7 Tips to Consider When Buying an Inexpensive Notebook Computer

Buying a new inexpensive notebook computer can sometimes be a real challenge. There are so many things you have to consider. You have to make sure you get the best deal for the price that you pay. Also make sure you're not ripped off or overpay for any of the features. This is why I have seven tips and tricks for you to implement when you're buying a new inexpensive notebook computer.

1. Make sure that you do not opt ​​in for the five-year guarantee- yet always seemed like a good option because they say that they will protect your computer if anything happens. This can be useful but most computers can usually go about for years without getting damaged. And as for the five-year guarantee, most people will get tired of their computers in about three years and they will want the latest and greatest technology. So all in all there really is no need for a five-year guarantee. It is just an extra cost and you may never even need it.

2. Ports- Only buy the ones you need. Usually for most people, the only important ones are HDMI, SD card ports and USB. If you go for more than that, they usually cost more money. You may end up paying money for ports you do not even need.

3. Do not fall for the latest and greatest items. They may seem great but they usually way overpriced. For example the older version might be up to $ 300 cheaper than the new version. Yes I agree the new versions are all cool, but why not stick to the older version and save money, when that's all you really need.

4. Check out the battery life. If the battery life is not all that great and the laptop is very expensive, you know that that is not a good buy. Picture the battery life is good and seems about right for the price.

5. Try to avoid additional accessories when buying an inexpensive notebook computer. Sometimes they will ask you to buy additional mouses or may be WebCam accessories. However most of the time they are not necessary. So if you want inexpensive notebook computers make sure they do not fall for these tricks and end up paying more than you should.

6. Screen Size- You do not need a enormous screen size. Usually up to 15 inches is good enough. Actually in some states, there Is an extra charge for inexpensive notebook computers that are over 15.6 inches. But if that is something you need, by all means, go ahead.

7. Stick to the basic versions. Do not fall for the icing on the cake. If there is an option between Windows home professional and Windows ultimate and the pricing is $ 200 apart, you should go for the Windows home professional. If you really feel like you'd need Windows ultimate, then buy it separately. Do not pay $ 200 extra for already installed software.

If you follow those seven tips and tricks, it is a given that you will end up paying much less for your inexpensive notebook computer. Actually, you will be putting money back into your pocket.



Source by Shawn L. Kirby

Great Movies About Veterinarians

There have been many great movies about veterinarians ever since the dawn of cinema, and more and more continue to debut every year. It seems we have a love affair with our veterinarians and want to write them into many of our films in this country and overseas. The following are some of the great movies about veterinarians that have come out in the United States over the last 20 years:

Dr. Dolittle – Tail to the Chief (2008): Peter Coyote, Elise Gatien and Malcolm Stewart star in this comedy about veterinarian Maya DoLittle, who is able to deal with and communicate with animals in a special way. In this film the president enlists her services to avoid a dog-related disaster.

50 First Dates (2004): Drew Barrymore and Adam Sandler star in this romantic comedy about a marine veterinarian in Hawaii who frequently romances female tourists, so he doesn’t get attached and deter his Alaskan career plans, until falling in love with a beautiful local woman who loses her memory every day.

Corky Romano (2001) Peter Falk, Kris Kattan and Vinessa Shaw star in this comedy about an affable veterinarian named Corky Romano who is forced to assume a fake identity as an FBI super agent through a series of bizarre events. Hilarity ensues as Romano (Kattan) takes on the role of Agent Pissant.

Dr. Dolittle (1998) and Dr. Dolittle 2 (2001): Eddie Murphy plays a doctor who can talk to animals of all varieties in this hilarious cinematic enterprise that features a host of celebrities in supporting roles and cameos. The first film in the series was based on a 1960s film of the same name.

Beethoven (1992): This film about an average suburban family and their St. Bernard named Beethoven features an evil veterinarian character. The family gets little Beethoven as a cute puppy only to watch him grow into a huge, messy, slobbering, but lovable beast. Problems arise when evil veterinarian Dean Jones continues chasing the dog in hopes of stealing him away for his lab experiments. Several sequels followed.



Source by Erik R Johnson

Some Anti-Theist Religious Bits & Pieces: Round Ten

Of all of those Big Questions central to philosophical concepts that surround life, the universe and everything, the realms of theology and religions and the nature of deities continue to fascinate. Opinions proliferate in books, articles, videos, conversations in bars and pubs, and in fact anywhere and everywhere two or more humans are in proximity. There’s the pro side; there’s the anti-side. There aren’t too many fence-sitters. I’m still in the anti-theist camp as the following bits and pieces illustrate.

Regarding Religion

*Even if America was founded as a Christian nation – a myth [#] perpetuated by the extreme religious Right, especially Right-wing pseudo-‘historian’ David Barton who insists that the Constitution and the Bill of Rights were founded on the Bible even though neither mention Christianity, God, Jesus or the Bible – that would still not of necessity mean that Christianity is the be-all-and-end-all of religious truth.

[#] The founding fathers were deists, not theists.

*The biggest threat to any religion is its own doctrine. (via Dark Matter 2525)

*There are two types of gods, or God. There are the religious gods (or God) which collectively have numbered in the thousands each with their own specific set of traits. Zeus is but one example. Then there is the philosophical concept of a god or God. 1000 theological philosophers would come up with 1000 variations on the theme of what a deity should be like. No matter which way you slice and dice things, you can find a deity to match your philosophical or theological worldview. What we need is for god, God or the gods to actually show their damn faces and settle these ever ongoing theological and philosophical issues once and for all.

