Humor :: School Stand Up Comedy Talent Show

Did you ever think of going to a school stand up comedy talent show? Well, I tried to. Of course, you’ve got to go to the school and study stand up comedy first.

Now this comedy movies watch comedy movies for free watch online free took me by surprise. But I found out that he is right! Lots of top comedians are really very serious guys when they are off-stage. In fact, some really terrific comedians took life so seriously that they couldn’t stand it and committed suicide.

Ok, so don’t take it too seriously, nothing is that important. But if you go to one of these schools make sure they think you are serious.

What do I mean? Well, get yourself a real act, not just a few jokes. Sure, the audience will laugh at good jokes, but you want them to be laughing all the time. So who are you? Look at yourself in the mirror. Are you a suited gent who might have just walked in from your office in the bank? This is one way to go.

Or are you long haired and wear scruffy clothes all the time? Well, that can work when you eventually get to the school stand up comedy talent show. Snag is, that quite a few other people will do it. You could dress like a clown, and fall about the place a bit – but that’s getting away from stand-up comedy.

What you need to do is to be creative. You could always come on with an umbrella up, or with a briefcase bulging with papers where you search for jokes.

Comedians For hire

That might be enough to win at stand up comedian videos the school stand up comedy talent show if you get your jokes right.

See, when you enter a school stand up comedy talent show, you need to be yourself, and make sure that is different from anyone else – and exaggerated.

By the way, I did find a stand up comedy school where I was accepted, but that’s another story. In the end, though, I found the best way to turn my act into a laughter-maker was online.


How to build your home from scratch for $35,000

Story highlightsMakers around the world develop low-cost solutions to global housing shortage’WikiHouse’ allows users to design, share, download, adapt and ‘print’ their own houseIrish architect Dominic Stevens built his own home for under EUR25,000Renzo Piano, designer of Europe’s tallest building, has unveiled his smallest project: a tiny one-person house

Imagine if it were possible to build your own home, in this day and age, for less than $35,000. Or to cut up some timber and piece your new home together like a giant jigsaw puzzle.

What if you could create, with your own hands, a home that collects its own rainwater and generates its own power, so you never have to pay a bill again?

As far-fetched as it sounds, if you can’t afford to wood art buy a house, then designing and building your own may be more viable than you assumed. Today, upcoming architects and designers are coming up with solutions to the problem of rocketing property prices, by building houses of their own and sharing their plans on the internet.

In the UK, a young architectural practice has devised the world’s first ‘open-source’ building. Made of simple materials and freely available plans, the ‘WikiHouse’ was conceived by English designer Alastair Parvin as a low-cost solution to the global housing shortage.

The aim of the project is to allow anyone in the world to design, share, download, adapt and ‘print’ a house that is inexpensive and tailored to their own needs.

Construction of the house requires no special parts and the entire building can be made from pieces of timber that snap together. According to its inventors, the frame of the WikiHouse can be assembled in under a day, by people with absolutely no construction training.

Using a CNC machine, amateur builders can download cutting files from the company’s website and then “print” the component parts of the WikiHouse from a sheet of plywood.

Parvin says cheap wooden maps that the motivation for designing cheap, easy-to-build housing was to help make architecture more accessible. “The open secret is that in reality almost everything we today call architecture is actually design for the 1%,” Parvin says. “The challenge facing the next generation of architects is how, for the first time, we will make our client not the 1% but the 100% — to radically democratize the production of architecture.”

For Parvin, spreading affordable housing requires the empowerment of amateurs. “We are moving into a future where the factory can be everywhere — and increasingly the design team can be everyone. We need to build tools and institutions for the social economy — the ‘long tail’ of people who are making for themselves,” Parvin says. This same spirit is present in Dominic Stevens’ grassroots project ‘Irish Vernacular’, in which he built a home for $33,200. Stevens documented his efforts to create his house online to inspire others who might wish to follow his lead. The blog features comprehensive photography and information on the building process, plus professional plans and cartoon instructions that are simple enough for almost anyone to follow.Stevens’ self-built home is a stunningly impressive three bedroom house that looks like it’s been ripped from the pages of Wallpaper magazine. The building’s bright living spaces and high quality finish belie its low price. According to Stevens, the house was primarily made from timber, and its roof is clad with a lightweight corrugated material called onduline. The house was largely constructed by a small group of Stevens’ friends over the course of a long weekend (plus a little extra time to get the project finalized).

After sharing his plans online, Stevens says that he received significant interest from people hoping to build their own home. “By sharing my plans, I hope that it might be inspirational to people who have the skills, or will, or wish to put their own house together.”

Stevens has also found that making his plans publicly available has actually stimulated his business. “I think if you open up and submit to sharing things, you get it all back,” he says.

Craig Strachan, Development Director at the National Self Build Association warns that not everyone will wooden maps necessarily be able to build their own home: “Dominic Stevens’ project is inspiring — a fantastic home created for a fraction of the usual cost, however the time and energy required to do this make it difficult for the ‘average person’ to undertake.”

Seeking a cheaper lifestyle and a more ecological existence, Simon Dale built his own ‘Hobbit House’ in Wales back in 2009 for just $4,600 (£3,000). Dale says the whole building was constructed with a hammer, a one-inch chisel and a chainsaw, and was made largely of scavenged materials. Dale says “Anything you could possibly want is in a rubbish pile somewhere — windows, burner, plumbing, wiring.”

