Sports

Ness Notes for August 25

You have to love the NFL, the regular season, or the preseason! The Dolphins surpassed the Panthers 323 yards to 145 last night, gaining 20 FD to Carolina’s nine (the Panthers were just 2 of 14 on third downs). However, the final score said Carolina 19-10, a win and a ‘cover’ for the Panthers!

My free game for Friday is at the Oak A’s over the Tex Rangers at 8:35 ET. It’s a Las Vegas Insider Friday as I look forward to extending my current 7-1 (87.5%) career in MLB (as of Aug 5) and looking for three straight Las Vegas Insider wins in the NFLX (won with the Cardinals in Week 1 and 30-3 with the Pats in week 2) with my LONE Las Vegas Insider in week 3 of the NFLX. Also, come back for more MLB.

How did the Panthers win? First, the Dolphins had a 32-yard TD pass disallowed for a penalty and then, on that same drive, Ronnie Brown stopped on a play of fourth and one at the goal line. An excellent outfield tackle ended another Miami drive deep into Carolina territory, forcing a 23-yard Mare FG. Then, on the opening kick that followed, Carolina’s DeAngelo Williams returned it for a 98-yard TD! Soccer is back!

Week 3 continues with five more games tonight, highlighted by the Giants and Jets at Meadowlands (8:00 ET) and the Steelers visiting the Eagles in Philadelphia at 8:00 ET on ESPN. Carolina’s victory last night lifts the team’s record to 3-0 (2-1 ATS), joining the Oakland Raiders (who played in the HOF game) as the only 3-0 teams in the NFL this preseason (the Raiders they are also 3-0 ATS).

Four other teams, Cincinnati, Dallas, Houston and the NY Giants join Carolina and Oakland as still undefeated teams this preseason. These six teams have combined to go 14-0 SU and 13-1 ATS. ATS ‘only loss came in Week 1 when the Panthers defeated the Bills 14-13 as a three-point favorite.

The Giants and Cowboys share five-game preseason winning streaks (both are also 5-0 ATS), the longest active preseason winning streak among NFL teams. The Giants play the Jets tonight and are favored by 4 1/2 points with a total of 36. The Cowboys host the 49ers on Saturday night at 8:00 ET and are favored by seven points with a total of 36.

Six teams remain winless in the preseason this year, all 0-2. The list includes Buffalo, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Pittsburgh, Tennessee, and Washington. All six teams are a combined SU 0-12 and not much better ATS, at 2-10.

The Steelers play in Philadelphia tonight and it will be interesting if Big Ben finally gets to see some action, having attempted only eight passes so far. The Eagles have played three games and McNabb has looked good. Philadelphia is favored by three points (34 1/2).

The Chiefs and Colts are winless and both have run on eight preseason losses in their games this week. The Colts are in Jackson, Mississippi on Saturday night (7:00 ET) to play the Saints, while the Chiefs host the Rams at 8:30 ET Saturday. The Colts, who are 2-6 ATS during their slide, are favored by 3 1/2 points with a total of 42, while the Chiefs, who are 0-8 ATS during their eight-game knockdown, are favored by 3 1 / 2 points with a total of 39 1/2.

MLB Ratings

Thursday night’s 6-2 win over the Cardinals gave the Mets seven straight wins overall and 11 in a row at Shea Stadium, their longest home winning streak since September 1995. The Mets (78-48) ) moved 30 games over .500 for the first time since 1999 and lead Philadelphia in second place by 14 1/2 games in the NL East.

New York’s seven-game winning streak is the longest active in MLB, with the Marlins and Padres (both had days off yesterday) streaks of four straight wins being second best. The Rockies are on a six-game losing streak when the game begins Friday, the longest active losing streak in MLB.

The highlight of Thursday’s play included the White Sox defeating the Tigers, 10-0. Detroit had beaten Chicago in the first two games of this four-game series, but Chicago won the last two games, leaving them 5 1/2 games behind the Tigers in the AL Central and keeping them half a game ahead of the Twins in the wild card race.

