NEVER use Bank of America for any loan or credit card! Bank of America will steal your home with foreclosure scams!

NEVER use Bank of America for any loan or credit card! Bank of America will steal your home with foreclosure scams!

BANK OF AMERICA SUCKS! BOA forces homeowners into FORECLOSURE!

NEVER use Bank of America for any loan or credit card! Bank of America will steal your home with foreclosure scams!

I have been trying to work with Bank of America for 10 years, asking for help when we fell on hard times. My wife lost her job when they had cut backs, and within a year, I found myself looking for work due to the economic conditions of the recession in 2008.

Our house was $90,000 underwater and we had no income coming in, with a baby on the way. The perfect storm for AWFUL!

I called Bank of America asking if I could make half a mortgage payment to buy more time to look for a job. I was out of work for 6 months and confident I would just need another 2 months to find something.

In the 10 years of having this Bank of America mortgage, I was ALWAYS ON TIME with my monthly mortgage payment, and in fact, early by a week at times.

Bank of America wouldn’t listen and didn’t care to help. Their answer was, “sorry sir, any payment not paid in full will be seen as partial payment and will be returned to you.” Even if the BOA mortgage payment was $1 short, it would be returned. That’s what Bank of America told me.

I was a loyal customer and ALWAYS paid on time. It was very hard. There were months we went with much less groceries, barely making it, and only paying half of some utilities. I canceled cable tv awhile ago and haven’t had a house phone in 20 years. There was nothing else to cancel. The cars were paid off. The house and utilities and bills and medical expenses and kids required 2 incomes. We were barely making it, if we made it at all, on my income. I made it work.

Time and again, Bank of America would not help and would not listen. Then BOA pulled their HAMP loan modification scam, suggesting that I miss 2 months payments to show a hardship so they can work on a loan modification for me. I didn’t feel right about missing mortgage payments at all. I did miss the 2 months and filled out all the paperwork they sent. It took days to get the tax forms, pay stubs, medical records, utility bills and anything else they required to prove a hardship.

Of course after 6 weeks I receive a letter from Bank of America loan modification dept. saying I didn’t fill all the forms out correctly. This is BS! I was very careful since I knew everything depended on this and I’m always very thorough. So I tried again. BOA sent all the loan modification forms a 2nd time. About 6 weeks later I receive a letter saying they misplaced some forms. In the meantime, the rep assigned to work with me is NEVER AVAILABLE. I left many voice mails, which went unanswered. No one at BOA will talk to you. They transfer you to your loan modification rep, who is never available.

It took me a month of trying before I got someone at the bank to talk to me besides the rep they assigned to me.

I could go on and on how Bank of America screws their customers over. I started doing research and found so many common threads with other Bank of America customers.

Everything they did to me, they did to other BOA mortgage customers. Missing paperwork, stringing you along, not letting you talk to anyone.

Do you know why Bank of America does this? Because while you’re frantically trying to get everything in order to give your family a 2nd chance, they are delaying and working on foreclosure proceedings behind the scenes. Bank of America will milk the loan modification all they can so you miss payments and look bad. Now BOA has you where they want you.

Did you know that when BOA forecloses on your home, they don’t lose money? Nope! Our government bails them out so they are paid back.

If you file for bankruptcy, I recommend chapter 7. It is not scary, and it will protect you. Include your home in the chapter 7 bankruptcy. The bank CANNOT touch you or harrass you to pay back the difference after foreclosure or ever! If you decide you want to walk from your home, you can. The bank CANNOT come after you at all. Never EVER sign a reaffirmation with the bank either!

A reaffirmation says the bank is included in the bankruptcy but you promise to pay them. In fact, NEVER sign anything after filing chapter 7 bankruptcy.

BOA are filled with JAGOFFS, THIEVES, IDIOTS, LIARS and DEMONS! These BOA idiots can’t their ass from a hole in the ground. I don’t care how nice they are to you, there is tons of proof out there. Search for it.

NEVER EVER use Bank of America for a home loan, car loan, credit card or anything!

I have worked with mortgage lenders and said I will NEVER work with Bank of America again. They have to prove any loan will not go to them. They always laugh, along with realtors, saying they are in the same boat. They refuse to work with Bank of America.

One other thing. Bank of America said my PMI was finally dropping off. I was fighting for this for 4 years. They misquoted me $80 less per month so I paid $80 less. Due to their clerical error, they said I owned $80. I was upset they screwed up again but paid it over the phone with a debit card. Instead of charging me $80 BOA charged the unathorized amount of over $5700.00!

Not once in their recording did I agree to pay that and not once did the rep mention that. Of course, since that charge didn’t go through (I’m not rich), the payment didn’t go through. This made me late for my mortgage, which triggered foreclosure.

Bank of America admitted their mistake but said they can’t stop the process. REALLY! FU!

Get yourself a good attorney and battle this demonic bank. I also reported Bank of America to the FDIC. That woke them up. They didn’t like that one bit. TOO BAD!

Here’s just ONE lawsuit Bank of America got nailed on. This bank was bailed out by the government during the housing crisis. BOA almost went under but our government bailed them out. WHY? Well, one reason is, BOA is used to launder money.

Good luck.

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MRO stock price is sinking but not for long

MRO stock price is sinking but not for long

MRO stock price (marathon oil) is sinking but not for long. Oil and natural gas stock prices have been taking a beating the last week of September 2019 through the beginning of this week October.

MRO stock keeps plummeting daily with the occasional few cents increase, just to fall again. MRO stock hit a yearly low of $11.07 today, 10/3/2019. The 52 week high for MRO Marathon stock is $24.14!

Oil and natural gas stocks rise and fall as all stocks do, but can be a bit more predictable at various times of the year. Spring and Summer bring more people and vehicles out and gas is used more for travel, vacations and just getting out more, so the price goes up due to demand.

MRO stock price (marathon oil) is sinking but not for long. Oil and natural gas stock prices

Natural gas stock prices will go up in the colder months, as millions of homes and businesses need to be heated. The more demand for natural gas, the higher the stock price goes.

Currently, MRO Marathon gas and natural gas is the lowest it has been all year. This is the beginning of October so prices are due to increase fast as the months get colder.

Stock traders shorting these stocks (making money when the stock goes down as opposed to going up) are more than likely selling as many stocks as they can at the lowest prices possible since they know these stocks will take off higher once the freezing months roll in.

I have MRO stock and am holding until the end of the year. Yes it can be scary to see your stock trading account in the red but if you are trading REAL companies, what goes up must come down and vice versa.

MRO stock is trading the lowest it has all year but not for long. With the cold winter months coming, natural gas prices will rise as they always do.

Good luck to you all.

If you want to read further on trading stocks, check out books on Amazon. Find ones that resonate with you and that have great reviews. Read a few at least, to get different perspectives. GOOD LUCK!

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Bank of America intent to foreclose and foreclosure process. HAMP loan modification scam

Bank of America intent to foreclose and foreclosure process. HAMP loan modification scam

This post is to inform you all how much bank of america sucks and if you’re trying to do a loan modification through them, known as HAMP loan modification, please don’t waste your time! The Bank of America foreclosure process is always against you.

This post isn’t written out of anger (well part of it is), but, more importantly, to inform you what I have learned. I have read hundreds of bank of america reviews and stories from homeowners that bank of america (BOA) has put through hell and back.

Bank of America is nothing short of evil. Back in the 2007 housing crisis, recession, BOA was failing and crashing. The government didn’t want bank of america to fail since it would disrupt the economy, so they gave BOA 5 billion in funds to help bail out their mortgage loans. This money was supposed to be given to BOA’s homeowners to help lower their monthly payments via loan modification known as HAMP loan modification.

Mortgage Fraud! What bank owns your house / mortgage?

The HAMP loan modification is nothing more than a scam by bank of america. THIS IS FACT! Bank of America took the 5 billion and never helped anyone to save their home!

BOA kept the 5 billion and setup the fake HAMP loan modification scam.

Here’s what Bank of America says you need to do to get approved for the HAMP modification:

  1. You must miss 2 mortgage payments to show a hardship (ridiculous)
  2. You must fill out a mound of paperwork and mail back to them
  3. You must report to your modification rep
  4. You will be notified if approved and a lower mortgage rate is given

While you miss 2 monthly mortgage payments, they are starting the foreclosure paperwork since you missed 2 monthly payments! THEY WANT YOUR HOUSE!

All the paperwork you fill out, all the pay stubs you copy and all the tax records you submit are either “lost” by them or they claim you didn’t fill it out properly. This adds at least another month of stress and more paperwork for you. Meanwhile, you’re 2 months late on your mortgage, approaching 3 months late on your BOA mortgage!

THIS IS ALL OVER THE INTERNET! Do a search for BANK OF AMERICA SUCKS!

The rep you are assigned will never take your calls and never return your voice mails.

You are stuck doing paperwork for weeks that will never be seen. Bank of America is doing nothing more than stalling in order to force you into foreclosure.

If you are lucky enough to speak to someone about your situation, you will find out you will either need to submit the paperwork a third time or you weren’t approved. Now you’re 2 months or 3 months late and must pay that back within a month or you’re screwed! If you do not pay the money you are behind within a month they send a letter of intent to foreclose.

How do I know all this? I went through it and am still battling Bank of America now. I have also read for hours all the Bank of America horror stories from thousands of other homeowners.

What can you do?

If you file for bankruptcy (chapter 7), your debts will be wiped out including your home. The bank cannot come after you for the balance of the loan. You are not responsible for the balance of your mortgage if you file chapter 7 bankruptcy. In fact, the bank will stop reporting your monthly payments on your credit report. This is good if you decide to walk away from the mortgage due to foreclosure. The foreclosure will not be reported on your credit report if you file chapter 7 bankruptcy before foreclosure.

I know you may not want to file for bankruptcy but it’s a fast easy process and your debts will be gone. You can stay in your home with bankruptcy as long as you continue to make your monthly payments.

If the bank wants you to reaffirm your mortgage, this puts you back into being responsible for the mortgage even though you filed for bankruptcy. This also includes refinancing the loan. Once you file for chapter 7 bankruptcy it’s important to NEVER sign anything from the bank that may hold you responsible for the loan moving forward, erasing your bankruptcy protection.

If you receive an intent to foreclose from the bank it is highly recommended you get a foreclosure attorney. Get a GREAT foreclosure attorney. They can fight the bank every step of the way and keep you in your house RENT FREE for months. You can then save all the money you would be paying towards your mortgage every month for another home with another bank.

Once you file bankruptcy, if you go that route, get a small credit card after a few months just to help build your credit. Use the 2 years in your home to save all that money before moving out.

I received a letter of intent to foreclose from Bank of America through no fault of my own! I missed the 2 months mortgage payments to show hardship and don’t you know it…they lost my paperwork. The second time they said I didn’t fill everything out in full. I know this is a lie. I filled EVERYTHING OUT!

The third time, 2 years later, Bank of America had a clerical error and didn’t apply my monthly mortgage payment properly. They said it was their fault and apologized but unfortunately their mistake triggered the intent to foreclose letter. They said there is nothing they can do to stop it! REALLY?! They admitted their error that caused this mess and they can’t stop it.

THEY WANT THE HOUSE and WILL NEVER WORK WITH ME. I have fought them for years for help, always to be refused.

Bank of America wants houses. They want your house. If they take your house, they are reimbursed by the government for it. Bank of America gets paid to collect houses. Bank of America loses no money.

I am not an attorney. Do your research. I wanted to spread the word on Bank of America like so many other homeowners have online.

I’m not sure if I want to find another lender to refinance with or let the house go into foreclosure.

Find yourself a good foreclosure attorney. They can help you to stay in your home for free until the foreclosure process is over. Most banks, especially Bank of America are incredibly disorganized and they rely on your fear of losing your home.

This is all true. Protect yourself and don’t let Bank of America win. They have been sued big time by mass class action suits for this HAMP loan modification scam.

When I call Bank of America they always record everything you say. I make it a point to say I know this is a scam and I know what you are doing is wrong. I mention the class action lawsuits and bring up every time their clerical errors they admitted to. Whether the BOA rep cares or not, you are on audio stating your facts.

Bank of America has foreclosed on the wrong homes in the past as well. They have bad records and very bad business practices. In fact, many Bank of America employees have been fired because they have morals and refuse to lie to customers. If you don’t follow what Bank of America tells you to do, you’re fired.

All these are facts. Look it up and protect yourself!

I write about anything techy, music, photography, artsy and whatever I think you may find interesting.

Steve

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I’m a video editor of 25 years, computer technician of 25 years, audio engineer 20 years, photographer 25 years and guitarist 20 years. I post photography and stop motion animation videos, but mainly guitar playing. This post may contain affiliate links to products I use and review.

How to trade stocks for beginners – using common sense

How to trade stocks for beginners – using common sense

I wanted to talk about how to trade stocks if you are thinking of starting this endeavor and how to go about trading stocks. Trading stocks sounds scary, right? YES IT CAN BE!

Let me start by saying I am not here to sell you anything. I’m not here to sell you a book on how to trade stocks. I’m definitely not here to get you to join a secret stock club where they tip you off on the NEXT BIG STOCK DEAL.

Nope, my intention is to just talk to you about common sense and the stock market and what it’s all about. From there you can can make your own decision on whether you would like to enter this world of “classy gambling.” That’s all stock trading really is.

If you decide to enter the stock market, that’s on you. It should ALWAYS BE ON YOU!

NEVER LISTEN TO ANYONE REGARDING STOCK ADVICE! No one knows what the stock market will do! IT’S IMPOSSIBLE TO KNOW. Get this in your head and keep it there!

Chicago Board of Trade stock exchange 1800s
Chicago Board of Trade stock exchange 1800s

I’ve always been interested in the stock market as a little kid. My uncle sat me down at an early age and told me about IRA accounts and trading stocks. It was kind of interesting but it wasn’t something I could do anyway. One thing I remember him saying is to stay away from penny stocks and he was right!

A penny stock is a share trading for anything under $5. This can also go as low as fractions of a penny! I have just told you to NEVER trade penny stocks. That’s a warning not only from me but from the greatest stock traders of all time, meaning, people who knew the business from YEARS AGO.

I’m sure you know how stock trading works. You buy a share of stock that is worth, say, $10 a share. If the next day the price goes up to $11 and you sell it, you make $1. That’s the basics.

Keep in mind that you’re charged an average of $7 per trade (regardless of the amount of shares you buy or sell.) You are charged $7 for the purchase and $7 again for the sell. In order to break even, your one share would need to be at a price of $24 to cover your $17 commission fee and your initial $10 purchase. GET IT? Let’s move on.

In order to make more money you need to spend more money. One share purchase will not make you money. If you had $1,000 to spend, you could buy 100 shares of that $10 stock. If the price goes to $11, you make $1 per share, which would be $100 profit, minus your $14 fee for round trip purchase of the shares. So your profit would be $86.

Not bad if it goes up $1. What if it drops by $5 a share because the CEO of the company was involved in fraud or something bad. Well, the product they manufacture may be doing GREAT but traders panic and start to sell because they think everyone else is going to sell. This is known as PANIC SELLING! So now your $1,000 account is worth $500.

Will you panic and sell or stay in the game? You don’t lose money until you actually SELL your shares. I would stay in because stocks will go up in time. They go up and down. Some people see this as an opportunity to buy the shares at 50% off. I would buy shares at this time and take advantage of this mass dip in price. It will go up again, unless the company goes bankrupt or something. Anything can happen.

Here’s a video I made on HOW TO TRADE STOCKS FOR BEGINNERS

My point to you is no one can predict the price or the company’s profits or losses. NO ONE should be giving you stock advice and no one should be charging you a monthly membership fee to join a secret club that will provide you with the NEXT GREAT STOCK to buy. My advice to you, no matter how tempting, is to steer clear of anyone wanting you to join their club for a fee. In turn, they will provide you with their stock picks. This is total BS! Again, do what you want.

How can someone tell you without a doubt, that the coin flipped will land on heads or tails? They can’t! No one can do that.

The only time someone may get a stock tip is from an insider working at the company you’re thinking of buying stock in. They may talk it up to get people to buy. You think they’re trying to give tips but really, they know the press will get wind of their company’s wrong-doings and once that happens, their stock price will plummet! They’re trying to sell their stock at the going price before the media gets wind of it. They don’t want to be caught holding the bag. This happens a lot!

Chicago board of trade also known as CBOTI used to work at the Chicago Board of Trade on the trading floor as a computer tech to the floor. What an amazing experience that was! I’m honored to have been such a large part of Chicago History, which I LOVE! It was also very stressful to say the least. Unfortunately the Chicago Board of Trade is now owned by the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME.) I worked there as well.

One of the most beloved buildings in Chicago sits at the southern end of the LaSalle Street canyon. The imposing Art Deco Chicago Board of Trade Building is on the same site as an earlier Chicago (1800S.)

Some of the richest people on the CBOT trading floor were younger guys in jeans and sneakers. The older guys in suits you would expect to be rich, but some of them were the poorest.

Have you ever been gambling before? Maybe it’s poker or maybe it’s the horse track. You’re up $89 and you tell yourself you’ll stop at $100. Well, now you’re at $105. Do you stop? Most people will not stop. They then say, ok, I’ll stop at $125.

The stopping number never comes. Anything that goes up must come down. They start to lose their winnings and are now at $15. That $89 looks pretty good now doesn’t it? Well, it’s gone. Now you’re chasing to try and get it back with SCARED MONEY. That’s what they call money you either can’t afford to lose or are frantically trying to get back.

Never trade stocks with scared money and never trade with emotion.

I have lost money in the stock market because I knew it would go higher. It had to go higher. There were so many people buying that day, setting the stock price to the moon, as they say. Yeah right. As soon as most stock traders made profits, they all started to sell and the stock price dropped like crazy. I lost my profits and half my account. It can take a very long time to get that money back, if you can at all. IT’S GAMBLING!

I no longer trade like that. I decide what price I want to buy at and when the stock gets there, I purchase my shares. Before buying the shares I know what I want to sell them for in order to make a small profit of 5% roughly, and also what I need to sell the shares for to cover the $14 fee.

