far there have not been any widespread reports of this occurring. It might surprise you to know that your phone conversations on your landline and your cell phone can also be tapped into, just in a different way.

Since VoIP conversations are converted to digital data and then transmitted in the form of data packets, just like traditional data packets that can be intercepted and listened to. This may be a bit disconcerting to hear, but in many cases the security breaches the user from themselves. If making calls using a computer, there could be malware present that is sending these packets to a server over the internet. Once there, the hackers then listen to the conversation.

Why would someone thousands of miles away want to you hear your conversation? Well, people that write intrusive software or malware are generally only trying to gain one thing, your private information. Although we benefit from new technologies such as VoIP, unfortunately so do would be thieves. It's not out of the reality of possibilities for malware to be written to "listen in" to your conversations and retrieve the data based on recognized key terms such as "pin number". If you called your bank and spoke with a bank employee, your private information could get into the wrong hands.

This sounds like a frightening prospect, but there are ways to combat the theft of your voice conversations. Encryption is key to prevent anyone from having unauthorized access. This way the conversation is encrypted when it's converted to digital data which renders it useless to anyone who might try to gain your information. They can still get the data, but since it's encrypted they would have no way to listen to it. For older style phone systems that use digital phones, for someone to listen to your conversation they would have physically be at the location to "tap into" the line. VoIP conversations can be intercepted from anywhere in the world which is why encryption becomes so important.

It goes without saying that the data network itself should have the protection of firewalls. Firewalls are the gatekeepers of a network and will allow or deny traffic depending on the configuration. The firewall serves to act as the main entry point for data. By relying on a firewall, the need for each individual device to have its own security is delegated and administrating security on the network becomes more simplified. Unfortunately, the firewall becomes yet another point through which data packets must pass. Since all of the packets enter and leave the network through the firewall, congestion can become heavy and a bottleneck created. Some networks are configured to have two firewalls one for standard data and one for VoIP data. This way the firewall specific to voice traffic can be configured with the appropriate security settings that would apply only to VoIP packets. It is also recommended that a firewall maintain the QoS or routing priority information on the packet header. VoIP traffic must have priority through the network to maintain higher voice quality during phone calls.

There are several places within the network where it is appropriate to implement firewall protection for added VoIP security. The first is in front of the IP phone system itself. This protects the phone system from any attacks that may originate from with the local area network and provides additional protection. VoIP traffic from remote workers should also be closely monitored to ensure that viruses, worms or other digital nuisances do not travel to the IP PBX via the VPN connection. Lastly, monitoring should occur on the carrier side to monitor for attacks from the carrier network itself. This is true even if the trunk is not connected to the internet.

There are several ways to configure multiple firewalls so that one is specific to VoIP traffic while the other handles other data. They can be set up in line with the data firewall being the first line of protection and the VoIP firewall immediately behind it or the data firewall can handle data traffic on its own while still processing VoIP traffic after it has been filtered by the VoIP firewall. The last configuration is one of both the data and VoIP firewalls sitting behind a router where the data firewall and the VoIP firewall filter data exclusive to their individual purpose. Regardless of the configuration, having a separate VoIP firewall is another layer of security protecting both your voice conversations an IP phone system.

VoIP is innovative technology which time has come. With the proper configuration and security settings, VoIP telephony can be just as secure as telephony using circuit switched routing. VoIP security is easily achieved with planning and appropriate security measures.

Color Appeal in Advertising

The colors you use for an advertisement are more important than the actual wording of the ad. The reason for this is the colors (and graphics) capture the consumers attention then causes them to read your ad. According to psychology.about.com, “Psychologists have suggested that color impression can account for 60% of the acceptance or rejection of that product or service.”

Each color has different meanings to different cultures. For advertising purposes, it is extremely important to design your ads in a way that appeals to your target market. Try to choose colors that will compliment the message you are sending to your consumers.

Red

Red is a color that symbolizes action, warmth, power, aggression, excitement, drama, fire, blood, passion, love, danger, anger, and heat. It is a highly visible color that will always attract attention. Red will also stimulate several emotions.

Stop signs have trained us to stop and look when we see red. So it is only natural to want to stop and look at a red billboard.

Studies show that people in casinos gamble more in red rooms than room with any other colors. Red is also a good color for automobiles sales, pet shops, pasta shops, pizzerias, and restaurants.

However, the color red is not recommended for medical companies because it signals bad health, blood, and emergencies. Red is also the color accountants use to show that they have a negative cash flow.

Orange

Orange is a vibrant and fun color. It improves mental clarity, promotes warmth and happiness. Orange also increases the oxygen’s flow to the brain. Contentment, fruitfulness, and wholesomeness are qualities that are also associated with orange.

The color orange can help an expensive product seem more reasonably priced. It is the perfect color for products that appeal to a wide variety of people.

Orange is an appetite stimulant. It is a good color choice for vitamin shops, Mexican restaurants, dance clubs, and products that target Latin and French people.