Of course maybe there are no gods, god or God.

Then too the gods, god or God would have been just E.T. Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic if you aren’t in possession of that technology or don’t understand that it even is technology. A flashlight to a human being who lived 50,000 years ago would be something supernatural.

Regarding Religion vs. Science

*The good thing about science is that it remains true regardless of whether or not you believe it.

*Another illustration of the double standards that religion adopts is that if science should support their beliefs, then it is a thumb’s up and science rules, OK? Of course if that exact same science refutes their beliefs, then it is an absolute thumb’s down. For example, if one finds a piece of wood that might have some connection to Noah’s Ark and carbon dating dates that wood to the time frame associated with Noah’s Ark, well that’s a thumb’s up. Of course when carbon dating doesn’t support a suitable age for the Shroud of Turin, well of course carbon dating is totally unreliable and lacks credibility so it’s a thumb’s down. Sorry True Believers, you can’t have it both ways.

Regarding Faith & Belief

*Say you walk into a bar and tell all and sundry loud and clear that you believe in the actual existence of the following: the Creature from the Black Lagoon; the Cyclops; dragons; the Easter Bunny; fairies at the bottom of your garden; human-alien hybrids; an invisible magic man in the sky; phantom trains; Santa Claus; spectral hounds; talking snakes; Thor; the Tooth Fairy; unicorns and the walking dead (zombies). In nearly all cases, you’d be given rather strange looks and avoided like the plague as a nut case. I said “nearly” all cases. What’s the exception to the above, the one example where nobody would think you odd at all? If you answered “an invisible magic man in the sky” you’d be correct! [Actually you might also get brownie points for dragons, talking snakes, unicorns and zombies since they are all cited in the Bible.]

*It is much easier to be told what to think than to actually think for yourself. That’s the whole beauty of religion. (via Dark Matter 2525)

Regarding Murder

*Why is murder wrong? Either murder is wrong because it is independently, fundamentally, intrinsically wrong, or else is murder is wrong just because God says it is wrong. Let’s examine the latter first.

God Says Murder Is Wrong 1: If God says murder is wrong, then God is a total hypocrite since God Himself murders. God’s philosophy with respect to murder is do as I say, not as I do. That’s God of the double standard. If it’s not murder when God does it, then isn’t this a case of special pleading? In any event, this theological paradox then suggests that if murder is wrong just because God says it is wrong, even though God murders, then all that just means is that morality is arbitrary on the grounds that it is different strokes for different folks (and deities).

God Says Murder Is Wrong 2: Many argue that if God created you then God has the right to uncreate you (i.e. – murder you). Of course God may have started the human race off by creating Adam and Eve, but God didn’t create any other human and certainly didn’t create me and so therefore has no moral right to kill them or me.

God Says Murder Is Wrong 3: Most theists would say that murder is against God’s nature (in which case these theists haven’t read the Bible), but then what gives these theists the authority to decide what God’s nature should be? In any event, if murder is against God’s nature, was it God Himself who determined what His nature would be or was it determined by circumstances beyond God’s control?

God Says Murder Is Wrong 4: If God murders, then that murder / those murders are all done according to God’s Master Plan and God’s Master Plan is ultimately good. Of course theists are just inventing things here, like a Master Plan and further that any Master Plan of God must by definition be good. That logic doesn’t follow. Hitler had a Master Plan and look how that turned out!

Murder Is Really Wrong 1: If murder is wrong because it’s really wrong, and wrong whether or not God exists or whether in fact God says murder is wrong, then morality doesn’t require God which would mean God isn’t a requisite of or for morality.

Murder Is Really Wrong 2: On the other hand, if there really is no God then murder is unjustifiable (because there is no God setting us a bad example) and thus highly consequential.

Murder Is Really Wrong 3: Well the non-believer doesn’t believe in an afterlife which means their current life is all they get. So, a) if they murder someone then their only shot at life is ruined by spending time in prison or being executed; b) by taking someone’s life they would believe that they had shortened that person’s life forever – the ultimate violation. Empathy, whether for self or for the victim, would make that act of murder therefore a highly untenable proposition.

Murder Is Okay 1: It is good to murder for God is good and God sets us a good example by being a murderer Himself (and a mass murderer at that!). Murder cannot be wrong for as long as God exists. God exists for all eternity, so throughout eternity, murder isn’t wrong. So if God exists not only is murder not wrong but it’s totally justified! Why?

Murder Is Okay 2: Since everything happens according to God’s Master Plan, a Plan which must ultimately be good, if someone commits a murder that murder was obviously part of God’s Master Plan which is good and therefore the murder was good.

Murder Is Okay 3: It is good to murder since the murderer all needs do is just ask God for forgiveness and God will so forgive and the murderer will not be punished for the murder.

Murder Is Okay 4: But murder just cannot be wrong if the murderer is just sending the victim to an eternal life with God, and what’s a few years less of life, a life cut short, compared to an eternity in Heaven? By that same reasoning, what does it matter if God murders since the victim presumably gets to live on for all eternity?

Murder Is Okay 5: If God says that murder is wrong, but atheists say God doesn’t exist, therefore atheists must believe that murder might not be wrong and morality is just a “it depends” proposition; morality is thus subjective and morality is thus inconsequential.

