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Using The Twitter List

So you might have heard of the new Twitter phenom, the Twitter List, a new function to group your followers

Get the low down here from Corvida Raven, professional tech blogger, speaker & consultant, on what the list is all about, setting it up & checking out other people's list.

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Building Your Twitter Following Correctly

Yes, ethics is the key word in following a large twitter follower base. It’s all about people reading your tweet or your profile, seeing what they like about you, follows you. Spamming with tweets of your affiliate links will earn you a smack on the head & other spammers spamming you!

When you participate in webjunks like “Have 200 followers a day!”, you get followers for the sake of followers where the large number of them are not your audience and wouldn’t give a hoot about you, your product or service. In fact, you might just open yourself to spammers, big time.

So, you might be an individual or even a business, building a base of followers has rules to abide with, albeit simples one, yet sacred!

Here are some links you can follow to start on your twitter community:

Twitip : How to Get More Followers on Twitter
TechCrunch: Kevin Rose’s 10 Ways To Increase Your Twitter Followers : How to Quickly Increase Twitter Followers
LinkedIn Answers : Advice on increasing 'Followers' on twitter?
John Haydon :  How to get more followers on Twitter 
BrightHub : 7 Tips for Getting More Twitter Followers for Your Small Business

Hope these articles & advices give you the necessary right tools to grow your Twitter audience!

God Bless!

17 Uses of Rubber band That You Probably Didn't Know About (But Your Mom Probably Did!)

Move over high-tech gadgetry! We have become so dependent on high-tech innovations that we sometimes forget that the good old rubber band, yeah the one you make a big hoop, the one you used to shoot paper bullets, the one you used to hit (and get hit) with.. ah, the good old rubber band.

Revisiting the good old, honest-to-goodness "technology" that is by far, the cheapest yet the most neglected, here's from Reader’s Digest the 17 uses of those rubber bands collected on your kitchen handle.

Save The Company Or Save Lives?

How Bill Hawkins, CEO of Medtronic made the toughest call of his career.

A decision to either recall the product line that would damage the company he became CEO of for only 2 months or leave it and cause many to die. Full story here.


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Stargate Universe just didn't "LOCK"!

cast_01 What makes me a ardent fan of the Stargate series is the fun in all the series.  It was real fun because the premise of the Stargate series was exploring new worlds through the stargate, fighting evil alien egomaniacs bent on galaxy domination and forming new allies. And best of all, it was a FUN family show!

The casting were magical for both SG-1 and Atlantis - superb matches! And storyline was interesting, without venturing into corny-ness, where  it developed story arcs - The Go'aulds, Oris, Wraiths etc. Like I said, it was a whole lot fun!

But Stargate Universe sucked the fun out! Dark & too much drama! I don't want to watch another dark, depressing Battlestar-Galatica do over! I only watched 1 episode of Battlestar Galactica and I said, "This is NOT sci-fi!." I want the action, the magic chemistry between characters and the fun factor that makes us glued to Stargate! And what's with the sex scene? Are they nuts? What the heck is wrong with Wright & Cooper? Stargate WAS a family drama. That evidently got sucked into space!

So far, the debut movie (2 hr length) doesn't jive and and at the end of it, there's no fun in watching SGU. If I wanted dark, I would just go outside. The world is dark enough, let TV be a little ray of sunshine!

All in all, SGU has only a few near hits (awesome Ancient ship - Destiny.. that's about it) and many wide misses (the cast, the plot - who needs another Battlestar Galactica or Star Trek Voyager? and the dark drama - overused, overrated and mismatch for SG franchise!).

Here's what is said on The Variety!


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Why So Many Young People Are Dropping Like Flies?

I am rather surprised too. So many young people, some who are aggressive gym-going seemingly healthy people, are being afflicted with heart disease or something. And apparently, it's quite on the rise.

Just 2 weeks back, my mom told me about a young man who went to the same gym as her passed away quite suddenly from heart attack. One of her instructors had wisdom on this: while you are working out on the outside, it doesn't mean the inside is just the same! What you eat does matter.

And today, my brother mentioned something else to me that I believe is the truth! That many young people today don't honor their parents.

He related about what our Pastor mentioned before (this was before I joined the church) about the malady afflicting the young people today (just for the record, I am young too.. 40 years too much!).

