What Is Was Like to Go to Yeoman "A" School in the Untied States Navy in Mississippi

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What is was like to go to Yeoman “A” School Training.

I arrived at Meridian, Mississippi, for Yeoman “A” School Training, they called it. It was supposed to be a couple of months long school, where they teach you all the proper ways, to type up Navy correspondence, and other paper work.

I arrived in the middle of the night to my new duty station. The way the dorm rooms were set up, there were 3 guys to a room, and 4 rooms per common area, with sitting tables, TV, and stuff like that, that was like our living room. I remember a really big fat guy, yelling at the top of his lungs, “fresh meat”, he was yelling. Luckily for me, that jerk was just on his way out, and I did not have to put up for him very long at all.

I remember, going the first day, down to school. First, you had to fall in line with everyone else. The whole school marched from the barracks, down to the school, in a military order. Down at the school, they were going to teach us how to type, to start off with. I had had, a typing class in high school, but I never actually learned to type one word on the typewriter. The teacher was nice to me, and gave me a D-, just so I could pass the class. But this was the Navy, and I’m sure they expected me to learn how to type. There was no way around learning to type, it had to be done. I learned to type the right way, and at a certain speed, in about 2 weeks.

The way the Navy teaches you to type, is they show you a movie in the dark, and hide your key board from your eyes. They turn the lights off, and they show you these Navy movies, that are about two weeks long. Each couple of hour movie shows you how to type different words, and before you know it, the movie is done, and you know how to type in your sleep. You do so much repetitive typing, that you end up doing it in your sleep, it seems, and you have to be able to type a certain amount of words, per minute, in order to graduate from the class, and move on to your next duty station.

Besides the day to day learning at school, about doing paper work the right way, and stuff like that. Yeoman school was pretty much just like any other school, you would learn stuff at. Except here, you wore a uniform, and had to get into formation each morning, and listen to things being told to you.

You could pretty much do what you wanted, after school each day. You were allowed to do what you wanted pretty much, but you were not allowed to leave the base, and go into town. I was in Meridian for about two months, but I did not have much chance, to see a lot of different parts of the town, only a few times, when they let us out on liberty call.

At school, most people are coming and going, getting ready to ship out, to new duty stations. People were getting assigned orders to all kinds of exotic sounding in places. They have a thing in the Navy, that they call the “dream sheet”, where you pick three places you would like your next new duty station to be. The Navy says they will try to get you one of your dream duty stations, or as close to one of them, as they can.

I picked Australia, the Philippines, and Hawaii. The Navy ended up giving me orders to a ship that was stationed in Guam. I had never heard of Guam before. I had to go look it up on the map. It was about right in the middle of all three of my duty station selections, but just not one of them. But going to my new ship, would still come later. I still had to finish yeoman school, and graduate from it first. Some people could never get the hang of typing, at a certain speed. They ended up having to drop the school, and pick another job to train for.

School was still a fresh place for most people. We had just finished boot camp, and was learning to have more freedom given to us, and a lot less yelling going on, like boot camp had. Some of the characters, in the units we were berthed in, were just plain crazy.

The building Unit we were all living in, was three stories tall, and had various people living in it. Some of the people that were living in our unit, were waiting to be discharged from the Navy, for various reasons. In one of rooms that was directly below us, was some flamboyant gays living. They were so outrageously gay, and flamboyant about it, like Liberace. A black and a white guy.

The Navy was discharging them both, for being openly gay. They were about the gayest guys I had ever seen, and I think they might of been the first ones I’ve ever seen, in real life, besides on TV. I was from a small town, they could of actually been doing the best darn act, to get out of the Navy, but I don’t think so, no guy would go threw that.

On one of the days, that I was assigned my first watch, it was to be with a partner. We would be a roving patrol for the school grounds for four hours. When I showed up for my watch, I was partnered up with a girl, that was going to be a yeoman also.

As we walked around for our 4 hours on watch time, we did the usual stuff. Just walking around, and making sure nothing was wrong. My new partner I had just met, was asking me, what kinds of drugs I liked to do. I told her my experiences that I had with drugs, and it was limited, and then she told me hers. I had never heard of some of the drugs she was talking about, back then anyway. Now a days, the stuff she said is everywhere, but she was from the city, and said she loved it, and did it all the time, and I did not even know what she was talking about. That was really the first girl I had ever talked to, who wore a uniform just like mine, and I wondered what kind of girls join the Navy?