Murder Is Okay 6: It is good to murder if by killing someone, you end up saving the lives of five others. The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few, or the one (according to Mr. Spock and who can question his logic!).

Murder Is Okay 7: It is good to murder in order to rid the world of the unbelievers and the infidels.

Regarding the End Times

*Here’s another absurd End Times item. According to [obviously American] Christian fundamentalists, the ushering in of the End Times is all about what happens in America, either America’s foreign policy (especially in the Near and the Middle East), and/or the state of American society. According to End Times fanatics, very evil things are afoot in American culture like “happy holidays” and the war on Christmas; abortion; the separation of church and state; LGBT rights including same-sex marriage; the teaching of evolution; the removal of God from the Public Square; and on it goes. God is not amused and so God will as a direct result of America giving God the middle finger, usher in the End Times! You may recall Michele Bachmann’s famous utterance that President Obama would all by himself usher in the End Times (God isn’t a Democrat). Of course now that Trump has been elected to the presidency – Trump being Bachmann’s poster boy – Bachmann has been strangely silent and has clammed up about the End Times, probably because Trump will undo all of the above evil facets in American society.

Regarding Heaven & Hell

*If you can’t be yourself; true to yourself in Heaven (i.e. – sinful), then your only true to yourself afterlife must be in Hell.

Regarding the Bible

*True Christian Believers will tell you all about the multi-dozens of flood tales from around the world which just goes to prove the Biblical story of Noah and the Ark. God’s global flood was an absolutely true event. Of course what those same True Christian Believers leave out; they won’t tell you, are all of the very significant differences in all of those other stories! Further, there are numerous societies in locations that never ever even experienced a flood of any kind during the time the alleged Biblical Flood allegedly happened. In any event, there’s a quite ready-made and logical explanation for these multi-dozens of flood tales. Civilisations, nations, cities, etc. way back then all tended to establish themselves very close to a major water supply – usually a river – for drinking, washing, agriculture and of course for waste disposal purposes. Major water sources, like rivers, are prone to flood sooner or later. Even today there’s not a year that goes by without many major flood events happening. End of mystery.

*Are we seriously expected to believe that the Israelite ‘slaves’ who were led out of Egypt by Moses and Aaron numbered [actually slightly over] 600,000 men? That’s 600,000 fighting fit males able to go to war once they reached the Promised Land. That’s NOT including their families – the women and children. Consult Exodus 12: 37 (and also Numbers 1: 45-46). Such a figure is blatantly ridiculous if you really stop and analyse it. Even the entire ten-year Trojan War – thanks to Helen, whose face launched (over) 1000 ships filled with Greeks in defence of her honour – never involved even close to that number of combatants (plus families). Further, 600,000 was way more manpower than it took to construct the pyramids (or any other of the seven wonders of the ancient world). A city of over 600,000 is even today considered to be a major and well established large urban area requiring a major infrastructure to maintain, sustain, support and nurture it. Finally, if you really had over 600,000 men, women and brats wandering around in a relatively confined geographical area for 40 years (itself an absolutely ridiculous concept) there would have to be archaeological evidence for that and there is absolutely none. To top it all off however, there’s no documentation in the annals and records of ancient Egypt that gives even the remotest validity to this (tall) tale.

*So if the Bible is absolute proof that God exists, then by the same token; by the same logic, “The Hound of the Baskervilles” proves Sherlock Holmes exists!

Regarding God

*Knowledge and the advancement of knowledge about life, the Universe and (nearly) everything has advanced significantly over the past 3000 years. Knowledge about God hasn’t advanced one single jot over that same period. What does that say about the reality of God then?

*If one absolutely wants to prove the actual existence of (the Christian) God, then one has got to point out at least one sort of observation that everyone else can note and log as well, an observation of something that ONLY the Christian God could be held accountable for. No other god / gods or deity / deities could be held responsible – not Allah, not Brahma, not Quetzalcoatl, not Athena, not Gaia, not Apollo, not Thor or for that matter not even magical pixies. No other entity except the Christian God could be accountable for this universal observation. Of course there is no such observation, nor is there ever likely to be. So therefore, if you ever hear someone say that they have absolute proof of (the Christian) God’s existence, you know it’s pure bovine fertiliser.

*If God is the unmoved mover, the uncaused causer, the First Cause of life, the Universe and everything, then everything that trickles down from that First Cause (i.e. – all subsequent causality) is directly attributable to God. So, if my car breaks down – and clearly that had a cause – God is ultimately responsible!

*When God said “let there be light”, what language was He speaking in? I mean there were no humans yet around and hence no spoken languages were yet in vogue. For that matter, what language did Adam and Eve and that talking snake use? God must have taught them His language (whatever that was) or infused, imprinted or programmed it innately into their hardware (i.e. – their brains).

*The Titanic sank and over 700 souls were saved. Isn’t God wonderful! Praise God! Alas, over 1400 other souls were lost, so of course it was just their time to boldly go and to be with their Maker. Isn’t God wonderful! Praise God! Of course all of these souls lost and saved had absolutely nothing to do with the inadequate number of lifeboats on board and no relationship to the concept that women and children getting first crack at being saved when in peril at sea. You see you can’t win when it comes to God’s action in the eyes of the True Believers since God can do no wrong.

