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2/1/2012

The year 2011 was defined by historic events, from regime changes to royal nuptials to financial crises.

(CNN) — From the Arab Spring to a global economic crisis to the killing of Osama bin Laden, 2011 has been defined by historic and dynamic events that will shape the world in the years ahead.
A revolt across the Middle East and North Africa began with the self-immolation of a struggling merchant in Tunisia and spread across the region. Egyptian protesters toppled the 30-year rule of Hosni Mubarak, and rebels in Libya battled against supporters of long-time strongman Moammar Gadhafi. Gadhafi was eventually killed in October after months on the run from rebel forces and NATO bombardments. The significance of the Arab Spring is indisputable, but was it the biggest story of the year? The earth shook off the coast of Japan in March, triggering one of the worst tsunamis in years, destroying nearly everything in its path and sending millions fleeing for high ground. Beyond the utter calamity from the 9.0-magnitude earthquake, Japan found itself dealing with the worst nuclear crisis since the 1986 Chernobyl disaster. The Fukushima Daiichi nuclear facility was knocked offline, resulting in a meltdown of three reactors, with radiation leaking into the air and contaminated water spilling into the sea. The long-term effects from the stricken plant remain unknown. Natural disasters hit the United States hard, too. The largest tornado outbreak ever recorded swept across across the South, Midwest and Northeast — with a record 207 touching down on April 27 and killing 346 people. Alabama bore the brunt of the destruction, with a massive twister turning the college town ofTuscaloosa into a disaster zone. Three weeks later, a mile-wide tornado ripped through Joplin, Missouri, killing more than 150 people and wreaking havoc across the blue-collar town at the edge of the Ozark Mountains. It marked the deadliest single tornado in 60 years. From Washington to New York residents in August braced for Hurricane Irene, a powerful storm that forecasters feared would cause catastrophic damage. The storm weakened before landfall, but it still was blamed for at least 20 deaths in eight states. On the battlefield, Navy SEAL Team Six became part of American military lore when the elite unit raided a compound in Pakistan,killing Osama bin Laden, the leader of al Qaeda and the most-wanted terrorist in the world who had orchestrated the terror attacks of 9/11.

 

 

 

For President Barack Obama, the bin Laden raid marked a high point of his presidency. Sometimes considered soft on terror, Obama achieved something his predecessor failed to do: bring the terror mastermind to justice. The killing came ahead of the 10-year anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, which was marked by the opening of several memorials, including an outdoor tribute at Ground Zero in New York. The United States also marked a decade of war in Afghanistan, a conflict that began in the months after 9/11 aimed at rooting out al Qaeda terrorists. While the Afghanistan war rages on, the United States is preparing to pull out the last of its troops from Iraq. The year also was defined by economic turmoil. Prime ministers in Greece and Italy quit amid a slow-motion fiscal disaster unfolding in Europe, while Standard & Poor’s downgraded the U.S. credit rating for the first time after it said Congress failed to do enough to stabilize the country’s debt situation. The downgrade, which came after an eleventh-hour agreement to raise the debt ceiling, damaged an already-stagnant economy. As the U.S. saw unemployment hit 9 percent, the Occupy Wall Street movement — a grassroots protest against policies favoring the richest 1% — spread to dozens of cities across the country and Europe. Meanwhile, Republican presidential candidates looked to seize their campaign to retake the White House in 2012. In October, former VP candidate Sarah Palin and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie disappointed supporters by saying they wouldn’t run, and by early December the GOP field seemed to be down to two serious contenders: Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich. In July, the world was reminded of man-made tragedy with near-simultaneous terror attacks in Norway. A car bomb exploded in Oslo targeting government buildings, while miles away, an armed man opened fire on a youth leadership camp, killing 77.

 

 

 

 
Months earlier, Rep. Gabby Giffords was shot in the head as she met with constituents at a supermarket near Tucson, Arizona. Six people were killed in the attack, including a young girl and a federal judge. Giffords has awed the nation in her recovery. Married to astronaut Mark Kelly, the congresswoman traveled to Kennedy Space Center in May to watch as her husband commanded the final launch of space shuttle Endeavour. A few months later, NASA launched the final space shuttle mission, retiring the fleet of historic spacecraft after 30 years. The mission, STS-135, ended on July 21 when Atlantis arrived back at Kennedy. Other stories dominated the headlines, too. Casey Anthony was found not guilty in Florida in her daughter’s death, while Conrad Murray was convicted in the death of superstar Michael Jackson. Charlie Sheen’s raging narcissism captivated the nation for a couple weeks as his bizarre behavior prompted his TV bosses to fire him from “Two and a Half Men”. Other bad boys popped into the news: Rep. Anthony Weiner of New York tweeted a picture of himself in his underwear and soon was forced to resign, and Maria Shriver filed for divorce from Arnold Schwarzenegger after a family housekeeper came forward about her love child with the former California governor. Scandal struck far and wide in 2011. Dominique Strauss-Kahn, once seen as a future leader of France, quit as head of the International Monetary Fund after he was accused of sexually assaulting a hotel housekeeper in New York — a charge that was later dropped. British tabloids run by media tycoon Rupert Murdoch were hit by a phone hacking scandal that resulted in the flagship News of the World folding. In the United States, child sex abuse scandals tainted athletics programs at Penn State and Syracuse universities basketball team.Jerry Sandusky, a former Penn State assistant football coach, was charged with multiple counts of sex abuse against children, and legendary head coach Joe Paterno was fired in the scandal’s aftermath. In Syracuse, assistant basketball coach Bernie Fine was fired after three people, including two former ball boys, said he molested them for years. No charges have been filed against Fine, but multiple investigations have been launched. Yet not all news was bad in 2011. The world got a brief respite from doom-and-gloom headlines in April when Prince William and Catherine Middleton wed at Westminster Abbey. Their wedding was one of the most-watched events of the year — from TV to the Internet. On the streets of London, many captured royal images on their mobile devices and instantly shared them with friends. Some of those images might never have been shared if it hadn’t have been for the creator of the iPhone: Apple founder Steve Jobs, the genius who led the home computer revolution and inspired some the world’s most popular mobile devices. Jobs died of pancreatic cancer in October. His final words, according to his sister, were “Oh wow. Oh wow. Oh wow!”

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1/20/2012

New California booster law to take effect

Tuesday, December 27, 2011
Under new laws, children under the age of 8 must be properly buckled into a booster seat and put in the back seat.Under new laws, children under the age of 8 must be properly buckled into a booster seat and put in the back seat. (KABC Photo)
 SACRAMENTO (KABC) — Many new laws take effect on Jan. 1 in California, but one in particular hopes to save the lives of hundreds of thousands of children.

Starting on Sunday children under the age of 8 years old, or under 4 feet 9 inches tall, must be properly buckled into a car or booster seat, and put in the back seat.

Also, children who are 8 years old or older and not tall enough for the seat belt to fit properly must ride in a booster or car seat.

According to the California Office of Child Safety, a child fits an adult seat belt when:

  • They can sit against the vehicle seat back with their knees bent without slouching and can comfortably stay in this position throughout the trip.
  • The lap belt is low on the hips touching the upper thighs and the shoulder belt crosses the chest, but is not on the face or neck.
  • Never let your child put the shoulder belt behind their arm or back. In a crash, the child could sustain major injuries including head and spinal cord injuries.
  • If the child is putting the shoulder belt behind them, this is a sign that they still need a booster.

Previously, the law required that children remain in a booster seat until the age of 6 or weighed 60 pounds.

12/12/2011

Steakhouse waiters indicted in credit card scam

By Chris Boyette, CNN
updated 6:52 PM EST, Fri November 28, 2011
Authorities say waiters were responsible for a scam that afffected at least 50 American Express customers.
Authorities say waiters were responsible for a scam that afffected at least 50 American Express customers.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • 28 people are indicted in a credit card scam
  • 7 of the suspects were waiters at high-end steakhouse
  • 50 American Express customers were affected, authorities say

NEW YORK (CNN) — Twenty-eight people have been indicted in New York in a connection with a credit card scam in which stolen American Express card numbers were used to buy luxury items, prosecutors said Friday.

Authorities say they were able to trace the scheme to a group of seven high-end steakhouse waiters in New York, Connecticut and New Jersey who used customer information using high-tech handheld credit card “skimmer” devices to steal account numbers and related customer information.

At least 50 American Express customers were affected by the scam, according to a Manhattan District Attorney statement.

“The high-end targets of this case make it notable, but disturbingly this case is far from unique,” said District Attorney Cyrus Vance.

New York Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said the effort to nab the suspects came from the combined work of New York police detectives and the U.S. Secret Service.

On Thursday, authorities say, they seized $1 million worth of luxury watches, expensive wine and more $1.2 million in cash connected to the scam.

The arrests followed an 18-month investigation during which authorities eavesdropped using “video surveillance, physical surveillance, computer forensics, and extensive analysis of credit card, banking and phone records,” the statement said.

Gingrich willing to “take heat” for immigration stance

November 22, 2011

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich on Tuesday said the United States should not break up families of immigrants who entered the United States illegally and he was willing to “take the heat” from Republicans for deviating from his party’s orthodoxy.

“I don’t see how the party that says it’s the party of the family is going to adopt an immigration policy which destroys families that have been here a quarter century,” Gingrich said at the CNN debate on foreign policy in Washington, near the White House.

“And I’m prepared to take the heat for saying, let’s be humane in enforcing the law without giving them citizenship but by finding a way to create legality so that they are not separated from their families,” Gingrich said.

The former House speaker said recent immigrants should be sent home if they are found out, but “if you’ve been here 25 years and you got three kids and two grandkids, you’ve been paying taxes and obeying the law, you belong to a local church, I don’t think we’re going to separate you from your family, uproot you forcefully and kick you out.”

