Archives for July 3, 2017

Advantages of Direct Mail Against PPC

A business organisation can utilise various forms of advertising tools these days. Any type of advertisement or marketing a business uses can either be effective or not depending on how the product or service is being advertised. But of course, there are other factors that affect it. Some powerful types of marketing tools are the use of tri-media (print ad, television, and radio) and online advertisements. Word of mouth is as powerful as the others, too, since this is one of the keys for these marketing tools to be discovered and recognised.

Focusing more on the print and online advertisement, a good example of the former would be direct mail postcards while for online marketing, PPC or pay-per-click advertising is one type of advertising tool using the internet. Direct mail postcard is a type of printed advertising postcard that offers direct marketing to its customers. Some of these businesses who would opt to utilise direct mail would be realtors, political campaigns, and medical practitioners sending out appointment reminders. Printed advertising postcards have an advantage over other direct marketing tools such as letters because postcards present the information right away upon receipt by the prospect.

On the other hand, PPC or pay-per-click engine is a type of online or internet advertising tool that uses search engines, affiliate marketing, and content sites. The way this form of advertisement is done is advertisers or businesses choose an affiliate site to market their product online and only pay them once their ad is clicked by potential customers.

What advantages does direct mail have over PPC? Talking about pricing, PPC can be a little bit more costly than direct mail. For example, when a business uses printed advertising postcards, they can produce larger quantity at a fixed cost while the use of PPC engine is dependent on the number of clicks, so there is no specific limit to the cost an advertiser will prepare for this kind of marketing. As to narrowing down the target market for product dissemination, the use of direct mail can be more “direct,” as the name implies, since there are some businesses that cater only to a particular market segment. Pay-per-click can produce wider product awareness but may not really be helpful or useful for a potential customer if the said product is not available in that particular location.

Direct mail marketing guarantees that your goal of promoting your product will be readily made known to your customers. However, with PPC, it is a stiff competition based on which keyword has more weight for search engine optimisation. Moreover, there are possibilities that your online ad may be misinterpreted as fraud or spam, depending on how it is advertised. This could lessen the chances of getting a larger awareness on the clients.

Choosing direct mail advertising over PPC is definitely a lot more advantageous. A business can still opt to have both ways to advertise their product, though. But if you consider your marketing budget, then direct mail would be more effective.

Source by Paul John Collins

Preparing For Implant Surgery

Before Mrs. Manolita S. Silvestre, a businesswoman from Manila, received her first set of dental implants for her lower jaw, she was carefully screened for underlying problems. This is to ensure that the person receiving the implant is physically and mentally fit.

“Prospective candidates for dental implants (artificial teeth surgically implanted in the jawbone) are usually checked for heart disease, diabetes, and other health problems. Age doesn’t matter but the patient must have healthy gums and enough jawbone in which to place the implant,” explained Dr. Joseph D. Lim, a member of the Philippine Dental Association, former associate dean and presently a faculty of the University of the East College of Dentistry, and honorary fellow/member of the Asian Oral Implant Academy and the Japan College of Oral Implantologists.

Fortunately, Silvestre turned out to be an ideal candidate for dental implants and surgery was scheduled. On that day, however, something unexpected happened.

“My whole body was shaking – not because I was scared but because I took some tranquilizers. To avoid trouble, the operation had to be moved to another date. When that day came, I didn’t take anything and everything was fine,” she said.

The operation was performed by Lim and took about four hours since four implants were inserted into Silvestre’s jaw at the same time. The following month, Silvestre received her second set of implants.

“The pain was tolerable. The original plan was for me to be sedated but I didn’t agree. So they operated on me using local anesthesia. The rest, as they say, is history,” she said.

Silvestre now has a full set of teeth thanks to the science of oral implantology. She can eat what she wants, engage in any physical activity, and face the world with a smile.

“I’m fond of public speaking but I have to look presentable. Dental implants have made those things possible for me. They’re comfortable and convenient. If you have missing teeth, you should consider getting them,” she said. (Next: Why implants are better than dentures.)