Dale, who has no training as a builder, built his eco-home with the help of a few friends and family members. The eco-home uses water from a nearby stream, and is heated by a wood burning stove with wood gathered from the surrounding forests. The property has a compost toilet, and is powered by solar panels on the roof.

Famous architects have also been turning their minds to the global housing crisis. Renzo Piano, the designer of the Shard — London’s tallest building — recently unveiled a working model for the ‘Diogene’ — the smallest scale project he has ever mounted, which attempts to create a functional micro home that is fully featured but at an economical scale.

Renzo Piano’s Diogene house is designed to function self-sufficiently. Water is collected by the house, then cleaned and reused. The house also generates its own power through solar panels mounted on the roof.

Architecture critic Hubertus Adam says that Piano’s design addresses many of the housing crisis’s central problems: “We live in an age in which the demand for sustainability forces us to minimize our ecological footprint. This is paired with the desire to concentrate and reduce the direct living environment to the truly essential things.”

Strachan says that individuals building their own houses may be critical to the future of home ownership: “self build and custom build offer people a real alternative to buying a new home, and allows them to define the environment in which they live. Most projects use local labor and materials which helps stimulate the economy around them.”

Chiropractic Is Responsable For The Rebirth Of Homeopathy In America by Dr. Sylvain Desforges

Chiropractic Is Responsable For The Rebirth Of Homeopathy In America

 by: Dr. Sylvain Desforges

The history of homeopathy begins with the discoveries of its founder Samuel Hahnemann (1755-1843), a German physician. Hahnemann’s first comments about the general applicability of the law of similars came in 1789.

Maybe the most prevalent reason that allopaths disliked homeopaths and homeopathy was expressed at a 1903 AMA (American Medical Association) meeting by a distinguished orthodox physician. “We must,” he said, “admit that we never fought the homeopath on matters of principle; we fought him because he came into the community and got the business.” Most physicians, even now, will not admit that economic factors play a chief role in what is practiced and what is allowed to be practiced. It only makes sense then that Hahnemann’s principles constituted a philosophical, clinical, and economic threat to orthodox medicine.

The growing popularity of homeopathy in the United States started shortly after Hans Gram, a Danish homeopath, emigrated in the US in 1825.

1875 marked the year Michigan legislature voted to give money to a new hospital as long two homeopathic professors were allowed to teach at the University of Michigan.

In a 1890 Harpers Magazine article Mark Twain mentioned the great value of treatments homeopathy: “The introduction of homeopathy forced the old school doctor to stir around and learn something of a rational nature about his business. Good old Mark also proclaimed “that you may honestly feel grateful that the homeopath survived attempts of the allopathists to destroy it.”

By the early 1900s, there were 22 homeopathic medical schools, more than 100 homeopathic hospitals, over 60 orphan asylums and old people’s homes and more than 1,000 homeopathic pharmacies in the United States.

In 1910, the Carnegie Foundation issued the infamous Flexner Report, an evaluation of American medical schools headed by Mr. Abraham Flexner and of course in cooperation with leading members of the AMA. While pretending to at least be somewhat objective, Flexner in his report established guidelines to endorse orthodox medical schools and condemn homeopathic ones. The report gave the most credits to medical schools with a full time teaching faculty and institutions that taught a pathological and physiochemical analysis of the human body. Homeopathic colleges did not get as high credits because there preference of employing professors who were not only teachers or researchers but also in clinical practice. Even though homeopathic schools included many basic science courses, they offered courses in pharmacology, which the Flexner report found to be a waist of time.

By 1906, the AMA’s Council on Medical Education had created a list of unacceptable schools that in 1910, and closed hundreds of private medical and homeopathic schools and named Johns Hopkins as the model school. As you might have guessed, homeopathic colleges, in general, were given poorer ratings by Mr. Flexner’s report. One of the implications of the report was that only graduates of schools that received a high rating were permitted to take the medical licensing exams. In 1900 there were 22 homeopathic colleges, by 1923 only two remained.

Between 1930 and 1975 it seemed that the AMA’s oppression of homeopathy was complete. By 1950 all homeopathic colleges in the U.S were either closed or ceased to teach homeopathy. There were only 50 to 150 practicing homeopaths in the country, and most of them were over 50 years old.

A chiropractor, Dr. John Bartholomew Bastyr, N.D., D.C (1912-1995), was a third-generation homeopath from Dr. Adolph von Lippe. teacher was Dr. C. P. Bryant (who had been, in 1939, president of the International Hahnemannian Association). C. P. Bryant had been taught by Walter Bushrod James who had been one of Lippe’s closest students. He received doctorate degrees in naturopathy and chiropractic from Northwest Drugless Institute and Seattle Chiropractic College, respectively. He became licensed to practice naturopathic medicine in 1936. He is also credited with being the Father of Modern Naturopathic Medicine. Because of Bastyr’s influence naturopaths have been at the forefront of the rebirth of homeopathy in this country. He made sure that homeopathy shared equal emphasis with nutrition, hydrotherapy and botanical medicine in naturopathic education. Dr. Bastyr considered manipulation the most important therapy in his practice.

“Bastyr’s conversion to homeopathy was an important move for the modern naturopathic profession. Homeopathy had been part of naturopathic medicine for decades, but its role had been much more peripheral. The majority of practitioners had not received such intensive, classical instruction as Bastyr. In the 1950’s when Bastyr became involved in establishing and teaching a naturopathic curriculum at the National College of Naturopathic Medicine in Portland, his balanced emphasis of homeopathy as a therapeutic modality coequal with nutrition, hydrotherapy and botanical medicine assured its place in the ongoing development of naturopathic science.”

