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It’s the corporate tax loophole that could be costing you billions. American companies are quietly changing their paperwork to make it seem as if they’re no longer U.S. companies but instead owned by one of their overseas subsidiaries.
It’s called a corporate inversion. Or, as Jon Stewart described it on Wednesday night’s “Daily Show,” it’s “the business equivalent of gender reassignment.”
"It’s a liberating procedure for companies that have been raised American, but know in their heart they’re really Irish," he said.
So how does it work? Stewart offers the perfect example in the clip above.
#bankingsystem #trust #truth

It’s the corporate tax loophole that could be costing you billions. American companies are quietly changing their paperwork to make it seem as if they’re no longer U.S. companies but instead owned by one of their overseas subsidiaries.
It’s called a corporate inversion. Or, as Jon Stewart described it on Wednesday night’s “Daily Show,” it’s “the business equivalent of gender reassignment.”
"It’s a liberating procedure for companies that have been raised American, but know in their heart they’re really Irish," he said.
So how does it work? Stewart offers the perfect example in the clip above.
#banking #scam #betrayed

#Astrological chart

Many people go looking for an astrological chart in order to better understand themselves. Some want rationalization from the stars so that they can justify some particular aspect of their personality. Like most people, I was a huge skeptic when it came to astrology and the validity of my own astrological chart. I think it is always a good idea to retain a healthy level of skepticism when it comes to things that cannot easily be proven. I do not believe that there is any science evident in an astrological chart but I have to admit that I was a bit surprised by the accuracy of my chart.

Once upon a time, I rented a small house from an old hippie. He was a very eccentric man and asked everyone he met about their birth date. When my birthday rolled around he showed up at my front door with a manila envelope for me with the words “Happy Birthday” written on the front. Inside was an astrological chart personally prepared for me by my landlord.

When I had the time, I sat down with the astrological chart and read the explanations that my landlord had attached to it. I was definitely shocked by the personality traits that it was correct about. Before seeing my own astrological chart I thought that astrology basically claimed that everyone who shared a sign was pretty much the same. After looking at my astrological chart I found that there were numerous pieces of information taken into account when preparing the chart.

The day I was born was very important but so was the place on earth that I was born and the time of day. I began to see that there were dozens of levels to the astrological chart and all of them were connected. I am not saying that I believe that looking at your astrological chart will unlock your personal mysteries, but at the very least, it is interesting. Each aspect of the chart is related to the others and those that have clear relationships are shown with geometric figures in the center of the chart. My astrological chart had squares and triangles in different colors all through the middle to show me which elements interacted with each other.

All in all, I think that having an astrological chart drawn up for someone is a cute and intriguing birthday gift. Just remember that people may think you are a bit batty. To be honest, finding out that my old landlord was in the astrology business did not help his case at all!

Is #Christian #Meditation a way to speak to God?
By: solarbay, pilotbay, angelbay

Christian meditation is a way of communicating with God. Christians can use this meditation to clear their minds of the busy thoughts of the day and concentrate solely on worshipping God and learning the truths of the Bible.
Centuries ago, monks began practicing Christian meditation by reading over verses in the Bible and then thinking about the truths in these verses. Often, they would say the verses to God as a prayer. In this way, the monks learned to speak to God in prayer, and learned how to tell God their own thoughts and concerns. By meditating on Bible verses and praying to God, the monks trained their minds to always think about God. They called this “contemplation”, and it helped them to have a close, loving relationship with God.
By following this method of communicating with God, the monks created what is called the “ladder of prayer”. The rungs of the ladder included reading Bible verses, thinking about the truths in the verses, praying to God, and learning to think about God always.
In the 1900s, two types of Christian meditation were used. Using a mantra, or word that is repeated to help the Christian focus on God, was one type of meditation. An example of a mantra would be the word Maranatha, which is an Aramaic word for “come, Lord”. Christians would also use what is called a Centering Prayer, which uses a sacred word or words to bring the Christian into God’s presence. These two types of Christian meditation helped the people using them to take their focus off their own problems and to turn to God to hear what He had to say to them.
A woman named St. Theresa of Avila created five steps to help Christians focus on God when praying. These five steps are known as the five R’s.
-           The first R is Ready: this is the step in which the Christian realizes that he/she is in the presence of God. To be ready to continue in prayer, the Christian thanks God for the many blessings He gives, and confesses any sins.
-           The second R is Read, and includes reading prayers, spiritual books, and the Bible.
-           The third R is Reflect. In this step, the Christian focuses on what he/she has just read in order to come closer to God.
-           The fourth R is Respond. It is at this step that the Christian speaks with God in an open and honest way about what he/she has been reading and thinking about. It is the most important step, as this is when God can share His wisdom and thoughts with the Christian.
-           The fifth and final R is Resolve. This is when the Christian thanks God for what he/she has learned, and closes the time of prayer.
These different types of Christian meditation can all be useful in helping Christians to meet with God, come close to Him, and learn His truths. Christian meditation does not save a person from their sins; it is a tool that can be used by people who are already saved to build a stronger relationship with God.
#meditation #christian #love #mental