While I was still stationed at yeoman training school, we got another paycheck. All of a sudden, I had a lot of extra money, and I did not owe anybody any of it. I was looking at a bulletin board somewhere, and I noticed this motorcycle for sale, for $500. It was one of the staff members who was stationed on the base, and also lived on the base, but just worked somewhere else.

Students were not allowed to leave the base, unless they were on liberty. I bought and paid for the motorcycle, with almost all the money, from the paycheck I had just received. The guy I bought the bike from, also gave me a lot of extra parts, like an extra gas tank, gas can, oil, those sorts of things, you get with a bike when you buy it sometimes. I parked the motorcycle in the parking lot of the barracks. I was going to keep the motorcycle, just for me to ride around with, on base, just while I was at school, and then get rid of it. I put all the extra parts, gasoline, oil, etc… in my storage locker that stands up like a small stand up closet, that you are supposed to keep your dress uniforms in.

One day, the staff said, they were going to have a surprise inspection, to see how things were going. We never had any inspections before at the school, so this was new to me again.

When they come in to inspect, they call “attention on deck”, and you are supposed to stop what you are doing, and stand at attention, until someone yells, “carry on”. They had us all line up in front of our lockers, at attention, and they were opening up each locker, and seeing how the guys clothes were put away, and then they came to mine.

When they got to my clothes locker to inspect, and I opened it up for them, they first saw all these gas cans, oil cans, motorcycle parts and more, they did not know what to think. They had to call in special people, to see about the fire hazard. I was told to get everything out of my locker, and I was told I was not allowed to own a motorcycle on base. I ended up getting rid of it to another staff member for $50, that knew I was in a bind.

I did get to ride it around the base, and it was missing the muffler, and it was loud, it wasn’t a Harley, but you could hear me coming. When other guys were in the common area, just sitting around, watching TV, I had been out after school, riding around on my motorcycle, checking out the base, on my motorcycle I was not supposed to have.

At the end of the school graduation, they let the students go out into town. Before you are allowed to go out into town, on liberty call, you are told what to expect, and what to do, and not to do, to stay out of trouble. They said that the town people, do not really like the Navy people, so be careful while you are in town, to avoid any fights.

We all went to one of the most common name brand bars in town, where it was pretty much all guys and girls from the base, not to many locals hanging out. It was going to turn into a giant meat market. Everyone could finally shack up with anyone they wanted to from school, that you could not do in school, or at the barracks. Any male, or female, caught in each othe’s rooms at school, was called fraternization, and was very serious, and could get you kicked out of the Navy. Out in town, everybody ended up with someone, and everyone rented rooms for the night.

School was over, and it was time to join the “regular navy” as they called it, and the regular Navy, meant ships and sea, and going to other countries.

I took my first leave of absence from the Navy, before going to, and reporting for duty, to my first ship. I wore my dress uniform, as I was required to do, and I rode a greyhound bus, from Meridian, Mississippi, to Detroit, Michigan. It was one of the longest rides, I had ever taken on a bus. It must of stopped at every chicken farm ranch, along the way. When I finally got back to Michigan, I was dead beat tired from the bus. I stayed home at my sister’s house for about 10 days.

It was time to go to my first “real” duty station. My first real duty station, was a submarine tender, named the USS PROTEUS (AS-19) that had a little more than 1,300 people on it. 6 of the crew member were ladies, all officer ladies. Half of them would be working in my department.

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Different Types of Chain Wallets You Should Consider

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Chain wallets have become one of the most popular fashion accessories in today’s generation. The wallets have existed since the biker scene near Long Beach, California. Bikers used to worry about their wallets falling out of their pockets during their long rides. Because of this, the use of wallet chains emerged as a solution to this type of dilemma. These days, it is considered as a must fashion in the punk and heavy metal scenes.

These wallets are in demand because of their unique metallic and chrome looks. The wallet with chain consists of a leather wallet that is attached to the end of a long chain while the other end of the chain is attached to the biker’s pants. This ensures that the wallet will always be attached to the owner’s pants. Chains come in different designs, the most sought after designs are the ball and chain, bicycle chain, Celtic verities, and the cross shaped link.