-Kirshfeld and Boyle, Nature Doctors, Buckeye Naturopathic Press, 1994

Naturopathy, which combined nature cure with homeopathy, massage, spinal manipulation, and therapeutic electricity, was developed in America largely through the work of Benedict Lust (pronounced loost; 1872-1945). From 1900-1938, naturopathic medicine flourished in America. Interest then declined, due to the emergence of “miracle medicine,” surgical advances during WWII, and the growing political sophistication of the American Medical Association (AMA). Chiropractic and naturopathy were taught together until about 1955 when the National Chiropractic Association stopped granting accreditation to schools that also taught naturopathy. In 1956, doctors founded the National College of Naturopathic Medicine in an attempt to keep the profession alive.

Dr. John Bastyr served as executive director. A chiropractor, naturopath and obstetrician, he began his practice in Seattle in the depths of the Great Depression; Bastyr was so revered as a physician and teacher that the Naturopathic College in Seattle was named in his honor. The key to Bastyr’s legendary clinical successes lay in his basic philosophy. In a 1985 interview, asked to distinguish between naturopathy and conventional medicine, he said, “The basic difference is that in naturopathy it’s not the doctor who does the curing, it’s the patient.”

In 1978, after twenty years with only one legitimate college graduating naturopathic physicians (National College of Naturopathic Medicine in Portland, OR), the first new naturopathic medical school, Bastyr University, was opened in Seattle, WA. In 1987, Bastyr University became the first naturopathic college to become accredited by the Council on Naturopathic Medical Education, which is the federally recognized accrediting agency for naturopathic medical colleges.

There are four recognized naturopathic medical colleges in the United States today: Bastyr University, National College of Naturopathic Medicine, Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine & Health Sciences, and University of Bridgeport College of Naturopathic Medicine. There is also one in Canada, the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine. Naturopathic medical training begins with a conventional premedical education. The student progresses to a four-year, scientificallybased medical school program. The first two years concentrate on standard medical school sciences such as anatomy, physiology, chemistry, etc. The second two years are oriented toward the clinical sciences, diagnosis and treatment. Standard medical techniques are taught along with mainstay naturopathic medical therapies. The end product of a naturopathic medical school program is a well-rounded family care physician that specializes in such therapies as: nutrition, botanical medicines, and homeopathy.

The Council on Homeopathic Education is the only organization that accredits training programs treatments in classical homeopathy. To date, it has accredited five institutions: Bastyr University of Natural Health Sciences in Seattle; College of Naturopathic Medicine in Canada, Hahnemann Medical Clinic in Albany, California; the National College of Naturopathic Medicine in Portland, and the International Foundation for Homeopathy, also in Seattle. Notice that three of those are actually naturopathic schools fonded by chiropractors.

Brian Inglis (1916-1993), a distinguished British historian, commentator, and author of a two-volume work, The History Of Medicine, has declared: “the rise of Chiropractic…has been one of the most remarkable social phenomena in American History…yet it has gone virtually unexplored” (Inglis, THE CASE FOR UNORTHODOX MEDICINE, 1965). He was, at the time, unaware of the profound influence chiropractic would have on modern alternative medicine (CAM) as we know today.

Not only did chiropractic saved both the naturopathic and homeopathic professions from extinction in the United States, but it also brougth solid academic grounds for their development towards well recognized health sciences.

Dr Sylvain Desforges, B.Sc., D.C., D.O., N.D. :

Pros and Cons of Designer Babies

Did You Know?

The term ‘designer baby’ was actually coined by journalists and not scientists.The term ‘designer baby’ made its entry into the Oxford English Dictionary in 2004, where it is defined as “a baby whose genetic makeup has been artificially selected by genetic engineering, combined with in vitro fertilization to ensure the presence or absence of particular genes or characteristics.”

What is a Designer Baby?

Advances in genetics have given birth to this concept of ‘designer baby’, wherein, parents and doctors are able to genetically screen embryos for any genetic disorders. In vitro fertilization (IVF) technique involves the fertilization of the egg by the sperm in test tubes, outside the mother’s body. This allows doctors to screen the embryos. Genetic screening has made it possible to eliminate genes associated with several genetic defects and terminal illnesses.

A revolutionary technique called ‘preimplantation process’, when used in conjunction with tissue typing, is used to screen embryos for any genetic disease and only the disease-free embryos are implanted into the mother’s womb. However, the technique is not limited to screening for genetic and hereditary disorders, but is also used for cosmetic reasons.

Dr. Jeff Steinberg, Director of the Los Angeles Fertility Institute, who played a major role in the world’s first test tube baby in 1978, states that by using preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD), parents can choose the gender, eye, skin, and hair color of the baby. Various other physical traits such as intelligence, beauty, height, stopping a propensity towards obesity, freedom from mental illnesses, athletic ability, etc. can be also determined. He went on to say that this service is available solely to couples seeking IVF.

Designer babies have been debated for over a decade. While some people believe designer babies can revolutionize life beyond our imagination, others believe such a revolutionizing technique can cause harm to mankind in the future. Let’s have a look at the pros and cons of designer babies.

