Archive for July 2011
Congress has recently caved under the pressure of big food company lobbyists and has legislated a heavy burden of inspectors that will inhibit the efforts of small local farming.
Congress and Wall Street have decided that it is better for third world countries to take over agriculture because all our efforts should be concentrated on things like banking and technology.
It is an awful thing they have done. For one thing it’s not working. Lots of people are unemployed and for another, the bankers messed up.
And they don’t know anything about food and nutrition.
It was actually a good alternative for people with land to raise food to sell to other people in their area. But big food companies don’t want us to have this alternative.
But it would be better for all of us.
Did you know that just 6 hours after a fruit or vegetable has been picked half the nutrients and plant enzymes are gone?
In fact most people are so unaccustomed to even getting ANY plant enzymes they will get an upset stomach until their bodies adjust to a normal diet again.
You will have to let your legislators know they serve you the taxpayer, not big business. It’s the only way you can get a good healthy diet.
It’s ironic that Washington knows they have a really big deficit that is growing every day, partly due to medical expenses and lots of sick and obese people.
But they don’t do the things that would make people healthier.
They don’t know or care that food that travels half way around the world before it gets to the consumer is lacking in nutrients just because of travel time.
And Congress has lots of evidence that much of the food we are importing, especially from China is contaminated and unsafe.
And it’s interesting, too that the statistic about what happens to nutrients and plant enzymes came from the local county agricultural extension office.
Yes, one government agency is apparently in direct conflict with another government agency.
And we are all victims of a Congress and a government that is woefully ignorant about health and nutrition or any other scientific topics.
They have been bought and sold by big business and Wall Street. They can’t even connect remotely with the concerns and difficulties of the people they are supposed to represent.
They work for and listen to big business lobbyists.
We pay the price of their ignorance and greed.
But can we pay the tab?
Many people are marrying and becoming parents later in life because they don’t feel able to support a family until they are older.
Then they are also overweight and have all the health problems associated with obesity.
They get sick, maybe even die and still have young children.
Who is going to raise their kids if they don’t live long enough to do it themselves?
If some agency takes over the job, will they care for the kids that way the parents want?
Any social worker can tell you, probably not. Most government agencies cut kids off at 18, before they are educated enough to find good employment or mature enough to handle life’s surprises.
We need better representation, term limits and pragmatic solutions like jobs for Americans and local agriculture.
Being able to feed people a healthy diet is a strategic advantage and a necessity for good health. But it also matters for the strength of our society.
For Congress to ignore this basic necessity is incredibly short sighted and stupid. It’s one more reason being ignorant about science is dangerous. It’s amazing how dumb sophisticated people can be, isn’t it.
Farm kids know important things about science.
But Congress and Wall Street don’t know anything about it.
City sophisticates might end up costing us all way too much. If they actually knew as much as they think they do it wouldn’t be so bad. We may lose everything catering to big businesses that only care about making money fast and robbing consumers.
About the Author
Paula and Ron Stone are financial and lifestyle specialists. Among their businesses, they assist businesses in securing hard money commercial loans. Learn more about these fast, streamline loan programs at their website, Commercial Bridge Loan or their video at Commercial Bridge Loan
One of the great things you can do with some roll laminators is mounting documents on to boards. You can do this to create signs, posters, visual aids, and more. There are different ways to do this and this article will fill you in on a few of them so you can decide on the method that’s best for you and your document finishing needs. It will also give you some instructions on how to get those documents mounted. Let’s get started!
The first thing to do is make sure your laminator can handle boards. If your machine has rollers that are gapable, you’ll be able to do this. Gapable rollers are able to process materials of varying thickness so you can process the thinnest paper or something thicker such as cardstock and foam core. There should be some information in your instruction manual to help you gap the rollers appropriately.
There are a number of different ways to prepare the board on which you want to mount your documents. Here are a few of them:
There are pre-made mounting boards that are easy to use. These supplies already have adhesive applied to them and you reveal the sticky surface by peeling off a release liner. Using these materials is the fastest and easiest way to get the job done and there are a number of sizes available for your convenience.
