Flight Travel Deals – 9 Tips For Traveling on the Cheap

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Flight travel deals are out there, but not many travel industry insiders are offering them up, without you first asking about them. So, if you want to get the best flight travel deals, you are going to have to do some research on your own. This article will go a long way toward helping get you started in that direction. The following basic tips are available to anyone (i.e., they don’t require “insider connections” to achieve good results).

1) Book in advance. So basic and well known, I almost feel guilty offering it as a tip. Nonetheless, it can save you big money. Reserve your flight a month in advance, optimize your discount. Reserve your flight the week before, expect to pay premium prices.

2) Don’t fly during regular business hours. Airline flight is a supply-and-demand business. If you insist on flying between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. – when available seats are at their minimum – then plan on paying higher prices. Flying “the red-eye” – when LOTS of seats are available – can greatly lower the cost of your ticket.

3) Check the prices for flying out of/into an alternate airport. Sometimes, you’ll get a better deal by driving to a larger, metropolitan area, rather than insisting on a flight departing from your local “community” airport. On the other hand, Los Angelenos, for example, know that driving to one of the smaller airports – NOT known as LAX – can save them mucho dinero.

4) Ask the airline to adjust the price of your ticket to reflect the current price they are charging – IF, that is, prices have gone down since you booked your ticket. Few people do this – or even KNOW about this – but the airlines will adjust the price if you ask them to. Just don’t expect them to do it without your prompting them first.

5) Don’t park your car at the airport, if possible. Parking fees amass quickly – and might even offset all of the savings you managed to get through your other money-saving efforts. I once took a trip to Hawaii when I was fresh out of high-school (about 30 years ago…gulp!), and upon returning to Denver after two weeks, the cost of parking the car for all of that time came to over $100, leaving the four of us who went on the trip arriving home with nothing but coins in our pockets and fumes in the gas tank by the time we completed our 300-mile car ride home from the airport. Obviously, not parking at the airport isn’t always an option. So, at the very least, consider the cost of parking your car in your budgeting plans.

6) Try to fly “off-season.” Granted, flying to Hawaii for the Christmas holiday sounds very appealing when your home is under several feet of snow, but flying there in the summer can be much cheaper. I, for one, found Hawaii in July to be very enjoyable – especially with that extra cash for Mai-Tais on the beach.

7) Check into package deals. Sometimes you can save a lot of money by purchasing a package deal, where you buy your flight, your motel room, and possibly even a rental car all in one “package deal.” You might even get some extras thrown in, like a luau (in Hawaii), or a Broadway show (in New York City).

8) Bulk discounts. Sometimes organizations or communities arrange trips for their members, saving each individual some cash in the deal. Senior communities commonly do this with trips to Las Vegas, for example.

9) Check with the aggregators. These outfits – aggregators – will compare multiple airlines and travel agencies, at once – finding you the best deal from all the places they dig around into. Of course, an aggregator can’t possibly check ALL travel outlets, so try a few aggregators, and then try going directly through the airline that the aggregators deemed cheapest. You may find that the “going direct” to the airline of your choosing might reap better discounts for you, through frequent-flier programs, and such – not to mention allowing you to bypass the travel agency fees (minimal though they are).

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Source by Sam Knotts

Medieval Occupations

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You’ve probably had some rotten jobs in the past, but I’ll bet none of them were as bad as the jobs from Medieval times.

Rat Catcher

Not exactly the kind of eye-catching name to attract new-hires in the Want Ads. However, rat catchers were actually held in relatively high esteem by town-folks. Rats, mice and other vermin were often carriers of many diseases and afflictions. A rat catcher who could rid a town of these critters could be very handsomely rewarded. However, putting himself in unsavory locations and risking his own health went, as they say, with the territory, as he frequently would come in contact with diseased or rabid animals.

Grave Digger

This field was a growth industry during the Middle Ages as war, famine, and diseases provided plenty of “raw material” for the gravedigger. Much like the rat catcher, a busy digger could earn quite a good income.

