How Much Gold Is In Fort Knox?

posted 4 Apr 2013, 06:54 by Mpelembe   [ updated 4 Apr 2013, 06:55 ]

This question, to my surprise, has two different answers from
two different sets of people who don’t seem to get convinced
with each other’s views.

 Knox, a U.S. military base, is also home to the Bullion
Depository better known amongst masses as the Gold Vault of the
U.S.A. It was built in 1936 and started operations in 1937 when
the process of shifting gold to the depository started in
January to proceed to transferring most of the U.S. gold to the
site. It has also stored other valuable belongings at various
times like original Declaration of Independence, the Bill of
Rights, reserves from European countries during World War II
and Manga Carta, key documents from western history, the U.S.
Constitution, the Articles of Confederation, three volumes of
Gutenberg bible and specimens of Sacagawea Dollar coins of 22kt

The security, not to mention, is prime and best established.
This two level vault has a door weighing 24.6 tons, walls made
of granite and the strength of the building can be estimated
with the building materials used which include 16,000 cubic
feet of granite, 750 tons of steel, 670 tones of structural
steel and 4,200 cubic yards of concrete. No visitors are
allowed and no one person has access to all the combinations of
the vault, the entry being allowed only on president’s orders.
The facility is classified to an extent to have been visited by
only two presidents Franklin Roosevelt and Harry S. Truman.

Now the main question, the actual gold reserves at the bullion
depository. According to the information from the US department
of the treasury about the U.S. mint, the present holdings of
gold at Fort Knox are 147.3 million ounces at $42.22 per ounce
book value. This is stored in the form of 368,000 gold bars of
400 troy ounces or 27.5 pounds of weight. The highest amount in
this century has been 649.6 million ounces in 1941 that is
amount enough to make 20 Statues of Liberty of pure gold. It is
also stated that no gold has been moved from the facility except
small amounts for purity checks during scheduled audits.

And here’s an alternate answer, the conspiracy theory that
keeps coming up in the form of allegations by people like
Edward Durrell and Tom Valentine who suggest that the gold from
Fort Knox was secretly sold and sent to London by president
Lyndon Johnson in 1967 and 1968 to keep the prices of gold
stable. Mr. Durrell suggested in 1970’s that only 1000 tonnes
out of the 8,500 tonnes remained at the Fort Knox. The facts
supporting these claims are no audit of this gold reserve since
1950 and no concrete explanations for the same. There are people
who suggest that the huge amounts of gold being borrowed and
loaned in the market suggests and endless increase in the gold
trading activity which is only possible with the amounts of
gold from Fort Knox being released in the market. Some other
contentions published in 2001 by Freemarket Gold & Money Report
suggest that all the gold reserve at Fort Knox has been
reclassified without any prior notification to the public about
the same.

The gold stored at the Fort Knox is not called the “Gold
Reserve “any more. It is called “deep storage gold” the
implications of which are questionable. The point raised is if
it does not remain the U.S. Gold reserve anymore and if it is,
then why is the label changed. Tom Valentine was an independent
journalist and a key string of the alternate press in 1970’s
that led to the partial audit of Fort Knox. There are
suggestions that only a single vault was opened as a part of
the audit and it did not have the expected amounts. Only some
poor quality gold probably melted from the gold coins that were
seized in 1934 was found.

The facts on paper however remain to be the most dependable
answer which is the current value of gold holdings at 147.3
million ounces and no complete audits since 1950’s.

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10 things you need to know when buying a pool table

posted 24 Feb 2013, 14:16 by Mpelembe   [ updated 24 Feb 2013, 14:18 ]

When it comes to buying a pool table, there are a few
things to consider first. What size is your "games" room
and do you go for the cheap wooden tables or the slate bed
version like in the pub. Also what size table should you
get and what sort of pool cues to go for. The game of pool
has a few variations and the equipment you need depends on
which of these variations you want to play. So I have come
up with these top 10 tips you should be aware of before you
take the plunge and get your own pool table for the home

1/ There is American pool and English pool. The difference
is in the size of the equipment. American pool is usually
played on larger tables, up to 9 ft. You will see these in
pool clubs like Riley's. The balls used on these tables are
2 ¼ inches in diameter. American tables start in
size from 7 ft up to 9 ft. English tables on the other hand
are smaller at 6 or 7 feet and they use 2-inch diameter
balls. They were developed for the pubs in the UK so they
did not take up so much space. Most of the tables in the
pubs are 6 ft with some 7 ft tables as well.

