Blog description:I just received this email, supposedly from Yahoo. I ran the IP from the email and it is showing NIGERIA. If any of you receive this email, DO NOT RESPOND to it--it is a scam to get your Yahoo account information. I did report it to Yahoo.
Subject: Verify Your Account To Avoid De-Activation From: "Yahoo! Data" Add Mobile Alert Date: Tue, 29 Apr 2008 12:33:16 To: xxxx@yahoo. com
Dear Account User,
This Email is from Yahoo! Customer Care ...
My blog address: http://MillionaireMatch.com/blog/Brittany2012
I just wanted to bring to everyone's attention, that being a Certified Millionaire or having age, occupation and photos verififed does not necessarily mean the member is the REAL DEAL. Remember, scammers are known for identity theft and I don't think there is a document that they can't create--bogus as it might be. MM has no way of knowing whether photos, ids and tax statements are legit or not. In some respect I feel that the certifications and verifications only create a false sense of security to members. JMOP!!! As always, I encourage everyone to be careful and stay safe when online. Britt
Santa Magic On Christmas Eve a young boy with light in his eyes Looked deep into Santa's, to Santa's surprise, And said as he nestled on Santa's broad knee, "I want your secret. Tell it to me." He leaned up and whispered in Santa's good ear, "How do you do it, year after year?"
"I want to know how as you travel about, Giving gifts here and there, you never run out. How is it, dear Santa, that your pack of toys you have plenty for all of the world's girls and boys? Stays so full never empties, as you make your way >From rooftop to rooftop, to homes large and small, >From nation to nation, reaching them all"
And Santa smiled kindly and said to the boy, "Don't ask me hard questions, Don't you want a toy?" But the child shook his head, and Santa could see that he needed the answer. "Now listen to me." He told the small boy with the light in his eyes, "My secret will make you sadder, and wise.
The truth is my sack is magic in side It holds millions of toys for my Christmas Eve ride. Although I do visit each girl and each boy I don't always leave them a gaily wrapped Toy. Some homes are hungry, some homes are sad, Some homes are desperate, some homes are bad. Some homes are broken, and children there grieve. Those homes I visit, but what should I leave?"
"My sleigh is filled with the happiest stuff, But for homes where disappear lives, toys aren't enough. So I tip toe in, kiss each girl and boy, And pray with them they will be give the joy Of the spirit of Christmas, the spirit that lives In the heart of the dear child who gets not, but gives."
If only God hears me and answers my prayer, When I visit next year, what I will find there Are homes filled with peace, and with giving and love And boys and girls gifted with light from above. It's a very hard task, my smart little brother, To give toys to some, and to give prayers to others. But the prayers are the best gifts, the best gifts indeed, For God has a way of meeting each need.
"That's part of the answer. The rest, my dear youth, Is that my sack is magic. And that is the truth. In my sack I carry on Christmas Eve Day More love than a Santa could ever give away. The sack never empties of love, or of joys 'Cause inside it are prayers, and hopes, not just toys. The more that I give, the fuller it seems, Because giving is my way of fulfilling dreams.
And so do you know something "You've got a sack, too. It's as magic as mine, and it's inside of you. It never gets empty, it's full from the start. It's the center of lights, and of love. It's your heart. And if on this Christmas you want to help me, Don't be so concerned with the gifts 'neath your tree. Open that sack called your heart, and share Your joy, your friendship, your wealth, your care."
The light in the small boy's eyes was glowing. "Thanks for the secret. I've got to be going." "Wait, little boy," said Santa, "don't go. Will you share? Will you help? Will you use what you know?" And just for a moment the small boy stood still, Touched his heart with his small hand and whispered, "I will."