*Then we have the story (fable?) of the building of the Tower of Babel to which God was not amused. (Genesis, Chapter 11) Why? Well apparently the great unwashed were building a sort of stairway to heaven, which God probably thought of as a form of cheating on your final exam. Anyway, to nip this little adventure in the bud, God created a diversity of languages among the people, thus hindering communication, as well as scattering them to the four corners of the globe, thus further hindering communication. Communication is essential in the successful designing, and in constructing projects of this nature. Alas for God, this didn’t ultimately work out so well. Fast forward a few thousand years and humans have out-towered the Tower. We’ve built skyscrapers that soar way above anything the ancients tried to build, skyscrapers present and accounted for and prevalent in every major city in the world. So what’s The Almighty going to do about this little fly in His ointment? What’s God going to do for an encore since He’s used up language and geographical diversification in His little bag of miracles?

*If you talk to yourself, well okay, sometimes that is the only way to have an intelligent conversation. If you talk to your plants, well best not tell anyone. But when you talk to inanimate stuff, well that’s just plain weird. But, we have this magic deity (i.e. – God), who lives in the sky, who chooses to talk to the snow, and of course the snow hears and obeys. I kid you not. Check it out at Job 37: 6.

*I’ve noted before how God loves His burnt offerings; offerings unto Him. Sometimes things get really beyond the pale. In 1 Kings 3: 4, Solomon gives God 1000 burnt offerings. But that’s nothing compared to 1 Kings 8: 63 when Solomon ups the ante to 22,000 oxen and 120,000 sheep all going up in flames as a burnt offering to the Lord! This absolutely defies belief!

*God supports and rewards your belief over your deeds. Your deeds can be forgiven – if you believe in Him – but a lack of faith or belief can’t be forgiven. To God, faith and belief in Him is the most holy of hollies / the most fundamental of the fundamentals. Personally, I find that absurd.

*God can’t be all-just and all-merciful. All-just is you get what you deserve, no more and no less. All-merciful means you get less than your just desserts.

*If God exists outside of space, then God is dimensionless (which is an absolute state of nothing) which is absurd. If God exists outside of time then God must be motionless which is also absurd. Therefore the whole concept of being outside of space and time is absurd and meaningless

Regarding God’s Intelligent Design

*If God really had intelligently designed the laws, principles and relationships of the physical sciences, the God should have made Pi a rational number; God should of made the speed of light exactly 300,000 km/sec (an all-knowing God would have had the foresight to know the metric system was coming); God should have made the number of 24 hour days an exactly divisible number of the Earth’s yearly orbital period (i.e. – no leap years and other adjustments). And I’m sure engineers, scientists and even many members of the general public could come up with dozens of other similar examples where God could have done a better job instead of forcing the great unwashed to constantly fit not quite so round pegs into round holes.

Regarding God’s Omnipotence

*Apparently over 160 worshippers were killed when the Reigners Bible Church International collapsed in southern Nigeria on Saturday, 10 December 2016. What does that say about God’s morality? What does that say about God’s omniscience and omnipotence? What does that say about God’s actual reality?

Regarding the God of the Gaps

*Science can’t explain and scientists can’t create life from non-life, therefore God did it!

As to the origin of life, that’s a transition – life from non-life – that is still unexplained. But something currently unexplained doesn’t of necessity translate into forever and ever unexplained. The history of science is full of multi-thousands of events once unexplained that are now taught as fully explained to even elementary children.

Once upon a time it was established ‘fact’ that you couldn’t generate organic compounds from inorganic compounds. Then urea was synthesised. Highly complex organic chemistry, chemistry part and parcel of the life processes, has now been routinely synthesised under what we believe were natural conditions. Against all expectations, highly complex organic molecules have been discovered in interstellar space.

If you take the vast amount of real estate that the cosmos presents itself has having, coupled with those most abundant of elements in the cosmos, elements that just happen to form the backbone of life (hydrogen, oxygen, carbon, nitrogen), coupled with billions upon billions of years for reactions to happen in, coupled with the concept of panspermia, well I believe a natural explanation for the origin of life is way more a realistic explanation than a theological one. Just saying “God did it” is just too easy an answer, and an answer that in and of itself hasn’t been demonstrated as established fact.

We may not have THE answer to the origin of life in our lifetime, but perhaps in a 100 years, 1000 years, any school kid might be able to create life in a test-tube as part of their biology class. Once the answer is actually known, it will probably seem obvious.

Regarding God’s ‘Morality’

*Many True Believers don’t think through the implications of their belief system. True Christian Believers believe their God will send non-believers to eternal torment in Hell (which of course God Himself created). So perhaps it is not surprising that non-believers are more than slightly upset with what True Believers believe. Wouldn’t you be upset if someone who wouldn’t know you from a bar of soap thinks you should – just and only just because you are a non-believer in their religion and in their God – go to Hell and be punished for all eternity. So apparently True Believers have to believe in God’s ‘morality’, that finite ‘crimes’ deserve infinite punishments (i.e. – Hell). If you do not agree with God’s ‘morality’ as stated in your holy text(s); if God’s ‘morality’ offends you, then in order to avoid being a hypocrite, you should shop around a find a more suitable religion or just give up religion entirely. It’s not as if there aren’t alternatives.