4 Cup Coffee Maker
The secret to always fresh coffee? As simple as a 4 cup coffee maker!

That favorite American beverage, coffee, is only as good as the coffee used and the freshness of the cup. The coffee connoisseur can not bear a cup that’s been sitting in the pot for more than half an hour. There’s nothing worse than a cup of Joe that has developed that stale, flat taste acquired by sitting around languishing in the pot. The reason is simple. The essential oils of the bean, which are paramount to good flavor, are quickly lost once the pot’s been brewed. If you’re single, or a couple of empty nesters, the 4 cup coffee maker was made for you. You’ll consume the coffee at the peak of freshness and won’t end up pouring any of this expensive beverage down the drain.

If you’ve got a family or entertain guests often, that 12 cup coffee maker comes in handy. However, if you’re working at home today and the rest of the household is out, consider buying a 4 cup coffee maker for those times when you just want a couple of cups. It’s so easy and quick to brew this little pot, supplying you with a fresh cup all day long, if you’re so inclined.

Most avid coffee drinkers use a mug, rather than a teacup sized container. So keep in mind that while it’s called a 4 cup coffee maker, the actual yield in a mug is more like two cups. So much the better for freshness!

These small coffee makers are also useful for those of you who enjoy coffee at all hours. Station that coffee maker on your nightstand or at your desk, for effortless enjoyment while working, reading or watching the tube.

Tired of the time and effort required to make coffee in my French press, I recently purchased a 4 cup coffee maker of the electric persuasion, just for the convenience. I find that it’s undeniably faster and I also use less coffee. So this minuscule investment ends up saving money and coffee tossed because it’s not up to my standard of freshness.

Now, this is not to say that the coffee you use is not important. A poor quality coffee does not make a good cup of coffee! You don’t need to spend a tremendous amount of money on the fancy and expensive boutique coffees. At least one manufacturer of canned coffees now features all Arabica beans, which to my way of thinking, has a better flavor. Arabica also contains less caffeine than the Robusta beans. This is an important consideration for me, because at the rate I consume coffee, I’d probably never sleep if I drank only Robusta.

Now here’s the formula for the most flavorful cup of fresh coffee in your new 4 cup coffee maker: start with cold water, adding a tablespoon of good quality coffee for each cup (not mug). Flip the switch. Pour and drink promptly! That’s all there is to it!