Pros of Designer Babies

Savior Child

Adam Nash was the world’s first known designer baby, born by the revolutionary ‘preimplantation process’ in the year 2000. Scientists genetically selected his embryo, so that he would possess the right cells to save his dying sister’s life. His sister suffered from Fanconi’s anemia (blood disorder), and mostly the chances of Adam getting that disorder was also very high. Out of a total of 30 embryos, an embryo free from Fanconi’s anemia was chosen. When Adam was born, the blood cells from his umbilical cord, were transplanted into his sister’s body, which saved her life. In no way was Adam subjected to any kind of medical procedures to save his sister’s life, thus, Adam was in no way affected.

Same was the case with Charlie Whitaker, who suffered from Diamond-Blackfan Anemia. His parents wanted to have a designer baby to save Charlie’s life. Since they were denied the right in UK, they went to US, to have their baby. In 2003, Charlie’s baby brother was born and the stem cells from his umbilical cord would be used to treat Charlie.

However, many pro-life groups are against the concept of savior children. Let’s have a look at what the parents of savior children have to say in their defense.

Pro-life Group’s Argument

The savior child is wanted to save the other sibling, and may feel unloved for being exploited.

Parents’ Defense

Jason and Lesley Gregory decide to have a designer baby, to save the life of their daughter Harriet, who is born with a rare brain condition. However, the birth of baby Michael to save Harriet, was criticized by may pro-life groups that said children need to be born for their own worth, not to save siblings. To this Lesley Gregory, mother of Harriet and Michael says, “We love Michael as much as we do our other children. When he’s older we’ll tell him what his purpose was, that he’s extra-special for the gift he gave. If something happened to Harriet, hopefully Michael’s arrival would cushion the blow. Until then we’ll do everything in our power to save her. Wouldn’t any parent do the same?”

On the other hand, a not so fortunate Shahana Hashmi, was denied the right to have a designer baby in the UK (on ethical grounds), to save her four-year old son who was suffering from a rare and terminal blood disorder. Later, when the right was restored, her body has passed the viable reproductive stage, and she was unable to bring a savior child for her ailing son. To this she says, ”Our intention was never to create a designer child. It was to create a much loved child who could help his brother.”

Prevent Genetic Disorders

Genetic screening can reduce the baby’s chances of being born with several serious diseases like Down syndrome, spinal muscular atrophy, cystic fibrosis, familial hypercholesterolemia, rare blood disorders such as Diamond-Blackfan anemia, etc.

Families with inherited medical conditions like diabetes, obesity, hypertension, etc. or diseases like parkinson’s disease, thalassemia, cancer, arthritis, hypothyroidism, Alzheimer’s disease, etc. want to go in for designer babies to prevent the next generation from inheriting genes with these diseases.

Disease-bearing genes can be screened for and only those without the disease can be implanted into the uterus. Thus, ensuring a healthy next generation. With the help of this new technology, parents can be assured their children won’t have to struggle with the same illness they or their family members are going through.

Cons of a Designer Baby

Abandoning or Aborting the designer baby, after retrieval of stem cells

Pro-life groups fear designer babies will spearhead inhuman actions. According to their fears, couples may go in for designer babies just for the stem cells, and then give up the baby for adoption. Couples may even go in for surrogacy and then even decide to abort the fetus at 7 months, after obtaining the necessary stem cells. There are scores of reports of cases in Ukraine, wherein, surrogate mothers were paid to abort the child at 7 months, and stem cells were used in beauty treatments. This is nothing but brutal murder for something as ridiculous as physical beauty.

Stem cell research has given birth to some beasts, who will go to any extent to make money. Some doctors in Ukraine tell pregnant women to abort their babies, saying the fetus has some birth defects, even when the fetus is perfectly healthy. They lie, just to get hold of the stem cells. Aborted babies are the best source of organs and stem cells. Abortion clinics in Ukraine ship bodies of aborted babies to cities like Moscow, where the stem cells are used for cosmetic treatments. Thus, while on one hand, stem cell research is being used to create life that can save another life, it is also taking life away from millions. The demand for stem cells and fetal organs is leading to several atrocities, too painful to even think about.

Destruction of Unwanted Embryos

As in the case of Molly Nash, 12 embryos were created in the lab, and only after a lot of screening was Adam born. This means, 11 other embryos were destroyed and only one was chosen to be born. This seems unethical because, the others were not chosen because of their genetic buildup. The very fact that all embryos have one thing in common: life, it is unethical to destroy them or in other words ‘murder’ them. Are embryos considered disposable?

Savior Child Undergoes Medical Procedures

Savior children are selected base on their genetic makeup. Their tissues are a match to those of their siblings. If only the tissues from the cord blood is required to save the sibling, it is fine, however, sometimes savior children are also conceived for organ donation. When bone transplants are the only way to save the sibling, the savior child has to undergo invasive treatment,

which is not fair.

Baby Max Mathew was born as a savior child (2010), to save his sister Megan, who was suffering from a rare inherited blood disorder, Fanconi anemia. However, because the tissues obtained from Max’s cord blood wasn’t sufficient, an invasive procedure was carried out to recover some bone marrow stem cells. Again the question arises, can the child give his/her consent for this medical procedure? Is it not unfair to the child?