Depending on the style or the manufacturer, the material of the chain wallet may differ. These chains can be made from very expensive metals or the affordable silver material. Titanium or gold is considered as one of the most expensive metals, these are usually custom designed and ordered according to what you need. The most common and cheap kinds of chains are made from stainless steel or sterling silver. Whatever material chains are made from, they are all with a rust resistant finish.

The chain is not the only one that comes in different materials but the wallet as well. The common wallets are the leather chain wallets. Wallets made from the genuine leather are much more expensive. The least expensive wallets with chains are made from imitation leathers. The popular places you can buy wallets are skateboarding and department retail stores. Another great source to shop for chain wallets is the internet.

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Source by Dessie Campbell

How to Value a Gas Station For Sale

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In most cases, the process of undertaking a gas station valuation can be a complicated endeavour. Far removed from the usual question of how you progress through the steps of the valuation itself, there are still quite a variety of variables to keep track of, including principally whether the property in question is leased or owned and whether it’s owned as part of a franchise agreement with a large oil company. First and foremost, always remember to apply a detailed process of due diligence and extend considerable attention to the financials when you’re working toward arriving at a top-notch value proposition.

As a buyer, you must be prepared to make certain assumptions and decisions yourself and not to rely on the often partial information supplied by the seller. It is up to you to determine the value of the business for you personally, as the amount the business owner thinks the gas station is worth has little if anything to do with its actual value.

Traditionally there are two different ways to look at gas station convenience store valuation, and these are either asset-based, where the income-producing assets are individually valued and totaled to make the purchase price, or cash flow based, which is the most popular. In this scenario, the overall profit is adjusted according to certain expenses, multiplied and used to establish a price. The multiple is essentially the premium placed on the business and can be anything from one, up to five times this figure.

Before you can arrive at a value that you are happy with, you need to have certain fundamental questions answered. If the business occupies rented property you must engage with the landlord. Many landlords are not interested in issuing a new lease unless they can be sure that the incoming person has experience running this particular type of business. However, they are almost always willing to negotiate as they do not want to see the property sitting around empty!

As an owner of a gas station and convenience store you will have many different suppliers and vendors, some of which are absolutely critical to the ongoing success of the business. Never assume anything and make sure that you can enjoy an ongoing good relationship and great trading terms with these entities.

When considering cash sales, if the seller can’t prove part of the sales they’re talking about, then you can’t include it as part of your value assessment. Often, gas station owners will speak with pride about the incredible volume of cash sales, and tell you about it almost as if it’s something magical. Don’t forget that they’ve been benefiting from avoiding paying taxes on this part of their income, can almost never actually prove that it exists and therefore can’t really expect to make a profit from it through selling their business.

Most often you will want to consider using the total owner benefit as a base to create a valuation for the business. This is defined as the net income of the business added to the owner salary, any perks, depreciation and interest less any amount that you might have to put aside for capital projects assessed. With regard to average business valuation, gas station or convenience stores that are full service will often command 2 to 3 times whatever the owner benefit figure it is. If it is a smaller establishment and self service, 1 to 2 times. Consider the volume of trade versus the amount of hours that you will have to put in. A 24-hour, seven-day a week establishment takes a lot of management and oversight.

While business financials and owner benefit multiples are primary to your decision-making process, remember to consider a host of other variables:

– During the process of observation, use a period when you actually count the number of patrons coming in and out of the station to enable you to come up with a good average for traffic.

– Remember that you should aim for between 25 and 33% return on your cash investment when purchasing a business such as this, although if you are going to be an absentee owner you should be prepared to accept a lower return.

– Watch out if the owner appears to be working excessive hours or is reliant on a number of his family members to help him staff the operation. Pay attention to employee records and costs and ask yourself whether you are prepared to be as hands-on as he appears to be.

– Consult with local authorities to see if there are any major road construction projects planned. Sometimes these are inevitable but can have major disruptive forces.

To really focus the attention of the seller as you establish a value for your business purchase, why not ask him or her to engage in an “earn-out” scenario, where a portion of the sale price is returned to them over a period of time subject to certain conditions. This will ensure that you have their full attention during the disclosure phase!

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Source by Richard K Parker

Reviews of ICO (Initial Coin Offerings)

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What is the Definition of ICO?

Initial Coin Offering (ICO) is a crowdfunding method used by new cryptocurrency companies to raise capitals. In ICO, some percentages of the newly issued cryptocurrencies are sold to people who are interested in supporting the project. They are sold to exchange for other established cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin, Fiat and Ether.

