Blogger Widgets Struggling Parents: September 2007

Sunday, September 30, 2007


Anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa are more commonly known as anorexia and bulimia. The two disorders can be difficult to distinguish from each other because they have similar characteristics: With both anorexia and bulimia, the person will have a distorted image of his or her body. That person will seem to be obsessed with what he or she eats.

Both bulimia.htm">anorexia and bulimia tend to affect girls more than guys, but 10% of the people with Eating disorders are guys. And, because we typically think of eating disorders as only affecting girls, they often go unrecognized in guys. Guys with eating disorders also tend to focus more on athletic appearance or success than on just looking thin.

People with anorexia have an intense fear of being fat. When a person has anorexia, he or she hardly eats at all — and the small amount of food that is eaten becomes an obsession. A person with anorexia may weigh food before Eating it or compulsively count the calories of everything. It is not unusual for a person with anorexia to also exercise excessively in an attempt to lose weight.

A unique feature of anorexia is not only the strong desire to be very thin, but also the altered body perception that goes with it. Even though they might be shedding pounds at a dangerous rate, people with anorexia don't see themselves as thin. A person with the condition can look in the mirror and actually see a fat person.

bulimiais a bit different from anorexia because the person with bulimia doesn't avoid eating. Instead, he or she eats a large amount of food then gets rid of it quickly by vomiting or taking laxatives. This is commonly known as "binge and purge" behavior. Like anorexia, bulimia tends to affect girls and young women more than guys. Unlike anorexia, you can't always tell by looking whether a person has bulimia. In fact, someone with bulimia may appear average or even above average in weight.




Warning Signs
So how can you tell if a person has anorexia or bulimia? You can't only tell by looking, of course — someone who loses a lot of weight may have another health condition. But if you know of someone who fits the patterns described below, you may want to try to help your friend.

anorexia:

drops weight to about 20% below normal
denies feeling hungry
exercises excessively
feels fat
withdraws from social activities
Bulimia:

makes excuses to go to the bathroom immediately after meals
eats huge amounts of food, but doesn't gain weight
uses laxatives or diuretics
withdraws from social activities
What Causes Anorexia and Bulimia?
No one is really sure what causes Eating disorders, although there are many theories as to why people develop them. Most people who develop an eating disorder are between the ages of 14 and 18 (although they can develop even earlier in some people). At this time in their lives, many teens don't feel as though they have much control over anything. The physical and emotional changes that go along with puberty can make it easy for even the most confident person to feel a bit out of control. By controlling their own bodies, people with Eating disorders feel as though they can regain some control — even if it is done in an unhealthy way.

For girls, even though it's completely normal (and necessary) to gain some additional body fat during puberty, some respond to this change by becoming very fearful of their new weight and feel compelled to get rid of it any way they can. It's easy to see why people may develop a fear of any weight gain, even if it's healthy and temporary: We're overloaded by images of thin celebrities — people who often weigh far less than their healthy weight. When you combine the pressure to be like these role models with a changing body, it's not hard to see why some teens develop a distorted body image.


Some individuals who develop eating disorders can also be Depressed or anxious. Experts also think that some people with eating disorders may have obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). Their anorexia or bulimia gives them a way to handle the stresses and anxieties of being a teen and allows them to have control and impose order in their lives.

There is also evidence that Eating disorders may run in families. Our parents influence our values and priorities, of course, including those toward food — which may be one reason eating disorders seem to run in families. But there also is a suggestion that there may be a genetic component to certain behaviors, and Eating disorders could be one such behavior.

Sports and Eating Disorders
Some girls might be more apt to develop an eating disorder depending on the sport they choose. Gymnasts, ice-skaters, and ballerinas often operate in a culture where weight loss is important, and even runners might be encouraged to go on a diet. But in an effort to make their bodies perfect and please those around them, these athletes can end up with eating disorders.

Though it's unusual for guys to have anorexia or bulimia, it can occur, especially with the demands of certain sports. A sport like wrestling, for example, has specific weight categories that can lead some guys to develop an Eating disorder. In some cases, eating disorders in male athletes are even unintentionally encouraged; they are taught that winning is the most important thing.

But the truth is that an Eating disorder does much more harm than good. Athletes with eating disorders, whether girls or boys, may find that because of a lack of energy and nutrients, their athletic performance deteriorates and they become injured more often.

Effects of Eating Disorders
Whatever the cause of an eating disorder, the effects can be damaging — if not downright devastating and life threatening. People who weigh at least 15% less than the normal weight for their height may not have enough body fat to keep their organs and other body parts healthy.