Jon Garland pitched a complete scoreless game and has now won each of his last 10 road starts. In the past 10 years, only two other pitchers have had such long streaks, David Wells (he won 13 consecutive road starts between 1999 and 2000) and Chris Carpenter (10 in a row in 2005).

Carlos Zambrano continued his season-long role as the Cubs stopper, pitching seven innings and taking the win against Philadelphia on Thursday afternoon. It was their 10th win this season that immediately followed a loss to the Cubs, the most such wins in the majors. It was the fifth time this year that Zambrano won a game to stop Chicago’s losing streak of at least three games. The Cubs are 18-10 (.643) in games started by Zambrano and just 36-63 (.364) in games he doesn’t have!

The weekend kicks off with a full 15-game schedule and two AL series feature the most interesting stories. The Minnesota Twins look to take sole possession of the AL wild-card lead Friday night when they begin a critical three-game series against the Chicago White Sox at US Cellular Field (8:35 ET).

Minnesota (74-52) got off to a slow start during the first two months of the season before turning the Twins, who are 49-19 since June 8 after opening the season 25-33, tied with the White Sox ( 75-52). after sweeping a three-game series in Chicago on July 24-26, but I’ve never been able to take the lead.

Radke (12-9, 4.35 ERA) starts for the Twins and is 2-2 with a 5.40 ERA in four starts against the White Sox this year, while Javier Vázquez (11-8, 5.13) will face Minnesota for the second straight outing. . He was the underdog Sunday, when he allowed five runs and seven hits in five innings in a 7-3 loss.

The Angels host the Yankees tonight in Anaheim (10:05 ET) in the first game of a three-game series. The Angels (67-61) are 4-3 against the Yankees (76-50) this season and are looking to capture the season series for the third year in a row. They are 53-51 against New York since the start of the 1996 season, the only team with a winning record against the Yankees during manager Joe Torre’s tenure. Los Angeles also eliminated New York from the playoffs twice in four years, including a five-game division series victory last season.

Jaret Wright (9-7, 4.63) returns to the rotation when he takes the mound for New York. Wright hasn’t started since August. 17, although he has made a couple of out-of-bullpen appearances since that outing. He is 4-1 with a 3.78 ERA in 10 road starts this year, but just 2-2 with a 7.60 ERA in seven career starts against the Angels.

John Lackey (10-9, 3.92 ERA) has struggled in his career against the Yankees, going 3-6 with a 5.74 ERA in nine regular-season starts. He lost in New York on August 18. 14 after allowing three runs and 11 hits in seven innings in a 7-2 loss. He is 0-3 with a 7.36 ERA in his last four starts and opponents are hitting .332 against him in his last eight outings after hitting .195 in his first 18. Lackey is 5-4 with an ERA. of 4.28 in 14 home starts (team is 8-6).

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Arts Entertainments

Kobe Bryant Dunk or how to increase the vertical jump

A couple of summers ago, Kobe Bryant changed his training program to get stronger, just like Michael Jordan in the past. Kobe gained between 6 and 7 pounds of muscle (he now weighs 220 pounds). He got a little slower, but managed to maintain, if not increase, his vertical jump! So how did you do that?

Let’s take a look at your weight training program – it’s a 6 days a week, 1 hour a day workout. The full program consists of weight training plus 2 hours of running, 2 hours of basketball, and 1 hour of cardio a day.

Day 1 and day 4:

Bench press

Lat pull-downs

Inclined press

Military press

ABS

Day 2 and day 5:

Dumbbell Lateral Raises

Bar sauces

Triceps curls

Bicep curls

ABS

Day 3 and day 6:

Back Squats / Front Squats

Leg curls

Leg extensions

Calf raises

As you can see, days 1, 2, 4, and 5 are all about building upper body strength. Days 3 and 6 are all about your lower body, which gives you the power you need to jump really high.