Gingrich has been rising in the polls in recent weeks and those remarks are likely to draw more attention to his candidacy as he now sits at the front of the field with former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney. And they may not sit well with Republican primary voters who tend to be more conservative than the party as a whole.

Investors rally after Europe agrees to help Greece. But don’t celebrate quite yet, critics warn: This might not be nearly enough

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Greek Finance Minister George Papandreou  during a press conference Thursday: Greece will capitalize on an E.U. agreement to slash its debt by moving forward with economic reforms.

Greek Finance Minister George Papandreou during a press conference Thursday: Greece will capitalize on an E.U. agreement to slash its debt by moving forward with economic reforms.Photo: REUTERS/John Kolesidis

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Stocks soared on Thursday after European leaders announced a deal to keep Greece from defaulting on its debt. Big banks agreed to write down 50 percent of Greece’s loans, and European Union nations promised to increase the size of their bailout fund to $1.4 trillion. Has Europe finally taken action bold enough to prevent the crisis from exploding?

Yes. The EU is finally getting serious: European leaders have “been in denial that far greater and more comprehensive measures were necessary” to prevent complete disaster, says Michael Schuman at TIME. “This agreement shows they’re waking up to reality.” They’re repairing and recapitalizing Europe’s banks, restructuring Greece’s debts, and making the bailout fund big enough to “fight contagion” in other struggling countries. These are all “crucial” steps that had to be taken to tackle the crisis.
“Europe’s new debt crisis agreement: the good, the bad, the ugly”

This helps Greece — but what about the rest of Europe? Don’t be fooled by all the backslapping — European leaders have failed, again, say the editors of The Economist. The Greek write-down was essential — the floundering nation just can’t pay all its debts — but the deal won’t solve anything without “a credible firewall around heavily indebted yet solvent borrowers such as Italy,” which this agreement lacks. Until that is in place, European banks will never regain the confidence they need to “get on with the business of lending.”
“Europe’s rescue plan”

Don’t expect this deal to solve America’s problems, either: This welcome agreement could indeed douse the fear of contagion, says Dunstan Prial at Fox Business. But it does nothing to spur growth in Europe’s fragile economy. And “a sluggish European economy dampens demand for U.S. exports.” There are “indirect” problems for the U.S., too. Europe and China are major trading partners, as are the U.S. and China. So “if Europe’s slowdown causes a drag on the Chinese economy, that hurts the U.S.,” too.

Redskins’ cheerleaders in Washington. A Washington Redskins’ cheerleader performs during their game against the Arizona Cardinals at FedEx Field in Washington on September 18, 2011. The Redskins defeated the Cardinals 22-21. UPI/Kevin Dietsch

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Obama to announce full withdrawal from IraQ

By David Jackson, USA TODAY
Updated 1m ago
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By JEWEL SAMAD, AFP/Getty Images

President Obama today will confirm plans to have all U.S. troops out of Iraq by Jan. 1, formally ending the war that began more than eight-and-a-half years ago and has taken more than 4,400 American lives.

“As promised, the rest of our troops will be coming home from Iraq by the end of this year,” Obama said. “After nearly 9 years, America’s war in Iraq will be over.”

Obama noted that he pledged to end the Iraq war during his 2008 presidential campaign.

Obama delivered a statement after a secure video conference with Iraq prime minister Nouri al-Maliki.

“Following the secure videoconference with Prime Minister Maliki, the President will make a statement about our security relationship with Iraq,” said a White House announcement.

While the U.S. has signed an agreement to withdraw all combat troops from Iraq by the end of this year, officials from both countries have discussed maintaining a U.S. residual force to train Iraqi forces.

The U,S, has balked at updating the agreement, however, because Iraq has refused to grant American troops legal immunity in Iraqi courts.

 

1/10/2012

Sexual satisfaction highest in oldest, youngest women, study says

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By Melissa Healy, Los Angeles Times/For the Booster Shots BlogJanuary 3, 2012, 3:47 p.m.
A woman’s sexual satisfaction does not require high levels of sexual desire–and in fact, does not require sexual activity at all, according to a new study that finds rates of sexual satisfaction highest among the youngest and oldest women it surveyed.A study published Tuesday in the American Journal of Medicine found that in a group of more than 800 women between age 40 and 100, those under 55 and those over 80 were most likely to declare themselves satisfied with their sex lives. And almost half of women who had not had sex in the past month said they were sexually satisfied as well.The study asked a group of women living in Rancho Bernardo, a suburb of San Diego, whether they had engaged in sexual activity–with or without a partner–in the past month. Researchers based at UC San Diego and Veterans Affairs of San Diego then asked them to rate their levels of sexual desire, arousal, lubrication or pain with sex, as well as how regularly they experience orgasm.

What they found was that only one in five of all the women who had engaged in sexual activity in the past month volunteered that they frequently felt a high level of sexual desire, yet 61% declared that they were moderately or very satisfied with their sex life. This was particularly true of older women, virtually none of whom reported feelings of sexual desire, but among whom almost half said they always or almost always experienced orgasm and sexual satisfaction during sexual activity.

“In contrast with the traditional linear model, in which desire precedes sex, these results support a nonlinear model of sexuality in older women, because sexual desire did not precede sexual arousal in most women,” the authors wrote. Women, they suggested, “engage in sexual activity for multiple reasons, which may include nurture, affirmation, or sustenance of a relationship.”

In many past studies of women’s sexual health, data such as these would have been interpreted as suggesting high levels of “female sexual dysfunction.” But the authors caution that before declaring a woman dysfunctional, future studies of women and sex should make sure that the mismatch between sex and pleasure is a source of distress to her. For older women, in particular, that connection may not hold, they said, noting that “low sexual desire increases with age. But distress about low sexual desire decreases with age.”

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10/11/2011

Laguna Beach Police target gays by promising sex & drugs on Craigslist


History, laws, & statistics tell many things about the gay community. The U.S. has made great progress in societies acceptance and conformity, the gay community still deals with many obstacles. Should the police be an additional one?

(EMAILWIRE.COM, October 12, 2011 ) IJR NEWS(IJR) has had an overwhelming discussion on our own website that has involved the use of sting operations that allege to target the gay community in places where years ago, were considered sacred among gay men. The gay community is a segregated and tight knit group of people that have made great advances in their rights and presence. However, just like any discriminated group, they still endure a great deal of challenges. Certain police departments are targeting these communities by some very questionable methods which are adding to these challenges.
The California economy has been hit among the hardest in the last decade, in fact USA Today says the middle class is going through the worse decade to date. Should cities such as Laguna Beach, CA. be allocated funds to have undercover police officers buying local hotel rooms and inviting drug users to drive motor vehicles to their city?
According to their own police records, and verified by IJR staff, the Laguna Beach Police Department(LBPD) is placing and responding to ads on internet sites, renting hotel rooms, inviting crystal methamphetamine drug users under the influence to drive their motor vehicle into their city from various areas, to make arrests and seemingly target the gay community. The police are doing this by catering to the sexual needs and desires of this often rejected group, and apparently establishing relationship like correspondence appealing to their sense of compassion and friendship.
IJR obtained copies of verified police reports whereas arrest were made after luring gay men into their city by promising sexual acts in addition to “partying” with the gay respondents. Reports obtained only showed Laguna Beach Police Department answering the placed ads on only the “Men seeking Men” sections of Craigslist. IJR questions if the LBPD puts the same and equal efforts to every group on Craigslist such as men seeking woman, woman seeking men, etc.
IJR intends to launch an in-depth investigation for this, and other apparent entrapment and profiling violations being committed in the least suspected places? We also publically ask the LBPD to make available any and all arrests of this type and to provide sufficient proof that the gay community was not targeted. In addition, is it customary for arresting police officers or even the Orange County District Attorney to charge 11351.5 H&S for sale, where 90% of the elements provided by the Health and Safety Code along with a Santa Ana Narcotics officer’s statement show are missing from the LBPD police report?
IJR spoke to a veteran Santa Ana police undercover narcotics officer (officer Brian last name withheld per his request) about undercover narcotics operations, and in particular 11.351.5 in this case, without advising him of the LBPD incident. Officer Brian told us this, “Mere possession of narcotics is a crime in California, people should know this. But possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell is an even more serious crime. Prosecutors tend to charge possession for sale when we are making arrest where narcotic activity is prevalent, and when we discover a person with enough drugs to quantify “for sale” charges, and a majority of the following factors exist: 1. Large quantities of the drug, typically an ounce or more is way beyond personal use. An 8 ball or two (meaning an 1/8 of an ounce) is considered personal use much like Marijuana without a medical card. 2. Packaging of the drug in separate baggies or bindles, if we find this packaging meaning more than like two or three little bags, it is pretty convincing. 3. Scales, either the buyer is really detailed oriented about their weight, or most often, scales are used for drug dealers or doctors. 4.Lots of cash, especially in small denominations, if a dealer has made many sales or is about to, they either have a lot of cash or a lot of change. 5. Lots of people coming to your place, and staying only a few minutes, when a narc gives up a location of a drug dealer, this type of behavior enhances the evidence needed to properly charge and convict a known drug dealer. Police also add weight for prior sales arrest and a few other things.”

We then asked officer Brian about Santa Ana’s view on undercover operations on Craigslist, “Well some police departments do them with certain grant money and so forth, most of those operations are targeted at prostitution and pandering of underage girls which is high on most every communities list of priorities, I mean “the Johns” (men paying for sex) basically get a ticket and are released, the “647B girls” (prostitutes) might go to jail for a few hours, but our real goal is to find those underage girls and arrest the people that make them do this type of stuff.”