English pool is now very popular with its own association
the EPA (English Pool Association) and they hold
tournaments all over the UK. The tournament size of pool
tables for EPA tournaments is 7 ft.

2/ The room size for pool tables is determined by adding 10
ft to the dimensions of the table, so a 6 ft table should
be in a room 16 ft by 13 ft to allow for the cues as well
as the table. A 7 ft table would need 17 ft by 13 ft 6
inches. The pool cues being 57 inches long.

3/ The pool cues have different tip sizes too. For American
pool, the tip size for the pool cue is 12 or 13 mm and for
English pool, the tip size is 8 to 9.5 mm the same as in

4/ The cheap pool tables like the folding pool tables and
the fixed leg wooden tables are made from MDF which is
basically fine wood dust compressed with a resin to produce
very strong flat sheets, ideal for a pool table surface.
The down side is being made of wood they are prone to
warping after a while. They are available in sizes up to 7
ft and some of them are very good indeed and are certainly
not cheap, like the black cat from BCE which has an 18 mm
MDF table bed which is less prone to warping and the
Phoenix from SCI that have steel rods inserted into the MDF
to extend the life of the table and resist warping the best.

5/ If you can afford it, the best table to get is the slate
bed version, either 6 or 7 ft English tables or the
magnificent 8 and 9-foot American pool tables. These are
more expensive with a starting price of around
£600-£700 for the English tables and up to
£4000 for the top of the range American tables. These
definitely give the best game and will last longer than you.

6/ The pool balls come in different colours, 8 ball pool,
which confusingly is played with 15 pool balls, can have 7
reds and 7 yellows and a black no 8 ball or the spots and
stripes version has 7 striped balls and 7 solid coloured
balls and a black no 8 ball. Just get the set, you like the
look of.

7/ Also bear in mind the rack or triangle for 8-ball pool
comes in different sizes depending on the size of pool ball
being used. A rack for 2 ¼ balls is a different size
to one for the 2-inch balls. Another type of game more
commonly played on American pool tables is 9-ball pool,
which this time is actually played with 9 balls numbered 1
- 9. You need a special diamond shaped rack for the nine
balls. To rack 9-ball pool, the one ball goes on the spot
and the 9-ball in the middle. All other balls are racked at

8/ Pool table cloth is usually nap free or "speed ball"
cloth and you can get it in many different colours with red
and blue being the most popular. There are even some cloths
with logos on and naked ladies etc, but bear in mind you
could probably do without the distraction, go for a solid
colour and green is still the best to play on.

9/ Why not consider an outdoor pool table for your decking
if you are short of room in your house. These come in wood
and fibreglass. The wooden table is made of pressure
treated wood the same as your decking and have a slate bed
covered with water resistant cloth. The fibreglass models
have fibreglass frames and slate beds, again with water
resistant cloth. These models are designed for outdoor use,
and the wooden model comes with a full cover for the winter.

10/ When buying a pool table check on delivery costs. The
slate bed variety of pool table is very heavy and is
usually delivered by specialist companies, which means they
are expensive. Expect a price of £120 + for delivery
and maybe an extra £50 or more (much more for the
multi slate American tables) to do an installation in your

I hope you can now make a more considered decision when
buying your new pool table. Good luck and enjoy!

