Friday, May 22, 2009

How To Effectively Promote Yourself Professionally

Author: John Parks

People who make their living by doing freelancing work - regardless of the type - have a lot of special things they need to take into consideration that people who hold "traditional" jobs do not have to. In addition to generally having to calculate and pay their own taxes, freelancers have the unenviable task of needing to generate enough business to keep them afloat professionally. Although some freelancers become complacent when they have built up a large enough roster of clients, most of them continually work to get new sources of income and to expand their skills. If you are a freelancer, then you probably feet into the latter category and would like to find new ways to promote your skills.

How does one go about promoting their freelancing skills for maximum effect? Rule number one lies in the work that you are currently doing. For all assignments - big and small - always do the most professional, impeccable work possible. Treat low paying gigs with the same level of professionalism as you do high paying ones. You never know when a client who tends to give you piddling assignments will suddenly have a use for more important work - and will he or she think of the mediocre freelancer for such a job? Absolutely not; they will think of the person who consistently hands in excellent results.

Besides always being conscientious about quality in all of the work you do, there are a number of other basic ways to promote your freelancing skills. Getting word out there about your abilities is an obvious one. This can be done through traditional advertising methods, although the Internet is changing a lot of that. Social networking websites are very efficient ways of spreading the word; for each satisfied customer, ask them kindly to mention you to others in need of freelancers. If even one or two satisfied clients send out "tweets" about you on Twitter - by linking to your professional website or your LinkedIn profile - you have already widened your scope considerably.

That brings us to the next point: technology. More than ever before in history, it is essential to be comfortable and savvy in regards to using a computer and the Internet. Being familiar with popular trends online is incredibly important to all freelancers - not just those who work in a computer related field. Freelancers from all sorts of backgrounds need to not only have a presence on the web, but also be active on it on a daily basis. Forming relationships on popular networking sites is a free, easy way of doing this; finding niche blogs revolving around industry related topics is another good place to hang around online.

Always be willing to provide free samples of what you do to interested prospective clients. Charging a fee for a glance at your style is not going to win you any new business. This falls under the general category of being flexible overall; do not set any rules in stone, but always be willing to try new ways of doing things to please individual clients. By doing some or all of these things, you can effectively promote your freelancing skills.

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Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Swine Flu

Forget avian influenza, it is swine flu that could ravage the world as Mexicans are warned not to shake hands in church and have been told to keep at least six feet of separation between each other, and to wear protective masks. Large public gatherings, such as sporting events and concerts, have been banned and schools closed.

As I’ve discussed previously on Sciencebase, there are countless latent diseases in hosts as rodents, birds, and cattle lying ready and willing to make the species leap to humans and decimate our populations. Whereas for the last ten years or so bird flu has been the focus of much research it was always more likely that a potentially lethal strain of virus would emerge from another species and not necessarily in Asia.

Now, swine flu is on the rise in Mexico and already taking the first inroads into the USA just across the border. It’s already killed more than 80 people and made hundreds ill. While some observers are suggesting serious caution others are advising that there is no reason for real concern yet. We are not quite at the danger levels of the worldwide SARS epidemic.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared the Mexican/US swine flu outbreak as a “public health emergency of international concern”.

What is swine flu?

Swine flu is a type A influenza virus present in pigs. Human infection is usually uncommon except among people who work and live closely with pigs.

What is unusual about the present strain?

The new strain is a hybrid of swine, human and avian flu viruses and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says it can spread from human to human but the level of virulence is not yet clear.

What are the symptoms?

Symptoms are similar to regular human flu: fever and chills, a cough, sore throat, aching limbs, headaches, and general malaise. However, there are reports of swine flu also causing diarrhoea and vomiting. Pneumonia and respiratory failure can occur leading to death as also happens in regular human flu, which kills thousands of people every year.

Are there warning signs in children?

Children having trouble breathing, being averse to drinking, lethargy not waking up or not interacting, being so irritable that the child does not want to beheld, flu-like symptoms improve but then return with fever and worse cough, fever with a rash.

Are there any drugs to treat swine flu?

Oseltamivir (Tamiflu) and zanamivir (Relenza) are the possible pharmaceutical frontline defence and are proving effective in treating patients diagnosed early enough. There is no vaccine.

Has the disease spread to the USA?

Cases in California, Texas, and Kansas, have already been confirmed and tests are being carried out on students at a school in New York.