We then asked officer Brian if Santa Ana PD would ever secure several undercover police officers, purchase a hotel room, and then invite admitted drug users with much likelihood to be under the influence of methamphetamine, to drive through the streets of Santa Ana to find the police officers room and sell the officer an “8 ball.” The Santa Ana PD veteran responded and laughed, “That sounds like a big fishing expedition to me, I don’t think that makes a lot of sense, do you? I mean the driver kills a family on the way to sell an 8 ball where he or she had no previous intention on going? Please tell me no one did this.”

IJR proceeded with the interview and dialog from this and similar instances will be released as we wait for a response from Laguna Beach PD and continue our in depth investigation on this.
It should be noted, “Party and Play” (PNP or PnP), also known as a chemical session, chem session, or simply as partying, is a phenomenon and subculture of recreational drug users who play together sexually, either one-on-one or in groups. The term is most often, but not always used by and associated with homosexuals[1] and men who have sex with men (MSM). The drug of choice is typically methamphetamine, known as crystal orTina in the gay community.
IJR looked at many search keywords associated with Tina, PNP, and Gay drug use. All search terms indicated an overwhelmingly strong association with the gay community. IJR has numerous complaints on its posting and blog board containing similar entrapment and profiling situations, along with applying laws and targeting certain groups and not equally among others.
IJR News does not condone any use of prohibited drugs as classified by our legal system. IJR News feels that the letter of the law and the spirit of the law should be as clear as possible. With the evidence obtained and research done, there is an obvious lapse of spirit of the law in this story. This means that yes, a law was broken, but the way the arrested were lured into these seemingly safe areas, where normally they are not judged by their sexual preference (in this case Craigslist classifieds men seeking men), certainly raises concerns.
Officer Brian, told us this, “I can follow any person in the city of Santa Ana home from work and they will break many vehicle code violations, such as changing lanes without due caution, failure to signal with adequate time, not fully stopping at a stop sign, no front license plate, tinted windows, etc. and better yet, if three are committed in a row, I have the authority to take them to jail and book them on a misdemeanor. However, that is not how our legal system is meant to function, we try to operate in the spirit of the law versus the letter of the law.”
IJR thanks all of the contributing members to this panel.
http://truthinjustice.org/p-pmisconduct.htm
Police, Prosecutorial
and Judicial
Misconduct
“There is no crueler tyranny than that which is exercised under cover of law, and with the colors of justice …”
– U.S. v. Jannotti, 673 F.2d 578, 614 (3d Cir. 1982
http://www.ci.santa-ana.ca.us/pd/documents/PressRelease04-12-06.pdf
The Santa Ana POA
http://www.santaanapoa.com/index.php
The Santa Ana Investigations Bureau
http://www.ci.santa-ana.ca.us/pd/invest.asp

George Ball , IJR NEWS contributing journalist, retired narcotics investigator
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1. Definition: PNP, or party and play, is a subculture of drug use while having sex. PNP has been widely associated with gay men or men who have sex with men. Users pick a variety of “party drugs,” but most typically crystal meth. www.gaylife.com, wikepedia.com

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Coal Power the latest company to gaze at solar storms as a future answer to mankind’s requirement for  energy

According to Wikipedia, A solar flare is a large explosion in the Sun’s atmosphere that can release as much as 6 × 1025 joules of energy. Harnessing this energy could solve all energy demands.

(International Journalism Review (IJR) 9/21/2011) Earth Energy Exploration (EEE) said exactly one year before today’s date, “If Doc did it on Back to the Future so can we.” Although obviously years away from harnessing, it actually seems possible, and Coal Power is the next group to come forward and agree.

Interesting enough, Solar flares affect all layers of the solar atmosphere (photosphere, corona, and chromospheres), heating plasma to tens of millions of Kelvin’s and accelerating electrons, protons, and heavier ions to near the speed of light. Coal Power (CP) states that this type of energy, if one can imagine, is enough energy to feed all the earth’s human demands for many years. wwwCoalPower.co asks if this could this be our next source to explore?

Although a massive solar storm could leave millions of people around the world without electricity, running water, or phone service, government officials say, Earth Energy Exploration (EEE) and now Coal Power, both believe we must look beyond our capabilities and challenge ourselves like never before.  See if we can capture that energy much like Michael J. Fox did in the movie “Back to the Future,” when they captured lightening to produce the amount of energy required for them at that time.  movies of yesterday become reality of tomorrow.

Solar storms happen when an eruption or explosion on the surface of the sun sends radiation or electrically charged particles toward Earth. Minor storms are common and can light up the Earth’s northern skies and interfere with radio signals. To illustrate the magnitude and power of these storms, scientists have observed that every few decades, the sun experiences a particularly large storm. These can release as much energy as one billion hydrogen bombs.

The frequency of incidence of solar flares varies, from several per day when the Sun is particularly “active” to less than one each week when the Sun is “quiet”. Large flares are less frequent than smaller ones. Solar activity varies within an 11-year cycle (the solar cycle). At the peak of the cycle, there are typically more sunspots on the Sun and hence more solar flares.

Solar flares rise and fall on an 11-year cycle, and last year (2009) marked what scientists thought was the solar minimum. But through the beginning of 2009, the sun stayed unusually quiet. However in October of 2009, NASA discovered some Earth Energy firsts.  A major sunspot appeared on the backside of the sun, where it was captured by NASA’s STEREO instrument (http://stereo.gsfc.nasa.gov/instruments/instruments.shtml).

“This is the biggest event we’ve seen in a year or so,” said Michael Kaiser, research scientist with the heliophysics division at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. “Does this mean we’re finished with the minimum or not? It’s hard to say. This could be it. It’s got us all excited.”

People have been counting sunspots since Galileo first observed one in the early 17th century. Through the 28 cycles that have been well-documented, stretching from 1745 to today, the average cycle length has been 11 years, but shorter and longer cycles have been observed. The polarity of solar storms also alternates, so technically, a full cycle is 22 years. Either way however, being able to track consistency and its outburst of energy allows mankind to also be able to investigate ways to predict and capture it as well.

Newly uncovered scientific data of recorded history’s most massive space storm is helping a NASA scientist investigate it’s intensity and the probability that what occurred on Earth and in the heavens almost a century-and-a-half ago could happen again, but this time being prepared and possibly capturing its massive energy.

Earth Energy Exploration, and now Coal Power continue with their respective missions to educate the masses of alternative energy in various areas to let investors make sound decisions.  Most recently, CP has begun to brainstorm in the world of science to look at earth’s energy beyond what we think is possible today.

References

Kopp, G.; Lawrence, G and Rottman, G. (2005). “The Total Irradiance Monitor (TIM): Science Results”. Solar Physics 230: 129–139. doi:10.1007/s11207-005-7433-9.

“The Mysterious Origins of Solar Flares”, Scientific American, April 2006

Socioecohistory / worldpress /NASA warns of super solar storm 2012

Tamrazyan, Gurgen P. (1968), “Principal Regularities in the Distribution of Major Earthquakes Relative to Solar and Lunar Tides and Other Cosmic Forces”, ICARUS (Elsevier) 9: 574–592.

“New Study Questions the Effects of Cosmic Proton Radiation on Human Cells”. Retrieved 2008-10-11. A New Kind of Solar Storm

“Japan launches Sun ‘microscope'”. BBC. 2006-09-23. Retrieved 2009=05-19.

“Superflares could kill unprotected astronauts”. NewScientist.com. Retrieved 17 June 2005. Mewaldt, R.A., et al. 2005. Space weather implications of the 20 January 2005 solar energetic particle event. Joint meeting of the American Geophysical Union and the Solar Physics Division of the American Astronomical Society. May 23–27. New Orleans. Abstract.

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Well it is a little too early to start predicting NFL Superbowl picks but many sports analysts are picking Tony Romo and the Boys to take it all the way.  Then again, America’s Team seems to gain fans yearly even with pathetic performances for over a decade and nowhere near the Lombardi Trophy for almost two decades.

Tony Romo punctured a lung and broke a rib but would not take losing as an option this last Sunday at San Francisco.  The Cowboys head back home 1-1 and hope to Make a Superbowl run.

The NFL world saw that the Cowboys man-handled the defending AFC Championship runner-ups, The New York Jets, before giving the game away on a silver platter last Sunday night but neither the Cowboys or Romo would have any part of a loss this time around.  In fact in the fourth quarter Romo actually appeared to play for his own team versus switching in the fourth quarter a week ago.  Many witness claim that Pete Rose and Romo have been playing golf lately which could explain the “trader” type of label Romo had to succumb to the first week of football.

The over three decade rivalry between the two football teams proved to deliver some old school charm.  Although when the game winning field Goal took place at Candlestick park one would think they were in Texas for sure. The dominant blue shade on field goals end looked to be dominated by seats filled with cheers from the Dallas Cowboys fans themselves, in fact, the Boys might even had an apparant home team advantage in the City of San Francisco.

Whether SuperBowl bound or not, the Cowboys appear to be finally on the A train, with Jason Garret as their Chief Engineer.

After a decade of grief and recovery, nation remembers 9/11

From David Ariosto and Laura Dolan, CNN
September 11, 2011 6:36 p.m. EDT
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • President Obama lays wreaths at Pentagon, Pennsylvania memorials
  • Passengers at JFK airport stop to observe moment of silence
  • Obama is impressed by the World Trade Center Memorial, spokesman says
  • Commemorations proceed amid heavy security

New York (CNN) — Those across the United States on Sunday paused — some at formal commemorations, some in quiet remembrance — to honor their countrymen who died in the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks and to remember the day that changed the nation, and the world, forever.