At last, the Confessional Booth is open. I am so excited about this new Automated System. After pressing the button to start your Ultimate Confessional experience, please follow the instructions carefully. When finished, please press the submit button and your confession will be sent to the Automated Operators. We fully guarantee not to keep anything private, we reserve the right to share with all affiliates and we assure everyone that their sins will NEVER be forgiven. Once you have submitted your confession you will be given a Free Token to visit the T & G establishment next door. If at anytime you experience an unusual amount of wait time to enter the booth, please notify us and we will be most happy to add additional booths. We have a zoning variance for up to 24 booths if needed. We guarantee this will be the best cleansing of the soul you will ever experience. Britt Cyber Confessions, CEO
One particular Christmas season a long time ago, Santa was getting ready for his annual trip, but there were problems everywhere. Four of his elves got sick, and the trainee elves did not produce the toys as fast as the regular ones so Santa was beginning to feel the pressure of being behind schedule.
Then Mrs. Claus told Santa that her mom was coming to visit. This stressed Santa even more.
When he went to harness the reindeer, he found that three of them were about to give birth and two had jumped the fence and were out, heaven knows where. More stress. Then when he began to load the sleigh one of the boards cracked, and the toy bag fell to the ground and scattered the toys.
So, frustrated, Santa went into the house for a cup of apple cider and a shot of rum. When he went to the cupboard, he discovered that the elves had hidden the liquor, and there was nothing to drink. In his frustration, he accidentally dropped the cider pot, and it broke into hundreds of little pieces all over the kitchen floor. He went to get the broom and found that mice had eaten the straw end of the broom. Just then the doorbell rang, and irritable Santa trudged to the door. He opened the door, and there was a little angel with a great big Christmas tree.
The angel said, very cheerfully, "Merry Christmas, Santa. Isn't it a lovely day? I have a beautiful tree for you. Where would you like me to stick it?" Thus began the tradition of the little angel on top of the Christmas tree.
Subject: The Office Party FROM: Pat Lewis, Human Resources Director TO: Everyone RE: Christmas Party DATE: December 1
I'm happy to inform you that the company Christmas Party will take place on December 23, starting at noon in the banquet room at Luigi's Open Pit Barbecue. No-host bar, but plenty of eggnog! We'll have a small band playing traditional carols...feel free to sing along. And don't Be surprised if our CEO shows up dressed as Santa Claus!
FROM: Pat Lewis, Human Resources Director DATE: December 2 RE: Christmas Party
In no way was yesterday's memo intended to exclude our Jewish employees. We recognize that Hanukkah is an important holiday which often coincides with Christmas, though unfortunately not this year. However, from now on we're calling it our "Holiday Party." The same policy applies to employees who are celebrating Kwanzaa at this time.
FROM: Pat Lewis, Human Resources Director DATE: December 3 RE: Holiday Party
Regarding the note I received from a member of Alcoholics Anonymous requesting a non-drinking table ... you didn't sign your name. I'm happy to accommodate this request, but if I put a sign on a table that reads "AA Only" you wouldn't be anonymous anymore. How am I supposed to handle this? Somebody? FROM: Pat Lewis, Human Resources Director DATE: December 7 RE: Holiday Party
What a diverse company we are! I had no idea that December 2 begins the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, which forbids eating, drinking and sex during daylight hours. There goes the party! Seriously, we can appreciate how a luncheon this time of year does not accommodate our Muslim employees' beliefs. Perhaps Luigi's can hold off on serving your meal until the end of the party - the days are so short this time of year - or else package everything for take-home in little foil swans. Will that work?
Meanwhile, I've arranged for members of Overeaters Anonymous to sit farthest from the dessert buffet and pregnant women will get the table closest to the restrooms. Did I miss anything? FROM: Pat Lewis, Human Resources Director DATE: December 8 RE: Holiday Party
So December 22 marks the Winter Solstice...what do you expect me to do, a tap-dance on your heads? Fire regulations at Luigi's prohibit the burning of sage by our "earth-based Goddess-worshipping" employees, but we'll try to accommodate your shamanic drumming circle during the band's breaks. Okay??? FROM: Pat Lewis, Human Resources Director Date: December 9 RE: Holiday Party
People, people, nothing sinister was intended by having our CEO dress up like Santa Claus! Even if the anagram of "Santa" does happen to be "Satan," there is no evil connotation to our own "little man in a red suit." It's a tradition, folks, like sugar shock at Halloween or family feuds over the Thanksgiving turkey or broken hearts on Valentine's Day. Could we lighten up? FROM: Pat Lewis, Human Resources Director DATE: December 10 RE: Holiday Party
Vegetarians!?!?!? I've had it with you people!!! We're going to keep this party at Luigi's Open Pit Barbecue whether you like it or not, so you can sit quietly at the table furthest from the "
I am getting really concerned about a possible new twist on the Nigerian scam. I am afraid that the scumbags are operating out of the UK now.