Focusing on reducing his body fat percentage (less than 10%) allowed Kobe to save some weight that he actually gained by building muscle. In addition to exercise (running, cardio), following a good diet plan (for example, avoiding fat in the foods you eat, consuming a lot of protein, eating red meat only once a week, drinking lots of water too) is essential.

Now last summer (2007), before playing for Team USA, he lost almost 20 pounds. (he now weighs 205 pounds) to regain his speed and worked his vertical as well.

Technology

What is the stock split and why is Apple doing it? How the stock split affects investors

An initial public offering allows a company to deliver shares to private investors. A stock split is the division of the shares that a company owns into several stocks. This is put in place to improve the liquidity of stocks when they reach a specific accumulation limit. A common strategy is to divide them into a 2-for-1, 3-for-1, or 4-for-1 ratio, and the shareholder now owns 2.3 or 4 shares for each previous stake, respectively.

In the past, several companies have occasionally practiced stock splitting. Apple’s stock was split in 2014, bringing its share price from $ 645.57 to just $ 92.44. On July 30, 2020, Apple announced a 4-for-1 stock split for the fifth time. The company has already experienced a 10% increase in its share price following the decision.

Why do they want to do it?

It is a matter of optical perception. In technical terms, the accumulated equity value of the company remains the same. Only the division of those outstanding shares is increased. Consequently, the price per share is reduced. Thus, it lowers fees without a tangible impact on the company, attracting equity investors who want to own a piece of the company at affordable prices.

Furthermore, it is in the company’s best interest to take this initiative. Potential investors psychologically would be more inclined to acquire 10 shares worth $ 100 than 1 share of the same value. As they invest more and more, the total price increases. Therefore, it is beneficial for both parties.

What about your investment?

The stock split does not add any monetary value to your investments. Only the number of shares you will have now will be amplified by a specific multiple. In the case of the recent announcement of Apple’s stock split on a 4-for-1 basis, for example, shareholders will find themselves with 4 shares for every previous share, with the same dollar value.

What about dividends?

If the shares are divided after the registration date, the dividend is stipulated as usual. Apart from this, the amount of the dividend per share is reduced. However, the total monetary value of the dividend remains unchanged.

How do we see it?

Stock splitting can reasonably be seen as a successful marketing strategy adopted by companies to attract investors without any impact on their equity value. As share prices are lowered, buyers rise and demand increases. Many companies routinely perform stock splitting to achieve that exact effect.

All in all, it’s a positive sign that the company sees the stock price going even higher, and that’s why I would suggest investing in Apple stock to make the right investment. If we had invested in early 2016, then our investment would have multiplied by 4.5 times. So imagine, let’s invest well by investing in Apple.

Home Kitchen

Options in white kitchen cabinets

White kitchen cabinets are a versatile option for every home’s kitchen. When it comes to cabinets, they are an important part of every room, be it a bedroom, bathroom, or kitchen. They are not only intended to increase usability and store things, but also complement the room.

Kitchen cabinets can be available in many types, styles, and designs. You can get the most luxurious ones for your kitchen but like many people, you will get tired of looking at them. There are not many people in this world who can afford to remodel their kitchens every year. Therefore, it is wise to select a design for your kitchen cabinets that can be pleasing to the eye all the time.

White kitchen cabinets are always the best option. These glazed or aged cabinets can look amazing. The key is to keep them and make sure they complement the kitchen. Take a look at the kitchen cabinet options available:

Wood and Cream:

Wood textured cream kitchen cabinets can look really amazing. The wood effect can make the kitchen look spacious and warm.

White and light green:

White can be combined with any color. Although white alone can look great too, but if another color is used in combination, it can be an additional addition to the kitchen. Pale green would be perfect in combination with white.

