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Friday, December 22, 2006

From December 22nd to December 26th

I will be on Holiday Vacation.

Help! My Job Is Ruining My Life (link)

How many times have you kept silent while your boss verbally degraded you because you really needed the job and the money? This was done to me once in front of other co-workers. I than went home and vented to friends, some congratulated me for doing the mature thing by keeping my mouth shut and keeping my job. Some said I should just spend company time looking for a new job and others said I should have told the jerk off.

A real Christmas story

I just never let anything bother me, man. I know myself really well. Nobody's opinion of me can shake my opinion of myself.
Ruben Studdard, Seventeen Magazine, September 2003

Man's main task in life is to give birth to himself, to become what he potentially is.
Erich Fromm
US (German-born) psychologist (1900 - 1980)

A real Christmas story


HONG KONG (Reuters) - A Hong Kong schoolboy who died in a traffic accident has brought festive hope to at least seven other patients through the rare mass donation of a large number of his vital organs.

Fourteen-year-old Miu Chi-ho died from brain injuries after being hit by a bus several days ago, but doctors were able to save the heart, lungs, kidneys, liver, skin, bones and corneas of the healthy and athletic teen-ager.

"There were at least seven recipients of the organs," said a spokeswoman with Hong Kong's Hospital Authority.

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Weight Loss Success Story Worth Reading

Michael Warren of Wheeling, West Virginia had a lot to lose when he decided on a career in law enforcement. The 20-year-old once tipped the scales at more than 300 pounds. But he lost 125 pounds in 18 months so that he could follow his goal in pursuing a career in law enforcement. Warren was sworn in as a deputy sheriff in Ohio County on December 18th , two days after he married his high-school sweetheart.

He said he limited his daily intake, lifted weights, exercised and worked up to running a mile or two every day. Warren said he doesn't expect to gain the weight back because he is in a job surrounded by people who are committed to fitness.

I've never published the what's and why's I decided to finally do something about my access weight. They say that the best bloggers / writers use personal experience; so here is my story...

"When I finally got tired of his lies, the job's lies and bad management and finally just got tired of being miserable, I kicked them all to the curb and accepted that I could do better and I indeed deserved better." My Weight Loss Story - My new year resolution is to keep going forward

Anther way for you to own a little piece of your favorite celebrity.

Daily Variety has reported that next month, movie studio 20th Century Fox will auction off more than 200 documents signed by stars such as Marilyn Monroe, Elvis Presley and Marlon Brando.

The auction will take place in New York on January 25 through auctioneer Swann Galleries.
Proceeds from the sale will benefit the Motion Picture & Television Fund, a charity for Hollywood actors and other employees.

Among the offerings are a 1946 internal memo advising that Norma Jean Dougherty was changing her professional name to Marilyn Monroe; a contract allowing Presley to violate strict grooming codes and wear his hair however he saw fit for "Love Me Tender," his 1956 feature film debut; and Brando's 1951 contract for "Viva Zapata," which paid him almost $125,000 for the film.

According to the Swann Galleries website, other contracts on the block have been signed by the likes of Lucille Ball, Cary Grant, Will Rogers, Rita Hayworth, Clark Gable, Katharine Hepburn, Lana Turner, Dean Martin, John Steinbeck, Natalie Wood, the Three Stooges, and Judy Garland.

These papers are so cool that, as a fan of that history, I will have to restrain myself from bidding," Daily Variety quoted studio co-chairman Tom Rothman as saying.

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It's just a ride and we can change it any time we want. It's only a choice. No effort, no work, no job, no savings and money, a choice, right now, between fear and love. The eyes of fear want you to put bigger locks on your door, buy guns, close yourself off. The eyes of love instead see all of us as one.
Bill Hicks

The best way to escape from a problem is to solve it.
Alan Saporta

Monday, December 18, 2006

Season Eating - You Can Eat & Enjoy It (link)

Season Eating - You Can Eat And Enjoy It

The holidays are the days to eat good food that isn’t made during the other 10 non holiday months. Don’t feel left out, you can indulge without expanding adding pounds. Some experts insist that some foods can burn or help burn food fast. Here are some diet-friendly tips to help you enjoy the food without so much worry and are rumored to fight weight gain.

Want to learn how to cook culinary specialties?


Research shows that a quarter teaspoon of cinnamon, eaten with food, helps metabolize sugars more effectively and lower the body's blood sugar levels. High blood sugar levels and excess sugar in the blood can lead to fat storage. Cinnamon also brings out natural sweetness in the food. So sprinkle away!

Green Tea

Rumor has it that Green Tea not only help prevent cancer and heart disease, but numerous research studies have also found that drinking green tea, or taking green tea supplements, can also kick start your metabolism. Some researchers claim if you drink five cups of green tea a day, you'll burn 70 to 80 extra calories.

Low-Fat/Nonfat Dairy

In addition to building strong bones, calcium also slows down the production of calcitriol, a hormone that tells cells to generate more fat. Studies show that incorporating low-fat or nonfat dairy products into your diet can help you lose more weight.

Protein Tip

Protein is essential for building muscle; the more muscle you have, the more fat you burn. So, you burn more calories digesting protein than you do digesting carbs or fats. Your best protein-packed bets are turkey, egg whites, fish, tuna and skinless, boneless chicken breasts.