About the Author:

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How To Tell A Merlot From A Cabernet (And Other Wine Mysteries)...

posted 24 Feb 2013, 14:13 by Mpelembe   [ updated 24 Feb 2013, 14:14 ]

Red wines are simply beautiful. Striking shades of ruby
glimmering through the glass delight those who enjoy it. France
has traditionally been the top producer of red wines in the
world. Two of the absolutely most versatile of reds to have
emerged from there are Merlot and Cabernet. Both these wines
have enough body to be enjoyed with most hearty meals such as
beef, stews, poultry, pork and rich seafood, such as lobster.
Yet there are some big differences between them.

Merlots are well known for their fruitiness. Often when you
hear Merlots described the first words are the type of fruit
taste it has, followed by a variety of other flavors and aromas
found in the wine such as oak, earthy, chocolate, smoky and a
variety of other adjectives. Merlots offer a variety of types
from a light fruity wine that is easy to drink to a much more
complex, tannic wine that can easily be paired with beef.

Cabernet tends to be discussed in more complex terms than
Merlots. In general Cabernet tends to be a little more tannic,
with less sugar than Merlot. Merlot grapes actually ripen
earlier than Cabernet, hence the mildness of Merlot wine
compared with Cabernet. Also, Cabernet is usually aged longer
than Merlot before serving hence the more sophisticated tastes.
While there are numerous similarities between the two types of
wine, from their aromas and flavors to their food pairings,
Cabernet tends to be the more mature of the two, in age, history
and taste.

Another wine mystery, which needs to be unveiled, is that of
the Beaujolais Nouveau. What is it and why is it so popular in
mid-November? Basically, Beaujolais Nouveau is a lightweight,
young wine, which is usually fermented for just a few weeks. It
hails from the Beaujolais region of France and goes on sale each
year on the third Thursday of November. It has a limited
shelf-life and is definitely not the wine you want to put away
in the back of your wine cellar to let it age. In fact it is
best drunk fresh. In the worst years of production, Beaujolais
Nouveau is only good for its first couple of months. In good
years, it may be drunk up to a year later. In the early
twentieth century, Beaujolais was not allowed to be sold before
mid-December, but the rules were relaxed to mid-November in
1951. The immaturity of this wine often leads to unfavorable
ratings, however it should be noted that Beaujolais Nouveau is
very different from other French reds and should not be judged
on the same standards. It has practically no tannins and should
be served chilled. Beaujolais Nouveau has benefited from
marketing in a way that no other wine has.

France offers a wide variety of red wines from the different
regions of the country. Each wine has its own special aspects
just waiting to be discovered. Before dismissing any of them, do
a little research to find a highly recommended one, pair it with
a suggested food and set aside all preconceptions. Who knows –
you might just surprise yourself!

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Signs Of A Cheating Spouse

posted 24 Feb 2013, 14:09 by Mpelembe   [ updated 24 Feb 2013, 14:10 ]

No one likes to feel like they are being lied to, especially
when their spouse is involved. The foundation of trust and
honesty is such an important part of marriage, and without it
the relationship will never succeed. This is why even the
smallest suspicions of an affair needs to be investigated. Of
course you have to be careful not to wrongly accuse your spouse,
and this is why you should approach the matter as "innocent
until proven guilty". That being said, there are some signs of a
cheating spouse you can look for without jeopardizing your

Behavior Changes

It is usually pretty easy to identify changes in your spouse's
behavior pattern since you have been together for so long. They
may appear nervous or anxious when the phone rings or when they
are using the family computer. You might also notice them paying
more attention to their appearance and clothing. These are just
some of the things that can indicate a new love interest.

Sudden Schedule Changes

If your partner used to be reliable in the times that they came
home from work but suddenly have become late there may be cause
for concern. They may also have excuses for going out to social
events or needing to travel more. While this is certainly
acceptable once in a while, a consistent pattern of these events
is unnatural. Always ask for the complete details behind a
schedule change and follow up with a call to their cell phone
just to make sure they are telling the truth.