Thousands gathered at New York’s ground zero, site of the World Trade Center, and stood still in silence, some crying as they listened to the names of victims attacks read aloud.

“They were our neighbors, our friends, our husbands, wives, brothers, sisters, children and parents,” said New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who, along with President Barack Obama, helped lead the commemoration on the 10th anniversary of the attacks.

“We have asked their families to speak their names out loud, to remind each of us about the person we lost in New York, in Washington and in Pennsylvania. They each had a face, a story, a life cut short from under them.”

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A moment of silence spread across New York City at 8:46 a.m. — the time when American Airlines Flight 11 crashed into the North Tower of the World Trade Center. Houses of worship tolled their bells.

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After Obama read a psalm, 167 pairs of family members began reading the names of those who perished. The reading was interrupted by another moment of silence at 9:03 a.m. — the time when United Airlines Flight 175 struck the South Tower.

The solemn ceremony at the site of the World Trade Center came amid a heavy security presence permeating the area in lower Manhattan, as authorities continued their search for possible plotters of another terrorist strike.

Information considered credible but unconfirmed indicated up to three attackers could be trying to use an explosives-laden vehicle for an attack in New York or Washington, according to various sources. Authorities stressed that while they were taking information of a possible attack plot seriously, there was no evidence so far that an actual terrorist operation was underway.

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Roads near ground zero were blocked and police checkpoints for both vehicles and pedestrians surrounded the memorial, with backpacks checked by bomb-sniffing dogs and put through x-ray machines.

At the ceremony, Obama and first lady Michelle Obama stood behind bullet-proof protection. Former President George W. Bush, who was president at the time of the attacks, read a letter sent by President Abraham Lincoln to a woman thought to have lost five sons in the Civil War.

“I feel how weak and fruitless must be any word of mine which should attempt to beguile you from the grief of a loss so overwhelming,” Bush read, quoting Lincoln. “But I cannot refrain from tendering you the consolation that may be found in the thanks of the republic they died to save.”

Those who lost loved ones in the attacks stepped forward to read names. In all, 2,753 people died on two airplanes and on the ground when the planes slammed into the World Trade Center towers, causing their collapse. That total does not include the 10 al Qaeda hijackers on board the planes.

Parallel commemoration ceremonies also took place in Washington — where mourners observed a moment of silence at 9:37 a.m., the moment American Airlines Flight 77 struck the Pentagon, killing 184 people — and in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, where passengers aboard United Flight 93 are believed to have thwarted a plot to drive the plane through the U.S. Capitol dome and eventually caused the plane to crash in a field.

The total number of dead in New York, Washington and Pennsylvania was 2,977 people, not including 19 hijackers.

Moments of silence were observed at 9:59 a.m., the time the South Tower collapsed; at 10:03 a.m., the time of the Flight 93 crash in Shanksville; and at 10:28 a.m., the time the North Tower fell.

Those in the crowd included Joseph Conzo, who has been an EMT for 18 years. He recalled the moment the second tower collapsed, leaving him trapped beneath the smoldering rubble of a neighboring Marriott hotel.

“I still can’t believe it’s been 10 years,” he said. “I’ve got a range of mixed emotions.”

Conzo said he was in therapy for two years after the attacks, grappling with “survivors’ guilt.”

“It was the kind of thing that if you went right, you died, and if you went left, you lived,” he said. “I was left with the question, ‘Why me?’ ”

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Sunday’s ceremony, to him, is about closure, he said. “Let’s get this finished and move forward.”

In Washington, the moment of silence was followed by remarks from Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Adm. Mike Mullen, Vice President Joe Biden and Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta.

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Biden spoke on the nation’s efforts to combat al Qaeda in the wake of the attacks, referencing the May assassination of its leader Osama bin Laden.

“Those in this building that day knew what they were witnessing,” Biden said. “It was a declaration of war by stateless actors bent on changing our way of life, who believed these horrible acts, these horrible acts of terror directed against innocents could buckle our knees, could bend our will, could begin to break us and break our resolve. But they did not know us. Instead, that same American instinct that send all of you into the breach between the fourth and fifth corridors galvanized a new generation of patriots, the 9/11 generation.”

At the ceremony, troops placed wreaths at the Pentagon memorial. En route to the Pentagon ceremony, Biden stopped by a Washington fire station.

Obama attended all three ceremonies Sunday. At Shanksville, he and the first lady laid a wreath at the Flight 93 memorial, prompting cheers of “USA,” from the crowd. The president also laid a wreath at the Pentagon memorial, and he and the first lady met with victims and victims’ relatives at all three sites. Obama will also speak Sunday night during the Concert for Hope at the John F. Kennedy Center

En route to Shanksville from New York, White House spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters the president was impressed by the 9/11 memorial.

“He also said that he was touched by the — sort of the serene setting of the reading of the names this morning,” Earnest said. “And he and the first lady were particularly moved by the families of those who were lost who participated in the ceremony, in particular the children.”

The World Trade Center Memorial will open to the public on Monday, but on Sunday was open only to victims’ family members and those attending the commemoration.

“We’re so proud of this memorial,” said Monica Iken, who lost her husband Michael in the attacks, founded the group September’s Mission and played an instrumental role in the construction of the site. “I can go see Michael. He’s home.”

She said she comes to the site to connect with her husband. “Every time I come here, I feel the energy. It’s powerful,” she said.

The name of Mark Zangrilli, 36, was one of the last to be read.

“It always seems like people leave,” said his sister, Linda Spinella, referring to the depleting crowd at the site. “I wish they would stay.”

She recalled her brother as a warm person with “a really contagious laugh. He loved his kids and he was good to his parents.”

“It’s a terrible loss,” she said. “Too many people lost too many people.”

Commemoration ceremonies — some of them impromptu — were also taking place elsewhere.

At Fort Drum, New York — home to the Army’s 10th Mountain Division, which has led the U.S. war effort in Afghanistan — silence fell as bells tolled and a bagpiper played “Amazing Grace.”

Soldiers and their families gathered in front of a memorial that says, “Lest we forget,” etched with images of the three sites and the division’s insignia.

In Washington, hundreds gathered for an interfaith prayer vigil.

Commemorations were held at sites nationwide, but others chose to mark the anniversary in their own way.

“Seeing the horror of that day changed me,” said CNN iReporter Jason Asselin of Iron Mountain, Michigan. “I always thought of our flag as just a flag … I know this sounds strange but I never gave the flag the respect it deserved. It took a tragedy for me to feel this way. Many people died that day because of our flag … When I look at our flag today, I see policemen, firemen and military personnel. These are the people who will protect us from the evils in the world.”

After the program at the World Trade Center, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey held an interfaith remembrance service in lower Manhattan to honor 84 of its employees who died in the New York attacks, as well as the six victims of the 1993 World Trade Center bombing.

At New York’s John F. Kennedy International airport, there was little passenger traffic on Sunday, but people gathered around televisions at the airport to watch the ceremonies. At 8:46 a.m., during the first moment of silence, the airport grew quiet as passengers stopped and a police officer removed his hat.

“Today the buses are running, the birds are chirping,” a pilot told passengers before takeoff, according to CNN’s Laurie Segall, who was aboard. “It’s a normal day. We must all be proud to be Americans today.”

“It’s extremely emotional,” said Felicia Cappo of Jackson, New Jersey, who was among those gathered at the World Trade Center site. She was holding a laminated photo of her brother, Gary Frank, who died in the attacks. “It’s hard to believe 10 years have gone by … it will always feel like yesterday.”

She said she makes an annual visit to Ground Zero. “No remains were ever found, so this is where we come to pay tribute to my brother.”

Rosaria Reneo of Staten Island remembered she had just dropped her children off at school that day when she got a phone call that a plane had hit the World Trade Center, where her sister, Daniela Notaro, was working on the 92nd floor of the North Tower. She never heard from Notaro again, despite making frantic calls to her sister’s cell phone.

“We come here every year,” Reneo said, clutching a picture of her sister. She said in spite of the increased security, she felt compelled to come Sunday. “My kids didn’t want me to come,” she said. “And I did worry a bit.”

Firefighter Richard Batista, 38, was in the North Tower when the South Tower collapsed. His unit worked its way down a smoke-filled staircase and outside the building before the second collapse.

“My captain, in his infinite wisdom, decided that there were too many crews up there and told us to meet outside and wait for further instructions,” he said.

Moments later, the North Tower fell in a dark plume of smoke, ash, dust and debris. “We took shelter in a parking garage, and that’s what saved us,” Batista said. “With a rescue rope, we were able to slowly pull and guide ourselves out of the rubble.”

A decade later, he said his wish is to move on.

“I’ve gotten to the point where I’m numb to it,” he said. “And while I have all the respect for the families who lost loved ones, these types of things today make it more difficult.”

Louis Jerez of Pasadena, Maryland, was carrying a poster with several photos of his cousin, Angel Louis Juarbe Jr., a firefighter who died that day.

“This is hard. It’s not easy,” Jerez said. “Every year, my chest feels tight … you don’t heal from this kind of loss.”

Bronx resident Miguel Flores, 37, was among dozens of paramedic units who charged toward the burning towers. He arrived just as the South Tower crumbled and helped set up a triage unit to help separate the dead from the dying.

“The corner Burger King was converted into a triage center,” Flores said. “The Brooks Brothers was turned into a morgue.”

As rescue workers dug through the rubble, paramedics labored over those injured.

He said he lost 13% of his lung capacity when a dust cloud enveloped the site. Ten years later, he has physically recovered, he said.

“It’s a numbing feeling,” he said. “Being back here, you start to relive that a little. We all have dealt with post-traumatic stress.”