Spicy Foods

Like it hot? Good news: Eating spicy foods can help you burn more fat. Hot foods make you sweat and raise your heart rate, which temporarily increases your metabolism. So grab some cayenne, your favorite bottle of hot sauce, hot chilies or red pepper flakes and give your food--and your metabolism--a kick. My personal fave hot sauce is Frank's Red Hot Extra Hot.


Skimp on water, and it'll be harder to lose weight. Dehydration slows down your metabolism, and it can also lead to sugar cravings and fatigue (which might make you less likely to exercise). Some experts recommend drinking eight cups of water a day.

Helpful link - The Fat Fighter's Blog

...and she's the Secretary of Education (link)

Secretary of Education Margaret Spelling’s stockpile speeches

One of Secretary of Education Margaret Spelling’s stockpile speeches was regarding why she appointed a commission to study what’s wrong with colleges and why it was time to change the accreditation system in addition to other changes to promote more accountability and document student learning, as the panel suggested. The Secretary’s claim, like many of the other things she has claimed, is specious.

The wording doesn’t change much from one speech to the next. From one of the many stockpile speeches:

Secretary of Education Margaret Spelling:

“The absence of information means we can’t answer basic questions families have during the college selection process,” Spellings said. “For example, how long will it take to get a degree? Will this institution prepare me for the field I want to work in? And how much is this education really going to cost? When my daughter applied to college two years ago, I found it challenging to get the answers I needed. And I’m the secretary of education!”

By reading that, you would think “darn it! That’s just not right! I’m angry too!”

Margaret Spelling frequently refers to her daughter’s college search when making these points, but is the information that difficult to get? No. Margaret Spelling’s daughter enrolled at Davidson College, a liberal arts institution in North Carolina. According to Davidson college, the top “overlap” colleges in applications to Davidson are Duke, Vanderbilt and Wake Forest Universities, and the Universities of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Virginia.

Any parent and interested college applicant can find out not only how long it would take a student to get a degree but how much college would cost. In addition, there’s a lot of information on whether or not college prepares students for careers. All of this information can be found in one place at the Education Department’s Web site.

So here is the information that apparently Secretary of Education Margaret Spelling could not find. College Opportunities Online Locator aka COOL (I love it!) With a few clicks on the Education Department’s Web site or a search, parents can find the COOL website and answers to most of Spellings’ questions.

Margaret Spelling could check out the “retention/graduation rates” section, and learn the year-to-year retention rates, the graduation rates after four, five and six years, and breakdowns by gender, race and ethnicity.

College Cost: Figures are provided for tuition, books, and room and board. The site will tell a parent what percentage of students at a college receive financial aid, the percentage receiving various kinds of grants and loans, and the average size of various grants and loans.

Degrees by major field are also provided, so a parent could see that at Davidson, students are much more likely to graduate with a degree in the social sciences or history than mathematics or the physical sciences. The site also includes information about default rates and it’s a good guess that Davidson’s new alumni, with only one borrower in default in the last three years, are either employed or in graduate school at very healthy rates.

All of the above data is totally comparable among institutions, so a parent can compare any of these things, with comparable data, courtesy of the Education Department.

According to anther article regarding these similar findings, Samara Yudof, a spokeswoman for Spellings, that the secretary stood by her contention that “more data is needed to help students and their families make more informed decisions about their futures.” Even though there is “some information” available on potential college costs and graduation rates for first-time, full-time traditional students, the spokeswoman said, “education is not a one-size-fits-all enterprise.”

That is in contradiction to Education Margaret Spelling’s speeches and assumptions. Never once have I read a speech where she takes the stance that students should be treated as an individual and not as a group of… well, students. Reading her speeches has always lead me to believe that she assumes that all students (if only racially) act and react the same way. In which her speeches seem to always lead to using he same type one solution fits all building block.

Is it fair for the Education Secretary to say that parents can’t find “basic” information about costs and graduation rates when much of that information is on the department’s Web site and much more is available with just a few further clicks?

Is it fair to call for major changes in higher education, citing the alleged lack of information about such things as costs and graduation rates, when a speedier way to share this information might be to, say, put a link on the Education Department’s home page?

Samara Yudof, a spokeswoman for Spellings went on to say that students should be able to compare public and private institutions, two-year and four-year institutions, and in-state vs. out of state. In fact, the Education Department’s Web site does include data for two-year and four-year institutions, and for public institutions, it provides both in-state and out-of-state tuition rates.

In addition, Samara Yudof was quick to add that information on what causes tuition increases could not be found. “As the secretary has noted, her daughter’s college costs went up this year ... for what?” Yudof said. “And, this is not unique to her. As you know, for most families, this is one of the most expensive investments they make — yet there is little to no information on why costs are so high and what they’re getting in return.”

Why doesn’t Secretary Spellings know what is available? Perhaps she doesn’t want to, since it doesn’t support her contention. It’s her job to know such things.

U.S. Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings Goes To Los Angeles (link)

While it may be great that she {Secretary of Education Spellings} is showing she can travel and talk, her speeches continue to fail in producing any genuine solutions and her speeches continually miss the point and or point the finger at someone else. Parents and educators need genuine solutions for today's problems in order to have a successful child in 2, 4 and 12 years. Educators, parents and the government can not and should not ignore the middle and high school students of today that need help.