The movie, ‘My Sister’s Keeper’, is one which portrays a couple, who decide to have a designer baby, to save their older daughter who was suffering from leukemia. The movie goes on to show how the savior child is required to undergo various invasive procedures to help her sibling, and also asked to donate her kidney to save her life. If this happens in real life, it is simply not fair to the savior child. Emotional blackmail is not right and even if the child chooses to say no, imagine the emotional trauma he or she has to go through. Let alone the trauma if the sibling dies. Bringing a child into this world and putting such a heavy burden on him or her is not right.

Designer Babies with Enhanced Looks and Abilities

The adoption of genetic engineering for genetic enhancements has spearheaded a lot of controversies. People have begun asking the question, “Is it ethical to create designer babies with enhanced physical ability and appearance?” The National Director of Christian Voice, Stephen Green said, “The objection to the idea of designer babies is that it divorces procreation from the act of sexual congress, and there’s a real sense in which it is playing God.” Critics point out that the level of biodiversity in the human race will plummet, which can result in long-term disaster.

Eugenics is defined as “the study of or belief in the possibility of improving the qualities of the human species or a human population, by such means as discouraging reproduction by persons having genetic defects or presumed to have inheritable undesirable traits.” Adolf Hitler was on a quest to create a race of Aryan Blond, blue-eyed and tall people. Creating designer babies is believed to be on the same lines. The question arises, which skin color and physical features are to be chosen? The advent of designer babies will affect biodiversity. Moreover, traits decided by parents, eliminates the say of the child in his or her life. Parents passionate about sports, would have the athletic ability engineered into the child, however, the child may not want the same. This reduces the child’s freedom to choose.

Genetic engineering, if accepted, will have a negative impact on the society. It will result in increase of unreasonable fear or hatred towards foreigners or anyone who appears different. People with genetic defects will be socially rejected. They will be called ‘gene poor’ and will be separated from the society as well. Today, people who have genetic defects are already treated differently and cast out from society in several parts across the world. Designer babies concept, will lead to discrimination on the basis of certain qualities or traits. Kids of rich families will receive genetic enhancement, leading to genetic aristocracy. This gives them. When searching for High Quality, online search engine mobile and friendly friendly web sites you need to take a look at employing the top Web Design Business in Traverse city.

an unfair advantage over the other children. People unable to afford genetic engineering will be looked down upon, thereby, creating a greater rift in society. Moreover, most parts of the world are still male dominated, and sex or gender determination of the baby, can lead to gender discrimination across the globe.

Deliberate Crippling

Then again, using the preimplantation process to screen embryos for any genetic disease and eliminate it is understandable, however, how does one explain deliberate crippling of children. Is it ethical to allow parents to choose disabilities for their children? A deaf lesbian couple, Sharon Duchesneau and Candy McCullough, from the US, used this method of genetic engineering to create their deaf designer baby. Their old deaf friend was their sperm donor, who came from a family with five generations of deafness. However, how ethical is this? Although the deaf lesbian couple feel that deafness is not a disability, instead a cultural identity, is deliberately choosing deafness for their child, the right thing to do? Aren’t they playing God?

Genetic engineering can be likened to a knife, it can be used to destroy or bring life. What you use it for makes all the difference! While on one end, it is nothing but brutally wrong to use designer baby stem cells for cosmetic purposes, while on the other end using this technology to save life cannot be ignored. Stepping into the shoes of a sick child’s parent, wouldn’t you jump into having a savior child, without even the bat of the eye? Or would you find it too unethical to save your sick child, by the means of a designer baby?

How To Remove Paint From Concrete

Removing various paints from a concrete-surface can be a lot of work depending on what type of paint is covering the concrete-surface and how much of it is on the surface. If you are trying to get rid of a paint spill or splatter the process is much easier than trying to get rid of a completely coated area from the entire surface of a concrete floor or concrete patio.

Remove Paint-Spills or Paint-Splatter 

 Paint-spills and splatters are fairly easy to get rid of from a concrete-surface regardless of the type. This method works for latex, oil or epoxy paints.

Soak a rag with paint-thinner. When working with the thinner be sure to work in a well ventilated area.

Lay the paint-thinner soaked rag over the paint spill or small drops of paint.

Allow the rag to sit 3 to 4 hours.

Remove the rags and scrape the softened paint away.

Rinse the area thoroughly with plain water to remove of any thinner residue.

If any paint remains on the concrete-surface, use a wire brush to loosen it and reapply paint-thinner soaked rags.

Remove Latex-Paint

If latex paint was used on a concrete-surface it is fairly easy — because latex does not bond well to concrete. Latex  will lift, bubble and peel. Power washing will remove the paint from the concrete-surface.

Remove Oil-Paint

Oil-paint is slightly more difficult to remove from a concrete-surface than latex.

Use a broom to apply a coat of mineral spirits or paint-stripper on the concrete-surface.

Allow the mineral spirits or  stripper to sit for an hour or two.

Power wash the surface to remove the loosened paint.

Remove Epoxy-Paint

An epoxy-paint is the most difficult paint to remove from a concrete floor, patio or other concrete-surface. There are several methods that are quite effective, some are more difficult and complicated than others, but all are effective.

When removing epoxy paint from concrete-surfaces: Wear protective goggles, respirator, gloves, protective shoes and long pants. “

Work in a well ventilated area. Do not these harsh chemicals with children and pets present.

Use a sandblaster to remove the epoxy from the concrete. Sand blasters can be rented at hardware stores and home improvement stores.


Mix diatomaceous earth with paint-stripper to form a slightly watery paste.