A recent member described her scam to me. The fake lover had excellent English and no strange accent on the phone. On the phone, they just "sounded like a European." The scam was that he was working on an oil rig and apparently the money was sent WU to some pickup in London .
The guy "was so busy talking to her that he caused an oil spill," and he was required to pay for it out of funds he did not have. Then the forkover. Burn. Next, he had some investment scheme, sure fire. Another forkover. Investment scheme of course goes bad and there's no payout. Second burn. Third, he needed money for a plane ticket to the US. Third forkover. He has the proverbial "accident on the way to the airport" and also just happens to suffer the proverbial "loss of laptop." Never shows on the plane. Third burn.
The twist is that the money is sent to the UK and picked up WU right there in London I assume. I refuse to believe that regular Brits are cooking up this scam until proven otherwise. This has "Nigerian scam" written all over it. Further, the "good-looking White guy" with the big oil rig income could never manage to get on a cam to show his face. Red flag - Nigerian.
Another twist is the use of apparently UK-born Brits to do the talking and typing. These guys have finally figured out that West Africa is Dodge City for most of us as far as our money and for many of us, our very conversations, is concerned. So they've shifted operations to the UK. Most of us are far less worried about WU'ing $ to the UK than to West Africa.
They've also figured out that we are onto the Nigerians . They talk and type a certain way, and we have it all figured out, from the s-y English all the way down. They've known for a long time that they needed good English speakers and writers, and in the UK, there are plenty. By using UK-born native speakers and having cash wired to the UK, they kill two birds with one stone.
As I have said many times before--NEVER SEND MONEY to anyone you have not met in person, regardless of where they are located.
Last year I upgraded from Boyfriend 5.0 to Husband 1.0 and noticed that the new program began making unexpected changes to the accounting software, severely limiting access to wardrobe, flower, and jewelry applications that operated flawlessly under Boyfriend 5.0. No mention of this phenomenon was included in the product brochure. In addition, Husband 1.0 uninstalls many other valuable programs such as DinnerDancing 7.5, CruiseShip 2.3, and Opera Night 6.1 and installs new, undesirable programs such as Poker Night 1.3, SaturdayFootball 5.0, Golf 2.4 and ClutterEverywhere 4.5. Conversation 8.0 no longer runs, and invariably crashes the system. Under no circumstances will it run DiaperChanging 14.1or HouseCleaning 2.6. I've tried running Nagging 5.3 to fix Husband 1.0, but this all purpose utility is of limited effectiveness. Can you help please!!!!
This is a very common problem women complain about, but is mostly due to a primary misconception. Many people upgrade from Boyfriend 5.0 to Husband 1.0 with no idea that Boyfriend 5.0 is merely an ENTERTAINMENT package. However, Husband 1.0 is an OPERATING SYSTEM and was designed by its creator to run as few applications as possible. Further, you cannot purge Husband 1.0 and return to Boyfriend 5.0, because Husband 1.0 is not designed to do this.¿ Hidden operating files within your system would cause Boyfriend 5.0 to emulate Husband 1.0, so nothing is gained. It is impossible to uninstall, delete, or purge the program files from the system, once installed.
Any new program files can only be installed once per year, as Husband 1.0 has severely limited memory. Error messages are common, and a normal part of Husband 1.0 In desperation to play some of their "old time" favorite applications, or to get new applications to work, some women have tried to install Boyfriend 6.0, or Husband 2.0. However, these women end up with more problems than encountered with Husband 1.0. Look in your manual under "Warnings Divorce/Child Support". You will notice that this program runs very poorly, and comes bundled with HeartBreak 1.3. I recommend you keep Husband 1.0, and just learn the quirks of this strange and illogical system.