Yellow

Yellow is a perfect color for sunny, happy, bright, cheerful, playful, easygoing, and optimistic advertisements. Ideal for florists, candy shops, toy stores, amusement parks, and discount stores.

Yellow is the first color the eye processes. It is also the most visible color to the human eye. This is why it grabs attention faster than any other color.

Yellow is also a color of caution. Most yellow road signs are warning drivers of a problem in the road or with the on-coming traffic. This is just another reason why yellow grabs our attention quickly.

Green

Green symbolizes life, nature, environment, youth, money, renewal, hope, and power. It is a color that soothes people, reduces pain, and makes us feel safe.

Since green traffic lights have conditioned us to go forward or to enter places, it makes us feel welcomed. This is a great quality for any product or service.

Yellow-green is not a wise color for food advertisements because it is an appetite depressant.

Light green calms people. That is why most walls in jails, schools, waiting rooms, and hospitals are light green.

Green is a great color for financial advisors, banks, and accountants because it signals money. It is also good for outdoor products because it gives consumers a natural outdoor feeling. The color green can be used for green houses, vegetable stands, landscaping, and farmers because it signals life.

Blue

Blue makes people feel calm, relaxed, tranquil, peaceful, wise, loyal, and trustworthy. It helps people accept themselves and resolve their problems.

The color blue also helps increase productivity.

On the other hand, the color blue can also symbolize sadness, and depression. Since most foods are not blue, the color blue is an appetite suppressant that can help people lose weight!

Blue is definitely the most popular color of both men and women. Several well-known corporations use blue in their logos. It is a great color choice for travel agencies, pool companies, masseurs, doctors offices, pharmacies, medical suppliers, motels, psychologists, and weight loss centers.

Purple

Purple is a sophisticated, creative, luxurious, and wealthy color. It is also associated with royalty. A bluish shade of purple tends to create mystery, while a reddish shade of purple is sensual, and creative. Purple with a red tint will get more attention.

Purple is hard for some people (mainly men) to see. However, it is a great color for artists, elaborate restaurants, clothing stores, book stores, art galleries, night clubs, magicians, photographers, country clubs, golf courses, jewelry stores, beauticians, and fortune tellers.

Brown

Brown symbolizes coffee, lumber, and earth-tone products. It is a reliable, solid, strong, mature, and comfortable color. Brown is now considered a rich and robust color.

The color brown is an excellent color for hardware stores, coffee houses, craft shops, herbal shops, health food stores, male haberdasheries, cabinet shops, western stores, contractors, clock shops, and carpenters.

Black

Black symbolizes power, prestige, elegance, style, reliability, simplicity, and sophistication. The color black is more about attitude than anything else. It is a trendy color that keeps consumers up to date with technology. It is also a very informative color.

Black used to be viewed as the color of death, witches, demons, and evil. However, this perception is declining.

Black is a great color choice for music shops, accountants, lawyers, electronic stores, and tire stores.

White

White symbolizes purity, cleanliness, virtue, innocence, and freshness.

The color white is a great choice for bridal shops, weddings, religious groups, daycare centers, medical facilities, wineries, dentists, catering companies, bakeries, museums, historical sites, bed and bath shops, dry cleaners, and cleaning services.

Please be careful, because white is a color of death and mourning is China, Japan, and other Middle East countries.

Once you have selected the right color(s) for your business, be sure to find out what colors effectively compliment your color choice.

Internet Home Based Business – It's Not That Easy!

I've written before about amount of email I receive in the form of link exchange requests. There's no need to go into it all again but suffice to say, with seven websites with varying subject matter and content, I get my fair share of these requests by both email and through Linkmarket.net, the link exchange scheme in which I am a Member. I mention this not because this is about the link requests, but about the opportunity that all these requests present to view hundreds of other websites each week, mostly new ones and mostly home business or affiliate oriented.

In order to make a decision whether to link or not, I will look at each website, not only the PR and traffic ranking, but the basic appearance and layout will give me a reasonable insight into how serious they are, how much they have researched And planned their website and consequently their whole approach to their home business. I find this method is a reasonable means to predict if the website will still be around in six months and whether the owner will still be online at all.

I am sorry to say, while spending at least 4 – 5 hours a week at this activity, I'm disappointed at the amount of people who are literally 'throwing' a website together without any conspiring planning (or basic knowledge about how to actually Go about it. The number of websites I see, which have clearly no chance of serving a home business purpose at all, is staggering. What's more staggering is what some people seem to view as 'viable'.

Lack of content (and I mean none at all) and no organized effort to concentrate on any keywords or phrases at all, let alone a subject, are the most obvious and numerous. There are many sites which are simply one page, that's it. The page will contain two paragraphs on how "you've come to the right place to get …" whatever it is, then a few totally unrelated banners and 'obvious' affiliate links and sometimes a Google AdSense box. From purely the point of view of AdSense revenue, the lack of content and interest makes them useless, even for this.