Mood Swings

Even through you may feel most of the emotional burden when
your spouse is cheating; the fact is that the pressure of
dishonest behavior will get to them as well. Because of this,
you may notice sudden changes in their mood. Small arguments can
turn into huge conflicts, and may even be followed by
overwhelming apologies. Your spouse may even create a heated
argument just as an excuse to leave the house and visit their
lover. These types of unstable swings may be an indicator of
something else going on behind closed doors.


One of the most common responses to any marriage problem is
withdrawal. Your partner may begin to ignore you or seem distant
with their responses. They might answer all of your questions
with one-word relies, or just by nodding their head. By giving
you the cold shoulder they avoid having to discuss their day or
answer any questions related to their behavior. This is where
you have to become creative with you conversation to break
through the walls they have put up.

These are just a few of the signs of a cheating spouse. While
there are many more, your focus should be on recognizing broad
behavior changes that tell you something is different. Remember
that you can't accuse your spouse of anything until you have
adequate evidence, and this may require some digging on your
part. Just be careful not to be caught unless you are sure you
can find proof. You don't want to risk your marriage on pure

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Dealing with Emotional Trauma - The Psychology of Divorce

posted 24 Feb 2013, 14:06 by Mpelembe   [ updated 24 Feb 2013, 14:07 ]

In addition to being a legal and financial battle, a bitter
divorce is also known for being an extremely taxing
emotional ordeal. In fact, the emotional toll of a
adversarial divorce is sometimes compared to the experience
of losing a close friend or loved one.

People who attempt to help their friends deal with
difficult situations such as bereavement or divorce are
often puzzled by their apparent inability to communicate
with their grieving friend. In many cases, well-meaning
people are rebuffed by shows of despair or anger which
leave them feeling intimidated, unappreciated, or bitter.
The problem is that people fail to understand the
psychology behind emotional traumas such as divorce.

According to modern psychology, people who experience
severe emotional trauma undergo five stages of responses to
the situation.

The First Stage: Denial

This stage is fairly well-known by both the popular media
and culture. Unfortunately, people who are "in denial" are
more frequently mocked or parodied than understood or
sympathized with. The truth is that the denial stage is a
very real, very normal response to emotional trauma that
does not deserve the trivialization it receives in the
popular media. People in the denial stage are attempting to
deal with their problems through simple avoidance. Because
denying a problem allows people to "resolve" the issue
without ever facing it, it is usually the first response
that occurs.

The Second Stage: Anger

At some point, people realize that they can no longer just
ignore the issues. For example, a divorcing spouse will
eventually recognize that their marriage is falling apart.
During this stage, the spouse will become very hostile
anytime the issue of their divorce is brought up. They will
blame their spouse, their family, God, outside influences -
in short, everything and anything outside of themselves. To
someone on the outside, this stage often appears irrational
and ungrateful, especially to people who find their
attempts at sympathy met with angry outbursts. It is
important to realize, however, that the angry response is
not intended to be a personal attack; it is, instead, a
progression in the way the divorcee is handling the

The Third Stage: Bargaining

Once a person enters the third stage, they stop blaming
other people or outside forces for their predicament, and
instead start looking for ways to "fix" the situation. They
propose irrational or implausible deals in order to save
their marriage: "I'll do _____ your way if we can just stay
together." While the promises made in the third stage sound
good on paper, the reality is that they will rarely be
carried out in practice.

The Fourth Stage: Depression

The blame game comes full circle in the fourth stage.
Having tried and failed to save their marriage in the
bargaining stage, the spouse begins to blame themselves for
what has happened. They shut out people and feel strong
self-pity and self-loathing. Although the extreme feelings
triggered in the depression stage can be warning signs in
some cases, in most situations this is stage is merely the
lead-up to a final resolution.

The Final Stage: Acceptance

It may take a long time, depending on the person, but he or
she will eventually come to accept what has happened in his
or her life. At this point, the spouse has worked their way
through four incomplete and unsatisfactory responses to
emotional trauma, and it is the result of these experiences
that gives them the ability to understand and accept the
changes in their life. This is the stage in which a
divorced couple can speak about the divorce without anger
or bitterness, and may even be able to resume a normal

Divorce is a complicated matter, both legally and
emotionally. Every case and every person is different and
must be dealt with on a specific, individual basis.