Having Husband 1.0 installed myself, I might also suggest you read the entire section regarding General Partnership Faults (GPFs). This is a wonderful feature of Husband 1.0, secretly installed by the parent company as an integral part of the operating system. Husband 1.0 must assume ALL responsibility for ALL faults and problems, regardless of the root cause. To activate this great feature enter the command "C:\I THOUGHT YOU LOVED ME"¿ Sometimes Tears 6.2 must be run simultaneously while entering the command. Husband 1.0 should then run the applications Apologize 12.3 and Flowers/Chocolates 7.8.
TECH TIP! Avoid excessive use of this feature. Overuse can create additional and more serious GPFs, and ultimately YOU may have to give a "C:\APOLOGIZE" command before the system will return to normal operations. Overuse can also cause Husband 1.0 to default to GrumpySilence 2.5, or worse yet, Beer 6.0 Beer 6.0 is a very bad program that causes Husband 1.0 to create FatBelly files and SnoringLoudly wave files that are very hard to delete. Save your- self some trouble by following this tech tip.
Just remember! The system will run smoothly, and take the blame for all GPFs, but because of this fine feature it can only intermittently run all the applications Boyfriend 5.0 ran. Husband 1.0 is a great program, but it does have limited memory and cannot learn new applications quickly. Consider buying additional soft-ware to improve performance. I personally recommend HotFood 3.0, Lingerie 5.3 and Patience 10.1. Used in conjunction, these utilities can really help keep Husband 1.0 running smoothly.
After several years of use, Husband 1.0 will become familiar and you will find many valuable embedded features such as FixesBroken Things 2.1, Snuggling 4.2 and BestFriend 7.6.
A final word of caution! Do NOT, under any circumstances, install MotherInLaw 1.0. This is not a supported application, and will cause selective shut down of the operating system. Husband 1.0 will run only Fishing 9.4 and Hunting 5.2 until MotherInLaw 1.0 is uninstalled.
I hope these notes have helped. Thank you for choosing to install Husband 1.0 and we here at Tech Support wish you the best of luck in coming years. We trust you will learn to fully enjoy this product!"
Ok Queenie----my SCAMMERS/TROLLS/PERVS AND GOLD DIGGERS are all missing---yep, the whole darn bunch is GONE and the only conclusion I can come up with is, your freakin' SPACESHIP landed, scarfed them all up and you are now all out there flittering around in CYBERWORLD.¿ Don't you think you should have warned me in advance? Perhaps we could have worked out a deal.¿ I suppose your next move will be to send me a RANSOM note---please don't harm them--just let me know what I have to do to get them back safe and sound.¿ Your immediate attention to this matter would be appreciated.¿ I am offering a sizeable reward for their safe return-----perhaps as much as $1.00! Hope to hear from you soon Britt
In the hospital the relatives gathered in the waiting room, where a¿ family member lay gravely ill. Finally, the doctor came in looking tired¿ and somber. "I'm afraid I'm the bearer of bad news ," he said as he surveyed the worried faces.. "The only hope left for your loved one at¿ this time is a brain transplant . It's an experimental procedure, very¿ risky, but it is the only hope. Insurance will cover the procedure, but you will have to pay for the BRAIN."
The family members sat silent as they absorbed the news. After a time, someone asked, 'How much will a brain cost?'
The Doctor quickly responded, '$5,000 for a male brain; $200 for a¿ female brain.' The moment turned awkward. Some of the men actually had¿ to 'try' to not smile, avoiding eye contact with the women.
A man unable to control his curiosity, finally blurted out the question everyone wanted to ask, 'Why is the male brain so much more than a¿ female brain?'
The doctor smiled at the childish innocence and explained to the entire group, 'It's just standard pricing procedure. We have to price the¿ female brains a lot lower because they've been used.'
Over the weekend, I heard on the news that the government is contemplating banning smoking in the military, because of health issues.¿ How obsurd is this?¿ We send our young men and women, sons, daughters, wives and husbands off to war knowing that they may be killed or wounded, but for godsake don't let them smoke, because it is hazardous to their health. ¿ ¿ ¿ ¿ You have got to be kidding me!