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Source by Sharon A Bell

Doggin’ Northern Virginia: The 10 Best Places To Hike With Your Dog In NOVA

Have you ever considered how far you walk with your dog? If you walk just 15 minutes a day you will have walked far enough in your dog’s lifetime to cross the United States. With all that walking ahead of you, aren’t you ready for a new place to take a hike with your dog in northern Virginia? Here are NOVA’s best trails to hike with your best friend…

1. Sky Meadows State Forest

When you place your park on the Blue Ridge Mountain mountain slopes far removed from eight-lane roads clogged with traffic you have to work hard not to be the best place to hike with your dog in Northern Virginia and Sky Meadows does not disappoint. The real star here are the meadows – your dog can’t hike through any better.

2. Mason Neck State Park

A half-dozen canine hiking options through an attractive oak/holly forest on paw-friendly soft dirt are pretty enough you will want to complete them all with your dog. If you have time after lingering on the best beach for your dog in Northern Virginia.

3. Prince William Forest Park

The many miles of wooded trails in the largest swath of protected land in the Washington DC metropolitan area are refreshingly uncrowded – always an attraction for canine hikers. The trails are wide enough for a pack of dogs to travel easily over and well-marked.

4. Great Falls Park

You may come for the spectacular views of the Falls of the Potomac but you’ll stay for the canine hiking on wide trails that take your dog through a variety of habitats and the ruins of a Colonial canal town. Hold the swimming for someplace else, however.

5. The Battlefields of Manassas

Two five-mile interpretive hikes examine the year-apart clashes of the North and South across this Civil War battlefield. For your dog these hikes offer the best mixture of open field and wooded trail hiking in Northern Virginia.

6. Claude Moore Park

This eastern Loudoun oasis serves up a pastiche of a dozen short trails that add up to more than ten miles of canine hiking. You get your choice of two trails that circle the park, both of which visit Little Stoney Mountain for long views at Sugarloaf Mountain in Maryland.

7. Fountainhead Regional Park

Fountainhead is a trail user’s park. there are trails set aside for horses and for bikes and the white-blazed pedestrian trail is a snaking, two-mile excursion around wide ravines and through airy woods. For real canine adventures you can set out on the 18-mile Bull Run-Occoquan Trail.

8. Leesylvania State Park

There are three loops to enjoy with your dog in Leesylvania – the star being the Lee’s Woods Trail. This canine hike packs history aplenty into its two sporty miles atop the bluffs overlooking the Potomac River. For easy hiking with your dog take the Potomac Trail as it weaves through the former waterside amusement park that was part of the gambling gambit. Plenty of beach and swimming time for your dog here too.

9. Harpers Ferry National Historic Park

Few places in America pack as much scenic wonder and historical importance into such a small area as Harpers Ferry National Historic Park where the Shenandoah and Potomac rivers join forces. Your dog can sample hikes in three states here – up the mountain at Maryland Heights, through the town in West Virginia and across the Appalachian Trail in Virignia.

10. Mount Vernon

America’s most-visited home is dog-friendly to the core – the gate attendants provide a bowl of water for canine visitors. George Washingtn would have it no other way. The Father of Our Country is also the Father of the American Foxhound. He bred a new type of fox hunter with dogs from his friend Marquis de Lafayette and English hounds. The President favored silly names for his beloved dogs: Drunkard, Tipler, Tipsy.

Source by Doug Gelbert

How to Understand Ferret Colors and Patterns

All ferrets derive from one of eight various colors and five assorted patterns. Through the years the more those breeders have cross bred the ferrets the more the ferret colors and patterns have changed. So to understand exactly, color refers to the overall shade or color of the ferret while the pattern is determined by his markings.

Your ferret will come from one of the following color groups:

· Sable

· Black sable

· Albino

· Champagne

· Chocolate

· Cinnamon

· Silver

· Dark eyes white

Keep in mind that each ferret can be a lighter or darker shade but it is still in the same color group. Another interesting fact is that Dark eyed while ferrets are not Albino. Albinos will always have red or pink eyes. The Dark eyed ferrets will be white or cream colored but will have the very darkened eyes.

The sable ferret is likely the most widely recognized ferret and can include colors that range from a deep brown color to black. These are not the chocolate ferrets though since they resemble the color of milk chocolate. Silver ferrets can be silver or range from colors that are gray. The cinnamon colored ferret can range from many colors that could be reddish to blonde with a hint of red.