Another way to get prepared is by using applying adhesive to the top roll of the laminator and then run the board through the machine. This isn’t the easiest way to get things done because it can be messy if you’re not careful. You need to ensure that the adhesive doesn’t come into contact with the lower roller. This can be more difficult than you think, unfortunately.
You can also choose to use mounting adhesive on the bottom roller and put a roll of laminating film on the top roller. This essentially helps you create a sticker and it’s pretty easy to do. However, you will need to make sure that the adhesive and film melt at similar temperatures,
After you’ve run the board through your laminator there are a couple more things you need to do to finish things up. For one thing, you need to get your document or graphic on to the board. You can do this by peeling back the release liner a little ways and then applying the document. Then, run the item through the laminator and the liner will come off. If you need to trim the board down to size afterward, feel free to do so. Then you’ll be done and you can step back to admire your handiwork.
It may take you a few tries before you get the hang of it but you’ll be a pro at mounting your documents in no time. Just be patient and you’ll be able to mount your work with ease. Good luck with your projects and happy mounting!
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<bold>About the Author: Jeff McRitchie is the Director of Marketing for MyBinding.com. He regularly writes articles, reviews, and blog posts on topics related to bookbinding, laminating, paper shredding, and office equipment. More than 2,500 of his articles have been published in thousands of locations on the Internet. If you’re looking for information about roll laminators his articles are a great place to start.
One type of device that is surprisingly great for home use is the binding machine. While these devices are commonly associated with offices, school, and binderies, having one at home can be very helpful. Some of the reasons for this might seem obvious (i.e. putting together school assignments) while others might surprise you (i.e. it can be affordable). That said, let’s take a look at some of the reasons why you should consider getting a binding machine for home use.
When you think of binding machines, a device that utilizes plastic combs probably comes to mind. Combs are really popular supplies because they’re easy to work with and can bind both short and long books. However, there are other bookbinding types to choose from such as thermal and wire. So feel free to select one that appeals to you.
One reason you should consider getting a binding machine is that they’re actually surprisingly affordable. You can usually get a high-quality unit from some of the most popular manufacturers (GBC, Fellowes) for under $100.00. (A thermal machine will probably cost a bit more than that.) No matter what your budget is like, there’s likely a device that’s right for you.
Many binding machines are easy to use so you can start producing quality work rather quickly. Some of them are designed in such a way that you can figure out how to use one without even reading an instruction manual.
A binding machine is a great tool to have around if you or someone you live with is attending school. You can use it to bind items such as theses, term papers, essays, and so on. You could even use it to bind group presentations. A bound document can really impress your teacher or professor and it could be that one thing that raises from your grade from a B to an A. (A caveat: you may want to make sure your teacher will accept a bound document. Some of them prefer papers that have just been stapled.)
If you dabble in cooking or photography, you might want to make a cookbook or photo album at some point. These items can help you organize and store your favorite recipes or photos for easy reference. You could also give away cookbooks as gifts or sell them at a crafts fair. And if you need to put together a portfolio of your best photographs, the binding machine can help you out. It will even help you save money because you don’t need to have a third party do the work for you.
Finally, binding machines can be handy if you’re interested in crafting. For one thing, they make it possible for you to create your own scrapbooks. You can use your own special paper to create a book that’s really personal. You could also make coloring books, art collections, and so on. The sky’s the limit.
As you can see, there are many reasons to get a binding machine for home use. Consider getting one today so you can see how useful it can be.
About the Author
About the Author: Jeff McRitchie is the Director of Marketing for MyBinding.com. He regularly writes articles, reviews, and blog posts on topics related to bookbinding, laminating, paper shredding, and office equipment. More than 2,500 of his articles have been published in thousands of locations on the Internet. If you’re looking for information about binding machines his articles are a great place to start.
The Holiday season proves to be a tough season for call center services. The asking is harder when your lead generation team is working on B2B projects. Business executives that you have on your contact list are more likely to be on a vacation and you cannot contact them to take the lead forward. Leaving emails or making calls to their office will hardly bring forth any response. Things are difficult at the end of the BPO firm as well. Staff and agents might be out of office and you will have to make do with whatever manpower you have on the table. Then, the biggest challenge you have is to keep the customer service agents from being cold to the callers just because the agent couldn’t take the day off!
