Sabtu, 31 Desember 2011

Looking for your second half?- Online dating is just for you.

Some years ago online dating wasn't so popular as nowadays. That time, of course, people used online dating services, but they didn't tell about it because of the fear to create an impression of the desparate. But what actually changed?

So you are thinking about joining an online dating site but you're not sure this is just for you. Believe my word, online dating is just for you! Online dating is very popular now – it fits our modern lifestyles and is very convenient for everyone.

I remember one my friend who has been ashamed to tell me about using an online dating site. I must admit she is a very attractive girl and is a good catch. Her reason for dating online was quite simple – she wanted some serious relationships and was tired of wasting her time on guys that were not going to commit a relationship.

Of course, no one can guarantee that you'll meet your «one» at once. However you won't waste your time on timewasters. Little by little you'll get more experience in online dating and you'll be able to recognize the person you are looking for. It will make some time but finally you'll get what you deserve – just be proactive in your search of a beloved person.

Here I have some advantages of using some king of dating site to find your second half:

1. You don’t have to wait until the weekend to communicate with the peson you are interested in.

2. You don’t have to be dressed up for an online meeting. You can comfortably sit in your armchair near the fireplace communicating with interesting people.

3. In spite of your working shedule you can go for online dating. You can log on any time and correspond with people.

4. If you chat with person for some time and suddenly you understand that he oe she is not a person you're looking for, it's never late to tell «Sorry, I think we are looking for something different» and contonue your search.

5. If all of your friends have already settled down with their families or you have recently become single, online dating is the best way to meet someone new quickly!

6. Anonymous messaging and chat rooms give you a possibility to flirt to your heart’s content without any shyness or getting tongue-tied.

7. You will for sure learn more about someone online before meeting them than you would if you had met them in a bar or in the street. Online dating usually makes people more cautious about who they choose to date!

8. Finally, 1 month’s membership costs less than a night out and gives you hundreds of opportunities to meet your soulmate!

I guess I've persuaded you to go for online dating to search for your love!

Kamis, 29 Desember 2011

Would George W ever tell a lie?

Copyright 2006 Cole's Poetic License

We Americans like to say George Washington wouldn't tell lies because he was our first president.  But you know he did. Everyone does.

Harriet Lerner writes, "Deception and con games are a way of life in all species and throughout nature. Organisms that do not improve their ability to deceive-and to detect deception-are less apt to survive."

That's some quote, isn't it?

What do you think about lying?

Is it "right" sometimes and "wrong" others? Are there white, black and gray lies?

What lie did you tell today?  I lied when I said I would never again ride a bus more than twenty miles.  I lied about my weight on my driver's license.   (Shaved off four pounds)

Think of this:Through outwitting predators our species survived.

Survival is a basic instinct hard-wired into our brains.  As our brains evolved, we developed cooperation.  That involves trust and telling the truth.  That, too, helped us survive: tribal teamwork.

A capitalistic economy is the natural result of these two instincts in our subconscious, primitive minds: competition and cooperation.

In any business both buyer and seller must trust each other and yet believe that he or she got, if not the best, at least an equal deal.

There's may be some shaving of the truth on either side but belief is what matters.

* * *

I'm excited about current brain research applied to economics.

Using neuroimaging, scientists are looking inside the mind to see why people buy, sell, save or trust. They see which part of the brain lights up during financial negotiations.

Researchers at MIT wired the brains of currency speculators. They plotted the biological indicators of stress, exuberance and tension against real time profit and loss.  Such measures document how involuntary emotions affect the rise and fall of stocks.

Harvard economist David Lailson says, "Our emotional brain wants to max out the credit card even though our logical brain knows we should save for retirement."

But you know that.  Advertisers know that every purchase is emotional-right out of the midbrain.  When I recall how many times I bought something and then lied to the husband at the time about its costs!

I'll stop confessing and wrap up with these:

*  George Washington lied because he was human *   It may be normal to lie, but only momentarily profitable *   It's normal to lie to ourselves, but always unprofitable to do so.

And one more quote:

"The people who burned witches at the stake never for one moment thought of their act as violence; rather they thought of it as an act of divinely mandated righteousness.  The same can be said of most of the violence we humans have ever committed."  Gil Bailie

This can be paraphrased: The people who swindled others never for one moment thought of their actions as wrong; rather they thought of it as capitalistically mandated righteousness. The same can be said of most of the high stakes gambles corporations take.

It's called "white-collar crime".  They lie to themselves saying, " Everyone does it and we can get away with it."

Maybe George W did lie.  It's human to lie, but "To thine own self, be true",  When you are true to yourself and understand your motives, all of your lies will be white ones.

To tell you the truth, I want everyone to investigate all the ways to learn about unconscious motives.

Rabu, 28 Desember 2011

Making sure a first date goes smoothly

Preparing for a first date can be very nerve racking, especially if it's a blind date. But, most of the time, people have seen their date before they go out with them, so that is going to be the main focus of this piece. The key to preventing a major disaster on a first date is communication with your date. Do not let one person plan the whole date, surprises often lead to disaster in the dating world. Asking each other key questions will make your first date much more pleasurable. Most of the time, dates revolve around food, it's just a natural assumption that when you go on a date, there will be food. So, if you let food be the focus of your first date you better make sure that both people agree beforehand on the establishment. Or, if someone is going to be very romantic and prepare a dinner for their date, they better ask what exactly the other person eats. Spending all day in the kitchen only to have someone tell you they never eat tuna, or they can't stand asparagus will really ruin your date.

  And, one of the biggest disaster than can ever occur is if you prepare someones meal with a food that gives them an allergic reaction. Try having a successful second date after that happens-not gonna happen. All kinds of psychological twists with that one, haha. Make sure you ask your date if they are allergic to anything; it is a necessary step of any date, and will show that you are a compassionate individual. If you prepare dinner for your date, make sure you don't attempt to push your particular diet on them, especially if you are a vegan or raw foodist. These may be healthy ways to eat, but your date may very turned off by your course of action. In short, when it comes to food, many things can go wrong. So take the necessary precautions. When the food is taken care of, you can move onto other aspects of the date, such as the conversation.

  If you are sitting in front of someone eating a meal, there is no way to escape, you are right in front of them. So, you want to make sure that you don't offend them or kill a happy vibe with inappropriate questions or discussion. The key to successful dating is keeping the conversation light and happy. If you are going through a rough time in your life, you probably shouldn't be dating, make sure you are at a happy time in your life, this will make dating much easier. When talking to your date, keep the conversation away from controversy, do not get into a political debate on your first date. Stay away from talking about jobs, most people hate theirs, and you don't want to depress them on the date. Focus on pleasant topics. Ask your date what they like to do for fun. Lead that conversation into fun and attempt to keep it there. If a person tells you they don't have time for fun, because they always work, then ask them what they used to do for fun, or what they would do if they have more free time. Keep pushing towards light conversation. If the hobby route doesn't work, ask them what they like to read  or bring up a recent celebrity faux pas if they seem receptive to this type of conversation. A date that refuses to talk about light, happy subjects may not be a good long term mate for you, so use this as a test. Keep the food and conversation appropriate and you will have a great first date.

Selasa, 27 Desember 2011

Why Do People Gamble? Reasons to Gambling Popularity

Gambling in its various forms has been popular for centuries in different cultures all over the entire world. Whether through the national lottery, in horse racing tracks or in casino table games, people are wagering their money hoping to win big time. Although the number of people who go home with life changing winnings is much smaller than the number of people who have left their money in the casinos, race tracks or bingo halls, the popularity of the pastime has not been reduced through the years.

Despite the low odds of stepping out as winners in most popular forms of gambling is a well known fact, even though gambling suffers from a bad reputation and even when it is illegal, gambling is still one of the most popular pastimes in the world. So, why do people gamble? The most obvious answer would be money, but it will not be a full answer. There are many other reasons that drive people to the nearest gambling facility. Here we will try to offer an answer to this disturbing question.

Luck: the irrational believe in luck is engraved in most of us. These unexplained gut feelings that a special day or a certain number is luckier than the others are sends a lot of people to gamble or even gamble on the same numbers over and over again.

Social Purposes: have you ever wonder how can a group of people beat the pants off someone in a poker game and remain best buddies? You can see it in bingo halls, casino bars and friendly poker games: many people see gambling as an opportunity to make new friends or spend time with old friends in addition to the chance of earning additional money.