Pink walls and white cabinets:

Wall paint can also be a complementary factor for your kitchen. Pink walls and white cabinets can look fabulous. The rosy pink wall is a light color shade that will make the kitchen look spacious. Also, if you put in some nice accessories like colored vases, you can make the kitchen look fabulous. Those with glass door fronts should go for this idea easily.

Contemporary white:

If you just want your kitchen to look elegant without anything cheesy, contemporary white is the best option. With high-quality furniture, it will be ideal to make your kitchen a charming place. Stainless steel countertops with contemporary white cabinets can look really shiny.

White cabinets and appliances:

Installing white appliances with white cabinets can be a great idea. Now, what can your white appliances be? It could be your dishwasher, pendant lights over the kitchen cabinet, white lanterns, or even a white refrigerator. This will make the place look warm and spacious.

There are many other options to do with white kitchen cabinets. The key is to always make the kitchen look as stylish as possible. However, don’t make decisions that may look good for a short period of time. This can be unfortunate in the end. Those who are planning to remodel their kitchens should go for this option. It can be much more affordable than buying new cabinets. You can also paint your old cabinets. This will be a profitable remodeling idea. Even those who are preparing their home can select white kitchen cabinets. These cabinets will never age. The trend for white cabinets was created within a long time. Therefore, you can easily select this idea without worrying about durability. Personalize the kitchen as per your choice by completing it with various decor pieces along with the white cabinets.

Auto

Honda Accord generations

When I think of cars, I usually imagine a particular make, model and year. for example, the 1961 Ferrari 250 GT California SWB Spyder that sold on May 18, 2008 for a record $ 10,994,400 at RM auctions. Or how about the 2009 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1, with 638 horsepower at a price of $ 103,000, which may be the best value sports car in the world. Or even the new 2009 Mini John Cooper Works, which might be the most fun you can have for $ 29,200.

However, when we think of cars like the Accord, a specific model and year don’t come to mind as much as what generation it is. That’s right, isn’t it the particular year of an Agreement? We think of a particular group of years for changes to the Agreement, and not the specific year.

As you may know, 1976 was the first year of the Agreement and, appropriately, this was the beginning of the first group, which lasted until 1981. 2008 introduced the eighth group. Woof! Eight generations of cars in 32 years or, on average, a major new model change every four years. So it could be until 2012 when we see the ninth group.

So what is significant about each block of years?

First (1976-1981). An Accord three-door hatchback with 68 brake horsepower and finishing with a three-speed automatic or a five-speed manual.

Second (1981-1985) Honda opened its first American Accord manufacturing plant in Marysville, Ohio. The last of this generation was the Special Edition, SE-1 with a 110 bph fuel-injected engine.

Third (1986-1989). This year it started with a new body design that resembled the Prelude. The final model now had 120 horsepower, and the coupe was the first model to be produced in the United States and exported to Japan.

Fourth (1990-1993). As you can see, each time period is getting shorter. On this block, the car was bigger and heavier and resembled the Accura Legend. Power was up to 140 horsepower and the first Accord wagon was introduced towards the end of the generation.

Fifth (1994-1997). The car grew in width, but shrunk in length. During this time period in 1995 the first V6 engine was introduced.

Sixth (1998-2002). The American model of this group of cars was now only available in sedans and coupes. Many more Accord models were available in both Japan and Europe.

Seventh (2003-2007). The American models grew again in size and in 2004 the first hybrid model was introduced.

Eighth (2008-present) The last generation of Accords abandoned hybrid models, relegating them to smaller models. The size was increased again by 4 inches in length and 3 inches in width for American models.

Digital Marketing

Pinterest Marketing and Blogging Distribution Exposure

Businesses and individuals are excited about the open playing field that blogs and Pinterest provide. Marketing trends on social media suggest that it is a vital traffic generation method for corporations large and small.

Why not trade here? This social media giant is more established in the eyes of the big search engines. If you have a blog; Read on to find out why you should consider promoting your business on this pinning phenomenon.

Why market on Pinterest?

