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Jobs For Stay At Home Moms

Submitted by: Joy Saxey

When it comes to jobs for stay at home moms, there are plenty of desirable options today. Home based work available in the past nearly always involved physical work and long hours. Day care, catering, interior decoration, secretarial services, selling and real estate were some of the popular avenues for stay at home moms. When coupled with the domestic chores that were the lot of the home worker, such occupations could end up demanding much more than a regular desk job.

Luckily with the advent of online marketing, all that has changed. There are plenty of flexible options to choose from that ask little from the stay at home mom in terms of time, effort or investment. It is possible to generate a sizable income by spending a few hours every day – provided you locate the right money making opportunity.

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Unfortunately the downside of online marketing is that there are many fly-by-night operators offering to make you a millionaire overnight, and those get rich quick schemes just do not work. MLM or network marketing jobs sound good on paper, but many of them pay you a fraction of your earnings, with the rest going to the people above you in your network. Then there are the jobs for stay at home moms that expect you to get after your family and friends to buy whatever it is you are selling, or to make presentations at home parties, hotel meetings and coffee shops. How do you zero in on a steady source of income that is not only well paying, but safe and enjoyable too?

The secret is to find a company with a proven track record of success that is operating in an industry that is on the upswing. If that company markets a product that there is a good demand for, so much for the better. It pays to shop around for just such an opportunity, before jumping at the first seemingly attractive job for stay at home moms that you find on the net.

About the Author: Bart and Joy Saxey are successful home entrepreneurs who left corporate America to capitalize on the explosion happening in the Home Based Business Industry. They currently coach other entrepreneurs looking to create a CEO s income working from home. Their site can be found at

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James Brady, former White House press secretary, gun control advocate, dies at 73

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James Brady, former White House press secretary, gun control advocate, dies at 73

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

James Brady, former White House Press Secretary for the Ronald Reagan US presidential administration and advocate for gun control, died yesterday at age 73 in an Alexandria, Virginia retirement community. The family released a statement saying, “We are heartbroken to share the news that our beloved Jim ‘Bear’ Brady has passed away after a series of health issues”. Brady was a few weeks shy of his 74th birthday.

Brady was serving as President Reagan’s press secretary when he was the most seriously wounded out of four, in a assassination attempt on Reagan by John Hinckley, Jr. on March 30, 1981. Brady was shot in the head by a hollow-point bullet damaging his right frontal lobe. Dr. Arthur Kobrine, a neurosurgeon, operated on Brady to save his life. Brady survived but was left with brain damage, slurred speech, short-term memory loss, and partial paralysis which required use of a wheelchair.

Following the assassination attempt, Brady and his wife Sarah joined with The Center to Prevent Handgun Violence, and Handgun Control, Inc., two organizations lobbying for gun control. The organizations were later renamed in honor of Brady, as Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence and the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence respectively. The organizations lobbied for the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act, a law passed in 1993 which requires federal background checks on firearm purchasers in the United States.

Brady never again held press conferences after the assassination attempt; nevertheless, he officially remained press secretary throughout the entire Reagan administration, till 1989. In 2000, the White House press briefing room was renamed after Brady. Josh Earnest, President Barack Obama’s current press secretary, along with eleven other former White House press secretaries said in a statement, “Jim Brady defined the role of the modern White House Press Secretary. With his passing we lost a friend and mentor, and the country lost a selfless public servant who dedicated his life to service, even in the face of tragedy. […] Jim set the model and standard for the rest of us to follow. It’s been a genuine honor for each of us to stand at the podium in the briefing room that will always bear his name.”

UK Wikinews Shorts: July 8, 2013

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UK Wikinews Shorts: July 8, 2013

A compilation of brief news reports for Monday, July 8, 2013.

Are You Aware Of These Tax Deductions?

By John Hemmendinger, CPA

Whether you are an experienced tax filer or a first timer, you will probably not forget obvious tax deductions such as home mortgage interest, real estate property tax and student loan interest. But there are many more areas where the tax code enables you to claim expenses as deductions from personal income that people seem to miss.