How can we prevent the spread of swine flu?

People at risk should cover their mouth when they cough. They should regularly wash their hands with an alcohol-based cleaner and and avoid close contact with the sick. Patients with the disease should stay at home. There is no need to avoid eating pork.

Will there be a global flu epidemic?

“We do not know whether this swine flu virus or some other influenza virus will lead to the next pandemic,” says, Richard Besser, acting director of the CDC, “However, scientists around the world continue to monitor the virus and take its threat seriously.”

Sunday, April 26, 2009

A New Theory of Socioeconomics

A New Theory of Socio-economics

by Robert DePaolo

While the current economic crisis is daunting it is not surprising. Whether you are the sole proprietor of a hardward store or the president of General Motors you will know that recessions happen every seven or eight years. They happen in all societies. They happen regardless of which political party is in office. They happen whether the economic emphasis is on Adam Smth (conservative) economics or Keynesian (liberal) economics.

In the U.S. they have occurred under Presidents Hoover, Roosevelt, Johnson, Nixon, Carter, Regan, Bush I and now Bush II. If one examines the financial history of this country it becomes clear that there is no direct correlation between economic philosophy and economic stability. Although liberal and conservative theorists tend to portray themselves as financial saviors during times of financial crisis - and often succeed - it usually turns out that their success is only temporary. Most of the ideas purveyed by Marx and Engles in Das Capital are foolish, but one that has stood the test of time is the notion that a capitalist system will tend to enter into a recession every decade or so.

A new administration is coming into power, and despite a "move to the center" soon-to-be president Obama will have to eventually settle in on an approach; one that differs substantially from that of his predecessor. Otherwise, aside from appearing disingenuous, he will have propagated the same policies that ostensibly led to the current crisis. In effect he has no choice other than to wax Keynesian.

He might well succeed. For example one could argue the wealth has become skewed in one direction over the past decade, leading to less disposable income for the lower middle class. The combination of less income and Smith's central contention that "man is an acquiistive, material creature" would naturally lead to consumers spending beyond their means. In that context, the current situation could aptly be called a credit-fueled crisis. The homeowners who could not pay their mortgages through Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac crashed. So did the automobile manufacturers, the lending corporations and the banks. All believed in the myth of endless prosperity; the notion that if one hangs in there long enough, the bills will somehow get paid. Such a belief is pandemic among young adults in particular, who grew up in a flimsy, self indulgent culture where using one credit card to pay off another...then another to pay of that one, was not only acceptable but de rigeur.

With that in mind, it might be time to create a new socioeconomic theory that can provide long term stability. One that is regulated instrinsically,that is, by virtue of its operative mechanisms. Before discsussing this idea a few items ned to be considered.

It was implied above that human behavior is what drives an economy. Socialism fails because it disregards completely the need for individuation in human development. A free market economy also rises and falls in accord with human nature. Smith was partially correct - indeed he was amazingly prescient about human nature for a pre-Freudian thinker. Man is material and acquisitive. Even the Neanderthals and early humans made, bought and traded amulets, ornaments and other products amongst each other. But there's more to us than that. We are materialistic for specific reasons. One has to do with an ancient phenomenon that precedes not only publication of the Wealth of Nations but the evolution of homo sapiens. It is the primate hierarchy, and it is founded on the idea that social status leads to enhanced mating opportunities as well as power and influence within the group.

That's where Smith fell short. His assumption was that companies competing in a free market environment would be forced to lower prices and produce better products in order to sell more goods. He also presumed that companies that did not do so would not, and should not survive. Underlying his theory was the premise that consumers would naturally be inclined to buy cheaper products or products of higher quality. His vision was of a consumer-regulated marketplace and like all aspects of politics in a democratic society, it depended - absolutely depended - on the common sense of the people.

With the advent of mass communication and advances in the advertising field, that notion has been largely dispelled - so too has Smithonian economic theory. Turns out poor people in the ghetto will find a way to purchase $90 basketball shoes for their kids, even if they can't pay the rent that month, even if there is no difference in quality or durability between that pair and one that costs $15, especially if a famous athlete endorses the shoe. The influence of television, radio and other media has refuted Smith's presumption of frugality.