*I’m a bit confused here. In the Book of Exodus, God wants the Egyptian Pharaoh to let his people go and sends Moses and Aaron along with a bunch of magic tricks to ‘diplomatically’ arrange for this to happen. However, God also hardens Pharaoh’s heart in order to prevent the very thing that God wants from happening. Why? The only reason that makes sense is that this gives God an excuse to multiply His signs and wonders unto the Egyptian nation and thus also give reason for Him to wage atrocities upon Pharaoh and the Egyptian people. It’s all just for the sake of patting His omnipotent self on the back, getting some of that fear of God PR (no publicity is bad publicity) into the great unwashed, all while waging atrocities just for the sake of waging atrocities and for no other reason. It just gives God an illegitimate excuse to strut His stuff. Presumably the last thing God actually wanted was for Pharaoh to let his people go – even after Pharaoh let His people go.

Regarding the Real Ten Commandments

I bet you think you know what the Ten Commandments are especially since they are given twice, first in Exodus, Chapter 20; then again in Deuteronomy, Chapter 5. But of course Moses broke the tablets upon which those original Ten Commandments were written, so it was back to Square One and let’s do it all over again. However, the second set of Ten Commandments, the ones that actually found their way into the Ark of the Covenant, bear little relevance to those original set of inscribed tablets. Somewhere along the line, God changed His mind. So here’s the relevant parts of Exodus, Chapter 34 – King James Version (KJV) – which give you the real second and final set of God’s Ten Commandments.

Exodus 34: 1 And the Lord said unto Moses, Hew thee two tables of stone like unto the first: and I will write upon these tables the words that were in the first tables, which thou brakest.

34: 4 And he hewed two tables of stone like unto the first; and Moses rose up early in the morning, and went up unto mount Sinai, as the Lord had commanded him, and took in his hand the two tables of stone.

34: 5 And the Lord descended in the cloud, and stood with him there, and proclaimed the name of the Lord.

34: 14 For thou shalt worship no other god: for the Lord, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God: [Commandment One]

34: 17 Thou shalt make thee no molten gods. [Commandment Two]

34: 18 The feast of unleavened bread shalt thou keep. Seven days thou shalt eat unleavened bread, as I commanded thee, in the time of the month Abib: for in the month Abib thou camest out from Egypt. [Commandment Three]

34: 19 All that openeth the matrix is mine; and every firstling among thy cattle, whether ox or sheep, that is male. [Commandment Four]

34: 21 Six days thou shalt work, but on the seventh day thou shalt rest: in earing time and in harvest thou shalt rest. [Commandment Five]

34: 22 And thou shalt observe the feast of weeks, of the firstfruits of wheat harvest, and the feast of ingathering at the year’s end. [Commandment Six]

34: 23 Thrice in the year shall all your menchildren appear before the Lord God, the God of Israel. [Commandment Seven]

34: 25 Thou shalt not offer the blood of my sacrifice with leaven; neither shall the sacrifice of the feast of the passover be left unto the morning. [Commandment Eight]

34: 26 The first of the firstfruits of thy land thou shalt bring unto the house of the Lord thy God. Thou shalt not seethe a kid in his mother’s milk. [Commandments Nine and Ten]

34: 27 And the Lord said unto Moses, Write thou these words: for after the tenor of these words I have made a covenant with thee and with Israel.

34: 28 And he was there with the Lord forty days and forty nights; he did neither eat bread, nor drink water. And he wrote upon the tables the words of the covenant, the ten commandments.

By the way, the immediate above (Exodus 34: 28) is the very first time the phrase “ten commandments” is used in the Bible.

Comments: It’s interesting that in both sets of Ten Commandments, the First Commandment, God puts Himself first and foremost. As I’ve said countless number of times, God’s an egomaniac to end all egomaniacs.

Of the grand total of 19 Commandments – both sets – only three are actually adopted as human law in nearly all societies, and those are exclusively from the first set of tablets – the set that Moses broke.

Regarding Jesus

*The Christmas story of the three wise men bearing gifts for little baby Jesus is only told in Matthew, Chapter 2. That itself is unusual – why no mention of this event in Mark, Luke or John? However, the really oddball thing is that they brought gifts for him, meaning baby Jesus, gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. Now I honestly have to ask you, what the hell does a newborn baby need or do with gold, frankincense and myrrh? It’s total nonsense. Methinks the ‘wise’ men weren’t really very wise at all.

Regarding Atheists & Atheism

*Atheists might be happier to co-exist with religious people of faith if religious people of faith were happy to co-exist with atheists. But many (not all) religious people of faith (True Believers) refuse to co-exist with atheists.



Source by John Prytz

Fall Fashion – Trends For Men

While men’s clothing style rarely makes dramatic leaps into the unknown, they do make subtle changes each fashion season. This year alone, several big name retailers have come out with exciting new trends for fall. These include those made by Nautica, Ralph Lauren, and Ecko.

The Nautica Line:

Styles for men this fall at Nautica include a new but classic line of stripped, long-sleeve, button-down shirts in muted blues, greens, and maroons. Also hot this season are a number of raglan sleeve(the sleeves and shoulders are different colors than the body) shirts in various shades of blues, grays, and white.

When it comes to keeping warm, Nautica has men covered with argyle v-neck sweaters and cable knit crew cut versions. The Nautica men’s line also includes chic and soft cotton sport pullovers as well as fashionable two-button cotton blazers for those in need of a more formal look.

