Monday, June 29, 2009

Cash4Gold to buy U.S. Gold Reserves!

This is one of the funniest press releases that I have ever seen! In an attempt to stave off the financial crisis, Cash4Gold is offering to buy the U.S. gold reserves. The 240 billion from the sale will go to fix the economy and get us out of the mess that we are in.

Maybe instead of going to a paper currency, the government should have stayed with the gold standard. When there is a gold standard, there is only a set amount of money that can be in the economy; with a paper standard the amount is unlimited. Gold is a real commodity, but a dollar bill is worth whatever the Federal Reserve wants it to be worth. The current economic crisis has driven gold values to an all time high, and if you have any gold lying around, chances are you can get a pretty penny for it.

The article goes on to tell that the plan was devised by the treasury secretary Timothy Geithner after seeing one of Cash4Gold’s commercials on television. With the way things are going, I had to read the press release twice before I realized it was satire.

You can’t take gold jewelry to the grocery store and buy a pound of bologna for it, and Cash4Gold is a good place to sell your gold.

Friday, June 26, 2009

The Power of Three

I have heard it said many times, celebrities always die in threes. I don't know if this is true or it is just our perception that makes it so. When I heard of the passing of Farrah Fawcett, my mind immediately connected her with Ed McMahon and David Carradine, but when Michael Jackson died later that same day, the number became 4. My wife is predicting 2 more celebrity deaths will come shortly.

In the bible, three wise men travelled far to bring gifts to the newborn king. The three gifts were gold, incense, and myrrh. I know what gold and incense are, but I wasn't sure about myrrh so I checked out it's Wiki page. Myrrh is a tree resin that has many uses, and one of them was as an embalming ointment. At first I thought it was a strange gift for a baby, but when I thought about it, it kind of made sense. Jesus was sent to Earth to die for the sins of man.

I first noticed Farrah Fawcett during the first season of the seventies television show "Charlie's Angels".
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The angels were three police women who were originally given menial tasks within the force, such as switchboard operator and meter maid. The never seen Charlie hires them to work for his detective agency, and every episode the angels would go undercover to solve a mystery and catch the bad guys. Each episode would begin with Charlie talking through an intercom to the angels, telling them their assignment for that particular episode. Symbolically, it was a disembodied male voice which gave orders for his angels to carry out.

The original Charlie's Angels were Farrah Fawcett, Kate Jackson, and Jaclyn Smith. Farrah Fawcett died on the same day as pop singer Micheal Jackson, and in her most remembered role she co-starred with Kate Jackson. Kate Jackson and Michael Jackson are both featured on the cover of Mad Magazine #251 from Dec 1984, along with Andrew, Reggie, and Jesse Jackson. Reggie Jackson is even wearing an Angels jersey, even though he is best remembered as a Yankee. Today, Alex Rodriguez just passed Jackson on the all time home run list.

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Charlies Angels reminds me of the Moirae, the Greek fates who spun, measured, and cut the thread of life.

Clotho (English pronunciation: /ˈkloʊθoʊ/, Greek Κλωθώ [klɔːˈtʰɔː] – "spinner") spun the thread of life from her distaff onto her spindle. Her Roman equivalent was Nona, (the 'Ninth'), who was originally a goddess called upon in the ninth month of pregnancy.
Lachesis (/ˈlækɨsɪs/, Greek Λάχεσις [ˈlakʰesis] – "allotter" or drawer of lots) measured the thread of life allotted to each person with her measuring rod. Her Roman equivalent was Decima (the 'Tenth').
Atropos (/ˈætrəpɒs/, Greek Ἄτροπος [ˈatropos] – "inexorable" or "inevitable", literally "unturning",[7] sometimes called Aisa) was the cutter of the thread of life. She chose the manner and timing of each person's death. When she cut the thread with "her abhorrèd shears", someone on Earth died. Her Roman equivalent was Morta ('Death').

The Moirae were portrayed in the comic book "the Sandman" as the Kindly Ones.

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Stephen King writes of three demons who cut life strings in the novel "Insomnia", and the hero of the novel names the demons after the Moirae. King also has a character named Jack Mort in his novel "The Dark Tower II; The Drawing of the Three." Jack is the sir name of Jackson, and of course Morta is the Roman equivalent of Atropos, the Moirae who cuts the String. In this novel, Jack Mort is a sociopathic serial killer. In the Third installment of the Dark Tower, we are introduced to a sadistic super intelligent train named Blaine the Mono, AKA Charlie the Choo Choo. The hero of the Dark Tower novels that the word char means death in his language.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Social Work Exam

With the state of the world being what it is, many are finding careers in social work. The exam that is needed to pass in order to get a license can be grueling, but don’t worry, help is here.

Study guides are available for both the Bachelors and Masters Exam. The social work exam guide is updated twice a year, so you should always find relevant material inside of it. Before you take the exam, shouldn’t you have something to study from?

So, if you have finished college and you are preparing to take the social work exam, I just want to say congratulations and good luck to you.

Monday, June 15, 2009

The Fool Cuts the Strings

While I can't speak for the blogosphere, lately I just haven't been finding or seeing any syncs. That seems to have changed as of this morning, things are starting to reveal themselves to me once more.

In the 1970's and early eighties, Marvel Comics published a magazine called "crazy", which was of the same vein of Mad Magazine.

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Here we see Superman, flying from a New York that is not only in flames, but is being held up by a Green Skinned god. (They might have meant for it to be the Hulk, but it resonates Osiris.) Only, this isn't just any Superman, it's the Christopher Reeve Superman (RIP). The Fool is about to cut his strings.