That’s the basics of trading stocks. It may take days or weeks for your prices to come but if you wait, it will happen…unless something bad happens within the company.

Most penny stocks are fake companies. These are known as pump and dump scams. I got burned so many times for buy shares at 0.01 each, thinking that when they reach $1 at least in price, I will make 100X my investment. It never happened that way and I lost money each time. Sure, there were times I got really lucky and made $200 in less than a minute. I was in the right place at the right time. I bought low and it skyrocketed so I sold 5 minutes later. I DO NOT recommend penny stock trading to anyone.

DO NOT signup for mailing lists promising you the next great stock pick. This is so ridiculous! No one knows what the next stock will be. All you can do is watch the news and see what is happening in the world. This will impact the price of stocks.

Also, pick a stock that interests you. If you’re into technology like me, find out what Apple stock is going for and buy that if you can. Maybe it’s AMD or INTEL processors. Maybe you like agriculture or Gold or silver. Amazon used to trade low but is now passed $1,000 a share!

If you want to read further on trading stocks, check out books on Amazon. Find ones that resonate with you and that have great reviews. Read a few at least, to get different perspectives. GOOD LUCK!

HOW TO TRADE STOCKS: BOOKS ON AMAZON

I use Robinhood to trade. Click here for info and to start your account:

I write about anything techy, music, photography, artsy and whatever I think you may find interesting.

Steve

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Bank of America SUCKS – HAMP Loan modification scam!

Bank of America SUCKS – HAMP Loan modification scam!

This post raises awareness on Bank of America’s HAMP scam. BOA has a loan modification to help keep you in your home. THIS IS A BANK OF AMERICA SCAM!

Most of you reading this post know why Bank of America sucks! I’m sure you have your story to tell and I urge you to write in the comments below to spread the word.

Bank of America has been on a mission to kick its customers out of their homes since the recession. This is fact! It’s all about money. They get paid whether you live there or not.

This post on why Bank of America sucks is not due to just one incident, oh no! There are MANY I can talk about. The financial industry is filled with corrupt practices but no other bank or financial institution comes even close to Bank of America!

Former BOA employees have confirmed that Bank of America instructed its employees to delay modifications by claiming that it had not received paperwork and payments when it had, indeed, received them. Former employees were also instructed to decline modifications en masse in periods known internally as “blitzes.”

Bank of America employees who questioned the ethics of declining modifications for fraudulent reasons, or of lying to customers, were subject to discipline including termination.

Why is Bank of America so eager to scam you out of your home? Because BOA is backed by the government. You pay mortgage insurance every month in your loan. If you lose the house to foreclosure, BOA gets paid the balance by the government THEN sells your house at auction! They get the balance of the loan plus the sale of your home! This is why they don’t care about you and this is why they have been sued many times and lost.

Instead of using the governments bailout money in 2008 to help their customers, Bank of America pocketed the money and denied thousands upon thousands of loan modifications. Why would BOA want to help you when they can knock you out of your house and collect from the government! Bank of America will deny this and say they value you as a customer. NEVER BELIEVE THEM!

The ultimate Too Big to Fail bank really is America, a hyper gluttonous ward of the state whose limitless fraud and criminal conspiracies we’ll all be paying for until the end of time. Did you hear about the plot to rig global interest rates? The $137 million fine for bilking needy schools and cities? The ingenious plan to suck multiple fees out of the unemployment checks of jobless workers? Take your eyes off BOA for 10 seconds and guaranteed, they’ll be into some shit again: Bank of America is like the world’s worst-behaved teenager, taking your car and running over kittens and fire hydrants on the way to Vegas for the weekend, maxing out your credit cards in the three days you spend at your aunt’s funeral. They’re out of control, yet they’ll never do time or go out of business, because the government remains creepily committed to their survival.

Some reasons Bank of America SUCKS

  1. Do BOA employees FOLLOW UP ON THEIR WORD?
  2. DO BOA employees DO WHAT THEY SAY THEY WILL DO FOR YOU?
  3. DO BOA employees FOLLOW THROUGH?
  4. Do BOA employees know what they’re doing?
  5. Do BOA employees care?

The answer is NO to all of these questions

Deceptive loan modification practices result in class suit against Bank of America

Here’s some of the worst advice we’ve heard about loan modifications and foreclosure: 

“Stop paying your mortgage to get a loan mod”

Homeowners who are current on their mortgage have been told that they need to stop paying their mortgage to be eligible for a loan modification.

THIS IS WRONG!

You do need to show that you’ve had a hardship that’s making it hard to afford your mortgage, but you do not have to be in default to get a loan modification.

A consumer banking deceptive practices class action lawsuit has been filed in the US District Court. The lawsuit alleges that Bank of America (NYSE:BAC) created and headed an illegal enterprise that was designed to defraud homeowners who sought loan modifications as part of the government’s Home Affordable Modification Program, or “HAMP.”

Bank of America masterminded a scheme that allowed it to deny giving thousands of its customers help in exchange for the $45 billion it took in bailout funds from the government.

“Bank of America gamed the system, perpetrating a fraud on both its customers and American taxpayers,” said Steve Berman, one of the attorneys who filed the lawsuit. “BofA promised that it would work with homeowners to modify their mortgages under the HAMP program. Instead it took $45 billion in taxpayer money and fought as hard as it could to avoid granting modifications, squeezing every last dollar from its customers and wrongfully foreclosing thousands of people’s homes in the process.”

The lawsuit alleges that Bank of America employed contractors who repeatedly lied to Bank of America’s customers. The suit claims that employees of one such contractor, “Urban,” answered the phone, “Bank of America ??” Office of the President,” when they did not work directly for Bank of America.

Former employees confirm Bank of America delayed modifications on purpose

Former employees have also confirmed that Bank of America instructed its employees to delay modifications by claiming that it had not received paperwork and payments when it had, indeed, received them. Former employees were also instructed to decline modifications en masse in periods known internally as “blitzes.”

The complaint also alleges that employees who questioned the ethics of declining modifications for fraudulent reasons, or of lying to customers, were subject to discipline including termination.

The lawsuit claims that Bank of America is guilty of violating the Racketeering Influenced Corrupt Organizations Act, or RICO and asks for damages to be awarded to a proposed class defined as:

“All individuals whose home mortgage loans have been serviced by BOA and who, since April 13, 2009, (1) applied to BOA for a HAMP loan modification, (2) fulfilled an FHA Trial Period Plan Agreement or any other trial-payment agreement that was not issued pursuant to SD-09 (form 3156), (3) sent documents to, or received documents or other communications from, Urban employees in connection with their attempts to modify their home mortgage, and (4) did not receive, within 30 days after making all required trial payments, a permanent loan modification that complied with HAMP rules.”

During the economic downturn in the 2007-2008 time period, Congress decided to insure the continued viability of certain banks who were failing because of poor choices they had made. As part of the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) program, Congress “lent” billions of taxpayer dollars to Bank of America (BOA) so that it would not fail. One of the conditions of receiving that money was that BOA would help its mortgage customers by participating in the Home Affordable Modification Program (HAMP).

The HAMP program was designed to give relief to homeowners who, because of the economic collapse, could no longer afford their mortgage payments. The program was supposed to provide a straightforward, efficient means of allowing homeowners to modify their mortgages so that they would be able to afford their payments and retain their homes.

While BOA participated in the HAMP program as a condition of accepting the TARP money, it did everything it could to thwart homeowners seeking a HAMP mortgage modification. While other banks’ customers were being approved on their HAMP modification applications almost 90% of the time, BOA customers were being approved at close to 30%.

While other banks’ customers were being approved on their HAMP modification applications almost 90% of the time, BOA customers were being approved at close to 30%.

How did Bank of America prevent mortgage modifications?

What we have learned through former BOA employees and supervisors is that BOA engaged in a scheme of deceptions, misrepresentations and outright lies to keep its customers from getting HAMP mortgage modifications.

Among other things, BOA would:

  • repeatedly and intentionally lose customers modification applications
  • falsely claim that the applications were incomplete or stale
  • tell applicants that they could not qualify unless they were behind on their payments
  • charge its customers unnecessary fees
  • fail to apply customers’ payments to the proper accounts.

BOA did this because it figured out that it would make far more money through foreclosures or less favorable mortgage modification than through HAMP modifications.

As a result of its fraud, BOA has been forced to repay the United States government a billion dollars! What BOA has not done, however, is repay all of the customers it defrauded. That’s what our law firm is committed to do for our clients – getting them the justice they deserve.

WHAT HAPPENED TO ME

Most recently I was informed by Bank of America my monthly mortgage payment was going down by $80. I called to confirm. One rep said yes, a 2nd said yes but not for 3 months, and a third couldn’t find that info in their system.

REALLY?! Before I called I knew this would be chaos. IT GETS BETTER!

I paid the $80 over the phone with a 4th rep who sounded competent. Two days later I get a notice from my bank holding my checking account that bills are bouncing. How could this be? I knew I had a couple hundred dollars in the account.

Bank of America didn’t charge me $80, they charged me over $5600! YES! OVER FIVE THOUSAND DOLLARS! WTF!! I never authorized that and the rep never mentioned that amount!

Luckily my bank stopped payment on that insane transaction. I now have to contact BOA again to pay the $80 difference that I attempted last week. So now, I’m a month late with my mortgage due to their error of “your mortgage is $80 less.” It’s not $80 less but I paid $80 because I was told to by BOA. So now I’m late because of them and this still isn’t resolved.

BOA records their calls, so if needed, I will have the recordings subpoenaed by an attorney. I’ll go after Bank of America.

I’ve done HOURS of research on how Bank of America screws over anyone they can for any amount of money they can.

By the way, this is the 2nd time Bank of America did this to me with the incorrect monthly mortgage amount due. They are intentionally trying to get me out of my home.

During my last call on the $80 fiasco, they informed me a letter with intent to start foreclosure was sent! WHAT!? Over $80 difference, which was their fault?!

The house I have been in for 10 years is looking at foreclosure unless I can come up with $5600! Where did this number come from? They told me a year previous in order to be eligible for the HARP loan modification I would need to skip 2 mortgage payments to show a hardship. I felt very bad doing this and it felt wrong…because it is. I’m fighting this, as I have been for the last 10 years!

For starters I filed a complaint against them with the FDIC online. It’s free and easy to do.

There was a lawsuit against Bank of America in 2018

Bank of America destroyed documents as borrowers tried to save their homes, suit says

Among claims in the latest suit:

Bank of America falsely told applicants they had to stop making regular monthly mortgage payments to be eligible for a HAMP modification. It was part of the bank’s scheme to prevent borrowers from receiving a modification so that it could acquire their homes through foreclosure.

Bank of America employees made homeowners submit applications over and over in order to frustrate them, ensuring that their mortgage would be denied a modification. Applications were intentionally lost or destroyed to prevent borrowers from getting a modification. The bank’s employees also falsely told applicants that documents were not current or were missing, in order to delay modification requests and ultimately deny them.

Bank of America profited from charging borrowers fees for unnecessary and unlawful property inspections. The bank did not tell borrowers the inspections were taking place or that they were being charged for them.

The North Carolina borrower, Chester Taylor, contacted the bank in 2010 to request a modification after experiencing financial hardship in part because of the down economy, the suit says.

Taylor stopped making his mortgage payments on the advice of a bank representative, fell into default and Bank of America foreclosed on his home in 2012. As a result of the foreclosure, a judgment of $117,130 was entered against Taylor, who then filed for bankruptcy.

Bank of America has previously attracted the scrutiny of government authorities for its conduct under HAMP. In 2012, it entered into a settlement with authorities to resolve claims it defrauded the program as part of a landmark $25 billion settlement involving other large banks accused of mortgage and foreclosure abuses.

Deceptive loan modification practices result in class suit against Bank of America

A consumer banking deceptive practices class action lawsuit has been filed in the US District Court. The lawsuit alleges that Bank of America (NYSE:BAC) created and headed an illegal enterprise that was designed to defraud homeowners who sought loan modifications as part of the government’s Home Affordable Modification Program, or “HAMP.”

The complaint alleges that Bank of America masterminded a scheme that allowed it to denygiving thousands of its customers help in exchange for the $45 billion it took in bailout funds.

“We believe that Bank of America gamed the system, perpetrating a fraud on both its customers and American taxpayers,” said Steve Berman, one of the attorneys who filed the lawsuit. “BofA promised that it would work with homeowners to modify their mortgages under the HAMP program. Instead it took $45 billion in taxpayer money and fought as hard as it could to avoid granting modifications, squeezing every last dollar from its customers and wrongfully foreclosing thousands of people’s homes in the process.”

The lawsuit alleges that Bank of America employed contractors who repeatedly lied to Bank of America’s customers. The suit claims that employees of one such contractor, “Urban,” answered the phone, “Bank of America ??” Office of the President,” when they did not work directly for Bank of America.

Former employees confirm Bank of America delayed modifications on purpose

Former employees have also confirmed that Bank of America instructed its employees to delay modifications by claiming that it had not received paperwork and payments when it had, indeed, received them. Former employees were also instructed to decline modifications en masse in periods known internally as “blitzes.”

The complaint also alleges that employees who questioned the ethics of declining modifications for fraudulent reasons, or of lying to customers, were subject to discipline including termination.

The lawsuit claims that Bank of America is guilty of violating the Racketeering Influenced Corrupt Organizations Act, or RICO and asks for damages to be awarded to a proposed class defined as:

“All individuals whose home mortgage loans have been serviced by BOA and who, since April 13, 2009, (1) applied to BOA for a HAMP loan modification, (2) fulfilled an FHA Trial Period Plan Agreement or any other trial-payment agreement that was not issued pursuant to SD-09 (form 3156), (3) sent documents to, or received documents or other communications from, Urban employees in connection with their attempts to modify their home mortgage, and (4) did not receive, within 30 days after making all required trial payments, a permanent loan modification that complied with HAMP rules.”

There are HUNDREDS of websites talking about why Bank of America SUCKS

A SIMPLE GOOGLE SEARCH WILL SHOW HOW BOA SHOULD BE AVOIDED!

Bank of America sucks. BOA is the worst excuse for a bank
Bank of America should be avoided at all costs!

It all started with the purchase of our new home in 2007, just in time for the recession, when the banks profited and the government bailed them out.

It was a time of chaos. People were either leaving their homes in droves or being foreclosed on because they couldn’t make the mortgage payments the bank setup for them. Sure, this wasn’t just a Bank of America problem, but they certainly took advantage of the times!

Bank of America sucks and should be avoided. Never use Bank of America for refinance or mortgages.

Bank of America had a plan in place where you could refinance and even apply for a smaller loan with lower interest. For fear of losing their homes, thousands of BOA customers bought into this.

Every story was the same. I even tried, and turned it down. It was scary how my story matched what every homeowner had said about Bank of America. Here’s how they roped you in and forced your home into foreclosure:

  1. You call BOA asking for mortgage assistance
  2. Bank of America offers the HARP plan.
  3. BOA sends you a stack of HARP paperwork to be filled out and mailed back.
  4. If you qualify for HARP your payments and mortgage will be less.
  5. You get to keep your house at a much lower rate.

This HARP plan sounds great doesn’t it? HA HA, that’s what BOA wants you to think. Bank of America feeds off your fear and offers a plan to keep your family safe.

Here’s what happened EVERY TIME a homeowner applied to the plan through Bank of America. When I say EVERY TIME, I mean EVER SINGLE TIME! I have friends who worked there to back this up. Do a google search for yourself. You’ll read thousands of horror stories on Bank of America refinancing through HARP.

HARP THROUGH BOA WAS A TRICK TO FORECLOSE ON YOUR HOME!

  1. Bank of America sends you the stack of forms to be filled out.
  2. You need copies of home expenses, bills, credit cards, pay slips.
  3. You need to make a certain amount of income (most everyone is accepted.)
  4. BOA says to stop making payments on your home during this process.
  5. Stopping payments on your home shows times of hardship, and is a prerequisite for the HARP process.
  6. MOST EVERYONE who applied was told their files were not received or incomplete! This buys Bank of America more time.
  7. You fill out the forms again after they send you another confusing packet.
  8. Without you knowing, Bank of America starts the foreclosure process on your home since you haven’t made payments.

Wait a minute, didn’t Bank of America ask you to stop making payments to quality for the HARP mortgage assistance program? Yes, they did.

Bank of America is EVIL and will do whatever they can to get whatever money they can from you! They want you OUT OF YOUR HOUSE so they can sell it to someone else.

Don’t think for a second they care about you or your family. This is not true and never will be! A google search will show you thousands of BOA complaint websites.

Bank of America sucks and should be avoided. Never use Bank of America for refinance or mortgages.
Google searches show hundreds of Bank of America treating customers poorly.

There was a time I lost my job due to a company going out of business from the recession in 2008. We were thousands of dollars underwater on our home, like most homeowners. We couldn’t afford the house and we had our first child on the way. I called Bank of America begging to let me pay half the mortgage to show good faith because I needed just a couple more months to find a job. I was confident I could find a job in a couple months. I had been unemployed for 6 months at the time and looked daily, for hours.

Their answer, time and again was, sorry sir, anything less than full payment will be seen as not paid and you will be in foreclosure.

I NEVER missed a payment and was always on time as well. I needed help and just asked for a month extension. I called multiple times over a couple weeks with the same answer. I get it, banks need to make money. It’s not like I was going to skip town or screw them over.

No Bank of America employee offered to help. We have always lived very lean. No cable tv, no going out to eat, etc. There wasn’t much to cut back on. It was choose to eat or lose the house. My pride didn’t allow me to walk away from the house and I also didn’t feel that would be right, although thousands of families were walking away from their homes.

THERE HAVE BEEN MANY CLASS ACTION LAW SUITS AGAINST BANK OF AMERICA

Did you know that filing for bankruptcy can include your house? Once that is done, there is nothing the bank can do if you decide to leave. They cannot come after you for the balance. I know a couple people who did just this and Bank of America jumped at the chance to help them with refinancing! TOO LATE! BOA knew they were screwed. They knew they couldn’t go after the balance so they’ll do everything they can to rope you into another mortgage / refinance. Once you sign that dotted line a 2nd time, after bankruptcy, you are obligated to pay.