Messenger

Hmmm, this doesn’t sound like too bad of a job. After all, how hard can it be delivering messages. No doubt, you’ve heard the term “don’t kill the messenger”. This kind of gives you a clue as to the main problem with being a messenger. Oftentimes, the delivered message was not well received. The messenger was the lucky victim of this wrath frequently leading to the death or imprisonment of the unfortunate messenger.

Miner

The need for gold or silver was hugely important for most kingdoms as a way to field their armies and expand their territories. While the wages of miners were above average, they had to work in very dangerous conditions. If cave-ins, lethal gases, and collapses weren’t bad enough, a miner would not see the light of day for two to three days at a time. They weren’t especially skilled, but the job did require a certain raw determination to overcome constant obstacles.

Leech Collector

Leeches were widely used for centuries as a medical aid. The thinking was that the leeches would suck out the bad blood from an ailing person, leaving only the good blood behind. Obviously, leeches had to be found. Enter the leech collector. Easy enough job – just wade through muddy marsh water and let leeches attach themselves to your legs. When you’ve “collected” a sufficient number, return to dry land and remove them. Ah, there’s the rub, as Shakespeare once said. Not only were the leeches constantly sucking blood while they were attached, but if not pulled off properly, their teeth were left behind, still embedded in the flesh. This condition often lead to festering, infection, and not infrequently, death. Even if the extraction is done right, the sores left behind could easily become infected. I can see the ad for this job “Work outside in the fresh air, stroll leisurely through natural water, collecting valuable animals that are used in medical treatment. Will train, no experience needed”.

Fuller

Even given the jobs described above, this may be the worst job of the Medieval times. To remove grease and other impurities from freshly woven woolen cloth, it had to be placed in a vat of stale urine and then stomped on for hours (kind of like crushing grapes only not so pleasant). Besides the obvious stench, the fuller had to be constantly alert to make sure that the whole woolen batch was evenly treated; if not, the entire batch was ruined and the process would have to start all over. That would really make me PO’d if that happened!

Petard Engineer

This job has a nice ring to it – after all, an engineer is a pretty prestigious profession. However, being a petard engineer was not so glamorous during Medieval times. A petard was a small bomb used to blow up enemy fortifications, such as castle walls or gates. The engineer’s job was to run as quickly as possible avoiding enemy arrows, all the while carrying the lit petard that he would eventually place next to the fortification (assuming he made it that far). If the fuse was a little “short” or faulty, then the petard would detonate before it was put in place, gently lifting the hapless engineer up into the air for a much better view of his surroundings. Thus the term “Hoisted with his own petard” is used to describe a situation in which a person is harmed by one’s own actions.

Treadmill Operator

No, there were no health or athletic clubs in the Medieval world. Instead, think of a giant hamster wheel attached a hundred feet or so high up on a not-yet-finished cathedral. The operator would trudge for hours, turning the big wheel which moved a winch attached to a crane which then hoisted building material. In addition to the mundane nature of the job, it was also dangerous in that if the whole assembly had been poorly constructed or sudden bad weather hit – the whole device could come crashing down. Many times, blind people performed this work since they didn’t really need to see where they were treading.

Whipping Boy

Yep, there really was a job called whipping boy. When the prince misbehaved or fell behind in his schooling, only the king had the divine right to administer punishment. But, alas, the king was often away, doing whatever kings do when not in their castles. So, no king, no punishment for the prince. But someone had to pay. Enter the whipping boy. Normally, he had been raised and educated with the prince since birth. Often, a bond of friendship developed between the two. The thinking was that since they were such good friends, when the whipping boy received punishment, the prince felt at least emotional pain for his friend.

This job seems similar to that of a fireman. A lot of sitting around, waiting, and them – bam! – you’re on the job. No word on what happened to the whipping boy once the prince became king. Maybe he became the whipping man, although that title just doesn’t really rock.

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Source by Eric Kampel

History of Ear Gauging in Tribal Civilizations

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A study of the history of ear gauging indicates the practice to be as old as recorded human history. For males, this form of ear piercing has been a symbol of status, while for women, in addition to being used as means of bodily decoration, it has also been employed to signify the attainment of womanhood.