The clown is known as the fool in the tarot deck. It is the fool that takes a leap into the abyss, which means the unknown. It is believed by some that the fool is a soul in the afterlife that leaps from heaven to the Earth, and is reborn once again. In ancient Greek belief, people had an invisible string attached to them that reached into heaven, and when the Fates cut the string, that meant your ass.

A few years after the Superman movies, Christopher Reeve was in a horse riding accident that eventually led to his death. The accident left him paralyzed for a number of years, and he fought to walk again through stem cell research up until the day of his death.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Mosquito Magnet Tips

Customer support is always crucial to the success of any product. The information contained at the Mosquito Magnet website is very informative and helpful. For instance, you wouldn’t want to put your Mosquito Magnet in a place where people gather, you are going to want to place it between you and the place where the mosquitoes are breeding. The mosquitoes will trap themselves in the Mosquito Magnet before they get to you.

Picking the right mosquito attractant is also critical to the success of the device. If I had a Mosquito Magnet, I would choose lurex, because it mimics human skin scent, and I believe it would work better than octenal, which mimics human breath.

Sunday, June 7, 2009

The 10 Greatest Superman Covers of All Time II

5. Superman #233

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In the seventies there was a storyline where all the kryptonite on Earth was rendered inert. The cover of Superman breaking the kryptonite chain was used in many promotional ads by DC Comics. To me, this symbolizes people breaking free from whatever their kryptonite is, be it self doubt, drug addiction, or whatever.

4. Action Comics #1

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Imagine its 1938. In a time before most people owned a television, the image of a man in brightly colored clothes lifting a car over his head captured the imagination of kids everywhere. This is the first appearance of Superman. In fact, it is the first appearance of a superhero anywhere.

3. Superman Vs. Muhammed Ali

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Ali was in such a class, he had to turn to fiction to find someone with a chance of beating him. You would think if a human fought a superhero he would be pounded to goo, but the story had Superman depowered. Superman fought bravely, but he was beaten to bloody pulp.

2. Heroes Against Hunger

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Superman and Batman recruit a reluctant Lex Luthor to use his scientific know how to stop starvation in Africa. When Luthor sees the suffering there, he breaks into tears and asks god how he could let the children suffer. To see a villain show a purely human side was something that I hadn't seen before, and it was very emotional. This is one of the most powerful covers in the history of comics.

1. Crisis on Infinite Earths #7

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Superman and a group of other heroes went to the anti-matter universe to stop a villain that wanted to destroy all of creation. Superman was beaten badly, and just as the Anti-Monitor was about to strike the killing blow, Supergirl hit him with everything she had. She did not survive, but she saved Superman's life. On this cover you can see the pain and grief on Superman's face as he carries Supergirl out of the battle zone. This is perhaps the most memorable and the most copied comic book cover ever.

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Green Supplements

As I start the journey which will consist of the second part of my life, I find that physicians love to prescribe medicine. I have watched carefully as my parents grew older, so did their list of medications. They don’t notice a difference in their behaviors, but I do. It is for this reason that I do not like to be on any type of medication, although if I am prescribed any I take it begrudgingly.

I am all for natural cures and supplements. Chlorella and Beta Glucan are natural supplements, and chlorella benefits include fortifying your body with vitamins, amino acids, and antioxidants.

The Ten Greatest Superman Covers of all Time Part I

Superman, who was created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster 71 years ago, continues to capture the imagination of people everywhere. The following are the ten greatest Superman covers of all time, judged solely by my own opinion.

10. DC Comics Presents #51

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I own this one. It wasn't a memorable story, but the cover (which had little to do with the story) was worth the 60 cents that I paid. The image of DC's smallest hero raging at a pink sky and promising vengeance is an image that has stayed with me as long as I have collected comics.

9. World's Finest #302

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Any kid who has collected comics has wondered who would win a fight between Superman and Batman. Superman has godlike powers, and Batman is just a man, but Batman always seems to be able to find a way to win. With Kryptonite gloves, I imagine he would give Superman a good ass kicking.

8. Superman #317

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A green Kryptonite poisoned Superman vowing to kill the reader is an image that just doesn't go away. This one was drawn by one of the greatest comic book artists of all time, Neal Adams. The cover just grabs your attention, and keeps it.

7. Superman #400

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This one is a beautifully painted cover. Superman's Rocket ship flies past the twin towers, and even the Earth itself to the backdrop of an American flag. Jor-el is looking straight ahead, while Superman's mother looks sad. Truly an unforgettable cover.

6. Superman #422

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Comics legend Brian Bolland gives us a view of a Superman bitten by a vampire. This cover being in black and white except for the red eyes makes it even more menacing. An awesome cover.

Pat two should be coming shortly. Superman is owned by DC Comics, and is used here for historical and educational purposes.

Friday, June 5, 2009

A Special Gift

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In the world of today most kids receive countless gifts for their birthdays and for Christmas. It wasn’t always that way. In days of yore a lot of kids were lucky to get an extra slab of meat on their plates during those special occasions. My mother has a twin, and their birthday was on December 26th. When Christmas came around, she often received one gift for her birthday and Christmas, and she usually had to share it with her brother. On one special Christmas she had a present with just her name on it. She had been asking for a watch, and the box was about the right size for a watch. Christmas came, she opened the box, and sure enough it was an……… ink pen. Talk about a big disappointment.

She got over this disappointment a long time ago, but by the time this Christmas comes around, I would love to get her the watch that is in the above picture. My mother is the type of person who would do anything for anyone if she was able to, and she rarely spends money on herself. So it would be an honor for me to be able to get her a Seiko Diver watch that would have thrilled her 50 years ago.