Do not get me wrong, my purpose here is not to bemoan the quality of these hastily prepared and ill-equipped websites, nor is it to lament the abilities of those who have tried them. My purpose is to impress on these people and others planning the same route that home based business, in any shape or form online has to be treated like any other business endeavor. Would you put the same lack of effort and planning into the sign for your 'bricks and mortar' business? Your website IS your shopfront!

No matter how many times you read that home business is easy and there's millions to be made so quickly with so little effort or knowledge, I'm afraid it's not true! I so often see the words, "no knowledge or effort necessary" and then the figure per month or year that you can (or WILL) earn. The one I get the most entertainment from is "let me build you a website and you sit back and watch the money roll in" … Oh dear!

Ask anyone who has spent more than six months online, trying to earn a dollar (not necessarily an income) and they'll tell you that you can not expect to be the least bit successful without at least some basic knowledge and a fair bit Of effort. Of course, there are those who have been lucky enough to strike something at the right time, in the right place and manage to be hugely successful in a short period, but these are few (if indeed they exist at all in more than single digits ).

Like any business endeavor, you need to plan, you need to research and you need to go about your chosen business systematically, with the right tools and the right information. Your main asset, the one most people will see as their first and only impression of you and your product or service, is your website. How can it simply be an 'afterthought' or a hastily thrown together page with no thought as to how it appears to those who may visit.

A reasonable imaging option usually comes with most operating programs. They have their limitations, of course, but until you can invest in something more elaborate, these programs can be used to put together a reasonable header or logo. Goodness, website templates, some of which are not too bad, are free! There's no reason why anyone should not be able to come up with, at least, a presentable website (mine are certainly not works of art, but I believe they are 'presentable').

Of course, someone who has no experience online at all, will need to include a little html or php knowledge in their 'research' phase. But it really is not that hard to get a handle on the basic concepts and go from there, especially with all the free help available online at forums and related websites.

Content and concentration on specific keywords and phrases is critical if anyone desires to have a chance in the Search Engines. How to right decent copy and the simple knowledge about what methods to use to attract or to not 'put-off' your visitors is as important though, many tend to go into an online business without, it would seem, much of a grasp of Any of this.

There are numerous webmaster oriented forums that new webmasters can go to for friendly advice from those who have been at it for years and a home business with a website has to have a 'webmaster', like it or not. I've had people say to me that they want to get into an internet home business but they do not want to bother with learning about html etc. My advice to them in this case, is to forget it, unless they have hundreds or even thousands to pay for someone to build a site, let alone the ongoing maintenance it will need, often daily!

It's not as if you need to be able to write html 'freehand'. The programs, which are again, available with most operating systems or 'office extensions', make the task quite simple, with a small understanding. I started years ago with MS Frontpage® (part of the MS Office® package) and I still use it today because it's so simple to use (the same 2000 version I started on). I can write 'freehand' html code if I have to, but why when I do not need to? But like everything, you have to get off your butt and have a look, in order to discover that it's not really that difficult.

My advice to those who want to do it properly is to look at the websites that are involved in the same type of home business. Do the research, read about Internet home business and / or affiliate marketing until your eyes water. God knows there's enough material online to last anyone for a million years. Disseminating the worthwhile can be a chore, but that's where much of the learning occurs and remember, this is your business you're talking about, not a part-time dalliance, or at least it should not be.

Like any other endeavor, be it business, hobby, sport or otherwise, you will only get out of it what you put into it. You'll find that those who have been successful in an online home business, are those who have learned the value of knowledge, information, know-how, call it whatever you like. Many successful home businesspeople have had slow and inauspicious beginnings, just like most of those who are hard at it now, but they made it with this knowledge and by applying it to their home business.

Family Relationships Under Fire

Lessons from the Front Line

I sat glued to the news conference as three wounded soldiers – Marine Lance Corporal Joshua Menard, Army Staff Sergeant James Villafane, and Army Sergeant Charles Horgan – recounted their experiences of coming under fire from Iraqi troops in civilian dress at the city of Nassiriya. Villafane and Horgan told about being struck by an incoming missile.

As I watched, I, too, was struck…by the similarities between their experiences on the battlefield and those of stressed-out families, “under fire.” Listen and learn from their experiences.

Lesson 1: DON’T BE CAUGHT OFF-GUARD; PREPARE.

Menard said, “We were very surprised. We were told that when we were going through Nassiriya that we would see little to no resistance. They weren’t rolling over like we thought they would.”

Realistically anticipate and prepare for the inevitable challenges your family will face. “Prepare for the worst,” while guarding the positive attitudes that “create the best.”

Lesson 2: YOUR GOOD INTENTIONS CAN BE MISUNDERSTOOD.

Villafane commented, “The amount of resistance, some of it I don’t understand. I mean, we’re there to help them to get them out of the regime. It was a shock that they would actually do that, given the treatment we try to give them. We try to treat them fairly.”

Know this! You can be misunderstood by family members, even when you have the best of intentions and are trying your best. Parents, it takes courage to make wise, yet unpopular decisions.