Ear gauging, which is also referred to as ear stretching, is the stretching of ear lobe piercings to larger diameters than that of the original piercing. It is a form of body enhancement or beautification that many young western people adopt to look ‘different’ from the usual crowd. However, this is not a modern form of body piercing, since it has been around for as long as archaeological records exist.

In many cases, ear gauging has been used historically to indicate the standing of members of a specific tribe, and in many respects this is still the situation today. Stretched piercings have been, and still are, a reflection on the individual’s sexual capability and also their superiority over other males in the tribe. The larger the stretching, the more important the individual.

Otzi the Iceman is a prime example of mummies known to have stretched ears. This is the earliest known example of ear gauging, Otzi having 7-11 mm ear piercings during 3300 BC. It has been suggested that the stretching of the ears noted in depictions of Siddhartha Gautama, better known as Buddha, may have been caused by the weight of the gold jewelry he wore, but this is mere supposition.

It is supported, however, by the fact that the Masai tribe of Kenya and the Lahu and Karen-Paduang people of Thailand use this ‘gravity’ technique to stretch their piercings. Let us have a look at the ear gauging practices used today by various cultures.

A. Mursi Tribal Women

The Mursi is an Ethiopian tribe where the women are obliged to wear plates in their gauged ears and on their bottom lip. About a year prior to her marriage, or at about 15 years of age, a Mursi girl’s lip will be pierced by her mother and a wooden peg pushed through the incision.

Once healed, the peg is changed for a larger diameter one. Eventually, the peg is replaced by a plate of clay or wood, and this plate is successively changed for larger diameter ones until the required diameter is attained – from around 8 – 22 cm in diameter (3 – 9 inches). Once these plates have been secured, she receives a higher degree of respect than those without them, and is known as a ‘Bhansanai’.

These lip and ear plates need not be worn permanently, but are an expected adornment during special occasions such as during weddings and other celebrations, and when they serve food to men. Today, young women can generally make their own decision as to whether or not they follow this tradition.

B. The Masai People of Kenya

The practice of ear gauging has been common among Masai men and women for thousands of years. In recent years, however, most young men have not been following this custom, although you will still find many Masai women wearing ear decorations made from stones, cross-cut elephant tusks, wood and animal bones.

The original piercing is carried out using a thorn, sharpened twig or a sharp knife point. Once healed, ear gauging is then carried out by wearing increasingly heavy jewellery that pulls the lobe down and stretches the piercing. This is the traditional way of gauging ears in the more primitive cultures, although many Masai today will use proper ear gauging techniques, such as their own versions of insertion tapers or taper spikes. Beads are a common form of ornamentation, although plugs made from bone, tusks and wood are also used.

C. The African Fulani Tribe

Fulani women from Nigeria and Central Africa tend to use smaller diameter ear gauges, and decorate them using large gold domes or hoops carrying earrings. A Fulani child will have her ears pierced at around 3 years old, although they may not be stretched until she is older. The gauges used by Fulani women are relatively small compared to the Masai and Mursi, although the jewellery can be larger.

D. Asian Hill Tribes

Of the various hill tribes, the only two known to practice ear gauging are the Lahu from Thailand, and the Karen-Padaung (Longnecks) from Myanmar (Burma) and also the Phrae province in Thailand. That latter tribe are best known for their neck rings, offering the appearance of long necks, but both cultures believe the ear to be sacred and the more jewellery they can wear on the better. By gauging their ears, they are able to wear the maximum amount of jewellery they believe possible.

E. Mexican and Central American Civilizations

In Mayan and Aztec society, ear gauging was regarded as desirable for males. There are many Mayan representations of men with flares and ear plugs (ear spools) in gauged ears, and the material used was indicative of the social standing of the wearer. Jade ear plugs were worn by the higher classes, while the rest would use bone, stone, wood and other materials. In central Mexico, the craftsmanship of the Aztecs is evident in the ear gauging plugs and ornaments of gold and silver, though the lower classes would adorn their stretches earlobes with shells, copper and wood among many other imaginative materials.