¿ ¿ ¿ I guess banning smoking in the military is one more of those very important issues that needs to be addressed.¿ ¿ ¿ ¿
Joe Sensitive - "After I wash the dishes, let's cuddle, OK?" Also known as: Mr. Nice Guy, Family man, Honey, Darling, Soft-boiled Egg, Snugglepup Advantages: Well-behaved; irons own shirts Disadvantages: Irritatingly compassionate, wimpy
Old Man Grumpus - "People are stupid. The world can go to hell. Let's stay home and watch TV." Also known as: Grumbles, Sour puss, Stick-in-the-mud, Old Fogey, Slow Mover, Jerk Advantages: Stays put; predictable Disadvantages: Royal pain in the butt
Flinchy - "I--I'm sorry for whatever it was I did." Also known as: Trembly, Creampuff, Hey you Advantages: Jumps entertainingly when startled Disadvantages: Easily spooked; surrenders without a struggle Bigfoot - "Shut yer trap, I'm thinkin'." Also known as: Chunk-style, Lummox, Ignoramus, Galoot, the Hulk, Big 'n' Dumb Advantages: Can tote bales; is easily fooled Disadvantages: Can break you in half, sweats like a pig Lazybones - "Zzzzzz" Also known as: Lucky Dog, Parasite, Bum, Sponge, Snoozebucket, Drug Addict Advantages: Well rested; easy target Disadvantages: Unlikely to fulfill your dreams The Sneak - "Who, me?" Also known as: Love Pirate, Snake, Rat, Slime, Son of a Bitch Advantages: May feel pangs of guilt Disadvantages: May be having time of his life Ace of Hearts - "After I wash the dishes, let's make love like crazed weasels, OK?" Also known as: The Sizzler, Handyman, Dreamboat, Casanova, Monster Advantages: Perpetually aroused Disadvantages: Perpetually aroused The Dreamer - "Someday I'm going to be rich and famous. I don't know how, but--" Also known as: Struggling Artist, Philosopher, Buffoon, Bag of Wind Advantages: Tells good stories Disadvantages: Will turn into "Old Man Grumpus" Mr. Right - "While the servants wash the dishes, let's make love like crazed weasels in my new yacht, ok?" Also known as: Mr. Perfect, Jim Dandy Advantages: Answer to a woman's prayer Disadvantages: Hunted to extinction
The scam: Kansas Attorney General reports an outbreak of fraudulent credit and store card accounts opened in the names of deceased people. The scam is widespread, with instances across the country. When someone dies, make sure all known banks and card companies where they held accounts are notified. Ask credit bureaus to put a "deceased alert" against the individual's credit record. And if you do receive a bill, tell the police what happened.
Someone passed this along to me...good to know information! NURSE'S HEART ATTACK EXPERIENCE FEMALE HEART ATTACKS
I was aware that female heart attacks are different, but this is the best description I've ever read.
Women and heart attacks (Myocardial infarction). Did you know that women rarely have the same dramatic symptoms that men have when experiencing heart attack .. you know, the sudden stabbing pain in the chest, the cold sweat, grabbing the chest & dropping to the floor that we see in the movies. Here is the story of one woman's experience with a heart attack.
'I had a heart attack at about 10 :30 PM with NO prior exertion, NO prior emotional trauma that one would suspect might have brought it on. I was sitting all snugly & warm on a cold evening, with my purring cat in my lap, reading an interesting story my friend had sent me, and actually thinking, 'A-A-h, this is the life, all cozy and warm in my soft, cushy Lazy Boy with my feet propped up.
A moment later, I felt that awful sensation of indigestion, when you've been in a hurry and grabbed a bite of sandwich and washed it down with a dash of water, and that hurried bite seems to feel like you've swallowed a golf ball going down the esophagus in slow motion and it is most uncomfortable. You realize you shouldn't have gulped it down so fast and needed to chew it more thoroughly and this time drink a glass of water to hasten its progress down to the stomach. This was my initial sensation---the only trouble was that I hadn't taken a bite of anything since about 5:00 p.m.