Apply the mixture to the floor in smaller more manageable sections, approximately 3′ x 3″.

Allow the mixture to sit for 20 to 30 minutes.

Use a plastic putty knife to scrape the old paint away.

Wash the area well with detergent and water. Use Traverse City a stiff broom to scrub the concrete-surface.

Rinse thoroughly.

Reapply the paste if any paint remains.


Use an acid based etching product or a floor grinder to strip the epoxy paint off of the concrete. If you use an acid etching solution or a floor grinder, the concrete will need to be repainted or sealed as soon as possible. Etch or grind the surface of the garage floor in smaller more manageable sections. Floor grinders can be rented from hardware stores and home improvement stores.

Acid based etching products are dangerous to work with and are best left in the hands of an experienced person. If you are not familiar with working with acids leave this option off of your list.

Small businesses step up holiday social media game

NEW YORK – Monif Clarke didn’t have a social media strategy for her women’s clothing company until this year, when she hired a consultant to help her build one.

The holiday social media marketing plan for New York-based Monif C. Plus Sizes includes contests promoted on Facebook with prizes like a $1,000 wardrobe. When Facebook users click on a link about a contest, they’re taken to the New York-based retailer’s website and their email addresses are recorded when they enter the contest. Those addresses are key to increasing Monif C’s business — it gets nearly 30 percent of its sales in response to emails.

Clarke will also use social media to promote a program giving customers a $25 discount if they recommend friends who buy from Monif C. The friends also get a $25 discount. And Clarke gets another customer for email list.

Previously, Clarke relied partly on a Facebook page that 180,000 people “like,” but used it only for the basics: Posting pictures and promoting sales. She realized she needed to do more.

“We need to reach the customers we have in a more effective way and attract new customers,” says Clarke.

There’s more to a retailer’s holiday social media strategy than posting photos and advertising discounts. Small and independent retailers are getting more aggressive in using Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram in preparation for the important holiday sales season and beyond.

“All of this is new for small businesses. They’ve not been used to using social media actively,” says Christina Shaw, chief marketing officer at Blue Fountain Media, a marketing consulting company. Like Clarke, many are seeking help from consultants.

Rewarding Customers

At Peter Kate, a women’s clothing store, owner Sissy Harris recently signed with a customer rewards program linked to social media. Customers get points for posting comments about the store on Facebook and Twitter. They also get points when they use social media to refer friends to the Greenville, Delaware, store.

Harris switched from a traditional rewards program with no social media link. In her first month with the new program, about 50 new customers signed up. The program also helps her track its success. She gets daily reports on how many program members are shopping, and whether they come back.

Picking The Right Social Media Service

Vivian Sayward forecasts a 50 percent jump in 2014 online sales because of her new social media campaign, which includes contests, special posts and discounts timed for the weekends when most online shopping is expected. Sayward, owner of San Diego-based Vivacity Sportswear, is focusing on selling her women’s golf and activewear to online customers this holiday season after spending the last three years marketing to retailers.

Sayward recently hired a consultant to run her campaign. She’s concentrating on Pinterest and Instagram because her customers use those services. Women make up over 80 percent of Pinterest’s users, and 60 percent of Instagram’s, according to Nielsen, the market research company.

Social media creates a buzz that makes users want to visit Vivacity Sportswear’s website, Sayward says.

“Just by creating a website does not mean that the shoppers will come,” she says.

Finding Target Customers

Divas SnowGear will use Facebook to promote a “buy one, give one” program to increase sales of women’s snowmobiling wear from its website. Customers who click on a link on its Facebook page will be taken to the Divas SnowGear website; when they buy a jacket, the company will donate one to charity, says Travis Gavinski, who handles social media for the Madison, Wisconsin-based company.

If the company doesn’t get the results it wants, Gavinski can pay Facebook to send postings to users likely to buy from Divas SnowGear – for example, women whose profiles say they like snow sports.

“My opportunity to get out in front of our audience is much greater on Facebook than on our website,” Gavinski says.

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Cognitive Map

Do You Possess a Schema?

Professor William James at Harvard in 1891 determined ways to increase your

your memory- you needed to have a much better system to videotape realities. A century

later on an useful, relevant schema makes learning new details as well as increasing your working memory, a youngsters’ video game. It is just making use of a Cognitive Map.

A schema is a just a pattern, plan as well as psychological framework for learning. Our advised schema for executives is FistNoting. It integrates psychological imagery

and association of suggestions, and also leads others to believe you’re the reincarnation of Albert Einstein.

Utilizing your personal schema for keeping in mind talks, books, posts, memoranda and also reports, allows you to double your lasting memory. It boosts your com-prehension and makes your peers believe you are some kind of wizard.

James claimed, “Unless info is saved [arranged] in a methodical manner in which …

it is not retrievable when called for.” 2 factors: First: the structured expertise makes recalling a small piece drag along the rest. Second: the schema associates brand-new information with old lasting understanding for boosted comprehension.

FistNoting is the easy-to-use schema SpeedLearning recommends. It develops a

Cognitive Map to uncover your understanding and also memory by utilizing visual-imagery

and also associations (connections). When you utilize psychological images and connecting

originalities to old memories, your memory (discovering) doubles.

Both Tricks of Increasing Your Memory

The language of your mind is Psychological Pictures. The language of memory is Association, exactly how you link and attach ideas, words, feelings as well as reasoning.

