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A movie for women who light up the world

In Uncategorized on April 22, 2012 at 5:39 am

Women are caregivers, friends, mothers, heads of households, bosses, employees…the list goes on and on. What women accomplish is amazing!


Modern Values

In Uncategorized on April 22, 2012 at 5:33 am

the mentality of indifference? ? ?
These are very thought provoking thoughts.
Modern Values

One couldn’t give a piece of bread to the child in the picture above…………
But this painting where he looks sad was sold for $10,000.00

10 Things Not to Feed Your Dog

In Uncategorized on April 22, 2012 at 5:28 am

10 Things Not to Feed Your Dog

We love our dogs. . .but just like kids they can get into things they should not eat. This is the first of 4 lists of ‘10 Things You Should Not Feed your Dog’.

Here is the first list of 10 food items that you should never feed your dog:

3.Tomato stems or leaves
4.Pits from peaches or plums
6.Rhubarb leaves
7.Sugary foods
First and most importantly everything you feed your dog should be in moderation; yet, these are 10 food items that you should not give your dog.

Yes, I am sure that some dogs have eaten some of the above items and lived to tell about it. . .without harmful side effects. However, purpose of theses articles to help dog owners become aware of the items that should not be given to our beloved buddies and the reasons why! We believe it safest to err on the side of caution, that is why our lists are so stringent. Always, always, check with your vet first!

Now for the reasons WHY you should not feed your dog–

Chocolate – chocolate, especially baker’s chocolate is dangerous to dogs. Cats are mostly unaffected since they do not like the taste of chocolate; however, dogs love it. Chocolate contains various chemicals which are called methylxanthine alkaloids and some types of chocolate have more of these chemicals than others. Relatively small amounts of chocolate can cause serious problems such as constriction of the arteries and increased heart rate. Large amounts may cause even more dire symptoms and a pound of milk chocolate could possibly kill a 16 pound dog. Make sure your children understand how important it is not to feed your dog chocolate.

Onions-onions, garlic or anything from the onion family contain sulfoxides and disulfides known to damage red blood cells and cause anemia. Raw onions can cause liver damage. Cats are more susceptible than dogs. Avoid onion (or garlic) powder as ingredients in any food you are feeding your dog or cat – this includes dog and cat food.

Tomato leaves and stems- The green parts of the tomato plant are considered toxic because they contain solanine, which has the potential to produce significant gastrointestinal and central nervous system effects. However ripetomatoes, the part of the plant typically used in food products, are not toxic.

Pits from peaches, plums or other fruits with pits- all fruits with pits can cause an obstruction in the digestive tract.

Raisins – grapes and raisins can cause kidney failure – just a few raisins can kill a dog.

Rhubarb leaves – these leaves contain oxalates, which can affect the digestive, nervous and urinary systems.

Sugary foods- just like in humans too much sugar could lead to dental problems, obesity, and possible diabetes mellitus.

Tobacco – because tobacco contains nicotine, it could affect the nervous and digestive systems causing rapid heart beat, collapse, coma, and death. If your dog eats cigarettes it releases toxins throughout their bodies.

Bones – large bones that cannot splinter are usually ok. If your dog can chew them up do not use them. Soft bones like chicken and fish are definitely bad. If you have a dog with a larger set of jaws, it is possible they could bite off and swallow a piece of bone too large for them to pass, this would be very dangerous and possibly life threatening. Be careful with bones since they can cause obstruction or laceration of the digestive system.

Nuts – All nuts contain fats, which can lead to gastrointestinal upset, such as vomiting and diarrhea. Foods with high fat contents can also potentially produce an inflammatory condition of the pancreas known as pancreatitis. In addition, many commercially sold nuts are salted-and if a pet consumed a large volume of salt from the nuts, this could potentially pose a risk for the development of a sodium ion toxicosis. Nuts known to be toxic are walnuts and macadamia nuts. Brazil nuts – The good news is that there is currently no data indicating that Brazil nuts (Bertholletia excelsa) or almonds (Prunus dulcis) are toxic to animals.

Coming soon with be the new hubpage with a second list of “10 MoreThings Not to Feed Your Dog – Part 2” – check back for more common foods that your beloved Buddy should avoid.