After it seemed to subside, the next sensation was like little squeezing motions that seemed to be racing up my SPINE (hind-sight, it was probably my aorta spasms), gaining speed as they continued racing up and under my sternum (breast bone, where one presses rhythmically when administering CPR).
This fascinating process continued on into my throat and branched out into both jaws. 'AHA!! NOW I stopped puzzling about what was happening - - we all have read and/or heard about pain in the jaws being one of the signals of an MI happening, haven't we? I said aloud to myself and the cat, Dear God, I think I'm having a heart attack!
I lowered the foot rest dumping the cat from my lap, started to take a step and fell on the floor instead. I thought to myself, If this is a heart attack, I shouldn't be walking into the next room where the phone is or anywhere else ... but, on the other hand, if I don't, nobody will know that I need help, and if I wait any longer I may not be abl e to get up in a moment.
I pulled myself up with the arms of the chair, walked slowly into the next room and dialed the Paramedics ... I told her I thought I was having a heart attack due to the pressure building under the sternum and radiating into my jaws. I didn't feel hysterical or afraid, just stating the facts. She said she was sending the Paramedics over immediately, asked if the front door was near to me, and if so, to un-bolt the door and then lie down on the floor where they could see me when they came in. I unlocked the door and then laid down on the floor as instructed and lost consciousness, as I don't remember the medics coming in, their examination, lifting me onto a gurney or getting me into their ambulance, or hearing the call they made to St. Jude ER on the way, but I did briefly awaken when we arrived and saw that the radiologist was already there in his surgical blues and cap, helping the medics pull my stretcher out of the ambulance. He was bending over me asking questions (probably something like 'Have you taken any medications?') but I couldn't make my mind interpret what he was saying, or form an answer, and nodded off again, not waking up until the Cardiologist and partner had already threaded the teeny angiogram balloon up my femoral artery into the aorta and into my heart w here they installed 2 side by side stints to hold open my right coronary artery. 'I know it sounds like all my thinking and actions at home must have taken at least 20-30 minutes before calling the paramedics, but actually it took perhaps 4-5 minutes before the call, and both the fire station and St. Jude are only minutes away from my home, and my Cardiologist was already to go to the OR in his scrubs and get going on restarting my heart (which had stopped somewhere between my arrival and the procedure) and installing the stints. 'Why have I written all of this to you with so much detail? Because I want all of you who are so important in my life to know what I learned first hand.' 1. Be aware that something very different is happening in your body not the usual men's symptoms but inexplicable things happening (until my sternum and jaws got into the act). It is said that many more women than men die of their first (and last ) MI because they didn't know they were having one and commonly mistake it as indigestion, take some Maalox or other anti-heartburn preparation and go to bed, hoping they'll feel better in the morning when they wake up ... which doesn't happen. My female friends, your symptoms might not be exactly like mine, so I advise you to call the Paramedics if ANYTHING is unpleasantly happening that you've not felt before. It is better to have a 'false alarm' visitation than to risk your life guessing what it might be! 2. Note that I said 'Call the Paramedics.' And if you can take an aspirin. Ladies, TIME IS OF THE ESSENCE! Do NOT try to driv e yourself to the ER - you are a hazard to others on the road. Do NOT have your panicked husband who will be speeding and looking anxiously at what's happening with you instead of the road. Do NOT call your doctor -- he doesn't know where you live and if it's at night you won't reach him anyway, and if it's daytime, his assistants (or answering service) will tell you to call the Paramedics. He doesn't carry the equipment in his car that you need to be saved! The Paramedics do, principally OXYGEN that you need ASAP. Your Dr. will be notified later. 3. Don't assume it couldn't be a heart attack because you have a normal cholesterol count. Research has discovered that a cholesterol elevated reading is rarely the cause of an MI (unless it's unbelievably high and/or accompanied by high blood pressure). MIs are usually caused by long-term stress and inflammation in the body, which dumps all sorts of deadly hormones into your system to sludge things up in there. Pain in the jaw can wake you from a sound sleep. Let's be careful and be aware. The more we know the better chance we could survive.