Ear gauging has been carried out worldwide, and among other notable areas involved in this practice are Japan, where the Ainu used ear jewellery made from shells, bone and a ball and ring known as Ninkari. There are many other cultures worldwide where ear gauging was a part of their life, and even today many people regard ear stretching as a fashion statement and a way of expressing their own personality and individuality.

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Source by Mark Z Wilson

Designer Perfumes That Leave a Sweet Smelling Trail

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Lovely is a women’s scent that smells of the fresh flowers and leaves a faint lingering trail from wherever she passes by. Women just can’t do without a fragrance as they all have a burning desire to smell good and look beautiful.

Though there are many different flowers used in making scents and perfumes but nothing can beat the smell of Rose which is the queen of flowers and has always been a favorite fragrance of the female genre in all ages. Nice smelling women’s perfumes help to stimulate the happy hormones that really make you more desirable and appealing. Women buy perfumes not as an accessory but as a part of their overall sense of self appraisal. Sweet scents ends up stimulating the happy hormones that keeps them up and about.

There are many brands of women’s perfume like Hugo, Boss, Calvin Klein and other designer perfumes and you also can’t ignore the sweet scent of the signature perfumes of celebrities that really make you smell classy. With the increase in awareness of the designer perfume brands women are becoming more and more attracted to buying the designer perfume brands that really end up making you the stylish women that you want to be.

Buying gifts for the special women in your life is really a very tough job as men are especially lost when it comes to selecting the best designer perfumes for the love of their life. They try to buy the one that appeals to them and makes their lady love look sexy and sensual. Buying men’s colognes and women fragrances are really great gifts for your family and close friends.

Designer brands have been developed for the fashion conscious women and the best thing is that they are not only available in perfume stores but can also be ordered through the online mode. It sure is the right of all women to look beautiful and smell beautiful too, so buying the perfect discounted fragrance will surely make her look more sensuous and appealing.

Most women are of the opinion that they have to pay a large sum of money for a good brand of fragrance but you can surely avoid this by shopping for discounted perfumes. Plus you also need to be careful as some of the stores that offer discounted perfumes actually offer imitation fragrances of the designer perfume brands so you need to be careful and visit the discounted stores that are reliable enough and sell genuine designer perfumes at discounted rates.

People who do not wish to overspend on designer brand labels can easily buy perfumes through the online medium as there are many cheap perfume stores online that really end up giving you the best affordable fragrances that you can get. You can also compare the price and brand of the perfumes as this is the only way that you can land up with the perfect collection of discount perfumes. Discount perfumes and discount colognes are being sold in the market at affordable prices and this is really done to meet the demands of the customers.

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Source by Jessica S Smith

Taxonomic Kingdom of Ball Pythons

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Taxonomy is the system used by scientists to classify living organisms into similar or related groups. As science and technology progress and information increases, so do the methods used to deter¬mine relationships among organisms. DNA analysis, something that was unavailable years ago, is now more commonly used to determine how living organisms are relat¬ed to one another. Earlier methods for clas-sifying snakes that are still used today include scale counts, bone structure, and other anatomical characteristics. These methods can be confusing, because we don’t usually know what characteristics developed first or which ones are truly the most important in determining relationships. The advent of DNA analysis allows much greater accuracy in classification.

All living organisms have two names: the common name and the scientific name. Common names are the familiar, everyday names of living things, such as dog, leopard gecko, and ball python. Scientific names are written in Latinized form-some of the names are truly Latin while others are Latin versions of words from other languages. Most early scientific texts were written in Latin, and because of this, when a species was named, the Latin language was used. The continued use of Latin persists, since this provides for continuity among various scientific texts and journals. Regardless of which country you live in or which language you speak, the scientific or Latin name for a specific plant or animal will always be the same.