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In Uncategorized on April 22, 2012 at 5:19 am

By Lucie Atang

At The SCOAN, during the Live Candlelight Service, New Year’s Eve, the 31st December 2011, Prophet T.B. Joshua addressed the congregation, the nation of Nigeria and the world at large with a message concerning the new year, 2012.

“Let me just address my people, Nigeria. The present situation we are in – there is no war between Christians and Muslims. I mean, there is no war between you and your neighbour. I mean, there is no war among neighbours. This is a parable to you. There is no war. The idea of bombing and burning churches is to cause disagreement and conflict between you and your neighbour, to break the commandment and rule which says, “Love your neighbor as yourself.” The idea of burning churches is to cause disagreement and conflict between you and your neighbour, to break the commandment which says, “Love your neighbor as yourself.” If we are not armed for battle, we would fight the wrong battle. Strikes against your neighbour, strikes against your people – this is the wrong battle. Tell the world. I know the whole world is watching. Listen, our situation in Nigeria – there is no war between Christians and Muslims. The idea of burning churches is to cause conflict among neighbours, to break the commandment which says, “Love your neighbour as yourself”. And once the commandment is broken, you are against God. So, there is no war. Love your neighbour. We pray for those who are affected and their people so that God would strengthen them to bear the loss. My message to all: God at all times is assembling for Himself a generation of Spiritual worshippers. Because God is a Spirit, Christ came to declare God to us.

The burning and bombing that is happening, by January, February, March, everybody will forget about this. But economic depression will take over. Economic depression. You should not think about the bombing again; think about economic depression. Our government too should not because of bombing here and there, vote a huge amount of money from their budget to security. They should vote 50 percent of the budget to agriculture. Whatever bombing will fade away by the beginning of this year. It’s not something to bother about. To overcome this situation, everyone should come together, both security and every citizen. It is not the issue of security alone. Everything that is happening now, I don’t see it anymore on the board. It is just the beginning of this year and everything is over. But think about economic depression. You are a man of faith, a woman of faith. Trials are the soil in which faith flourishes. I’m just telling you what I’m seeing on the board. This will affect the whole world. Economic depression. The currency will be affected. The year of comeback. A comeback is a return to a place of significance, a place that was lost for a period of time. For a period of time, you referred to the Spirit. We often say, “The Spirit of God says this; the Spirit of God says that”, whereas the Spirit of God is not talking to you. Referring to the Spirit and design in the letter – such worship and worshippers will face challenges this new year.”

Michael Phelps – The London 2012 Olympic Games

In Uncategorized on April 6, 2012 at 4:29 am

Does Your PC Have a Virus? Or Is It Just SLOW?

In Uncategorized on April 6, 2012 at 4:25 am

Does Your PC Have a Virus? Or Is It Just SLOW?
By Becky Worley

Last week I talked about how to remove a virus. This week I’m going to step back and talk about how to figure out if you really have one. Accurate diagnosis can be tricky, so let’s run through major symptoms, minor clues, and a few surefire ways to tell.

4 Major Virus Symptoms

•Your system crashes or locks up often.
•It randomly restarts.•You see strange error messages or pop-up boxes especially alerts about firewalls or viruses.
•Your system suddenly runs much slower, and the key here is suddenly. If it progressively slows down, it’s probably getting bogged down by too many programs running in the background, you haven’t defragmented it recently (or ever), or you are nearing full capacity on the hard drive. But if the computer suddenly takes minutes to load a web page, or suddenly takes 10 minutes to shutdown/start-up it’s a good clue that you have a virus.
Other Virus Clues

•New toolbars in your browser.
•New shortcuts on your desktop that you didn’t put there.
•New items in the system tray at the bottom right hand corner of your screen.
Note that new toolbars and shortcuts often come bundled with software you actually want; they may not be malicious — just annoying.

Geeky Tricks for Diagnosis

•If you hit the start button in the lower left corner of your Windows screen and (depending on the Version of Windows you have) either find the run command or just type CMD in the search box, a black box should pop-up. This is a prompt used by computer technicians to run programs at a deep level within the computer and it’s often used by the pros to remove viruses. As a result, some malware (meaning viruses, spyware, and other nasty stuff) will disable the feature to make it harder for the user or a tech to remove the virus.
•In a similar fashion, many viruses will prevent the computer from accessing the Windows Update feature, which can also assist in virus removal. So if you go to control panel, Security, and click Windows Update, and your computer can’t launch that feature, it’s another clear sign you have a virus.