The Ralph Lauren Collection:

Ralph Lauren designs aim to please the upper crust, country club type, but the fashions are versatile enough to suit many types of style. New for the fall, the Ralph Lauren Polo line has a few shawl sweaters and cardigans, where the collar and neck line resemble the look of a wool scarf, serving a dual purpose of style and warmth.

The varsity university men’s look is also very “in” this year with logo-ed club cardigans, wool sports coats, and fitted half-zip pullovers. The Polo Ralph Lauren collection’s new argyle features much larger, bolder diamonds in a variety of yellows, greens, maroons, and blues. The Polo clothing collection also highlights a trendy new corduroy sport jacket in tan as well as a casual but cool leather bomber jacket in brown.

Another leather choice is the Norwich coat that provides tall, pointed, flared upright collars. The new shirts for the season include more tartans and ginghams offering more color choices with blue, red, green, pink, purple, and tan.

The Polo Ralph Lauren men’s pants this fall features a hemline that ends right above the top of the shoe backing. The most daring piece of the new collection is a pair of bright red, slim-fitting chino pants, but the same cut is available in three other more conservative colors.

Also hot are the new polo shirts in bold colors, some with large diagonal stripes and some with more traditional horizontal swipes. Chic ties for the fall include understated diagonal stripes patterns, dark solids, and pale paisley designs.

The Polo clothing line has also made some new strides in its shoe collection with a pair of men’s ankle-cut boots, leather buckle loafers, and suede and flannel sneakers.

Ecko:

Ecko clothing, designed by Marc Ecko, is a brand for trendy urbanites with a full line up of designer t-shirts, hoodies, and denim wear. This year Ecko denim pants feature a faded pattern from the crotch to the knees in several shades of dark blue and black. T-shirts and long-sleeve tees this fall are inked with tattoo-style drawings of pegagus horses, eagles, skulls, and war lords.

The Ecko button down clothing collection includes traditional stripes but also some shirts with spots, embroidered crests, and laser-cut patterns. The big Ecko buzz this year is the new line of Rutgers gear, inspired after the designer’s alma mater.

There are plenty of great new men’s fall fashions, even if the changes are at most incremental. Ralph Lauren, Ecko, and Nautica are just a few of the great brands offering a wide array of choices for the active man this year.



Source by Andrew Stratton

Science Is Important In a Preschool

The “s” for “science” is left out in the pursuit of the “3 R’s” (e.g., “reading, writing, and ‘rithmetic”) as the foundation for an early childhood education curriculum. However, science is invaluable in education, especially in the daycare and preschool years. Science is more than just learning chemical equations and memorizing the bones of the body. It can also form a foundation for a richer understanding of the world and other subjects.

How Young Children Learn

Children in preschool learn best from experience, not from lectures. Early childhood education specialists agree that a hands-on approach to learning is more effective in this age group. Children are still developing their own verbal skills and usually can’t associate words with concepts unless they are actually demonstrated. Rather than being told something, they should be shown something, or even better yet, allowed to do it on their own. By allowing them sensory input while receiving verbal instruction, young children can interconnect things in their own way.

Science is Everywhere

Adults forget that children start out with a blank slate. To them the world is a vast science laboratory, where everything is a new experience. Every experience they have is a chance for them to learn a new concept. By growing a lima bean in a cup, a child can understand multiple things at once. They learn that light, air and water are needed for growth, demonstrating the relationship things have with their environment. It takes days for things to grow, showing the passage of time, counting and measuring, and encouraging patience. By giving their feedback, kids learn to verbalize their thoughts, describe events and compare them to others.

Repetition and Learning

It takes more than one session with a preschool child for them to understand a concept. Science dovetails neatly with this fact by expressing the same concept in several ways. Children love repetition, because repetition is reinforcement. Every time a child hears the same story or repeats the same kind of experience they learn something new. For example, a weeklong program on light and color might begin with putting food dye into and onto things and end with mixing paint colors. The child might think the first lesson “magical,” but by the final lesson, they can usually predict what will take place.

How to Integrate Science

There are many ways to integrate science into an otherwise dry curriculum, especially in early childhood. Preschool kids love to get involved and they learn better this way. For instance, in a math lesson about measurement the children can learn to measure out different substances (rice, sand, water). They will see how, although they all take up the same amount of space, they have different physical characteristics and properties. On the other hand, in an ongoing lesson about growth and change the children can discuss and note the various changes their caterpillar is undergoing, bonding the verbal, written and science realms together.

Making Science Accessible

Getting science and discovery into a preschool or daycare lesson plan is simple and inexpensive. Lessons can be changed into rich, sensory experiences with some planning and supplies. Sand, beans, rice, food dye, magnifying glasses, plastic cups, potting soil, flashlights, string, building blocks, etc. can be hoarded cheaply or via donations from parents. Practically anything can be used as a tool for a science experiment or demonstration with a lesson. By being allowed to do new things and experience the results of their actions, children form rich mental representations of non-verbal concepts.

Science is all around us, and preschool-aged children want to explore it. By captivating their attention and including their senses, children can gain more from their lessons in areas other than just science. A well-rounded early childhood development curriculum will have science and exploration prominently placed, ensuring faster and better-rounded learning.



Source by Angela K. Walker

The Science Behind Fire

Fire, which can transform from an atmosphere- enhancing candle to a devastating blaze in seconds, is at its most basic level a series of chemical reactions. Understanding the way that the element of fire is created can inspire respect for the ways in which this element can be used for good – cooking, ambiance – or for destruction, in the case of neglected flames that get out of control.

