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Stockbroker Information…

Sunday, January 31st, 2010


Called my stock broker this morning and asked him what I should be buying.

 

He said “Canned goods and ammunition.”

On Innovation

Sunday, January 31st, 2010


According to INSEAD, a Paris based business school, the U.S. economy is the most innovative in the world and is a better position to face future economic challenges than any other country. 

 

But you knew that, right?  

 

Some thoughts on innovation:

 

“Innovation is the specific instrument of entrepreneurship. The act that endows resources with a new capacity to create wealth.” 

                  Peter Drucker

                               

“Mindless habitual behavior is the enemy of innovation.”

      Rosabeth Moss Kanter 

 

“I believe in being an innovator.”            

                         Walt Disney

  

“Innovation is the ability to see change as an opportunity-not a threat”.                              Unknown

“Innovation is the central issue in economic prosperity.”

                     Michael Porter

“The innovation point is the pivotal moment when talented and motivated people seek the opportunity to act on their ideas and dreams.”

                W. Arthur Porter

“Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.”

                       Steve Jobs

 

“If you’re not failing every now and then, it’s a sign you’re not doing anything very innovative.”
Woody Allen

MEMORIZE THIS!

Wednesday, January 13th, 2010

1) Any time you see an E-Mail that says forward this on to ‘10′ of your friends, sign this petition, or you’ll get bad luck, good luck, or whatever, it almost always has an E-Mail tracker program attached that tracks the cookies and E-Mails of those folks you forward to. The host sender is getting a copy each time it gets forwarded and then is able to get list s of ‘activeE-Mails addresses to use in SPAM E-Mails, or sell to other spammers.


2) Almost all E-Mails that ask you to add your name and forward on to others are similar to that mass letter years ago that asked people to send business cards to t he little kid in Florida who wanted to break the Guinness Book of Records for the most cards. All it was, and all any of this type of E-Mail is, is a way to get names and ‘cookie’ tracking information for telemarketers and spammers - - to validate active E-Mail accounts for their own profitable purposes.

You can do your friend s and family members a GREAT favor by sending this information to them; you will be providing a service to your friends, and will be rewarded by not getting thousands of spam E-Mails in the future!

If you have been sending out (FORWARDING) the above kinds of E-Mail, now you know why you get so much SPAM!

Do yourself a favor and STOP adding your name(s) to those types of listings regardless how inviting they might sound!

You may think you are supporting a GREAT cause, but you are NOT in the long run. Instead, you will be getting tons of junk mail later! Plus, we are helping the spammers get rich! Let’s don’t make it easy for them!

Also: E-Mail petitions are NOT acceptable to Congress or any other organization.
To be acceptable, petitions must have a signed signature and full address of the person signing the petition.

http://www.snopes.com/inboxer/petition/internet.asp

Business Is Great!

Wednesday, January 13th, 2010


A landscape gardener ran a business that had been in the family for generations. The staff was happy, and customers loved to visit the store, or to have the staff work on their gardens or make deliveries - anything from bedding plants to ride-on mowers.

For as long as anyone could remember, the current owner and previous generations of owners were extremely positive happy people. Most folk assumed it was because they ran a successful business.

In fact it was the other way around… A tradition in the business was that the owner always wore a big lapel badge, saying Business Is Great!

The business was indeed generally great, although it went through tough times like any other. What never changed however was the owner’s attitude, and the badge saying Business Is Great!

Everyone who saw the badge for the first time invariably asked, “What’s so great about business?” Sometimes people would also comment that their own business was miserable, or even that they personally were miserable or stressed.

Anyhow, the Business Is Great! badge always tended to start a conversation, which typically involved the owner talking about lots of positive aspects of business and work, for example:
• the pleasure of meeting and talking with different people every day
• the reward that comes from helping staff take on new challenges and experiences
• the fun and laughter in a relaxed and healthy work environment
• the fascination in the work itself, and in the other people’s work and businesses
• the great feeling when you finish a job and do it to the best of your capabilities
• the new things you learn every day - even without looking to do so
• and the thought that everyone in business is blessed - because there are many millions of people who would swap their own situation to have the same opportunities of doing a productive meaningful work.

And so the list went on. And no matter how miserable a person was, they’d usually end up feeling a lot happier after just a couple of minutes listening to all this infectious enthusiasm and positivity.

It is impossible to quantify or measure attitude like this, but to one extent or another it’s probably a self-fulfilling prophecy, on which point, if asked about the badge in a quiet moment, the business owner would confide:

“The badge came first. The great business followed.”

Author unknown.

 

Unusual Driving Laws

Sunday, January 10th, 2010


The Weird And Wacky Of Road Laws

By: Craig Howie – AOL Autos

 

Some antiquated state driving laws are flat-out crazy. Got a housecoat? If you’re a woman, it’s illegal to wear one while driving in California. But what about modern rules of the road that seem very unusual and can still result in a hefty fine?

 

We’ve collated some of the more irregular and disputed road laws from around the nation and have included, at the end, some of the more bizarre contributions that have kept our roads the safest in the world. Ahem.

 

Driving too Slowly

In some states, including California, a dawdling motorist can be cited for driving too slowly. Police Officer Pete Kim of the California Highway Patrol says that while it’s not common, you could get a ticket if, “you’re blocking traffic or creating a road hazard on the freeway.” He mentions a couple reasons why someone would drive that slowly. The car could be suffering engine trouble or the driver could be impaired, for example. Both will likely attract the attention of a police officer.