His contention that comptetition would regulate markets hasn't fared very well either. The price of gas rarely differs from one establishment to another. With the exception of Wal-Mart, few companies even purport to compete. Many operate under the assumption that upscale products sell better - that image rather than budget drives consumer behavior. So companies grow, universities expand, franchises proliferate until one has what amounts to a series of deliterious industries, grown so large and influential over the economy that government cannot allow them to fail. That's neither Smithonian nor Keynesian. And as we've all seen it can be dangerous.

Meanwhile rhe liberal approach offers one incredibly flawed and dangerous premise - the govenment should, for the sake and safety of the people, control more ot the wealth, including spending it in targeted areas to prop up the poor. It is a humanistic idea but its downside can be captured in three words - declining human motivation. Even a freshman psychology student knows that when the reinforcer is taken away the behavior tends to extinguish. Taking away reinforcers from the producers of jobs and goods will inhibit production. hiring, expansion and ultimately end up hurting th every people government purports to help.

For those reasons it could be argued that neither system works, certainly not over an extender period of time. The question is what to do about it. If all we have are two options the flaws of both will recur every decade or so. Unless people come to anticipate this and "store nuts" in the interim - a practice now discouraged, because spending stimulates the economy whereas saving money detracts from it - the same old problems will crop up..

It is difficult to get off a roller coaster while it's moving but not impossible. It simply takes some innovative thinking.The innovation here is based on a new approach called parallelism.

The current socio-economic menu features socialism, capitalism smd communism. One could argue that these are forms of goverment rather than economic systems but in fact the main principle inherent in any political theory is the alotment and regulation of property. Parallelism is offered here a new item on the menu. It differs from the other formats in the following way. Capitalism entails a clear separation between government and business. Othe than the Fed, anti- trust laws and some internal requirements for corporations such as limits of practice. independent board members and stockholder rights and privileges, corporations are free to operate on their own. Socialism involves government regulation - based on the idea that since the market affects people and nations it cannot be allowed to operate freely. The former costs government less - theoretically maximizing its revenues via less involvement and spending in business affairs and ultimately more tax revenues from growing companies. The problem is that its relatively laissez fair approach leads to monopolistic practices, higher prices, inlflation and excesssive and potentially destructive consumer behavior.

Socialism involves spending a lot of money on various public projects and social support programs but diminishes entrepreneurial motivation so that ultimately revenues decline and the ranks of the "needy and helpless" increase.

In contrast, parallelism involves the government actually going into business to compete with companies - primarily as a means of maintaining Smithonian consumer frugality, but also to offer a system of costs, product availability that is always in line with the cost of living. In addition, its advertising standards would be concrete and definitive - in each case, and for each product, the list would include the exact materials used, the cost of production and the profit margin - all for the consumer's perusal.

Now, as in geometry, parallel lines do not by definition intersect. That means the government companies would not influence or regulate private businesses. There would be no capital gains tax, low corporate taxes per se and in general a hands-of style. he government would not over- regulate and it would not ignore - it would compete.

The government company would have a flexible hiring format for the unemployed and/ or indigent so that welfare support and unemployment benefits would be less necessary and costly than now. Worklng out of the home would be one option.

Parallelism offers another perk - the government would be making money rather than merely spending it by virtue of its various enterprises. It would not offer the same wages as a corporation, nor should it, because the point is not to outcompete private companies. It would adhere to a cost of living standard in its prices, its wages and its benefits so that no one who works there, whether by choice or necessity should expect to become well off. It would be a productive and regulatory means of survival for people in financial difficulty.

The obvious question becomes, what if private companies can't compete and go belly up in droves? There are two answers to that question, both consistent with conservative economic theory. The first is that private companies would have to either contain costs and/or develop better products than the government company. That would keep them smaller so that A. their failure would not jeopardize the economy per se and B. as a result of being small more companies would crop up to compete, which would lead to more jobs in more locations around the country, with fewer pocket recessions resulting, as seen in recent times in the middle American states.

Other safeguards could be put in play. For example very flexible standards for declaring bankruptcy, grant monies for companies on the rebound could provided by government company assets and other sources.This could make for a more flexible fail-and-rebound process, as well as rescuing the unemployed, lowering the cost of health case, fuels, and other goods while freeing up well run companies to (in paraphrase of Jefferson's theory of the natural aristocracy) succeed in proportion to their talents and motivations).

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MS Clinical-Neuropsychology. Thirty years experience in fields of neuro/clinical and school psychology. Professor New Hsmpshire University System for twenty years. Currently working as school psychologist. Author of four books, several plays and president of film making company Media Milestones.

