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Is Google Slacking? | On Plagiarism

This is what I found in Glenn Hefley’s blog www.glennhefley.com who used to work at Google: “Google is famous for not messing around with this type of thing. Someone stealing content, will generally have their Adsense account closed in 48 hours. They will not be able to get it back once it is closed.”

But I have reported this site, www.athop.com/tag/absolved for plagiarism  (“An Addition to the Eye of the DragonStalking Castaneda – An Extract. Introduction…”) three or four times since last month and nothing has been done. Is Google slacking? Is that site interfering with my communication? Anybody knows? Most probably, everything they have in the site is plagiarized.

This lack of honesty and integrity shouldn’t be tolerated.  Wake up Google!

Life is what we make it. Always has been, always will be.– Grandma Moses

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Swine Flu Preventive Methods | By Dr. OZ? Not really.

I just received an email from Andrew Perri www.myspace.com/andrewperri enclosing an article by Dr OZ  on how to prevent the swine flu effectively. Here it is (blue underlining is mine)

“The only portals of entry are the nostrils and mouth/throat. In a global epidemic of this nature, it’s almost impossible to avoid coming into contact with H1N1 in spite of all precautions. Contact with H1N1 is not so much of a problem as proliferation is.

While you are still healthy and not showing any symptoms of H1N1 infection, in order to prevent proliferation, aggravation of symptoms and development of secondary infections, some very simple steps, not fully highlighted in most official communications, can be practiced (instead of focusing on how to stock N95 or Tamiflu):

1. Frequent hand-washing (well highlighted in all official communications).

2. “Hands-off-the-face” approach. Resist all temptations to touch any part of face (unless you want to eat or bathe.)

3. *Gargle twice a day with warm salt water (use Listerine or Hydrogen Peroxide if you don’t trust salt).  *H1N1 takes 2-3 days after initial infection in the throat/ nasal cavity to proliferate and show characteristic symptoms. Simple gargling prevents proliferation. In a way, gargling with salt water has the same effect on a healthy individual that Tamiflu has on an infected one. Don’t underestimate this simple, inexpensive and powerful preventative method.

4. Similar to 3 above, *clean your nostrils at least once every day with warm salt water, or hydrogen peroxide. *Not everybody may be good at Jala Neti or Sutra Neti (very good Yoga asanas to clean nasal cavities), but *blowing the nose softly once a day and swabbing both nostrils with cotton buds dipped in warm salt water is very effective in bringing down viral population.*

5. *Boost your natural immunity with foods that are rich in Vitamin C (Amla and other citrus fruits). *If you have to supplement with Vitamin C tablets, make sure that it also has Zinc to boost absorption.

6. *Drink as much of warm liquids (tea, coffee, etc) as you can. *Drinking warm liquids has the same effect as gargling, but in the reverse direction. They wash off proliferating viruses from the throat into the stomach where they cannot survive, proliferate or do any harm.”

Self-discipline is when your conscience tells you to do something and you don’t talk back.
— W.K. Hope

PS Apparently this list was actually compiled by a layman and attributed to doctors to give it credibility. The tips are helpful anyway. Please see comments below!

See about the safety of the vaccine with fast check .org:

http://www.factcheck.org/2009/10/inoculation-misinformation/

Everything Interconnected | Derivatives | Gretchen Morgenson

Today a woman threatening suicide on a bridge slowed traffic on I-5 (almost to a halt) for miles. My car overheated due to the fan failing to operate, and I had to ask for coolant from passers-by to be able to get off the freeway. I was late to a dentist appointment. How many series of events were unleashed by the incident? Who knows? There are many consequences to each and every one of our acts. What brought the woman to that bridge?

And I heard that Derivatives are back in the game of the big banks with insufficient regulation in place, and we haven’t recovered yet. How many series of events will be unleashed by another stock market crash? Again, who knows? But selfish greed seems to be unstoppable. Our biggest enemy is our own unchecked ego.

Read more about Derivatives by following the link below to an article by Gretchen Morgenson

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/10/18/business/economy/18gret.html?_r=1

Smoking, Dangerous to your Health | Quitting Smoking

My friend Carol (http://mermaidology.blogspot.com/) is being smothered by second hand smoke. And she is rightfully upset; second hand smoke is a killer. Are you smothering your neighbors inadvertently? This is the explicit letter she wrote:

“Dear Unit XXX:

Please be advised that all your nearby condo units are now suffering from ALL the smoking coming from your unit.  Second & Third floor units can smell the cigarettes/cigars all day/night long.  We have closed our vents; it still comes through & our units NOW reek due to your habit.  We cannot sit in our units watching tv or reading without inhaling the fumes.  Give us back our clean air.