Backers purchase the new cryptocurrency with an intention to make a profit when it increases in value. It is similar to the principle of people making a profit when the share they bought at the stock market increases in value. ICO is different than purchasing shares at a stock market because you don’t get a share of the ownership right when you invest in the new tokens.

Brief History on ICOs

In the beginning stage, ICO was conducted by companies such as Mastercoin, Ethereum and Karmacoin. Ethereum conducted one of the biggest ICO in 2014 by raising a total of $18 millions in the early stage of 2014. They break the record by raising 3,700 Bitcoins which is equivalent to $2.3 million dollars within the first 12 hours of the campaign. Kik conducted the first mainstream ICO in September 2017 but the project was interrupted by a phishing scam via the circulation of a false URL in the social media. Ripple sold $1 billion worth of XRP tokens to investors in exchange for bitcoins and fiats in 2013.

Today, ICO sales have become increasingly popular with around 50 token sales being conducted every month. Starting from 2017, ICO has been growing at a fast pace with at least $2 billion worth of token sales successfully conducted. This proves that it is not going to be a temporary method used by new cryptocurrency company to raise funds but it is here to stay for long term.

Nowadays, ICO token sale is so popular that at least a few ICO begins every day. It has been predicted that over $4 billion worth of token sales will be conducted this year. Genesis Vision, a Russian based company, conducted an ICO campaign that runs from the 15th October 2017 to the 15th November 2017. They manage to raise a total of $2.3 million in the token presale.

How Does ICOs Fundraising Work?

A cryptocurrency company that wants to raise capitals through ICO must provide a few details including project description, project purpose, amount need to be raised, percentage of tokens the company will keep, types of virtual currencies accepted, and the timeframe of the ICO campaign. Backers who are interested can email the seller and ask for more details of the project before performing a transaction. If they successfully raise the amount for the campaign, they will carry out the scheme to complete the project. If not, they will return the money back to the backers.

How Scammers Use ICO to Carry Out Fraud?

ICO can be conducted to help raise funds for various types of businesses and charity organization. It has also been used as a tool by scammers to conduct frauds. Scammers would use means to increase the ICO value temporarily and abandon the project afterwards to make a quick profit. Scams happen because of the lack of regulation by the government. Just like any investment, there is a risk when coming to invest in the initial coin offering.

No statistic on the company that runs the ICO is given so it is hard to make a prediction. Backers usually would only check out data such as who will receive the collected money, and the social media profile. To make a successful investment in ICO, one needs to be patient and willing to spend time to conduct research on the company.

Conclusion

In conclusion, ICO has helped many startups to raise the funds they need for their projects. With ICO, startups can easily raise a large amount of money within a short timeframe of just a few seconds or minutes. Entrepreneurs will continue to take advantage of ICO to raise capitals until it comes under government regulation.

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Source by Zirkon Kalti

Do Flies Serve Any Purpose Or Are They Just Useless and Annoying?

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There are very few things more annoying than a bunch of flies buzzing around the house, while you ‘re trying to sleep. It almost seems like they ‘re a joke of nature, designed specifically to drive you crazy. They buzz around the room making an incredibly annoying sound, at a grating frequency, and on top of that, they land on your food or body. And if these were not enough, they can transmit various diseases and have disgusting larvae.

We are taught even from an early age that ecosystems are made of many organisms that depend on one another. Automatically, this would mean that every organism has a role, a part to play. So do flies have any purpose or are they just useless and annoying?

Although it may be hard to imagine what use a fly might possibly have, they actually play important roles in nature. A female housefly deposits about 100-150 eggs on something that can provide food for the larvae that will hatch from the eggs. This food typically consists of decaying material, such as garbage, animal droppings or grass clippings. Then, somewhere between 8 hours and 2 days later, the maggots hatch and begin to feed. Eventually they form pupae and change into adult flies, restarting the cycle.

Fly larvae are very efficient disposers of garbage and any other dead matter. Along with bacteria and other composers, they transform the material into other forms. Apart from disposing dead plant and animal materials or animal and human wastes, flies also serve as food for other organisms. Lizards, foraging insects and even small mammals feed on fly eggs, larvae and pupae. Then there ‘s the fish and other aquatic organisms, who feed on flies throughout their entire life cycle, as do birds and other land animals.