You associate an Owl with the audio – that! that! When you read the words,

” these were the very best of times, you forecast the second half – “these were the

worst of times!” It is the law of association.

Creative Assuming

Believing is a singular technique and should be practiced daily to hone your

logical skills. If you want promotions and personal imagination, you must

invest at the very least 15 mins daily, thinking how you can resolve business issues.

Our research study shows just 20% of execs exclusively spend 15 mins daily

considering business remedies. The 80% proudly state they multitask thinking while participating in conferences, during group thinking, and also think terrific thoughts while snoozing after lunch.

Effective thinking could not be integrated with other tasks neither done periodically,

when you really feel the ideas.


There are nearly as several openings (intervals) in our everyday waking hrs compared to functioning time.

Think about 15 minutes waiting on the bus, 10 mins cleaning up, an additional 15 mins smoozing with your peers. These intervals are wasted hours you can

usage to be creative, train your brain to believe productively, and lead to promos.

Initial step, prioritize answering e-mails; 2nd action, reduce your periods by

50%. When you organize your effective hours, you discover time for organized

believing to address issues as well as develop new plans.

What if you organize 15 mins daily of exclusively assuming concerning remedies to

present difficulties, intending new projects, and also learning a brand-new skill?

How about utilizing these periods for wedding rehearsal of your coming presentation?

Dr. James Said

“Of 2 males with the very same outside encounters and also the exact same amount of

native persistence, the one that studies his encounters most, as well as weaves

them into organized relations with each other, will certainly be the one with the

best memory.” He/she will boost their personal efficiency up to 38%, boost their

positive self-image, and also be on the fast-track for promos. Your learning-curve

hinders your forgetting-curve based on using simple, sensible methods.

Cognitive Concerns

Do you use a schema? Do you spend 15 minutes everyday specifically devoted to

thinking of solving job troubles? Do you promote kaizen (continuing

renovation) to your peers? Have you taught a kid or adult your FistNoting

cognitive-map? When you share your understanding by instructing it, you sharpen your very own skills.

Keep in mind, we live in the Understanding Economic climate and also you choose day-to-day to lead or

experience being a follower.

Only 10% of folks technique knowledge-for-knowledge-sake. The rest people

call for a functional inspiration to discover. If you want your occupation to soar, be the

go-to man or female at your work environment for details and expertise.

FistNoting is the most convenient, most sensible Cognitive Map for executives; ask us about

the seven (7) core questions.


Is discovering pertinent to your career? Do you need to check out and recognize memoranda,

reports, company short articles and propositions? Would you be much more beneficial to yourself

and organization if your individual performance improved up to 38%?

SpeedLearners read-and-remember 3 (3) books, articles and also reports in

the time your peers can rarely finish one.

Ask us ways to be a long-lasting student and its advantages. It is all concerning owning and making use of

your individual Cognitive Map for learning as well as doubling your memory.

See ya,

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H. Bernard Wechsler!.?.! 1-877-567-2500 —————————————————————————————————- Author’s Biography: Writer of

Rate Checking out For Experts, released by Barron’s Company partner of Evelyn Timber, maker of Speed Reading, graduating 2 million, including the White House

staffs of 4 U.S. Presidents.

How to Treat Lower Back Pain? by Igor Stiler

Treating lower back pain is one of the biggest dilemmas facing healthcare providers. ailment has become so common that most people do not consider it an issue that needs immediate attention and refrain from getting proper treatment. As a result, many cases River of Life TC end up progressing to serious and complicated conditions. To treat lower back pain effectively, one must seek a timely help from a reputable pain management center.

To ensure long lasting relief from pain, the patient would need to work together as a team with his physicians to treat lower back pain. The treatment for lower back pain may also involve regular home-based exercises, muscle development activities, lifestyle modification, learning the safest way to lift objects and maintaining a healthy body weight.

Dental health – The Chart

June 13th, 2014

12:01 AM ET

Here’s a roundup of five medical studies published this week that might give you new insights into your health, mind and body. Remember, correlation is not causation so if a study finds a connection between two things, it doesn’t mean that one causes the other.

Keep your phone out of your pocket your sperm will thank you

Journal: Environmental International

Since guys dont usually carry handbags, they tend to keep mobile phones in their pants pockets. A recent study from the University of Exeter suggests this may not be a great idea.

That cell phone could actually have a negative effect on your sperm quality.


February 20th, 2013

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The fact that many people’s backs and feet hurt is news that’s millions of years old.

It’s because of the way we have evolved, uniquely from other mammals, that we also have a lot of aches and pains that our close relatives do not experience, anthropologists said last weekend at a briefing at the American Association for the Advancement of Science annual meeting.

“Weve known for a long time, since Darwins time, that humans have evolved, and that humans are not perfect, because evolution doesnt produce perfection,” said Jeremy DeSilva, anthropologist at Boston University.


July 16th, 2012

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Tooth decay is the most common chronic disease in the U.S. for kids. In fact, more than half of elementary school students will have cavities by the time they’re in second grade, according to the National Institutes of Health.

Since the 1970s, dentists have been usingtooth-colored fillingsthat contain derivatives of the controversial chemical bisphenol A (BPA), in favor of the metal amalgam fillings.

Now a new analysis ondentalfillings in childrensuggests these non-metalfillings may contribute to behavioral problems. The study authors caution that their results onlypoint to an association; they say their analysis does not prove thatBPA causes any behavior changes.