Eight miles north of ground zero, New York firefighters held their own memorial at Riverside Park. While the event has been held annually since 9/11, this event was by far the largest, with thousands of firefighters from around the nation in attendance as well as some from as far away as Germany and Australia. The firefighters stood in a formation line that stretched for blocks.

Firefighter Peter Regan was at Riverside Park although he could have gone to the World Trade Center ceremony, as he lost his father, Donald Regan, in the attacks. He said he’d rather be with the rest of the firefighters.

“I absolutely loved today’s service,” said Lt. George Ricco Diaz of the Bronx. “What’s outstanding is the turnout of brothers, brother firefighters from around the world. We got all kinds of firefighters here from all around the world, and that’s an impressive sight to see.”

In addition to the commemoration at Riverside Park, a solemn memorial service at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York included the recitation of the names of 343 firefighters who died at ground zero.

Mark Tillman, a 30-year Air Force veteran who piloted Air Force One, was among those at the New York ceremony. The plane, which carried the classified code name “Angel,” took off carrying then-President Bush from the tarmac in Sarasota, Florida, that day, traveling to Barksdale Air Force Base in Louisiana, where Bush taped an address to the nation.

“The challenge for us was that we didn’t know what the threat was,” Tillman recalled. He said he called in a fighter jet escort to accompany the plane, and later received a call from then-Vice President Dick Cheney.

“Angel was next,” Cheney told Tillman. “To me,” Tillman said, “it was an act of war and the vice president was telling me that the president could be the next target.”

Air Force One returned to Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland about 6 p.m. that night, after Washington had been secured.

Tillman said that Sunday’s ceremony represents solemn remembrance to him, but also signals what will continue.

“September 11 is a day in history, but it’s not World War I or World War II,” he said. “This battle hasn’t ended.”

“It’s the first time it feels right,” said actor Denis Leary, who has helped champion health coverage for first responders affected by the toxic plume which enveloped much of lower Manhattan following the attacks. “What they did on 9/11 is an extreme version of what they do and the risks they take every day.”

“I have no patience for those who have prevented first-responder care,” he said, referencing controversy that swirled around whether the Zadroga bill, a recent piece of legislation that provides health care to first responders and recovery workers affected by 9/11, will also include cancer coverage. It currently does not.

“They should be the first guys we check off the list,” he said.

Celeste Pollicino, 22, of Plainview, New York, wore an “I love New York” T-shirt and held a framed photo of her father, Steve Pollicino, who worked as a bond trader in the World Trade Center.

“I remember his smile,” she said. “He was just fun… Now I feel like I’ve lived two different lives, before and after 9/11.”

She said her father’s death “makes me appreciate everything, every day. I’m more easygoing now. I don’t let little things bother me.”

Her cousin, Michelle Angeline, said Celeste Pollicino is “so much like her dad in the best way possible.”

CNN’s Moni Basu and Dana Garrett contributed to this report.

Unemployment and loss of jobs signals a bleak outlook

Jobs: Worse than you think

By Chris Isidore @CNNMoney August 10, 2011: 11:46 AM ET

High unemployment and modest hiring in July's jobs report doesn't tell the whole story. Economists say the percentage of Americans with jobs shows even greater weakness.

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — The U.S. labor force is shrinking, as more Americans are giving up hope.

Last month, only 58.1% of Americans age 16 and over were employed, a significant drop from before the recession and the lowest since 1983.

That’s especially worrisome to economists, who say a steady increase in those dropping out of the work force and not being counted in the unemployment rate is disguising just how bad the labor market really is.

“People are dropping out of labor force for all types of reasons,” said Robert Brusca of FAO Economics. “And it’s not a good trend. A good part of the wealth of a nation has to do with the proportion of population that works.”

Some economists say that the employment-population ratio, or “e-pop,” is a more accurate snapshot of the labor market than the unemployment rate, which fell to 9.1% last month from 10.1% in October 2009.

“When we have a time when the labor force is not growing normally, e-pop provides the cleanest assessment of what is going on in the labor market,” said Heidi Shierholz, a labor economist with the Economic Policy Institute, a liberal think tank. “What you see is from ’07 to ’09 — it fell off a cliff, and it hasn’t recovered since then.”

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While demographic factors like baby boomers reaching retirement age and younger people staying in school longer are playing a role, Shierholz said, the economy is the biggest driver.

Fewer Americans are working today than in recent decades because of the growing number of discouraged job seekers.

The Labor Department estimates that there are 6.6 million people who want a job but have left the labor force for one reason or another. That’s the highest reading in 17 years, and an increase of 1.9 million since the start of the recession.

“That’s a tremendous loss of human capital,” said John Silvia, chief economist for Well Fargo Securities. “That means that the unemployment rate, even at 9.1%, is not as good as it seems.”

Many of the unemployed are getting various forms of government support, like disability benefits and unemployment insurance. But some of those programs are masking the extent of the problem.

For example, collecting unemployment gives the jobless a reason to keep applying, which can boost the number of workers looking for jobs. But once they’ve exhausted their benefits, they have little incentive to keep looking and suddenly fall off the rolls.

Disability benefits have a similar effect. In a good economy, workers with health problems might remain in the labor force and continue to look for work. But with few jobs available, the disability program gives them a reason to drop out of the workforce.

The result is a shrinking pool of workers that isn’t keeping pace with population growth.

“If anything, we’re likely to continue to see this ratio of those in the labor force go down further,” said Gad Levanon, associate director of macroeconomic research at The Conference Board. To top of page

Convoys from Libya trigger questions about Gadhafi’s whereabouts

By the CNN Wire Staff
September 6, 2011 — Updated 1644 GMT (0044 HKT)

Tripoli, Libya (CNN) — Two Libyan convoys have passed through Niger this week, officials there said Tuesday — fueling renewed speculation about the whereabouts of ousted Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi.

One convoy was on its way Tuesday to Niger’s capital, Niamey, said a Nigerien military captain.

Another convoy reached Niamey a day earlier, a Nigerien Interior Ministry official said. That convoy included six high-ranking Libyan officials close to Gadhafi, including Gen. Mansour Daw, the source said. Daw is said to be the head of the Revolutionary Guard and is responsible for the security of Gadhafi and his family.

The sources did not want to be identified because neither is authorized to speak to the media.

Niamey is in Niger’s southwest corner, near Burkina Faso.

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Burkina Faso’s government told CNN Tuesday that it has not offered Gadhafi asylum, contrary to news reports.

If Gadhafi were to enter the country, Burkina Faso would “respect our obligation in the context of the International Criminal Court,” said government spokesman Alain Edouard Traore.

Gadhafi, his son Saif al-Islam Gadhafi and the former head of military intelligence, Abdullah Al-Senussi, face charges in the ICC at The Hague for crimes against humanity related to the regime’s violent crackdown against anti-government protesters. The court issued warrants for their arrests.

Niger and Burkina Faso are signatories to the Rome Statute, meaning they recognize the court’s authority.

In August, Burkina Faso’s Foreign Minister Yipene Djibril Bassolet announced that his country was recognizing the rebels’ National Transitional Council as Libya’s government. When asked what would happen if Gadhafi came to the country, Bassolet responded that Gadhafi could come, but that the government would respect its ICC obligations, Traore said.

The African Union has called on its member states — which include Burkina Faso — to refuse the ICC arrest warrants. In July, the AU called on the U.N. Security Council to activate Article 16 of the Rome Statute, which prevents any investigation or prosecution for a year.

The AU argued that the ICC arrest warrants seriously complicated efforts to find a negotiated political solution in Libya.

Traore told CNN that despite the AU postion, Burkina Faso would “respect our obligation in the context of the ICC.”

An AU representative could not be reached immediately on Tuesday.

Gadhafi has historically been a strong supporter of the African Union and has channeled large sums of money its way.

Traore said Gadhafi was not in his country, and that the Burkina Faso government was not expecting Gadhafi and doesn’t know where he is.

Abdallah Kenshil, chief negotiator for the National Transitional Council, said Tuesday a convoy left the pro-Gadhafi stronghold of Bani Walid three days ago.

“We believe that Saif al-Islam Gadhafi was part of that convoy,” Kenshil said.

NATO said Tuesday that while it “continuously receives reports” about weapons, vehicles and even convoys of vehicles moving throughout Libya, “we do not discuss the intelligence and surveillance information we collect.”

“To be clear, our mission is to protect the civilian population in Libya, not to track and target thousands of fleeing former regime leaders, mercenaries, military commanders and internally displaced people,” a NATO official said in an e-mailed statement.

On Monday, Gadhafi spokesman Musa Ibrahim told Syrian al-Rai TV by phone that Gadhafi was “in excellent health” and that “no one will be able to know where he physically is.”

Meanwhile, representatives of Libya’s transitional leadership met with tribal leaders in Bani Walid Tuesday to reiterate that pro-Gadhafi forces will not be harmed if they surrender peacefully.

“We want them to hear it from us again that we will not harm, kill or hurt anyone if they drop their weapons,” Kenshil said. He added that the NTC made clear there will be no retribution for residents of Bani Walid and that the new leadership of Libya will respect property rights.

“We follow the law and order,” Kenshil told CNN. “This is a new Libya.”

“We don’t have a deal yet, but we are very optimistic and very confident that the tribal leaders of Bani Walid will persuade Gadhafi loyalists and forces to drop their weapons and resolve this peacefully.”

Kenshil said rebels believe there are “several big fish” from the Gadhafi regime in Bani Walid.

For more than six months, Libyans have demanded democratic reforms and an end to Gadhafi’s 42-year rule. The unrest exploded into a civil war, and Gadhafi’s regime crumbled after anti-Gadhafi fighters stormed the capital of Tripoli in late August.