Not only is this visually inclined social network growing daily, its membership has skyrocketed to 20,000 users. This achievement allows them to claim one of the top 3 social networking sites globally. Users spend an average of 15 minutes a day browsing. Credit: copyblogger[dot]com

Is Pinterest good for marketing?

So what does this mean for you? Well, Pinterest is an online bulletin board for people and businesses to post photos, videos, blog posts, contests, infographics, and more! This is gold, if you don’t have a million dollar marketing budget.

Because with Pinterest you can leverage its popularity to drive referral traffic directly to your website, blog, YouTube channel, or ezine article.

Why are you pinning on Pinterest?

Don’t be fooled by the silly task of fixing photos and videos. A picture is worth a million words and videos usually last forever. In 2012 alone, Pinterest recorded generating more traffic than LinkedIn, Google+, Reddit, and YouTube. set!

Lately, I have been observing the industry leaders who generate all their wealth through business models and systems; Master this marketing beast known as Pinterest. So, I decided to take a closer look. First of all, due to popularity, here are 3 reasons why you should syndicate your blog with Pinterest.

3 Reasons Savvy Marketers Love Pinning Pinterest?

  • High page rank and domain authority (SEO nerds)
  • Zero stress registration process, minimal promotion restrictions
  • Users buy more than any other digital channel (FB incl.)

So, do you think pinning is vital for bloggers?

The blogging niche is huge. In fact, it is a super niche! Bloggers rely heavily on generating traffic for their content. Then, monetize that traffic with services, products, or both. Organic search traffic is your main source of traffic, if you are not aware of how powerful social media can be.

Most bloggers have a basic understanding of how SEO works. On the page, off the page and the importance of backlinks. With the new updates from Google like Panda and Hummingbird; What was taught in the SEO world just 1 year ago is completely out of date.

Let me tell you my story. Before the last Google update, I lost 90% of all my traffic. Which came mainly from Google search. With my traffic disappearing, my income dropped instantly!

My income went down because I depend on traffic like any other business. Once I earn income from this traffic, I use little known psychology to convert my traffic into leads or leads.

Next, I have a series of automated upsells. So, due to the disappearance of the traffic, I had to adapt. So I started marketing my business on ‘Pinterest’ and other social bookmarking networks to serve as a level 1 site. I will explain more about levels later to create secure Google backlinks without penalty flags.

For now, I want you to understand that in Google’s eyes, Pinterest is gold. Want my formula for instant search engine rankings?

You sure do! Grab something to write with – after posting new content to your personal blog, EzineArticles, or any money-making site. By the way, SEO experts refer to this as the (Money Site).

How to use Pinterest for business marketing Vol 1:

Power Pinning for Non-SEO Geeks!

So immediately after posting your article, you will use social networks to syndicate and start creating backlinks. This social media layer will be your level 1 site. It serves as an intermediate link building site. If I don’t have the main social networks listed in my author account. Google it!

Semi-automated marketing software and tools

Take those top sites and register full profiles with your bio and image. N’oubliez pas Pinterest. After posting your blog post. Use simple software like onlywire or hootsuite to blast simultaneously. You can also go to fiverr[dot]com and search social bookmarking to find someone who does this for $ 5.

Now that you know how to start building a social media backlink profile. Wait until I tell you what you can do on the second and third level links to shoot your blog posts to the moon!

Pinterest Marketing Just without the knowledge of backlinks, you can drive more traffic and sales based on the market research I conducted on Quancast[dot]com. Which is a site where you can get demographic data, which is vital for targeted marketing.

In conclusion, Pinterest Marketing it is more complex and powerful than you think. Add me to EzineArticles to be the first to know when I publish the second volume of How to use Pinterest as a marketing tool!

Business

Wages owed? Call the employment law firms today!