On the other hand, “meaning well” can’t substitute for “doing well.” Check your actions, being willing to openly consider what it’s like to be on the other side of you.

Lesson 3: DON’T MAKE MISTAKES ABOUT WHO YOUR ENEMY IS.

A group of Iraqi soldiers dressed in the civilian robes of nomad Bedoins opened fire on Menard as he and six other Marines approached them on a bridge in Nassiriya. Military enemies, pretending to be harmless.

Even more appalling was the account of the American soldier who allegedly threw the grenade that killed and injured people in his own troop. Yet, we’ve lost our sensitivity to the shock of similar assaults in our own families…daily “grenades” of hurtful words and destructive actions.

“Out there”, there are so many enemies to the wellbeing of family members. How can we hope to combat those if we spend our time fighting within our own ranks? What can you do today to mend family rifts?

Lesson 4: DON’T PANIC WHEN TROUBLES COME.

Sergeant Horgan told about how he worked to stay calm, though he had just been wounded by the enemy missile. He said that he was grateful that “training kicks in” and that he was able not to panic. “My foot may be gone, but I gotta move.”

When you are faced with an unexpected and distressing challenge in your family, don’t panic, reacting impulsively. Seek help if necessary. Don’t say or do things that make the situation worse in the long run.

Stop…think…plan…then act.

Lesson 5: PROTECT YOUR FAMILY MEMBERS, NOT JUST YOURSELF.

The way these well-trained, courageous soldiers behaved under fire is, to me, the greatest of our lessons in family teamwork. Listen in, and examine your own habits and actions.

Horgan, whose right leg and foot were ripped open when he was blown from his gunning position, described his thoughts when he saw the incoming missile: “Oh, my God, I’m gonna die. I gotta warn my buddies.”

Villafane quipped, “It’s not being shot at that so bad. It’s being shot that really sucks!” (Can you relate to that?) Despite the horror of what they had experienced, the three wounded men all said they felt a sense of guilt about leaving friends behind in Iraq. Horgan told reporters, “I’m relieved that I’m out… Nobody can be shot and say, ‘Wow, I really want to go back out there. That was great.’ But I’m kind of sad that I’m not with the guys who protected me. My friends protected me when I needed them. I joined to serve my country. But when I was there, I was fighting to protect my friends.

Best Accessories for Drones

Aerial photography has been developing rapidly in the past 3 years. If you have followed this trend and purchased a camera drone, you are about to have a lot of fun. But after a spending a while with the drone you’ll realise they do not look like the AMAZING photos you have seen on Instagram. Don’t be surprised, because many of those photos were probably shot using some extra accessories. All photographers depend on additional accessories to make their life easier and to take their photography and video footage one step further. Rest assured, you can do it as well. Listed below are among the most useful drone accessories I’ve had the chance to use and test. These accessories can assist you with enhancing your overall drone experience, improving video quality, flight adventure and safety.

1) Additional Propellers and Propeller Guards: Propellers (also known as fans or blades) are the most fragile part of a drone. You should always have extra propellers with you when you are going out to fly your drone. If you crash your drone propellers are the first parts that will get torn apart. I’ve got enough drone experience, and I’ve had over 20 different drones. But even I crashed initially when I first received my DJI Phantom 2. Prop guards are yet another story. They are not necessary, but they come in handy if you fly indoors or hovering in limited spaces. During the past six months, I have used propeller guards only once or twice, but a majority of people use them day-to-day. If you’re crashing your drone often and breaking your propellers a lot, then you should definitely get prop guards.

2) Additional Battery: Drone technology have come a long way in the past few years. The latest DJI Phantom 4 Pro offers 30 minutes flight time according to their website. For the majority of non-commercial drone pilots, this will never be enough. Considering the time spent on flying up and landing, you will have 20 minutes for recording footage. So make sure to purchase an additional battery pack or even more to get a reliable backup anytime you need. If you own the Phantom 4 Pro, you may want to want to upgrade to the quick battery charger instead of the one that comes with the package. It’s going to charge the P4 Pro battery in 40 minutes instead of 65 minutes on the regular charger.

3) Additional Battery Charger: Additional battery power makes much more flight time possible, nonetheless they also need to be charged. Once you have 2 or even more batteries and each and every battery requires sixty minutes to charge, the waiting time period can rapidly increase to hours with extra batteries sitting down idle. So it’s best to purchase additional battery charger or better yet, you might want to get the multi-charger, that allows you to charge your batteries simultaneously.

4) Vehicle Battery Charger: When you’re away from on a road trip and also the only electrical power source you have may be the auto’s battery, That’s why it is important to get a car battery charger for your drone. So if you have 1, 2 or maybe 3 electric batteries, even then when you’re out on trips, you’re most likely to use up all your power juice at some point, so what you certainly require is the ability to charge your batteries when you’re not anywhere in close proximity to a mains power point.