Gadhafi’s wife, two of his sons and other relatives fled to Algeria recently, deepening mistrust between the new Libyan leadership and its neighbor. But Algeria said it acted on humanitarian grounds.

Journalist Ibbo Daddy Abdoulaye in Niamey, Niger, and CNN’s Kareem Khadder and Ben Wedeman contributed to this report

Storms Threaten Rain for Labor Day Weekend

By COLLEEN CURRY
Sept. 1, 2011

Labor Day Weekend could be the last chance sunbathers have to enjoy the beach this summer season, or it could be another wallop of wet weather if two storm systems make their way to land.

Dual storm systems are barreling toward the Gulf Coast and the East Coast as the holiday weekend approaches, threatening large waves, rainy weather, and nervous beachgoers who choose to stay home.

Katia was declared a Category 1 hurricane this morning, with maximum sustained winds of 75 mph. The storm is not expected to hit land during the weekend, but rough weather is expected to hit the Carribbean, and Katia could make landfall in the U.S. next week, according to Dennis Feltgen, spokesman for the National Hurricane Center.

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In the Gulf of Mexico, a tropical disturbance that could become Tropical Storm Lee is heading for Gulf Coast beaches this weekend. Beaches from the Florida panhandle to the Texas coast could be hit with torrential flooding rainfall and at least some coastal flooding and high surf, according to Weather.com.

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There have already been evacuations of some personnel from offshore oil rigs, the report said.

Feltgen said the weather in the Gulf is expected to become a tropical cyclone in the next 48 hours, and potential visitors all along the Gulf Coast should keep an eye on the storm as they make their weekend plans.

“Parts of the Gulf Coast really need the rain, so it could be a godsend to some places,” Feltgen said. “We want the rain but wouldn’t want the winds.”

Feltgen said it’s too early to tell whether Katia will hit the U.S., or predict when or where it could make landfall. It is, however, expected to strengthen over the holiday weekend.

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Hall Of Fame legend Frank Thomas hits a grand slam in the music industry

Most people know Frank Thomas as a baseball legend. However, the music industry has taken notice to his ability to scout music talent.  Thomas, a humble baseball retiree, can claim some credit for discovering rising music star, Christie George.

(International Journalism Review, (IJR) 7/11/2011)Thomas played an active role in changing the pop singer’s original focus of country music to more of a pop and club mix.  Most of her growing list of fans says she has an eclectic mix of sound that can be compared to Madonna, Britney Spears, Kesha (Ke$ha), and Martina McBride.  Christie George is a multi-talented artist who has sung and performed different genres of music including pop, rock and country.  George was part of the original all girl music group that Frank Thomas originally formed, however, she left the group after coming to grips that she was a solo artist.

Thomas tried to replace George and ended up changing the groups name as well. Unfortunately, the group could not survive after several marketing attempts and exposure from Thomas’ numerous connections.  Some of his major exposure attempts included his three-girl band singing the national anthem at a Chicago White Sox home game. 

Most industry experts say that the fans ultimately decide whether they like something or not when it comes to music. MTV journalist, Ken Nelson, told IJR this, “The toughest part about this industry is getting heard. However, even if you’re heard, you still need to have the ‘wow’ factor or ‘I want to hear that song again’ factor.  If a music enthusiast is still deciding if they like a particular song after hearing it three times, it’s not going to grow on them.  The radio, Sirius, and XM play that Barbara Streisand song every minute and it hasn’t grown on me yet. So, exposure alone doesn’t do it.”

IJR spoke to Mark Alan Thompson with ALL THAT Productions, INC., one of George’s decorated producers, and he told us this, “When Christie came in to the music studio for the first time, I was delighted… great looks, great personality, etc. When I started to hear her sing, I was amazed and couldn’t believe she wasn’t already signed to a label.”

George told IJR, “It’s been a rough road… this industry is jaded, corrupt, and money driven.  And unfortunately, none of those things are part of who I am!  I have funded my whole career, and I still work full-time graveyard shifts to pay all my bills.  I am blessed that my career is continuing to advance; and when I get the world to listen to my music, I hope they will become fans.  My goal is to be a performing artist and be able to use my influence to make a difference and give back to those less fortunate than many of us.”

Christie George just finished releasing her third song as she prepares for her Halloween release party at October 27, 2011 at the World famous, “The Bank Nightclub” in Las Vegas, NV. If you would like to hear or purchase one of her singles, go to iTunes or just visit her website at http://www.ChristieGeorge.net.

So whether it’s playing baseball or scouting music talent, Frank Thomas continues to use some of his talents.  Although Thomas and George parted ways, his eye for aptitude and George’s fundamental success cannot be denied.

Glenn Stevens, Senior Journalist, Music and Entertainment Division

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Baby Boomers are becoming the fitness equipment king

According to the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), Baby Boomers are hitting the gyms from every angles, eventually targeting commercial grade home gym equipment to better themselves. These trends indicate they could be most targeted end-user

(IJR News, Dist by Emailwire, August 30, 2011 ) Orange County, CA — The ACSM top fitness trends for 2011 included the number two biggest trend of all, “fitness programs for older adults.” As baby boomers get older and contemplate retirement, they want to remain fit and healthy. They often have the time and discretionary dollars to spend on a personal trainer and the equipment if needed. For this reason, the fitness industry has seen an increase in business even in the slow economic times.

This trend has also helped those that are certified personal trainers as well, as employment numbers for their services have continued to rise in the last 5 years according to The International Council on Active Aging (ICAA). However, ICAA cautioned and advised Baby Boomers and their parents to adhere to their personal trainer checklist.

International Journalism Review (IJR) researched and reached out to the Fitness Equipment King website owner himself, Max Mikhaiel, who told us this “We have over a decade of retail experience in the fitness industry, our crew members have an in-depth knowledge of all the fitness equipment brands and their patented unique designs as well. This is especially important depending on the age of our clients. We will give our clients free advice in how to use any of our fitness equipment with maximum effectiveness, so they can achieve their fitness goals right from the beginning.”

The fitness equipment owner cautioned that anyone using any type of fitness equipment, should always be cleared by a doctor prior to use, to also seek the advice and hands on instruction of a certified personal trainer, and concurred with the ICAA guidelines as well. Some other industry variations that prompted IJR to seek outFitness Equipment King was they seemed to be one of the only companies that offered a regimented price guarantee coupled with free delivery. Fitness equipment in general is very heavy, especially commercial grade, so if a company offers a best price promise, along with free shipping, it warrants investigating.

IJRnews has previously reported on used gym equipment and fitness in general, most recently we looked at how “Baby Boomers target used gym equipment for longevity ,” and we have noted the popularity and trends of Baby Boomers based on several published articles. The most notable trends include, joining a local YMCA, local gym, or senior club initially to accompany themselves with the proper use of various fitness machines. However, over 75% of those people that initially go to a public place, will eventually opt to purchase their own equipment and work out at home.

Whatever the reasons might be, the Baby Boomer generation goals might include losing a few pounds, building strength, lowering their handicap on the links, or taking up triathlons. Sixty is the new 40, so the fitness industry must be prepared to meet the varied fitness demands of this ever-growing segment of the population.

IJR recommends that all Baby Boomers continue to pay attention to their Quality of life. However, because the Baby Boomer generation is so large, it has also become a target for marketing guru’s and bad information.

For this reason, it’s important to consult health care professionals before following unqualified trainers, running to the gym, lifting weights non-stop and then running home and collapsing. No pain, much gain, seems to be the new words of choice from personal trainers who focus on lots of stretching, slow moving aerobic exercises, and other low impact activities. Combine this with the latest fitness equipment, and this massive generation can set examples for new ones.

Kelly Holt, Fitness Trainer & Journalist
Muscle and Fitness advisor / In Shape Magazine columnist
Review International Journalism / www.InternationalJournalismReview.com
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Googles latest algorithms command new SEO techniques

There are three facts in life; death, taxes, and that if your businnes is not on the front page of Google, you really don’t exist. As demand rises so does the competition, this means dollar signs for Google.

(EMAILWIRE.COM, July 11, 2011 ) Search engine optimization (SEO) experts are only as good as their last successful client first page placement. The most up to date techniques are needed to compete with the world’s best. For instance, International Journalism Review (IJR) has found over the past three years, Emailwire has been our best distribution resource in addition to our own news distribution because they deliver first page results.

However, IJR wanted to investigate where do the SEO and web masters gather to share knowledge? IJR did it’s own search engine investigation and searched for web master forums. With that google search, we contacted the googles top spot,www.prompromojunkie.com, and it’s leader Bill Pitman.

Asked to answer many questions Pitman told us this, “Google has two goals, first to give the searcher the safest, best, and most credible results and for that reason it assigns websites a Page Rank (PR). This is a rigorous ranking system that calculates traffic, page errors, spam, length of websites existance, original content, and many other factors. Most of the billion websites in the world get a 0 page rank, decent ones get a 1, good ones get a 2, great ones get a 3, and those above are more elite. There are very few websites above a 6 compared to number of websites.”

“The second goal of google is to make sure its advertisers are position as best as possible depending on their price paid. It is equally important to not position natural ranking websites below paid websites for reasons stated earlier. The way around this is to position ad space in highleted area, or dedicated side bar space thus not interfering with the goals of the searcher.”

Finally, IJR then asked Pittmon the top three important factors that search engines look for today, “That is a good question because if you ask me next month my answer might change. Page rank is obviously more important than an Alexa ranking because you can’t cheat googles own ranking. Original content would be second, and I would put press releases along with content. Finally, how ones website is linked to keywords, pictures, , other websites, and Googles own You Tube, play a strategic role. Without giving away all my secrets and in a nut shell, it is best to be linked to websites with a PR that is equal to or higher then your own and how,where, and what keywords are placed on websites, videos and pictures plays a big influence.”