Imagine how garbage and other dead matter would accumulate if it were not for flies. Or how many other organisms would lack their main course. Truth is, they are extremely annoying and can drive you crazy in no time, but they do have their part. In fact, flies might actually be missed if they ceased to exist.

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Ab Circle Mini Reviews – Does Ab Circle Mini Really Work?

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The Ab Circle Mini is the new abs workout product of fitness model Jennifer Nicole Lee. Well, perhaps new is not an accurate way to put it as the Mini Circle is in fact just a smaller version of the Ab Circle Pro, one of the most popular fitness machines in the world today.

The original product received a tremendous amount of attention and has been written about extensively. With over 2 million items sold worldwide, it has generated both good and bad reviews from the many people who bought and used it.

Now, the time has come to talk about the new version and to find the answer to the question: Does Ab Circle Mini really work?

In fact, there doesn’t seem to be too much difference between the Ab Circle Pro original and the mini version. Both have a very similar design and are used in the same way: you grab the handle bars with both hands (there’s an upper and lower pair you can choose between), place your knees on the pads, make sure your back is straight, and begin moving your body from side to side.

Because your body is close to parallel to the floor and you’re crunching your obliques when you move, you’re getting an abdominal workout. This does help to strengthen your abs as any other stomach exercise does.

As the original version of the Ab Circle has mixed reviews regarding the effectiveness of its workouts, I will leave you to be the judge of it. It may very well be that for people who are already fit, this machine does not pose a real challenge while it may be more effective for those who are not used to train.

What you do need to keep in mind is that getting flat abs is a total body process. You can’t just work on your abs and neglect everything else. You need to get fit and lean all over and your abs will firm up as well.

As the official Ab Circle Mini product description says: you need a calorie reduced diet and moderate exercise to lose weight with it. If you don’t eat right and workout regularly, you won’t get results.

If you were thinking about buying the Ab Circle, the mini offers a better price and is more portable and easy to store. This may be a good time to invest in one, but only if you’re aware that the miraculous results portrayed in the infomercial will only be the result of hard work and dedication.

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5 Reasons Why Losing Weight Isn’t Always Easy

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We all know that maintaining a healthy weight is crucial to good overall health. Why, then, is losing weight and shifting the extra pounds we have put on so hard? After all, gaining them was the easy bit!

Of course, being responsible for our own choices is important, but you might be surprised that some things that you experience every day can actually sabotage your weight loss efforts if you aren’t aware of them.

Reason 1: Finding the right diet is not always easy.

Whether it is high carbohydrate, high fat, low-fat or diets high in protein, the choice of diets is wide. The reality is not one of these diet types is necessarily better than any of the others. At the end of the day, burning more calories than you consume will result in weight loss and consuming more calories than your body needs will result in weight gain, regardless of the source of those calories. For optimal health though, you should maintain a balanced diet that is sustainable in the longer term.

Reason 2: Mixed messages from the press

Glossy magazines, usually aimed at women, are known for showing articles about the latest trends for rapid or fast weight loss. It is also easy to be confused by the seemingly endless number of weight loss studies in the news, many of which contradict each other. Try to ignore the fads and anything that seems sensationalized. Common sense should always prevail.

Reason 3: Well-intentioned family and friends can do more harm than good.

Our loved ones tend to mean well, but they can do you no favors when they insist that we have “just one more” especially when you are focussed on losing weight. It’s hard to maintain your will power in the face of such temptation. The best approach is to address it directly with your loved ones. Let me them know you need their support far more than you need a second serving. Schedule cheat days to coincide with special occasions like birthdays etc can often help keep everyone in the family happy.

Reason 4: Food companies aren’t always on your side

We all lead busy lifestyles, so it’s no surprise that we sometimes choose to eat out for convenience. However, fast food outlets and restaurants can be dangerous ground for people watching their weight. Most fast food or take out is high in fat and sodium and relatively devoid of any real nutritional value. Try to cook your own meals from whole foods where possible. Keeping processed foods to a minimum will improve both your health and wallet.

Reason 5: Changing habits can be hard work.

Finally, it takes time and effort to transition into healthier lifestyle habits. When you first start your weight loss journey, it might feel a bit like an uphill battle as you contend with years of ingrained unhealthy behavior. It is said to take 21 days to make or break a habit so make sure you stick at. Make small and gradual changes to improve the chances of success.

