“The truth but not the whole truth.Nothing demands more caution than the whole truth-it is the lancet of the heart. It requires as much to tell the truth as to conceal it. A single lie destroys a whole reputation for integrity. The deceit is regarded as treason and the deceiver as a traitor, which is worse. Yet not all truths can be spoken, some for our own sake, others for the sake of others.” Rule 182, The Art of Worldly Wisdom, B. Gracian
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Christmas Island postmark again proving popular around the world
CHRISTMAS ISLAND — Hughena MacKinnon never ceases to be amazed by the popularity of a simple stamp she applies often at this time of year.
And that distinctive and festive Christmas Island postmark the postmistress at the Canada Post outlet applies to Christmas cards each year is proving to be as popular as ever.
She often hears about that stamp’s appeal from the Christmas cards she personally receives in appreciation for applying that stamp, but also from people around the world who stop by the small post office.
“In the summertime usually, the tourists come in and say they have seen these in places and wanted to come see it and get some postmarks,” she said.
“Some of them laugh when they do it and I say ‘you are not alone.’”
The Christmas tradition usually results in a 1,000-per-cent increase in her workload between October and December, as compared to the rest of the year.
That means more than 15,000 letters and packages each year from people around the world who want that official Christmas Island postmark.
“The most we did in one day was about 2,200 cards a few years ago. Sometimes you think they will go down a bit, but if somebody doesn’t do it this year, there is usually three others who decide to do it.”
The tradition dates back 18 years when MacKinnon’s predecessor, Margaret Rose MacNeil, asked Canada Post to create a postmark named for the community.
MacKinnon, who first helped MacNeil before taking over the job for herself, said they had many regulars looking for the Christmas Island stamp.
“We don’t have people who have been coming for years, we have people coming for decades mailing their cards,” she said. “She wanted to do something special for them instead of the plain postmarks.”
What followed was a festive postmark that included a Christmas wreath that’s available in red and green ink so the mark will jump off a standard red or green Christmas envelope.
“A wreath is supposed to be a wish of good health for somebody that comes to your house, so this is a wish of good health and a smile when you see the postmark when the cards come to your door.”
There’s no limit to the number of postmarks someone could request, but people usually send one or two cards to Christmas Island inside another envelope, she said.
People have also been known to send as many as 50 fully addressed greeting cards to the office in a box, she noted.
“They are addressed with the proper postage on them when we get them. We just postmark them and send them back to where they are going.”
People also just stop into the office to get the festive postmark applied.
“They want to put the extra effort in when they send something to somebody and want to make it special. I’ve had people who have hand drawn their own cards and stuff. They put a lot of effort into it and have a lot of Christmas spirit.”
She said the Christmas spirit people bring with them is contagious, especially when they bring their excited children.
Christmas Island Post Office, 8499 Grand Narrows HWY, Christmas Island NS B1T-1A0.
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HOLIDAY SHOPPING TIPS
The FBI reminds holiday shoppers to beware of cyber criminals who are out to steal money and personal information. Scammers use many techniques to defraud consumers, from phishing e-mails offering too good to be true deals on brand-name merchandise to offering quick cash to victims who will re-ship packages to additional destinations. Previously reported scams are still being executed today.
While monitoring credit reports on an annual basis and reviewing account statements each month is always a good idea, consumers should keep a particularly watchful eye on their personal credit information at this time of year. Scrutinizing credit card bills for any fraudulent activity can help to minimize victims’ losses. Unrecognizable charges listed on a credit card statement are often the first time consumers realize their personally identifiable information has been stolen.
Bank transactions and correspondence from financial institutions should also be closely reviewed. Bank accounts can often serve as a target for criminals to initiate account takeovers or commit identity theft by creating new accounts in the victims’ name. Consumers should never click on a link embedded in an e-mail from their bank, but rather open a new webpage and manually enter the URL (web address), because phishing scams often start with phoney e-mails that feature the bank’s name and logo.
When shopping online, make sure to use reputable sites. Often consumers are shown specials on the web, or even in e-mail offers, that look too good to be true. These sites are used to capture personally identifiable information, including credit card numbers, addresses and phone numbers to make fraudulent transactions. It’s best to shop on sites with which you are familiar and that have an established reputation as trusted online retailers, according to the MRC, a nonprofit that supports and promotes operational excellence for fraud, payments and risk professionals within eCommerce.
If you look for an item or company name through a search engine site, scrutinize the results listed before going to a website. Do not automatically click on the first result, even if it looks identical or similar to the desired result. Many fraudsters go to extreme lengths to have their own website appear ahead of a legitimate company on popular search engines. Their website may be a mirrored version of a popular website, but with a slightly different URL.