If you’re with Bank of America and you file for bankruptcy, NEVER REFINANCE through them! NEVER USE BANK OF AMERICA FOR ANYTHING!

Refinancing renews your obligation to the bank and you won’t be able to walk away from the home if you need to. I’m not saying to walk from your home but if you can’t afford it, family comes first and you don’t need Bank of America coming after you for the balance. They screwed themselves and were bailed out by the government. They don’t care about you, why should you care?

REALLY? F OFF! You know why they are desperate to help now? It’s because if I walk from the house they can’t touch me! I’m under no obligation to stay in the house or pay them anything if I want to leave. They can’t come after me for the balance or any legal fees ever! I’m protected by bankruptcy and they know this.

You know why they keep sending letters with “great” refinance options? Because BOA knows once I sign on the dotted line with a new mortgage, I’ll be roped into responsibility for the home again. I will not be able to walk from the house if I sign a new mortgage.

I can stay in the house as long as I want and nothing changes. The moment I walk, there is NOTHING they can do about it. Not sure if I’ll play that card or not but it’s nice to know I have the option.

IF YOU CALL BOA, RECORD YOUR PHONE CALLS!

I won’t waste your time or mine typing all the nightmare hours I spent on the phone with inept BOA reps giving me bogus information.

One last story I will share with you happened just this last week. I have been fighting to get the PMI taken off the mortgage for about 5 years. PMI is mortgage insurance and really just a way to pad the monthly mortgage. Bank of America has been known to keep it on for months longer than what is needed. I have been fighting and fighting to have it removed. This would give me an extra $90 a month.

After 5 years, I FINALLY got a letter from Bank of America saying the PMI has been removed from the mortgage! I couldn’t believe it. All my fighting finally paid off.

I also received a letter stating the change with the new discounted mortgage would begin 8/1/2019.

I called BOA to verify and they said it isn’t in effect yet. It won’t be for a couple months at least. WHAT?! I have 2 letters from BOA stating the new changes take affect 8/1/2019 with the new amount to be paid moving forward.

I was very nice on the phone with the 3 reps I spoke with. One was clueless and made things worse. The 2nd was rude as hell and I put her in her place. The 3rd was nice but I had no confidence in him. The 4th was a manager I demanded to speak to. BOA is filled with idiots and scammers.

So now here we go again! Inept, worthless, incompetent people passing on wrong info to me, or, are they just doing Bank of America’s bidding?

Is it a trick to get me to pay the lower rate so they can catch me and start foreclosure? I took photos of the letters and emailed them to a manager, who I spoke with. I have yet to hear from him.

I paid the lower rate, as it is 8/2/2019, and the letters tell me that’s what it is. Is Bank of America going to argue letters that came from them? I’m sure they will. I will not back down. The letters state the date and I’m following what was sent.

Bank of America is the WORST “bank” and you should avoid them at all costs!

I will leave you with some stories from the web from Bank of America employees:

HARP was created in 2009 to give borrowers who were current on their mortgages but had little or negative equity an opportunity to refinance at lower rates.

The HARP mortgage program was modified over the years and eventually enabled homeowners to refinance up to 125 percent of the value of their homes without primary mortgage insurance.

After being extended twice over the years, HARP expired on Dec. 31, 2018.

BOYCOTT BANK OF AMERICA – YOUR MONEY IS SAFER IN YOUR UNDERWEAR DRAWER.

HOW HAS BANK OF AMERICA SCREWED YOU OVER? LET US KNOW BELOW.

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How to get rid of a staph infection that keeps coming back

How to get rid of a staph infection that keeps coming back

I want to talk about how I got rid of a staph infection that would not go away!

WHAT IS A STAPH INFECTION?

Staph infections are caused by staphylococcus bacteria, known as staphylococcus aureus. These types of germs are commonly found on the skin or in the nose of healthy individuals. Most of the time, these bacteria cause no problems or result in relatively minor skin infections.

Most people fight off staphylococcus bacteria with no problem, even if it enters the skin via a cut or some type of wound.

Staph infections can turn deadly if the bacteria invade deeper into your body, entering your bloodstream, joints, bones, lungs or heart. A growing number of healthy people are developing life-threatening staph infections.

I had a staph infection and 2 rounds of antibiotics in the course of a month did nothing but clear my skin temporarily. This staphylococcus bacterial infection refused to die. It came back a few days after finishing the antibiotics! I was getting very irritated.

Treatment for staphylococcus aureus usually involves antibiotics and drainage of the infected area. Some staph infections no longer respond to common antibiotics. The main reason certain strains of bacteria don’t respond to antibiotic treatment is because a lot of people don’t finish their antibiotics! ALWAYS FINISH your antibiotics even if you feel or look better! By not finishing your antibiotics, you’re allowing the bacteria to build defenses against said antibiotics. This makes the bacteria stronger and more resistant. Certain strains of bacteria are now immune to antibiotics for this reason.

Doctors use several different types of antibiotics to treat staph infections. The choice of antibiotic depends on the type and severity of the infection as well as drug-resistance patterns of the particular bacterial type. Some antibiotics that have been used to treat staph infections are:

  • cefazolin,
  • cefuroxime,
  • cephalexin,
  • nafcillin (Nallpen),
  • oxacillin (Bactocill),
  • dicloxacillin,
  • vancomycin,
  • clindamycin (Cleocin),
  • rifampin, and
  • telavancin (Vibativ).

Combinations of antibiotics and other antibiotics can also be used. Some staph strains, such as MRSA, are resistant to many antibiotics. MRSA is really bad. I had that too.

How Do Staph Infections Spread?

Staph bacteria can spread through contaminated surfaces and from person to person. Staph infections are highly contagious, and although found everywhere. Kids can carry staph bacteria from one area of their body to another — or pass it to other people — via dirty hands or fingernails. Staph bacteria lives on your skin, in your nose, under fingernails, on countertops and especially hospitals. It’s everywhere.

Staph infections can spread from person to person in group living situations (like college dorms). Usually this happens when people with skin infections share personal things like bed linens, towels or clothing.

Washing clothing and bed sheets in hot water with bleach or lysol laundry sanitizer (what I use) is one step in killing the staph bacteria or MRSA.

A staph infection isn’t something to take lightly. It is very difficult to kill staphylococcus aureus and it’s often mistaken for acne. A doctor can confirm the bacterial infection by taking a sample and running tests.

WHAT ARE staphylococcus bacteria SYMPTOMS?

I’m going to tell you what I did to resolve this after taking antibiotics, but first, I want to tell you the symptoms and what to look for and what it feels like.

You should never pop these pimples on your own, as it will cause the staphylococcus bacteria to spread rapidly (within hours) to other areas of your skin or clothing!

staph bacteria infection is often mistaken for acne
staph bacteria infection is often mistaken for acne

Symptoms of Staph infection

Staph infections can range from minor skin problems to endocarditis, a life-threatening infection of the inner lining of your heart (endocardium). As a result, signs and symptoms of staph infections vary widely, depending on the location and severity of the infection.

Skin infections

Skin infections caused by staph bacteria include:

  • Boils. The most common type of staph infection is the boil, a pocket of pus that develops in a hair follicle or oil gland. The skin over the infected area usually becomes red and swollen. If a boil breaks open, it will probably drain pus. Boils occur most often under the arms or around the groin or buttocks.
  • Impetigo. This contagious, often painful rash can be caused by staph bacteria. Impetigo usually features large blisters that may ooze fluid and develop a honey-colored crust.
  • Cellulitis. Cellulitis — an infection of the deeper layers of skin — causes skin redness and swelling on the surface of your skin. Sores (ulcers) or areas of oozing discharge may develop, too.
  • Staphylococcal scalded skin syndrome. Toxins produced as a result of a staph infection may lead to staphylococcal scalded skin syndrome. Affecting mostly babies and children, this condition features fever, a rash and sometimes blisters. When the blisters break, the top layer of skin comes off — leaving a red, raw surface that looks like a burn.

How does a Staff Infection start?

My experience with staph infection and Impetigo mirrored everything I read about online. One moment my face was fine with no blemishes and the next moment I felt an itch on my face, like a mosquito bite.

I saw a very small pimple starting to form and thought nothing of it. The itch was irritating and lasted into the night. I knew at that point something was wrong.

Since the itch was very persistent, I thought it was an ingrown hair. I washed my face a couple extra times, dabbed some rubbing alcohol, and went to bed.

The next morning it still itched and the “pimple” was noticeably larger with a white tip and black center core. I wasn’t sure, but thought it was a bad ingrown hair. All through the 2nd day it itched. That 2nd night I had enough and wanted relief. I sterilized a needle and opened the pimple so it would drain (never do this.) This was a big mistake, which I didn’t know at the time. The staph infection was about to spread.

Itching was less after cleaning the area and applying rubbing alcohol but my troubles were just starting.

The next day at work, a coworker asked what was wrong with my cheek. It felt like a rug burn. My face was a light shade of red around the area where I took care of the pimple the night before. My face also had a slight glaze to it and felt mildly sticky, which is where it burned.

Later that night, my face started to itch again with 2 other pimples popping up. I made an appointment the next day for my doctor.

I had impetigo. The 3rd morning, the right side of my face was encrusted in a thin golden crust. It still felt like a rug burn and there were 4 or 5 white head pimples. The skin had a tight texture like sunburn / dry skin like a scab. I’ve never had anything like this before.

Impetigo and how to treat it after you have antibiotics
Impetigo has a golden hard crust

A visit to the doctor confirmed it was Impetigo, which I never heard of. I had a staph infection again…just one week later it came back worse. I had just healed up from pneumonia a couple weeks before so I assumed those antibiotics brought my resistance to nothing. Early 2019 was bad for me. First pneumonia (first time with that) and now 2 bouts of staph infection because my resistance was so low from being sick from pneumonia. I was on antibiotics for 1.5 months with almost no break. That destroyed all my good bacteria, which didn’t help me to fight anything off. I had close to no immune system.

A topical antibiotic and oral antibiotic were prescribed, which cleared me up after 4 days. A full 10 days of antibiotics took care of the issue, so I thought.

After 4 days of being off antibiotics, I felt that itch again, with another small pimple showing on my face. I was livid but did not attempt to clean it myself, after remembering how the staph infection spread before.

I went to the doctor again. Another culture showed it was indeed another staph infection and the staphylococcus bacteria was still living on my skin.

Another 10 days of the antibiotics cleared me up, with another small pimple forming after a week of finishing the antibiotics. This was now ridiculous.

I started searching on ways to kill staph bacteria on my own.

Here’s what I did to keep the staph infection from returning

hibiclens antimicrobial cleanser will kill bacteria, staph bacteria and mrsaI took a shower using body soap and then washed again with Hibiclens. Hibiclens safeguards against germs up to 24 hrs, so it’s a great choice to fight germs, fungi & bacteria during sports, school, work and home. Hibiclens antibacterial soap is gentle on sensitive skin and used in hospitals by doctors and surgeons for its antiseptic properties. It’s used as a surface wound cleanser and to keep hands and skin germ free. Hibiclens kills bacteria, viruses and fungi and continues killing germs for up to 24 hours after washing. It’s antibacterial soap that’s gentle on even sensitive skin, even with frequent use. I left Hibiclens on my skin for 5 minutes before washing off. My skin felt cleaner after using. My doctor recommended Hibiclens. I use it every day.

 

using garlic to kill staph infectionI took garlic supplements and doubled up on them…2 garlic pills a day. Not only does garlic support heart health, but the allicin in garlic kills staphylococcus bacteria. I did a lot of reading on what other people were doing and garlic supplements kept coming up in the fight against staph infections. These garlic pills do not cause burping and do not make your breath smell like garlic. Take with food. Make sure it has allicin.

 

digestive advantage is the best probiotic and kills staph bacteriaI added Digestive Advantage probiotics to my diet. Antibiotics kill all bacteria in your body, both good and bad. You need good bacteria to support your health and digestive system. Without this beneficial bacteria, not only will your immune system suffer, but your digestive system is affected as well. I needed to replenish the good bacteria that was destroyed by antibiotics. I tried a few different probiotic brands including that really expensive one and Digestive Advantage is the best I have used. I take 2 pills a day to build up the good bacteria in my system.

 

nutribullet pro is the best blender for healthy smoothieWhenever I make a smoothie for dinner or lunch with the Nutribullet blender, I add a clove of fresh garlic. I know that sounds like a lot but you don’t taste it. One whole clove of garlic maybe twice a week in a smoothie. Garlic will help you out in ways you can’t even imagine.

Another thing is to cut out sugar as much as you can. Not only is sugar very bad for you, but it feeds bacteria. Sugar helps the staph bacteria infection grow stronger.

Another thing that strengthens the staph infection is smoking. Did you know that staph bacteria HATE nicotine? The bacteria will build walls around itself to protect against nicotine. This wall also protects the staph bacteria from the antibiotics you are taking!

You will also need to change out the loufa you use in the shower at least once a month. If you wash using a washcloth, use a new one ever couple days. I didn’t use the same wash cloth on my face as I did my body.

kill staph infection and mrsa with lysol laundry sanitizerI used lysol laundry sanitizer. This is HUGE in winning the war against staph bacteria. Lysol laundry sanitizer Kills 99.9% of bacteria like Staphylococcus Aureus & Klebsiella pneumoniae, simply add to rinse cycle. Contains 0% bleach, works even in cold water. Gentle on most fabrics including whites & color. Works in all standard & HE machines and is suitable for children’s clothes, gym clothes, underwear, towels, bedding & delicates. We put it in a Downy ball.

I also bought clorox wipes and wiped down all door handles, my steering wheel, phone, ipad and anything else I would have touched.

I hope this helps you with getting rid of staphylococcus bacteria. These steps helped me and the staph infection has not returned! It’s been 3 months! The same steps can be taken to get rid of MRSA.

If you follow the steps I did, I’m confident you will be rid of the staph infection. You may need to be on antibiotics first to knock out the staph infection. Always check with your doctor! Do not take what I’m writing for medical advice. See your doctor. I would highly recommend you use these same practices once your staph infection is gone. I still use Hibiclens and the lysol laundry sanitizer and always will.

60% of the population has staph bacteria living in their nose. Most people have it on their skin. If your immune system is weakened and you come into contact with staph bacteria (it’s everywhere, especially in hospitals), you could be in for a long healing period and can even turn deadly.

I never thought I would get hit with a staph infection. I’m pretty healthy and never thought it would be so hard to get rid of. After a month, my immune system is much better than it was, having introduced the good bacteria back into my system using the products I talked about.

Antibiotics are great and sometimes needed. Remember, not only do antibiotics kill the bad bacteria, but all your good bacteria. You need to get that good bacteria back as fast as you can. It is highly recommended you take probiotics while taking antibiotics. Digestive Advantage are rated as one of the best probiotics since they travel all through your intestines where needed. Most probiotics are digested in the stomach, which do you no good at all.

Good luck and Good Health!

I write about anything techy, music, photography, artsy and whatever I think you may find interesting.

Steve

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Why your YouTube channel isn’t growing and how to fix it

Why your YouTube channel isn’t growing and how to fix it

4 Things To Check If Your YouTube Channel Isn’t Growing

A lot of YouTubers are struggling to get more subscribers and views. If you check these four things in YouTube Analytics, you can find out exactly why your channel isn’t growing. You can fix the issues! All these areas I talk about can be found in your YouTube dashboard stats area.

1. Audience Retention

The first thing to check is Audience Retention. This metric tells you how long your viewers watch your videos on average. If most of your videos are around 25% to 50% viewing time or higher, you’re doing a good job engaging your viewers.

You’ll probably have a couple of videos that fall under the 25% mark. That typically happens with longer videos. You can click on the titles of those videos to see the exact points where viewers drop off. This tells you exactly what to improve in your videos to keep them on board. This can be viewed per video by clicking on each video individually in the dashboard statistics area of your YouTube channel.

If your average audience retention is low, your most important job is to increase it. Edit out all the boring parts of your YouTube video. For example, if you are doing an unboxing video, no one needs to see you spend 30 seconds taking it out of the box it was shipped to you in from UPS. Edit the video to include maybe 3 seconds of you taking it out of the brown shipping box. Make sure your presentation is enthusiastic and energetic. And always deliver value in every video to keep your audience engaged and always be yourself.

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2. Traffic Sources

One of the most important reports ever is the Traffic sources report. This tells you how people discover your YouTube videos.

Whenever someone tells me they don’t get a lot of new subscribers, this is usually where the real problem is. Often times, their #1 traffic source is Browse features, which is just their subscriptions and video recommendations on the homepage of YouTube. Those are people who already know you! These are the recommended videos that come up and your videos will come up for your current viewers!

You want your YouTube traffic to come from suggested videos, YouTube search and External. External, meaning, from links on websites or other YouTube channels. If you have friends with YouTube channels, see if they can put a link in their video description to your channel. This will help drive traffic whether people read the link or not.

If those factors combined don’t make up for at least 50% of your traffic or if YouTube Search or Suggested videos are ridiculously low, you need to focus on that more.

Click on YouTube search to find out what keywords your viewers type to find your videos. Are those the keywords you really want to be found on? If not, try optimizing your video descriptions and tags to improve your visibility for other keywords. If you do this right, this will also help your views from Suggested videos.

3. SEO Score

Speaking of getting found on YouTube: you should install the free VidIQ plug-in for Google Chrome in order to find out the SEO-score for your videos.

The SEO-score is an indicator that tells you how well your video ranks in the search results. You definitely want this to be a score over 50, and preferably even close to 70 or 80.

If your SEO-score is very low, make sure you know what keywords you want to be found on. Include them in your descriptions and tags. And use the plug-in to see which keywords people actually search for.

4. Titles and Thumbnails

Titles and thumbnails are truly underrated factors that determine whether or not someone will click on your video or not. A good title and thumbnail will spark the viewer’s curiosity and make them want to find out more about your YouTube video.

You should use a custom thumbnail for your videos. Make sure your thumbnail really stands out and they are very visible on a smaller size.

Use titles that entice the viewer to click. Which video title would you rather click on?