#coffee #coffeelovers

Affiliate Marketing: Tips On How To Spot A #Scam
Many of us want new jobs with new opportunities. We are either bored with what we are doing at the moment and desire new challenges, or dislike the place we are currently working and desperately want a change. Many of us would love to run our own businesses. The freedom and independence that this brings, answering only to you and working when you want is an incredibly desirable thing. However, the reality of this materializing is slim to none in most people’s cases. Most of us don’t have the capital required to start a small business. Others are frightened off by the risk factor involved. Your steady income will be gone as well as the fact that nearly 90 % of all new businesses fail within the first year.
Affiliate marketing is a way around the risk and start up costs. Affiliate marketing costs nothing to join and the risk is minimal. You paid according to what you produce and not according to how the company is performing. There are many wonderful affiliate programs for you to get involved with, however as with anything one needs to be cautious.
Unfortunately, today we live in an age of internet and business fraud. Countless people loose large sums of money on these home business scams. Unfortunately, the world of affiliate marketing is not immune to this. While it is impossible to list every precaution a person should take, there are some signs that people can look for. These don’t always mean that the company is fraudulent but they should be looked into carefully.
Many lull themselves into a false sense of security when it comes to affiliate marketing programs. They feel that, there is no cost to them money wise so they have nothing to loose. However, this isn’t true. You may get away with no money being lost but you could lose loads of your next most precious commodity, that being time. You’re going to have to work very hard to build up your affiliate marketing business so you will want to be legitimate.
You should definitely ask the company for testimonials. Don’t rely on the ones that they post on their website. Anyone could have written these. Ask for names and addresses of people that you can contact to find out how the program worked for them. You can also try searching on your favorite search engine. By looking under scams or the company name, you’ll have a good chance of digging up any dirt that is there.
Read the testimonials carefully. If you find a few bad reviews, this shouldn’t put you off. Sometimes people just are not cut out for certain programs. If there is more good than bad then things are likely okay. You can also use these testimonials for advice on what to do and what not to do.
If you have problems finding information then this should be a warning. Good affiliate programs will have been around for a while and will have a track record. Resist the temptation to join up while the offer is still hot. If it is a good program it will still be there in 6 months time. If the product or service is worth having, there will still be plenty of profit to make out of it.
The lure of running our own businesses attracts many. However, the reality of what is involved stops most of us before we get started. Affiliate marketing is a way to work for you without the financial risk.
There are many great affiliate marketing programs in existence today. However, there are also many companies that are fraudulent. When deciding who to go with, check for testimonials. Use the internet to dig up the dirt. Check the company’s track record. No track record at all can be as bad as a negative record. Beware of new companies. If they are worth it they will still be there in a few months time.
#leadgeneration #success #mailinglists #emarketing #authority #startup

How To Be Cautious And Successful In Affiliate Marketing
 By: solarbay, pilotbay,and angelbay
Affiliate Marketing is a great program. It provides those who want it with the means to set up their own home business. As an affiliate, you do work for another but you are rewarded for your work. The money you make is based on your individual performance not an hourly or yearly salary. Affiliate marketing provides many incentives to work harder and more efficiently. The harder and better you work, the more monetary success you are likely to see. Affiliate marketing also reduces the amount of risk. The main company handles the advertising and creation of the product allowing you to move the product in what ever way you think best.
One does need to be cautious in the field of affiliate marketing. For every great, legitimate opportunity out there, there are more ready to con. The internet has made it quite easy for these con artists to operate and even thrive.
Before you Plunge head first into the field on affiliate marketing you should do some checking. A general rule of thumb is to never do business with anyone that doesn’t have a fixed address and telephone number. If all they have to offer is an email address then look for another company. Doing business only by email is very dangerous. It makes it far too easy for these con artists to slip away and never be heard from again. Unfortunately, when they slip away it is likely with your money or earnings.
If you find a company that you are interested in then check the start up costs. These should be minimal if any at all. Ask is there is a way to pay back the start up costs through your sales commission. Most are willing to do this. However, if there seems to be a lot of initial money that needs to be paid by you then find something else. The chances are good that they will take your money and run, leaving you with worthless product.
Finally, ask what support you will receive if you agree to become part of their affiliate marketing plan. There should be someone there to guide you through the process and answer any questions that you have. They should also offer you advice on how best to market their product. It is up to you in the ends but they should offer you some stat up ideas. If their legitimate company they should want to help you all they can. They more you are able to sell the greater benefit for them as well.
You should keep in mind that affiliate marketing takes a of work. It is like any other business except that the risk to you is much lower. Ignore companies that promise huge salaries with little effort, it just won’t happen. Many people make great successes with affiliate marketing programs. However, they do work incredibly hard. However the rewards come when the hard work pays off. You’re the one that will reap the rewards, not your boss.
Affiliate marketing is a great way to start working for yourself. With lots of hard work and creativity you could be well on your way to great earnings doing something that you enjoy. It won’t be easy and in the beginning you’ll have to work harder then you ever did in a full-time job. But if you’re driven it will all be worth it in the end.
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