Purchases made on these sites could result in one or more of the following consequences: never receiving the item, having your credit card details stolen, or downloading malware/computer virus to your computer. Before clicking on a result in a search engine, inspect the URL of the destination website. Look for any misspellings or extra characters such as a period or comma as these are indicative of fraud. When taken to the payment page of a website, again verify the URL and ensure it is secure by starting with “HTTPS,” not just “HTTP.”
Here are some additional tips you can use to avoid becoming a victim of cyber fraud:
- Do not respond to unsolicited (spam) e-mail.
- Do not click on links contained within an unsolicited e-mail.
- Be cautious of e-mail claiming to contain pictures in attached files; the files may contain viruses. Only open attachments from known senders. Scan the attachments for viruses if possible.
- Avoid filling out forms contained in e-mail messages that ask for personal information.
- Always compare the link in the e-mail to the link you are actually directed to and determine if they match and will lead you to a legitimate site.
- Log on directly to the official website for the business identified in the e-mail instead of “linking” to it from an unsolicited e-mail. If the e-mail appears to be from your bank, credit card issuer, or other company you deal with frequently, your statements or official correspondence from the business will provide the proper contact information.
- Contact the actual business that supposedly sent the e-mail to verify that the e-mail is genuine.
- If you are requested to act quickly or there is an emergency that requires your attention, it may be a scam. Fraudsters create a sense of urgency to get you to act quickly.
- Remember if it looks too good to be true, it probably is.
Finally, check these additional sources to become even more informed on safe online shopping. Previous Holiday Shopping Tips public service announcements can be viewed on IC3.gov at the following links: http://www.ic3.gov/media/2012/121120.aspx, http://www.ic3.gov/media/2011/111121.aspx and http://www.ic3.gov/media/2010/101118.aspx.
US-CERT posted a Holiday Season Phishing Scams and Malware Campaigns release on Nov. 19, 2013, reminding consumers to stay aware of seasonal scams. The entire alert can be viewed at https://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/current-activity/2013/11/19/Holiday-Season-Phishing-Scams-and-Malware-Campaigns.
To receive the latest information about cyber scams, go to FBI.gov and sign up for e-mail alerts by clicking on the red envelope labeled “get FBI updates.” If you have received a scam e-mail, notify the IC3 by filing a complaint at www.ic3.gov. For more information on e-scams, please visit the FBI’s “New E-Scams” and Warnings webpage at http://www.fbi.gov/scams-safety/e-scams.
- FBI: Be wary of Cyber Monday scams (abqjournal.com)
Don’t pretend you’re not home if someone knocks. Many of us don’t like to answer the door when we’re home during the day, so we pretend like we’re
not there. Burglars most often look for an empty house to break into. They often decide if a house is empty by knocking on the front door. If no one answers, they kick it in. You don’t want to be inside if that happens. Do not open your door to strangers, but, let them know someone is inside. Talk through the door or make lots of noise, so they know a person is inside. Also, if someone asks for a person who doesn’t live at your home, call police and report a suspicious person. Often, burglars use that as a line, if someone ends up being home.
Don’t let strangers inside. Many people will ask for a drink of water or to use the bathroom or to make a phone call. Do not let them inside. You can make a phone call for them, but, do not open or unlock your door to them. If you are selling something in the classifieds or on the internet, do not allow them to come look at the item unless you have at least one other person there with you. If it’s a car you’re selling, meet them someplace public, not at your address. Have one room in your house that locks and a cordless phone That way, if someone breaks in while you’re home, you’ll have a safe place to call 911. Even better, is if you hear someone coming in one end of your house, you run out the other, so there’s no confrontation. If you come home and it looks like someone has broken in, never go inside to check. Instead, call police from a neighbour’s home, if the criminals are still there.
Keep the exterior well maintained Keep your bushes trimmed low so criminals can’t hide behind them. Plant prickly plants near windows and make sure outside lights are well placed and work at night. Don’t leave your door open for a pet or a garage door open when you’re working in the yard.
Keep papers and mail clear If you are leaving town for a vacation or trip, ask a trusted neighbour to collect your mail each day
and pick up your newspapers. If they get stacked up, it’s a dead giveaway that your home is empty. Also, if you’re gone on trash day, have a neighbour place some trash on your curb. Criminals often watch for changed routines.
Hide your valuables Burglars often go into your master bedroom first and steal your jewelry, your guns and cash. Keep your expensive or sentimental jewelry somewhere other than your jewelry box. Don’t keep your gun in an obvious place like under the mattress or in the nightstand. Make sure you write down the serial numbers to all your electronic equipment so if it is stolen, police will have a record to compare with pawn shops. Take pictures of those things without serial numbers and keep those someplace other than home. Also, hide your extra checks. Criminals often take those and go on shopping sprees before you realize they’re gone.