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In Conclusion:

Whenever I look at a channel that doesn’t get a lot of subscribers and views, in 99.9% of the times, the problems lie in one or more of these factors. I hope that by pointing them out to you, you’ll at least be able to identify the real issues on your channel. Let me know what you discover in your metrics!

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Why millennials are hated

Why millennials are hated

A millennial is a person born from the years 1982 and 2004. Millennials are generally considered to be self-absorbed and spoiled. Even if the spoiling is not their fault, they still get blamed for being shallow.

Why are millennials hated? That sounds harsh, but true. Each previous era knows more than the next, or so it seems. Back in my day, you kids wouldn’t have lasted. Times were harder when we were kids! Remember those lines?

Turns out everyone has problems whether you realize it or not, but millennials seem to have more “problems” than anyone else.

Not all millennials are spoiled rotten (always challenging authority) but most are.

millennials still act like kids in their mid to late twenties.

What others say about millennial personality:

  • I’m seeing severe arrested development with this group. They still act like kids in their mid to late twenties. Still living at home, have not had even one significant LTR, don’t own cars, party all he time, work shitty jobs. They’re in limbo between adolescence and adulthood. I can’t stand the 30 y/o tattooed & bearded hipsters who skateboard as a means of transportation.

  • Millennials seem to think “ageism” is acceptable. The 20th century never happened for them, and they dismiss it all as worthless history. No lessons learned from the Depression, WW2 or Vietnam.

  • Thoreau, Ghandi and MLK are old relics with nothing to offer.

  • No concern as to what life was like for minority classes. That’s all ancient history.

     

  • Most millennials whine, “Oh I was told to do this specific task and only that.” Or “The rules change every day. I don’t know what to do!” So, they can’t do two things at once? They can’t use reasoning skills to fill in the gaps from their job training, in order to help a customer? For real!? I know chewing gum and deciding on takeout from GrubHub is challenging, but come on now! They constantly peck away on their iPhones. When I snap them out of their privileged stupor, they just stare at me. “What did I do?” It’s what they’re not doing, namely the job!

  • Millennials were bribed to make good grades. Millennials were raised to believe everyone is a winner. Everybody wants to market to the millennial age group. Zuckerberg and others are young, rich and powerful. Old people have to listen to them, work for them, and appeal to them.

    But soon the Millennials will be old and no longer the desired demographic. Zuckerberg’s generation will be replaced. It happens to the best of us.

    On the bright side, as a GenXer and early “pioneer” of the WWW, I can work circles around these Millennials. They may know the latest apps and trends, but they have no foundation or sense of the future. They really don’t know how to do ANYTHING beyond clicking on buttons in dumbed down apps. No common sense for most millennials, sorry to report. I have worked with many and only 5% have proven me wrong, sorry to say.

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Several millennials are creatives, or pretend to be. They took a degree, or a career track job as a back up. Because millennials were raised by helicopter cheerleaders, they not only have the typical bad millennial work habits, they also think they can support themselves as spoken word artists if they just get that one break.

In fairness, the smarter ones are willing to take the barista jobs and have a better attitude towards work and customers (not least because it affects the tip jar). Millennials also are willing to pare down their lifestyle/materialism.

I don’t understand the problem. If millennials by and large are missing days or coming in late or busy with social media instead of their work, why don’t the supervisors fire them and replace them with older people. Many of us are out of work, and we wouldn’t present the boss with these difficulties.

To put it another way, why hire millennials if your experience tells you they will be a pain in the ass?

They definitely cannot stop looking at their phones. Some have no work ethic, but I work in a small town at the moment and I see some that are hard-working and good workers.

Not to mention how many of the female members of this cohort feel the need to either lay on the vocal fry along with their ‘What EV’ attitude, or talk in teensy baby voices. Grow up.

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A word from a millennial:

I was born in 1983, and my father taught me at a young age that you don’t deserve to get a medal if you didn’t actually do any work. That lesson applies here, too. These people expect to be rewarded for just showing up. This is why even I often find it difficult to deal with millennials; it’s hard trying to have a conversation with someone whose nose is always stuck in an iPhone.

It seems like with this generation the kids and teens make more decisions than the parents do. What happened to parents with a back bone? Let’s bring back good ol’ punishments and maybe the people we are producing won’t turn out so bossy and entitled. In fact, it is mainly the parents’ fault that kids are turning out the way they are. The parents claim that they just can’t get control of them, or there is no point in punishing them because they are just going to do what they want either way. Well I am calling for a stop to that. What is the point in being the adult in the relationship if you refuse to enforce your adulthood?

And just remember, these rules do not only apply to Millennials specifically, but to a few ages just before them, and all ages after them. Mix and match the “Millennial signal” to identify if a friend or family member is suffering from Maximum Millennial Syndrome today. Brace yourselves for the coming generation, the children of the millennials. And as television always prompts one to say, “Can it get any worse?”

One last note, what’s up with the trendy hipster beards and trendy beers?

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Best blender for smoothies – NutriBullet Pro – How to lose weight fast

Best blender for smoothies – NutriBullet Pro – How to lose weight fast

The best blender for smoothies would have to be the nutribullet line of blenders, preferably the nutribullet pro. This is definitely the best money I ever spent!

I was never into snacking or eating bad but wanted an alternative for healthy food mainly due to high cholesterol (it’s just how my body is.) Also, there are times I don’t feel like making anything for dinner and I never eat fast food.

I have friends and family who are overweight from eating fast food every other day or every day at times. Also, they drink pop / soda, have too much sugar, donuts, cake, cookies, high fructose corn syrup, and all that stuff will hurt your health.

I’m no health expert by any means but I know what not to eat. Protein is very important and the average person should have no more than 60 grams of fat a day! People think counting calories is the thing to do. Start counting the fat and you’ll see large weight loss fast.

Did you know the average italian beef sandwich has around 55 grams of fat? That’s your entire day of fat. Technically if you wanted to lose weight, you would eat this and nothing else with fat the entire day.

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The biggest reason I got this smoothie blender is convenience. I don’t feel like making food at times and they taste great. The bonus is they’re healthy for you!

Start drinking protein shakes such as these. You don’t have to be a muscle head to drink protein shakes. I never thought I would drink them but these are awesome.

Labrada protein shakes are delivered to my door each month via amazon. It’s what I drink each morning for breakfast and they’re filling. If I want a snack later at night, instead of pop / soda, I’ll grab another one of these chocolate smoothies. I was surprised how great the Labrada brand is. These Labrada smoothies have 40 grams of protein, are pre-made and taste great! 40 grams protein is half the amount the average person needs daily. These protein shakes contain zero sugar but are sweet and taste like chocolate milk…not some nasty powder drink. Try them out! There are a few different flavors.

I was looking at blenders for smoothies and my cousin recommended the nutribullet pro. She has the nutribullet pro at home and the nutribullet at work.

nutribullet pro is the best blender for healthy smoothieMaking a smoothie for dinner or lunch with the nutribullet pro couldn’t be easier, faster or more fun. First time using it I had a smoothie within 5 minutes. The box includes a lot of different smoothie recipes based on your goal…toxin removal, weight loss, energy boost, etc.

My first smoothie included a banana, frozen strawberries, handful of spinach leaves, 1/2 cup of milk and oats. I also threw in a small orange, peel and all. Within seconds everything was blended with the 900w motor!

The smoothie tasted great and was very filling, with absolutely no pulp or solid particles. I got my fruit and veggies for the day. Tonight I will do the same, throwing in some nuts and apple (no apple core.)

Cleanup took about 30 seconds. All you need to do is wash the cup you drank from, which is also the container it blends in.

I absolutely love this nutribullet and will be buying the smaller one for work for easy quick healthy lunches. Now I don’t have to feel guilty for having a burger or pasta for dinner. I plan on half my week being smoothies once a day. They are filling and taste great!

By the way, I didn’t taste the spinach at all…mainly banana and strawberry!

Check out the reviews and get a nutribullet blender here on Amazon. There are a few to choose from. I chose the nutribullet 900 since it was larger and more powerful. I will be purchasing the $29.99 model for work.

It’s obviously better to eat more food with protein with less fat content. Start counting your fat and you will be amazed how much you take in daily. Sugar converts to fat instantly so sugars and cookies and cakes should be avoided. Cheating here and there is fine.

I add this protein powder by Labrada to the smoothie mix.

I love bread but don’t have it as much. Carbs break down into sugar very fast and pack on the weight. I love bread but got used to not having it.

Start eating less sugar products like cookies or cake or pastry. Cut back on sugar. I still have sugar in my coffee and will never give that up. It’s all about moderation.

Stop drinking pop / soda. You will lose about 5 pounds in a week after you stop drinking soft drinks.

Check out how I lost 15 pounds in 3 weeks with no exercise!

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How to make hard boiled eggs that peel easily every time.

How to make hard boiled eggs that peel easily every time.

Making hard boiled eggs that peel easily is actually very easy to do.

The two most frustrating things about cooking hard-boiled eggs: the yolk isn’t pretty and the shell is difficult to get off. Check out how easy it is to get hard boiled eggs perfect at home every time.

  1. Get a pot to boil the eggs in.
  2. Add water to the pot. Amount of water doesn’t matter, as long as eggs are mostly underwater or completely underwater.
  3. Put the eggs in the pot after you add water. adding the eggs at this time prevents you from burning your fingers or having to use a utensil to drop them in once the water boils (risking breaking them.)
  4. Regardless of the amount of eggs or size of pot, set timer for 10 minutes ONCE THE WATER COMES TO A BOIL.
  5. After boiling eggs for 10 minutes, empty the pot and add cold water, letting the eggs sit in the cold water for at least 20 minutes.
  6. The eggs will peel so easily the shells literally fall right off.
  7. If you want the yolk a little less firm, decrease boiling time by a minute until you find what works for you. 10 minutes provides the perfect yolk firmness for most.

HEALTH TIP

When adding eggs to the water, if they float, they are bad. DO NOT USE THEM!

Making hard boiled eggs is something I find a lot of people do not know how to do. By the way, you make pasta the same way…time for 10 minutes after water boils.

Eggs are among the healthiest foods you can eat. They are rich in high-quality protein, healthy fats and many essential vitamins and minerals. Eggs also have a few unique properties that make them egg-ceptionally weight loss friendly. Eggs are a killer weight loss food.

how to make hard boiled eggs perfectlyOne large egg contains only about 78 calories, yet is very high in nutrients. Egg yolks are especially nutritious. An egg meal commonly consists of about 2–4 eggs. Three large boiled eggs contain less than 240 calories. One large egg contains about 78 calories. A meal consisting of 3 boiled eggs and vegetables contains only about 300 calories.

Eggs contain all the essential amino acids, and in the right ratios. This means your body can easily use the protein in eggs for maintenance and metabolism. Eating a high-protein diet has been shown to boost metabolism by up to 80–100 calories a day.

A high-protein diet may boost your metabolism by up to 80–100 calories per day, since extra energy is needed to help metabolize the protein in foods.

One hard boiled egg has 6 grams protein. The average person should have 56 grams per day protein, or 0.36 grams per pound of body weight.

Instead of watching calories, watch your fat intake. The average person should take in NO MORE THAN 60 grams of fat a day. Eggs are very low in fat and great for protein!

Make hard boiled eggs the night before work, taking 3 with you for breakfast while at your desk.

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Dyson rechargeable V8 vacuum battery dying and solution. Where to buy a replacement Dyson battery.

Dyson rechargeable V8 vacuum battery dying and solution. Where to buy a replacement Dyson battery.

Is your Dyson rechargeable V8 vacuum battery not holding the charge it used to? Is your Dyson vacuum dying sooner than it was between charges? This happened to me after a year of owning the Dyson V8 Absolute rechargeable vacuum. I found a Dyson v8 absolute battery replacement that lasts longer than the battery that came in the Dyson V8!

dyson v8 absolute rechargeable battery dyingThere are 2 speeds on the Dyson V8 vacuum, which is standard and high power. I always vacuum carpet on high power, as it gets up all the dust and dog hair on that setting. We have a German Shepherd (GSD.)

With the high setting, the Dyson V8 Absolute lasts about 10 minutes. I was able to vacuum the living room and dining room on a full charge.

After a year, I noticed the Dyson battery lasted about 2 minutes or less on a full charge. The Dyson battery was losing its charge.

I ordered a 3rd party battery from Amazon for the Dyson V8 Absolute and easily installed it yesterday. This replacement battery for my Dyson V8 Absolute lasts twice as long as the Dyson battery!

The Dyson V8 has a 2500 mAh battery, while the 3rd party battery has a 3800 mAh, which means it lasts longer!

How long does the new Dyson battery last?  I was able to vacuum the entire house, including the 2nd floor, minus one of the bedrooms, on one charge using the highest power setting. This includes all rooms, kitchen, bathrooms, hallways, etc. I LOVE THIS BATTERY and highly recommend it!

dyson v8 absolute replacement batteryThe Dyson V8 replacement battery is easy to install, comes with a small screwdriver, 3 screws and 2 replacement air filters for your Dyson vacuum. I used the same screws already in my Dyson V8 Absolute vacuum and had no issues. Total installation took about 5 minutes. You will need to remove the dirt catch container from the vacuum to replace the battery, which is easy to do. If you have any questions, ask.

 

This battery is much less expensive and lasts much longer than the battery Dyson vacuums come with.

The Powilling 21.6V 3.5Ah Lithium-Ion Battery Replacements for Dyson V8 Cordless Handheld Vacuum Dyson V8 Absolute(with Dyson Vacuum Parts, HEPA Post&Pre-Filter V8 Kit, Dyson V8 Animal Replace Filter Kit)

On a side note, we have always had great vacuums for the house, even by the big name brands. Vacuums had to be replaced every couple years.

I always thought of trying the Dyson vacuums but never wanted to spend that kind of money. I was already spending about $200 every 2 years roughly on a vacuum, so why not spend $150 more and see if Dyson is up to the hype. After thinking about it for weeks I took the plunge and will not ever own anything but a Dyson again. I’m not getting paid to say this.

I will never have anything other than a Dyson! I can’t believe the amount of dirt and hair collected by these powerful vacuums! Dyson is by far the best vacuum brand I have ever used and will never use anything else. They’re made incredibly well and completely blow away the competition. If you get one of these vacuums, you’ll see what I mean when emptying the container. Each vacuum session, every few days, results in a solid dust bunny the size of a softball, filled with mass hair and dirt.

CHECK OUT THIS DYSON V8 REPLACEMENT BATTERY ON AMAZON

I highly recommend Dyson vacuums!

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What is empathy? What is an empath? Stop trying to fix people!

What is empathy? What is an empath? Emotion researchers define empathy as the ability to sense other people’s emotions, coupled with the ability to imagine what someone else might be thinking or feeling.

Empathy is an awareness of the feelings and emotions of other people. It is a key element of Emotional Intelligence; the link between self and others. Compassion can be synonymous with empathy. Empathy is how we, as individuals, understand what others are experiencing as if we were feeling it ourselves. Have you ever heard the word Empath? There you go.

What is an Empath? An Empath can absorb other people’s emotions and/or physical symptoms because of their high sensitivities. Empaths filter the world through their intuition and “strong gut feelings.” It is very easy for an empath to “read” people but it goes much deeper than that.

When overwhelmed with exposure to stressful emotions, empaths can have panic attacks, depression, chronic fatigue and many physical symptoms that defy traditional medical diagnosis. Empaths are exhausted easily and are often tested for sleep deprivation, thyroid issues and poor nutrition.

2 MAIN TYPES OF EMPATHY:

“Affective empathy” refers to the sensations and feelings we get in response to others’ emotions. This can include mirroring what that person is feeling, or just feeling stressed when we detect another’s fear or anxiety.

“Cognitive empathy,” sometimes called “perspective taking,” refers to our ability to identify and understand other people’s emotions.

I have the ability to feel both types of empathy. It’s nothing I care to talk about with most people, as most people don’t understand or may think it’s ridiculous.

I am a highly sensitive person (HSP) and an empath. When I say highly sensitive person, I don’t mean cry at movies. It’s the ability to pickup on emotions or sensations of others easily. It took me years to realize this.

In my late teens I walked into a pawn shop with a friend. After entering, I had an overwhelming feeling. I could not explain the rush of emotions. It’s as if I was watched by sets of eyes and stressed out about many things all at once. It was the energy from that pawn shop. Realize that nothing good comes from a pawn shop. People get rid of things due to death in the family, financial issues, etc.

Empathy may sound crazy to some but it is very real.

I pick up on the emotions and energy of others naturally. This isn’t being psychic. I can see right through people easily, and this includes over the phone, texts and emails.

Scientists have speculated that some aspects of empathy can be traced to mirror neurons. Mirror neurons are cells in the brain that fire when we observe someone perform an action in much the same way that we would perform the same action.

I help others in need, and even try to fix them. Helping people or “fixing people” takes an enormous amount of energy.

I was always tired and stressed. Constant racing thoughts and stress prevented me from relaxing. I have taken on someone else’s problems and have unwillingly made them my own without realizing it. This is the curse of those with empathy.

It has always been hard to walk away from someone with a problem. I always felt the need to help. What if they don’t want help? What if they don’t want to listen? You just need to stop and walk away. Stop trying to fix people who don’t want to be fixed!

You can’t fix people. It’s not you, it’s them. It’s their problem, not yours. If they are willing to talk and listen and have a conversation, that’s great. If not, there’s nothing you can do.

I have realized, by being incredibly tired, hurt and stressed, that you can’t fix people who don’t want to be fixed. People have issues they need to work out and most of the time it has nothing to do with you. TAKE CARE OF YOU! This is hard to do, but when you’re fed up, you’ll learn fast.

Even at work, most people long for you to listen with compassion, the cornerstone of empathy. They want you to sense their discomfort or distress especially when they struggle articulating how they feel.

Humans desire to be seen and understood beyond their words. Empathy demonstrates you care. Unfortunately, many people take advantage of empaths, or, ones with empathy and compassion.

You can experience empathy by noticing a person’s body language and voice, but acute sensitivity includes being open to the emotional energy vibrating between you.