The patterns of ferrets are distinctly named including:

· Roan

· Siamese

· Solid

· Panda

· Blaze

· Point

· Mitts

Roans are usually an equal mix of white and guard hairs but it is the guard hairs that ascertain the distinction of roan. Both the Siamese and the Point ferrets will have a dark shade coloring their tails or legs. Solid ferrets will obviously be one solid color but it is acceptable to classify them as solids even if they have diverse colors on their faces.

Mitts look like they are wearing white mittens, hence the name. Blaze ferrets have an actual streak of an entirely different color running from their head to the shoulders. Panda ferrets are true to the name and have the markings of a panda around their eyes that are white in color.

It is likely that your ferret will not be the same color when he is very young as when he gets older as most ferrets do change colors. Many ferret owners have purchased a ferret based on color only to discover that in a year the color has changed entirely. Sometimes ferrets will change colors seasonally.

The one thing that usually never changes is the personality of the ferret so it is a good idea to get to know your ferret before making a decision on which one will be your pet. Basing this choice on color really is not such a good idea since as you can see the color of ferrets is not something that is set in stone.

Mainly, the patterns and colors of a ferret will only matter if you plan to breed your ferret. Each breeder will have a preference to which markings and colors they are interested in.

Source by Chaim Packer

President Bush – Contrasting The Decision Making Skills Of JFK And George W. Bush

Presidents of the United States can only make decisions based on the information they are getting from the people and other sources that are available to them. Different Presidents obtain that data flow in different ways. This is particularly important because the events we are dealing with are so much more crucial than other Presidents may be dealing with. Iraq, North Korea, high gasoline prices, competitive position versus China, long-term deficits are all huge problems that must be solved one way or another.

President Kennedy had an open door policy. He functioned as his own chief of staff, a center of the spokes strategy if you will. It was highly successful. Unlike this President, Kennedy asked incisive questions, and followed up with more incisive questions. JFK developed his decision making skills very quickly. He was not like this on day one, but he certainly was at the top of his game by year two of his Administration. In year one, Kennedy learned not to trust the CIA, or the military. Both organizations had failed him at the Bay of Pigs in Cuba.

When JFK came into office, he was presented with a CIA plan created during the Eisenhower Administration to land 1500 expatriate Cubans in Cuba to unseat Fidel Castro. The CIA pushed the plan hard, and the military sat it out when it came time to speak. The disastrous invasion which took place in April 1961, four months after the inauguration was a wakeup call for JFK. To his dying days, JFK said, “I asked the wrong questions.”

He said that if he had it to do over, he would have told the Joint Chiefs, “I want to make this an American operation, forget the 1500 Cubans, let’s do it with our military. How many Marines do we have to send in to do this right?” The answer the Joint Chiefs would have given was 250,000 marines. JFK had he known this would have immediately cancelled the invasion. He would have said to himself how can 1500 poorly trained Cubans do the job that we would need 250,000 Marines to do? The president picked up ten years of experience in those first few months.

The next major tool we can learn from JFK is the use of an executive committee (ExComm) in times of national crisis. When the Cuban Missile Crisis took place, JFK did not round up the usual suspects to deal with the crisis. He brought together the best minds he knew, put them in a room and let them deal with the crisis alone. He would periodically enter the room, find out what was going on, and leave again. He knew that people react differently when the President is in the room. His presence completely jaded the conversation and advice that would come out of such a meeting.

This brings us to President Bush. I do not know if you have ever been in the Oval Office or at a meeting with a sitting President of the United States. Let me tell you what it’s like. Everybody speaks with a soft voice in his presence. It’s like they are whispering. Grown men who command corporations with hundreds of thousands of employees turn to mush in his presence. It doesn’t matter who the President is, the reaction is always the same. It’s cultural; we are brought up to respect the office and the sacredness of the office. After all, this is the office that George Washington held, and Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, both Roosevelt’s, Teddy, and Franklin. Those thoughts and heritages never leave your mind when you are in the room with that man regardless of who he is.

Now let’s take a look at President Bush. Contrary to some people’s thoughts this is not a dumb man. He has degrees from both Yale, and Harvard Business. A lot was handed to him in life, but he also knew how to play a pretty good hand. He has to his detriment in my opinion surrounded himself with arrogant, ideological, one-dimensional minds with limited capacity for growth.