Finally IJR inquired about email marketing, in specific bulk email marketing, from a consumer position as well as a marketing position and Pitman told us this. “Mass email marketing can be both a business’s best ally and a consumers most annoying thing to appear in their inbox. It is important to use a bulk email software program that recognizes both of these needs. I personally use www.marketing-2000.net which is Internet based and is compliant with all spamming laws.”

IJR learned that although many of the old SEO techniques still carry some importance, the use meta tags, social media, blogging, etc. play a much different role than it once did. Google’s job is to try and stay one step ahead of the world of SEO experts in order to get the most advertising dollars possible. SEO experts seem to welcome the challenge.

Thirty years ago a person would go to one or two doctors for almost any medical reason. In today’s world there is medical specialist for almost every part of the human body. The same can be said for computers and the Internet, 20 years ago there were few languages used by computers and the Internet was just starting to be used for business. Today, computers and the Internet dictate business and the days of having one person build a company’s website and optimize it is almost extinct. It would be like asking a dermantologist to perform brain surgery in that he or she might know a lot about the medical field but is not a specialist in that area.

Joseph Cutter, International Journalism Review senior journalist
InternationalJournalismReview@gmail.com.
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“UFC Legend Randy Couture compares his Pharmaceutical supplements to car motor oil”

(January, 14 2009) With another UFC fight two weeks away, and another title shot on the horizon, Randy “The Natural” Couture is 46 years old and can tell you exactly how he is able to do it.


Doctor Fitzgerald, Randy Couture, Chris Greenman


Couture shows his support of our U.S. troops

Randy explains why XCAP is a good idea

John “The Blood Doc” explains everything

(EMAILWIRE.COM, January 15, 2010 ) Las Vegas, NV – In an exclusive interview with ProFightNetwork (PFN) in Las Vegas, NV; Randy “The Natural” Couture told PFN’s president, Chris Greenman, that you get only one body and that it is imperative to only put the best things in it, that is why the UFC icon ran with a Pharmaceutical grade supplement that allows him to compete at 46 years-old.

Chris Greenman, who is the national sales manager for Couture’s coveted line of supplements, XCAP (Xtreme Couture’s Athletic Pharmaceuticals), was at lunch and asked Randy how he planned to compete with a flooded market? Couture told Greenman, “When I go talk to kids at schools or sports teams I say the same thing and ask for a volunteer. I ask if I told you that I will buy you any car in the world what you would pick. Most kids will say Ferrari or Bentley etc, but then there is more to my gift. I tell the kids that they can only put the oil from the grandpa’s tractor in their new car, how would that car perform? Well the answer is really simple, you get one body, you only want to put the best ingredients and nutrients in that body you’re dealt with. My product is made to pharmaceutical standards, it’s very high grade, and we know exactly what goes into it. It is expensive to make my line of products because we don’t put fillers, anything artificial, and it there are strict controls in the process. Many times Biotics will reject shipments of ingredients because they don’t meet the standards set forth to be a true pharmaceutical grade. Our profit margin is very small, I want to put the best product out there not a cheap product with a fancy label that I endorse. I believe people will feel the results and it will speak for itself, it is what I use and I am living proof.”

Couture has an impeccable reputation not only in the Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) world but in general and Greenman states that being the number one reason for signing on as Randy’s Sales director. Greenman also told us that he has never endorsed anything that he himself doesn’t use nor have full confidence in, he says XCAP is by far the best product I have ever taken.

Greenman has been in the MMA world his entire life and established www.ProFightNetwork.com after a falling out with UFC legend Chuck Liddell and the website they owned together. Greenman told us, “It’s a complete honor to be working with Randy Couture in any capacity, he is actually the only guy that I didn’t mind beating up my friend Chuck because he is a legend and class act. After Chuck and I parted ways after a 20 year friendship, I told myself I was just going to run my internet businesses and open a few MMA gyms in Southern California. Most importantly, I said I would never get involved in business with another MMA fighter unless it was maybe Couture or Tito Ortiz simply because they get the business end of fighting. The thing about MMA is that it is a complicated and beyond the vast audience’s scope of what it involved, so is business, and most fighters don’t get both.”

“Well God, Lee Honish, or somebody put all this together and PFN was born. With PFN, I make real careful decisions, control the company, and only associate with people or companies whom I respect and have integrity, obviously Randy Couture is on top of that list. One thing I have always admired about Randy is that he always promoted his brand and didn’t have 20 sponsors on his shorts that you can’t read. He is one of the few that is intelligent both in and out of the ring much like Frank Mir and Tito Ortiz to name a few.”

PFN recently renamed it’s popular top rated and number one broadcasted MMA and boxing radio show (Fight_Net Radio) to MMABAY radio this last week, along with teaming with many mainstream affiliates. PFN’s forum is the fastest growing forum in MMA according to Google ranks and the website itself is positioning better each week in Alexa and Google rankings. With several thousand members, many top fighters, celebrities, and NFL football stars, the community is growing and is poised for greatness, apparently just like it’s only endorsed supplement, Randy Couture’s XCAP.
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Earth Energy Exploration educates masses on oil and gas through the internet

EARTH ENERGY EXPLORATION IS BEGINNING TO RELEASE EDUCATION FOR THE MASSES ON OIL AND GAS WHICH WILL FOCUS ON THE BASICS THAT MANY PEOPLE LACK WHEN IT COMES TO OIL AND GAS.

(EMAILWIRE.COM, February 20, 2010 ) New York, NY – Worldwide per-capita oil consumption is closely correlated with man’s standard of living. Developing nations with newly supercharged economies, such as China and India, are now demanding increased per-capita oil consumption. However, oil is a finite resource whose global production is about to begin its irreversible decline.

As oil and natural gas pricing continues to hover at near historic highs, it may make sense to consider energy assets as part of a diversified portfolio. Earth Energy Exploration (EEI), provides access to energy sector opportunities that cater to specific portfolio needs and diverse preferences.

EEI tells us that formation & location are very important when debating oil and gas. Millions of years ago, dead plants and microscopic animals (organic material) were deposited in sedimentary basins with mud, sand and other sediments. Over time, the sediments were compacted and transformed into layers of sedimentary rock, also called “traps.”

According to National Geographic and Discovery, the sediments are transformed into oil and gas through the thermal conversion of organic matter trapped in source rocks. This happens when source rocks are buried deeper and the temperature rises and pressure increases. The liquid or gas that forms is known as ‘hydrocarbons.’

For an oil or gas field to form, the liquid or gas must leave the source rocks and move through the pores and spaces of permeable rock or along minor fractures and fault lines. If oil and gas are not trapped in a reservoir formation they will escape to the earth’s surface as a seepage.

Location, therefore, seems to make the most sense when it becomes a decision one makes in regards to potentially investing or simply deciding to build on land that might be rich in this highly desired material.

Earth Energy Exploration team with scientists and make use of geology and geophysics to ‘see’ what is happening beneath the earth in a process called seismic surveying. As an important feature of locating oil and gas for potential exploration, seismic surveying can be performed on land and sea by using different recording equipment.

Scientists can create a ‘picture’ of the rock layer structure by measuring the time it takes energy waves to reach the surface.

Once the seismic data is collected, it must be processed and carefully interpreted to decide whether further testing is needed or if exploration can begin.

ENERGY EXPLORATION & EXPLOITATION (Earth Energy Exploration) provides up-to-date informative reviews and original articles on important issues in the exploration, exploitation, use and economics of the world’s energy resources. Readers are able to keep abreast of
advances and activities in many disciplines covering the full range of the energy industries. Contributions cover:

• crude and heavy oils, oil sands, shale oils and natural gas.
• coal and coal conversion to liquid and gas products.
• nuclear fuels, electricity and renewable energies.
• exploration and exploitation of fossil fuels and uranium.
• resource development, case histories of new fields, opportunities and prospects.
• reviews of energy company activities.
• environmental impact of exploration, development and use, together with waste management.
• periodical reviews of major energy topics.
• short communications, conference reports and literature reviews.
Earth Energy Exploration is an industry leading developer of domestic oil and natural gas producing properties, to learn more about EEI visit their website atwww.eartheei.com and don’t forget to put in the password “success.”

Sandra Renolds, Staff Journalist
International Journalism Review
InternationaljournalismReview@gmail.com New York, NY 10100

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Joe Rogan is praised, UFC 113 is no winking matter for Dana White

Rogan is praised by one of his harshest critics, UFC has its own civil war after the fight, and now one must ask, “Is Dana winking on Twitter after Saturdays UFC 113 PPV?”

(EMAILWIRE.COM, May 10, 2010 ) Newport Beach, CA – Based on Whites’s reactions and decisions post fight day, UFC’s Dana White has been presented an almost identical situation StikeForce’s Scott Coker faced two weeks ago.

The truth about MMA fighters is they like to fight and UFC fighters are no different. StrikeForce after fight activities was followed by apologies and punishments. In reality, I felt it was propaganda for a future fight that got out of hand. So UFC and StrikeForce are tied with the two embarrassing instances which is a wash, but there have been no reports of Scott Coker winking on Twitter, not yet at least?

Now the UFC raises the bar because like StrikeForce, not only does the UFC have some of the top fighters in the world, but the staff at Pro Fight Network (PFN), MMABAY Radio, and myself believe the UFC might possibly have the greatest actor in the world in Josh Koscheck, and Hollywood should start making claims to his talent.