A person with anorexia can do damage to the heart, liver, and kidneys by not eating enough. The body slows everything down as if it were starving, causing a drop in blood pressure, pulse, and breathing rate. (For girls, this starvation mode may mean they stop getting their periods.) Lack of energy can lead people with anorexia to feel light-headed and unable to concentrate. Anemia (lack of red blood cells) and swollen joints are common in people with anorexia, as are brittle bones. Anorexia can cause a person's hair to fall out, fingernails to break off, and a soft hair called lanugo to grow all over the skin. In severe cases, eating disorders can lead to severe malnutrition and even death.

People with bulimia often have constant stomach pain. In fact, bulimia can actually damage a person's stomach and kidneys as a result of constant vomiting. bulimia can also cause a person's teeth to decay because of the acids that come up into the mouth while vomiting. The person may also develop "chipmunk cheeks," which occur when the salivary glands permanently expand from throwing up so often. Like girls with anorexia, girls with bulimia may stop getting their periods. And, most dangerous of all, the constant purging can lead to a loss of the mineral potassium, which can contribute to heart problems and even death.

The emotional pain of an eating disorder can take its toll, too. When a person becomes obessed with weight, it's hard to concentrate on much else. Many times people with eating disorders become withdrawn and less social. Teens with anorexia can't join in on snacks and meals with their friends or families, and they often don't want to break from their intense exercise routine to have fun. Individuals with bulimia often spend a lot of mental energy on planning their next binge, spend a lot of their money on food, and hide in the bathroom for a long time after meals.

Eating disorders are not fun. Both anorexia and bulimia can lead to feelings of guilt and depression. Some individuals with eating disorders begin using drugs or other substances to help mask their feelings, which only makes the situation worse.

Treatment for Eating Disorders
Fortunately, people with Eating disorders can get well and gradually learn to eat normally again. Because anorexia and bulimia involve both the mind and body, medical doctors, mental health professionals, and dietitians will often be involved in a person's treatment and recovery.

Therapy or counseling is a critical part of treating Eating disorders — in many cases, family therapy is one of the keys to eating healthily again. Parents and other family members are important in helping a person see that his or her normal body shape is perfectly fine and that being thin doesn't make anyone happy.

The most critical thing about treating eating disorders is to recognize and address the problem as soon as possible — like all bad habits, unhealthy Eating patterns become harder to break the longer a person takes part in them. If you have an eating disorder, don't wait to get help — anorexia and bulimia can do a lot of damage to the body and mind if left untreated. At worst, eating disorders can kill, and at best, they leave a person feeling and looking terrible.

If you want to talk to someone about eating disorders and you don't feel as though you can approach a parent, try talking to a teacher, a neighbor, your doctor, or another trusted adult. Remember that Eating disorders are common among teens, and more importantly, that treatment is out there.

Saturday, September 29, 2007

What are the symptoms of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder?


OCD involves having both Obsessions and compulsions. A person with OCD may sometimes have one or the other.

Common Obsessions are: contamination fears of germs, dirt, etc. imagining having harmed self or others, imagining losing control or aggressive urges, intrusive sexual thoughts or urges, excessive religious or moral doubt, forbidden thoughts A need to have things "just so" A need to tell, ask, confess common compulsions: washing repeating checking touching counting

OCD symptoms can occur in people of all ages. Not all Obsessive-Obsessive behaviors represent an illness. Some rituals (e.g., bedtime songs, religious practices) are a welcome part of daily life. Normal worries, such as contamination fears, may increase during times of stress, such as when someone in the family is sick or dying. Only when symptoms persist, make no sense, cause much distress, or interfere with functioning do they need clinical attention.

Obsessions
Obsessions are thoughts, images, or impulses that occur over and over again and feel out of your control. The person does not want to have these ideas. He finds them disturbing and intrusive, and usually recognizes that they don't really make sense. People with OCD worry excessively about dirt and germs and become obsessed with the idea that they are contaminated or contaminate others. They may have Obsessive fears of having inadvertently harmed someone else even though they usually know this is not realistic. Obsessions are accompanied by uncomfortable feelings, such as fear, disgust, doubt, or a sensation that things have to be done in a way that is "just so."
Compulsions
People with OCD try to make their Obsessions go away by performing compulsions. Compulsions are acts the person performs over and over again, often according to certain "rules." People with an obsession about contamination may wash constantly to the point that their hands become raw and inflamed. A person may repeatedly check that she has turned off the stove or iron because of an obsessive fear of burning the house down. She may have to count certain objects over and over because of an obsession about losing them. Unlike compulsive drinking or gambling, OCD compulsions do not give the person pleasure. Rather, the rituals are performed to obtain relief from the discomfort caused by the obsessions.
Other features of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
OCD symptoms cause distress, take up time (more than an hour a day), or significantly interfere with the person's work, social life, or relationships. Most individuals with OCD recognize that their Obsessions are coming from their own minds and are not just excessive worries about real problems. They realize that the compulsions they perform are excessive or unreasonable. When someone with OCD does not recognize that their beliefs and actions are unreasonable, this is called OCD with poor insight. OCD symptoms tend to wax and wane over time. Some may be little more than background noise; others may produce extremely severe distress.