 

Drivers on city or rural roads are not exempt, says Police Officer Kim. He adds, “Just about anywhere, if you’re in the middle of an intersection or on a regular two-lane street and the speed limit is 45 [mph] and you’re doing 10 [mph] for no good reason, you can be cited for impeding traffic.”

 

Slow driving laws are enforced in most states, including Florida, Nevada, Alaska and Hawaii, where tourists can be most at risk from the police scanner. You should also beware of rubbernecking accidents or police lights, which, while non-ticketable in most cases, doesn’t particularly help traffic cops do their jobs.

 

Red-Light Running

Garland, Texas motorist Noel Hillis was ticketed by cameras earlier this month for running a red light. He told local station CBS11 that he crossed the stop line as the light was turning red, but that at his hearing the police officer gave him a different characterization of the stop line. The police officer says the stop line is a lateral line parallel to the curb of the cross street or, “ten feet farther out than where it actually starts.” Texas law states that the violation line is at the stop line before the crosswalk.

 

The editor of road campaign site www.highwayrobbery.net, a businessman and activist who requested anonymity, tells AOL Autos, “The law, as I understand it, is that you’re okay to proceed across the line if you can get any bit of your car ahead of the line. Typically the limit line is the first line you come to if there’s a crosswalk — which are sometimes surprisingly wide — so the crosswalk can end up being 10 to 15 feet from the curbs of the crossing street. Somebody looked at the pictures and realized that cities were using an imaginary line, sometimes that of the curb, that you have to get part of your car over to not get a ticket, an extra 12-foot zone.”

 

The governor of Texas has said he will sign a bill later this year to clear up confusion after scores of motorists’ complaints concerning crossing of violation lines, which is usually a civil offense.

 

Animals and Cars

London couple Yisroel Singer, 26, and his wife Goldie, 25, say they were the victims of a “cultural misunderstanding” after they were arrested and held in New York several years ago. They had left their six-month-old daughter in the car while they went to Green Acres mall. They said nobody in Britain would condemn their actions, but under U.S. law, they faced a sentence of one year for child endangerment if they were found guilty. The case was eventually dropped.

 

Now it’s illegal in many states to leave an animal alone in a car, and with good reason. The Animal Law Coalition points out that, even with the vehicle’s windows left slightly open, an outside temperature of 85 degrees can cause a temperature of 102 degrees inside a vehicle within 10 minutes, and 120 degrees within half of an hour. As dogs breathe differently from humans, their central nervous systems can be overwhelmed in less than 15 minutes from excessive heat.

 

California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger last year signed into law Bill SB1806, which bans owners from leaving animals unattended in a motor vehicle “under conditions that endanger the health or well being of an animal due to heat, cold, lack of adequate ventilation, or lack of food or water, or other circumstances that could reasonably be expected to cause suffering, disability, or death to the animal.” First-time violators are fined $100, with a second offense garnering a possible six-month jail term.

 

Also remember, smoking with children of car-seat age in the car will draw you heat in Texas, Vermont, Washington, Arkansas and Louisiana among others. As of yet, there is no law about smoking with pets in the car.

 

Carpool Violations

Several states face the thorny issue of their carpool lanes moving too slowly. Some carpoolers have accused single-occupant hybrid drivers of soft-pedaling to save gas. But from California to the D.C. Beltway, it seems the sheer volume of cars using the carpool lanes has slowed the lanes enough to almost destroy the incentive of car-pooling or owning a hybrid car.

 

California is considering allowing motorists to exit and enter the carpool lane at will, when previously crossing the double yellow was an offense. The state transportation agency has warned against increasing the occupancy of carpool cars from two to three in Los Angeles, like it is in San Francisco.

 

Beware that buying an easily recognizable hybrid such as a Prius now does not mean automatic rights to use the carpool lane, at least in the Golden State. This is something police officers are well aware of given the recent shortage of available hybrid permits. The black market for scarce carpool lane exemptions has put up to a $5,000 premium on sales of used Prius that carry the exemption sticker.

 

The Ridiculous

An assortment of seemingly crazy state driving laws exists and can be found easily across the internet. Most of these examples are sourced from newspapers and come from the site DumbLaws.com, whose editors did not respond to a call for comment.

- In California, no vehicle without a driver may exceed 60 miles per hour.
- In Florida, if an elephant, goat or alligator is left tied to a parking meter, the parking fee has to be paid just as it would for a vehicle.
- In Montana, it is illegal to have a sheep in the cab of your truck without a chaperone.
- In Oregon, a door on a car may not be left open longer than necessary.
- In Tennessee, it is illegal shoot any game other than whales from a moving automobile.

- Good luck finding a whale in Tennessee!

 

 

http://autos.aol.com/article/unusual-driving-laws

Maintaining a Positive Attitude at Work

Wednesday, January 6th, 2010

If you want to become or remain a positive force in the workplace, you need a strategy. Follow the suggestions below to get yourself on the way:

  • Ask three people you consider positive forces how they maintain their attitudes
  • Survey your use of language, and change it when necessary. This includes inner talk and outer talk. Change your negative words and thoughts into positive ones.
  • Surround yourself with as many positive people as possible.
  • Appreciate yourself. Accept yourself for who you are, not who you ought to be.
  • Don’t worry about something that has already happened. If there is a lesson to be learned, learn it and move on.
  • Accept that you are going to make mistakes.
  • For one entire day, commit yourself to using all of your energy to be positive.
  • Realize that how you feel about something is your choice.
  • Take charge of your life, and give yourself credit when you do.

 Adapted from The 6 Success Strategies for Winning at Life, Love & Business by Wolf J. Rinke 

 

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