Tough times call for different measures. Innovation is the most important ingredient of call center services. The trick to survive these lean days is to scale things down. If you are usually working with three phone numbers at the inbound call center desk, cut it down to one. But this single number must be well-attended at all times. Deploy fewer agents for the job, but make sure that they are responding to the calls promptly. You can be assured that the volume of calls at the BPO will dip considerably. You won’t get much of bottlenecks and that is a good sign. Callers understand that response times will be higher because of fewer people at work. When you schedule and plan your workforce smartly, you can surprise them with some quality answering service during the Holidays! That will earn you some brownie points because your rivals are more likely to be shut down all their operations.
Lead generation will be a cause of concern for the call centers. B2B telemarketing projects will be hit harder and making cold calls during the Holiday season is out of the question! The best way to keep leads warm and also touch base with your contacts is to send over Christmas and New Year greetings. Carefully draft emails that do not promote your brand aggressively but at the same time strikes a bell in the mind of the prospective lead. Your key aim is to make these contacts feel part of your business network, even when they are not technically so. This will make them feel special about the BPO services and when business is back on the plate, they will remember your gesture.
Finally, the Holiday season is the time that call centers must use in careful planning and strategizing. The New Year, 2011, will see some sweeping changes in call center services, coupled with some changes in the business model of BPO companies. More use of technology, more focus on quality and more dependence on non-voice means of communication: these will be the focal points for call center units. You can make use of this lull to revamp your business structure, see if you can do anything about your prices or redesign your website, etc. Utilize this time fruitfully!
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Our call center services are there to support your business at all times of the year. Our Lead generation agents are committed to their jobs, even during the Holidays.
You might have heard about recent changes in the online search engines and how important local listings are, but what does it mean for your business? Just go into Google and type in any type of service or business followed by a city. This would look like this, “plumber Houston” or “electrician San Diego”. Your search results will no longer be just a list of websites. The local listings as well as a local map appear above the regular organic search results. Notice it’s the same 7 or local listings on the front page that also appear highlighted on the map. That’s 2 links on the front page that they didn’t pay for. There customers can easily find them without costly online pay per click advertising or yellow pages ads. Now I’m not against paid ads for your business if you are tracking them properly but you can’t argue against what just a few extra free leads a week from the internet could do for your business. Here are a few tips that your business can use to help improve its chances in the local listings.
1. Make sure your business’s physical address is on your site. Simply putting your address on your website can have a positive affect. You also should have your business hours as and phone number all on the front page of your website. Make sure they are in text and not a graphic. Also be careful to list your hours of operation, phone number, and address exactly the same way every time you put your business’s information somewhere online.
2. Add pictures to your Google Local Listing recently you can also add a webcam feed. While a webcam certainly wouldn’t apply to all businesses it could work great for a pet shop or any other business that wanted to show it’s current stock to users online.
3. Use social media. Twitter and Facebook have simply become to powerful to ignore. This is much important that boosting your rankings though. Odds are that your customers, happy or not, are talking about you online. Your business needs to be in the conversation. Social media is also a great way to keep old customers coming back and acquire new customers with special deals and coupons.
4. Actively pursue reviews from your satisfied customers. Online reviews of your business now play an incredible role in your ranking online. It’s important that the reviews be genuine. Never higher someone who promises to increase your reviews over night and certainly don’t try to do it yourself.
5. Check to see if you have actually claimed your google listing. One last thing you can do is if you haven’t done so already you need to claim your local listing in google places. This will not only help you do better online but it will protect your local listing from being hacked as well. You used to be able to do this over the phone but more and more you will have to wait a few weeks for Google to send you a postcard through the mail.
This certainly isn’t everything that can be done to help your business online but it’s a pretty good start.
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David White owns Great White Local SEO at http://greatwhitelocalseo.com where he works with businesses struggling to make sense of the complicated and ever changing online marketplace. He uses search engine optimization techniques, offline and online marketing, as well as social media to maximize a businesses’s leads and increase profits.