5) Tablet Or iPad: Controlling a drone whilst handling it along with the online video feed from the smartphone, it gets uncomfortable, to say the least. The display is too small to get a distinct look at what is happening up there. So you better buy a trusted tablet PC which has a display large enough to provide a reliable video clip feed. Apple iPad, Samsung Galaxy Tablet or some other equivalent tablets with enough processor speed are generally great possibilities based on your financial budget.

6) ND Filter: To manage the amount of light that goes into your camera lens, and manage tiny shakes, while increasing motion blur, getting an ND Filter is a smart choice. ND filters really are a must, in my opinion, they make the video on Phantom series drones look more cinematic and are they great because they increase no considerable weight to your drone’s gimbal. The new gimbal on the P4 Pro is extremely light and fragile, I also would wait to include any weight to the front of that camera lens.

7) GPS Tracking device: When flying your drone in remote areas, like mountains, or on the sea, it’s going to be very hard to find your drone if you ever crash it. A drone GPS tracker attached to the legs of your drone might come in handy when you go on a mission to rescue your drone. Using the GPS tracking app on your smartphone, you will be able to locate your drone on your smartphone’s maps, with an accuracy of up to 2 meters.

8) Storage Space: Additional electric batteries will not be any practical when you lack sufficient space to store the footage you record. The default 16 gigabytes micro SD card that is included with DJI Phantom 4 pro could only store about 50 minutes of video footage. Consider buying 64 Gb micro SD card if you do not wish to transfer the video clips to your PC after each 2 flights.

9) Backpack or Travel Case: If you are planning on taking your drone along your journeys, camping, bicycling or road trip you will realise the default packaging that comes with drones will not last for very long and not comfortable to carry along, to say the least. To get a more comfortable and safe solution, get a specifically created drone backpack or travel case; you will find loads of available options. In my opinion, hard-shell backpacks are the most functional and steady backpacks for the value.

Photography and videography tools have always depended on accessories and so do drones. You should consider spending on accessories if you are trying to shoot amazing drone videos.

List of Mucusless (Mucus-Free) Foods

The word “mucusless,” or mucus-free, refers to foods that are not pus or mucus-forming inside the human body. Such foods digest without leaving behind a thick, viscous, slimy substance called mucus in the gastrointestinal tract. These foods include all kinds of fat-free, and starchless, fruits and vegetables. The term was coined in the early 1900s by dietitian and healer Prof. Arnold Ehret in his book the Mucusless Diet Healing System. The Mucusless Diet consists of all kinds of raw and cooked fruits, starchless vegetables, and cooked or raw, mostly green-leaf vegetables. The Mucusless Diet as a Healing System is a combination of individually advised long and short-term fasts, menus that progressively change to non-mucus-forming raw foods, and other therepies such as sun-bathing, exercise, colon irrigation, etc. Ehret observes that the accumulation of uneliminated waste materials by eating pus, mucus, and acid-forming foods, is the foundation of human illness.

The following list is certainly not exhaustive, but these are some of the most common mucusless (mucus-free) foods. Eating more of these foods in the right combinations is an important part of transitioning toward a mucus-free diet.

ACID-BINDING, NON-MUCUS-FORMING, OR MUCUSLESS

(MUCUS-FREE) FOODS

GREEN LEAF VEGETABLES (MUCUSLESS)

  • Arugula
  • Bok Choi
  • Cabbage
  • Collard
  • Dandelion Leaf
  • Kale
  • Leafy Herbs (Basil, Parsley, Cilantro, Rosemary, Thyme, etc.)
  • Lettuce (Green, Red, Romaine, Boston Bibb, Iceberg)
  • Mustard
  • Spinach
  • Swiss chard
  • Turnip
  • Watercress

RAW VEGETABLES/ROOT, STEM, FRUIT (ALL OR RELATIVELY STARCHLESS/MUCUSLESS)

  • Asparagus
  • Black Radish, with skin
  • Broccoli
  • Brussels Sprouts
  • Celery
  • Cucumbers
  • Dandelion
  • Dill
  • Endives
  • Green Onions
  • Horse Radish, with skin
  • Leeks
  • Onions (mildly acidic but okay on the transition diet)
  • Peppers (Green, Red, Yellow, or Orange)
  • Red Beets
  • Red Cabbage
  • Rhubarb
  • Sea Vegetables
  • Sprouts (Alfalfa, Brassica, Green-Leaf, Radish)
  • Sugar Beets
  • Tomatoes
  • Young Radish
  • Zucchini

BAKED VEGETABLES ROOT, STEM, FRUIT (ALL OR RELATIVELY STARCHLESS/MUCUSLESS)

  • Acorn Squash (Baked)
  • Asparagus
  • Broccoli (Baked or Steamed)
  • Brussels Sprouts (Steamed)
  • Butternut Squash (Baked)
  • Carrots (Steamed)
  • Cauliflower (Steamed or Baked)
  • Green Peas (Steamed)
  • Peppers (Green, Red, Yellow, or Orange)
  • Peppers (Green, Red, Yellow, or Orange)
  • Pumpkins (Baked or Steamed)
  • Spaghetti Squash (Baked)
  • Sweet Potato (Baked)
  • Zucchini (Steamed or Baked)