You might feel this energy in your heart or gut. You sense not only what people feel but also what they need. You just know. You can tell when they need attention, acknowledgment, or an offer of help. You grasp when they want you to back off and give them space or when they want you to quietly stand by. You know when they are impatient to move on or if they want to take more time.

The problem comes into play when you’re dealing with someone in a bad mood, accusatory or just all-around mean for some reason. The empathetic person cares about their friend or family member and wants to help, but the attempts and words fall on def ears. This hurts the caring empath, with them feeling it’s their fault most of the time. This is toxic and not fair to the person trying to help.

trying to help people who don't want help is exhausting

It’s difficult for those with empathy to be around non empathetic people, since those people can rarely help the empath. Most people don’t know when others need help, or, don’t even care. This hurts highly sensitive people (HSP), or empaths. Empaths rarely receive help from others for this reason. People just don’t know or don’t care to understand. Some people say they care but actions always speak louder than words.

Empathetic Reactivity – When too much empathy is bad

With empathy, you will feel their stress, anxiety and anger in your body. You might feel their pain emotionally and physically. If you let these emotions sit, your body and mind can be emotionally hijacked. You will become stressed, lonely and depressed…many times you’ll never know why you feel these emotions.

Not only will this lead to burnout, but you can break the bond of trust you were hoping to strengthen. You feel the need to fix their problems and make them feel better.

Unless people want your help, your intrusive reaction will push them away no matter the value of your intention. They may feel disrespected. You “being supportive” could damage their sense of safety and trust. They no longer feel they can fully express themselves with you.

As soon as you notice that you are emotionally reacting:

Relax – breath and release the tension in your body.

Detach – clear your mind of all thoughts.

Center – drop your awareness to the center of your body just below your navel. Feel yourself breathe. This helps to clear the mind.

Focus – choose one or two keywords that represent how you want to feel. Feeling curiosity and compassion foster non-reactive empathy.

When your own emotions distract you, breathe and recall your keywords to maintain trust and connection. Allowing others the safe expression of emotions could help them diffuse their feelings and see a possible path forward.

Being empathetic towards others is a gift, but usually, a curse to you. Realize it is ok to get away and take time for yourself. The world will not end and problems will still be there when you return. This is something I need to realize everyday and am getting better at.

You can’t fix or help people who don’t want it. I hope this helps to help yourself.

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Where to buy an apple computer cheap

Where to buy an apple computer cheap

How to buy an apple computer for a lower price. If you’re looking for a mac, there are a few ways you can get them cheaper without going to craigslist for someone’s used Apple computer.

Yes, Apple computers, or macs, are expensive. Apple computers are expensive for a reason. THEY WORK! I’m a tech geek and have tinkered on pc’s, having built my own computers for about 25 years. I never thought I would buy a mac but after the headaches with windows and all their issues, I gave up. I have used Apple computers and products in my studio since 2009 and will never go back to pc. Apple products just work, which allows me to focus on my work and art.

Someone once told me if you can get passed the initial sticker shock of how expensive Apple computers are, you will be fine, and you will never look back. They were right.

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I’m a video editor and audio engineer. My macs cut through 4k video like butter. PC’s always stalled out, had software issues and began to lag over time. Microsoft charges for operating system updates that are buggy. Apple software updates, including the full operating system updates, are always free from the App store.

One huge thing to mention is that all Apple products are designed and built under one roof, unlike Microsoft. There are multiple pc vendors designing their own products in hopes they will work with windows.

Another reason Apple is superior to pc is the operating system. Windows utilizes a registry, which is easily corrupted, while Apple’s operating system is Unix – based…a MUCH BETTER operating system that is faster and cleaner.

So if you’re in the market for a mac, I can assure you that you will enjoy it, having much less headaches than you would with a pc. I’m not an apple fan boy by any means; I simply love their products and THEY JUST WORK!

You’ll always find the highest price at the Apple store or best buy, with some exceptions online at the Apple store. Apple products maintain their value from release date to the day discontinued, unlike a pc or used car.

where to find deals on apple computers

HOW TO GET AN APPLE COMPUTER CHEAP:

Apple on Amazon

Amazon has deals at times on Apple products so make sure to check them out. They sell anything Apple including macbooks, iPads, iMacs and Apple accessories for iphones, Apple watches and anything Apple.

Apple Education Store

Students, teachers, and education staff can save up to $200 on Macs by purchasing through the Apple Education Store. With these price reductions, buying through Apple can be a good deal, even though you will pay sales tax. Ground shipping is always free with a Mac purchase (from any of the Apple Stores). The best time for a student to purchase is in the summer months, when Apple usually runs a back-to-school promotion. For a few years now, Apple’s been offering students a $100 Apple Store Gift Card with the purchase of a Mac, and a $50 Apple Store Gift Card with the purchase of a qualifying iPad or iPhone.

Apple Refurbs

The Apple-Certified Refurbished Mac Department is the other big way to buy from Apple and save. Getting a great deal on a refurb can have a lot to do with timing. Apple refurbs are current or previous generation models that have been tested, refurbished, and re-certified but most of these apple computers and devices are brand new, never used. Anything from ipads to iphones, imac computers and macbooks are available on the refurbished section of the Apple store. They carry the same one-year, extendable warranty as regular Macs. These purchases also often qualify for printer rebates, and students can purchase refurbs through the education store to get the gift card. Don’t let the word REFURBISHED scare you. All products are sealed and new, with the buyer unable to tell if they’re off the shelf in the store or not. I purchased my imac, ipad and even an iphone this way, saving roughly 30% on each! Inventory changes almost daily with so many people purchasing from this section of Apple.

Apple’s Black Friday

This is the exception to the rule. The one time of year you can find variations in pricing at the Apple Store is on Black Friday. Sadly, these sales usually consist of the same 5 percent off deals year after year, so if you’re looking to score a good deal on a Mac on Black Friday, we recommend shopping anywhere but the Apple Store. Resist the siren’s call of the Apple Store’s shining halls and come to us for the best online deals.

I hope this helps you in making a purchase and where to get said purchase. If you have any questions, let me know! Thanks for reading!

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How to Measure Salinity in a Saltwater Aquarium using a refractometer.

How to Measure Salinity in a Saltwater Aquarium using a refractometer.

Measure Salinity in a Saltwater Aquarium using a refractometer.

I have a YouTube channel on saltwater aquarium care called Rotter Tube Reef, which at the time of this writing has over 11,000 YouTube subscribers.

Salinity (salt) is the most fundamental parameter in a saltwater aquarium. Without salinity, it isn’t saltwater. Because salinity is such an important parameter, it is often overlooked.

Salinity is the measure of dissolved salt content in water. Salinity is typically measured in parts per thousand (ppt) or specific gravity (sg). The more salt in your water, the higher your readings will be. Saltwater aquarium salinity is usually kept between 1.020-1.028sg. Some saltwater aquarium keepers like to keep fish only aquariums at lower levels (1.017+) to keep salt costs low.

As a side note, it has been said by some that lower salt levels will kill parasites in your saltwater tank. THIS IS COMPLETELY FALSE. Only FRESH water will kill saltwater parasites such as ich and marine velvet. Saltwater fish cannot be kept in fresh water for long, but a minute or two is ok.

The lower the salt level in your saltwater tank means there are higher levels of oxygen in your water. The higher the salt level in your saltwater tank means there are lower levels of oxygen in your water.

how to measure salt in saltwater tank with refractometerIf you have a fish only saltwater tank, it is best to keep salinity levels lower, such as at 1.017 or 1.018. You can measure salt levels in your salt water tank using a refractometer.

Many reef aquarium keepers like to maintain salinity at higher levels, sometimes as high as 1.031 because salinity tends to be higher around a reef. A reef has coral and coral thrive with higher salt levels at least 1.028. Choose what is right for your aquarium and make sure it stays stable.

A good refractometer is a precision instrument for measuring salinity. Without getting technical, a refractometer works by measuring how much light “bends” as it passes through the water. As the salinity in the water changes, so does the angle of the refraction, or “bend.” Be sure you are buying a refractometer made for measuring salinity in a saltwater aquarium. Refractometers can be used to measure any number of things, and are calibrated depending on what they were manufactured for.

When you buy a refractometer, and periodically afterwards, you should check the calibration of your instrument. You can use salinity calibration fluid,  or you can use distilled or RO/DI water, which should measure 1.000sg.

how to measure salt in saltwater tank with a refractometer
Salinity measuring just under 1.020

To use a refractometer, place a few drops on the glass plane and then place the clear cover over the sample. Point the refractometer at a bright light source, like your tank. Look through the eyepiece in the back to get the measurement. Your salinity is wherever the colored half of the viewfinder stops.

Salinity is a key parameter to measure for in a saltwater aquarium. Salinity should be one of the first and most frequent tests you do on your saltwater tanks.

Just as water evaporates from the sidewalk after the rain stops, the same goes for your aquarium. Water will evaporate and must be replaced. REPLACE EVAPORATING WATER WITH WATER ONLY! NEVER REPLACE EVAPORATING WATER WITH SALTWATER!

THE ONLY TIME YOU ADD SALT TO YOUR SALTWATER TANK IS WHEN YOU DO A WATER CHANGE AND ARE REMOVING SALTWATER FROM YOUR TANK. If you remove 10 gallons of saltwater, you replace 10 gallons of saltwater.

Water evaporation is only water loss, leaving the salt (a solid) in the tank.

Water evaporation in your saltwater tank results in the salinity level being higher. This makes sense because with less water, there is a higher salt level.

With more fresh water, the salt level is lower, since the salt level is “watered down.”

I replace a gallon of fresh water daily in my 125 gallon saltwater tank due to water evaporation. Some people have purchased auto top off units but I prefer to manually add water daily. It’s no big deal. I add water when I feed the fish each night.

You can purchase this Refractometer and read the Amazon reviews HERE

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Call of Duty black ops 4 review

Call of Duty black ops 4 review

Call of duty black ops 4 review. Call of duty black ops 4 is a battle royale game for PS4, Xbox and Pc with a 100 players to play against on those platforms. My favorite place to go in call of duty black ops 4 is nuke town is because of the zombies. I like the zombies because they look cool, better than previous call of duty black ops versions. The graphics and sounds of gameplay are great.

My favorite vehicle to use is the truck because you can carry tons of people in it. What I like about call of duty black ops 4 is the realistic graphics. Fortnite battle royale looks great, but has more of a cartoony look, which is cool. Fortnite does not have trucks in the game to carry your squad, unlike call of duty black ops 4.

Apex is the new battle royale game like Fortnite, and call of duty black ops 4. I think Apex copied call of duty black ops 4 because the weapons look futuristic just like the weapons in Apex. I bought call of duty black ops 4 with a PS4 card via Sony’s playstation store. Here is where you can get Playstation cards.

If you would like to get call of duty ops 4 here is where you can get it.

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Niccolo Paganini facts and caprice no. 5 and no. 24

Niccolo Paganini facts and caprice no. 5 and no. 24

Niccolo Paganini was a renowned Italian composer and violinist of the 19th century. A genius, non-conformist, eccentric, unruly vagabond, he left an irrefutable mark on the history of instrumental music. One cannot go through the history of virtuoso performers without reading about Niccolo Paganini. He was one of the greats and one of my favorite composers! A violinist, guitarist and composer.

Niccolo Paganini was one of the most celebrated and distinguished virtuosos of his time.

Niccolò Paganini; 27 October 1782 – 27 May 1840) was an Italian violinist, violist, guitarist, and composer.Niccolò Paganini (October 27, 1782 – May 27, 1840) left his mark as one of the pillars of modern violin technique. His 24 Caprices for Solo Violin Op. 1 are among the best known of his compositions and have served as an inspiration for many prominent composers.

Plagued throughout life by illnesses, partly from birth and partly due to his extravagant lifestyle, he still became an inspiration and motivation for many composers and musicians, including Johannes Brahms, Frédéric Chopin, Franz Liszt, and Robert Schumann.

The capability to transform his minuses into positives is exemplified in his three-octave finger stretch he played across all four strings on violin. This contributed in giving him a permanent place in the history of 19th century music.

 

 

EARLY YEARS

  • Niccolò Paganini was born on 27 October 1782 in Genoa, at that time the capital of the Republic of Genoa. His father, Antonio Paganini, was an unsuccessful commercial broker involved in the shipping business. His mother’s name was Teresa (née Bocciardo) Paganini. Both parents were amateur musicians.

  • Niccolò, born third of his parents’ six children, was baptized on October 28th in Chiesa di San Salvatore in Piazza Sarzano. Among his surviving siblings were Biagio Paganini, Carlo Paganini and Teresa Bonati. Nothing is known about the other two.

  • A musician at the local orchestra quickly recognized Niccolò’s potential and started teaching him mandolin as soon as he was five and half years old. Niccolo’s mother, nurtured her son’s talent as best she could.

  • When Niccolò turned seven, his father started teaching him violin. Since Niccolo’s father was a mandolin player, he did not have much to offer to a genius like Niccolò. He took him to Giovanni Servetto, a violinist at the local orchestra, for further lessons. Very soon, Servetto realized his knowledge of music was not adequate for guiding such an extraordinary boy. He sent Niccolo to Francesco Gnecco, who in turn sent him to his own teacher, Giacomo Costa.

  • In 1793, within a period of six months, Niccolò received thirty lessons from Costa. Pleased with his progress, Costa invited him to play in several churches in Genoa. Niccolo Paganini’s first documented public appearance was at the Church of San Filippo Neri on May 26, 1794.

  • His second public performance was at the collegiate Church of Nostra Signora delleVigne on December 1, 1794 on the occasion of Saint Eligius’s Day. He received his first mention at Avviso, a hand-written journal of the day. He once again appeared at Church of San Filippo Neri in May 1795, receiving special mention in the May 30, 1795 issue of Avviso. It said that “a harmonious concert performed by a pleasant 12-year-old boy, Mr Niccolo Paganini, pupil of Mr. Giacomo Costa, Professor of Violin, concluded with universal admiration and approval”.

  • As his fame began to spread, his father became more and more strict, making him practice up to fifteen hours a day. If Anthony thought he had not practiced hard enough, he would make him practice more, withholding food. Niccolo withstood great physical and mental abuse from his father.

  • By early 1795, Niccolò Paganini had established himself as a renowned musician in his native city, generally playing his own compositions at the concerts. The musicians there had nothing else to teach him. Realizing this, his father decided to take him to Parma to study with Allessandro Rolla.

  • To go and stay at Parma, one needed money and the family had none. So Anthony had him practice more so that he could raise enough money at the benefit concert to be held at Teatro di Sant ‘Agostino on July 1795. The concert was a success, enabling father and son to leave for Parma in 1796.

  • On reaching Rolla’s home in Parma, they found the master sick in bed. Niccolò Paganini noticed Rolla’s violin and a composition lying nearby. Taking up the violin he began to play it. Rolla was overwhelmed by his performance and told the teenager he had nothing to offer. He suggested Paganini study composition with Ferdinando Paer and counterpoint with Gasparo Ghiretti.
  • For around six months, Paganini studied with Paer and Ghiretti. While he composed twenty-four figures for four hands, he composed a huge quantity of instrumental music. He gave a number of concerts, both at Parma and Colorno, earning fame and money.

    niccolo paganini violin virtuoso and guitar virtuoso caprice no. 24 and no. 5

EARLY CAREER

  • The Paganini family returned to Genoa in late 1796. The city was under French control so his family moved to Romairone. Paganini was forced to spend quiet time, composing music and performing at local churches. Niccolo Paganini’s musical pieces were so difficult that only he could play them.

  • In 1796, Niccolo Paganini started spending more time with guitar; preferring to play the instrument in close quarters rather than in public concerts. In 1797, Paganini went on his first tour, giving around a dozen concerts at Milan, Bogona, Florence, Pisa and Leghorn.

  • In spite of his success, his father continued to control his life with an iron hand, making him practice his own compositions, often ten hours a day. Breaking free from his father, 1801, Niccolo visited Lucca, with his elder brother Carlo

  • In Lucca, he played at the Festival of Santa Croce, on September 14, 1801. He now settled down in Lucca, being appointed first violin of the Republic of Lucca in the following year.

  • Niccolo Paganini continued to compose; starting his work on ‘24 Caprices for Solo Violin’ sometime in 1802. Being away from parental scrutiny, he developed many vices such as gambling, drinking and womanizing.

  • In 1805, Napoleon’s sister, Maria Anna Elisa Bonaparte Baciocchi Levoy, became the Princess of Lucca. In the same year, she appointed Paganini as the Second Court violinist and also the violin tutor to her husband Felice Pasquale Baciocchi Levoy.

  • While under the employment of the Princess of Lucca, he composed a significant amount of chamber music. Most notable among them were his sonatas, especially the Napoleon Sonata. Apart from that, he composed quarters for strings and guitars. ‘Duetto Amoroso’ was another important work of this period.

 

 

 

INTERNATIONAL FAME

  • Towards the end of 1809, after a tiff with the Grand Duchess, Niccolo Paganini left Florence to embark on a freelance career. He traveled around Genoa and Parma, recognized as a virtuoso by the local audience. He remained unknown elsewhere.

  • His first big break came on October 29, 1813. He gave his first recital at Teatro alla Scala in Milan. It was huge success, attracting the attention of prominent musicians in Europe. Within a period of ten weeks, he gave six more concerts at the same auditorium.

  • Niccolo Paganini was soon considered the foremost violinist in Europe, giving more than a hundred concerts in different Italian cities like Genoa, Parma, Florence, Turin, Naples, Bologna, Venice and Rome. This was also the period he incurred different diseases due to his undisciplined life. He was very ill.

  • In 1828, Paganini first went on an all-Europe tour. Starting with 14 concerts in Vienna, he stopped at every important city in Germany, Poland and Bohemia, finally settling down in Strasbourg, where he remained until 1831. His success led to a formation of a cult, where everything was ‘a la Paganini’.

  • In 1832, he visited Great Britain, touring England and Scotland, earning huge amounts of money. In 1833, he settled in Paris, remaining there until September 1834. During this period he started suffering from different ailments, leading to frequent cancellation of concerts, hurting his career.