Your blog appeared to be very knowledgeable and I thought perhaps we were all doing something inappropriate by commenting on other members blogs, so I had to google the definition of blogging and this is what I found. Thank God, we've done nothing inappropriate!!
A blog (a contraction of the term "Web log") is a Web site, usually maintained by an individual , with regular entries of commentary, descriptions of events, or other material such as graphics or video. Entries are commonly displayed in reverse-chronological order. "Blog" can also be used as a verb, meaning to maintain or add content to a blog.
Many blogs provide commentary or news on a particular subject; others function as more personal online diaries. A typical blog combines text, images, and links to other blogs, Web pages, and other media related to its topic. The ability for readers to leave comments in an interactive format is an important part of many blogs.
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My foray into posting opinions has changed tack since my first attempt, but so has my attitude about it's purpose.
Technically speaking, a "blog" is really nothing more than a public method for sharing one's opinion and it's a one-sided affair, much like a magazine article. You can write to the publisher and share your feedback on the article but not post it directly in the publication - unless they choose to share it.
A forum by contrast is exactly that - an open "forum&qu more... My foray into posting opinions has changed tack since my first attempt, but so has my attitude about it's purpose.
Technically speaking, a "blog" is really nothing more than a public method for sharing one's opinion and it's a one-sided affair, much like a magazine article. You can write to the publisher and share your feedback on the article but not post it directly in the publication - unless they choose to share it.
A forum by contrast is exactly that - an open "forum" of information where anyone can post anything anytime - within the guidelines of the rules and where those who choose to can debate, wrangle and share others opinions publicly.
While I consider it flattering when someone wants to post a comment on my blog my preference is that you email me directly with any comments rather than add it to the blog page itself. if I feel your commentary would enhance the blog content or add a perspective that would help others in some way I'll be happy to add your comments. But any direct posting on my blogs will be deleted.
And to be sure, if you post something that is purely confrontational or poised to do nothing more than incite discontent that will simply get ignored altogether.
You're welcome to your opinions and rants, but post them on the areas designed for open feedback, the forums.
That's my story and I'm stickin' to it. (^_^) less...
Scenario: Jack goes quail hunting before school, pulls into school parking lot with shotgun in gun rack. 1958 - Vice Principal comes over, looks at Jack's shotgun, goes to his car and gets his shotgun to show Jack. 2008 - School goes into lock down, FBI called, Jack hauled off to jail and never sees his truck or gun again. Counselors called in for traumatized students and teachers.
Scenario: Johnny and Mark get into a fistfight after school. 1958 - Crowd gathers. Mark wins. Johnny and Mark shake hands and end up buddies. 2008 - Police called, SWAT team arrives, arrests Johnny and Mark. Charged them with assault, both expelled even though Johnny started it.
Scenario: Jeffrey won't be still in class, disrupts other students. 1958 - Jeffrey sent to office and given a good paddling by the Principal. Returns to class, sits still and does not disrupt class again. 2008 - Jeffrey given huge doses of Ritalin. Becomes a zombie. Tested for ADD. School gets extra money from state because Jeffrey has a disability.
Scenario: Billy breaks a window in his neighbor's car and his Dad gives him a whipping with his belt. 1958 - Billy is more careful next time, grows up normal, goes to college, and becomes a successful businessman. 2008 - Billy's dad is arrested for child abuse. Billy removed to foster care and joins a gang. State psychologist tells Billy's sister that she remembers being abused herself and their dad goes to prison. Billy's mom has affair with psychologist.
Scenario: Mark gets a headache and takes some aspirin to school. 1958 - Mark shares aspirin with Principal out on the smoking dock. 2008 - Police called, Mark expelled from school for drug violations. Car searched for drugs and weapons.
Scenario: Pedro fails high school English. 1958 - Pedro goes to summer school, passes English, goes to college. 2008 - Pedro's cause is taken up by state. Newspaper articles appear nationally explaining that teaching English as a requirement for graduation is racist. ACLU files class action lawsuit against state school system and Pedro's English teacher. English banned from core curriculum. Pedro given diploma anyway but ends up mowing lawns for a living because he cannot speak English.