Entertainment: many people visit casinos and play their favorite casino games simply because they love it and they are having a great time. In Las Vegas casinos for example, you will meet more recreational gamblers who see gambling as part of their vacation activities than professional gamblers who take gambling as a serious source of income.

Excitement: the act of gambling apparently can give you quite an adrenaline rush. Regardless of the money aspect, the anticipation of the outcome of the game while still not knowing whether it would match your bet is what makes all forms of gambling so thrilling and exciting.

Relaxation: as opposed to the accelerated adrenaline rush described by many gamblers, many gamblers find the gambling experience relaxing. When you think about it, what can be more relaxing than ending a busy work week in the comfortable casino atmosphere, playing your favorite game and served free drinks?

 Boredom: whether exciting or relaxing, when the daily lives become an unbearable routine, gambling can serve as a way to escape reality.

Money: in addition to all the reasons mentioned above, gambling allegedly provides an opportunity to can earn unbelievable amounts of money within short time and minimum investment. Even if you are aware to the exact mathematical odds of beating each and every gambling game, if you are an optimist by nature, this slightest chance would nevertheless drive you to a casino, a bookie, a lottery terminal or a bingo hall.

Senin, 26 Desember 2011

How to keep friends for life

"Amigos Para Siempre" or “Friends for Life” is the theme song for the Barcelona Olympics in 1992 sung by Sarah  Brightman and Jose Carreras during the opening ceremony of the Olympics Games. Andrew Lloyd Webber composed this beautiful song,

Friends are not easy to come by. Genuine friends are even harder to find. Hence, making friends is not easy. Therefore, when we have friends we must put in effort to keep the friendship alive.

We can engage with people in various ways to attract and bring them closer to us. Smile is one of the easiest and most contagious methods. People like to see happy faces greeting them. When you smile, you transmit joy and happiness to them. It also symbolizes the gladness in you in meeting them.

Whenever we meet people, always address them with their name. Addressing someone by their name indicates our interest in establishing friendship with them. It shows we are taking interest in them and it will make them take note of our interest in return.

We need to relax whenever we are with someone. This will make them feel comfortable to be with us. Whenever someone is comfortable with one another, they will tend to get closer to each other. Friendship will blossom from here.

When we communicate with the other person, ask questions that will help them to open up and start talking. Nevertheless, do not ask questions that are too personal in nature. This will cause them to feel uncomfortable with our presence. Perhaps, they may even find excuses to walk away.

One of the crucial points in communication is listening. Be a good listener to the other person. Listen to what the other person has to say. Listen attentively. Respond appropriately. We do not need respond with words. Body language and appropriate gestures are good enough to show that we are listening.

It is always easy to make friends and maintain friendship if we have common interest. Try to find common grounds where you can share common interest like hobbies, etc. We can spend many meaningful hours or even days engaging with each other sharing knowledge and information on common interest. Whenever we spend meaningful time together, bonding will take place.

Whenever there are people who share their opinion, differences in opinion will surface. We need to learn how to respect the differences in opinion, as it is a positive sign that both people are prepared to share their ideas and thoughts. Explore the ideas that are put forward and perhaps, you can learn something new from it.

Always be generous with compliments. Give compliments when called for. Give it sincerely and people always appreciate positive feedback. Everyone needs feedback to improve and move forward in his or her life and career.

Generally, people like to join to social functions to meet fiends and associates. Make effort to keep in touch with them by inviting them to do be part of any social functions. The functions may not be parties. It can be any charity work, outdoor activities or even family outings.

Overall, we need to make effort to the flame of friendship burning as bright as ever and for as long as possible. Friendship is for life.

Minggu, 25 Desember 2011

Laudium and Its Lurid Facts

Laudium is a residential area in Centurion, South Africa, which was proclaimed an Indian township in 1961. Most Indians were forced out of their homes in Pretoria into this new place where some of them built beautiful new homes. As for its former inhabitants, older photographs show remains of circular type dwellings of its former inhabitants, to the west of Laudium. Laudium has 3 extensions which were completed in 1976, 1978 and 1983, respectively. Laudium was initially part of Pretoria but it was incorporated into Centurion in 2000.

The original name for Laudium was Claudius, named after a Claudius Marais de Vries who was the mayor of Pretoria at the time. Laudium has both Hindu and Muslim residents, with a large number of mosques and temples. There are also many recent South Asian Indian and Pakistanis, who moved into South Africa.

Although unusual for a township yet, Laudium is a relatively wealthy area with very large houses and people using luxury cars. It also prides in having successful businessmen, media leaders etc. Laudium is prone to sinkholes that sometimes cause property damage owing to dolomite in the area

There are a variety of restaurants, including Mohideen's, Muchachos, Debonairs, Nandos and Wimpy, as well as some very good shopping centres available here. One hotel is situated across the road from one of the shopping centres.

Due to the fact that the majority of the residents of Laudium are Muslims, all food stores sell halal food, prepared according to Islamic Law. Muslims, Hindus and Christians live in Laudium.

Laudium has a quite a number of government schools. These government schools mostly consist of Indian teachers, most of the pupils in these schools are black and travel daily from black townships. The black township lies directly north of Laudium, and the two areas are separated by a large hill called Kwaggakop.

Laudium Sun newspaper is a free, bi-monthly that serves Laudium. It also has a Muslim-oriented community radio station.

Laudiuminfo gives you a deeper insight into all these facts, history and development of Laudium etc. The website provides extensive information on various aspects about Laudium, which includes News and Events, Religion and Culture, Education and Employment etc. You can learn about the History, Development and Facts about Laudium here.

Apart from this you can also participate in Discussion Boards and Forums with free registration that allows you to discuss on various topics like religion, culture, associations, communities, welfares, groups etc. related to Laudium. At the same time you can also be a part of the Laudium community.

The website contains a Business Directory wherein you can find all information related to the various categories as well as you can list your business for free or advertise your specials with nominal price for a large number of viewer access.

Although community isolation and crime are a major hindrance in the prospect of Laudium’s progress, yet the community is making every effort and working towards the development of the township. Active participation and working together would certainly help Laudium improve and make it a better place to live in.

Sabtu, 24 Desember 2011

Poker Movies: Top 5 Films about Poker

Since the golden age of the Western, poker playing has always been a popular theme in Hollywood. Although many of the Hollywood films that feature poker are not very good and some of them even display poker in a ridiculous manner, watching poker action on the big screen is great fun, especially if you play poker yourself.

Here are the best poker movies that were ever produced in Hollywood. Some of the movies are actually excellent movies regardless to their display of the poker game, while in others the poker games is the feature that makes them worth watching. However, if you are a poker fan, add these movies to your musts list.

The Sting directed by George Roy Hill in 1973

The Sting is less about poker and more about the art of card sharking but it will provide you two hours of sophisticated fun. The 1973 Academy award winner features young Paul Newman as the greatest con artist of them all who mentors young Robert Redford in the art of trickestry. David S. Warn screenplay is based on true con games stories.

The Cincinnati Kid directed by Norman Jewison in 1965

The classic stud poker film known for its climatic final hand and the unforgettable quote: Gets down to what its all about, doesn't it? Making the wrong move at the right time</i>. In short, The Cincinnati Kid is about the battle between Steve Macqueen who plays a young poker player also known as The Kid and the veteran poker gambler known as The Man who is played by Edward G. Robinson during the Great Depression in New Orleans. It may not appear at any other list of best movies, but it certainly has one of the best poker scenes ever seen on the silver screen.

California Split directed by Robert Altman in 1974

California Split may not be the pick of Robert Altmans creation, but is one of the best movies to depict the messy everyday life of two professional gamblers played by George Segal and Elliott Gould. Like in many of Altman films, the narrative is not particularly straight and the end is not necessarily happy, but it does succeed in describing an authentic experience. Additionally, poker trivia fans would be thrilled to learn that poker legend Amarillo Slim plays a small role.

Rounders directed by John Dahl in 1998

It is hard to tell whether the movie pushed to the 21st century poker boom or the rise in the popularity of poker during the last decade made Rounders a cult hit. However, Rounders is one of the best poker films to display the contemporary high stake poker scene. The core of the movie is a long poker marathon in which Mat Damon and Edward Norton are trying to earn money to pay off the latter gambling debts. World Series of Poker champion Johnny Chan plays a featured role.