Some of them are buried deep in the language of the code, which gets bigger and more complex every year with new additions. Here are several tax deductions you should know about:

Dependent Parents

If you are taking care of aging parents and pay some or all of their medical expenses, you may be able to claim them as a deduction. The rule is that if you support your parents financially, and provide for more than 50 percent of their total expenses and the medical expenses you pay for them and yourself exceeds 7.5 percent of your adjusted gross income, you would qualify for a tax deduction.

Home energy efficiency improvements

If you made home improvements in 2010, which included installing energy efficient doors, windows, water heaters etc., you may be able to receive a tax credit of as much as $1,500 from your 2010 tax bill.

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Mortgage loan origination fees

If you bought a house in 2010 you may deduct the mortgage origination fees or discount points that you paid when buying the house. The code considers all these expenses pre-paid mortgage interest which is an allowable deduction on the primary residence.

State Sales Tax

If you bought a new vehicle, boat or a plane in 2010 you may deduct the sale tax of the purchase, even if you don’t itemize your deduction. This depends on the state you live in and whether it imposes a state income tax. You must choose between deducting state and local income taxes or state and local sales taxes. The income tax, in most states, is a larger burden than the sales tax, so the income tax deduction will be more worthwhile. The IRS publishes a table that shows how much residents of various states can deduct. But that is not all. If you purchased a vehicle, a boat or a plane you can add the state sale tax you paid to the IRS deductions to the extent that the sale tax you paid doesn’t exceed the state’s general sales tax rate. The IRS has a calculator on its website to help you figure out the deduction. It all depends on your filing status and your income level. This rule has been extended to 2011 as well.

Volunteering and Philanthropy

If you do charity work, you can deduct the millage for your commute to and from your work. The IRS determent millage allowance is 14 cents per mile. The importance of charity work and volunteering manifests itself in another rule; if you need to get the services of a childcare provider while volunteering for a non-profit organization, you can deduct this expense from your taxes.

Mentoring

If you mentor a child, through an organization like Big Brother/Sister, Young Life etc. the tax code enables you to deduct the money you spend on the child while mentoring him/her.

Travel and Business Meals and Entertainment

If you are self-employed or a small business owner, and need to entertain your clients or prospective buyers, you can claim a deduction for 50 percent of the costs for meals and entertainment cost. However, travel expenses incurred while travelling away from your home are 100 percent deductible.

Continued Education

When itemizing your expenses think of the miscellaneous expenses that further your career and your education; subscriptions to professional publications, dues paid to organizations, investment advisory fee, tax preparation, legal fees etc.

Jury Duty pay

This is a bit tricky; if you served on a jury and received compensation from the court, it is considered taxable income. But, if you were still getting your regular salary and returned the court’s compensation, you can deduct the pay you got for the Jury Duty days from your income.

All those deduction exist in the language of the code, but you have to know what is included in the tax code and what is not.

About the Author: John Hemmendinger, CPA specializes in providing accounting and tax services to small business owners and professional practices in Cedar Knolls, NJ. For more information, go here:

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Commonwealth Bank of Australia CEO apologies for financial planning scandal

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Thursday, July 3, 2014

Ian Narev, the CEO of the Commonwealth Bank of Australia, this morning “unreservedly” apologised to clients who lost money in a scandal involving the bank’s financial planning services arm.

Last week, a Senate enquiry found financial advisers from the Commonwealth Bank had made high-risk investments of clients’ money without the clients’ permission, resulting in hundreds of millions of dollars lost. The Senate enquiry called for a Royal Commission into the bank, and the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC).

Mr Narev stated the bank’s performance in providing financial advice was “unacceptable”, and the bank was launching a scheme to compensate clients who lost money due to the planners’ actions.

In a statement Mr Narev said, “Poor advice provided by some of our advisers between 2003 and 2012 caused financial loss and distress and I am truly sorry for that. […] There have been changes in management, structure and culture. We have also invested in new systems, implemented new processes, enhanced adviser supervision and improved training.”

An investigation by Fairfax Media instigated the Senate inquiry into the Commonwealth Bank’s financial planning division and ASIC.

Whistleblower Jeff Morris, who reported the misconduct of the bank to ASIC six years ago, said in an article for The Sydney Morning Herald that neither the bank nor ASIC should be in control of the compensation program.