What causes Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder?
There is no proven cause of OCD. Research suggests that OCD involves problems in communication between the front part of the brain (the orbital cortex) and deeper structures (the basal ganglia). These brain structures use the chemical messenger serotonin. It is believed that insufficient levels of serotonin are involved in OCD. Drugs that increase the brain concentration of serotonin often help improve OCD symptoms.

Pictures of the brain at work also show that the brain circuits involved in OCD return toward normal in those who improve after taking a serotonin medication or receiving cognitive-behavioral psychotherapy. Although it seems clear that reduced levels of serotonin play a role in OCD, there are no laboratory tests for OCD. The diagnosis is made based on an assessment of the person's symptoms. When OCD starts suddenly in childhood in association with strep throat, an autoimmune mechanism may be involved, and treatment with an antibiotic may prove helpful.

Is Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Inherited?
No specific genes for OCD have been identified. Research suggests that genes do play a role in the development of the disorder. Childhood-onset OCD runs in families (sometimes in association with tic disorders). When a parent has OCD, there is a slightly increased risk that a child will develop OCD, although the risk is still low. When OCD runs in families, it is the general nature of OCD is inherited, not specific symptoms. Thus a child may have checking rituals, while his mother washes compulsively.

Friday, September 28, 2007

Listed on BlogShares

Welcome to the game of BlogShares, the addicting and fast-growing web-based experience! Take the time to pop into our Forums and introduce yourself to the friendliest community on the Internet. Get involved! From documentation and support to game logic and coding, BlogShares depends on the amazing volunteer spirit of its players to improve and grow. BlogShares is more than a game—it's an addiction. Keep reading to get in on the fun!

WHAT IS BLOGSHARES?

BlogShares is a fantasy stock market where weblogs are the companies. Players invest fictional dollars on shares in blogs. Blogs are valued by their incoming links and add value to other blogs by linking to them. Prices can go up or down based on trading and the underlying value of the blog. No actual ownership of blogs is transfered. BlogShares is purely a fictional marketplace.

WHAT IS A BLOG?

Weblogs, called Blogs for short, are generally online journals of some sort and can be used for an unlimited range of subjects and purposes.

Blogs run from individual diaries to arms of political campaigns, media programs, and corporations, and from one occasional author to large communities of writers. The totality of weblogs or Blog-related webs is usually called the Blogosphere.

The format of Blogs varies nearly limitlessly, individual weblog entries are almost always dated and time-stamped, with the newest post at the top of the page. Because links are so important to weblogs, most Blogs have a way of archiving older entries and generating a static address for individual entries; this static link is referred to as a permalink. The latest headlines, with hyperlinks and summaries, are offered in weblogs in the RSS XML-format, to be read with a RSS feedreader.

It is difficult to know just what is and what is not a blog suitable for inclusion in BlogShares. For the purposes of this game, blogs have the following characteristics:

* The site is authored by a clearly defined blogger (whether a specific individual, group
of individuals, or a specific organization).

* Posts appear in reverse-chronological order, or at the very least, the most recent post
appears first.

* Posts are individual, dated, often with timestamps.

* Past posts are available in some sort of archive in the blog.

* Commenting and/or trackback capability is often enabled, but not a requirement.

* Blogs can feature any subject, be personal, non-personal, or business-related, and offer
content unique to the Blog with each new post.

* Blogs must be human edited or in some way not maintained by an automated script or
aggregator. Such 'linkfarms' are considered spam.

* Blogs, for the purposes of this index, are only the main, 'home' page for the Blog, and not
its link pages, archives, individual posts, intros, summary pages, or profiles.

Sites which simply repost or copy the exact posts or materials from another site are often considered either 1) spam, 2) non-Blog (website), or 3) a 'version' of the other blog (perhaps differening only by template).

Read more about blogs and their role at BlogShares on the Blogs page.


WHY PLAY BLOGSHARES?

Addictive Fun: The most obvious reason. Whether you like building your fortune, immersing yourself in multiple game play strategies, voting Blog categories, or simply need a place to get away from the hustle and bustle of life, BlogShares offers you a game play experience that you will not soon forget.

Find New Blogs: Blogs are a great Internet phenomenon! They're changing the way some of us connect, reflect, and do business. If you are interested in a particular subject, feel free to browse our Industry page which has over 4900 different Industries (categories) to peruse. You can utilize the search feature (quick lookup) in the upper right hand corner to search by keyword, blog title, or Blog address (URL). You may even find your own!

See Your Own Blog In Action: That's right, you can add your own Blog to our system and gain special controls over your blog in the BlogShares world. You even get 1K shares in your own blog just for taking the time to claim it!