Ball pythons belong to the family Pythonidae, although some authorities consider this a subfamily of Boidae, the boas. This family is further broken down into eight genera (the plural of genus; genus is the level of classification just above species): Antaresia (dwarf Australian pythons), Aspidites (black-headed pythons and woma pythons), Bothrochilus (Bismarck ringed python), Leiopython (white-lipped python), Liasis (olive, Macklot’s, water pythons, and relatives), Apodora (Papuan python), Morelia (carpet, diamond, green tree, Boelen’s, and amethystine pythons), and Python (Burmese, blood, rock, reticulated, and simi¬lar species). Ball pythons belong to the genus Python, which also contains the largest of the world’s python species. The other members of Python are the reticulated, African rock, Timor, blood, Indian (including the Burmese subspecies), and Angolan pythons. The Angolan python (P. anchietae) is the ball python’s closest relative. The ball python is the smallest member of this genus, rarely exceeding 6.5 feet (2 m) in total length.

The ball python’s scientific name is Python regius. Literally translated, it means “royal python.” (In Europe, P. regius is known as the royal python, while in America it is called the ball python.) It is possible that this small python received its scientific name in part because of the number of African tribes that worshipped it. In many areas of Africa, the snake is still considered a sacred animal. In some older literature, P. regius is referred to as the regal python.

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Source by Bruce Swedal

Product Quality Worsening

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There are various ways an enterprise can increase profits such as with clever marketing, innovation and selling superior products.

There is also the selling of inferior products at superior prices.

Delivering a poorer quality item for the previous regular price will result in a higher profit as long as sales remain steady. It seems that this is gaining popularity as dollar store quality creeps into mainstream merchandising in many areas.

Another concern is inferior design. This may occur because the item is already very well designed and a ‘Newly Designed Gizmo’ is required for marketing advantage. The result is often very unfavorable, to the consumer.

Small appliances in general have been a frustration for me in recent years. Not wanting high-end over complicated products I’ve opted for basic simplicity and ‘low-end’ models. They have not worked properly.

We have had 4 different coffee makers over the past two years. One conked out after only a few months of use. Another had a gap above the handle that spewed hot steam. Another’s auto shut-off worked on a first brew but when it auto shut off and a new brew started, it just kept on going and going. The latest works well but I wonder, what is the use of an appliance clock if directed to unplug the unit after using?

The newly designed water filter looks nicer with a sleek curved design but if filled level at the front water runs over the back. It is also more awkward to fill, the spout flap sometimes sticks, raises the lid slightly and forces water out the sides.

My clock radio was very difficult to program and I had to pull out the manual even to do a reset of the time. Worse still the numerous buttons on the top were very sensitive to the touch. A slight brush on one of them would set the alarm for 3 am and on one occasion I could not shut it off. I finally pulled the plug and then sat in the quiet living room to relax. For a while – when it started its loud beep again I ran back and yanked out the batteries! I have since trashed it as being hazardous to a person’s mental health.

Our can opener which operated very well quit one day so we replaced it with the same brand. It now spits all over the counter each time a cut is completed. I should next consider a manual opener, I could use the exercise.

Software! My personal experience is that more often than not when I have upgraded software it was a waste of time or money or both. It is often bloated with excessive features, more difficult to use, and buggy. I have sometimes reloaded the older version but generally will not upgrade if not necessary.

A pillbox purchased from a large supermarket chain’s drug department is so difficult to open it has chipped my fingernails. Recycled!

Clothes should work alright, especially higher brands, shouldn’t they? The last pair of shorts I bought had back pockets half normal depth – for half size wallets. My new pants’ pockets have buttonholes in small strips under the pocket flap. I can unbutton the pockets easily if I first take off the pants. My nice looking top brand winter coat has double side-by-side pockets on each side but at least I get my hand in the right pocket more than 50% of the time! My top brand slippers began disintegrating a month after purchase. Etc.

There’s much that is disappointing in so much of what we buy.

You may say, “Buy a high-end product anyway, you usually get what you pay for.” Well I don’t want a pile of junky features, I just want quality basics. They would stay with a solid, efficient and simple design but that isn’t ‘New’ and would not generate a new sale. Business survives and grows on profit and often that profit is our loss.