Latest ‘CableGate’ disclosures hint at US diplomatic tactics in Spain and beyond

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Yesterday’s release of more US diplomatic cables by Wikileaks covered pressure on governments, Spain’s judiciary, and buying foreign assistance with detentions at Guantanamo Bay. El Pais, one of five mainstream papers partnering with Wikileaks’ release of documents, examined key output from Madrid’s US embassy.

The latest cables focus on US–Spain relations, particularly during the George W. Bush presidency, with Eduardo Aguirre serving as ambassador in Madrid. He is cited as having “personally exerted” pressure on Spain’s government and judiciary; this leading to at least three investigations being dropped.

Of concern to the press is the death of José Couso in 2003. The Spanish cameraman was killed during the battle for Baghdad; the Spanish judiciary intended to prosecute three US servicemen over the fatality.

American use of Spanish air bases for ‘extraordinary rendition’ was a second concern the US embassy in Madrid pressured the government on. Spanish prosecutors had been keen to pursue 13 CIA officers over the illegal flights.

Repeatedly, concern over Spain’s independent judiciary invoking ‘universal jurisdiction’ appears in leaked cables. Reports at the time showed magistrates considered actions at Guantanamo Bay torture, and seemed keen to pursue ex-US government officials on grounds of “criminal responsibility”.

Cable 06MADRID1914 highlights the cases of Hamed Abderrahaman Ahmed and Moroccan Lahcen Ikassrien; respectively transferred from Guantanamo Bay, to Spanish custody, in February 2004 and July 2005.

Describing conditions at the Cuban detention centre as “impossible to explain, much less justify”, Hamed — better known as the “Spanish Taliban” — saw a July 2006 ruling by the country’s Supreme Court annul his six-year prison sentence, granting him an immediate release. The ruling cast doubt on the reliability of evidence against Lahcen, who was released on bail.

Hamed and his family, at the time, announced their intent to sue the US government over his suffering in Guantanamo Bay.

Later cables illustrate how concerned the Bush administration were over possible prosecution by Baltasar Garzón. Citing an op-ed he penned for a Spanish paper in March 2007, and this subsequently being picked up by Socialist Party secretary José Blanco Lopéz. Pronouncements by the two, and others, on “criminal responsibility” were met with a diplomatically stern response; cable 07MADRID546 states that the government of Spain was “cautioned that continued statements on this issue by senior Spanish figures would be viewed negatively.”

Garzón, best-known for indicting former dictator Augusto Pinochet, seemed to still trouble US diplomats when planning high-level defence talks in March 2007. Mention is made to a possible investigation, and indictment of, Donald Rumsfeld. Spain had informed the US embassy in Madrid the judge in the case was working to dismiss it.

As recently as March last year, Garzón sought to prosecute officials from the Bush administration.

[…]continued statements on this issue by senior Spanish figures would be viewed negatively.

Named as potential defendants in a Reuters report, John Ashcroft, John Yoo, William Haynes II, Jay Bybee, and, aide to Vice-President Dick Cheney, David Addington were all being investigated by Garzón.

Come April this year, Garzón himself faced prosecution. A probe into Franco-era war crimes saw him suspended, possibly to be tried for acting contrary to an amnesty extended to Franco supporters. It is alleged he “acted without jurisdiction”.

At present, the former Spanish Supreme Court judge is working at the International Criminal Court. Reports based on El Pais’ investigation around the leaked cables suggest the country’s judiciary has been politicised to suit American interests.

With a price of US$85,000 cited for each former Guantanamo Bay detainee that Spain was to take, recent reports assert other countries have been offered financial incentives to help empty the camp.

Belgium, alongside Spain, was supposedly offered more influence within the European Union in exchange for cooperating with US plans.

Kuwait’s interior minister is said to have refused to take any of their citizens from the camp. Describing inmates as “rotten”, DPA alleges he told the US to “get rid of” detainees in an Afghan war zone.

Yemen, in exchange for agreeing to take Guantanamo detainees, is said to have asked for US$11 million for the construction of a centre to rehabilitate Muslim extremists.

So far, only a tiny fraction of the documents in Wikileaks possession have been made public.