Protect your checks Don’t have the bank mail a box of checks to your home. Instead, go pick them up or have them mailed to a trusted friend’s business or get a P.O. box. Checks sitting in mailboxes at the curb, are an easy target for identity thieves. Don’t pay bills and put them in your mailbox and lift the red flag. Crooks will steal your checks and go on shopping sprees that can ruin the good credit you’ve
worked your whole life for. Mail them at a post office building or standing box.
- Crime Prevention Tips for the Holiday Season (1011now.com)
What to Know Before Shopping Online This Holiday Season
The internet makes holiday shopping so easy—no fighting for parking spaces at jam-packed malls, no waiting in endless lines to get to the register.
But even if you consider yourself a pro, shopping online isn’t without risks.
These tips from USA.gov can help you protect yourself and your finances as you hunt for that perfect gift:
1. Use a credit card rather than a debit card. Credit card payments can be withheld if there’s a dispute with a store, and if the card is stolen, you won’t have to pay more than $50 of fraudulent charges. But with a debit card, you can’t withhold payments—the store is paid directly from your bank account. And if your card is stolen, you could be liable for up to $500, depending on when you report it.
2. Find out if the public WiFi hotspot you’re using at a coffee shop or bookstore is secure. If it’s not, your payment information could be compromised over the network.
3. It’s risky not to read the terms of service agreement before you buy online. You could inadvertently sign up for subscriptions or get hit with additional fees or restrictions. Terms of service are often in small print or presented right when you are anxious to purchase.
4. Be careful if you’re buying event tickets online as gifts. Some venues may practice restricted ticketing, requiring the same credit card used in the online purchase to be shown to get into the event.
5. Use caution buying digital assets like books and music—they can’t be given away as gifts if they’ve been downloaded to your account. You should either purchase a gift card for the book or music site, or check with the company. Some services have ways to “gift an item” but it varies depending on the provider.
For more advice on safe online shopping and being a savvy consumer this holiday season and all year long, check out the Consumer Action Handbook–the free government guide to protecting your money.
What Walmart Could Learn from Henry Ford
Walmart just reported shrinking sales for a third straight quarter. What’s going on? Explained William S. Simon, the CEO of Walmart, referring to the company’s customers, “their income is going down while food costs are not. Gas and energy prices, while they’re abating, I think they’re still eating up a big piece of the customer’s budget.”
Walmart’s CEO gets it. Most of Walmart’s customers are still in the Great Recession, grappling with stagnant or declining pay. So, naturally, Walmart’s sales are dropping.
But what Walmart’s CEO doesn’t get is that a large portion of Walmart’s customers are lower-wage workers who are working at places like … Walmart. And Walmart, not incidentally, refuses to raise its median wage (including its army of part-timers) of $8.80 an hour.
Walmart isn’t your average mom-and-pop operation. It’s the largest employer in America. As such, it’s the trendsetter for millions of other employers of low-wage workers. As long as Walmart keeps its wages at or near the bottom, other low-wage employers keep wages there, too. All they need do is offer $8.85 an hour to have their pick.
On the other hand, if Walmart were to boost its wages, other employers of low-wage workers would have to follow suit in order to attract the employees they need.
Get it? Walmart is so huge that a wage boost at Walmart would ripple through the entire economy, putting more money in the pockets of low-wage workers. This would help boost the entire economy — including Walmart’s own sales. (This is also an argument for a substantial hike in the minimum wage.)
Walmart could learn a thing or two from Henry Ford, who almost exactly a century ago decided to pay his workers three times the typical factory wage at the time. The Wall Street Journal called Ford a traitor to his class but he proved to be a cunning businessman.
Ford’s decision helped boost factory wages across the board — enabling so many working people to buy Model Ts that Ford’s revenues soared far ahead of his increased payrolls, and he made a fortune.
So why can’t Walmart learn from Ford? Because Walmart’s business model is static, depending on cheap labor rather than increased sales, and it doesn’t account for Walmart’s impact on the rest of the economy.
You can help teach Walmart how much power its consumers have: Stand with its workers who deserve a raise, and boycott Walmart on the most important sales day of the year, November 29.
Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome.
Booker T Washington
What Every Man or Woman Should Be Able to Do
“Every man or woman should be able to save their own life. They should be able to swim far enough, run fast and long enough to save their life in case of emergency and necessity.”