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Source by Ken McIsaac

The Absolute Best Way To Invest in Gold

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Properly Investing in Gold

Investing our hard earned money into anything is a bit scary, but investing it into a valuable resource sounds like a good idea right? Well, it can be a great idea when you understand how to invest properly. Most people want to rush out and put their money in silver, gold or platinum because they are valuable. If I were going to put my money in anything it would be gold, it’s a little more stable than silver and not as expensive as platinum. Here are a few valuable pointers on how to properly invest in gold.

Why Invest in Gold

Gold is a form of protection against inflation, currency debasement and global uncertainty. Gold will always be valuable whether it’s in money, jewelry or bullion. There will always be a value on it. Gold is also easily obtainable in its many forms. Gold is a precious metal that is mined across the world and valued by many as a status of power and richness.

How to Properly Invest

Gold Bullion

Buy gold physically at various prices. Purchasing gold coins, jewelry and bars is great way to get started. You won’t want to pay high premiums on the gold you buy. You will want to buy it pretty close to spot price. Spot price is the average purchase rate a person can expect to pay per ounce of gold. Coin dealers and jewelers will add a premium to the spot price because they are purchasing at or just below the spot price and they want to make money on it too.

To avoid getting ripped off when purchasing gold in bars, coins or bullion you will want to establish a solid reason why you want to invest in the first place. If you plan on making it a long-term investment then you will definitely want to buy gold at as close to spot price as possible. If you want to purchase gold to use as money then buying smaller gold coins is the better idea for you.

ETF’s

ETF’s are Gold Exchange Trade Funds, this is a popular way to have gold exposure in your portfolio without having to store the heavy metal. Gold EFT’s track the spot price of gold. They will store their gold bullion somewhere and give investors access to various different types of gold.

For each share of gold EFT you purchase, you essentially own about 1/10th ounce of gold. Owning EFT’s does not mean you actually own the precious metal, it just means you own shares in a piece of gold. With that being said often times EFT’s can be sold short so two people can own the same piece of gold.

Gold Miner Stocks

Investing in gold mining stocks is a riskier way to invest in gold, but it is still a popular option. Gold miners are risky because they trade with the broader equity market. If you go this route make sure that they have good management and inventory.

Don’t make the common mistake of buying small gold miners that are still in the exploratory stage. Buy into a well-established and growing gold miner. To be effective you also must purchase the right amount of stocks. Buy in increments of 10, and get a feeling for the miner that you are investing in before you invest largely.

Overall

Investing in anything is tricky. You have to know the ins and outs before hand or you could make a costly investment. Not all EFT’s, gold bullion or gold miner stocks are the same. Each one will have it’s own pros and cons. However if I were going to invest into gold, I would personally invest in the gold bullion. While the market maybe unstable, the piece of precious metal is more valuable than not communicating at all. I would just simply do my very own research, and find products that will be easily obtainable and be able to keep up with supply and demand.

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Source by Kourtney Hunt

Paper Towels – Effect on the Environment

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Paper towels seem like a brilliant invention. What’s more convenient than disposable towels that you don’t have to clean or use again? Just buy new ones and throw the old one away. What we may not think about when using paper towels are the extreme waste that they create, and what their effects on the environment truly are.

Paper towels were first invented as a way for medical facilities to prevent the spread of germs. In the beginning, these disposable products weren’t as popular as they are today, but that changed fast. Paper towels soon were used in households all over America, and the waste started piling up.

The Effects of Paper Towels

Paper towels, like any paper product, are made from trees. That means every time you use a disposable towel, you’re using the inside of a tree to wipe down your counters and surfaces. In your lifetime, you’ll probably use thousands and thousands of rolls, which will is the equivalent of an entire forest. Imagine a local forest that you’ve walked through being completely cut down just for paper towels!

It’s Not Just Trees That Are Being Consumed for Paper Towels

Paper towels use a whole lot more resources than just trees. First, the trees have to be grown to make the product. These might be grown on a farm, or more likely, they’re just cut down. This requires heavy machinery which uses fuel, and man power to get the job done. Those trees must then be transported to a facility to be cleaned and processed. The process will use more resources like oil, and especially water.