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Monday, April 13, 2009

Do You See Failure or Success?

Author:Heather Dominick
I remember attending a meditation workshop with Mark Epstein, a well-known 'Buddhist psychologist.' He told a story about a meeting he had with Ram Dass, spiritual teacher and author, where Ram Dass had asked Mark Epstein about his work with his patients. As Mark talked about his work, Ram Dass interrupted him and asked, "Do you see them as already healed?"

I was so struck by this story. As a coach and healer of businesses, I saw the clarity in this question. So often as solo-service professionals it is easy to focus on our success by looking at ourselves (what we are doing, creating, visualizing, etc.), but the results are incredible when we turn the focus on those that we serve.

What do you see when you look at your clients or customers? Do you see failure or success?

When I worked as a high school teacher--in moments when my students were working on their own--I would say to myself, "The light in me sees the light in you." I really felt that. I could see my students succeeding long before they could see it or could even venture to believe it. However, I knew as their teacher it was my duty to hold that vision and energy for them and then guide them through the action steps of getting there. It always worked. I have countless high school teaching success stories.

I see that same (if not more--I've learned a lot in the past few years) success for the private and Boot Camp clients I work with now. I literally see them as a successful magazine owner, professional organizer, coach, meditation expert, Feng Shui practitioner...and the list goes on. It continues to work.

I ask you to begin to apply this to your own business. Here are 3 steps to begin SEEING success in those that you serve.

1)Change the way you look at things and the things you look at change.

In Dr. Wayne Dyer's book, The Power of Intention, he sites that, "It turns out that at the tiniest subatomic level, the actual act of observing a particle changes the particle." This is a clear example of energy affecting energy. If I look at you and see your success, then you begin to create more of and be success! How great is that?

So when speaking to a prospect, customer, or client, instead of questioning your abilities (wondering if you'll get the sale or joining them in their woes), the most powerful action you can take is to change the way you are looking at the situation. See them as happy, joyful, peaceful, well, successful...and more. You will be effecting a change that will result in more success and abundance for the both of you. (It feels so much better than worry and doubt!)

2)Be constantly giving.

The energy of success is constantly giving and the supply is limitless. When you can come from this place in your own business, you begin to attract more into your life.

I know when I first heard this, it was hard for me to grasp. Mostly, because I used to come from a place of giving, but have one eye immediately on making sure that I was compensated and at the same time convinced that I wouldn't be. Guess what? I wasn't and I felt a whole lot of resentment at the same time.

When I shifted my attention to giving for the sake of the success of those that I was serving and simultaneously confidently took care of what I needed for myself and my business (instead of waiting for someone else to do just do it), there was more success ALL around.

3)Detach from the outcome.

When you are able to SEE success, you don't need to be attached to the outcome because you KNOW that it's going to be successful. Whenever you are caught up in accumulating (I have to get this client; I have to sell to this customer), then you lose sight of what your main goal is--to see the success of those that you serve.

Find out exactly what's going on for the person that you're speaking to. Ask them and ask yourself, what do they need? The answer to this question is usually multi-layered. (For example, prospects that come to me may need more income from their businesses, but they also need to move through the blocks they've unconsciously set up for themselves that's keeping them from getting more money). So, you then SEE them as getting their needs fully met and begin the process of working with that person, so you can help make it happen.

Call To Action:

1) Ask yourself, how do I see my prospects, clients, or customers? Be honest. Just let the answer come. No judgment. It will give you a lot of information.

2) With whatever answer you get now, ask yourself, "How can I improve?" How can I see this situation differently?

3) For one day focus only on those you serve and their success. Write down the difference in how you feel, the results that your clients get, and anything else that pops up.

Friday, April 10, 2009

What to Do During an Earthquake

Author: Sharon Bell

In most major earthquakes, the worst is over after the first minute. So don't panic. Maintain presence of mind and be calm.

When inside a building, seek cover under furniture you think is strong enough to protect you from falling debris. Don't run out of the building and into the street. You may fall down the stairs or start a stampede.

When caught by a tremor in the street or between buildings, take refuge under strong structures. Beware of falling electric wires, debris, street signs, overhanging slabs or crumbling walls. Running in the middle of a busy street is not always a good idea since you may be hit by a moving vehicle.