  • In September 1834, he returned to Genoa, where he started work on publishing his compositions. He also appeared in a number of concerts, playing for the first time at Teatro Carlo Felice on November 30, 1834. It was a tremendous.

    Paganini remained in Genoa until 1836, thereafter moving to Paris to set up a casino. It was an immediate failure, forcing him to auction even his musical instruments. In December 1838, he left Paris to spend his last years in Nice.

niccolo paganini violin virtuoso caprice no. 24 and no. 5

PERSONAL LIFE

  • It is believed that Niccolo Paganini suffered from genetic disorders like Marfan or Ehlers–Danlos syndrome. His appearance, along with expertise in music, gave rise to the rumor he was associated with the devil and could play so well only because he had a pact with him.

  • Although Niccolo Paganini never married, he had number of love affairs. Among them, his affair with Angiolina Cavanna, produced a stillborn daughter.

  • Paganini also had a long lasting live-in relationship with dancer Antonia Bianchi. The two met in Milan in 1813, living together until he went on his European tour in 1828.

  • Paganini and Bianchi’s only child, a son named Achilles Cyrus Alexander, was born out of wedlock on July 23, 1825 in Palermo. Paganini had a close relationship with his son, taking him on his European tours and leaving him as his main heir.

  • From childhood, Paganini suffered from chronic illness, which was aggravated by his early practice schedule, frequent concerts and undisciplined lifestyle. As early as 1822, he was inflicted with syphilis. In 1834, he was afflicted with tuberculosis, losing his voice in 1838.

  • In 1838, Paganini moved to Nice, where his condition further deteriorated. On May 20, 1840, the Bishop of Nice sent the local parish priest to perform the sacrament. Believing he would live, Paganini refused it. But he died suddenly from internal hemorrhaging on 27 May 1840 without receiving the last rites.

  • After his death, the Church denied his body a Catholic burial in Genoa because of his refusal to accept the sacrament and his alleged association with devil. After repeated requests by his son, Niccolo Paganini’s remains were transported to Genoa four years later, without burial.

  • In 1876, his body was finally laid to rest in Parma. A monument was later built for him there.
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MAJOR ACHIEVEMENTS

Niccolo Paganini is best remembered for his ‘24 Caprices for Solo Violin Op 1’, which he wrote in three groups, between 1802 and 1817. They are in the form of études, with each number exploring a single facet of technique. Commissioned by the City of Genoa, the work was first published in 1982 on the occasion of his bicentenary.

1. In the Footsteps of his Father

While Niccolò Paganini’s father – Antonio Paganini – was not successful as a merchant, he was quite the mandolin player. In fact, he managed to supplement his household income by playing the instrument at local salons. That’s how Niccolò picked up the trade, starting off with mandolin and quickly switching to his favorite, the violin by age 7. Niccolò’s prowess as a budding violinist was so alluring that he garnered several different scholarships for violin lessons.

2. Debut at a Tender Age of 9

At the age of 9, Niccolò Paganini made his debut in the world of violin. The genius wowed an enthusiastic audience with his own version of La Carmagnole. The composer de-shackled himself from his strict father at the age of 14!

3. Guitar: His “Constant Companion”

After the French attacked his town Genoa, the Paganini family fled to Romairone where Niccolò became fond of the guitar. While he later described it as his go-to “companion” on tour, he preferred to play the guitar in private concerts. It’s no wonder he isn’t known well for being a guitarist.

4. The Dark Side of Niccolò

His reputation as violin virtuoso was rivaled only by his fame as a womanizer and ardent gambler. Apparently, Niccolò gambled so much that it wiped almost all his fortune. His gambling habits ruined him financially and was too broke to buy a violin!

5. Son of the Devil?

Niccolò Paganini, now thought by most people to be the greatest violin prodigy ever to live, was so remarkably good that many thought he’d traded his soul for the talent. RIDICULOUS! In fact, some people went ahead to christen him “the Son of the Devil!” But that wasn’t all. At one time, Niccolò was forced to publish his mother’s letters to prove that he was indeed human. It couldn’t possibly be that he had natural talent, given by God, which he practiced 15 hours a day! See how people are?!

6. Paganini’s Caprice. 24: Not for Everyone

Widely considered one of the most popular pieces of violin compositions, Caprice No. 24 is Paganini’s final caprice of his 24 Caprices. It comprises a fantastic theme, often played in A minor, and comes with eleven variations as well as a finale. It’s not surprising that the solo violin work is considered one of the most difficult in history. Unless you’ve mastered high-level violin techniques like rapid shifting, parallel octaves, arpeggios, and incredibly fast scales, Caprice No. 24 is not for you.

7. Marfan Syndrome: A Big Plus?

It was thought that the devil’s violinist, Paganini, suffered from a strange disorder, the Marfan Syndrome. True or not, Paganini had incredibly strong and long fingers that explained why he was extraordinarily agile and good at playing the violin. Rumor has it the musician could bend his finger at 90 degrees to the rest of his hand. Apparently, he snapped a saucer in half once using only his forefinger and thumb.

8. Paganini’s Character: A Darling of the Film Industry

The tumultuous lifestyle, prowess as a violin virtuoso, and mystery surrounding his life have made Paganini a film producer’s favorite. He has been portrayed by a slew of top-notch actors in the movie and TV productions. The most prominent ones include Roxy Roth in A Song to Remember; Stewart Granger in The Magic Bow – a 1946 biographical documentary about Paganini; David Garrett in The Devil’s Violinist, a 2013 biography; and, Klaus Kinski in Kinski Paganini, a 1989 film. Then of course there is the popular film, Crossroads, starring Steve Vai and Ralph Macchio. The end of the film features a guitar duel where Ralph Macchio performs Niccolo Paganini’s caprice no. 5.

VIDEO OF ME PERFORMING PART OF NICCOLO PAGANINI’S CAPRICE NO. 5

 

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Shure mv88 microphone review. Iphone microphone for YouTube vlogging

Shure mv88 microphone review. Iphone microphone for YouTube vlogging

A great microphone for YouTube videos or vlogging videos. I highly recommend the Shure mv88 microphone. More YouTubers and vloggers are turning to their iPhones and iPads for filming YouTube videos. This is the microphone you need for pro audio.

Sound quality will make or break your videos.

I purchased a Shure mv88 microphone to review awhile ago. This iPhone microphone worked really well for filming via my iPhone for YouTube vlogs, musicians, meetings or interviews on my YouTube channels. Using the built-in iPhone microphone is ok for basic videos but for YouTube vlogs or pro videos, you want the best sound you can get.

The Shure MV88 microphone is a great tool for your iPhone whether you are recording a musician, yourself vlogging, a small conference, or anything similar and it’s small enough to carry with you easily.

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The Shure mv88 microphone can rotate, allowing you to capture sound from any angle.

The Shure MV88 is a small, stereo, condenser microphone that attaches to iOS devices, including iPads, via a lightning connector that is designed for portable recording. The Shure MV88 records interviews, podcasts and music no problem.

It requires the free Shure MOTIV iOS app, downloadable from the app store, which allows control of gain, EQ, and stereo width, along with 5 DPS presets to configure the mic for various recording sessions. Lots of cool options for any audio recording session.

Shure was founded in 1925 as a radio parts wholesaler and has become a global leader in audio electronics; especially in designing mics for music.

shure mv88 iphone microphone review with motiv appThe MOTIV application allows you to configure the microphone, starting with setting the Gain (recording level) of the mic. Setting the Stereo width allows you to “focus” the mic into a specific area.

For example, narrowing the focus allows you to minimize echoes, while expanding the width improves the pickup of room reverberation (think trumpets in a cathedral).

The five icons near the top are the five DSP presets, allowing you to configure the mic for speech, singing, flat (meaning all EQ, limiter and compressor settings are turned off), acoustic music or loud music.

The MV88 software includes a built-in limiter and compressor, along with wind reduction (a low-cut filter) and the ability to swap the left and right channels to match what’s happening on-screen.

The Shure mv88 is small enough where you can carry it easily without burden. The sound from this Shure microphone is very pronounced, full and crisp, as with all microphones by Shure.

I use Shure microphones for the most part, in my recording studio.

I love this iPhone microphone by Shure. It’s another home run in microphone quality, providing rich, powerful, crisp audio. I highly recommend it.

Specs for us tech dorks:

  • Provides superior audio quality and clarity
  • Apple MFi certified compatible with all iOS devices equipped with a Lightning , Made for iPhone 5 and later, iPad Pro, iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3, iPad Air, iPad mini 2, iPad (4th generation), iPad mini, iPod touch (5th generation).
  • Matched cardioid and bi-directional 1 cm cartridges for best-in-class audio. Item dimensions is 2.64 high × 0.98 wide × 1.38 deep in inches
  • Mid-side architecture for a phase-perfect, clear stereo image,Frequency Response: 20 Hz to 20,000 Hz
  • 5 DSP preset modes (Speech, Singing, Flat, Acoustic Instrument, Loud). Automatically adjusts EQ, compression and limiting for optimal results.
  • The Windscreen is an included accessory that comes on the microphone.

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How to write a book and publish to Amazon

How to write a book and publish to Amazon

Ever since I was a kid I wanted to write a book. Back then it was a complex process of finding a publisher to believe in your work enough to take you under their wing for a book deal.

A book deal, similar to a record deal, is when they believe in your work enough that they front the money for publishing, duplication, marketing and shipping to stores. Wait, who am I kidding. They see dollar signs. If they believe your book or music will make them money, they will take you under their wing, until you don’t make money for them any longer.

All that has changed with the digital age. Again, writers and musicians are now self-publishing out of their homes. You no longer need to seek out a publishing company or record label.

You may be thinking how you can write a book when there are so many great authors out there? I’m here to tell you I’ve read lots of books and many are not worth the paper they are printed on, or, the $1.99 I spent on Amazon. Many “writers” just write and publish to Amazon without editing or having someone polish their work.

Don’t think you have to be an expert in your field either. You don’t need to be some college professor with degrees on your wall. All you need is real world experience in an area where people are needing assistance.

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Maybe you’re really good at gardening and you enjoy it. Maybe you’re great at home repair. You could write each chapter for a part of the house such as lawn care, furnace maintenance, etc. Maybe it’s a quick home repair guide. A lot of people would enjoy having that around I’m sure.

If you have a talent or passion for something, don’t sell yourself short. There are many people in the world who may want to know what you know. Just write.

Here’s a great starting point for those of you new to writing and are looking for tips.

Two of the biggest tips I can give you would be to write as if you’re talking to a friend. Don’t worry about using fancy words. Just write like you’re talking to a friend.

It’s a good idea to keep a thesaurus handy (online) if you want to spice it up a bit.

The 2nd tip is JUST WRITE! Don’t think about it. Just write and don’t stop writing. I had a great writing teacher in college. Every day she would force us to write for 5 minutes without stopping. NEVER STOP. If you didn’t have anything to write, she asked that you would write whatever came into your mind, and this would include, “I have no idea what to write but she is forcing us to write whatever comes into mind and right now there is nothing.” The objective was to never stop writing. This forced your mind to work and was a great exercise.

Your book will go through many phases during the writing process. Once you have an outline of what you’ll say, put it to paper. Just write. Don’t worry if it doesn’t make sense or if it’s too wordy. You will cut parts out, edit, polish and tailor to your needs. This editing phase of writing is my favorite part. It’s where you can get the words just right to fit what you are trying to express. I have gone through 4 revisions of my current book and have more to do before I’m happy with it.

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Once you are done with the writing, find an editor to proofread and edit your final work. The next step is to have a cover designed by a graphics artist. You can find many of these people on the website, FIVERR. For around $30 you can have a professional book cover done.

Once all this is complete, it’s time to upload to Amazon so people can find it and purchase. That’s really all there is to it. Here is the link to Amazon’s KDP site where you can read more on their services and sign up. It’s all free and you can set your price as well.

Don’t be lazy. There are people out there looking for the knowledge you have. If you sell enough books you can even make some side money. Some self-published authors make good money doing what they love. This, as with anything, will take time. You can’t expect to write one book and have it take off, although this has happened.

So good luck, get writing and enjoy yourself. go write the next great novel, a self-help book or a book of poems. The sky is the limit. It will be rewarding and enjoyable.

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How to lose weight fast with no exercise. How to lose 15 pounds in 2 weeks.

How to lose weight fast with no exercise. How to lose 15 pounds in 2 weeks.

How to lose weight fast with no exercise. How to lose 15 pounds in 2 weeks.

I lost 15 pounds in 2 weeks easily. Following are things I have done that are quick, effective and work with very little effort to lose weight fast.

Yes, you should workout and yes you should watch what you eat, but what I want to talk about today will get you to lose the weight fast, with little effort, if you follow what I did.

These weight loss steps will help you look better, feel better, and even hopefully start you to slowly get on track to losing more weight….and there is no working out required…but that helps.

It’s hard to find time to workout and stay with it. It is really discouraging and difficult to change behavior. We all know this.

When you lose weight, you will notice it in your face first and then your stomach and frame. It’s nice to see my bone structure again and have people notice. This morning a coworker said it looks like I lost weight. I didn’t tell anyone I was trying, so that compliment was great!

HERE’S WHAT I DID TO LOSE 15 POUNDS IN 2 WEEKS:

  1. I drank this protein drink that tastes like chocolate milk. I LOVE IT. It’s 40 grams protein and has no sugar but is sweet! I have one or sometimes 2 a day.
  2. DO NOT DRINK ANY POP / SODA! You will see 5 lbs. weight loss after one week.
  3. I didn’t eat carbs such as bread or rice. If I did, I took really small servings.
  4. Nothing with sugar such as donuts or cake or coffee cake (yeah I know.)
  5. No candy…again, NO SUGAR! One piece here and there is ok but that’s it.
  6. Cereal for dinner a couple times a week, by quaker oats. Tastes great.
  7. I still drank coffee with milk ( no cream: too much fat) and little sugar.
  8. Make sure you DON’T have more than 60 grams of fat a day!
  9. If you get hungry, have an apple or banana or oatmeal or fruit.
  10. If I made a burger at home, there was no bun, no bread.
  11. LIMIT YOUR PORTIONS. DON’T EAT UNTIL FULL! You get used to it fast.
  12. Drink a glass of water before eating…it will fill you up so you eat less.
  13. Go for a daily walk and get moving….just walk a mile or two a day.
  14. Grilled chicken breast or two is very low in fat and great for you! No bread with it, no bun, no sauce toppings…Try tomato or other vegetables with it for flavor. Get creative. Add olive oil or garlic to it.
  15. Healthy Choice tv dinners taste great. These are my dinner 3-4 times a week. The portions are a little small but you get used to it.
  16. Make a smoothie. Here’s the Nutribullet blender I bought to make perfect smoothies. I use 1 banana, frozen strawberries, 1 cup milk, splash of honey, this chocolate protein powder (no sugar but it’s sweet) and quaker oats in a blender and blend! I have 2 large cups sometimes for dinner. Very healthy and cheap to make and it fills you up!

how to lose weight fast without working outThe 2 biggest factors to losing weight are the protein drink and eating less. Don’t eat much bread or rice (carbs.)

I had pasta at times, which I LOVE, but limited my portions from a large bowl to small bowl. I cut my portions in half. If I was hungry after that, I’d have coffee or water or the protein drink. You get used to eating smaller portions, trust me.

 I HIGHLY SUGGEST THIS PROTEIN DRINK. It was key to me losing the weight. I love this chocolate drink; they have other flavors as well. The banana is really great too. I’m addicted to it. No sugar at all but it’s sweet. I have it on monthly auto order from Amazon.

LABRADA – Lean Body Ready To Drink Protein Shake, Convenient On-The-Go Meal Replacement Shake for Men & Women, 40 grams of Protein – Zero Sugar & Gluten Free, Chocolate (Pack of 12)

how to lose weight with labrada powder proteinYou can also get the LABRADA in powder only and easily mix yourself or add in a smoothie…I use this as well in my smoothies. It’s cheaper when you use the powder only.

Drinking water will help you further in losing weight. Here are the benefits of drinking water. To be honest, I need to spend more time with the water drinking, as I have not been drinking that much of it. Your body needs water, at least 50% of your body weight in ounces a day. If you weight 200 lbs you need at least 100 ounces of water a day.

I would suggest, as you feel up to it, to do sit ups, enhancing the weight loss in your stomach. Put your toes under the couch to anchor you and start with one or two a day if you have to. Work up slowly.

As you get more advanced, take longer walks, then walk faster, working up to a minor jog for half a block or so. You don’t need to get crazy with working out! Start at a slow pace so it’s comfortable and fun for you. The key is to get moving to burn that fat away while doing what I talked about above.

DON’T LOAD YOUR BODY WITH SUGAR! SUGAR IS TOXIC. IT CREATES WEIGHT!

HEALTHY EASY SNACKS:

IF YOU GET HUNGRY and need to snack, I suggest nuts such as peanuts or cashews or whatever you like. Pretzels are also great. I read somewhere you should “eat like a caveman.” This would be nuts, fruits, vegetables.

Another thing I did was throw a couple frozen bananas, half cup of milk and a handful of strawberries in a blender with a squeeze of honey. INSTANT AWESOME SHAKE! Honey is good for you and it’s nature’s antibiotic.

Make a few hard boiled eggs the night before work and take to work as a snack. Good for you and 8 grams protein each.

A heaping tablespoon of peanut butter drizzled with honey is really good for you and tastes great if you need something sweet.

GOOD LUCK! Any questions let me know! YOU CAN DO IT!

Steve

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35 Strange but brilliant products people are buying on Amazon

35 Strange but brilliant products people are buying on Amazon

Following are 35 brilliant products from Amazon that you may not know existed. They are great for stocking stuffers, birthday gifts, or for yourself.

There’s a very fine line between bizarre and brilliant. Just look at people like Einstein and Freud — odd beyond belief, yet astonishingly innovative, and the huge selection of bizarre but brilliant products on Amazon seem to fit into a similar category. People can’t get enough of these weird items that are actually pretty genius, and I understand — because I’m one of them.

My bathroom is filled with oil-based soaps, mineral salt deodorants, and activated charcoal teeth whiteners from Amazon.