Amazing Community: Not only do we have an excellent group of people in the forums, we also have a great group of gals and guys in our IRC channels. Feel free to join in the conversation, add a haiku to the monthly contests, or join any one of a dozen other contests held constantly. Take part in this community. BlogShares includes many player-volunteers in developing game algorithms, handling support, and even writing this intro.


A BRIEF HISTORY OF BLOGSHARES

BlogShares was written in early 2003 by Seyed Razavi in his free time. The overall objective of BlogShares is the exploration of an emerging social network while providing an addictive and fun environment for bloggers to join and help add to the worth of the social network. Another one of the purposes of this site was to prove the Power Law theory. Part of this theory is based on the fact that 20% of the population holds 80% of the wealth. This can also be attributed to weblogs, 20% of the blogs contain 80% of all incoming links. BlogShares hits a home run with this theory.

The BlogShares project took off rather quickly and was considered a personal success. The site, however, was a success that would not last. BlogShares suffered from a few serious coding issues that severely hampered the site's growth and expansion, as well as its speed. At this point, BlogShares was tracking 400K blogs and links. Eventually these took their toll on the BlogShares hard drives and a catastrophic system failure ground BlogShares to a halt. That, bundled with personal reasons, caused Seyed to choose to leave the game.

At this time, BlogShares was taken over by its current owner: Jay Campbell, and co-adminned by C. Suburban Wolf (AKA Rob/SubWolf) was brought on almost immediately to help recode the entire site. Once BlogShares was taken out of the beta stages its popularity sky-rocketed. It did have its ups and downs however.

The BlogShares team made some changes to certain aspects of the game. Originally, Ideas only produced twice a day and were worth a couple dollars each. Some players even held on to millions upon millions of Ideas. When changes were implemented the prices soared, making many people instant billionaires and trillionaires. Some of the users bailed out at that point, fearing a market crash. Others chose to hold on to their Ideas in hopes that the market could sustain its rapid growth a bit longer. Ultimately this was not the case. Further changes caused the market to crash in a matter of hours, nearly bankrupting some of the richest players in the game. There were some bitter words from some, solace from others. In the end it all worked out for the best.

They also added in a new item: Chips. These items were an answer to the growing number of votes clogging the system, and they revolutionized the way many trades were handled. Today, Chips are the most valuable asset in the game, because with enough of them you can buy anything, win raffles, and purchase text ads for advertising your blog, your philosophy, your politics, your humor ... whatever. Some players even offer to purchase a Premium Membership for others in exchange for Chips.

Black Friday (November 25, 2005) brought dramatic revaluation (1 to 10,000) of Idea prices and cash value, with no change to share values. While there were legit concerns and complaints about the changes, it completely changed the nature of daily game play from one dominated by Ideas to one fully-inclusive of share trading.

In early 2006, an Ideas Math Summit solicited player input toward a new pricing model for Ideas, as well as announced a new Game Improvement Committee (GIC), which works to improve the game and its community, and to ensure that both remain fun and enjoyable for the players. After testing by the GIC, a premium feature, the Chips Market came online July 24, 2006. The new math was unveiled in late August 2006, adding a new dynamic to the ways players bought and sold ideas.

Today, BlogShares has become the most immersive online Stock Market simulation available, as well as the most popular with over 40K active users. Over 17K blogs have been claimed by their owners. Even more amazing is the sheer number of blogs currently tracked: 7.3 million.

To this day, BlogShares continues to grow and add new features. The admin and coders work hand-in-hand on a daily basis to keep this site alive, add new features, and improve functionality. BlogShares truly is a success.

Thursday, September 27, 2007


Stress is a normal part of life. In small quantities, stress is good -- it can motivate you and help you be more productive. However, too much stress, or a strong response to stress, is harmful. It can set you up for general poor health as well as specific physical or psychological illnesses like infection, heart disease, or depression. Persistent and unrelenting stress often leads to anxiety and unhealthy behaviors like overeating and abuse of alcohol or drugs.

Emotional states like grief or depression and health conditions like an overactive thyroid, low blood sugar, or heart attack can also cause stress.

Anxiety is often accompanied by physical symptoms, including:

Twitching or trembling
Muscle tension, headaches
Sweating
Dry mouth, difficulty swallowing
Abdominal pain (may be the only symptom of stress, especially in a child)
Sometimes other symptoms accompany anxiety:

Dizziness
Rapid or irregular heart rate
Rapid breathing
Diarrhea or frequent need to urinate
Fatigue
Irritability, including loss of your temper
Sleeping difficulties and nightmares
Decreased concentration
Sexual problems
Anxiety disorders are a group of psychiatric conditions that involve excessive anxiety. They include generalized anxiety disorder, specific phobias, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and social phobia.



Common Causes

Certain drugs, both recreational and medicinal, can lead to symptoms of anxiety due to either side effects or withdrawal from the drug. Such drugs include caffeine, alcohol, nicotine, cold remedies, decongestants, bronchodilators for asthma, tricyclic antidepressants, cocaine, amphetamines, diet pills, ADHD medications, and thyroid medications.