To get a free seo and marketing analysis of your business please go to Great White Local SEO and start dominating your local market online today!
Let’s first understand the term “Show-Jumper”. The term is used to describe a horse which is used in the sport, known as Show Jumping. These jumping competitions are staged all across the world at different standards and are very popular as well. And when it comes to the venues where these competitions are held, they are the places with elaborate colored fences, often with turns and changes of direction. Here the rider is expected to complete the course within a set time-period and without any faults. The sport is difficult and therefore, riders look for well bred horses.
Show Jumping Horses for Sale: These show-jumpers (horses) vary in sizes and ability. A novice rider would look for a horse with an average ability, while a more experienced one will need a show-jumper of great ability. Needless to say, an advanced show jumper must be able to jump large obstacles and complete the course within the preset time. And this is why it is of paramount importance to buy a horse only once you have done a complete market research.
Ask Experts: If you are looking for show jumping horses for sale, it is a good idea to take the opinion of experts. Without any doubt, they are the people who know the best when it comes to choosing an ideal horse for show jumping.
Online Research: At present, there are numerous online portals where you can browse and place order for the horse which you find the best. Backed up by horse-professionals, these online portals come out with a range of well bred, good quality foals, yearlings, 2 and 3 year old horses for sale.
It is also important to buy show jumping horses from reliable horse professionals. In simple words, a lot of planning and research should go in, before you point your finger on a particular horse.
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It is quite unusal that you do not notice the pictures of a baby. Photographs of toddlers and infants always appear to be sweet and they can never fail to grab your attention. If you are planning to enter any American photo contest for toddlers, the Great American Photo Contest is the best online community you can choose to join.
While you are thinking of joining a competition, you must know certain things. The first and foremost thing that one should know is – how to click a really cute picture of your beautiful baby? Mentioned below are some tips that might help you in some way.
Tips on Taking an Endearing Picture of your Beloved Child
The Great American Photo Contest grants cash prizes to the baby whose photo is voted as the ‘cutest baby of the month’. So, it is very necessary that your sweet infant looks the best so that it can earn the maximum vote. Here are some guidelines that will help you to click a great photo of your toddler.
One thing that every parent must keep in mind while taking the photograph of their baby is the safety of the child. You should not become so enthusiastic that you place your child in a dangerous situation to have his best snaps. No harm should come to the child.
When you prepare to take a photograph of your sweet child, see to it that your snap depicts life from their point of view and not yours. So, to get along with them it is crucial to become like them.
Your baby picture must portray the best angle of your toddler. So, it is advisable that you try to click pictures from different angles and check which one is the perfect of all.
Have you ever taken close-up photo of your child? Close-ups give a lovely presentation of your child’s face and capture their expression and emotion in detail. You know close-up photos of your cutie baby effectively bring a viewer to your child’s personal level! Don’t think close-ups can be taken only of faces; you can have close-up pictures of their tiny feet, hands, etc.
One very important thing that highly affects the quality of any picture is light. You must ensure that the light of the surrounding where you are clicking the photographs is sufficient. It is best take the pictures in natural light. Avoid too bright lights, they can cause unwanted shadows.
Another vital thing that has a chance to miss your sight is the background. Background is very important – it can change the look of the total picture of your child. Cluttered spaces can ruin your cute baby’s picture. They can distract the viewer’s focus and it can shift from your child to something else in that photograph.
Mostly people prefer to take colored pictures. But it is suggested that you take a black and white picture of your lovely child. This type of photos eliminates “noise” from the cute photograph and has a different appeal from that of the colored ones.
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Have you ever thought of having an employment that makes it possible for you to spend more time with your kids and make money at the same time? Most standard work opportunities don’t give you that. But, being a WAHM could possibly be the solution to your dream. But, before starting this type of journey, we have found some helpful tips detailing what it’s all about.
What is WAHM?
Exactly what do these letters indicate? WAHM means Work At Home Mom. Within the last 20 years, a lot more women have left the workplace and gone back to the house.