In this article, you’ll see 35 products that induce the following reaction: 1. Tilt head and squint eyes. 2. Ask yourself the question, “That exists?” And 3. Decide that you absolutely need it, and your life will be forever incomplete without it. Don’t worry — countless Amazon buyers have gone through the exact same cycle, and according to their glowing reviews, their lives are better for it.

1 This Formula That Gets Rid Of Ingrown Hairs And Razor Burn For Smooth, Healthy Skin

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Kerah Lane Post-Shave Formula, $18, Amazon

Because it’s made with healing astringent ingredients like aloe vera, witch hazel, and lavender, Kerah Lane post-shave formula helps get rid of ingrown hairs, razor burn, and even acne. It fights bacteria as well as calms irritated skin, and since it works anywhere on the body, reviewers are pretty thrilled: “All of these areas are now baby smooth, and I can seriously shave every other day now because I’m not irritated.”

2 Stop Ingrown Hairs And Bumps With This Bikini Shave Set

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Bikini Soft Shave Set, $20, Amazon

Made with great natural ingredients, the Bikini Soft shave set is a two-part system that helps you get smooth, moisturized, bump-free skin every time you shave down there. It comes with a coconut oil and sugar scrub to prevent ingrown hairs and exfoliate old skin, and a super smooth shave oil that prevents cuts, dryness, and irritated skin.

3 Like Having Your Own Personal Masseuse With Magic Fingers

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Shiatsu Neck & Back Massager, $50, Amazon

With eight kneading rollers, soothing heat, and two massage directions, the Shiatsu neck and back massager has reviewers saying things like, “This thing is like going in and getting a massage from someone who has magic fingers.” It has a genius design with arm holes so you can effortlessly keep it on your back, and it has a car adapter and wall adapter for use at home, during your commute, or in the office.

4 This Elegant Diffuser That Clips Right Onto Your Vent

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APALUS Car Fragrance Diffuser Vent Clip, $17, Amazon

Take fresh scents on the go with the APALUS car diffuser. It comes with five oceanic pads and clips right onto your vent, so when the air blows, your car fills up with a wonderful smell that reviewers call “refreshing and subtle.” When the pads run out, you can reuse them by adding a few drops of your favorite essential oils.

5 This Super Effective Air Freshener Made From Essential Oils

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Ona Gel Pro, $18, Amazon

Made from a water-based gel coated in essential oils, Ona Gel Pro is an effective air freshener that reviewers say is “amazing.” Once opened, it begins to evaporate into the air, latching onto and destroying unwanted and stubborn smells instead of just covering them up.

6 This Salt Lamp That Doubles As An Essential Oil Diffuser

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Natural Himalayan Salt Lamp Diffuser, $28, Amazon

This salt lamp diffuser releases negative ions into the air as it heats up, purifying the air in your space. However, it also has a spot for your favorite essential oils, gently diffusing them whenever it’s on, as well as a dimmer switch so you can personalize the brightness of your relaxing orange glow.

7 These Dryer Balls Made From Eco-Friendly Materials

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Organic Eco Wool Dryer Balls (6 Pack), $24, Amazon

Dryer sheets are often filled with chemicals, but these dryer balls are an easy and safe way to soften clothes, reduce wrinkles and static cling, and reduce drying time by up to 40 percent. They are reusable for over 1,000 washes, and they’re made from 100 percent pure New Zealand wool.

8 This Pillow With More Than 12,000 Awesome Reviews

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Coop Home Goods Adjustable Pillow, $60, Amazon

I have this pillow and LOVE IT! More than 12,000 people are obsessing over this Coop Home Goods pillow because of how comfortable and customizable it is. It’s filled with a shredded bamboo memory foam that’s hypoallergenic, resistant to dust mites, and hugs every curve of your head and neck. Best of all, you can take some out or put more in dependant on your thickness preference.

9 Have A Goal You Want To Reach? This Genius Planner Can Help

Ignited Life Planner, $30, Amazon

The Ignited Life Planner is an undated one-year system, and reviewers say it’s a goal-reaching machine. It uses three simple steps to reach any goal having to do with business, school, family, relationships, or health, and it does so by helping you break things down into easily achievable steps. According to one reviewer, it’s “extremely intuitive yet customizable. I love the quotes also. Great planner!”

10 This Rotating Tool That Keeps Your Makeup Super Organized

Rotating Makeup Organizer, $16, Amazon

If your bathroom counter looks like a makeup bomb hit it, there’s this rotating makeup organizer. It’s got multiple dividers and tiers to keep everything from your foundation to your brushes neat, but it only takes up a tiny section of counter space. The shelves are adjustable to accommodate all your cosmetics, and the whole thing is washable.

11 The Tool That Reseals Open Bags Of Food

 

Premium Bag Heat Sealer, $17, Amazon

This premium bag heat sealer allows you to reseal opened bags of chips, food, or even cosmetics with air-tight freshness. It fits in the palm of your hand, charges with a USB, and has a magnet on the back so you can store it right on your refrigerator.

12 Straighten Your Hair With Steam For Faster Results With Less Damage

 

AsaVea Hair Straightening Brush, $39, Amazon

If you want long-lasting frizz-free style without tons of effort or damage, the this hair straightening brush is a great investment. Ceramic iron bristles ensure your hair gets straightened in the gentlest way possible. It heats up within 90 seconds and has six different heat settings to suit your hair type. This reviewer is a convert: “I have never loved my hair because it was always a chore to do anything with it other than the old top knot. Now, I blow dry my hair, run the AsaVea through it and my hair is beautiful for two days. This is a game changer ladies.”

13 These Double-Sided Balls So Your Screens Are Free Of Smudges, Dust, And Fingerprints

 

Touch Screen Cleaner Balls, $10 (Pack of 3), Amazon

These screen-cleaner balls work on phones, laptops, and tablets, come in three sizes to fit each, and even have a rubber gripper that’s comfortable to hold. The terry cloth side removes fingerprints and dust while the microfiber side gets rid of stubborn marks without harsh chemicals. Best of all, they’re small and portable, so you always have them on hand.

14 A Tablet Stand That Let’s You Watch TV Anywhere

 

iProp iPad Bed & Lap Stand, $30, Amazon

The iProp iPad bed and lamp stand lets you binge watch your favorite TV series anywhere without having to strain your neck or arms. The mesh base is filled with micro-beads that easily conform to any flat or irregular surface. A detachable non-slip silicone base holds any tablets thinner than 18 millimeters and can easily be adjusted to prop your tablet in either landscape or portrait mode. One happy reviewer said it was “one of the most useful electronic accessories I have ever bought.”

15 The Toilet Light That Lets You Pee In The Dark

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LumiLux Toilet Light, $16, Amazon

This is pretty cool especially for my younger kids. Quit burning your retinas when you turn on the bathroom light at two AM. The LumiLux toilet light is motion-censored, cycles through 16 bright LED colors, and has a flexible arm that fits any toilet bowl size. It even has a dimmer, so you can pee in the dark in comfort.

16 The Unique Grip For Any Of Your Devices

 

PopSockets Device Holder, $6, Amazon

With a super secure design and tons of different patterns, the PopSockets device holder is an awesome way to get a good grip. It pops out for use as a finger grip or stand, and pops back in (flat against your phone) when not in use. It’s also easy to take off and attach to another device.

17 This Clothes Organizer That Doubles As A Folding Board

 

EZSTAX Clothes Organizer System, $23, Amazon

People swear by this weird but brilliant EZSTAX clothes organizer system, saying things like “best thing I’ve bought.” It’s made from recycled plastic and allows you to fold and store your clothes with minimal effort and in the most space-savvy way possible. Piles of shirts become neatly folded stacks, and it’s great for packing, too.

18 The Phone Charger That Uses Sunlight To Power Up Devices

 

Dizaul Solar Phone Charger, $29, Amazon

Hang the Dizaul solar phone charger on your backpack while hiking or set it out in the sun while you’re camping to keep your devices charged no matter what. It’s made from durable weather-safe material and is an awesome gadget to have in emergencies. It comes with a hook to attach to a backpack, and the USB ports are also protected by rubber, so water won’t get in anywhere.

19 Clean All Your Makeup Off Using Just Water

 

Microfiber Makeup Remover Face Cloths, $12 (Pack of 2), Amazon

These genius makeup remover face cloths use nothing but water to get off the most stubborn makeup — even waterproof. The secret is the soft microfiber material, and it’s a favorite among people with sensitive skin and an aversion to harmful chemicals. It even comes with free hair ties.

20 This Shelf Perfect For Small Bedrooms

 

Urban Shelf, $20, Amazon

Limited space in your bedroom? the Urban Shelf creates a convenient shelf right by your bed when you need it, and folds down when you don’t. It comes in multiple different colors, attaches under your mattress, holds your phone, glasses, and remote, and even has a cord-holder for your chargers.

21 Keep Your Food Moist And Your Microwave Splatter-Free

 

Collapsible Microwave Splatter Lid, $8, Amazon

Whether you hate cleaning off splatters or dislike covering your food in plastic wrap, there’s this collapsible microwave lid. It’s made with BPA-free materials and has lid perforations that allow steam to escape, keeping food moist and fresh-tasting while it heats. Best of all, since it collapses into a disc shape and it’s dishwasher safe, clean-up and storage is a breeze.

22 Watch The Dead Skin On Your Feet Literally Peel Off

 

Baby Foot Peel, $25, Amazon

If your feet are rough and calloused, the Baby Foot peel can help in one of the weirdest, yet most satisfying, ways. Apply the included booties, let your feet soak, and then rinse off the natural extracts. In several days, the skin literally starts to peel off in sheets, exposing soft, healthy skin underneath.

23 This is the Magnetic Car Mount People Are Raving About

 

24 Scosche Magnetic Car Mount, $17, Amazon

Reviewers are loving this Scosche magnetic car mount for the following reasons: It has a cradle-free design, it effortlessly attaches to any phone or device, and it securely adheres to your dashboard for a reliable hold. It comes with a strong magnetic plate that you can slip in between your phone and case, or inside your battery cover, for a sleek look and fumble-free attachment.

25 This Silicone Scrubber That Smells Like Peaches And Never Grows Mold

 

Peachy Clean Antimicrobial Silicone Scrubber, $10, Amazon

Peachy Clean’s silicone scrubber is not only resistant to mold and mildew, but the flexible scrubber’s pores are large enough to tackle debris in tough to reach places without scratching pots or pans, too. Best of all, it arrives with a fresh peachy smell that reviewers called “wonderful.”

26 Get Any Hair — Thick Or Fine — With These Two-Tipped Tweezers

Onyx Professional Double Sided Tweezers, $5, Amazon

In addition to being durable, effective, and high-quality, these Onyx professional double sided tweezers are insanely versatile, too. The Slant tip is great for larger area eyebrow shaping and thick hair removal, while the pointed tip targets small, fine and ingrown hairs that are hard to get to.

27 The Bamboo Blanket That’s Super Soft Against Your Skin

 

GOHD Bamboo Fiber Throw Blanket, $27, Amazon

This is the most comfortable blanket I’ve ever owned. Cuddle into the softest fabric in the world with GOHD’s bamboo fiber throw blanket. Reviewers call it “the perfect blanket” because of how breathable and lightweight the fabric is. It’s also naturally odor and mold resistant so you can wait longer between washes. Use this blanket solo all summer longer to keep the body cool and dry before layering it throughout the winter.

28 This Natural Dry Shampoo That Uses Genius Ingredients

 

Drop Dead Gorgeous Dry Shampoo, $14, Amazon

It’s made without artificial preservatives, parabens, talc, or harmful chemicals, but reviewers say that this Drop Dead Gorgeous dry shampoo works wonders anyway. It absorbs odors, volumizes, and soaks up oil with genius ingredients like charcoal, clay, and essential oils. Best of all, you can get one option for dark hair and another for light hair.

29 Spiky Mat That Stimulates Pressure Points In Your Back And Neck

 

Nayoya Acupressure Mat, $29, Amazon

With thousands of acupressure spikes that stimulate pressure points in your back and neck, this acupressure mat promotes relaxation, eases back pain, improves circulation, and can even help with headaches and sleep issues. One reviewer writes: “I love my Acupressure Mat – it’s very comfortable and really relaxes my back muscles. Quality is top notch as well.”

30 This Clear Spray That Prevents Blisters From Heels

 

PreHeels Clear Blister Prevention Spray, $14, Amazon

You know the shoes — gorgeous and trendy, but two hours in, hurt like nobody’s business. PreHeels blister prevention spray creates a totally clear, breathable, and sweat-resistant layer over your skin, so straps and edges effortlessly glide without irritating your feet. Buyers are saying, “I use it with my loafers that cut up my heels every time. Now I can wear them all day with no blisters or cuts.”

31 Polish Every Inch Of Your Body With This Versatile Cleansing Brush

 

7-in-1 Waterproof Electric Cleansing Brush, $27, Amazon

Pamper your whole body with this 7-in-1 electric cleansing brush. It comes with interchangeable heads including a facial cleansing brush, a silicone brush for sensitive skin, a body brush, an exfoliating foam head, a rolling massager, and a pumice stone. It’s great for softening your feet or deeply cleansing your face, and it runs on batteries, so it’s wireless and waterproof.

32 This Charcoal Toothpaste And Toothbrush Kit That Naturally Whitens Teeth

 

Charcoal Toothpaste And Toothbrush Kit, $13, Amazon

Avoid harsh chemicals with Carbon Noir’s whitening toothpaste and toothbrush kit. The organic activated charcoal removes stains, toxins, and plaque from your teeth by binding with particles and flushing them from your body. The toothpaste is flavored with xylitol, peppermint and tea tree oil that keep your mouth feeling fresh. Pair it with the charcoal toothbrush, which has ultra soft bristles that won’t harm gums and offers additional adsorption.

33 This Brush Cleaner That Lets You Use Multiple Makeup Colors With One Brush

 

Docolor Makeup Brush Cleaning Tool, $8, Amazon

Not everyone has a makeup artist’s collection of brushes, which is why this brush cleaner is essential for most of us. It’ll let you use the same brush for many different things — just swipe it around the container and it’ll lift the color right off, so you can use black eyeshadow, followed by purple shadow, followed by bronze shadow with one brush. It can also be used wet to deep clean your brushes when the time comes.

34 Scrape Off All That Tongue Bacteria With This High-Quality Sweeper

Tongue Sweeper, $18, Amazon

For fresher breath and better dental health, use this Tongue Sweeper cleaner to effectively remove bacteria and build-up from the surface of the tongue. It’s got a comfort handle, an ergonomic shape, and an antimicrobial stainless steel head. It also comes in multiple colors, and on enthusiastic reviewer wrote: “The best tongue scraper I ever bought – I feel really clean after using this product.”

35 The Angry Mom That Cleans Your Microwave

 

Angry Mama Microwave Cleaner, $20, Amazon

Add vinegar and water to this microwave cleaner, and you’ll have a cleaner appliance in seven minutes. It steams away most of the mess in there, and softens all the really hard-to-clean spots to make your microwave sparkling. It’s dishwasher-safe, and you can even add essential oils or lemon to make your microwave smell better, too.

So there you have it. 35 of the most ingenious products you can find on Amazon. There are literally thousands more products that can help in your everyday life, all available at your fingertips. I buy most everything from Amazon.

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PANASONIC LUMIX GX85 Camera: https://amzn.to/2wJHNjK
Panasonic 25mm F1.7 prime lens: https://amzn.to/2wwN5ix
Panasonic GX85 Batteries: https://amzn.to/2Ksac00
GoPro suction cup mount for car: https://amzn.to/2Ajbryb
GoPro gooseneck mount: https://amzn.to/2uUECmg
Canon XA11 Pro Camcorder: https://amzn.to/2rNMUK1
iPad Pro 10.5: https://amzn.to/2O1q5gz
Vanguard Alta Pro 263AB Tripod: https://amzn.to/2IxYQq4
Fovitec Green / Blue backdrop screen: https://amzn.to/2IrDcbK
Fovitec Black/ White backdrop screen: https://amzn.to/2rTu18T
Blue Yeti USB Microphone: https://amzn.to/2JWT2vt
Sennheiser HD 380 PRO Headphones: https://amzn.to/2K3hiLT
Professional Grade Lavalier Lapel Microphone
https://amzn.to/2lZhGNB
Y-Connector Audio Signal Splitter Cable for Lavalier Microphone
https://amzn.to/2J1UwPU
Headphone Jack Adapter Lightning Connector
https://amzn.to/2udGjtM

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What is FORTNITE

What is FORTNITE

Fortnite is an online video game first released in 2017 and developed by Epic Games. It is available as separate software packages having different game modes that otherwise share the same general gameplay and game engine. The game modes include Fortnite: Save the World, a cooperative shootersurvival game for up to four players to fight off zombie-like creatures and defend objects with fortifications they can build, and Fortnite Battle Royale, a free-to-play battle royale game where up to 100 players fight to be the last person standing. Both game modes were released in 2017 as early access titles; Save the World is available only for Windows, macOS, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One, while Battle Royale has been released for those platforms in addition for Nintendo Switch, iOS and Android devices.

what is fortnite

While both games have been successful for Epic Games, Fortnite Battle Royale became a resounding success, drawing in more than 125 million players in less than a year, and earning hundreds of millions of dollars per month, and since has been a cultural phenomenon.

It is a fun game and takes awhile to become good. At the time of this writing, my kids are 6 and 10. I am unable to beat them…I don’t even come close. All players from around the world (100 players average) start out in a plane. You choose where you drop out over the map. Each player starts with no weapons or health or building materials. The object is to drop and find weapons, health packs and building materials as fast as possible. Each player tries to survive, becoming the last one standing. There are building, mountains, homes, rivers, bridges, and all kinds of things in FORTNITE. You chop down trees and destroy home with your pick axe to get materials to rapidly build wall, bridges and roofs for shelter against enemy gunfire.

how to play fortnite

The graphics for fortnite are amazing and cartoon-like. Known players such as NINJA (in his early 20’s) easily average $500,000 a month or more by playing this game on the live streaming site TWITCH.