Maverick directed by Richard Donner in 1994

Although Maverick is not the most brilliant film ever made and some of the poker scenes are kinda silly, it is a fun and lightheaded poker movie. It might even provide you a basic idea on what it was like to be a rambling gambler in the old west card scene with Mel Gibson as a maverick who tries to earn enough money for the big five card draw poker tournament.

Jumat, 23 Desember 2011

Katrina: Victims For Life?

There can be no debate about the horror of the World Trade Center attack. No conceivable rational excuse for the criminal destruction of spectacular buildings and thousands of innocent lives can be advanced. It was monstrous; it was deadly; it was immoral.

Four years later, the survivors still mourn their loved ones and the world looks to ground zero as the crucial moment when American innocence died. Somehow, the families of those who perished moved on. Several thousand Federal dollars in compensation did not take away the pain but did enable dreams of a life still worth living.

Only after the settlements were made were the cries of the families in Oklahoma heard. Those families, too, suffered a terrible loss but received only speeches and sympathy.

And now there are the victims of Katrina. Not only were hundreds of family members lost but, in addition, entire businesses, lifestyles, community bonds, and the independence conferred by gainful employment were entirely obliterated. We must ask ourselves: do we deal with victims in an evenhanded manner?

The financial safety nets of insurance, high pre-trauma earnings, and safety member retirement systems, were already in place in New York. The financial largesse of the government provided an even larger buffer against the slings and arrows of outrageous misfortune.

Most of Katrina's victims lived their lives without a single tattered safety net in place. Poor, unskilled, and underemployed, many of these Gulf Coast residents barely stayed afloat even before the flood waters raged in. Now what little they had is gone. They cannot bury their dead and get on with life as the 911 families managed to do - because there is no life left.

The political think tanks that worry if a nominee is conservative enough, the lobbyists busily grabbing the largest slice of pork for their clients, and the Haliburtons, the Fluors, and the oil magnates have no emotional conception of the reality of poverty. While difficulty in paying the bills is common at all economic levels, contrast that with someone who has no bills because they have nothing: no debts, no creditors - but also no money, no food, no home, no resources.

For those still living in shelters or staying at a hotel until the vouchers run out this month - where are the federal dollars to help them move on? The government can't even figure out how to get generators to hospitals nor trailer homes to available land.

After the photo-ops, the dramatic flyovers, and the congressional appropriation bills, our leaders will go home to their comfortable beds with easy consciences, confident that they have done what was needed. Years from now, the victims will still be suffering as are those who were displaced long ago by Hurricane Andrew.

Unless they are lucky enough to become the swing vote in a tight election, they will recede from the front pages and slowly submerge beneath the slime of poverty, a more permanent threat than any temporary storm.

Kamis, 22 Desember 2011

The story of Russian brides existance

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<p>Well is more simple than it seems to be: the emancipation in the West has changed social and spiritual values. So if the woman is considered to be a saver of home and the housewife, today for the American woman on the first place - career,  children and the husband are on the second place. These girls will not worry concerning their appearance, convenience of clothes is now a priority for them – not beauty. They are self-assured and perceive men as equal in rights partners both in family, and in business, though sometimes (I've heard about not once) they even take advantage of men.</p>

<p>In turn,  <a href=>Russian brides</a> are much less exacting, and very much frequently a limit of dream for many of them is the teetotal husband and fed children. They have time to work, successfully to conduct facilities and they always look good. And, at last, the most important and a weighty argument for the benefit of Russian brides - good formation and high intelligence facilitating adaptation in the unfamiliar country and quite often causing pride at their Western husbands.</p>

<p>Such unique combination of qualities appeared to be so appreciable, that has caused huge interest on the part of single men of USA and the Western Europe. Such marriages for a long time were considered to be something outstanding and finally the reasons to search the beloved ones were found for Russian women. One of the reasons - a demographic situation in the CIS: the quantity of women is much higher than men, and the «quality» of Russian men, who actually take all the action of the wife for the benefit of family as for granted. One more reason - <a href=>Russian bride</a> aspires to provide to herself and children comfortable conditions of life to get access to "clever" medicine, to live bright and high-grade life, freely to travel and to not reflect on household problems - and in it there is nothing immoral and unnatural. Well, of course, worthy men and women are everywhere - and in the CIS, and abroad.</p>

<p>In the present world conditions the modern woman should choose not to an attribute "ours - not ours", but to much more essential attributes. Usually it is purposefulness and magnanimity, attention, fidelity and diligence, ability and desire the sense of humour and natural charm, the quivering attitude to the woman, children and the house is good to look at any age, to take care of relatives - these qualities Russian brides search for ability and find in the foreign gentlemen.</p>

Rabu, 21 Desember 2011

Tactical Flashlights and other Important Equipment on a Police Duty Belt

The police duty belt contains the equipment that a police or security officer must carry with them at all times. These items vary by municipality, but generally include handcuffs, a police flashlight, radio, a baton, a handgun and ammunition and pepper spray, mace or other chemical spray. Each of the items carried on the police officer's duty belt is a high performance, heavy duty piece of potentially lifesaving equipment.


The police officer is in a high stress job that can become dangerous at a moments notice. When we think of the needs of a police officer, we often think of the defensive weapons they carry, such as a handgun or a baton. While these items do make up an integral part of the high performance duty belt, they are certainly not the only part.

It is important then that the officer have the highest quality, reliable equipment. By carrying a tactical flashlight in the duty belt, as well as extra batteries and a replacement bulb, the officer can be secure in knowing that the flashlight that he has will work when the need arises. In fact, most police officer's carry more than one flashlight, often one battery operated and one rechargeable police flashlight.


The equipment that a police officer carries on his duty belt can save his life. With few exceptions, the gear that is carried is decided by the municipality where the officer is employed. Most duty belts will consist of a handgun and holster, additional ammunition, a tactical flashlight, a radio and holster, handcuffs, and a baton. In addition, some municipalities carry chemical sprays, such as pepper spray or mace, and some carry battery powered stunning devices.

Most officers will also carry their own small notebooks and ink pen, and may also carry a cell phone. The decision on what an officer carries with him in the field must balance the needs of keeping the officer safe and being realistic in what the officer can actually carry. It is always a judgment call when deciding what should be carried and what should be left off the belt.

The handgun and holster, radio, and tactical flashlight are not lightweight items, but heavy duty, high performance equipment. While it is always advisable to be over prepared for any situation, particularly in a high pressure situation such as law enforcement, it is not always possible. A police duty belt that weighs so much that it fatigues the police officer, shifts around when he runs after a suspect, or does not allow free movement is more of a hinderer than a help.

All of the equipment that is carried by the police officer on his duty belt must be evenly distributed across the belt so that it is less likely to shift or cause back strain. The officer becomes accustomed to the location of each of the tools located on his belt and they become an extension of his hands. The duty belt is an important and lifesaving piece of equipment, possibly the most important part of the police officer's uniform.

~Ben Anton, 2008

Selasa, 20 Desember 2011

Hydropower As An Energy Platform

Much like solar and wind power, hydropower has been a constant energy source for man. Following is an overview of hydropower.

Hydropower As An Energy Platform

Hydropower can be defined simply as using the energy of flowing water to generate power. With early man, this power was experienced in the form of propulsion as in moving wheels to grind food materials. With modern man, hydropower is used to turn turbines that produce electricity. In cases such as the Three Gorges Dam in China, this platform can be the basis of providing huge amounts of energy to countries in need.

Let’s take a look at an overview of developments in hydropower:

Over 2,000 years ago, hydropower was used by the Greeks to turn grinding wheels to turn wheat into flour.

In the 1770s, French engineer Bernard Forest de Bélidor wrote Architecture Hydraulique, a four-volume series detailing mechanisms that could be used to convert flowing water into power.

1880 - Michigan's Grand Rapids Electric Light and Power Company showcased the first commercial application for electricity generated from hydropower. The company used a turbine to provide power to a whopping 16 lamps at the Wolverine Chair Factory.

1881 - Niagara Falls votes to convert all lamps on streets to electricity provided by hydropower, which made sense considering their location.

1882 – The first power plant devoted entirely to hydropower electricity production goes online in Wisconsin. The power is produced from water in the Fox River.

1886 – Hydropower plants are so popular that over 40 are functioning in Canada and the U.S.