Remember, the key to sustained weight loss is burning more calories than you consume, eating a balanced diet and exercising regularly for optimal health. Ensure that any changes made are sustainable ones, not quick fixes.

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Here Is a Puzzling Question – How Big Is a Mining Truck?

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All About The Story of A Dump Truck

Technically speaking, a mining truck can be categorized as one of the variants or modifications or versions of the universal dump trucks. For very obvious reasons, these heavy wheels are designed to take weighty loads on their backs. To classify a bit these mining machines, these can be considered as off-road dump trucks.

As indicated on their general title, these wheels are designed to haul or carry heavy dirt and mining loads are intended to be off the road. On the other hand, some mining industries or corporations around the world do not use the word ‘dump’ on their mining trucks these days. However, these heavy dirt hauling machines have two main types and they are the articulating frame and the rigid frame.

Getting Some Measurements and Sizes

Though these dump trucks are now officially accepted as ‘haul trucks’ especially in the United States, the functions of these mining trucks are almost the same. Believe or not, these burly hauling wheels can carry from a hundred to 300 tons of load. Following this line of thought, these ton-carrying machines are even assembled within the mining site because of their colossal sizes and proportions.

One of the largest mining trucks has 7.9 meters (or more or less 26 feet) in terms of its broadness, a twenty-meter span (or 67 feet) in length and weighs about 231105 kilogram or 509500 pounds. This hauling or dump truck model Titian or the 33-19 was made by General Motors (or GM) during the early 1970’s. This particular machine has a whopping hauling capability of up to 350 ton-load. To support its overall weight plus its load, this machine has ten tires that measure 3.4 meters in diameter each (or about 11 feet in diameter).

Though the Titian or the 33-19 is big, the one from Caterpillar is the Biggest

If size does really matter, then the Caterpillar 797 model is the biggest amongst these mining trucks. Created in the late 1990’s, this truck has a loading capacity of 360 tons and an overall (or gross) weight of almost 544310 kilograms or 1.2 million pounds. This huge mining truck has a mechanical drive and an auto power gear diffusion.

These heavy machines may have been created almost a century ago. Nonetheless, their value, in terms of what these machines can do or literally ‘carry’ is really priceless. For this reason, these heavy wheels should be taken care of properly to maximize their usage.

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Reviews of ICO (Initial Coin Offerings)

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What is the Definition of ICO?

Initial Coin Offering (ICO) is a crowdfunding method used by new cryptocurrency companies to raise capitals. In ICO, some percentages of the newly issued cryptocurrencies are sold to people who are interested in supporting the project. They are sold to exchange for other established cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin, Fiat and Ether.

Backers purchase the new cryptocurrency with an intention to make a profit when it increases in value. It is similar to the principle of people making a profit when the share they bought at the stock market increases in value. ICO is different than purchasing shares at a stock market because you don’t get a share of the ownership right when you invest in the new tokens.

Brief History on ICOs

In the beginning stage, ICO was conducted by companies such as Mastercoin, Ethereum and Karmacoin. Ethereum conducted one of the biggest ICO in 2014 by raising a total of $18 millions in the early stage of 2014. They break the record by raising 3,700 Bitcoins which is equivalent to $2.3 million dollars within the first 12 hours of the campaign. Kik conducted the first mainstream ICO in September 2017 but the project was interrupted by a phishing scam via the circulation of a false URL in the social media. Ripple sold $1 billion worth of XRP tokens to investors in exchange for bitcoins and fiats in 2013.

Today, ICO sales have become increasingly popular with around 50 token sales being conducted every month. Starting from 2017, ICO has been growing at a fast pace with at least $2 billion worth of token sales successfully conducted. This proves that it is not going to be a temporary method used by new cryptocurrency company to raise funds but it is here to stay for long term.

Nowadays, ICO token sale is so popular that at least a few ICO begins every day. It has been predicted that over $4 billion worth of token sales will be conducted this year. Genesis Vision, a Russian based company, conducted an ICO campaign that runs from the 15th October 2017 to the 15th November 2017. They manage to raise a total of $2.3 million in the token presale.

How Does ICOs Fundraising Work?