When at sea, earthquakes cannot be distinguished at once from waves, especially when the sea is rough. But this may be felt by the more experienced sea traveler. Since an earthquake can cause a tidal wave under certain conditions, prepare for the emergency at once and report the ship's position to the proper authorities.

If you are in a coastal area, observe the sea. If there are any unnatural changes, transfer to higher ground. You may hit by a tidal wave.

In mountainous regions, the immediate dangers are land¬ slides, sudden change of water flow, slumping and mud flows. Stay away from steep slopes, ravines, waterfalls or deep streams.

In the Great Kanto earthquake of 1923 in Japan, many people were killed and about a million became homeless due largely to fires. Immediately after a strong tremor, be on the lookout for fires. Extinguish fire before at¬tempting to save lives. Shut off main power switches. Live wires hanging or strewn on the ground are dangerous.

Major earthquakes are usually followed by aftershocks, some of which may be moderately strong. These are not as dangerous as the main shocks but they may affect structures already weakened by the strong shock.

Stay away from unstable objects or structures, damaged walls and ceilings, and fallen lives wires.

Bring children and old people to safe areas like open grounds, parks, or undamaged houses or buildings.

At home, check for damaged or weakened structures, loose wirings and repair them immediately.

If there is a call for help, coordinate with organized working groups.

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Tuesday, April 7, 2009

High Stakes Poker- An Addictive Experience

High stakes poker has come up as an exciting game to spend money in as it very enjoyable and requires skill and tactics to bluff others. People, who enjoy gambling, like trying their hands on it and investing a huge amount of money in such games. If you are a great fan of poker cash game, then high stakes poker is the correct one to throw your money in. Starting as a beginner it’s adventurous and like a roller coaster experience. It can always make you thirsty for playing more games and thus make you addicted.

High stakes poker is also a reality cash game being broadcasted on television where amateurs along with professional poker players bet for money and fame. Since television reaches to every nook and corner of our society, so has the popularity of poker players. It has shown a great advancement in the recent years. This show gained a huge wave of happiness amongst the people as the idea was innovative and different. Online availability of high stakes poker at free of cost or at minimum costs by various websites is being accessed regularly. You might be aware of the fact that the more you get involved in this game the greater it overtakes your mind and sharpens your abilities as it is not very easy to bluff people that too with similar age group and thinking capacity.

Poker players available online for high stakes poker can vary with your level. If you are interested in earning money to a larger extent and have the confidence of fooling people and winning best hands by your strategies, then you can try investing more of your money. It can also serve you as a good source of income. You can develop your capabilities by facing challenges and developing a competitive spirit in yourself. Such websites can be easily found by using a search engine. It can serve you as an enticing method where in your pot full of money can either increase or just vanish away. If you enjoy taking such risks then poker is the game meant for people like you.

High stakes poker has always been an addictive experience for the public, be it television or internet. Its simplicity in rules, bluffing and betting makes it an enjoyable one. The best hand ranking player takes away the pot of money. 


Sunday, April 5, 2009

Online Games Offer a Positive Side

Author: Synapse India

Online gaming is not only about generating revenue or passing the time but it has a lot more to offer. In fact, a game represents the finest face of technology, incorporating cultural ties, and a global phenomenon that has wide boundaries, making it a relevant source of study. Free online games are not only entertainment tools but they also promote so many things such as:

Information Literacy

Usually, in online games players download text files, make notes; sometimes they also take "screen shots" of the game and upload it. They also add their comments with it. A group of gaming developers then examines the provided suggestions and carries on the discussions. They also talk about relevant strategies just to bring improvements or changes. They also act as a necessary tool for knowledge creation to digital spaces. An online game acts as a platform for people from all ages and beliefs. Different people from different parts of the world collaborate in online gaming and share their experiences to get the best entertainment.

Online games develop a sense of curiosity among gamers and encourage them to find the best source to solve the gaming logics. Hence, gaming leads to real learning. Individual skills are sharpened using pooled resources.

Games initiate human mind boggling for a variety of resources, making it sensible and logical. Gaming is the most fulfilling way of social interaction and exchange of ideas and thoughts especially in multiplayer online games.

There are games that are primarily based on history. Through these games, a person can be able to understand the intricacies of civilizations. They help gamers to learn through different developments stages of the world. Many games are map based and re-enact actual events that have taken place in the world. Online games help in cultivating lateral thinking and interpretation of data in various means. Games based on team efforts help in developing togetherness and team spirits among gamers.

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