Dick Cheney is brilliant. He is also arrogant, secretive, and ideological. Cheney has hurt this President by not growing his own thinking over the last six years. The way he thought in the early 1990’s, is the same way he is thinking today. The VP’s secretiveness as opposed to openness has cost the President dearly in our need to safeguard the people’s constitutional rights regarding privacy.

Donald Rumsfeld is the worst Secretary of Defense since Robert McNamara. Both McNamara and Rumsfeld seem to be almost identical in their arrogance. He is sad to watch Rumsfeld repeat the same pattern of arrogance that caused McNamara to lead this country down the path of suicide during the Viet Nam debacle. Rumsfeld inability to entertain new ideas is costing us dearly in Iraq. His bullying of the generals who are charged with the responsibility to wage the war is inexcusable, and history will not treat this man kindly.

Now what do you think happens when the President has men like Cheney and Rumsfeld around him? The problem is that everybody else is speaking in that low voice, afraid to utter what they perceive is the truth to the President. This would all be okay except the President hasn’t figured out the game yet. He doesn’t understand how to get the information he needs to make good, solid decisions that WORK.

In his press conference today, the President said that “I feel confident when General Casey (4 star general-Vice Chief of Staff-US Army, and Commander of Multi-National Force-Iraq) tells me what’s on his mind.” General Casey could never tell the President what’s on his mind, and that’s the problem with this whole Administration. The President is not getting the information he needs to deal with the problem whatever it might be.

In being spoon fed the equivalent of ideological dogma, the President is finding himself in a position that JFK would say is unacceptable. Even Richard Nixon a very strong conservative thinker had Daniel Patrick Moynihan a very liberal Harvard Professor right next to him giving the President the other side of the story. If Mr. Bush is to succeed in the remaining two years of this Presidency, he has to start hearing the other side of the story. I do not have much hope that this is going to happen, and our biggest problem which is the quagmire in Iraq will continue until new leadership is elected with the mandate to change. Of course the ideologues will say, we should have stayed the course. History will show them wrong.

Goodbye and Good Luck

Richard Stoyeck

Source by Richard Stoyeck

Need for Speed Most Wanted Uninstall Help – How to Uninstall Need for Speed Most Wanted

Need for Speed Most Wanted is a popular video game. So how to uninstall Need for Speed Most Wanted becomes a hot topic. If you also want to know an effective way to remove the game from you computer, you can read to learn more. I sum up 3 common ways to uninstall Need for Speed Most Wanted.

Method 1 Windows “add/remove programs list”

You can uninstall and remove the program in the add/remove programs list entering from the Control Panel.

1. Shut off the program

2. Click Start, and then click Control Panel.

3. Click Add or Remove Programs.

4. In the list of currently installed programs, click the program you want to remove, and then click Remove.

5. Follow the instructions to uninstall the program.

6. You should reboot your PC after the uninstall.

Method 2 built-in uninstaller tool

Step 1 Open Windows Start Menu, Click “All programs” and find the Need for Speed Most Wanted Directory.

Step 2 Not long, it will show you a window to ask you whether you plan to use the program in the future. If you do not want to use it any more, Choose the below one please.

Step 3 Select the removal mode and then you will uninstall the game from your computer.

Method 3 A third party uninstaller

In fact, the above two methods usually fail to uninstall Need for Speed Most Wanted from your computer. Even the Method 1 and Method 2 remove the program successfully, there is a great disadvantage. That is the related registry entries will not be removed with the program. After some time, the useless registry entries will generate other computer error, such as runtime errors and failure of uninstall other program.

Therefore, the best solution for uninstalling Need for Speed Most Wanted is to remove the program through a third party uninstall program. Such programs can force uninstall tough programs and even a corrupted one.

There are so many uninstall programs on the market. Do you know how to choose a great one to uninstall Need for Speed Most Wanted? Or do you want to know how the other computer users choose for their computer? Best Uninstall Tool is a popular choice for common computer users. 