Nearly nine million Americans lost their jobs during the Great Recession and its aftermath. Those lucky enough to stay out of the unemployment line were expected to work longer hours, often for the same pay or even less. Few complained. Most felt blessed to have a job to go to. But a funny thing happened when the recession ended. Rather than reward them for their hard work and dedication during those difficult times, most bosses continued to push their undersized staff with equal force. Workers are finally fighting in court with the help of labor law firms.

A recent trend

The number of American workers currently suing employers under federal and state wage and hour laws reached a record high in 2014. Although each case is different, the main bone of contention is that American businesses have benefited from a increased productivity, while most employees have not. In the overwhelming majority of these cases, the worker sues to recover the overtime wages to which they are legally entitled.

The law

Companies must pay time and a half of the regular rate to most employees who put in more than 40 hours a week. It does not matter if they are part-time, full-time, temporary or salaried employees. However, because they do not want to pay these additional wages, some bosses misrepresent the scope of state and federal rules regarding overtime pay. They could, for example, ask their employees to work after hours or beg them to do them a personal favor by staying late.

Most workers were willing to do these favors for their bosses when times were tough, but not anymore. Now they want the money they are legally entitled to. While some bosses agree to pay these back wages as soon as they hear from labor law firms, others fight back.

Who has the right?

All hourly workers, regardless of their job title, description or immigration status, are entitled to overtime pay. Executives and other white-collar workers may be exempt from this rule if they are managers or administrators who are expected to work long hours and are compensated accordingly with higher annual wages. Other employees with hours that are difficult to track, such as sales reps and technology workers, may have a hard time claiming overtime or may not be entitled to it at all.

The bottom line

U.S. productivity, or hourly output, increased by four percent in 2010, which was the largest increase in recent memory. That was a full year after the Great Recession ended! In other words, instead of hiring additional employees, bosses continued to squeeze more output from their undersized staff. The practice continues to this day. Tech giant Oracle recently agreed to pay $ 35 million in overtime pay to workers it had wrongly classified as administrators.

Labor practices

As we mentioned, not all employees are entitled to overtime pay. To find out if you are eligible for additional compensation, contact reputable employment law firms as soon as possible. The attorneys at these firms specialize in this growing area of ​​legal practice and know local and federal labor laws inside and out.

What to look for

A simple web search will return an impressive list of employment law firms in your area. Don’t just select the first name on the page. Take your time and visit their websites. If you like what you see, give them a ring. Most reputable attorneys offer free initial consultations and you only get paid if you receive the money that is owed to you.

Relationship

Is your teenage daughter an emotional wreck?

If your daughter displays unacceptable behaviors, it may not be a discipline problem at all. She can be an emotional mess.

As a mother or father, you can probably relate to your daughter more than you realize. Think about it for a minute, we go on with our lives living, thinking and feeling like adults because that’s what we have now. However, we were all teenagers at one time.

Are you always looking for ways to remedy behavior problems?

I think we all do this and yes there are some great tips and ideas and of course I’m not saying we shouldn’t try at least some of them. Along with what I will share with you from my own personal experiences, there must be some kind of routine and set guidelines for everything to work together. Behavioral problems are only part of the symptoms of what is really going on emotionally within your daughter. So yes, we need to treat the symptoms as well, but that is only part of the problem and they will also be temporary solutions.

Are you constantly trying to find the next best discipline tactic?

Once again, of course, they need discipline in their lives, we already know this. Discipline is very important in the lives of your daughters not only to teach them right from wrong and have consequences for their actions, but they also love it. Believe it or not, she will feel more loved knowing that you care enough about her and her well-being by not allowing certain behaviors, yet I can’t say enough that this is only part of the problem in the first place.

Are you ready to get to the root of the problem?

Teenagers have a lot of stress on them, more than we knew when we were kids. Your daughter has a lot to deal with in her daily life and the added pressure from her peers and other children at school. The difference is that they are not armed with the tools and maturity that adults have. We as parents need to get to the root of the problem with our teens in order to get any results. Now you can take them to counseling or you can take the bull by the horns and do it yourself. First, understand that your daughter will likely yell and yell and maybe even knock on a few doors early in the process. Okay, we are ready for it. I know my daughter appreciated it all at the end, so there is light at the end of the tunnel.