RIPE FRUITS (MUCUSLESS)

  • Apples
  • Apricots
  • Banana
  • Black Cherries
  • Blackberries
  • Blood Orange
  • Cantaloupe
  • Cherries
  • Grapefruit
  • Grapes
  • Honeybell Tangelos
  • Honeydew
  • Lemons
  • Mandarin
  • Mangos
  • Nectarine
  • Oranges
  • Peaches
  • Pears
  • Pineapple
  • Plums
  • Pomegranates
  • Prunes
  • Raisins
  • Raspberries
  • Sour Cherries
  • Strawberries
  • Sweet Cherries
  • Sweet Cherries
  • Tangerines
  • Tangerines
  • Watermelon

DRIED OR BAKED FRUITS (MUCUSLESS)

  • Apples
  • Apricots
  • Bananas
  • Blueberries
  • Cherries
  • Cranberries
  • Currants
  • Currants, (Dried)
  • Dates
  • Dates, (Dried)
  • Figs
  • Figs (Dried)
  • Grapes/raisins
  • Kiwi
  • Mango
  • Peaches
  • Pears
  • Pineapple
  • Plums/prunes
  • Strawberries

100% FRUIT JELLIES, SYRUPS, AND HONEY

  • Agave Nectar
  • Fruit Jellies (no sugar added)
  • Maple Syrup (100%, no preservatives)
  • Molasses (no preservatives)
  • Honey (bee)

The Transition Diet

It is very important that people learn how to transition from the most harmful mucus-forming foods to the ones that leave behind the least amount of waste. Many people mistakenly believe that Ehret’s work is inherently, or only, raw-foodism or fruitarianism. Yet Ehret emphasizes moving away from all mucus-forming foods above all else. Although the highest levels of the Mucusless Diet are raw mucus-free foods, Ehret advocates using cooked mucusless foods, and even some mildly mucus-forming items, when necessary during the Transition Diet. To learn more about this transitional process, check out Arnold Ehret’s Mucusless Diet Healing System: Annotated, Revised, and Edited by Prof. Spira.

Top 17 Ways to Cut Your Prescription Drug Costs

1. You May Qualify for a Free Drug program.

· There are over 1,100 drugs that are made by 100
Manufacturers who have free drug programs. Most major drug
Companies provide free medicines, but rarely, if ever
Publicize their programs. An estimated two billion dollars
Of free medication is given away annually.

· Larry's father has prostate cancer and takes Casodex
Every day, which costs $ 300 a month in the US, and $ 180 from
Mexico. He sent his father's information to see if he
Qualified. He recently found out his father did qualify to
Receive the drug free. Larry just happened to see a small
Article buried inside the newspaper. He never knew these
Programs implemented.

· A complete list of drugs and manufacturers' programs is
Available. For more information visit: http://www.institutedc.org

2. Get a Pharmacy Discount Card for Free.

· AdvanceRx offers a free discount card to anyone that saves
13% -25% and covers all drugs dispensed at a pharmacy. For
Details, call 1-800-ADVANCE (238-2623) or http://www.advancerx.com .

· There are five free discount cards for Senior citizens.
The discount cards cover over 200 popular medicines.

3. Save Up to 93% by Asking for a Generic

· Use generics whenever they are available. Both brand name
And generic drugs contain the same active ingredients, are
The same in strength and dosage, meet the same government
Quality control standards.

· According to Mark Erblat, Pharmacy Director and owner of
Rx For You, cost savings on brand name vs. Generic will vary
From drug to drug and pharmacy to pharmacy but can be
Significant. For instance:

· Prozac brand 20mg, 100 tablets cost $ 280.19 and generic
Sells for $ 29.99 (Savings 89%)

· Vasotec brand 5mg, 100 tablets costs $ 103.59 and generic
Sells for $ 18.19 (Savings 82%)

· Zantac brand 150mg 100 tablets costs $ 173.39 and generic
Sells for $ 10.99 (Savings 93%)

· Zestril brand 10mg 100 tablets costs $ 96.29 and generic
Sells for $ 39.99 (Savings 58%)

4. Veterans Now Qualify for More Benefits.

· Recent laws have changed that grant veterans medical
Benefits for certain illnesses like diabetes and
Hypertension, provided the veterinarian is subject to qualifying
Conditions like agent orange exposure.

· See if you qualify for benefits by checking with the
Veteran's Administration.

5. Cut Your Costs in Half … by Using a Pill Splitter.

· Most pharmacies should stock pill splitters. Sometimes,
Medications can be broken in half and save you 50%. The
Reason is because some pharmaceutical manufacturers price
Some of their medications the same for all strengths.