1889 – Only three years later, the number of hydropower plants in the two countries grows to 200.

1907 – Hydro plants produce 15 percent of the electrical power needs of the United States.

1920 – Hydro plants produce 25 percent of the electrical power needs of the United States. 

1933 – Hydropower comes to the forefront with the establishment of the Tennessee Valley Authority.

1940 – Hydro plants provide a whopping forty percent of all electricity produced in the United States. 

2003 – At the turn of the century, hydropower has lost much of its allure. Population growth results in power needs so high that hydropower is not viewed as a solution. Environmental issues also cause a slow down. Only ten percent of the electricity in the U.S. is produced by hydropower.

Today, roughly twenty percent of all the electricity in the world is produced through hydroelectric power plants. The largest producer of electricity through hydropower is Canada followed by the United States, Russia, Brazil and China. Egypt is highly dependent on hydropower via the Nasser Dam. Norway produces nearly all of its electricity needs through hydropower. In many other countries, hydropower is being looked to as the solution for growing energy needs.

Hydropower has definite downsides. It can be unreliable in countries that suffer droughts, as many African nations have learned. The environmental impact of large dams, as seen with the three gorges dam in China, is also a concern. Notwithstanding these concerns, hydropower is a proven renewable energy platform that certainly is better than fossil fuel alternatives.

Senin, 19 Desember 2011

Video Poker: Why Do People Like It

Yesterday, I was having a pint at my local bar when I noticed a small guy in a dark suit. Sitting to the far-right corner of the bar and away from all of us, this short man was crouched over a glowing video poker screen. Huh?

It was just a few months back that casinos all over the world and especially in Las Vegas were removing poker, baccarat and blackjack tables and adding more and more slot machines instead. But then something peculiar took place. Casino owners and employees noticed that one corner of the machines was more crowded than the rest. A short examination revealed that the games allocated to the slot section was none other than video poker. So why are so many interested players preferring video poker?

Here, I will try and answer some of the more practical reasons why this has happened and will happen even more and more:

1) The Odds: While slot machines offer odds that are pretty difficult to win on (and by that I mean the real big bucks), video poker machines are much easier when it comes to accumulating a large sum because it is somewhat based (even though loosely) on poker. This makes each player think that it is based on his skill more than just on luck.

2) More Choice: By this I am not referring to the pick of different slot machines, but rather to the fact that you have the choice of selecting the row to play with it whereas in slots, you have no real control after you press the button or pull the lever. It is not a secret that the principle of both these two games is to try and hit the money jackpot whether it is by getting the appropriate numbers or symbols aligned or whether it is by getting a royal poker flush. To do this in video poker, you have to pick from a number of five-hand cards.

3) Sitting Out: When playing at a slot machine, you have to play each and every time. If you want to stop, you have to clear the machine so that someone else can get a try. But this is not the case when playing video poker. This game allows you to simply sit out a round or two and then continue whenever you feel like.

4) Higher Money Ratio: Because of the chance that you can sit out any round where your cards are not any good. You have a bigger chance making an overall profit out of the time you spent playing at the casino whether it is an online casino or a land one or even whether it is just a small machine in the local diner or bar or regional gas station.

5) It is also said in many video poker circles and plenty of other articles around the web that the statistics of hitting higher paying options while playing video poker are higher in comparison to playing video slot machines.

Not withstanding all of the above reasons, the fact that poker is very popular and slot machines too only leads me to assume that a game combining the two will be greatly appreciated by any player of either of the two games but more so by those who enjoy the drone of the machine.

Sabtu, 17 Desember 2011

Las Vegas: How to Ensure Your Vacation is Full of Adventure and Kicks

Las Vegas was for a long time the adults playground. Las Vegas was and is the gambling and drinking capitol of the world, and it was just about as Wild West as you could get in the twentieth century. But in the last 20 years Las Vegas has changed into a large amusement park for the whole family. There is such a wide variety of things to do inside and outside of Las Vegas apart from gambling, that it would be a shame to pass up the opportunity to see some of the beautiful sites around the area.

1) Think location. A hotel that is located directly on the strip will end up being much higher in price than a hotel just off the strip. Really, glamour is nice, but saving a couple of extra hundred dollars in the long run will allow you the opportunity to do some great things that had not been originally accounted for.

2) Outside of Las Vegas are some very nice deserts and mountains. Easy to get to and very close, it is nice to take a break from the gambling and partying to get out and visit a bit of nature. Finding a hotel that is close to the Strip but also close to all the nature reserves is a big bonus when you are not having a good time at the casino tables.

3) Las Vegas is huge, and continues to grow, so trying to visit an amusement park on the outskirts from the Strip, may tend to be a bit difficult, so try to aim to be a little farther from all the traffic if you are not just gambling and are doing other fun things.

4) When searching for a place to stay in Las Vegas, you will find that in just about any direction there will be hotels in which to stay, offering a drive of less than 10 minutes to the Strip plus there is free parking at most casinos on the Strip for when you are going to gamble.

5) Think Entertainment! Check out the available shows during the time you are in Vegas. If you are lucky, you might get to see some of the greatest entertainers such as Jay Leno, Edwin Murphy, Sting, Bon Jovi, Celine Dion, Jeniffer Lopez, Shakira, Madonna and many many more for just a few dollars. Sometimes, you might get a ticket dirt-cheap if you only look around and ask. Since Vegas is relatively small, its worth your while to check out not just the shows that your hotel (however grand it is!) is planning for its customers, but also to check out those offered by the rest of the hotels in Las Vegas.

These are just a few things to keep in mind when traveling to Las Vegas. If you are traveling with the family, you will want to remember that Las Vegas and Nevada offer excellent hotels and casinos as well as some of the most undisturbed wildlife and nature reserves and fantastic camping in the area.

If you wish to find out more about the casinos in Las Vegas or the entertainment and different adventures you could take part in, go to for detailed reviews, explanations and hot tips.

Jumat, 16 Desember 2011

In search of a Russian bride

So haven't you ever think about the online dating? No? You're not sure that it's for you? Well now, I will tell you why it's completely for you!

Online dating will help you to find your special lady – your Russian bride. Why is it more simple? There are a lot of online dating agencies that can help you. The convenience of their services is that you can confortably sit in your armchair at home corresponding with Russian girls that could possibly fit you. Some men just think that it's better to go to Russia and to do the «bride searching» there. It's not better, believe me on word. We're living in a dangerous world and Russia is not an exception. There are a lot of scams there and when they know that you're a foreigner the work of those cheeters will begin again! That's why my advice is – choose a reliable online dating site and start seaching for your beloved one. The best sites even have such service as a Tour – when the agency helps you with coming to the city, your future beloved lives, helps you with appartment, arranges meeting with the girl you've chosen or the girls :). So now it's up to you to decide who much time to spend on the online dating. The most asked question here is: can I correspond with several ladies at the time?

The answer - of course, you can! Moreover, ladies even understand why it's happenning. Anyway, it's your lifetime decision and you're free to choose. My advice is – correspondance with several ladies won't harm anyone. It happens that after a long and warm letters people meet each other and feel no «love chemistry» at all – that may be very dissappointing. If you meey several ladies, you have more chances to feel «chemistry» with at least one girl.

There is such point of view that serious people don't use online dating. It's absolutely wrong. It's easier to them, because know excatly what they want. So you correspond with the ladies you've chosen and then analize what lady you like the most and start communicating with this lady only!! It's easier, faster and more convenient than the «usual» dating. If your relationship reaches the moment when it's time to meet each other, you can plan a meeting either at her homeland or at yours.

The only problem during these meetings can be a language barrier. It's a pitty, but only several Russian brides speak English well. Nevertheless you can order some English lessons for your choosen girl or to fing an enterpreter that will help ith your communication.

The only thing to remember is – love has no boundaries! It's not really important where your second half lives – it's your destiny and you should follow it in spite of all the difficulties and distances.

Kamis, 15 Desember 2011

Why are western gentlemen searching for Russian brides?

The expaination is quite simple: Russian women differ much from western women. The US men often complain that «local» women are not so sensitive and tender like Russian ladies. The reason is – feminism that makes women take care of career more than children and family.

That's why, when they say «Russian bride» they always mean «the best woman in the world»!If you don't believe my words, just check the websites of American expatriates living in Russia and you will confirm everything I've told: Russian brides are looking for a husband abroad just because they want to meet a suitable partner that they failed to meet at home. They are not looking to immigrate. They just want to find their love!