A poor diet can also contribute to stress or anxiety -- for example, low levels of vitamin B-12. Performance anxiety is related to specific situations, like taking a test or making a presentation in public. Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) develops after a traumatic event like war, physical or sexual assault, or a natural disaster.

In very rare cases, a tumor of the adrenal gland (pheochromocytoma ) may be the cause of anxiety. The symptoms are caused by an overproduction of hormones responsible for the feelings of anxiety.



Home Care

The most effective solution is to find and address the source of your stress or anxiety. Unfortunately, this is not always possible. A first step is to take an inventory of what you think might be making you "stress out":

What do you worry about most?
Is something constantly on your mind?
Does anything in particular make you sad or depressed?
Then, find someone you trust (friend, family member, neighbor, clergy) who will listen to you. Often, just talking to a friend or loved one is all that is needed to relieve anxiety. Most communities also have support groups and hotlines that can help. Social workers, psychologists, and other mental health professionals may be needed for therapy and medication.

Also, find healthy ways to cope with stress. For example:

Eat a well-balanced, healthy diet. Don't overeat.
Get enough sleep.
Exercise regularly.
Limit caffeine and alcohol.
Don't use nicotine, cocaine, or other recreational drugs.
Learn and practice relaxation techniques like guided imagery, progressive muscle relaxation, yoga, tai chi, or meditation. Try biofeedback, using a certified professional to get you started.
Take breaks from work. Make sure to balance fun activities with your responsibilities. Spend time with people you enjoy.

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Diagnostic Criteria
The person has been exposed to a traumatic event in which both of the following were present:
the person experienced, witnessed, or was confronted with an event or events that involved actual or threatened death or serious injury, or a threat to the physical integrity of self or others
the person's response involved intense fear, helplessness, or horror
Either while experiencing or after experiencing the distressing event, the individual has three (or more) of the following dissociative symptoms:
a subjective sense of numbing, detachment, or absence of emotional responsiveness
a reduction in awareness of his or her surroundings (e.g., "being in a daze")
derealization
depersonalization
dissociative amnesia (i.e., inability to recall an important aspect of the trauma)
The traumatic event is persistently reexperienced in at least one of the following ways: recurrent images, thoughts, dreams, illusions, flashback episodes, or a sense of reliving the experience; or distress on exposure to reminders of the traumatic event.
marked avoidance of stimuli that arouse recollections of the trauma (e.g., thoughts, feelings, conversations, activities, places, people).
marked symptoms of anxiety or increased arousal (e.g., difficulty sleeping, irritability, poor concentration, hypervigilance, exaggerated startle response, motor restlessness).
The disturbance causes clinically significant distress or impairment in social, occupational, or other important areas of functioning or impairs the individual's ability to pursue some necessary task, such as obtaining necessary assistance or mobilizing personal resources by telling family members about the traumatic experience.
The disturbance lasts for a minimum of 2 days and a maximum of 4 weeks and occurs within 4 weeks of the traumatic event.
The disturbance is not due to the direct physiological effects of a substance (e.g., a drug of abuse, a medication) or a general medical condition, is not better accounted for by Brief Psychotic Disorder, and is not merely an exacerbation of a preexisting Axis I or Axis II disorder.

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Differential Diagnosis
Mental Disorder Due to a General Medical Condition; Substance-Induced Disorder; Brief Psychotic Disorder; Major Depressive Episode; exacerbation of a preexisting mental disorder; Posttraumatic Stress Disorder; Adjustment Disorder; Malingering.

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Worker's Compensation issues

There is a reason for this,
Legal limitations and restrictions as to how much an injuried worker may recover
result in many Workers' recieving inadequate benefits.
Unfortunately, the workers Compensation system
was not designed primarily to benefit the injuried worker.
Instead, it was created to protect employers and Workers' Compensation insurance companies
by limiting their liability and obligations. Despite these negatives,
workers compensation has evolved over the years to include some fairly decent workers protections
Although many of these are buried in hard-to-understand rules and procedures,
informed workers are willing to assert their rights have a good chance of being treated fairly.
Sadly, most Workers' have little, if any, knowledge about their workers compensation rights.
Wouldnt you like to know your rights with Workers' Compensation?
It would be nice if we could handle your own Worker's Compensation case
or filing a claim on someone else's behalf,
such as a minor. ( In legal terms, this is referring to as acting in the capacity of a guardian ad Litem,
where you file a Workers' Compensation procedures and understand the important decisions you'll need to make.

In few places on earth will find a system that uses more confusing, contradictory, and just plain batty terminology.
Unfortunately,
you will simply have to master a number of confusing terms and acronyms used in the Worker's Compensation system,
or you won't understand how to handle your claim.
Whenever you hit a mind-bloggling term, take a moment to learn what it means.
In no time at all, you'll be talking with ease about your TTD, VRMA, QME, P&S, and QRR.

