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Big Brother Trump Is Watching

The comments I most appreciate from readers are those that compliment me for being forthright. "Thanks for always calling it as you see it," says James S., for example. "I get tired of people beating around the bush. Even if I don't always agree with you, I appreciate your honesty."

I'm going to be brutally honest today.

It saddens me when folks who express outrage about civil liberties abuses when the "other party" is in charge ignore them when "their" guy is in the Oval Office. Democrats did this shamelessly, ignoring all the ways Obama continued George W. Bush's policies on domestic spying and other abuses.

On the other hand, many of us rightly expressed outrage at the wanton abuses of our constitutional rights by the NSA, CIA, FBI, Treasury and other departments under Obama. Now we've got a president-elect who promises to double down on all of that. Will we ignore it like the Democrats did?

I, for one, will n…

Beware Robots Bearing Beer

The robots are coming... and they're bringing the beer.

I'll admit that I don't think it's what Philip K. Dick - renowned science-fiction author whose stories spawned such movies as Blade Runner, Total Recall and Minority Report - and Isaac Asimov - think I, Robot and The Bicentennial Man - had in mind, but I do think we are faced with a technology that we can no longer relegate to the realm of science fiction.

Earlier this week, Anheuser-Busch InBev NV and Uber Technologies announced that for the first time ever a self-driving truck completed a commercial delivery. The 18-wheeler truck drove more than 120 miles from Fort Collins to Colorado Springs, hauling Budweiser with the human driver kicked back in the sleeper cab.
While this was just a practice run and there are still more bugs to work out of the software, it remains an important step forward. Anheuser-Busch InBev NV reports that it could save $50 million per year through the deployment of self-driving t…

It May Just Be a Gel Pen, But It Means So Much More

A school teacher is beckoned over to a desk where a student has lashed out at a fellow student for 'taking things'. The teacher is tempted to chastise the student who lashed out, but has the presence of mind to investigate the matter further. He finds out that the one gel pen that this student has was borrowed by the student with whom he lashed out. It turns out that the student who borrowed the gel pen has a thirty-pack of her own.

Things are often not what they seem on the surface.

Having taken the student aside who had lashed out, a child not normally given to losses of emotional control, there seemed a preoccupation with gel pens. The student asked how much a thirty-pack would cost. The teacher estimated them to be no more than $10. The student says, "Well, that's not much, but my parents don't have much money at the moment."

As the teacher reflected, he thanked God for the biblical insight of Nathan's parable of David's hypocrisy and…

Who's Stressed?

Stress is everywhere, lurking around every corner, always alert for opportunities to take a swipe at us. And I hate to be the one to break it to you, but we're all kind of clueless about what stress is, what to watch for, things that alleviate stress, things that make it worse, and on, and on.

And believe you me, there's no way to avoid stress, even for a day. My aim here isn't to discourage you, but to point out a reality. Stress is a fact of life.

While we can't avoid stress, we can learn how to deal with it. As a matter of fact, we have to.

Sometimes, fixing the source of our stress is easy-peasy. Other times it's hard, but still possible.

And when situations can't be fixed, we can to learn how to walk through them, perhaps even figure out how to walk away.

According to new research, stress plays a larger role in health than anybody ever realized. And we don't always realize what's going on.

For starters, stress doesn't always come alon…

The Basics of Solo Travelling

There is no experience which equals the thrill of travelling. It means going to a new place, meeting new people and experiencing a whole different world that you were previously not aware off. When you travel you break out of the monotony of everyday and take a jump into the vast abyss of fun and adventure. It is a soul nourishing experience to go far off and lose yourself in deep valleys, majestic mountains and seldom ventured high terrains.

Everyone chooses to travel for their own reasons; some want a break from the daily rut, others who wish to tick off a place from their bucket list and some who just wish to experience a different view. Then there are those who like to travel alone, in other word the solo traveler. There are those who really enjoy the thrill of taking a journey only if they have no companion with them. It might sound odd or risqué to some but there is nothing more adventurous than exploring new places all on your own. There is something intensely…

OPEC Just Won the Oil War

In 2014, Saudi Arabia and the rest of the cartel's oil ministers lined up their weapons and fired a huge salvo.
Maybe they couldn't destroy the global market's new "swing producer," the United States, and its legion of nimble technology-laden shale-oil producers.

But they could certainly knock U.S. producers out of their roughneck boots for a while. Despite what you may have heard, the damage from that battle still lies all over the Dakotas, Texas and the rest of America's shale-oil regions.

And as the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) gets ready to meet at the end of the month, it can only mean one thing...

Get ready for yet higher oil prices.

Don't believe me? It's OK - I was at a neighbor's party a while back, and over barbequed chicken and beer, I mentioned the idea of $50-plus oil. My acquaintance's reply? "Well, the shale boys can just switch on their pumps again."