One more reason for this lies in Russian demographics. You know that men to women ratios differ dramatically between the countries. The latest figures from The Economist show that in United Arab Emirates there are about 186 males for 100 females. It’s clear the competition for eligible females should be stiff there. If you are a single male, the Emirates will be the last place in the world to look for a woman - unless you live there, of course.

So what is the best place for a single man to look for his love?

The lowest men to women ratios are in Eastern Europe!

Countries like Russia and Ukraine (and others FSU countries) are on the top of the list, with only 88 males to 100 females. The latest Russian census provided astounding figures of 10 million more women than men.

There the situation is exactly the opposite way around: eligible bachelors are more precious than gold.

So if you are a single man searching for you love – Russia is the best choise for you!

More over Russian bride is unique by her nature!!!

By their personality, Russian ladies are tender and at the same time they are diligent, strong and hard-working, especially, when they do something for their family and people they love. In actuality, the Slavonic women are not spoiled with feminism. They are mostly family focused and traditionally, they obtain the knowledge of keeping happy family nest from their grandmothers. Those clever old-ladies teach their grand-daughters how to be kind, loving and caring with their future husband and children. The grannies pass on to their lovely descendants the secrets of cooking, sewing, knitting and house-holding. At the early childhood they start reading Russian national fairy-tales to their granddaughters. And those old and kind folktales mostly teach the morals and show the attitude of a Russian beauty to her man.

So if you want to find a woman that will love you forever – visit Russia. And I'm sure you'll find there your beloved one.

Rabu, 14 Desember 2011

Making Your MySpace Profile Stand Out From the Crowd

There is little doubt that MySpace has taken the internet world by storm. The ability for members to make friends and displays their interest, hobbies and statistics (age, location etc.) has seen the site soar to one of the most popular websites on the internet.

It is suggested that the total number of MySpace members will soon be approaching 100 million; which is why it can be great fun to customize your own profile page to stand out from the crowd. You may have noticed from browsing friends profiles that many opt to display large images or videos on the page that take an age to load, so this may not be the best route to take to make an attractive looking profile.

I prefer to choose a nice light background with traditional black text, possibly adding a single video to the page. There are certainly some points to remember if you want to make your profile appealing to everyone. Consider that many members may still be using a dial-up internet connection, meaning that any large images or videos may take a long time to load. Also ask the opinion of your friends to gather feedback over what looks good on your profile page and what does not. The color of the background and the color of the text are often badly chosen. Some people find it hard to read white or red text on a black background, whereas some it difficult to read yellow writing on a white background. Choose carefully, as many MySpace users may be put off reading your profile if the page does not display well.

There are some great features that you can add to your page, including cursors, layouts, surveys, games and much more. You can even add music to your page, so that when someone visits your profile the music will play. You can literally spend hour after hour customizing your page!

MySpace is a great place to find friends with the same interests as yours, and you might choose to reflect this in your profile with pictures of your horse for example if you like horse riding or you with your basketball team if that's what you like to do.

The site has also provided great promotion for many users, and has led to relative success for a number of musical artists. This is of course down to the large number of users that can be contacted.

One very important note to make is for young users to use caution when posting personal information and for parents to realize this. It's an unfortunate reality that some people use such sites to stalk young users, so caution must be made to stop this immediately if it appears. This is not meant to be scaremongering, but instead to highlight the fact that it can be great to talk to friends and share your interests, but be cautious when sharing personal information with members you do not know.

Nevertheless, as highlighted earlier, your MySpace profile can be fun to customize and there are many ways that this can be done.

Selasa, 13 Desember 2011

Why Open an Online Casino Now?

The USA has banned online gambling. Or has it? Reading the Post Authority Law, I have found that what they have banned is financial transactions between US financial organizations and online casinos. Why? They cannot ban online casinos because these are not under their jurisdiction. So, have online casinos complied? Some. The large ones have such as Party Gaming and 888, but an American player can still play.

So what does that tell us?
That gambling is at an all time high in the US and across the world. People like to play games for cash because they love the adrenalin rush they get when they bet money on the outcome of a game. A law, that refuses to acknowledge this is doomed to fail just like a law disallowing people from crossing the road when the signal light is red.

What About the Online Casinos?
Some, like Golden Casino, use a different name as their financial entity and ,thus, effectively bypass the US law. It pretty much works like this: the online casino does not allow US players but they leave it up to the players to stop playing. In other words, they do accept them, but are legally not liable for them.

So Why Should You Open an Online Casino NOW?
The US is bubbling with online players anxious to find somewhere or some casino that will accept their cash and allow them to play there. You can take advantage of this gap and this urge and place your casino in that location. Mind you, this is not unique and many online casinos are trying to think of ways to serve the US crowd, but it still is a budding industry because the big players like Playtech and BetonSports have left. Why not get in there and take up that gap?

Lets discuss this in financial terms. People are looking for this product and are scouring the city to find it. Why not open an online casino and offer them what they want? The initial costs are high, but the return on your investment will more than justify spending such large sums on purchasing the software. Note that running an online casino is not that difficult once you have bought the relevant software. Then, you have to spend on marketing this product. Use the relevant internet sites, and voile, players will start dropping in at an alarming rate.

Another reason to buy or open an online casino is that the law will take a while to take effect. This means that people can still play at casinos without any fear of prosecution. So why not take a plunge?

How Can I Open An Online Casino?
Contact one of the many software companies dealing with gaming such as MicroGaming, OddsOn and many others and ask. Some of these will even allow you to use their services such as customer and technical services while you just sit back and watch the money grow in your account. Is that something or not?

Opening or buying an online casino now is still if not more profitable than before. But do not take my word for it alone. Look up google or yahoo and research this for yourself. You will be surprised at the number of new casinos coming up. Join this rush for cash too or be left behind.

Senin, 12 Desember 2011

Why so many states are legalizing gambling?

There are currently 13 states that have legalized gambling and they have over 450 casinos between those states, and they bring in 72 billion dollars a year.

From this money states get extra money for road repair, schools and many other things that a state needs money to fix and maintain.

In the last 10 years there have also been a large number of Indian casinos being granted licenses in states that do not have legalized gambling, which means the only place t gamble in those states is in the Indian Casino, and they do not pay taxes on that money.

Many states are waking up and realizing that there is a very profitable business out there that they are not getting any revenue from, and not only does it bring money into the state it also creates thousands of jobs for each casino that opens. So for a state with a high unemployment rate this means more people are working and less of the stats money needs to be spent on these people, again a win for the state and the people.

It also means more money for the state to feed kids a hot meal at lunch and the money to put new books in the classrooms and maybe to build more schools. This money is also used in some states to hire more police officers.

Legalized gambling besides bringing in more money to the government in taxes also brings money into the community gamblers will use services such as hotels, restaurants and other local attractions while they are in the area. This can bring a major boost to a small starving economy separate from that of the casino.

Another reason why many states are pushing to make gambling legal is to attempt to wipe out the illegal gambling business. Many people feel that if gambling is legalized there is no reason for people to go to sleazy and dangerous back room casinos.

These type of places are becoming harder and harder for the police to find and as soon as they do find them, they will either pack up and change locations or another will just take their place. Another bad thing about illegal casinos s that there is no one monitoring to make sure the casino is not cheating their players.
In many cases police have raided illegal casinos and found that all the table and card games are rigged for the casino to win, and if this is ever discovered the casinos operators have in the past committed murder to keep their secrets, and most people fear for their lives and refuse to cooperate with the police.

Legalized gambling is monitored to make sure both the player and the house are playing an honest game.
Do not let all of this make you think that gambling has no downside. A lot of this money has to go to treatment for people, who develop gambling addictions, and most cities with a casino do usually see a rise in crime in those areas, so more police officers are not just a luxury it is a necessity.

Minggu, 11 Desember 2011

Party Jokes: Startling But Unnecessary

Here, I focus on a range of items and features that we use in life without giving them a second thought such as Coca Cola, body muscles and holding ones own breath. Though, most of these notes are not fundamentally necessary, they are such that you can use them for a good laugh, at a drinks party or for picking up women or men.

1) Coca-Cola: Did you know that its original colour was green?

2) Mohammed: Did you know that this is the most used name in the entire world?