In Exodus 20:12, God says:

12 "Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the LORD your God is giving you." (NIV)

And again in Deuteronomy 5:16 :

16 "Honor your father and your mother, as the LORD your God has commanded you, so that you may live long and that it may go well with you in the land the LORD your God is giving you." (NIV)

The thing to note, as our Pastor mentioned, is that this is the only commandment with a promise! Because of wrong attitude towards their parents, they inadvertently push God's hand from blessing their lives.

It's not God striking them. But rather, it's them, like an wide open goal post, allowing poison that opens doors for many other things to take place in their lives.

This is a reminder to us Christians who tend to honor our Pastors and ministers more than our parents or even our family - for the sake of ministry, apparently!

The promises are not just about having a strong healthy life, it is about having a good prosperous life too.

How many of us do really honor our parents or do we just think they're a nuisance? It's not just today or tomorrow or for their birthdays. It's a honorable service for life, with a promise for life itself!

Only we ourselves can choose for long life or a very bad end.


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The Dark Side of Soy Pt 2

The dark truth about the supposed "nutritious" food that our governments are so adamant in promoting. Who actually is promoting this? The same blokes who flushed the world economy down the drain!

.. And now they want to do the same with your health by disregarding expert scientists' views on the food.


Soy Protein Isolate is an Industrially Produced Food -- Far from Natural or Healthy!

is_soy_safeSPI is not something you can make in your own kitchen. Production takes place in industrial factories where a slurry of soy beans is first mixed with an alkaline solution to remove fiber, then precipitated and separated using an acid wash and, finally, neutralized in an alkaline solution.

Acid washing in aluminum tanks leaches high levels of aluminum into the final product. The resultant curds are spray - dried at high temperatures to produce a high-protein powder. A final indignity to the original soybean is high-temperature, high-pressure extrusion processing of soy protein isolate to produce textured vegetable protein (TVP).
Nitrites, which are potent carcinogens, are formed during spray-drying, and a toxin called lysinoalanine is formed during alkaline processing.

In feeding experiments, the use of SPI increased requirements for vitamins E, K, D and B12 and created deficiency symptoms of calcium, magnesium, manganese, molybdenum, copper, iron and zinc. Phytic acid remaining in these soy products greatly inhibits zinc and iron absorption; test animals fed SPI develop enlarged organs, particularly the pancreas and thyroid gland, and increased deposition of fatty acids in the liver.

Yet soy protein isolate and textured vegetable protein (TVP) are used extensively in school lunch programs, commercial baked goods, diet beverages and fast food products. They are heavily promoted in third world countries and form the basis of many food give-away programs.

Soy Protein Isolate was once considered a waste product (before they discovered they could make money promoting it as health food!)

Advances in technology make it possible to produce isolated soy protein from what was once considered a waste product - the defatted, high-protein soy chips - and then transform something that looks and smells terrible into products that can be consumed by human beings. Flavorings, preservatives, sweeteners, emulsifiers and synthetic nutrients have turned soy protein isolate, the food processors' ugly duckling, into a new age swan.

"The quickest way to gain product acceptability in the less affluent society," said an industry spokesman, "is to have the product consumed on its own merit in a more affluent society." So soy is now sold to the upscale consumer, not as a cheap, poverty food but as a miracle substance that will prevent heart disease and cancer, whisk away hot flushes, build strong bones and keep us forever young.  Or so they want you to believe!

The competition - meat, milk, cheese, butter and eggs - have been duly demonized by the appropriate government bodies. Soy serves as meat and milk for a new generation of virtuous vegetarians.

The soy industry hired Norman Robert Associates, a public relations firm, to get more soy products onto school menus. The USDA responded with a proposal to scrap the 30 per cent limit for soy in school lunches.

The 'NuMenu' program would allow unlimited use of soy in student meals. With soy added to hamburgers, tacos and lasagna, dieticians can get the total fat content below 30 per cent of calories, thereby conforming to government dictates. With the soy-enhanced food items, students are receiving better servings of nutrients and less cholesterol and fat, so says the soy industry.  We now know this to be a negative, rather than positive addition to their food supply.

You've been deceived into thinking Soy Milk is healthy

Soy milk has posted the biggest gains, soaring from $2 million in 1980 to $300 million in the US last year.  Recent advances in processing have transformed the gray, thin, bitter, beany-tasting Asian beverage into a product that Western consumers will accept - one that tastes like a milkshake, but without the "guilt"... they claim.

The long and demanding road to FDA approval actually took a few unexpected turns. The original petition, submitted by Protein Technology International, requested a health claim for isoflavones, the estrogen-like compounds found plentifully in soybeans, based on assertions that only soy protein that has been processed in a manner in which isoflavones are retained will result in cholesterol lowering.