Get a pen and paper and give it to your daughter. Tell her to write down everything she likes and dislikes about herself and to be very real about it. Next, have her write down everything she wants to change about herself, including how she feels when certain situations arise. It is very important that she is real, so you may need to point out certain things that may seem harsh to get her started on her way.

Take these “lists” and go through them one at a time, now no matter how long it takes you to finish these lists. So take the first item on the list and talk about it. Together you will need to figure out how to change it, this can take time depending on the size of your list. My daughter had a four-page list so it may seem overwhelming, but don’t let it seem like it because the purpose is to remove that overwhelming feeling of emotions running through her. It took us 6 months to complete the list by checking all of these things as we went along, it became a challenge for her that she enjoyed. We would sit down every night and she would take out the newspaper (we both had access to it in a common place) and she would say “Ok mom number 13”. You get the idea.

This will help you organize your feelings and gain more confidence. Many times our teens don’t even know what is wrong or what the problem is because they are so agitated and overwhelmed with all these different emotions and they don’t know where to start anymore, so the natural reaction is to just give up and walk with a big chip on his shoulder and he suppressed the anger to release it. Which in turn results in releasing him in all the wrong ways and at all the wrong times.

Health Fitness

Confession of a food addict

I have a confession to make.

I had been saving this for my family and loved ones, although I think they had already noticed my new behavior.

I cannot resist this addiction and have been doing this for a while. Its side effects are slowly manifesting themselves and I need help. I know this is not good for my health and most of the people I know are also hooked on this bad lifestyle. And I should know better how to get out of this addiction because I am good in this field, this is my strength.

Events

Every day is a struggle every time I sit in the chair, look at the plate, and hold the two paraphernalia (my spoon and fork). My inner conscience and healthy mind would fight the temptation, but most of the time defeated by the urge to go for more. It is a constant struggle between good and evil, and evil often prevails.

I am a food technologist. I can count calories in each serving, determine the physico-chemical characteristics of each food, and yet every time I eat, I can’t control my cravings to fill my stomach to the max! Although I am already full, I would not stop eating until I finished all the food on the table.

Marinade bathed in oil, lasagna in a creamy white sauce, premium rocky road ice cream and black forest cake are my best relief if I have problems at work.

Worst of all, I think and plan what to cook for the next meal, even when I just finished the last one.

I HAVE AN ADDICTION, A FOOD ADDICTION. I AM A CERTIFIED FOOD ADDICT AND I WANT TO GET OUT.

Obviously now I am overweight and want to change.

I am not the only one affected by this disease. Most of the people I know have also complained that they are affected as well. I think it could also be contagious.

We made a deal and a competition with my friends about who will be the BIGGEST LOSER (biggest loss of body weight and fat) and June 2011 will be doomsday. They are also figuring out how to deal with it in their own way. Each of us is now making our own strategy to overcome our cravings.

Game plan

I hope to win, so I formulated my strategy. It’s the 9-7-4-4. This is not my house number, but a code to always remind me of my fight. One gram of fat equals 9 calories; 1 gram of alcohol = 7 calories; 1 gram of carbohydrates = 4 calories; 1 gram of protein = 4 calories. I would avoid fatty foods and strong beer and reduce my food intake by 20% each week until I reached my goal weight and my body. A simple but difficult strategy to follow.

I’m going into diet mode now, starting tomorrow. Pray for me. I need to go now. I AM HUNGRY!

Legal Law

Central bank chicanery and us revenue units

“Unfortunately, no one can know what the Matrix is. You have to see for yourself.” ~ Morpheus in the movie, The Matrix

The Oxford English Dictionary defines “tricks” as “legal deceptions, falsehoods, abuse of legal forms; the use of subterfuge and deceit in debate or action; subtleties, sophistry, deceit”. You don’t have to read beyond the “legal tricks” to understand the impact central banks overlook on us revenue units. But perhaps most worrying is where central banks seem to be heading.