The Workers' Compensation system is sometimes described as a "no-fault" system of give and take.
The injuried employee gives up the right to sue an employer in court.
In return, the employee recieves Compensation without having to prove that the employer caused the injury.
In exchange for the employer's liablity is limited to benefits specified in the California Labor Code.
Not surprisingly less than what might be available if employees could sue in court.
For the vast majority of cases,
the rule that all work-related injuries must go through the Worker's Compensation system is a fact of life.
(There are a few situtations where an injuried employee is not covered by Workers' Compensation and may sue an employer in the glance, a no fault system sounds like fair deal- workers who are hurt are taken care of without having to go through a costly peocess of assigning blame.
Unfortunately, the existing system is complicated and hard to understand.
It has evolved into what too often becomes a bureaucatic nightmare that commonly intimidates and hinders people with valid claims.
But perhaps the worst aspect of the California Workers' Compensation system is that it doesn't deliver on its fundamental promise to cover all injuried workers on "no-fault basis.
The employer and its Workers' Compensation insurance company will often fight an employee's perfectly legitimate claim every step of the way.

Enough about the problems with Workers' Compensation laws. If you've been injuried on the job, you probably want to know how you'll be compensated.
California Workers' Compensation laws provide a limited number of benefits (mostly money payments.) Workers' Compensation benefits are tax exempt; in other words, they are not considered income for income tax purposes.

Friday, September 14, 2007

John Carleton;

Well who the hell is John Carleton,
after 25 years as a notorious successful and outrageously high paid, freelance copywriter , and marketing consultant, John is firmly at the red-hot center of marketing world , both online and off-line. This career arc is legendary: partnering with Gary Halbert for a decade... being a " go-to" writer for the largest mailers in the world (including Rodale, where he currently has several controls)... pioneering online advertising tactics (most top Web marketers follow his early revolutionary blueprints)... and starring as the feature speaker at major marketing seminars, including: the infamous " under achievers" event in Australia (with Frank Kern , and Ed Dale)...Armanda Morin's " Big seminar" in Los Angeles... Dan Kennedy's " copywriting boot camp" in Cleveland... Carl Galletti's "information marketing seminar" in Las Vegas...Kilstein and David Garfinkel... and over 30 other main lines events.

John's home workshop seminars on copy writing and marketing sellout at $5,000 per attendee.

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

According to the news in Analysis by PC Magazine, the top 100 classic web sites are as follows.

Number one top 100 classic web sites is called http://www.about.com/. This web site falls in the category of reference & information. Number one of the top classic web site category. This web site covers many channels, everything from autos, education, entertainment, computing & technology, to even videogames, religion, parenting and family and shopping. Opening of the page is mellow and not to godey. Arthur Levin greets you and will guide you through theme parks . one of the hundreds of topics covered in this website called "about.com."

Number 2 top 100 classic web sites , top off in the Lifestyles category. This web site called "belief-net" is the number one classic web site in the lifestyles category. belief-net site is the largest multi-faith community on the Web, with sections for every faith: Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism, Islam, even Scientology in China's Falun Gong. (Sorry, Jedis. Try Star Wars.com) but more importantly, what makes us all the same-like our love of our kids, Harry Potter, and "The Simpsons". If you're not sure what you are spiritually, ask the belief-o-Matic to tell you.
This web site covers faiths and practices, inspiration, health, entertainment, comfort and support, family and home, relationships, and is a web site for every one to come together as one and share their thoughts of religion, but not only is it about religion , but what's happening with the world around us.
Special topics include recipes , which beats most of the religions, top favorite angel songs, topics about how to get more from God. You can develop a web site within this web site beliefnet.com. You can blogs and exchange thoughts, ideas, and even your talents.

It does amaze me that I would never guess that religion would be one of the top web sites in the search engine.

The number one leading web site is information and reference. Money comes next , in the top third hundred classic web sites. Then music, news, politics and government, reading and listening, science and nature, search, shopping and travel, social networking, sports, and technology. I would have thought or guessed that relationships would be the number one leading web site. I will be posting in the next few days on links with to these top web sites.

Running in the third position of the top 100 classic web sites, category is money. Number one leading web site in the money category is bloomberg.com. bloomberg is a web site that records news, marketing data, investment tools , and then last TV and radio. opening page is the Breaking News, " Waite surpasses nine dollars a bushel for the first time on Australian harvest outlook". This web site gives you quotes on stocks and other investment , and symbols.

Most of these web site advertisement with ads, and web pages, blogs and other interesting facts and news.