What is fire, really?

Fire is a chemical process. Chemical processes either absorb energy or release it as molecules rearrange themselves. The chemical process present in fire is called oxidation, in which oxygen atoms combine with hydrogen and carbon to form water and carbon dioxide.

Fire arises when oxygen in the atmosphere reacts with a type of fuel, such as wood or gasoline. To complete the combustion response, you must use heat to fuel the ignition temperature. How does this occur?

Fuel gets hot: Be it a match , focused light, friction, or lightning, a force outside of the fuel itself must heat up the wood, paper, or fabric until it reaches a state of decomposition.

Fuel decomposes: Once the fuel reaches approximately 300 degrees Fahrenheit (150 degrees Celsius), it begins to decompose. Some of the decomposed material releases in the form of volatile gases, known as smoke, which is composed of hydrogen, carbon, and oxygen. These gases release into the air as smoke.

Char develops: The remainder of the material turns to char. Char is nearly pure carbon and ash, which includes the unburnable minerals in wood (calcium, potassium, etc.). When you purchase charcoal, you are essentially buying char, or wood that has been heated to remove most of the volatile gases, leaving the carbon behind. Charcoal fires produce no smoke because those volatile gases have already absorbed into the air.

How does combustion work?

Fire lights when a combustion reaction takes place. Occurs when fuel Combustion reacts with an oxidizing agent View , releasing energy in the form of heat or light. In the case of fire, the fuel is usually wood, gasoline, or coal, combined with oxygen.

At best, fire creates warmth and light. At worst, it can demolish your home. By understanding the way in which fire is created, you can more accurately grasp how this powerful chemical reaction can be used and contained in your daily life, and the safety precautions necessary to make sure it never causes a home fire.



Source by Chelsea Terris

Will Global Warming Theory Lead to War or Revolution?

We all see how Global Warming Theory — which states that human CO2 emissions are causing cataclysmic climate warming of our Earth’s atmosphere — has turned into something of a religion. Leave it to the Club of Rome to come up with that one, heck, they’ve even got the Catholic Pope on-board as the world to bring socialism to the global masses. What concerns me is the divided populations and nations of Earth are becoming embroiled in this crazy ascertain of GW Theory.

For those who study political theory – we all know what happens when we come to “political impasse” – we then get into fighting words then the actual fighting begins. Since GW Alarmists want to control us and how we live based on bogus science – at some point we’ll have no choice but revolution, political revolution is best for all concerned, meaning all those climate change alarmists will be thrown out on the street and their followers made fools and we will take back our civilizations and societies and banish the doom and gloom academic and political class. Luckily those who are skeptical have both history and truth on their sides

We cannot put anything past the Global Warming Alarmists, they lie about everything – heat wave = GW, Blizzard = GW, Big Hurricane Season = GW, Small Hurricane Season = of course GW. You name it Terrorism comes from Global Warming, Droughts = GW, Severe Rainy Seasons with Floods = GW. No matter that the Farmer’s Almanac shows far worse anomalies on both sides, so things have been pretty docile, Well then they will say; Docile = GW.

In fact, I bet the global warming alarmists start seeding clouds then we will get big rains and floods, people will die and they will of course blame that false flag on – you guessed it = GW. Geo Engineering here we come. Indeed, there was an interesting paper I think you should read from Cambridge University Press 978-0-521-198035 – Geo-Engineering Climate Change: Environmental Necessity or Pandora’s Box? Edited by Brian Launder and J. Michael T. Thompson Frontmatter.

It is of course, all based on bad science and thus, once again, the law of unintended consequences. Yet, never one apology from the socialist utopists – and all this leads me to ask; just how far will the global socialist elite be willing to take this game? Will they lead us to war, because that is the path we are on presently. Think on this.



Source by Lance Winslow

The Science of Erections

An erection happens when the penis fills with blood and gets hard. The penis has 2 main chambers that run along side the top of the penis shaft. This area, the corpora cavernosa, is made up of spongy tissue, veins, arteries, spaces, and smooth muscles that hold in-flowing blood.

Erections happen when more blood flows into the penis and less blood flows out. The erection process is perfectly normal and can happen at any time throughout the day.

Most healthy males get erections during REM (rapid eye movement) sleep (the time of sleep when dreams happen). Also, erections when waking up are a sign of good penis health.

Usually, erections happen during physical arousal or fantasizing, but other things can cause it to occur. Such causes include pressure on the genital area and pressure from the urinary bladder from the need to urinate.

For an erection to happen, some kind of stimulation makes the brain and penile nerves to get excited. They tell the smooth muscles of the corpora cavernosa to let blood in, and stop blood from flowing out. This has the effect of expanding the penis size.

As the penis gets larger in length and girth, it is normal for it to rise at an angle. This angle is usually anywhere from parallel to the floor to pointing almost straight upward.

Sometimes men are stressed out and can not get an erection. This is just the body's way of dealing with stress (or the "fight-or-flight" response). Worrying about a small penis size or having an unattractive partner can make it impossible for a man to keep an erection.

Other things that affect erections are: the amount of sleep a guy gets, how active he is, and in general, age causes changes in hormone levels, like testosterone.

Erection problems

If a man can not keep an erection for 25% of the time, he may have erectile dysfunction, or ED. Treatments for erectile dysfunction can include penile injections, vacuum pumps, surgery, prosthetic devices, Viagra, hormone therapy, counseling, and natural penis exercises.