Fortnite began from an internal game jam at Epic Games following the publishing of Gears of War 3 around 2011. Though it was not initially one of the developed titles during the jam, the concept of merging the construction game genre, representing games like Minecraft and Terraria, and shooter games arose, leading to the foundation of Fortnite.[3][4] Development of Fortnite slowed due to several issues, including switching from the Unreal Engine 3 to Unreal 4, a deeper role-playing game approach to extend the life of the game, and a switch of art style from a dark theme to a more cartoonish style. Further, Epic was looking to get into the games as a service model, and brought in Chinese publisher Tencent to help; Tencent took a large stake in Epic as part of this, leading to the departure of several executives, including Cliff Bleszinski, who had been a key part of Fortnites development. Fortnites approach was changed to be Epic’s testbed for games as a service, and further slowed the development.

Near the same time that Epic released Fortnite into early access, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds had become a worldwide phenomenon, having sold over 5 million copies three months from its March 2017 release, and drawing strong interest in the battle royale genre. Epic recognized that with the Fortnite base game, they could also do a battle royale mode, and rapidly developed their own version atop Fortnite in about two months. By September 2017, Epic was ready to release this as a second mode from “Save the World” in the paid-for earlier access, but then later decided to release it as a free game, Fortnite Battle Royale, supported with microtransactions. This version quickly gained players, with over 10 million players during its first two weeks of release, and leading Epic to create separate teams to continue the Fortnite Battle Royale development apart from the “Save the World” mode, outside of common engine elements and art assets. This allowed Fortnite Battle Royale to expand to other platforms otherwise not supported by the “Save the World” mode, including iOS and Android mobile devices and the Nintendo Switch.

what is fortnite and how to play fortnite

With both modes of Fortnite still considered to be early access, journalists have yet to provide comprehensive reviews of either mode.

The Save the World mode achieved over one million players by August 2017, just prior to the release of Battle Royale.

Fortnite Battle Royale, on the other hand, became a significant financial success for Epic Games, leading them to separate the teams between Save the World and Battle Royale to provide better support for both modes. Within two weeks of release, over 10 million players had played the mode, and by June 2018, just after the Nintendo Switch release, had reached 125 million players. Revenue from Fortnite Battle Royale during the first half of 2018 had been estimated in the hundreds of millions of dollars per month.

Fortnite Battle Royale has also become a cultural online phenomenon, with several celebrities reporting they play the game, and athletes using Fortnite emotes as victory celebrations.[21] A notable streaming event in March 2018, with streamer Ninja playing Fortnite Battle Royale alongside Drake, Travis Scott, Kim DotCom, and Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster, broke viewership records for Twitch to date, and led to Epic arranging a Fortnite Battle Royale pro–am with 50 pairs of streamers and professional players matched with celebrities at the Electronic Entertainment Expo 2018 in June 2018. Epic Games is working to develop organized eSports competitions around Fortnite: Battle Royale, including a Fortnite World Cup tournament in 2019.

There has also been growing concern over Fortnite Battle Royales draw toward young children, emphasized with the release of the mobile client. Parents and teachers had expressed concern that students are being distracted and drawn away from school work due to playing Fortnite. Concerns have also been raised about the impact that playing a game involving repeated gun violence may have on young children.

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Bone broth diet and nutrition

Bone broth diet and nutrition

You may have heard of the bone broth diet made from either beef or chicken bones simmering for hours. The beef broth diet is exactly what it sounds like. You drink beef broth made from boiled beef bones. This liquid diet is high in protein and vitamins, aiding in joint pain, memory, better hair and nails and overall health.

Packed with fat-burning nutrients, skin-tightening collagen components, and gut-healing and anti-inflammatory properties, bone broth is the key to looking and feeling younger.

 

I first heard of this beef broth diet in 2017 as local grocery stores were always sold out of raw bones, which I purchase for my German Shepherd. I made 3 different trips to 3 different butchers at the grocer, to find they had all been sold out.

The butchers said they can’t keep the beef bones in stock. They’re bought up as soon as they arrive in the store. People had discovered the beef bone broth diet and were buying up bones daily. From what I have read, you boil beef bones with raw vegetables on low in a slow cooker for 24 hours and drink the broth left behind.

That’s too much work and expense for most people, including me. I don’t want to be simmering beef broth daily. You can buy cartons of organic beef broth or dehydrated beef broth, where you just add hot water. This is what I am doing now. No time necessary to prep, no cleanup, and easier to have for lunch at work.

One of the girls at work has been drinking beef broth every day for lunch. She doesn’t need to lose weight but I noticed that she has a bit. She said she also feels more alert and generally “with it.”

Being that I love comfort food and soup is one of my favorite all time meals, I placed an order today for the dehydrated, just add hot water beef broth. I am looking forward to receiving the 10 packs of goodness and will be reporting here, updating this blog…SO STAY TUNED!

I found a butcher who carries beef bones and will cut to size. I was very excited but that didn’t last. These health conscious people found this butcher and purchased all bones within a couple of days. UGH!

beef bone diet for protein and healthy weight loss

I have the butcher cut the bones in 4″ long lengths. The bones are frozen for 48 hours before giving them to our GSD (German Shepherd Dog.) This kills any bacteria or anything on the meat or marrow inside the bone. I can’t bring myself to give her just raw warm bone. I can’t trust that.

The bone broth diet is effective in combating inflammation and healing the gut. Because the gut is the root of overall health, following the bone broth diet has helped many people improve the symptoms of diabetes, high blood pressure, skin conditions, mood swings, and more.

 

Check back to this blog for updates. I am of average build but would like to lose 5 pounds at least. I’ll let you know how it goes and how it makes me feel, as I work a lot and get tired out easily.

lono life beef bone broth diet

11/15/2018 UPDATE: I received the bone broth from lono life and love it. I have one a day at work and on the weekends for lunch at home. It tastes really good, as you would expect a delicious broth to taste. Low sodium and great taste, I find it perfect. I do feel satisfied when hungry, after sipping this. If I am hungry I just have an apple or banana to get me passed the few hours until dinner time. Highly recommended. Just add one packet to 8-10 oz. of hot water, stir and you’re set.

 

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I sold my lawn mower and bought a push mower and couldn’t be happier!

I sold my lawn mower and bought a push mower and couldn’t be happier!

If your lawn mower is not starting or is dying out, or you’re tired of lawn mower maintenance and upkeep costs, I have an easy and simple fix. This is something I did in the spring of 2018 and have not had a problem since.

It’s one of the best things I ever did for my lawn!

I had a Toro lawn mower. This Toro mower was 2 years old, did a great job, but it was just too much for my yard. We have a very small yard, like what a townhome would have.

I hated making special trips to the gas station because the gas can was empty.

I did all the common lawn mower maintenance yearly. All gas was emptied end of summer, changed oil in the spring, and replaced the air filter and spark plug yearly. The carburetor was also cleaned almost every other grass cutting.

There were other issues we all face. Not enough gas in the tank. Here we go to the gas station. More time wasted! All these things annoyed me beyond words. The expenses and headache were an extra stress in life, which I don’t need at all.

LAWN MOWER PROBLEMS SOLVED!

I got rid of the Toro lawn mower and bought a push reel mower. These are the old-time motorless lawn mowers you have seen. These reel mowers have come a long way and aren’t just found on farms anymore.

lawn mower not starting is not an issue with reel lawn mowers

I was surprised to find these reel mowers popular, and even saw a neighbor using one, which is what gave me the idea in the first place. I bought the same one as him. There’s a wide selection of simple-to-use push mowers. Here’s the one I bought from Amazon, which has 5 blades.

I’ve also used this push lawn mower on my dad’s large yard, which took no time at all to mow by the way. I spent the same time cutting his grass as he did, with his standard mower.

lawn mower not starting issues are a thing of the past.

THINGS I LOVE ABOUT THE PUSH REEL MOWERS

  1. Very easy to push (My 7-year-old uses it.)
  2. Very quiet. I can cut the grass at 8am without waking anyone.
  3. Never needs sharpening.
  4. Never have to buy gas, air filters or spark plugs.
  5. The reel lawn mower will not stall.
  6. The reel lawn mower will always start.
  7. Not expensive (under $80).
  8. Heavy Duty, yet easy to manage.
  9. Takes less space in the garage…can hang on wall.
  10. No maintenance.
  11. I don’t smell like gas fumes after cutting the lawn.
  12. Cuts through grass like butter, leaving a nice natural cut.
  13. Can adjust grass cut height
  14. Fun and easy to use.

There is something therapeutic about pushing this reel lawn mower. Once I tried it, I knew I would never go back to a standard lawn mower again. I love the soothing metal swishing sound it makes as it cuts easily through the grass. It’s very soothing and theraputic.

Here’s a video of the reel mower I bought.

You can buy a rear catch bag to grab the grass but I did not. I never used a bag for my standard lawn mower either. I prefer to have the grass settle into the lawn for reseeding.

You may find it odd after growing up with a motorized lawn mower, as I have, as we all have. I wanted to try something different, while getting something that just works every time. I’m huge into saving time and money where I can, and this is one of the best things I’ve done for my lawn and sanity.how to fix lawn mower not starting.

I sold my Toro

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Cozmo robot by Anki is a smart AI robot with emotions.

Cozmo robot by Anki is a smart AI robot with emotions.

The Cozmo robot made by Anki is a smart AI robot and has emotions. Cozmo is an excellent teacher and game player complete with emotions for kids ages 5 to adult. Cozmo isn’t another robot toy, as you may know, as he moves, talks, has facial expressions and a lot of constant cute body language that brings him to life.

cozmo by anki is a smart little robot

My kids love technology and robots, so Cozmo seemed to be the perfect addition to our home and I was right. This little droid is worth ever penny to the point where I will be getting one for myself…I’m their dad.

My sons are 6 and 10 and spent more than half the day talking to and playing with Cozmo. Not only does Cozmo have easy to understand games, he teaches via fun.

This little robot just won’t sit there when not in use either. When put in explore mode, or even waiting between games, he has a personality all his own. He will chirp and talk, move around and jostle his little robot body. He will explore and get your attention when he needs something.

the many emotions of cozmo the robot by anki

Cozmo is smart enough to not fall off the end of a table when moving and even makes little R2D2 type sounds when panicked and moving in reverse. He truly has a personality and learns more and more as you interact with him.

The company who made Cozmo, Anzi, has members of Pixar and Dreamworks working on him, which gives you an idea of where his cute personality and traits come from.

My 6 year old will at times just watch tv and let Cozmo roam around on the floor. Other times, he puts the droid into manual mode, allowing the robot to be controlled by your phone or tablet. The robot has a camera so you can see what he sees while being controlled.

Cozmo also has face recognition software. Not only can he recognize you, but will say your name and the correct name of anyone else playing with him.

There are a lot of games packed into the software, with more available all the time, providing hours of enjoyment to your kids, and many adults.

Cozmo comes with 3 light cubes for games and learning, his charging dock station, instructions and usb charging cable. He is controlled by the free software from the app store so you will need a phone or ipad to use him. Cozmo does roam and talk and act on his own but the app is needed to upload games and work with him. He connects to his own Cozmo secured wifi network to your device and will not ever connect out to the internet. Setup is very easy and fun right out of the box.

I highly recommend getting this little Cozmo robot droid. I may even get one for myself, he is so cool. People at work will get a kick out of him. He’s not just a toy, he’s an actual learning little AI machine.

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COZMO ROBOT BY ANKI ON AMAZON

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How to buy a car from a used car salesman

How to buy a car from a used car salesman

Buying a car is something most people dread, especially if it’s from a salesman. The used car salesman stereotype is all too real and something I really can’t stand. I understand car salesman need to sell cars and if they don’t they make no money. This is a lot of pressure on them, especially when they’re all seen as manipulative liars.

In this post I want to share with you some tips on dealing with a used car salesman and my experience last night in attempting to work out a deal with one.

how to buy a car from a used car salesman

Buying a used car is a lengthy — and sometimes intimidating — process. That’s not supposed to scare you, it’s just the reality of the situation. First, you start with figuring out your budget. After that, you need to research the type of car you’d want to drive. Will a truck suit your needs, or do you need more passenger space? How about fuel-efficiency? Is hazardous weather a concern? If so, then you’ll end up needing to consider either 4WD or AWD. Then, you’ll have to research a dealership. Read some reviews, in order to find out which one is a good fit for you.

In the day and age of the internet, it makes it easier than ever to buy anything you want, including cars. Back in the day, before the internet, you had to go to stores and waste time SHOPPING AROUND. I like to shop around online. It’s fun, it’s fast, I can make notes on everything I see while taking screen shots, and I don’t have to deal with traffic or the public. You can also price shop in record time. I visited 30 car dealerships in a couple hours online without having to talk to any salesman.

After narrowing it down to 3 car dealerships via reviews and their inventory, I sent them a message. Each of them were very fast in getting back to me…they need to get paid…so they want to see you ASAP.

HERE ARE SOME TIPS FOR MEETING WITH A CAR SALESMAN IN PERSON

1. I like to wear plain clothes. Nothing flashy.

2. Search the web for info on the car you’re looking at so you have some knowledge. I caught one of the salesman in a couple lies. The car I was looking at required the highest octane to get the best fuel efficiency. He told me there is no such thing. I got the info right from Ford’s website. It was a Ford dealer.

3. Have a number in mind and stick to it on what you want to pay each month. This is difficult if you really love the car. Once you walk off the lot, they’re paid in full and have one less car to sell. If you fall on difficult times, it’s just you and the bank and the bank will take that car if you can’t afford it.

4. There is ALWAYS room to negotiate a price. The dealers know this and price their cars accordingly. Go visit Kelly Blue Book to find out what any car is worth before looking around.

5. If the car is selling for $22k, go down by an even number or multiples of 5. You could start by saying, I ONLY HAVE $20k TO WORK WITH. You could go $17k. Maybe that’s too low but it’s worked for some people. Make sure to check Kelly Blue Book first before you do this.

6. The car salesman will push to get you approved. The car dealership gets a kickback from the bank for setting up the loan through them. You may be able to get a lower loan from somewhere else. Check out Road Loans online. You can apply quickly online to see what you qualify for and what the interest rate will be. Once approved, you simply print out the approval with your loan number and the dealership is paid. Road loans is fast and legit. I used them with no issue. Road Loans works closely with all large dealerships and Carmax.

7. Blame it on a person who isn’t there. Say your wife or husband or boyfriend or girlfriend couldn’t make it and you need to talk it over with them. Disappear for 10 minutes while you pretend to be on the phone. They do the same thing to you. Create tension.

8. Mention you are looking at other cars but don’t make it too obvious. If you made an appointment, be 20 minutes late. When you meet them, just say, sorry I was late….I came from the last dealership and it took longer than I thought.

9. If you want a black car and they have the black car, say, WELL, IT’S NICE, AND NOT A BIG DEAL, BUT I WAS REALLY LOOKING AT A SILVER CAR. Just say, black gets too dirty too fast and you can’t stand that. Same with auto transmission. You can ask if they have manual transmission. If they say NO, then you can say, hmmm, I was hoping for that since I don’t care for auto transmission too much. By doing this they may take some off the price. They did it for my brother. He really wanted a black truck but said he wanted white. I think they took an extra $800 off for his TROUBLE.

10. Bring someone with you. Even if that someone doesn’t know anything about cars, they are moral support. They can throw in lies such as, HEY, I KNOW THIS CAR IS NICE BUT DO YOU LIKE IT MORE THAN THE RED ONE FROM YESTERDAY? The salesman doesn’t need to know you test drove a red one yesterday. It’s all a game, and one that can be fun. Don’t talk too much about details…it could give you away.

11. Don’t fall for the extras such as interior protection against spills or spraying the undercoat of your car against rust. All these are BS overpriced charges and usually they do NOTHING and charge you for it.

12. Walk away. If they won’t budge thank them for their time and say you do have a couple other places to visit because you really can’t spend much more. Dealers have met potential buyers in the parking lot on the way out, trying to sweeten the deal further.

used car salesman tactics

WHAT HAPPENED WITH MY CAR BUYING EXPERIENCE?

There was one dealership I wanted to visit. For some reason one salesman emailed me, then a 2nd took over. I worked with this guy via email for a couple days. I finally let him know via email I would not be showing up. The car was just too expensive for me I felt. He promised he would make it worthwhile for me and they are all about making deals. He said it would be worth my while. Just keep the appointment and we’ll talk. So I did, against my will.

I get there, ask for Andy, and it’s now a 3rd guy I never dealt with. Andy is just not there for some reason and this older italian used car salesman fast talker is showing me the car. He brings me to the back where he says it’s all ready for me, they were working on it for me in the back. Working on it for me? Boy you guys are smooth. This right away made me feel awkward.

I took the car for a test drive and loved it more than I thought I would. I really want this car now. As I pull up, he comes out the door and greets me with…SO WHAT VEHICLE WILL YOU BE TRADING IN? I CAN GET THE PAPERWORK STARTED RIGHT NOW.

I wasn’t even halfway out of the car yet when he hit me with these words. That was another uncomfortable thing you will hear.

As much as I loved the car I had to control myself and not show excitement. I brought a friend with who is better at car buying than me. I highly recommend this. Whether or not the person knows a lot about cars, they can be there for support and add things to the conversation you never thought of. A friend will also be there to take the tension off you.

It’s all frustrating and scary for most people buying cars. It’s a big purchase. I recommend surfing around online, making notes and taking screen shots of cars you are interested in. Save these screenshots to your phone and ipad and bring it will you. You can refer to these photos to let the dealer know what you are looking for instead of what they have. Make the game real. They will have no idea if what you are looking for is exactly what is in stock or not.

In my case I got them to come down by $2,000. That’s pretty good since the price was already lower than most dealers. What worked for me is showing frustration and demanding to speak to the manager. Why was I upset? The original salesman from the emails wasn’t there for my appointment. That did bother me and I used it to my advantage. I also mentioned I wanted a different color and it’s just a little out of my range and I can’t budge.

The salesman said, THIS CAR WON’T BE ON THE LOT FOR LONG….IT’S HIGHLY SOUGHT AFTER. I told him I understand that. I diffused his scare tactics with calm rebuttle and that was hard to do at times.

I hope you find the car you’re looking for.

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