Source by Jessica Teddy Jones

The Relationship Between Dance and Music

What exactly is dance? Dance is an art form which expresses ideas, emotions, spiritualism and stories through graceful, rhythmic and coordinated body motions consisting of steps, turns, shakes and other movements. What music and dance share in common is actually rhythm, one of the core components of music, along with pitch. In fact, there can be dance with rhythm alone, usually performed on percussion instruments, such as is common in several West African and Middle Eastern countries. However, most dances are also based on melody. This, of course, is very natural. You will even notice a baby eagerly bounce up and down upon hearing a song. He is, essentially, dancing to rhythm and melody.

Dance is actually very important for a musician to know. It is an auxiliary subject. Just as an actor does not study acting alone but studies the whole range of performing arts, including dance, a musician should also know the broader scope of his subject. In fact, some of the most world-class composers even composed whole sets of music based on dance, usually known as suites or independent movements. This was especially prevalent after the Renaissance and during the Baroque periods, though it is continued on, even to this day. Examples of such dances include the bourrée, minuet, jig, courante, sarabande, barcarole, mazurka, tarantella, bolera and waltz, to name a few.

Some forms of dance emphasize a control of a certain body part, such as Irish stepdancing (legs), the Tahitian tamure (hips) and the Balinese Kecak (arms). Dance in general will help a musician learn to gain better control over his body, which is something to master while also playing an instrument. Stiffness will tend to go away and one will become more relaxed and flexible so as to move with ease while performing his instrument. Some Persian and Armenian dances, for instance, simulate energy being released from certain gestures with the arms, wrists and hands. For a pianist, say, this would be invaluable to master. The musician, knowing dance, plays the music that inspires dance, which, in turn, motivates him to motion. This, in turn, becomes momentum for more expressive playing. In this way, dance and music compliment each other.

This interrelationship between music and dance is so profound that it is even one of the most sacred of all expressions, being ritualistic in many religions and even considered one of the highest forms of connecting with a deity.

by Evelyn Simonian

© 2011. Evelyn Simonian

Source by Evelyn Simonian

Cosmetic Surgery – Why Women Are Looking Abroad For a Beautiful Body

In a world where every woman feels under duress to look their best, many ladies are choosing cosmetic surgery to assist them in looking more youthful and healthier. Combating the march of the years is the thinking behind choosing to undergo surgery, and even young women are seeking cosmetic help to assist them in looking better.

The pressure comes partly from seeing attractive celebrities and women on TV each day. Just walking about in public or driving your car means that you’ll more than likely see a billboard with someone beautiful on it. Flip through the pages of a magazine to find loads of immaculate looking, slim women. Enter any beauticians or make-up shop to be hit with yet more pictures of perfectly sculpted bodies.

The majority of people can ignore these images of beauty in the press, since most people know full well that they can’t all resemble Scarlet Johansen. That said, with the plethora of new and cost-effective methods to get a new look, more people are choosing surgery to improve their looks. Indeed, more than 20 million US citizens chose some variety of cosmetic surgery in 2006.

Cheaper flights abroad have helped drive this increase in people traveling to get cheaper cosmetic surgery. This increase in medical tourism is seeing people head overseas to get great deals in countries like Thailand and Brazil. Many people choose to head abroad accompanied by a friend or family member at a cost which would not even cover the operation itself in their country of residence.

Non-invasive Cosmetic Surgery

The most popular procedure is facial reconstructive procedures, such as Botox. Ladies can travel, have Botox treatment to help wrinkles vanish, have chemical surgery to remove skin damaged by the sun or undergo microdermabrasion to increase the health of the skin. These kinds of procedures are favorites because they are non-intrusive and highly affordable to many.

Cosmetic Surgery

Cosmetic treatments which need actual surgery are also increasing in popularity, and breast enhancement operations are among the most common operations. A woman can have a quick procedure and be back in their home country in short order. Women can also undergo other treatments to help them have firm bodies without the need to put themselves through hell in the gym. Liposuction remains a fashionable treatment for slimming, and the majority of women report satisfaction with treatments carried out overseas.

The perfect body is the goal for some females, while a face that they are happy with is the target for others. Medical tourism is becoming increasingly popular as a means of helping people achieve body perfection. Women can now vanish abroad for a couple of weeks and come back home slimmer and prettier.

Many women also have cosmetic procedures to amend congenital imperfections or to repair their bodies following accidents.