Some of these methods try to physically help a guy get an erection, while others improve his sex drive so he can perform better.

Methods like injections, prosthetic devices, and vacuum pumps do not require arousal, as they are based on an automatic response.

Other methods like pills and the natural exercises improve the blood flow into the penis, and make erections possible upon sexual arousal. Some pills work each time you take them, while others work for more long lasting benefits.

Regular erections are a natural part of good male sexual health. The ability to get erections decreases with age, but there are things men can do to improve themselves.

Erection problems can be forever cured with modern methods like surgery, counseling, pills, and even exercises.



Source by Mitchel Lee

Buy Beat Tips – Is it Better to Lease Or Buy a Beat?

The music industry is gradually shifting towards the independent labels rather than the majors. Since everything is going digital, it's way easier to make a project and get it out to thousands of people. Artists are now forced to learn more about the BUSINESS aspect of music where you need to know more than just how to rhyme.

Besides the business the aspect, the initial step towards success in the music industry is the over quality of you product, which is your music. You have to be able to provide your audience with high quality, professional sounding music in order to grow you fan base.

With that being said; as an aspiring hip-hop / r & b artist, your two main priorities are:

1. Studio time

2. BEATS!

These two vital elements are what provide your music with that rich quality sound that will get you the success you want. It will be the sound that the world hears every time you give away a demo or when someone downloads a mix tape. You lyrical content and flow is essential, but the BEAT behind your lyrics are what will grab your audience's attention.

When it comes to buying beats, you have to get the best out of your investment because in the long it's more expensive then studio time, so make every beat count. As an artist it is your job to develop an ear for hot beats in order to increase your chances of getting a hit song.

A common problem that most indie artists face is that they do not have a lot of money and a lack of knowledge when it comes to the music industry so you have to quickly learn how to spend your money wisely when it comes to buying beats. For a new artist I strongly recommend that you should seriously consider buying beats online because there are literally THOUSANDS of producers that are hungry to get in the game and selling beats independently. Because there are so many online producers, the pricing for beats has dropped DRAMATICALLY due to competition. Today you can lease a beat for $ $ 10- 20 dollars apiece and even receive FREE BEATS if you sign up to their mailing lists.

Throughout the decades, beats have become more and more affordable, but with that being said, you really have to be more careful when you purchase. Look for sites that give you the option of leasing or buying a beat, because these are the producers that take their beats and business seriously. What's the difference between leasing and buying?

1.Leasing (non-exclusive) – you do not own the beat, you are given the right to use it for mix tapes, demo CDs, albums, performances. Leasing a beat is cheaper than buying a beat, so if you do not have a lot of money to begin with then this is the route for you.

2. Buying (exclusive) – buying a beat out right is when you pay for the beat FULL PRICE. You now OWN the beat. This is a little more expensive but if you have the money to do so and you DO NOT want anyone else to use this beat than this is something that you would want to consider.

Another thing to look out for when purchasing beats online is to listen for the quality of the beat. As an up and coming artist, you need beats that are mixed and ready for radio play. If you take these tips and apply it to your career than you will be that much closer towards your dreams.



Source by Christopher P Morris

Dial Up Non-Stop With Auto Phone Dialers

The past decade has witnessed a major advancement in the field of science and technology, creating scope for further improvements in almost every walk of human life. The impact of technological development has been so great that no industry has been left untouched. It’s technology that first made possible long distance communication. As communication pattern improved over the years, the scope for business growth expanded. There was a time when business relations with distant partners could not be continued over a long period of time. Distance issues seem meaningless these days, thanks to the ever-growing means of communication!

Business sectors avail different modes of communication, depending on the nature of their business. Some organizations are content with the regular phones and the Internet set-up used for internal and external communication. On the other hand, the telemarketing sector specifically demands upgraded systems of communication, on account of the nature of their business. Tele-callers have a hard time dialing up their clients one by one. Gone are the days of managing manually the endless list of clients. Automatic desktop dialers provide an effective and easy solution to manage all your calls efficiently.

Automatic desktop dialers help to automate your manual dialing procedure, insert comments into your call database, create customized call dispositions… the list is endless! Automatic dialers allow you to communicate between any two points in the telephone, mobile and pager numbers. This dialer is a great boon for call center agents as the automatic dialing system starts dialing up the numbers randomly from a predefined list of phone numbers. Call centers apart, automatic desktop dialers can also be used for personal communication. You can prepare a list of your friends with whom you love to chat. Your automatic phone dialer just keeps on dialing the numbers randomly after a call has been completed. Your call database also provides you the option to avoid dialing those contacts that you do not want to call. Besides, you can also view information about the contact you are calling.

There are several types of auto phone dialers available in the market like the Smart Auto Dialer, Preview Dialer, Power Dialer, or the Progressive Dialers. Smart auto dialer lets you personalize your messages and collect touch-tone or speech feedback. Preview Dialer is of great help while making outbound calls while Power Dialer makes possible to make multiple calls at one go. Much time and effort is saved when using progressive dialers as the call information and the number is displayed at the same instant. An auto phone dialer is thus equipped with multiple features to make the dialing procedure more efficient, reliable and less time-consuming. So give your fingers a break and let your automatic phone dialer dial up… just for you!



Source by Suzanne Macguire