It was such first-rate acting that it even fooled the mass audience until the replay, and most of all, until Joe Rogan pointed it out to the world. For many reasons this was a huge risk what Joe did. I personally have to take my hat off to Joe Rogan, I have always felt he is the best announcer in the MMA game with enough well- rounded knowledge, but personally I have never cared for the way he has acted outside the play calling booth. I call a spade a spade, and apparently Joe does too, my respect took on a whole new level for this UFC double main event header.

Joe Rogan said, “Josh you better take a look at the tape and then get up off the ground” Announcing to the world that Josh didn’t get hit and that he was faking. I compare it to a super market manager announcing to the owners of a major chain store on CNN news that all of the workers were stealing Lotto tickets. It doesn’t go over too well for the Stores image and your job might be at stake for your timing and tactics. But your reputation among fellow employees is of concern and worth mentioning, in this case we have to include the fighters, since Joe Rogan claims to be one.

However risky it could have been, I believe Rogan in reality did the biggest favor for Dana White and the Fertitas and he should get a raise. By staying course and not trying to justify the injury I felt the sport gained credibility. I feel it clearly defined Joe Rogan’s character as a MMA fan and spokesman, and contrary to some initial assessments, a very standup guy in the MMA world. I personally invite Joe to create a profile on ProFightNetwork and befriend me.

Koscheck will not be happy with Joe pointing out his acting debut in front of millions of people and it will put other fighters on notice, especially those that train with him at American Kickboxing Academy (AKA). His management Zinken Entertainment should be concerned as well. But unilateral acts like this is why Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) is such an awesome sport. Its real and we never want people to think otherwise nor profit from it by act such as this. If Rogan wouldn’t have mentioned this, all sorts of allegations could have been made if later pointed out and could have significantly discredited the sport of MMA.

The Paul Daley aftermath I believe was a reaction and was based on emotion. It was blatant obvious as the referee gave back the point he took away under false pretense. Daley most likely felt that Koscheck was “buying time” because Koscheck was not doing well at that point or something to those regards. He made it real clear that Koscheck wouldn’t fight and he cheated, so he reacted.

Both fighters should be dealt with like the NFL commissioner would deal with a pro football player that did something similar, such as hiking a football and the quarterback hiding the football in his back jersey. Maybe a defensive lineman would react by getting a real late hit because he wasn’t amused. Bottom line, it would be outside the scope of expectation for the sport. In this case, anything but punishing a pro fighter for making an indirect but deliberate act that could discredit the organization (UFC) and the sport of MMA is unacceptable.

ProFightNetwork and MMABAY Radio wish to publically acknowledge the unilateral act Joe Rogan did on behalf of MMA and give our respects. We have not progressed the sport to only see it regress. Because fighters in the cage are supposed to be tough, not faking injury’s in time of panic and especially pointing blame on ones opponent to attempt to gain undeserved points. Josh Koscheck should be as embarrassed as Paul Daley but it is too close for me to call who should be more. A sucker punch or a fraudulent acting job that initiated it, both class less acts and not a blinking Twitter moment.

Chris Greenman CEO/President Pro Fight Network Corp.
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Orange County Rocket Scientist takes banks head on when negotiating REO properties

Many real estate experts say that an “As Is” foreclosed bank-owned property (REO) is the final word, meaning no negotiations, especially in a rising Orange County real estate field. Reasons are plentiful but not all agents take that approach.

(EMAILWIRE.COM, December 16, 2009 ) Oakland, CA – According to Roxana Greenman of Concierge Realty Network, “Every house has a minimal price tag the seller will end up taking, whether it is a bank or an actual owner, I find that number.” So you think you got the best deal in your foreclosed REO or short sale property, International Journalism Review (IJR) found a Rocket Scientist that thinks maybe not.

According to Roxana Greenman, that is just where negotiations begin. In fact, Greenman told IJR “Last week I helped a first-home-time buyer purchase a beautiful Tustin home for under the listing price and as an “as is” sale.” Greenman told us she knew her buyer was qualified but also knew there was more negotiating still in store. She said, “I negotiated all section 1 work to be paid by the REO bank including remodeling of two bathrooms that had dry-rot in the subfloors, and this was on the eleventh hour, patience and tact paid off. The clients were ecstatic that the shower pan was replaced and the shower area was retiled with beautiful new tile work. The two bathrooms received new flooring and all the section one work was completely paid for throughout the house.”

Time is running out on bragging rights to securing the ultimate price deal in this housing crisis according to many real estate sources in the Southern California and Orange County housing information resources. Closing as what she explained as a tough deal in today’s banking market, it doesn’t seem to be “Rocket Science,” and she would know because Roxana Greenman happens to hold a coveted Ph. D. from Stanford University in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering.

Roxana Greenman is part of a new group of five Elite brokers that within the last month put together an all star team comprised of members from First Team Estates. First Team in itself is already the number one brokerage in Orange County among active real estate companies. The group was hand selected by it’s leader and one of First Team top producers, Dean Lueck, and Roxana Greenman must have fit the technical negotiator they were looking for.

Although Roxana has been a licensed broker for several years and has led two Real Estate Corporations, she prides herself on being a buyer’s agent, especially in her home of Southern California. She told us, “If you pride yourself on being a thorough and specialized buyers agent, your naturally an ideal fit for a listing agent as well, this doesn’t necessarily work in reverse order however, and people listing their houses should be aware of that, it isn’t about putting a sign in the yard and making pretty fliers anymore.”

IJR believes that foreclosures, REO’s, short sales, and real estate bargains seem to be available even in Orange County, however one must anticipate that all good things must come to an end. Just as literally millions of people made fortunes on the real estate frenzy in 2004, 2005, and 2006, it came at the expense of others. People will make the same if not bigger fortunes if they buy at the right time, and that time could be now as this country battles some of the largest home losses in values in almost a century.

Concierge Realty Network claims timing is everything. Lueck, an OC top producer, says the time to buy is now or maybe a month ago. Greenman the rocket scientist broker that is actually qualified to figure out computational fluid dynamics of basic rain gutters or roof angles, or flow in pipes for that matter in a single family home says timing points now. The rest of the members of Concierge seem to concur as well. Concierge makes a good argument that experience, education, results, and timing make them a front runner in choices for any home buyer looking to purchase a home or for anyone considering selling their Orange County home.

Mary Muller – independent writer – Real Estate investor, speaker, Title officer
InternationalJournalismReview@gmail.com / 510 697-7646

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Livermore Chiropractor uses breakthrough techniques to lower high-blood pressure and treat the most difficult cases of back and neck pain.

Approaching one million patients, Dr. George Khoury shows no signs of slowing down. Although people have come from all over the world to be treated by this chiropractic phenom, the Tri-Valley and Livermore residents get a world class chiropractor

Dr. Khoury introduces himself and his practice

(EMAILWIRE.COM, November 09, 2009 ) Livermore, CA. Tri-Valley and Livermore residents get bragging rights to having the miracledoc in their backyard. Testimonials by cured patients run in the thousands and this Livermore Chiropractorhas taken the profession to a whole new level (see testimonials on www.miracledoc.com , Advanced Health Chiropractic). Dr. Khoury will quickly tell you his most recent favorites:

“My patient Fernando’s blood pressure dropped 40 points within 3 weeks of starting care.”

“With our special bio-cranial technique, my patient John Manha was able to walk with a cane and drive a car. He was previously confined to an electric wheelchair because of progressive multiple sclerosis.”

“Our patients with chronic degenerative disc disease have a 94% success rate in preventing surgery.”

“April, who had been suffering from severe migraines approximately 20 days out of each month, has not experienced a migraine since her 12th visit.”

Being one of about 50 chiropractors ever to be given the most prestigious award of the professions short 115 year history, Dr. Khoury covets his “Master of Chiropractic” award but takes more satisfaction in his results. Dr. Khoury has adapted the most powerful aspects of 7 different chiropractic techniques into one specialized brand of chiropractic that help treat the most difficult cases of back and neck pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, headaches and migraines, sciatica, fibromyalgia and chronic pain syndrome.

Dr. George Khoury also uses a very special upper cervical technique to lower high blood pressure. This technique has been proven to lower blood pressure dramatically and was covered on “Good Morning America” this year. The medical correspondent for “Good Morning America” was amazed and stated that the studies showed upper cervical chiropractic adjustments where more effective than blood pressure medication without all the side effects. http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/OnCall/story?id=4520614&page=1

Chiropractic in general is a practice that has been in play for a little over a century and the popularity is growing. Dr. Khoury has pioneered an end to the revolving door in certain practices that never seem to terminate on the patients side. This Livermore chiropractic icon initiated this by creating a think tank and bringing together specialist in the healthcare industry to study and develop techniques to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of chiropractic care to the masses. Advance Health Chiropractic and Miracle Doc seem to be well chosen names for Khoury, according to is patients and out of the box thinking for this practice.

Khoury told us, “Chiropractic has never been more effective than what it can do for people today. Our office knows what patients want and the exciting news is we have an advanced technique that has a start and a definite end to the patient’s care resulting in the highest recovery rates in the profession. If you tear a ligament in your knee, there is a process, you take X rays, then maybe an MRI, then possible alternatives to surgery if any, of course surgery, recovery, and finally rehab and that is usually it, maybe a follow up every 6 months. Practicing advanced chiropractic is very similar, we assess the problem, pick a plan to address it, and monitor it. Our goal is to treat and relieve our patients of pain to the best of our ability.”

Proof is in the pudding, Livermore Chiropractic and Dr. George Khoury seem to be leading the way in helping people in regards to back pain, spinal pain, neck pain, and the list goes on. Technology meets leadership and integrity, Khoury leads by example, and one million patients can’t be wrong. Visit www.Miracledoc.com , Advanced Health Chiropractic for more info.

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