It is hazardous, toxic, noxious, & detrimentally affecting our health.  The fumes from your unit have exacerbated in just the past few months with nearby units suffering from the excessive smoke inhalation.  Your smoking has created allergies, headaches, nausea, respiratory conditions to nearby condo owners costing OUR health with doctor visits because of your choice of habit. Please do something ASAP.

Please get help & call 1.800 no butts.  Please do your smoking far from the unit or tightly close & seal ALL your vents, windows & doors & inhale the toxicity yourself:  Not US!  It constantly seeps & permeates & lingers in the walls & floorboards.  You are killing us with second hand smoke while you enjoy a cigarette/cigar at the risk/hazard of everyone around you.  Live & let live & let us all breathe in peace & high quality air index which we once all enjoyed.

This letter will be sent to the Management for further action in one week’s time along with our doctor visits documenting the truth of this situation.

Thank you for understanding your health habit is not just about you – it is affecting all of us.  We live in a community.   Please restore our freedom to breathe clean, fresh air 24/7 day and night.

Thank you for keeping our air index quality environment clean & clear for everyone.

Your Neighbors.”

For more information regarding the hazards of smoking and how to quit please visit: http://www.cancer.org/docroot/ped/content/ped_10_13x_guide_for_quitting_smoking.asp

Beware of Loral Langemeier | Unethical and Deceitful

I just received an email from Loral Langemeier. She says she is a millionaire maker. I guess she forgot me.

A few months ago she sent me a postcard offering one of her books for free; all I had to pay was shipping. I called her staff to order the book which never arrived. I called then to inquire about the whereabouts of the book and they behaved as if I had enrolled on her course. I explained that I had only ordered the book.

Then I received the following email:

Dear RIO GUZMAN

***DO NOT REPLY TO THIS EMAIL***

“Our records indicate that we still have not received your automatic payment of $32.42, on your VISA credit card ending in last four #3807, which is now past due. No response has been received on our previous attempts to reslove this matter.

Be advised that this is your final notice regarding your account being past due in the amount of $32.42. Consequently, if payment of the above past due amount is not brought current, we will have no alternative but to turn your account over to our collection agency.

Enforced collection on this obligation could (as allowed for by contract and/ or operation of law), result in additional costs, fees and expenses and could also result in a negative credit report. We hope that this will not be necessary. If a problem has arisen that we should be aware of, please call us immediately to avoid any further actions at 1 800 608 0508. We want to assist you in resolving this situation as quickly as possible.

Sincerely,

Loral Langemeier Billing Department”

Luckily, after the phone conversation, I became suspicious and called my bank, fearing that they would charge my credit card for a course that I didn’t want. They advised me to cancel that card and get a new one. It turned to be very good advice. A couple of weeks later I received a call from a collection agency telling me that if I didn’t pay for the course “I had ordered” they would have to take action.

I explained to them that I had not ordered such a course and they said that I had to call Loral and cancel the order (an order I never placed) I called her staff again explaining that I never placed an order. They pretended that I had done so and proceeded to “cancel”  my order.  I concluded that the book offer was just a ruse to get me to enroll in her course. They were deceitful and unethical, to say nothing of their coercive tactics — a collection agency! Amazing! Is she a millionaire really? Is this how she did it? Please be aware!

Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.“–Mahatma Gandhi

Mohandas Gandhi’s birthday is today | Quotes!

Gandhi at home next to a spinning wheel, which looms in the foreground as a symbol of India's struggle for independence

Gandhi at home next to a spinning wheel, which looms in the foreground as a symbol of India’s struggle for independence

Mohandas Gandhi: His philosophy of nonviolence changed the world.

“Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi: (2 October 1869 – 30 January 1948) was the pre-eminent political and spiritual leader of India during the Indian independence movement.  He was the pioneer of satyagraha—resistance to tyranny through mass civil disobedience, firmly founded upon ahimsa or total non-violence—which led India to independence and has inspired movements for civil rights and freedom across the world. Gandhi is commonly known around the world as Mahatma Gandhi or ‘Great Soul’, an honorific first applied to him by Rabindranath Tagore, and in India also as Bapu (Gujarati: બાપુ bāpu or ‘Father’). He is officially honoured in India as the Father of the Nation; his birthday, 2 October, is commemorated there as Gandhi Jayanti, a national holiday, and worldwide as the International Day of Non-Violence.”–Wikipedia

“I cannot teach you violence, as I do not myself believe in it. I can only teach you not to bow your heads before any one even at the cost of your life.”–Mahatma GandhiMore quotes at: http://www.quotationspage.com/quotes/Mahatma_Gandhi/   To know more: http://www.lucidcafe.com/library/95oct/mkgandhi.html or www.wikipedia.com

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