Monday, September 10, 2007



As I was searching through the engine search, and came across a website called California astrology Association. This web site is all about casting spells. They could be any kind spell, whether it be about love, or money, and witchcraft. It shows you how to do spells of many kinds, for example, how would you like to have a spell casted on you called the "Triple Cast spell" or the "couple bluster curse". They even have voodoo spells and dolls, once you open your heart and your mind to this awesome power, it may miraculous make changes in your life , could happen to you. This website mentions many spells , whether or not , we believe in witchcraft, there are many people who do, and truly believe that it works. My favorite of all, it is called " give me money". It states that it is your time for you to enjoy the wealth, comfort and respect you deserve.
I have noticed that a lot of the spells are regarding, rescue in love, bring my man/woman back, return to love, warlock lover spell and mend a broken heart. You sit and wonder if any of these spells work and if witchcraft and voodoo really exist, if that were the case, then wouldnt we all be Rich*. My opinion, is that if you choose to believe in something , and if you believe in hard enough , anything is possible. Well, I know we can't fly . we're not birds , but with most everything else, within reason we can and could most likely have these things become possible. Witchcraft has been around for year's, and even centuries.
You can even purchase voodoo dolls and cast spells, to those enemies you have resented in the past/ present. This sounds pretty bizzare or even a little crazy, but there is yes people who believe in witchcraft, and casting spells.

Sunday, September 09, 2007



For thousands of years , people have been fascinated with the predictions of the end of the world. If we look into the inspired writings of the biblical profits and apostles, we find many prophecies that refer to the end. Should we take them seriously? Are the world conditions such that the predictions could be fulfilled in our day?

Jesus Christ himself talked of a future time so horrendous that no human beings could be spared. Many prophecies leave us and no doubt that increasingly cataclysmic events would occur before God's direct interven we know that he will demonstrate itself and behavior which travel . we can , as a society to think of evil . almost as physical entity, as we think of when I our gun. Our Western culture portrays evil as a Redskins satanic creature with 2 horns holding in pitchfork and weaving his spike tail. In human affairs these terrifying prophecy will see their fulfillment at some future time.

Since the events of September 11, 2001, president George W. Bush and members of the Bush administration have presented the world with an unrelenting repetition of the concepts of absolutely good versus absolutely evil terrorists and evildoers engage in war on freedom.

The terrorists, and those associated with them, our address is evildoers and the evil ones. Evil everywhere and anywhere because evil knows no borders, no boundaries. Nearly every act and every motive attributed of the eve of ones . is painted with delivery evil intentions. For example , even ones come from a cold of evil in our armed with the designs and power of evil. The theme of ones a clear and present danger and our enemies of freedom and a danger to civilization.

However, these even ones are apparently not embued with self direction. They have been described as the instruments of evil, motivated by hate. In these evil ones . even has found a willing servant.

In the ancient battle between good and evil , the evil ones have struck the innocent victims of September 11, 2001. America has a compassionate nation , a freedom loving people, cannot comprehend these hateful actions and our alleged to frequently asked why do they hate as?

America is preliminary battle against evil , resulted in operation during freedom designed to locate and destroy Osama bin Laden , and al Qaeda forces in Afghanistan. Next, since it was necessary to expand against the axis of evil , engaged in the lower of freedom, late in the 2002 . in early 2003, a coalition of the willing , was enlisted in the fight against evil in Iraq, i.e. operation in Iraqi freedom, to combat terrorism . now said to be promoted by Saddam Hussein. In particular, Saddam was hiding weapons of mass destruction , which the United States. The numerous countries , which form the collation were presented with the scenario of us versus them in a challenge by President Bush and demanded that they were either with us are against us.

President Bush has expressed that out of evil comes good sense even terrorists, to include al Qaeda and Saddam Hussein, are being conquered.

President Bush is not the first US president to attempt to affiliate , America's enemies with evil. President Ronald Reagan, in depicting the former Soviet union as an evil empire, implore that there was a moral foundation to his efforts to contain an even the see the former Soviet union as an evil empire, implore that there was a moral foundation to his efforts to contain an even in defeat before Soviet union. Ironically, was named the figures that the Bush administration regards , as evildoers come from the same mujahideen guerilla movement in Afghanistan that the Reagan administration supported as freedom fighters in a battle against Soviets.

Saturday, September 08, 2007

Across This Bridge Ominous, ever present; Like a vulture awaiting the feast, Is my painful knowledge That even as I hold you Nearer and nearer to my heart, One day I may no longer have that right.
With each rising sun, I suffer the myriad of emotion, As my love for you thrives Wild and untamed. I am restrained by the chains of your world; A self-imposed exile of duty and devotion.
With each rising moon, I explore myself and try to see myself as you do.
I am not strong. Yet in my desire to protect your heart, I would portray myself as such.
I am not generous. Yet in my need to love you I would endure my isolation.
I am not beautiful. For in my longing to remain with you, I must control the piqued jealous beast that lurks Just beneath my skin.
I am not at peace. For each day I fight to maintain what remains of a mind that grew wings on the day you wrote to me.
And even as I love you, And even as I cherish you and vow "someday" and "forever", you say silently, sorrowful farewell And live with my imminent exile.
I will fall passively, with scarcely a sound. For you could no more compel me to be with you than you could force me to stop loving.
But on the eve of my banishment search the sky for a radiant star. For that will be the light that once lived in my eyes. And listen to the wind for in it you will hear my weeping. And feel a warm rain flow across your skin for that will be my tears.
And know that I do not go peacefully across this bridge of my life without you



Light does not conquer darkness by pushing the darkness out
of the way. Rather, the light comes into the darkness and
transforms it with brilliant, positive energy.