3) Geographical Letters: Did you know that the name of each of the continents begins and concludes with the exact same alphabet? Do not believe that? Look up Asia, Europe, Africa, America, Antarctica and the rest.

4) Muscle Strength: Did you know that the strongest muscle in the entire body is that one which we use to lick a popsicle? Your tongue.

5) Credit Cards: In the United States, were you aware that each and every person has at least two credit cards?

6) An Antique Machine: The word for an old machine that was once used for writing letters and other documents is the largest word that one can make if they click only on a single row of their computer's keyboard: typewriter!

7) Blink: Men wink at women, but research has found out that the average woman blinks nearly two times more than the average man.

8) Suicide: Even though you might have wondered if it was possible, studies have discovered that it is impossible to kill oneself by simply holding in your breath.

9) Licking: However much you may try, you will never be able to lick your elbows.

10) Sneeze: Try sneezing. People will automatically answer you with a bless you greeting. Have you ever imagined why? Some say that this happens because a sneeze stops the functioning of the heart for a very tiny second.

11) The Blue Sky: Did you know that a pig, no matter how much they try, cannot look up into the sky?

12) Twisting Your Tongue: We have all dabbled with different tongue-twisters in our day. But do you know which is the toughest? Sixth sick sheiks sixth sheeps sick.

13) Ribs: Did you know that you should try not to sneeze too strongly. Why? A very powerful sneeze has the ability to cause a fracture in your ribcage. But, then again, if you try and withhold one, you stand the chance of breaking one of the many blood vessels in your neck or head. This could cause death.

14) Cards: Did you think that the Kings are all just random cards referring to random figures? No. Each one signifies a different king: Diamonds for Julius Caesar, Clubs for Alexander the Great, Spades for David and Hearts for Charlemagne.

15) And finally: Most everyone reading this (Caught You!) are trying to lick their elbows at this exact moment!

Conclusion: Most of these are not scientific facts, but they are hilarious, funny and can be used to lighten up the ambience when a conversation has gone dull. Use any and see your popularity rise up to great heights. Visit for more jokes.

Sabtu, 10 Desember 2011

What Casino Games Should I Play?

Choosing the right casino game to play is very important. A novice gambler should not be playing games of skill such as blackjack and poker, and needs to be informed of what the other games have to offer.

Slot Machines, in the days of the Wild West Slot Machines were known as one arm bandits because you could sit there all day putting in coins and pulling that handle without ever getting a win and the same is true today. Today's slot machines have more ways to win, so you probably will not go all day winning nothing but other then some small five dollar or less wins you probably won't do to well on the slot machines. If you insist this is the game for you try to remember that the more the machine is the better the odds of you getting a bigger win.

Roulette, this is a good game for the beginner with just a little bit of knowledge you can play roulette because it requires no real skill or experience. The only thing you need to know are the procedures to playing in a casino, and the different bets you can make. All of these things can be learned by just watching the table for a few spins of the wheel before placing any bets. By sticking to what is called betting the outside of the table you can give yourself odds as low and 1 in 5 of being able to double your money. Unless you have the money to risk it is not a good idea to bet the inside of the table, the odds are bad but if you do win it can be up to a 37 to 1 payoff.

Keno, this is a game that older people and people with little money enjoy. Keno is basically playing a lottery that has a drawing every 5 minutes. The object is to guess which numbers the computer is going to select. Depending on how many numbers you get right and how much you paid for the game winning can pay up to 1 million dollars.

Craps, even though Roulette may be easier to play for a novice player, it offers the best odds for the player in the casino. To most people who have never played craps before it can seem like a very difficult game, but after watching a few rounds of the game for a bit you will quickly pick up on how to bet, and most players say of all the most Popular Casino Games craps is much easier to win larger sums of money in the casino.

Poker an Blackjack are two games that should be avoided by beginner gamblers, the games rely on more skill then luck, and by not knowing the game you will also be messing up the other players who know what they are doing, and they are counting on the fact that if you sit down at the table with them that you know what to do.

If it is these games that interest you then before you go to the casino spend some time learning the game and playing as many hands either in an online casino practice room or you can download one of the many programs available on the internet.

Jumat, 09 Desember 2011

La Industria de las Apuestas

La industria de las apuestas en línea es una de las más rentables en Internet. Inclusive, gente que no ha visitado un casino normal se encuentran visitando casinos en línea o salas de póquer diariamente.

Entonces, ¿que hace a las apuestas en línea tan atractivas? Si, puedes jugar a cualquier juego que desees sin necesidad de irte de tu casa, trabajo o cualquier sea el lugar que debas estar. De todos modos, no puedes ser servido tu trago favorito, o ver tu partido preferido en la gran pantalla del casino, ni ver las expresiones de los demás jugadores cuando ganan o pierden.

A continuación te presento los beneficios de apostar en línea comparado al casino tradicional:

Puedes saltar de un juego de póquer en línea a un juego de dados y luego a una sala da bingo mientras no te mueves de tu silla. En la mayoría de los casinos en línea tienes la posibilidad de apostar y jugar en una amplia variedad de juegos, maquinas y video póquer. Puedes cambiar de apuestas de casino a apuestas de deportes con el mismo nombre de usuario y cuenta.

¿A dónde mas recibirás dinero gratis para apostar que en los casinos en línea? La mayoría de ellos, ofrecen dinero gratis en bonos para atraer nuevos clientes y mantener la competición. Los bonos comienzan desde 10 dólares solo por instalar el programa del casino, a un par de miles de dólares por completar cierto monto requerido de manos.

¿Qué puede ser mas conveniente que jugar a tu juego favorito de casino en el confort de tu propia casa mientras escuchas tu música favorita, y tomas tu bebida favorita? También puedes poner al repartidor en pausa y tomar un recreo.

Fumar y Vestimenta:
Si eres un fumador o no, cuando apuestas en línea eres libre de obedecer tus propias reglas. Algunas son de vestimenta, comida y bebida las cuales puedes fumar o no fumar a tu elección. Puedes vestir tu ropa más cómoda o quedarte desnudo, comer, tomar, hablar por teléfono, mirar TV o lo que sea.

Un casino clásico puede ser un poco intimidante para un principiante. La mayoría de los casinos en línea, son amistosos a los principiantes. Ofrecen guías tutórales, interactivas, modos de pago y la opción de ahorrar la embarazosa situación de no entender las reglas de los juegos y los códigos de comportamiento. Estos dan una grata bienvenida a cualquier jugador.

Si, apostar en línea es en general más seguro que apostar en casinos clásicos, en los cuales tienes que cargar grandes sumas de dinero en el bolsillo. La mayoría de los casinos en línea son confiables y respetables empresas que no arriesgaran su reputación y perder sus clientes para robar a sus clientes.

Aparte de los beneficios mencionados anteriormente, apuestas en línea ofrece igual oportunidades a aquellos que no pueden viajar fuera de su país o ciudad a un casino clásico.

Todos estos beneficios de los casinos en línea hacen que su gran popularidad sea más fácil de entender.

Kamis, 08 Desember 2011

Live Poker: Pros and Cons of Participating in a Tournament

If you have had enough of playing poker with friends or with playing it online and winning some money and then losing some money to only win that money back again, then you have reached the stage in your poker playing experience where you need to start entering live tournaments. That is the real deal. No more long hours in front of the computer, no more feeling guilty for taking your friends' money: you are now ready to turn pro.

But, before you do, here are a few things you must consider:
1) One of the big differences of playing in a tournament is that you need to pick you hands carefully. Spend most of your time throwing your cards away at the right beginning. If you see that your cards won't amount to much, fight the urge to exchange most of them, and just hand them all in. This is what most tournament players do anyway. If you don't believe me, watch the others play.

2) Money you take with you to tournaments lasts for a much lengthier period than when playing with friends or online. This is one of the advantages of not playing every hand you are dealt. (Hint: You should do the same thing when playing with friends even though that then becomes boring.)

3) Do not sit to the left of the dealer. Ensure that there are at least two players between the dealer and the players to the left. Why? Only the first 2 players seated on the left of the dealer have to place the ante. Since, most of the tournaments involve ten players on each table, you save this much each time you play. This also means that each hand that you fold will mean that you have spent only half that of the lower limit. This amounts to three dollars in a two to four dollar rake tournament.

4) Take into consideration that the mere fact that you are away from home means that you will spend money on food and drinks. Try and get your own, but in any case keep it light.