April 19th, 2012

07:23 PM ET

Despite what doctors have been telling patients for the past few years, having gum disease does not make us more likely to have a heart attack or stroke, according to the American Heart Association. Treating gum disease does not appear to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease either.

Cardiologists, dentists, and infectious disease specialists reviewed more than 500 studies addressing the connection between the two diseases. The results were published Wednesday in a statement by the AHA.

The connection was made years ago when experts noticed that people with gum disease tended to have more heart attacks or strokes than people in better dental health. The thinking was that the bacteria causing the infection in the gums got into the blood stream and traveled to the fatty plaques in blood vessels where they attached and helped form blood clots which can lead to a heart attack or stroke.


April 10th, 2012

12:01 AM ET

A study published this week in the journal Cancer shows that people who have had dental X-rays are more likely to develop a type of brain tumor called meningioma than those who have not.

This does not prove that dental X-rays cause tumors. But it supports previous research about the connection. X-rays have also been implicated in thyroid cancer. But there’s still significant doubt about the existence of any direct relationship between meningioma and dental X-rays, and dental professionals were quick to call for more research, saying the study was less than perfect.

“Its a cautionary tale … we do know that radiation can cause tumors, and we have to be judicious with its use,” said Dr. Donald ORourke, an associate professor of neurosurgery at the University of Pennsylvania who was not involved in the study.


December 15th, 2011

04:45 PM ET

Each year, nearly 20 million men, women and children in the United States fail to see a family physician or similar health care professional, but they do pay at least one visit to the dentist, according to a new study in the American Journal of Public Health.

For this segment of the population, dentists may be the only doctors in a position to spot the warning signs of chronic illnesses, such as diabetes, and provide referrals or advice to prevent serious complications, says Shiela M. Strauss, Ph.D., the lead author of the study and an associate professor at New York University’s Colleges of Dentistry and Nursing.

Oral or dental abnormalities can signal a broad range of body-wide health problems, including HIV, sexually transmitted diseases, eating disorders, and substance abuse, in addition to diabetes. In a previous study, for instance, Strauss and her colleagues found that 93% of patients with gum disease (such as gingivitis) also met the criteria that should trigger blood-sugar screening under American Diabetes Association guidelines.


December 6th, 2011

07:53 AM ET

Lisa Shives, M.D., is the founder of Northshore Sleep Medicine in Evanston, Illinois. She blogs regularly on The Chart. Read more from her at Dr. Lisa Shives Sleep Better Blog.

Zach was a life-long teeth grinder.

It seemed that as soon as his teeth came in, he started grinding,” his mother told me.

It was so loud and frequent that Zach was given his own room because his little brother couldn’t get any sleep when they shared. For years he had slept at the end of the hall far from his parents and his brothers room, so one suspected that the. was getting worse.

When a dentist noticed a progressive worsening of wear on his patient’s teeth, he discussed his concerns about a possible underlying sleep disorder with both Zach and his mother. They then came to me.


October 31st, 2011

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Happy Halloween, everyone! For parents, this holiday may seem especially spooky when it comes to kids’ teeth and weight. But here are some tips to keep your little treat-or-treaters in good health:

1. Chocolate is the best option for kids’ teeth. It melts quickly, it’s swallowed easily, and it contains tannins, compounds that don’t allow bacteria to grow. And, at least it has some nutritional value. The worst options are candies that are very hard or chewy. The longer it takes to eat a candy, the more opportunity there is for sugar to coat teeth. Kids with braces should especially avoid candies that are hard and crunch, or soft and chewy.

Sanjay wants candy

2. Twice a day, and particularly at night, your child should get into this teeth cleaning routine: (a) floss, (b) brush, (c) use a fluoride rinse. That’s because flossing loosens debris from in between teeth, and the toothbrush gets the excess on the surface. The rinse gets back in the crevices and fights decay.

3. Don’t let kids snack on candy in between meals. Instead, bundle it together with healthy meals – for example, at the end of dinner. This prevents kids from eating too much at once.

4. When it comes to monitoring your children’s eating habits, Halloween isn’t that special. You should make sure they have nutritious, balanced meals and stay active throughout the year.

March 21st, 2011

09:54 AM ET

Every weekday, a CNNHealth expert doctor answers a viewer question. On Mondays, it’s pediatrician Dr. Jennifer Shu.

Asked by Janet, Leeds

I have a heart murmur and until recently my dentist said I needed antibiotics when I had my teeth cleaned. When did this recommendation change?


February 21st, 2011

08:39 AM ET

Every weekday, a CNNHealth expert doctor answers a viewer question. On Mondays, it’s pediatrician Dr. Jennifer Shu.

Asked by Christy, Iowa

I sometimes get little white lumps in my tonsils. What’s the best way to get them out? FULL POST

Get a behind-the-scenes look at the latest stories from CNN Chief Medical Correspondent, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, Senior Medical Correspondent Elizabeth Cohen and the CNN Medical Unit producers. They’ll share news and views on health and medical trends – info that will help you take better care of yourself and the people you love.

Print Screen Not Working – Troubleshooting Tips

Some. are carried out by keyboard keys combination like ‘Ctrl + Alt + Delete’ (the most famous keyboard combination ever!), some are carried out by a devoted keyboard button like the ‘Print Screen’ key. By learning to use the key, you can easily take a screenshot of your desktop. This function is often helpful while recording errors on Windows and other operating systems. It can also be helpful when saving a webpage snapshot as a record.