Some people will tell you to hit CTRL-ALT-DEL to launch the task manager and comb through programs (processes) to look for unfamiliar items. I think this is a bad idea. Virus writers are sneaky and will often name virus files to look like parts of the Windows operating system or other common programs. Conversely, many legitimate parts of Windows have weird names that sound like viruses to a layman. I have heard horror stories of people thinking they were deleting a virus only to realize after a reboot that they had disabled a mandatory component of the operating system. Then they had a dead computer that needed a complete Windows reinstallation.

But one place where you can get useful info in the task manager is the networking tab. If you have all other programs closed and still notice a high level of network/Internet traffic, it’s a good indicator you have a virus. This tip alone is not a good enough metric for virus diagnosis, but it’s a clue as you compile information about the state of your computer.

Surefire Virus Diagnosis – Free virus scanners.

There are lots of free virus scanners online that can tell you if you have some form of malware on your computer. Personally, I like to run two or three programs, because there are hundreds of thousands of viruses, all with different heuristics (behavior patterns), so you increase your chances of diagnosis if you use multiple programs with multiple and varied virus definitions.

I like AVG, Avast, and Malwarebytes. All are highly rated by CNet and PC Magazine.

One tip: when you scan for viruses, be sure to turn off or disable any other security software. These programs do not play well together and can interfere with each other. Also, after you diagnose and remove the virus, keeping one virus scanner is probably a good idea, but you’ll want to trash the other two since they can be real resource hogs running in the background.

Virus or Hacked Email

What if people tell you they are getting spam from you? This could either be a virus or that your email account has been hacked. First try these steps to take back control of your email account. If spam or unauthorized email is still being sent out from your account, it’s possible you have a virus. In that case, you need to get rid of the virus on your computer and then go through the process linked above again to change passwords and block access to your email.

Slow Computer or Virus?

Once you’ve accomplished the steps above you should have a clear idea of the problem



Europe Is Baffled by the U.S. Supreme Court

In Uncategorized on April 6, 2012 at 4:14 am

Europe Is Baffled by the U.S. Supreme Court
By John Hudson | The Atlantic Wire

Europe is scratching its head over the possibility that the U.S. Supreme Court will strike down President Obama’s signature legislative achievement. As the judiciary and the Obama administration trade legal barbs over the high court’s authority, the idea that health care coverage, largely considered a universal right in Europe, could be deemed an affront to liberty is baffling.

“The Supreme Court can legitimately return Obamacare?” asks a headline on the French news site 9 POK . The article slowly walks through the legal rationale behind the court’s right to wipe away Congress’s legislation. “Sans précédent, extraordinaires” reads the article. In the German edition of The Financial Times, Sabine Muscat is astonished at Justice Antonin Scalia’s argument that if the government can mandate insurance, it can also require people to eat broccoli. “Absurder Vergleich” reads the article’s kicker, which in English translates to, “Absurd Comparison.” In trying to defeat the bill, Muscat writes, Scalia is making a “strange analogy [to] vegetables.”

Over in Britain, the opposition is more direct. The Guardian’s Kevin Powell called the debate “surreal” in his Monday column. “Wasn’t the point to make sure the richest and most powerful nation on the planet could protect its own people, as other nations do?” he wrote. “If Americans are promised not just liberty but life and happiness, is there not a constitutional right to affordable healthcare?”

The Independent’s Rupert Cornwell, meanwhile, is astonished by the high court’s legal sway. “When an American president nominates a new member of the Supreme Court, I sometimes used to wonder, why all the fuss? Is this appointment of a single judge – just one justice among nine – really important enough to throw Congress into a spin, dominate the blogosphere and mobilise every lobbying group in the land?” All the while, Britain’s Telegraph publishes a piece by American Mark McKinnon who marvels at the court’s power. “These six men and three women will have a voice in determining not only Obama’s long-term legacy, but also his short-term future as the November election looms,” he writes. “They are six men and three women, aged between 51 and 79, and two of them have been in the same job since Ronald Reagan was in the White House.” What can we say? Welcome to America, Europe.