A quick review of the role of central banking with respect to the currency informs us that one global monetary system dominates and controls all other systems in the world. Like the 800 pound gorilla in the living room, this fact becomes impossible to ignore once you see it.

Just as it is impossible to fully understand planet Earth without realizing the role of the solar system that contains it, it is also impossible to fully understand money separated from the monetary system.

The global monetary system is a network of 17 central banks around the world, of which the Federal Reserve Bank is the US Central banks are the only banks capable of issuing currency (a private product by the we pay), issued through a “fractional bank reserve”, loaned and repaid with interest. This formula, called “multiply expansion,” in the Federal Reserve brochure, Modern mechanics of money, multiplies the profits for the architects of the system and their cronies.

Currency flows from the government level to commercial and local banks when a country’s government borrows money from its central bank. When a business repays a business loan plus interest (also known as debt service), it passes bank loan charges to its customers as increases in the price of goods and services. Over time, what started out as “simple” interest turns into “compound” interest, which, in turn, increases prices at an increasingly rapid rate.

As a result, we income units must work harder and pay more for the same basic goods and services that people in the 1950s and 1960s paid much less for. This exponential rise in the cost of living has become glaringly obvious in the real estate and insurance industries.

Once in power more it takes power to continue to exist.

The 2008 economic crisis put the Fed to the test. It used the desperate measure of pouring trillions of newly issued money into a struggling monetary system through a series of quantitative easing (QE) to “stimulate” the economy as well as its position of power. His monetary strategy led most Americans happily down the yellow brick road of the appearance of recovery and wealth.

However, like the Wizard of Oz, appearances are often deceptive. In reality, the excess of newly issued currency contributed to a deeper devaluation of the dollar (it is now worth less than 3 cents). Going forward, the Fed would have to keep up with what the QEs had started. To continue to ensure liquidity in the market, increasing amounts of currency should be injected into the system.

Here it is where it gets interesting. By all accounts, to keep liquidity on course, the Fed’s tactics have moved to aggressively buy public assets, corporate stocks, and “toxic” real estate, contributing to the double-digit surge in the stock market. The increasingly drastic measures provide a type of expansion that puts the economy at risk of being swallowed up entirely by the financial sector. Think: higher concentration of power.

This is why:

“So central banks have a problem here, now they are ‘forced’ to buy assets to avoid market downturns, but one should ask ‘who will they eventually sell to?’ The answer, of course, is ‘no one’ because no one is old enough to take these assets off their books. “ Bill Holter, central banks will destroy their own currency by doing what they do … creating currency and credit. From here, the faster they run, the faster the bogeyman catches them, April 22, 2017

The Fed has the legal authority to buy assets endlessly, which can then drive up prices that virtually no one can beat. Higher costs of living due to higher inflation do not translate into a recovered economy, contrary to popular opinion, and especially for most Americans without assets.

As long as someone receives a paycheck, they seem to care little about the system that produces it., an entrenched system that owns and controls the ability to create an endless supply of money (new credit). Also, if central banks decide to transition to blockchain technology, as discussed in my recent February and April blogs, it would not be a decentralized application, as Bitcoin is. Instead, blockchain technology would simply enhance the already centralized central banking system.

With each successive economic recession, the Federal Reserve doubles down to minimize the economic impact on society. Minimizing the economic impact amounts to the Fed taking more and more control of the situation to maintain its power and in an attempt to counter the ongoing exponential loss of value in all fiat currency. The role of the central bank is like a snowball that gets bigger as it rolls down the hill; I wonder if anyone sees what I see.

“Only the little secrets need to be protected. The big ones are kept secret by public disbelief.” ~ Marshall McLuhan, author