· Lipitor is essentially the same price for all strengths.
It is possible to save as much as $ 100 on a one month supply
Of Lipitor just by getting the larger strength and cutting
In half. Ask your pharmacist.

· This method may not be appropriate for all medications and
Could be dangerous if used with the wrong medication.

· Begin by asking your doctor or pharmacist if your
Medication is available in a dose double your normal dosage
(Ex, if you usually take a 20 mg. Pill, is a 40 mg. Pill
Available?). If it is, ask where there would be any
Problems with splitting the tablets or capsules.

· Now, do a cost comparison between the two dosages. If the
Higher dose is less than double the cost for your regular
Dose then you will be saving money by having your doctor
Prescribe the higher dose and then splitting it. Cost savings is
Typically 32% to 50%.

. Viagra is another medication that lends itself to being
Split in half or quarters to save 50% to 75% depending upon
The dosage required. The average Viagra user who uses two
Doses per week can save over $ 400.00 per year.

· This method is not appropriate for all medications. Check
With your pharmacist. Some easily split medications include:
Ambien, Aricept, Buspar, Effexor, Lipitor, Luvox, Paxil,
Remeron, Risperidal, Seroquel, Serzone, Viagra, Zoloft,
Zyprexa. (Ask your pharmacist about others)

6. Save by Buying a 90 vs. 30-Day Supply.

· Most pharmacies have higher savings on a longer days
Supply. In addition, when it comes to people who have
Insurance prescription coverage, there may be other savings
By getting a larger day supply.

· For instance, if you have a $ 10 co-pay, the insurance
Company will let you get only a 30 days supply in general
For that $ 10. A 90-day supply bought with out insurance may
Only cost you $ 18.

· This would be much cheaper than paying $ 10 per month ($ 30
For 90 days). It would also save you two trips to the
Pharmacy.

7. Ask for an Older Medication That is as Effective.

· Many pharmacists agree, that antibiotics are probably the
Most over prescribed, or incorrectly prescribed medications.
Often, the physician will prescribe a newer antibiotic that
Has been promoted as more effective. What this really means
Is that it is considering more expensive.

· The newer antibiotics are often no more effective than the
Older antibiotics. However, they are new and covered by
Patent protection. Therefore, the newer medication is more
Effective in ensuring a nice profit for the drug
Manufacturer for many years.

· Since many generics are made in the same factory as the
Brand name ones, make sure you ask your doctor for a
Generic antibiotic. A great generic broad- spectrum
Antibiotic costs 80% less than a new antibiotic. In dollars,
It costs you $ 20 instead of $ 100.

8. Over-the-Counter Drugs May be as Effective as the
Prescription Drug.

· Many doctors still prescribe Pepcid 20mg to their
Patients. A one-month supply of Pepcid 20mg cost
Approximately $ 60. Pepcid AC, over-the-counter in 10mg
Strength, taking double the dose costs approximately $ 23.

· Most prescription cold medications average $ 20 to $ 60 for
A one month supply and contain the same decongestant that is
Available over-the-counter for less than $ 2.

9. Get Only a 7-day Supply of New Medication.

· If the doctor does not have samples, ask your pharmacist
To give you only a one-week supply to try. It is a federal
Law that medicines can not be returned once they are
Dispensed. If you get a month's supply and can not tolerate
The medicine, you have just lost that money.

10. Stop Using Drugs You No Longer Need.

· Review all your prescriptions with your doctor at each
Visit. You may be paying for some drugs you no longer need.

· Doctor run http://www.rxaminer.com provides a custom analysis of
Your medications to save you money. You can get a free, no
Obligation, Cost Screening to find out how much you can
Save.

· Also ask your pharmacist to review your medications in
Addition to your doctor. Here is why. A pharmacist's
Valuable services and knowledge are free. He may also find
Something your doctor missed.

· A lady developed a persistent cough after she had been
Taking a blood pressure medication for approximately 3
Months. Her doctor treated her cough with antibiotics and
Cough syrup for 6 months. She asked her pharmacist about her
Cough lasting so long. The pharmacist found that a possible
Side effect of her new blood pressure medication was a
Persistent cough. Her doctor claimed but changed her medicine
And her cough stopped. The lady had spent over $ 750 in
Doctor's fees and medication just to treat the cough.

· A mother was giving her daughter antibiotics to treat a
Kidney infection. Her daughter consistently had a fever.

This continued for several months. The baby's pediatrician
Prescribed several antibiotic unsuccessfully. After
Searching the literature, the pharmacist discovered that the
Antibiotic had a side effect of persistent low-grade fever.
In the end, the mother had spent over $ 500 on doctor visits
And prescription cost.

· Do not hesitate to ask your pharmacist questions, their
Advice is free and can often save you money and aggravation.
Ask questions about side effects, and drug interactions.

11. Order Your Prescription Drugs by Phone.

· You can save 20% -50% by ordering prescription drugs over
The phone. Bonus, you do not have to pick them up at the
Pharmacy.