A cryptocurrency company that wants to raise capitals through ICO must provide a few details including project description, project purpose, amount need to be raised, percentage of tokens the company will keep, types of virtual currencies accepted, and the timeframe of the ICO campaign. Backers who are interested can email the seller and ask for more details of the project before performing a transaction. If they successfully raise the amount for the campaign, they will carry out the scheme to complete the project. If not, they will return the money back to the backers.

How Scammers Use ICO to Carry Out Fraud?

ICO can be conducted to help raise funds for various types of businesses and charity organization. It has also been used as a tool by scammers to conduct frauds. Scammers would use means to increase the ICO value temporarily and abandon the project afterwards to make a quick profit. Scams happen because of the lack of regulation by the government. Just like any investment, there is a risk when coming to invest in the initial coin offering.

No statistic on the company that runs the ICO is given so it is hard to make a prediction. Backers usually would only check out data such as who will receive the collected money, and the social media profile. To make a successful investment in ICO, one needs to be patient and willing to spend time to conduct research on the company.

Conclusion

In conclusion, ICO has helped many startups to raise the funds they need for their projects. With ICO, startups can easily raise a large amount of money within a short timeframe of just a few seconds or minutes. Entrepreneurs will continue to take advantage of ICO to raise capitals until it comes under government regulation.

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The Cardinal Bird Feeder – What Works Best?

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The intention of a cardinal bird feeder, of course, would be to attract the cardinal. This bird, of course, is probably the single most popular bird for backyard bird watchers. However, to the dismay of many, there really is no cardinal feeder per se. But, the bird certainly has both feeder and seed preferences. Let's take a look!

First, what does not work that well.

The tube feeder is quite popular. However, do not make the mistake of thinking it a favorite of the cardinal. I've been watching birds for years and years and I can tell you with complete certyty that this is not your best choice for the cardinal. He has virtually no neck and is forced to turn his whole body sideways to eat from a tube. In addition, he's just a smidgen too big for most perches.

Some people will advise you to add a tray to the bottom. Granted, you will see the bird more often if you do this. Just keep in mind that Droll Yankees trays fit Droll Yankees tube feeders; Aspects trays fit Aspects tube feeders; Bird Quest trays fit Bird Quest tube feeders.

Do you know which brand you have?

Also, keep in mind that trays attract lots of other birds like grackles and starlings. If these birds visit your tube feeder, you will not see many cardinals (or any other birds for that matter). Keep in mind the purpose of a tube feeder is to provide for small birds like the tufted titmouse and Carolina chickadee.

Add a tray, in come the medium and large birds, away go the small birds-just like that, you've defeated the purpose of the tube.

So what does work?

A proper cardinal bird feeder is any feeder whose design accommodates the cardinal's preference to "bend at the hip" or not at all when feeding. You want a feeder that does not force the bird to turn its body. A basic hopper feeder is a great choice as a cardinal bird feeder. So is any fly-through bird feeder (a fly-through feeder is open on all sides and has ample space). Also, platform feeders on the ground are ideal cardinal feeders.

There are manufacturers of feeders who describe their product as "cardinal feeder." The no-no is one such example. Although this feeder does accomodate the cardinal, be careful! Many bird feeders do not do what the manufacturer claims.

The Droll Yankees squirrel proof feeder called the whipper is designed to be a cardinal feeder. The curved perch is a fantastic innovation that accommodates the bird perfectly. The Brome Care "squirrel buster" squirrel proof feeder, with its detachable ring, also serves the bird, although the bird does not appear as comfortable on this feeder as it does on the whipper (make no mistake, though, the Brome Care Product is equal and even superior to the Droll Yankees product in many ways).

Seed

What seed should you feed the cardinal? Hands down, safflower. This is a bitter tasting seed that squirrels, grackles and starlings tend not to eat.

If you do not have these pests floating around, any quality bird seed will do. Black oil sunflower seed and sunflower hearts (chips) are favorites of the cardinal. He'll eat most blends, too but do not use big box blends – they're full of filler that birds do not eat.

I've seen cardinals eat fruit – you'll need a fruit feeder for this.

So, what is my favorite cardinal bird feeder?

You know, my advise to bird watchers desiring to attract cardinals to "get back to basics." I recommend either a wooden hopper feeder or a fly-through platform feeder serve as their cardinal bird feeder.

If you follow this advise and are patient, I promise that you'll be visited by this beautiful bird year round!

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Source by Robert Kegebein