In 1998, the FDA made the unprecedented move of rewriting PTI's petition, removing any reference to the phytoestrogens and substituting a claim for soy protein - a move that was in direct contradiction to the agency's regulations. The FDA is authorized to make rulings only on substances presented by petition.

Are soy isoflavones actually toxic?

The abrupt change in direction was no doubt due to the fact that a number of researchers, including scientists employed by the US Government, submitted documents indicating that isoflavones are toxic.

The FDA had also received, early in 1998, the final British Government report on phyto-estrogens, which failed to find much evidence of benefit and warned against potential adverse effects.

Even with the change to soy protein isolate, FDA bureaucrats engaged in the rigorous approval process were forced to deal nimbly with concerns about mineral blocking effects, enzyme inhibitors, goitrogenicity, endocrine disruption, reproductive problems and increased allergic reactions from consumption of soy products.

One of the strongest letters of protest came from Dr Dan Sheehan and Dr Daniel Doerge, government researchers at the National Center for Toxicological Research. Their pleas for warning labels were dismissed as unwarranted.

Research that ties soy to positive effects on cholesterol levels is incredibly immature, said Ronald M. Krauss, MD, head of the Molecular Medical Research Program and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. He might have added that studies in which cholesterol levels were lowered through either diet or drugs have consistently resulted in a greater number of deaths in the treatment groups than in controls - deaths from stroke, cancer, intestinal disorders, accident and suicide.

Cholesterol-lowering measures in the US have fueled a $60 billion per year cholesterol-lowering industry, but have not saved us from the ravages of heart disease.

The health risks of soy are finally becoming known in the media

The media have not only questioned the health benefits of soy but begun reporting on the risks. In July, the Israeli Health Ministry warned that babies should not receive soy formula, that children should eat soy no more than once per day to a maximum of three times per week and that adults should exercise caution because of increased risk of breast cancer and adverse effects on fertility.

The Ministry based its advice upon the conclusions reached by a 13-member committee of nutritionists, oncologists, pediatricians and other specialists who spent more than year examining the evidence. They concluded that the estrogen-like plant hormones in soy can cause adverse effects on the human body and strongly urged consumers to minimize their consumption of soy foods until absolute safety has been proven.

Soy has the potential to disrupt the digestive, immune and neuroendocrine systems of the human body and its role in rising rates of infertility, hypothyroidism and some types of cancer including thyroid and pancreatic cancers.

Soy is also highly allergenic. Most experts now place soy protein among the top eight allergens of all foods, and some rate it in the top six or even top four. Allergic reactions to soy are increasingly common, ranging from mild to life threatening, and some fatalities have been reported.

People are finally starting to learn that soy is NOT a miracle health food, and more and more expert scientists are issuing warnings about soy.

I hope this article has convinced you to consider reducing or eliminating your consumption of soy foods, soy milk, or soy protein. Fermented soy such as tempeh, natto, and miso are ok on occasion and in moderation.

-Catherine Ebeling - RN, BSN
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Can Lotus F1 Make Money In The 1st Year?

In a recent article, from the lips of Datuk Kamarudin Meranun of Tune Group:

“We will make money in the first year as we have always done with our other ventures.”

Bold words. Can Lotus F1 make money in the 1st year?

And continued from the magic lips of Tony Fernandez, Hero of Tune Group:

“We are monetising the Lotus brand. It is one of the greatest racing brands and nothing invokes the same emotion except Ferrari.”

Really? Lotus.. nothing, Ferrari.. AWESOME!, Lotus.. umm, still nothing, Ferrari.. AWESOME! Nope, not getting it.

In the same article, Tony mentions of a F1 brand that sells £150 Million of T-shirts. Sure, that must only be Ferrari.

Is all this marketing hype? Perhaps partly.

For Lotus to make money, it MUST win races. When a team wins, it is popular. Popularity wins fans. More fans, more merchandise sold!

If by being a F1 team is reason enough to rake the dough, then one must pounded one's head in the wall to ask why Honda quit it and Toyota in a financial quandary whether to continue!


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Jobs at Lotus F1 Team

If you visit the Lotus F1 Team website, you will find nothing much. Really.

It's as informative as getting directions from a cat.

So, if you missed the papers and want to get a headstart (heh.. yeah I know), head over here.

If you do get the job, two tickets would do nicely! :-)


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