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Harmonizing Your Patio With Outdoor Cushions

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Submitted by: Kenny M. Leichester

Your outdoor is the nearest place from your home to unwind. This outdoor is a place to meditate and a place to refuel for another week ahead. Sometimes you just seat on your wrought iron or wood patio furniture located under your patio umbrella then rest. Suddenly, it leads to discomfort because of the hardness of your furniture. This may be very evident especially if you are already seating on it for a long time.

Secondly, you get bored of the usual and ordinary picture in your outdoor. You start to look for those that will harmonize with your mood. You cannot change weekly your furniture just to harmonize with your mood because this would be too expensive. What you need is something that gives comfort and style.

Outdoor cushions bring comfort and style to your dull outdoor. It is inexpensive and can be changed timely. All you need is to remove its cover and replace it with a new one. But once you buy some, it obfuscates you as to which one is which because of the array of choices available. In this article, I will discuss the different types of outdoor furniture that will harmonize with your outdoor furniture. This will be guidelines for choosing the right outdoor furniture.

In choosing what outdoor cushions to purchase, the basis is the furniture that you already possess. You should look at the color of your furniture, the style of for furniture, its size, and its composition. Herein, I shall categorize them as to its composition because getting the picture of basics will slowly pile up in you mind giving you better ideas on how to improve your outdoor.

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Top two common patio furnishings are those made from wood or wrought iron. Curling in this type of furniture doesn t sound comfortable at all. It is deemed necessary to have outdoor cushions that do not only harmonize with your patio furniture but are also appealing and are made more comfortable. Here are some designs that will help you choose the right one.

Outdoor cushions are different from those of the indoor cushions. Since outdoor cushions are located in a roofless area, you will need those whose fabrics are sun resistant and durable. Examples of fabrics that you should not buy are those that are flimsy and delicate like silk, tulle and satin. It is preferable to buy outdoor cushions wherein it has replaceable covers because its color will fade through time.

Exposed to severities of weather conditions will ruin its delicate fibres. The best outdoor cushions then are those whose fibres are made of linen, acrylic, Teflon, awning fabrics, polyester blends, and cotton. What makes them best is not only its durability but also it is easy to clean. There are also other coating agents you can apply to further strengthen its resistance.

For wrought iron outdoor cushions, firmness and softness are the main characteristics you should look for. You should balance the texture of your furniture s hardness. The minimum thickness of your outdoor cushions should at least be two inches. You can also make them yourself. Not only does it saves you money but also pictures what exactly you are looking for.

To make your own outdoor cushions, first is to find all material needed thereto. Since your outdoor has a touch of nature, the best designs are also themed with nature. Examples are flowers or tropical prints. You can also make your own desired shape, either circle, or heart shaped. Now you can incorporate your own design that you can be proud of.

For wood patio furniture, the best outdoor cushions are those colors white and overstuffed. White or light colors are best to harmonize with the natural beige texture of your wood patio furniture. Apart from light colors, you can also pair this up with sea green, electric blue or bright orange. To further add texture, mix square shaped outdoor cushions with circle. This does not only give aesthetics but also tranquillity.

Do not exaggerate the designs though. What you want is to harmonize things up. You would want still to emphasize your patio furniture. But with the tips above, you can now make or shop what is best for your outdoor.

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Ohio man dies after sitting in chair for two years

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Friday, April 1, 2011 

A morbidly obese Ohio man died Wednesday after being found unconscious in his home several days earlier. The man had been sitting in a chair for two years and was physically fused to it when he was discovered by two roommates, one of which was his girlfriend.

Authorities who arrived at the house in Bellaire reported seeing the man sitting amidst his own urine and feces, which were infested with maggots. The man’s skin had become attached to the recliner’s cloth, said law enforcement officers, one of whom had to dispose of his uniform after responding to the home. In order to transport the man to the hospital, officers had to carve out a portion of the wall.

Identified as 43-year-old Richard Hughes, the man died after being taken to Wheeling Hospital in West Virginia. The residence’s landlord said Hughes, weighing 348 pounds (157 kilograms), began sitting in the chair after his knees started to hurt, and refused to get up. Hughes’ girlfriend told police that she fed him because he was unable to move around.

Jim Chase, a city official, called the room where the man stayed “very filthy, very deplorable” and said it was “unbelievable that somebody live[d] in conditions like that.”