5) Tournament dealers are not paid much, and so it' general practice to give them about three percent of whatever you win. Consider that all gambling halls and poker rooms also take a certain percentage but at least this comes from the money you win and so you don't feel it.

6) One of the other advantages of playing in a tournament is that you can use more money than you had. For instance, for a hundred dollar sit-in, many casinos and poker rooms will give you about five hundred in tournament chips to bet with.

7) If high odds and high risk is not what you are looking for you can take advantage of the late night satellite tournaments. These generally begin at one in the morning and since the number of players won't be high, you stand a bigger chance of winning.

Playing poker requires tremendous skill as well as come luck. While you cannot depend on luck, improve your skills and your online casino or other kind of betting account will show a profit.

Rabu, 07 Desember 2011

Tea: Origins, Flavors and Health Benefits

How many times do we just want to drink tea after a heavy meal, but are then bombarded with all the various tea flavours that we get lost. This article answers that need.

What you should always remember is that there are only four types of tea.
1) Black tea
2) Green tea
3) White tea
4) Oolong tea

All these are made from the leaves of the Camellia sinensis, also known as the tea plant. Other herbal infusions such as chamomile tea, ginger tea or red tea made of rooibos leaves are disqualified as types of tea since the tea plant is not involved in their making. The difference between the four tea variations lies in the process of making them. In addition, each type of tea has another flavor and various health benefits.

1) Black Tea
The strong flavored burnt Sienna colored hot beverage is the most popular type of tea in the West. Either served with a squeeze of lemon or added milk and a cube of sugar, the cup of black tea is part of daily tea ceremonies that take place worldwide. Black tea is made of heavily oxidized Camellia sinensis leaves. When served plain, it contains no calories, carbohydrates, or fats. A cup of black tea contains more caffeine than any other types of tea but less than in any cup of coffee.

2) Green Tea
The lightly oxidized tea has been popular in China, Japan and Korea for centuries. Recently, rumors on its health benefits increased its popularity in the West as well. It has been proven that drinking green tea can lower cholesterol, prevent cancer, increase metabolic rates and be helpful in variety of other conditions and illnesses. The green tea is lightly oxidized, dried, but not fermented. It is usually served plain, without sugar or milk. Since some of the green tea variants taste a bit bitter, it should be brewed in lower temperature than the boiling point.

3) White Tea
White tea is rarer and more expensive than the other types of teas mentioned above. Originated in the Fujian province of china, the white tea is made of young Camellia sinensis leaves, which go through a long process of steaming or frying, inactivate fermenting and drying. Since the leaves are harvested while the buds are still covered by white hair, it is called white tea. White tea has the most delicate, sweet taste than the other types of tea. Moreover, it contains the smallest amount of caffeine and the largest amount of antioxidant that help prevent cancer.

4) Oolong Tea
The traditional Chinese tea is the common companion of Chinese foods such as dim sum and chop suey in American Chinese restaurants. The oolong tea, black dragon in Chinese, got its name after its long, dark distinguished leaves that look like wild black dragons when brewed. The unique taste of the oolong tea is achieved by a long process that includes sun drying of the Camellia sinensis leaves, light oxidization, cooling and drying processes. The result is a lighter flavor than the popular black tea and stronger than the delicate green tea.

Selasa, 06 Desember 2011

Towing Safety Absolutely Critical

Let’s face it, there’s a good reason why there are so many SUV’s and pick-up trucks out there on the roads today—basically, we are towing more than ever. Owners of jet-skis, motorcycles, pull-behind RV’s, boats—you name it—they all need to tow from time to time. While towing is a relatively simple operation, safety must be used or it can become dangerous or even deadly to other motorists on the road.

The proper use of safety chains is one way to ensure that the tow vehicle never gets separated from the trailer. Of course, safety chains are required by law so using them not only keeps everyone safe, it also keeps you legal.

When using safety chains during towing, it is important that the chains cross under the tongue of the trailer. If for any reason the trailer were to become detached from the hitch, those chains will prevent the trailer from falling to the ground and away from the tow vehicle. You also want to be sure that your safety chains are loose enough for you to be able to make turns while towing. Of course, you don’t want them so loose that they drag on the ground because that creates another major towing hazard.

While towing, it is very important for the vehicles behind you to know when you are braking, turning, or using your headlights. It is required by law that any trailer have brake lights, turn signals, and tail lights that work in unison with the lights on the tow vehicle. If they don’t, the people behind you may get confused or not be aware that you are braking or turning and an accident is likely. Special wiring harnesses are generally supplied with a trailer that should hook into the wiring of the tow vehicle. If your trailer does not have such a wiring harness, they may be purchased separately at most auto parts stores.

You also never want to be towing anything that exceeds the maximum tow capacity of your vehicle. There are actually two very good reasons for this. The first is that you will damage your vehicle’s drive train when towing trailers beyond the towing capacity. The second reason is related to the first: should your drive train fail and you are towing something up an incline—well, you get the picture!

Finally, be sure that whatever you happen to be towing is secured properly. Shifting loads can cause severe handling problems while towing. And in the worst case scenario, an unsecured load may simply fall off and cause you real headaches while endangering motorists.

By following the simple safety tips listed above, you should safely transport cargo from point A to point B without incident. Towing is a relatively simple procedure but it should only be done when safety is made priority one.

Senin, 05 Desember 2011

Women Shop Like Santa; Men, Like The Grinch

It has long been argued that men and women differ greatly when it comes to shopping, but how are they really distinct?

The first major difference is that most women actually look forward to holiday shopping, 60%; while only 42% of men do. However, this does not mean women are the only ones shopping. Also, women relate more to Santa Claus than men, while men relate more to the Grinch.

Everyone hates long lines at the mall, but men seem to be turning more toward online shopping to lessen the hassle. Interestingly enough, while women will do more shopping online, men will actually be spending more money. Men spend an average of $326 online, while women will only spend $284, a difference of 15%. Men also plan to spend $592 this holiday season, with women only spending $547. Men are also more likely to buy large ticket items when compared to women, not only for gifts, but for personal use as well.

There are also other differences in what each sex is actually buying online and in the stores. Men buy more consumer electronics, 27%, compared to women at 19%. So, it is mostly men buying gadgets like digital cameras, video games, or camcorders. However, women are more likely to purchase clothing than men, 77% to 70%, and books, 49% to 36%. While men buying consumer electronics was probably no surprise, women buying more decorations is probably not either, 34% of women compared to only 18% of men. Apparently, women are doing a little more decorating than men.

Women also typically get a jump start on holiday shopping, while men usually wait until December. Only 19% of women wait until December to shop, as compared to 32 % of men. Sixty-five percent of women usually plan to start holiday shopping before Thanksgiving, while only 49% of men do. There are also a larger number of men that wait until the last week before Christmas to buy gifts as compared to women.

Another significant difference between men and women is how they react to shopping budgets. More women, 21%, are concerned about going over their spending budgets on holiday gifts, while only 16% of men share that concern.

There are also the typical stereotypes that have proven to be true. Men usually shop with a specific purchase in mind. However, women will spend more time looking around and pondering purchase decisions. Also, more men are at a loss when it comes to holiday shopping, with 17% feeling frustrated as compared to 8% of women, and confused about gift giving, 8% compared to 3%. A larger number of men are also likely to leave all of the holiday shopping to their spouse as compared to women.

Minggu, 04 Desember 2011

Rubber Cancer Bracelets – The Humble Tool That Raised Millions

Cancer is the second largest cause of death in America. Thousands die every year from the disease, yet no really effective cure has been found for it. Rubber cancer bracelets have contributed heavily to the cause of cancer research; millions from their sale have poured into the research labs where scientists are grappling with the disease.

It was the Lance Armstrong foundation that came up with the novel idea of selling rubber bracelets to support cancer research. These bracelets are called LiveStrong bracelets and are yellow in color. This foundation has now sold more than 52 million rubber cancer bracelets. Lance Armstrong, the inspiration behind this drive, is a cancer survivor and also a seven-time Tour de France champion. He wanted these bracelets to be a beacon of hope for the millions who were suffering from cancer.

Rubber cancer bracelets in pink color are worn in support of breast cancer patients. They are also widely popular today and often carry a variety of inspirational messages such as ‘I will’ or ‘Love Hope Faith.’ Whether you are a cancer survivor or just want to support the cause of cancer research, you can wear one of these bracelets.