Scenario: Johnny takes apart leftover firecrackers from 4th of July, puts them in a model airplane paint bottle, blows up a red ant bed. 1958 - Ants die. 2008- BATF, Homeland Security, FBI called. Johnny charged with domestic terrorism, FBI investigates parents, siblings removed from home, computers confiscated, Johnny's Dad goes on a terror watch list and is never allowed to fly on a commercial airline again.
Scenario: Johnny falls while running during recess and scrapes his knee. He is found crying by his teacher, Mary. Mary hugs him to comfort him. 1958 - In a short time, Johnny feels better and goes on playing. 2008 - Mary is accused of being a sexual predator and loses her job. She faces 3 years in State Prison. Johnny undergoes 5 years of therapy.
> It is good to be a woman: > 1. We got off the Titanic first. > 2. We can scare male bosses with the mysterious gynecological disorder > excuses. > 3. Taxis stop for us. > 4. We don't look like a frog in a blender when dancing. > 5. No fashion faux pas we make, could ever rival the Speedo. > 6. We don't have to pass gas to amuse ourselves. > 7. If we forget to shave, no one has to know. > 8. We can congratulate our teammate without ever touching her rear end. > 9. We never have to reach down every so often to make sure our privates > are > still there. > 10. We have the ability to dress ourselves. > 11. We can talk to the opposite sex without having to picture them naked. > 12. If we marry someone 20 years younger, we are aware that we will look > like an idiot. > 13. We will never regret piercing our ears. > 14. There are times when chocolate really can solve all your problems. > 15. We can make comments about how silly men are in their presence because > they aren't listening anyway.
To those of you who have voiced your concerns over my free membership, for reporting abusive profiles to MM, I just want to take this opportunity to let you know that I will no longer accept a freebie from MM. That was never the reason behind the reporting that I do. I have experienced first hand the emotional and financial devastation that the scammers can cause to their victims, therefore; I will continue to report to MM, but will no longer accept their generosity of a free membership. Hopefully this will put to rest the issue of me receiving preferential treatment. I encourage every member here to use good judgment when meeting people online---if they sound too good to be true, they probably are. Good luck to each and everyone of you in finding that RIGHT person and please stay safe. Best wishes to you all, Britt
Yahoo Deactivation Alert----DO NOT RESPOND TO THIS!!! I just received this email, supposedly from Yahoo. I ran the IP from the email and it is showing NIGERIA. If any of you receive this email, DO NOT RESPOND to it--it is a scam to get your yahoo account information. I did report it to Yahoo.
Subject: Verify Your Account To Avoid De-Activation From: "Yahoo! Data" Add Mobile Alert Date: Tue, 29 Apr 2008 12:33:16 To: xxxxx@yahoo. com
Dear Account User,
This Email is from Yahoo! Customer Care and we are sending it to every Yahoo! Email User Accounts Owner for safety. we are having congestions due to the anonymous registration of Yahoo! accounts so we are shutting down some Yahoo! accounts and your account was among those to be deleted.We are sending you this email to so that you can verify and let us know if you still want to use this account. If you are still interested please confirm your account by filling the space below. Your User name,Password, Date Of Birth (DOB) and your Country information would be needed to verify your account.
Due to the congestion in all Yahoo! users and removal of all unused Yahoo! Accounts, Yahoo! would be shutting down all unused Accounts, You will have to confirm your E-mail by filling out your Login Information below after clicking the reply button, or your account will be suspended within 24 hours for security reasons.
* User name: ............ ......... ......... * Password: ............ ......... ......... .. * Date of Birth: ............ ......... ....... * Country Or Territory: ............ ....
After following the instructions in the sheet, your account will not be interrupted and will continue as normal. Thanks for your attention to this request. We apologize for any inconveniences.
Warning!!! Account owner that refuses to update his/her account after two weeks of receiving this warning will lose his or her account permanently. ____________ _________ _________ _________ _________ _________ _
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