Top 10 motivations for cosmetic procedures:

  • Getting bigger breasts
  • Remove fat from stomach, thighs, hips or posterior
  • Remove excess skin from stomach after losing weight
  • To level wrinkles on the face
  • To get rid of unwanted hair
  • To remove a bump off the nose
  • To straighten bent noses
  • To get rid of eye bags
  • To enhance sun-damaged skin
  • To boost lips

What to think about before going ahead

It’s worth considering a few things before you go ahead with cosmetic surgery. First, is it safe? Any surgery carries a level of risk so do some research before deciding.

Where is the best place to have a treatment done? It will most likely be a private hospital in a foreign country. It’s well worth investigating the clinic and the surgeon who will probably carry out the procedure in advance.

Also think about what other methods you could choose other than cosmetic surgery before taking the plunge. You don’t want to make an uninformed leap only to find that you regret it afterward.

Source by Arthur P Hanson

President Bush and the GREAT MYTHS of Iraq

What a world we live in. Let’s look at Iraq. We know the President said ostensibly that the reason for invading was to find weapons of mass destruction, and prevent Saddam Hussein from using them. His removal from office could create a new democratic Iraq. America invaded and found no weapons of mass destruction – not even a hint of them.

Now the media is basically reporting that we are involved in a Civil War in Iraq, and we are losing it. Somewhere in between the two ends of the story is the truth and you need to know it, so that you don’t have to be inundated with bias from all sides of the media, both liberal and conservative. Let’s go through the great myths of Iraq.

Myth 1 – Invading Iraq has helped us with the War on Terrorism

Nonsense, there is no war on terrorism in Iraq. Osama Bin Laden attacked the two World Trade Center buildings in NYC more than five years ago. Hello, has anybody heard recently whether anybody is looking for Bin Laden anymore. If so who, what resources are being devoted to taking down this awful, hateful man? I suggest very little is being done. Everyone’s attention is on Iraq.

Saddam Hussein was not an exporter of terror. He used terror as an internal weapon inside Iraq to control the very people that we obviously can’t control. These people do not want a democracy, if they did, they would fight for it. Instead, they fight each other, even in the same neighborhoods. It’s a Civil War folks, pure and simple.

Myth 2 – The military’s post war planning was okay, not great, but okay?

Really, Donald Rumsfeld’s Defense Department could not have done a worse job if they had set out to do one as an objective. There was literally ZERO post war planning, compared to the actual invasion that took place. The looting of the civil infrastructure after our invasion, including the pilfering of museums was a tip-off as to how undermanned, and under planned we really were.

Myth 3 – If only we “Stayed the Course” as the President is fond of saying, it will work out in the end.

There’s a line that goes, “If you always do, what you always did, you’ll always get, what you always got.” In life, if something isn’t working, YOU CHANGE IT. You do something else. You do not just keep doing what you were doing. This President is stubborn without being wise. Perhaps more than anyone else in the history of the modern Presidency, he shows a reluctance to learn from his mistakes, and total lack of desire to inquire as to alternative options. He’s LOCKED into a thinking that just doesn’t work. He has never allowed the decision making process to be VETTED by opposing thinkers. In this behavior, he is unique, and foolish.

Myth 4 – Iraq will become Democratic in time.

Sure, and I believe in the tooth fairy. This is not the American Revolution, a unique era with a unique group of the best read, self-educated men in history. Unrivaled in courage, our founders had the desire to stand against England, and form a Republic for which it stands. President Bush is right, when he says; I haven’t seen Thomas Jefferson in Iraq yet. Jefferson doesn’t exist in Iraq, and perhaps never will.

Myth 5 – Our situation in Iraq has made our position stronger in the world?

Really, do you really want to argue this one? Iraq had the 4th or 5th largest standing army in the world. We demonstrated that we could take it apart, and destroy it in 29 days. This was a valuable lesson for the world to learn. In the aftermath, we demonstrated that we could not govern. We could not influence events. Our influence frankly just broke down, and we did it in the face of the world, while everybody was watching.

Our enemies and our friends recognize that we do not have the capacity to back up our rhetoric with military action anywhere else in the world, while we are bogged down in Iraq. Placing 140,000 troops currently in Iraq has made us incapable of operating anywhere else.