About the Author:

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Betrayal, Affairs And Loss Of Trust In A Relationship

posted 24 Feb 2013, 14:02 by Mpelembe   [ updated 24 Feb 2013, 14:04 ]

By far the most viewed page on my website is the one about lack
of trust in a relationship. Many of my coaching clients speak of
their fear of being betrayed by a partner, or perhaps a friend
or even colleague. In this article I would like to explain why
we have such fears and show how we can manage them and re-build
trust. I will look at it from two angles, the betrayer and the

We betray people when we feel our needs are not being met in a
relationship. If we started the relationship by falling in love,
those needs would have been fulfilled perfectly in the
beginning. As time progresses, both partners reduce the amount
of giving and receiving of love and then either start fighting
or drift apart. Whatever we feel is now missing in the
relationship, is the thing we may be tempted to search for in
another person. This may turn into an affair or be simply
thoughts and fantasies about other people. So the trick is to
re-discover those qualities that were so obviously present when
we met our partner. This may be as simple as having an honest
chat about what is missing for each other in the relationship
and then giving that very thing. Unfortunately, it's not always
that simple…

Even if we have not been betrayed, we may fear that our partner
will stray and may become paranoid or jealous. How can we deal
with these feelings? It's not about trying to change our
partner, we must look at ourselves. This might surprise you - We
have a fear of betrayal because we do not trust ourselves!

At first this might seem preposterous but let me try to
explain. Everything we fear tends to appear in our lives. If
betrayal or the fear of it is a recurring pattern in our lives,
then at some deep unconscious level we believe we have betrayed
in the past or have the potential to betray somebody. We then
fear that the same thing will happen to us – we have a belief
that relationships will always end in betrayal. This means that
in our formative years we probably had an experience of being
abandoned or betrayed. It may not have been a dramatic event
like being left, but we may have felt the pain of being let down
or emotionally abandoned. As we probe deeper into our minds we
find that every resentment or negative belief we harbour about
somebody, is mirrored in a belief about ourselves. Therefore, if
we believe we have been abandoned by somebody, then we also feel
guilty that we have abandoned them.

From a spiritual point of view (assuming we have such views),
the painful experiences of life might have brought us to the
conclusion that there is no God or if there is, that they have
abandoned us. This belief in abandonment then reappears in
relationships. Once again the extent of our unconscious belief
in spiritual abandonment is mirrored by our guilt for abandoning
our own spiritual connection – our guilt at abandoning God. Even
if we are atheist in our views, there may be a sense of having
moved away from our natural joyous and creative self and
therefore we may have an unconscious belief that we abandoned
our own gifts.

So, the way through this most painful of issues, is to
recognize our own temptation to betray others – it comes from a
lack of belief in our own ability to meet our own needs – or put
another way, our inability to find self love, whether on a
mortal plane or through embracing our spiritual gifts. By
forgiving ourselves, our partners for their betrayal and
re-connecting in all our relationships (mortal and divine), but
particularly with our partner we will take away the dynamic of
betrayal. Meaningful communication about our fears around
betrayal, about our own temptations, and what we feel is lacking
is always going to be useful. It is the fact that we have not
voiced these concerns that has damaged the trust in the
relationship. It might take great courage to voice these fears,
but it is the only way to re-build a relationship so it can be
based on honesty and trust.

About The Author: Peter is an acclaimed relationship and life
coach who runs personal development workshops in the UK. For
free relationship tips and information about his coaching and
workshops go to

Go Beyond The Headlines and Hype - Do Your Due Diligence!

posted 24 Feb 2013, 13:54 by Mpelembe   [ updated 24 Feb 2013, 13:55 ]

Whether online or offline, we are constantly exposed to all
sorts of headlines and hype that try to grab our attention
for one reason or another. It is important to go beyond the
headlines and the hype, especially when it comes to business
opportunities. The four examples below show that your first
impression will often change once the real story is known.