In the same way, the obstacles in life are not conquered by
fighting them on their own terms or attempting to push them
out of the way. The best way to move past a difficult
situation is to transform it with positive, productive
energy.

No matter how much you push against the darkness it will not
go anywhere. Yet the moment you shine your light, the
darkness is no more.

When you fight against your problems, all it usually
accomplishes is to make them stronger and give them more
validity. That's certainly not what you would ever intend.

Instead, seek to transform those problems, those difficult
situations, by virtue of your own positive values and
efforts. Focusing on what you're working toward is far
better than being obsessed with whatever you think you're
against.

Rather than struggling against the situation, give the best
you have to it. Rather than fighting darkness with more
darkness, transform that darkness by letting your light
shine.

Friday, September 07, 2007


If networking on the Internet sounds like something you would be interested in, you are
encouraged to learn more about it, such as the dangers of social networking. These
dangers often involve online predators or individuals who claim to be someone that they
are not.
Although danger does exist with networking online, it also exists with networking out in
the real world. As when you are meeting friends at a bar, school, or work, you are
advised to proceed with caution online. By being aware of your surroundings and who
you are talking to, you should be able safely enjoying social networking online.
Once you have learned everything that you feel you need to learn, about social
networking online, you can begin to search for networking communities to join.
This can easily be done by performing a standard Internet search. Your search will likely
return a number of results, including MySpace, FriendWise, FriendFinder, Yahoo! 360,
Facebook, Orkut, Friendster, and Classmates.


Why Social Networking Sites Are So Popular
Social networking websites, over the past few years, have rapidly increased in
popularity, so much that many are wondering why.
If you have used a social networking website before, it is likely that you are already fully
aware of their popularity and the reason for popularity. There is just something about
these websites that draw in millions of Internet users. With a wide variety of different
social networking websites available, there are a wide variety of different reasons for
their popularity. One those reasons being the ease of use.
Social networking websites are, for the most part, easy to use. Most sites are easy to
navigate. In fact, many require little knowledge of the Internet. In addition to being easy
to navigate, social networking websites also make it easier to meet new people online.
There are many Internet users who would love to make new friends online; however, that
can sometimes be difficult do.

Without social networking websites, you would have to connect with Internet users, often
in chat rooms, and learn about their interests before deciding if you would like to
consider them your “buddy.” Social networking sites allow you to learn information
about another Internet user before ever having to make contact with them.
Another one of the many reasons why social networking sites are popular is because
many are free to use. In fact, the majority of social networking sites, such as MySpace
and Yahoo! 360, are free to use.


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Thursday, September 06, 2007


Bottled pain
Immobilize within this glass pill vial
Escaping my pain and position

The feeling of being trapped
And controlled
Trying desperately to break free
From its grip
Running my life like a force
Causing me to be powerless
Inability to focus
Imbecility and folly

The end will come
From the usage of these poisons
With using the only thing I know
To give up is to fail
I will break free from this tidal wave

Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Facebook is a social utility that offers an efficient way for people to stay connected with their friends and the people around them. Facebook users communicate and share information through the social graph, the network of connections and relationships between people. With more than 24 million active users, Facebook is the sixth-most trafficked website in the United States


I can't hear the Angels , calling for me
A distant cry
did someone hear me, crying upon my pillow
my Angels hear with their ears , always open
they guide me in directions
they take my heart . my hand
and they lead me to peacefulness
teaching me ways of understanding this life of mine
if you cry hard enough and pray
I believe you'd be rescued
the answer should fall like raindrops
but for now ages comfort me
I await for answers
each morning , each evening
my world seems in black
as if I'm stuck in the whole
I'm waiting for a hand
to lift me free
a helping hand
guidance
directions
where is my world ending up to be
so I continue to pray
and only God's knows
the past that I should be

Tuesday, September 04, 2007



Only themselves understand themselves and the like of
themselves,
as souls only understand souls.
What to give me I cheerfully except,
a little sustenance, a hut and garden, a little money, as I
Rendezvous with my poems,
A Travelers lodging and breakfast as I journey through the
states, -- why should I be ashamed to own such gifts? Why two
advertise for them?
For I am myself am not one who bestows nothing upon man , and
woman,
for I bestow upon any man or woman that entrance to all the gifts
of the universe.