Next, the product will be transported to a packaging facility. From there, they will make their way to a warehouse to be distributed, then to the grocery store, then to your home. Imagine the amount of fuel used to transport these trees! This means the less disposable towels and paper products you use, the less trees will be cut down.

Paper Towels in Landfills

Landfills are filled with disposable paper products like diapers, napkins, printer paper, notebooks, tissues, and paper towels. There is no way to recycle or reuse disposable many disposable paper products like sanitary napkins and diapers (not to mention it isn’t sanitary!). What happens to these paper products? Eventually, paper products biodegrade. The amount of time that paper towels take to biodegrade varies, but typically it is about one year. The thicker the towel, the longer it will take to break down into the environment. Perhaps the biggest problem is that the paper isn’t the only thing in paper products, and also that we are using paper towels faster than they can biodegrade into the environment. We’re using our resources faster than we can replace them, and the waste is piling up even faster.

Chemicals in Paper Towels

Paper towels aren’t exactly just trees. To increase absorbency, they’ve been subjected to dioxins and other ingredients (the process isn’t disclosed on the roll of paper towels). They are also bleached to give them their white color. The dangers of chlorine bleach have been well documented. Infants and toddlers are especially vulnerable to the effects of chlorine bleach. To reduce their exposure to these chemicals, limit the use of paper plate and towel usage. Instead, use regular plates, cloth napkins, and products that can be washed and reused.

Why We Need Trees

Trees give us oxygen, and filter our air. Since the Industrial Age, the world has been producing emissions that have been polluting our atmosphere. Trees are one of our only hopes to help clean the air, and we’re cutting them down much faster than we can keep up with replacing them. Trees also help to filter ground soil and water, and provide much needed shade for our homes. Wildlife also depend on trees for their existence. Overuse of trees will result in the extinction of some species, will trickle up to the human species in one way or another. As we face the unwelcome prospect of climate change, it’s essential that we keep as many trees as we can to help reduce emissions and to filter the air that we breathe. The United States is the biggest user of disposable paper products, using 50% more than Europe and 500% more than Latin America. Despite the awareness of disposable paper product consumption, consumption continues to increase, which makes it even more important to spread the word about going reusable.

Packaging Waste

Like most every other product created today, disposable products are wrapped in an outer shell of plastic, increasing their overall wastefulness. The outer wrapper has no use other than to contain the product. After opening the product, it’s thrown away. It cannot be recycled. These thin plastics take thousands of years to photodegrade into the environment. Unlike biodegradable items, this means it will never truly disappear, just become smaller and smaller, and eventually work its way into our waterways and drinking water.

How to Decrease Consumption

To decrease your use of paper towels, try using a reusable towel instead. Wring out the towel and rinse it off as needed, washing the cloth in the washing machine when necessary. You’ll be amazed at how fewer times you’ll be taking out your trash simply by going reusable. It’s a great feeling to have a lighter trash load! If you live in a town that charges per bag of trash, that’s another potential savings for you. For apartment complexes and condos, this could mean stable fees and rents due to the stability of the cost of dumpsters and dumper rentals. In other words, the savings could pass to you.

The Cost Savings of Going Reusable

Going reusable isn’t just great for the environment, it’s great for your wallet. The cost savings quickly add up. The average cost of a package of paper towels is well over $1 per roll. A typical family probably uses a couple of rolls per week, maybe 3-5 even. This can really add up! That’s around $3-5 per week, and many trees per week, too. It’s hard to justify cutting down a few trees per week just to wipe down your counters, isn’t it? By going reusable, you’ll immediately realize the cost savings. As opposed to the disposable variety, reusables can be used again and again. The other benefit of going reusable is that you won’t have to lug around the towels in the grocery store. They take up a lot of room in the grocery cart and the store! Reusables take up a fraction of the space and can be stored right underneath your kitchen sink.

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Zero Loss Forex Trading – Here’s a Sure-Fire Way to Win Every Trade

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Is it Possible To Trade Forex Without Taking Any Losses?