The rubber bracelets are usually made of synthetic rubber or silicon gel. They are also popular gift items and keepsakes. You can also personalize your rubber cancer bracelets by adding embellishments to them. There are also variations to these cancer bracelets that come in different materials and are accessorized using pearls or other semiprecious stones. Most often, the full proceeds from the sale of these bracelets go to the cancer foundations.

The rubber cancer bracelets not only provide financial support for cancer research, but are also a means for providing the mental support that the cancer victim needs. In many cases, close friends and family of the cancer patient sport these bracelets as a means for showing their moral and mental support. Many online discussion boards that provide those suffering from cancer a platform to share their experiences and to meet others in similar situations are supported by the sale of these rubber cancer bracelets. The rubber cancer bracelets drive for cancer research support has now spread worldwide.

Though the yellow live strong bracelets and the pink cancer bracelets are the most popular, rubber cancer bracelets in different colors supporting different causes are also available. However, it is difficult to color code these bracelets as various foundations promote different colors for the same cause.

Sabtu, 03 Desember 2011

The Perfect Halloween Mask

If messy makeup isn't your thing or you simply do not have the time or the artistic hand to apply it, a Halloween mask can be the next best option for you to complete your costume. And there are always plenty of options to choose from when you are shopping around.

Why a mask?

There are several reasons why you can consider a Halloween mask. For starters, they are a lot easier to take on and off than a face full of specialty paint. This means that you can easily go about your normal day and quickly don a mask for that after-work or after-school party. Masks can also be an inexpensive way to create a spectacular costume look. Depending on the mask you choose, you may need limited other accessories to complete your Halloween costume.

Creating your own look

Thanks to Halloween costume manufacturers you can find nearly any type of Halloween mask that you can think of. You can go with your traditional monster masks or something from the latest and greatest movies and TV shows that are out.

For instance, you could get a Napoleon Dynamite mask, complete with hair and glasses. Or, you can become your favorite Xman, Fantastic Four member, or other super hero. Movie characters can be a great way to coordinate a group of friends that are going trick-or-treating together or attending the same party.

If you want to stick to the creepy Halloween, you can look for Halloween masks in some of the traditional Halloween spooks. For instance, you could go as Freddy Krueger or Chucky or even the Wolfman. Some masks will even have realistic hair to help complete the look.

If you like the lighter side of Halloween, consider a comedy horror character like a member of the Addam's Family or Herman Munster. Kids might enjoy going as their favorite “monster” from Sesame Street or a character from one of their favorite kid's shows.

Consider a “Masktume”

Another option for costume seekers is to go with a “masktume.” Basically, this is half mask and half costume. A hand sculpted and painted mask is attached directly to the costume, allowing for the creation of a wide variety of monsters, ghouls, and other Halloween characters. They are definitely something different for the party goer that wants to stand out among more traditional costumes.

Getting the perfect fit

Keep in mind that for your own safety, you want to make sure that your Halloween mask fits properly. Make sure that you have full vision while the mask is on and that it doesn't slip down when you move about. You also should be able to breathe comfortably while you are wearing it.

If you want a costume idea that is easy, or even one that is different than everyone else's, going with a Halloween mask can help you complete the look that you want. Remember to shop early in order to find your perfect mask before they run out!

Jumat, 02 Desember 2011

Todo Sobre el Poquer

El póquer es un juego que comenzó durante los 1800, primero en Francia y sus alrededores. Gracias a inmigrantes y viajeros americanos y su alta demanda, el póquer llego al continente Americano transformándose en uno de los juegos más populares de la historia.

El Póquer es sin duda un juego astuto que requiere de mucha atención y experiencia para tener buenos resultados y salir del juego sin desesperar.

Si es la primera vez que juegas, seguramente has pensado que es muy difícil jugar como se debe. Sin embargo, la mayoría de los principiantes se sienten de la misma manera, y luego comenzaron a jugar perdiendo el miedo. Gracias a algunas reglas y guías en línea podrás jugar y quien sabe ganar.

Vying es un estilo de juegos que se origino en Francia y gracias a su llegada a América, particularmente Nuevo Orleáns, nuevos tipos de Póquer fueron creados, como póquer abierto, póquer cerrado, texas holdem, etc, 5 cerrado, 7 abierto y otros.

Las normas del juego son encontrar en las cartas recibidas al comienzo del juego y durante su proceso las combinaciones de cartas necesarias. Hay muchas combinaciones cada una vale mas o menos que otra. Por ejemplo carta mas alta es la menor, luego viene dos cartas iguales, tres cartas iguales, colores iguales, full house, escalera de color, etc. Escalera real es la combinación mas alta con la cual gana cualquier otra combinación (depende los valores de tus números).

Lo interesante del juego es que cada mano deberás hacer decisiones que afectaran el resultado de la jugada. Por ejemplo, un vez que llegue tu turno deberás decidir si aumentar tu apuesta, continuarla, o dejar el partido. Desde ya todo depende de tus combinaciones o potenciales combinaciones que puedas conseguir. También depende de si deseas engañar a otros jugadores haciéndoles creer que tienes buenas cartas cuando no.

Si buscas comenzar a jugar y practicar es muy importante que lo hagas antes de comenzar a jugar en un casino real. Una de las mejores maneras es los casinos en línea, en donde no te sentirás presionada por los demás jugadores ni pasaras incómodos momentos. Lo puedes hacer muy relajado desde tu casa, sin usar plata real sino que solo por diversión y practica.

Otra de las cosas que debes tener en cuenta es ser cuidadoso a la hora de jugar por dinero y practicar bastante antes de largarte a hacerlo. No querrás arrepentirte ni perder mucho dinero, aunque en general los principiantes tienen suerte.

Ahí puedes conocer otros jugadores de otros países que buscan también practicar, jugar y divertirse. Luego puedes comenzar a apostar por dinero y versa que los casinos en línea tienen muchas ventajas en cuanto a porcentajes de ganancias y demás.

Si lees un poco más a cerca del juego en diferentes sitios de póquer, te darás cuenta que es muy entretenido y no tan complicado como parecía serlo.

En fin, el póquer es un juego que ha existido desde el siglo XIX y actualmente sigue siendo tan popular como siempre.

Kamis, 01 Desember 2011

Why we Need to Take Risks

It does not matter if you are a Doctor, a Lawyer or an infantry soldier in the Army if you want to be the best and get ahead, you will need to take risks.

A doctor may have to take risks when working with a patient. The Doctor may have to experiment with different forms of medications or new surgical procedures when all else has failed in an attempt to help the patient.

A lawyer may have to argue a case in an unorthodox manner to win the case, but if the lawyer wants to become the top lawyer and make millions of dollars fighting high profile cases lots of risks have to be taken.

A soldier may have to take a risk and run thru gunfire to save another injured soldier, to complete their mission, or just to secure an area from being overrun by enemy troops, after going days with little to no sleep, but if a soldier wants to get promotions and eventually lead men into battle they also need to take risks.

These risks are not unlike someone looking to get rich in a casino, they have to be willing to risk everything they have to get that million dollar payoff. If you play it safe in a casino you may get lucky and win a big jackpot on the slot machines, but if you want to make millions you are going to have to play games such as Poker, Blackjack, Roulette and Craps . These are the games that with some skill, some luck and a lot of risk taking you can retire off your winnings.

The same can be said about life in general. No one gets ahead in life from playing it safe. You will not meet your special someone if you are too afraid to risk getting rejected by someone, you will never get that big promotion unless you take risks at your job.

It is very important to continue to take risks in life. To stop taking risks means to stand still in life. Standing still in life is one of the main causes of depression. These are usually the people afraid to confront the boss and tell him that they demand a raise; they are the ones that allow life to pass them by out of fear. The entire purpose of fear is to stop you from taking a risk.

Fear is nothing more then the unknown. If you have always wanted to quit your job and open a shop but you are too afraid to do it, this is because you are afraid of failing and risking what you already have.

It is important to learn to take risks in life if you want to be happy, you may not always get the things you risked for, but you will know that you tried, and in the end it does not matter in my opinion if you succeed or not it is how many risks you try to make that is the real test of how successful you are.

Just remember if no one took risks we would be a world without flight and probably no automotive vehicles at all, maybe we would have no electricity. So risk truly is needed to improve the world.