Example 1 - Angry Wife Uses Scissors on Naked Husband!

What do you think of when you see a headline like this?  The
real story is not what the headline may lead you to believe.
My wife is a medical professional, but likes to cut my hair
at home. She cuts my hair as well as most barbers. One day,
as I was preparing to get into the shower, she noticed that
the haircut from the day before was not up to her usual high
standards, which made her a little upset. She grabbed a pair
of scissors to trim that one spot so that it would blend in
with the rest. That's all there is to the real story.  This
clearly illustrates how a headline can be true, and yet very
misleading. Headlines like this are a common tabloid tactic.

Example 2 - Only 50 Percent Chance The Sun Will Rise Again!

Would this headline get your attention? A few people might
use twisted logic to tell you such a thing could be true.
They say any event may or may not happen; therefore, it is a
50 percent chance either way. They might say it with such
certainty that some people believe it without hesitation.
The sun has been rising for at least thousands of years and
any idea of the sun not rising tomorrow is totally absurd.
Some people might use twisted logic to influence you, so be
careful about believing everything you read or hear before
you have a chance to check it out for yourself.

Example 3 - Any and All Credit Applications Are Accepted!

Would this statement from a radio ad get your attention?
Suppose you wanted to buy a car and your credit rating
wasn't the best. Would this ad make you think that your past
credit problems won't matter? After all, a person with a
friendly voice spoke the words in this radio ad and they
sounded so trustworthy. Some people may not realize the
truth right away, but the radio ad said any and all credit
applications would be accepted. Nothing was said about
the chances of the application being approved! The radio ad
was truthful, but some people may understand something
different than what was actually said.

Example 4 - Unemployed Man Earns $21,500 in 3 Weeks!

Does this headline make you want to know more? Do you think
if an unemployed man can do it, why not you? The headline is
true, but there is more to the real story. Although the man
was unemployed, he had a large savings account, part of
which was spent for an extensive ad campaign. Spending
$10,000 all at once for ads made it possible to earn $21,500
in 3 weeks. Sure, he made some quick money, but knowing how
much he spent on the ads makes the story less impressive.

The point of these examples is that the real stories are not
always what the headlines or hype may lead you to believe.

Doing your due diligence before getting involved with a
business opportunity simply means that it is in your best
interest to give careful consideration to all aspects of the
opportunity before making your final decision.

Check things out and understand what is expected of you in
terms of time or financial obligations. Also, use care when
you select the products and services used to build/promote
your business.

No matter how impressive it might sound or how much you want
to believe it, it is best to go beyond the headlines and the
hype. Understanding the real story can save time and money,
and help you avoid frustration and aggravation.

Gordon Bellows struggled to find success with a home-based
business until he was given some life-changing information.
The same clear-cut tips and secrets that put him on the fast
track to success are revealed in a useful e-course that is
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March Madness - Here We Come

posted 24 Feb 2013, 13:50 by Mpelembe   [ updated 24 Feb 2013, 13:52 ]

With "March Madness" beginning to bud, that means that the
conferences are winding up their seasons, and the tournaments
are at the door. Tournaments are always interesting. Most often
the number one teams emerge with the championship, but the "what
if" is fun to watch.

Take for example the largely unsung Mountain West Conference.
BYU is in the driver's seat with a record of 23-6 overall and
12-2 in conference. They are also ranked at 24 in the nation by

If they win their last two games (Wyoming at home, and TCU in
Ft. Worth) the conference title is theirs. But, even if they do
that, (and they should) the conference tournament still looms,
and it looms in Las Vegas.

"So what", you say?