If North Korea were to create a provocative act TODAY, what would we do? If Iran were to send troops into the Iraqi desert, or better yet to Saudi Arabia, or Kuwait, what would we do? We no longer have a draft. The military is having major problems fulfilling their current manpower requirements. Has anybody noticed the disproportionate number of officers at the lieutenant level and above that are dying in Iraq. Last week, 3 lieutenant colonels were killed in action. This is unheard of in previous wars. It is because they are dying from roadside bombs that can strike anyone within a specified distance.

Myth 6 – Those roadside bombs are made locally in terrorist hideouts in Iraq.

Those bombs are being manufactured in Iran, and transported across the border with Syria’s help, and we are doing NOTHING ABOUT IT. These are not simple devices. They are technologically sophisticated. They required advanced machinery, and skill to produce. This expertise is not available in Iraq. These are shaped charges, and they are adjusting to the changes that the United States is making on the battlefield. Only Iran can produce such technology in that area. The United States has never held Iran accountable for its actions, or even mentioned it on the world stage. What is going on here?

Myth 7 – The military was in agreement with Rumsfeld’s policies or they would have protested?

Do you think so, do you really honestly think so? Very few generals have what it takes to blow away a career by protesting about decisions being made by superiors. What we are seeing is what many of us thought we’d never see again – the Viet Nam syndrome coming back to haunt us. During Viet Nam hundreds of officers knew our conduct of the war wasn’t working. They kept their mouths shut, and said that some day when they had the power they would never allow this to happen again.

Here we are 30 years later, and you guessed it. The young officers who made those statements are now leading the armed forces of the United States, and they are just as quiet as their superiors were during the Viet Nam war. Every one of these officers knows that we went into Iraq on the cheap, in terms of our manpower. Oh yes, we had enough to destroy the Iraqi army, but certainly not enough to secure the peace.

Colin Powell who knows a thing or two about waging war felt 300,000 plus troops were needed. Powell was smart enough to get out of government before it hit the fan. So what do we do now? We declare victory in the field, and also declare an inability to build a democracy for a people where democracy is everybody’s second choice. We then must concentrate on terminating Bin Laden, and being a responsible superpower.

Richard Stoyeck

Source by Richard Stoyeck

Are Herbal Weight Loss Products Effective?

Everybody wants to look fit and healthy and for that people take various weight reducing supplements. The demand for the herbal weight loss products have increased. There are various products in the market and it has become very difficult for the buyers to make up their mind which is the right one for them. Every product assures you frequent results. It is always better to take proper precautions before you make up your mind to choose the product.

There are a variety of shops and websites those are engaged in providing these weight reduction supplements that assist in the burning the fat away and curbs the hunger.

There are weight reduction products which should only be taken after the consultation by a physician. As there are chances for side-effects or maybe any complications that include pain in the eye, hemorrhage or increased heart beat. In some particular cases, certain products are advised not to consume like if someone is from heart problem.

Those who are really concerned about their health and were using the weight reducing products should take consent from their physician before starting off with the new prescription. It is recommended not to take any new prescription if you are already taking any herbal weight loss product.

The herbal weight reduction products could easily be differentiated by the Drug Identification Numbers. There are also other methods through which you can figure out the genuineness of the product. These methods are helpful to judge if the product is worth using or not as these are backed up with an authorization.

No effective measures have been taken for the verification of herbs those are used for the weight loss. According to the scientists the main concern is the efficient use of all the elements those are used.

In the previous times FDA have been engaged in the banning of the ephedra which have resulted in the death and they were forced to call off all their sales. There is another element Ephedrine which is also very dangerous for the human body as it results in the heart stroke.

Different authorities have been continuously making the people aware of these products. One of the   magazines  also published a list of the harmful elements and those could be harmful on use.

With the changing times the herbal products for weight reduction have become a main preference for most of the people. These are also available at the stores across the world. There have been also continuous studies going on to make the herbal products more effective and efficient. And these physicians are of the view that these findings are just beginning and more research has to be done.

The reports by these physicians are put into use to make their products more effective. The government has not specified any rules for the dosage or cleanness. But the people are choosing these herbal products believing them to be safe and at the same time effective than other medications.

Source by Ralph A Smith