* Be able to swim at least half a mile or more;
* Be able to run at top speed two hundred yards or more;
* Be able to jump over obstacles higher than your waist;
* Be in condition to pull your body upward by the strength of your arms, until your chin touches your hands, at least 15 to 20 times;
* Be able to dip between parallel bars or between two chairs at least 25 times or more.
‘If a man or woman can accomplish these things, she/he need have no fear concerning the safety of his life should they be forced into an emergency from which they alone may be able to save themselves.’
And be able to do the following to save another’s life.
* Be able to do continuous bodyweight squats (Hindu squats) for a minimum of 100 repetitions;
* Be able to carry another person of comparable weight up or down stairs with ease;
* Have a strong and flexible core that can handle quick movements without injury;
* Be able to tell your body what you want it to do and have it obey your command
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Journalism is printing what someone else does not want printed. Everything else is public relations.
Politics will eventually be replaced by imagery. The politician will be only too happy to abdicate in favour of his image, because the image will be much more powerful than he could ever be.
By giving us the opinions of the uneducated, journalism keeps us in touch with the ignorance of the community.
If I’d written all the truth I knew for the past ten years, about 600 people – including me – would be rotting in prison cells from Rio to Seattle today. Absolute truth is a very rare and dangerous commodity in the context of professional journalism.
Hunter S. Thompson
Journalism largely consists of saying ‘Lord Jones is Dead’ to people who never knew that Lord Jones was alive.
Gilbert K. Chesterton
The whole notion of journalism being an institution whose fundamental purpose is to educate and inform and even, one might say, elevate, has altered under commercial pressure, perhaps, into a different kind of purpose, which is to divert and distract and entertain.
Objective journalism and an opinion column are about as similar as the Bible and Playboy magazine.
“The man who reads nothing at all is better educated than the man who reads nothing but newspapers.”
“If a person is not talented enough to be a novelist, not smart enough to be a lawyer, and his hands are too shaky to perform operations, he becomes a journalist. ”
“American journalism (like the journalism of any other country) is predominantly paltry and worthless. Its pretensions are enormous, but its achievements are insignificant.”
“In the developed countries of the capitalist world, the mass media are beginning to become businesses, and huge businesses at that. The freedom of journalists is now becoming, in most cases, a very relative thing: it ends where the interests of the business begin… In socialist areas, it is enough to recall that the means of social communication are the monopoly of the party.”
“The newspaper journalists like to believe the worst; they can sell more papers that way, as one of them told me himself; for even upstanding and respectable people dearly love to read ill of others.”
“The press has the power to stimulate people, to clean up the environment, prevent nuclear proliferation, force crooked politicians out of office, reduce poverty, provide quality health care for all people, and even to save the lives of millions of people as it did in Ethiopia in 1984. But instead we are using it to promote sex, violence, and sensationalism, and to line the pockets of already wealthy media moguls.’
Dr Carl Jensen
|If you value your reputation associate only with others of high reputation. It is better to be alone than to be seen in bad company.|
A man had been handcuffed, shackled and thrown into California’s Long Beach Harbour, where he was quickly fastened to a floating cable. The cable had been attached at the other end to 70 boats, bobbing up and down in the harbour, each carrying a single person. Battling strong winds and currents, the man then swam, towing all 70 boats (and passengers) behind him, traveling 1.5 miles to Queen’s Way Bridge. The man, Jack La Lanne, was celebrating his birthday. He had just turned 70 years old.
Latest medical research shows a correlation between activity and those who remain healthy into their 80′s and 90′s. Those that were couch potatoes during their lives showed decreased brain activity and reduced immune systems. Most were in wheel chairs, medicated, and in nursing homes if they lived past their 60′s.
Those that remained active all their lives were still productive into their 90′s. Frank Lloyd Wright was 90 when he designed some of his greatest work. Jack La Lanne could still do pushups in his 90′s.
Exercise increases brain power and improves the respiratory system so oxygen gets into the lungs, blood, and brain and builds up the immune system to fight disease and the effects of aging.
“Never underestimate the difficulty of changing false beliefs by facts.”
— Henry Rosovsky, Harvard economic historian
Imagine there’s no heaven
It’s easy if you try No hell below us
Above us only sky
Imagine all the people
Living for today…
Imagine there’s no countries
It isn’t hard to do
Nothing to kill or die for
And no religion too
Imagine all the people
Living life in peace…
You may say I’m a dreamer
But I’m not the only one I hope someday you’ll join us
And the world will be as one
Imagine no possessions I wonder if you can No need for greed or hunger
A brotherhood of man
Imagine all the people
Sharing all the world…
You may say I’m a dreamer
But I’m not the only one I hope someday you’ll join us
And the world will live as one
Imagine:lyrics by John Lennon