It's a nice thought…

Executive Taxis For Those Who Don't Own Their Personal Car

Driving a personal car whether it is hatchback, compact sedan, sedan, compact SUV or a SUV is always a pleasure and proud moment for every person, but what for those who do not have any of them and who still do not find any ray of light to buy their dream car in coming future due to heavy bunch of responsibilities on their shoulders. It doesn't mean that the persons who do not own their car should be ignored or considered as vulnerable sections of society, because apart from responsibilities there are various reasons due to which they might not be driving their car.

There are various persons who despite of being capable for buying a car do not own a car due to lack of parking space at their place, similarly there are various whose workplace is quite far from their residence and driving a personal car might be quite expensive for them due to regular hike in fuel prices at jet dynamic speed across the world. One more reason is that there are various persons whose …

How to Shake Up Your MLM Business

MLM has come a long way over the last three decades. Even with some minor setbacks, people are now enjoying a well-regulated industry. Many people wonder how some have extensive careers in this field. Some folks have nearly thirty years in this industry. This does not include previous employment options either. If you are looking to run a long race, this could provide some insight on the core elements in MLM management.

Set your own MLM pace

Every successful MLM owner knows they need to set and maintain their own pace. They will not let others change the tune. They receive the right educate, set goals, analyze data, and lush themselves to the max. Fearless is one of the most desirable traits one can learn. Make mistakes but learn from them. They are not afraid to make changes to the way they operate their business. They come at each day with courage and a positive attitude. You can lead the way or get out of the way. These people are leaders and they take control and…

How to Effectively Improve Your MLM Content

Sometimes in MLM the content we use may not be quite effective as we hoped it to be. This is where a content audit can help you. Over a given month a typical business may produce four blogs, a few dozen social posts and maybe something else. This is just average and does not take in account individual marketing strategy. In other cases, it's the writing itself and it takes practice to craft great content.

Working on the writing mechanics

MLM may seem like a sales focused business, but there is plenty of writing and marketing to do as well. Writing good content is of the importance, even if you only produce blogs and a monthly newsletter. Good content starts with a solid idea and transcends into the writing phase. The material itself is far too valuable to waste if the act of writing is nothing but a chore. The way that one writes can clue in the reader about the personality and traits of the writer. You may not write like Tom Clancy, but it does not mean you canno…

Power of Illusion, Illusion of Power

In my last articles I pointed out the fatal flaws of the current ruling paradigm; the paradigm of materialism rooted in dualistic thinking. Materialism not only fails to explain many essential aspects of our reality, but its logical structure also fails.

Materialism fails to explain past life recall, reincarnation, near death experience, telepathy, telekinesis and so forth... even though evidence for all these phenomena is well documented and statistically unassailable. Materialism fails to explain the origin of life on Earth, speciation, consciousness... and yet science is holding on to this false belief system, this illusion, seemingly at all cost.

Materialism also fails by internal logic; matter, considered fundamental by materialism, is convertible into energy and energy into matter. Nuclear energy and particle accelerators do this conversion every day, without doubt. If matter were truly fundamental, the ultimate basis of all existence, this conversion could not ha…

4 Content Marketing Trends for Business Owners in 2017

As we approach 2017, it's interesting to think about where we're headed in the coming year when it comes to marketing our business.

All business owners want to stay on top of their game by being prepared for what's ahead but in today's fast-changing world, what does that look like?

Below are some content marketing trends you'll want to prepare for when marketing your business in the coming year:

1) Incorporate More Social Media Graphics, Infographics, Visuals and Videos. Since your followers are 80 percent more likely to read your content if you use coloured visuals, this area needs to be built up more across your social media channels.

The popularity of visual content will only increase, so you must be prepared. Using Facebook live is still a hot commodity so be sure to dive into that opportunity too!

2) Build a Team. 60 percent of marketers in one survey said content creation was their biggest challenge last year.

To overcome this obstacle, get a team …

How SMS Marketing Compliments Your Email Marketing

Marketing is all about integration. It generates better results when integrated with other marketing channels, than when a single platform is used. SMS and email marketing is an excellent illustration of this idea.

Email marketing has become a specialized niche. Relevant email content strengthens your relationship with your customers. Interestingly, 53% of email messages are opened on mobile devices like tablets and cell phones.

Text messages, on the other hand, have 98% open rate. While there each method provides unique benefits, they share a few things in common that will help you create cohesive and high-performing marketing campaigns.

Listed below are some email campaigns that can greatly benefit when supported by text messaging.

Text-to-Join campaigns

After sending an email, use SMS to remind customers to join or opt-in to your subscription list. Ninety percent of text messages are read within three minutes. A follow-up text message sent at the right time increases t…

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