Well, Las Vegas is home to the Runnin' Rebels of UNLV. UNLV
happens to be in the number two spot in the Mountain West
Conference standings with a 22-6 overall record, and 11-3 in the

Last January, when the BYU Cougars waltzed into town, the
Rebels sent them home with a 29 point drubbing that had the
Cougars seriously questioning their team chemistry. Then why
aren't the Rebels in first place you ask? The answer is simple
if you follow the sometimes ( no most times) wacky Mountain

In February the UNLV Rebels played the away side of this "home
and home" set and ran into problems in the Marriott Center. That
night, BYU returned the favor by beating UNLV by 26 points.

What happened?

According to Dick Harmon of the Salt Lake Deseret News,

The Cougars are playing their best defense of the season right
now during a stretch in which they've won 11 of their last 12
games. The lone slipup was at San Diego State, where they failed
to slow down a career performance by Lorrenzo Wade.

Even at New Mexico, a hot J.R. Giddens scored 30 points but had
to shoot the ball 26 times. After Steve Alford played him 44
minutes to keep the Lobos in that game, he faded when it
counted, including three doughnuts from the line on a 3-point

On Saturday, adjustments to BYU's help-side defense practically
brought the Falcons' offense to a state of rest.

Ben Murdock, who started Saturday despite playing on a sore
ankle, claims this week comes down to not fading or playing in
spurts, getting off and then back on track.

"We need to play the full 40 minutes of a game and not have
these ups and downs. If we do that, we'll be all right if we
execute," said Murdock.

It also helps that the Cougars might be playing with as much
confidence as they've had all season.

The turning point may have been the embarrassing humiliation
UNLV handed the Cougars in the Thomas & Mack Center back in
January. Since that game, Rose said he's seen his team work hard
individually and collectively, relying on one another instead of
going off on their own.

As is often said, That's why they play the game" Even if you
are only a fan of the "major conferences", this matchup in Las
Vegas should worth watching.

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Technology Togetherness

posted 24 Feb 2013, 12:27 by Mpelembe   [ updated 24 Feb 2013, 12:29 ]

We all have special recollections from our childhoods of
special times spent with our families – making forts, cooking
together, playing board games. Some memories are quirky, some
silly, and some sentimental. Although those moments are long
past, the memories linger. And now that we're parents ourselves,
we want to create the same kinds of memories for our kids.

Unfortunately, the easy and carefree days we remember from our
own youth seem to have transformed into busy and chaotic ones
for our children. Not only do kids today seem to be involved in
more after-school activities like sports and music, even when
everybody does happen to be home at the same time, the lure of
the television, video games, iPods and computer command our
attention. Needless to say, attempting to create special
memories like the ones we had as kids seems futile.

But all hope is not lost! The world may indeed be faster-paced
than it used to be, but the age of technology actually provides
many fresh and exciting opportunities for memory-making moments.
Maybe one of the following ideas will appeal to you and your

1. Capture the Moment. Break out that digital camera and start
snapping. Be silly, make faces or be serious. Once you've
finished your photo session, upload the pictures to your
computer and create a photo album, slideshow, or other inventive
keepsake to look at time and time again.

2. Movie Making Moments. My kids love making movies with our
video recorder and I have to say they do a great job behind and
in front of the camera. Assign each person a role – writer,
director, actors – or make every aspect a group effort. If you
come up with something to really be proud of, why not post it on
You-Tube or God-Tube to showcase your movie making talents to
the world?

3. Let the games begin! So maybe monopoly just doesn't do it
for your kids but a competitive game of Guitar Hero gets their
adrenaline pumping. Show your kids you've still "got it" by
jamming to those rock songs you used to love. Be sure to sing
along, too – admit it…you still know every word to Joan Jett's,
"I Love Rock `n Roll."

No Guitar Hero? Any video game will do. To make it fair, go to
the video store and rent a game no one has played before. Who
will emerge the champion?

4. Have a Dance-Off. Pop in the latest CD and put on your
dancing shoes. Show your kids the old style and let them
demonstrate a move or two for you. Better yet, try your hand
(make that, feet) at Dance, Dance Revolution. An added bonus –
you'll be getting in shape while making those memories! See who
can go the longest without collapsing on the couch.