· Make a list of your medications, including strength and
Number taken daily. Then list at least six pharmacies you
Are going to call. Do not forget about discount mail order
Sources too, several are listed at the end of this booklet.
Then call and get prices, ask if this is their best price
Available. Compare the costs.

12. Pay Attention to the Quantity.

· Find out how much medication you really may need, and make
Sure your doctor does not order you more medicine than is
Necessary to treat your condition.

13. Ask Your Doctor for Samples at Every visit. They Usually
Have Plenty.

14. Take Only Those Drugs You Really Need.

· When your doctor prescribes medication for you, understand
Exactly what it's meant to do and for how long. If you
Areprescribed two drugs for the same symptom, ask if you
Really need both.

15. Buy Home Test Kits.

· Kits for determining ovulation, pregnancy and colorectal
Cancer, can be purchased as home tests instead of paying
Twice as much for similar kits at your doctor's office.

16. Cross the Border.

· If you live close to either Canada or Mexico, you can buy
Some medications in either country for 75% off the US
Price.

17. AARP Members are Eligible for Many Discounts, Including
Mail-Order Pharmacy Discounts.

· Ask for an AARP discount.

If you have questions about these tips or your medication
Ask your doctor and pharmacist.

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* Senior Discount Card Programs *
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(G) GlaxoSmithKline's The Orange Card (888) 672-6436

· Covers all GSK's drugs. Must have an annual income below
$ 30,000 per individual or $ 40,000 per couple

· 30% average at participating pharmacies

(L) Eli Lilly's LillyAnswers Card (877) 795-4559

· Covers all Lilly's drugs except controlled substances.
Must have an annual income below $ 18,000 per individual or
$ 24,000 per couple.

· $ 12 Co-pay per prescription for 30-day supply.

(N) Novartis' CareCard call (866) 974-2273

· Covers select Novartis drugs. · Tier 1 must have an annual
Income below $ 18,000 per individual or $ 24,000 per couple.
$ 12 Co-pay per prescription for 30-day supply.

· Tier 2 must have an annual income below $ 26,000 per
Individual or $ 35,000 per couple. Receive a 25% or more
Discount.

(P) Pfizer's The Share Card call (800) 717-6005

· Covers all Pfizer's drugs. Must have an annual income
Below $ 18,000 per individual or $ 24,000 per couple.

· $ 15 Co-pay per prescription for 30-day supply.

(T) Together Rx Card (800) 865-7211

· Over 150 select drugs from a group of manufacturers. Must
Have an annual income below $ 28,000 per individual or
$ 38,000 per couple. (Higher in AK and HI).

· Savings of approximately 20-40% off the amount you usually
Pay for prescriptions and, in many cases, substantially
More.

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Online Classified Ads – An Example of Internet Marketing Strategies

Online Classified Advertisements or Online Classified Ads are a great way to advertise a business through the internet. Traditionally, you can see classified ads by reading newspapers and magazines and online classified ads just work the same way that it does but on a wider range of people who will get to see your advertisement.

When putting an ad on a newspaper, on television, or on the radio, your prospect customers would be limited to those who will read, watch, and or listen to your advertisement, while doing an advertisement online can boost your number of prospect customers for your business from, say, nationwide to worldwide.

Furthermore, online advertising are a lot cheaper than advertising through TVs or radios. There are also hosting websites that would offer free advertising to their customers. Doing online advertising is a great advantage and may even bring in new customers for your business at little or practically no cost.

Using Online Classified Ads Effectively

There are some similarities with online classified ads and the traditional classified ads, like to attract customers there still has to be the element of drawing in the right customers. For this reason, the online ad must be appealing to the target market of the business that it would catch the attention of your desired target market instantly. Also, it is wise to find a host website for your online ads that provides a lot of hits so your online ads will be seen very frequently. Also make sure to read the rules of your host website before posting your online ads.

An example of using online classified advertisements effectively is by putting your advertisement through Google. Google scans classified ad hosting websites for your business, some of which you might see are advertising websites that would let you advertise your business online free of charge.

Rather than advertising through plain text, most advertisements online can now be seen by the use of animated web banners that can be seen through various websites. If you are planning to do this, make sure that your online banner would be eye catching, pleasing to the eyes, can catch the attention of your prospect customers immediately, and may include interactivity so that people would want to click on your web banner.

Other Alternatives to Online Classified Advertising

Always remember that finding a host website to publish your online ads is not the only way to advertise your business through the internet. There are lots ways you can advertise your business online.

Examples of these are joining web forums, writing articles through the internet, having your own blog and, say, putting your products there, submitting your products through search engines, using website affiliates to your website, or maybe even chatting with people through various instant messaging services throughout the internet.

Even though online classified advertising is a great way to advertise your business, do not forget that traditional classified ads are still useful until today. There are still a lot of people out there who do not go online and would prefer reading the newspaper or watching the television. You can always mix offline and online advertising in order to achieve better results for your business. It is wise to use every possible marketing opportunity, especially the ones that would work the best for your business.

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