Their decision hasn’t been a simple one. It became evident many years ago that men were really the only ones being permitted to have their cake and eat it too. They were able to engage in a corporate career while still being able to go home at night to their family.
Women with employment opportunities had a different path to follow. Apart from working longer hours to achieve the same salary and ranking as their male competitors, additionally they were required to take care of cleaning the house as well as the kids. Following a long day at work and doing the household work, their children unfortunately got what was remaining which had been often a very fatigued mom.
That has since changed. WAHMs are proving daily that women can make contributions to their family funds and foster their own families. Both on the web and off, a network of support has been developed specifically for any woman who would like to consider an alternative that will aid them meet their needs.
How To Begin?
When you discuss with your family concerning your plan of being a WHAM, you need to have a view of the way you wish to take. Have a look at online sites. They provide ideas to moms getting started with a work from home venture in addition to a network of opportunities allowing you to connect with other WAHMs.
But if your income has been a big portion of the regular monthly family finances, then moving to a work at home enterprise will result in your financial situation to take a hit. Ensure that there’s enough financial cushion on your bank account to weather the first half year of your new job. It may need some time before you become an established WAHM.
How to See Opportunities
First, determine your passions and experience. WAHMs are able to find work from home opportunities to work for other people doing just about every thing from audio transcription to creating articles to accounting. Remember that there are hoaxes and legal companies trying to find professional help won’t require money upfront from you.
Some WAHMs create their very own niche and start a web business. If you’re skilled with crafting, you can produce a web site to market your crafts and then sell stuff. A blog is usually another idea. Blog about your area of expertise and build a following. Combine that with affiliate or search engine marketing tactics to obtain income.
How to Make It Work
With a new job comes the problem of balance between home and work. Just because you’re home doesn’t necessarily mean that you won’t need help in your home or time away from the kids for you to work. Think about these approaches for making a balance:
* Develop a regular schedule for work and play on a regular schedule
* Discuss splitting up household chores between you, your partner, and older kids
* Do pre-work that include fixing lunches, prepping breakfast, choosing clothing the night before
* Hire a babysitter a couple of times weekly
*Separate a home office space at home
There are good things about being a WAHM. Prepare carefully and be patient. Getting support from your family makes a big difference.
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Renata has more than 30 years private as well as professional experience working with children of from little babies to teenagers and young adults. For more helpful information go to: http://workfromhomemomsecrets.com/bg/
The holiday season can be a dramatically different experience depending on the type of company you are. Most people associate the holidays with the pinnacle of commerce- many retailers do 50% of their business in the month of December. However, for many B2B companies, this is a dark downtime.
As B2C companies such as retailers, hotels, airlines, etc. gear up for their busiest time of the year, most B2B companies go into hibernation until January. In November and December, Bop Design will speak to many companies about their marketing plan for the coming year. There is much talk but little action. Bop Design has the most client meetings in November and December, but most projects are not implemented until the following year.
Companies like to do long-term strategic planning in November and December and determine marketing initiatives for the next year. Bop Design is roped into many of these discussions. Whether it’s implementing a new direct mail lead generation strategy or designing a new website to lure new clients, many of these discussions happen at the end of the year. We think there needs to be more implementation at the end of the year.
If you have the budget and the resources, implementing a new marketing strategy at the end of the year will give you a “leg up”over the competition. Most companies just talk at the end of the year. Instead, you talk and then act. The first week of January comes and you already have the new strategy developed and can move forward. Meanwhile, much of your competition decides to implement in late January and won’t see the plan come to fruition until March.
For a B2B company, January and February can be as frenetic as a B2C company’s December. Before the frenzy hits, a company should have its marketing strategy in place and implement the new lead generation tactics on January 2. For B2B companies, the slow holiday time is an ideal time to perform long-term strategic planning. They plan but delay action and once January hits, they are back to their usual reactive mode of responding to current clients. A company must not only strategize but immediately implement tactics that can develop new opportunities in the coming year.
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Jeremy is the Business Principal at Bop Design, a San Diego based marketing agency that partners with small businesses. Bop Design focuses on lead generation through branding, web design, print design, advertising, SEO and SEM.
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