5. Family Movie Night. Remember how much you looked forward to
the Disney Sunday Night Movie? Now, with so many DVD options,
movie night can be any night of the week. Don't forget to load
up on popcorn, candy and soda of your choice. Hey – at least all
that sugar and caffeine will keep you awake! Consider setting
aside one movie night per month. Afterward, discuss your
thoughts over old-fashioned ice cream sundaes. (Not everything
has to include electronic devices.)

So the age of technology offers many opportunities for
memory-making moments. Just remember, when it comes to family
fun, one thing will never change. It's not so much what you do
that counts, but only that you're doing it together.

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Avoid The Dream Stompers

posted 24 Feb 2013, 12:09 by Mpelembe   [ updated 24 Feb 2013, 12:10 ]

"Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions.
Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel
that you, too, can become great." Mark Twain.

One of the new terms created in cyberspace is `dream stompers.'
The net is full of stories where one person tried to stop
another from succeeding.

The most common story is told by the person who runs a home
based business. This work at home professional works for several
months, usually until a point when they start seeing a measure
of success. Possibility turns to probability. Then, their family
starts pushing them to `get a real' job.

The pressure to get a real job is not based on money. In fact,
I personally know a situation where a woman made $40 000 work at
home. Her husband pushed until she quit, and took a $9 an hour
job as a secretary.

The dream stompers rarely act rationally. In many cases, they
cannot explain why they want to stop others from reaching
success. Everyone who has ever ventured into the writing or
entrepreneurial world has run into at least one dream stomper.

It is vital to protect your ambitions and dreams from the dream
stompers in your life. This includes those who believe they are
offering a kind of help that the life coaches call "malicious
concern." The odds are, they are not well-intentioned, they are

Dream Stompers in the Business World

The first step is to identify and avoid the dream stompers.
You'd be surprised where they appear. They do not always appear
in your life. They also appear in the entrepreneurial worlds.
You will see them when searching for a work at home opportunity.

You've probably already found a few of these sites. "You can
succeed – but only if you buy our product." "You can make a
million. If you buy the secret from us." "Most people fail. We
will teach you how to succeed." Even though these may seem like
positive statements, they are not. They are dream stompers.
Their real message is `you are not able to succeed unless you
pay us to help you.'

Success starts by eliminating the dream stompers from your

1. Don't seek advice from these people. This sounds like a
no-brainer, but many people return again and again to someone
who crushes their dreams by sharing their vivid, anxious,
poisonous fears.

These people usually set themselves up as successes, and maybe
they are, but their message is `if you leave me, you will fail.'
They have a product to sell, and give nothing away for free.
They do not offer a product to help you succeed, they sell a
`secret package that guarantees success.

2. Ignore unsolicited input from these people. If they contact
you, don't respond with more than, "Thank you for sharing that."
Don't engage in an argument or a debate about it. They are
usually very clever when it comes to causing confusion and
making people who don't believe in their theory as stupid or

3. Do not pay these people. Their negative message will be
repeated over and over through their training and product
information. They promise that if you join their network of
success stories then you will ride the `high wave to success.'
However, if a person's ad copy, product write ups, and any free
content has a negative message then their entire program will
strengthen the negative message.

These type of gurus feed on fear. Their income is generated by
increasing the fear at well-paced intervals so people continue
paying them money.

4. Negative People Give Nothing Away. No matter what they
promise, negative people will never part with the real secret.
Always promises and teasers, always leading their followers to
the next level, but continually holding the brass ring out of

These four rules can save heartache for work at home business
owners. Also, turn these rules around to find a mentor that can
be trusted.

1. They offer information freely, suggest several paths to
success, and every article is positive and helps ordinary people

2. They do not debate or argue. They give information freely.
There is no pressure to follow their path. You are welcome to
join them – or not.

3. They give information away free, and offer free information
through blogs, forums, and even give articles away to other
publishers and programs.

4. There are no teasers. Their free products do not end with
`if you want to learn more then pay us.'

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