Theoretically, yes, it is possible. But we don’t trade in theories, right? Forex trading is a reality. So is the Zero Loss Forex trading system.

So how can the Zero Loss Forex trading system make the claim to have a secret method of trading that GUARANTEES that you will not lose any trades? Not a single one?

Let’s explore this some. Ok, really. Yes, it is possible to never lose any trades in forex trading. This is a fact. but what does it take to do that? Extreme patience. Nerves of steel. Massive discipline and deep pockets.

Here’s one way it can be done and this is not the way Zero Loss Forex trading system does it.

The nature of the forex markets is that it always goes up and down. It never goes in one direction forever. Well, that’s really true of any market. So theoretically, what you can do is wait for a historical bottom or top in prices and place a forex trade in the opposite direction of the market. This can take a long time to develop so you must have the patience of a saint! Of course, no one is ever sure that the market has reached a top or a bottom and will not go much further. In fact, many times it does extend further once a barrier has been breached.

But one thing is absolutely for sure. At some point, it will reverse and go back down or back up. And if you place a trade at or near the top or bottom of the current market and wait, you will be rewarded with a winning trade. No doubt. In forex trading, the problem lies in those factors mentioned before: patience, discipline, nerves of steel and a pocketbook to match.

Forex trading is a highly leveraged. So in order to maintain that trade while it is going against you and waiting for it to turn, you must be able to withstand the losses and the have enough funds to cover the margin. Or else you get knocked out of your trade before it turns. And it seems most of the time that as soon as you get knocked out, that’s when it turns! Talk about anguish!

But if you can do this, you can bank on eventually winning the trade and taking home the money.

Ok, so that is how you can always guarantee a winning trade. 100% of the time!

The question here is how can it be done on a more regular basis and not have to wait and wait and wait for the right circumstances to appear?

Zero Loss Forex Trading system has the answer!

You see, another historically true fact in the forex markets and also in most all commodities markets is something called seasonality. Seasonality simply is a way to say that markets behave in a very predictable way certain times of the year. Always.

This term applies mostly to commodities. Zero Loss Forex trading system takes this fact and applies it to the forex markets. Forex markets of course are not seasonal by nature. They don’t depend on the weather and time of year like crops and cattle do. Forex markets operate 24/7 almost 365 days a year.

But what the Zero Loss Forex trading system has found is a repetitive trade that occurs very frequently and when it appears, if you know what to do and when exactly to do it, you can take advantage of the setup and be sure to always have a winning trade. It’s like clockwork. You can bank on it!

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Source by Markus Gee

Four Tendencies Drive The Development Of Electronic Products

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There are four tendencies to drive the electronic products in the year of 2011, namely the improvement of energy efficiency, personalized medical care, the comfortable and safe movable device and the safe applications with low power consumption.

Every tendency needs some new technology. Although these technologies are on the different developing stage, they all devotes to reforming all the applications in people’s daily life. Especially the application of NFC technology will change the cell phone into electric wallet. Nokia has declaimed that the new releasing cell phone will contain the NFC function in 2011. The high-performance frequency technology is another increasing field. The development of wireless base station makes the data transmitted by the wireless connected terminal more and more. What is more, the IC drive used in the fluorescent lamp will also increase in the year of 2011.

The largest challenge comes from two aspects, one is the supply source, and the other is increasing potential of the new emerging market. Although the integration has not happened between the related industries, companies are trying to be complementary with each other, thus their income will increase, and their customers will get better solution. Besides, a flexible and competitive supply chain is very important to meet the demand of customers. Although the platform of technology can be gained by the outsourcing, the engineer needs the proper techniques process which is able to provide the advantage and leading technologies.

It is predicated that the growth of the electronic products will be stable in 2011. The entire industry’s growth rate will be between six percent and eight percent, and the high performance mixed signal will be higher than others. Meanwhile, the new business strategy and design will help the high performance mixed signal market more prosperous. The related integrated circuit of the electronic products is 02087MXP.

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Source by Li Xiao Na