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Clowns are no laughing matter these days

Once upon a time, clowns were benevolent figures of laughter and joy.

In the late 1950s and early 1960s, American children followed the animated antics of Bozo the Clown on television every week. The cartoons were presented by local presenters composed like the Bozo with carrot. One was Willard Scott, who would later become a meteorologist for the NBC Today show. Willard Scott was also the first Ronald McDonald, making his first appearance in a 1963 television commercial for the hamburger franchise.

Fast forward ten years to Cook County, Illinois (interestingly, the location of one of the first McDonald’s restaurants). A character calling himself Pogo the Clown is a popular attraction at community events. Meanwhile, young people keep disappearing …

Beneath the clown makeup and clothes is a psycho named John Wayne Gacy. Between appearances as Pogo, he strangles 34 victims to death. He does not wear the clown costume when he kills, but his Pogo alter ego forever changes the image of the clown in the popular consciousness. Almost overnight, clowns are scary, with Gacy paving the way for numerous portrayals of bad clowns in literature and film, most notably in Stephen King’s It.

King’s novel came out in 1986 and was a huge bestseller. In 1990, his nightmare creation, Pennywise the Clown, was brought to the small screen in a miniseries. Also in 1990, a Florida woman, Marlene Warren, opened her front door to a brown-eyed clown carrying flowers and balloons. The clown shot him in the face and drove off in a white Chrysler. The clown’s victim died two days later. The murderer, a woman, eluded capture for more than a quarter of a century, but is now serving time for murder.

The 1990s and 1990s saw chilling depictions of The Joker, the green-haired joker in the Batman franchise, by characters like Jack Nicholson and Heath Ledger. We also put Krusty, the degenerate clown from The Simpsons.

But it wasn’t until 2016 that caulrophobia, the fear of clowns, reached a real fever pitch. In the latter part of that year, the world was caught up in a wave of ‘scary clown’ sightings. In the run-up to Halloween, social media sites received numerous posts about sinister-looking clowns reportedly lurking first in the woods and then in a number of urban locations in the US, UK, and UK. Australia and several other countries. It got so bad that the president of the World Clown Association, Randy Christensen, took to YouTube to condemn people who dress up as clowns to scare people. “Whoever is doing this crazy thing is not a clown,” said Christensen, a Minnesota-based party clown. “He is someone who is using a good, clean, healthy art form and distorting it.” Christensen added that members of his association had suffered job cancellations and felt threatened after coverage of terrifying clown sightings.

It was all too much for McDonald’s. On October 11, 2016, the hamburger giant announced that its mascot would be keeping a lower profile as a result of the incidents. A spokesperson said the hamburger clown was reducing his appearances at community events as a result of the “current climate surrounding clown sightings in communities.”

There was a knee-jerk reaction from other corporate entities like Target, which took clown masks from its website and stores. Schools as distant as Ohio, USA, and Otago, New Zealand, banned clown costumes and masks.

Fast forward to Halloween night, Monday, October 31, 2016. Caulrophobia had taken hold in such a terrifying way in the United States that large numbers of heads of households and parents of traffickers had firearms at the ready that night.

Fearing retaliation from vigilantes, most of the clowns kept a low profile on Witch’s Eve. Not so in Orange County, Florida, where two men needed medical treatment after being attacked by a group of 20 people wearing clown masks. But other than that, Halloween night 2016 seems to have been a bit of a fizzer in the scary clown department, given all the buzz that led to it.

Now blinking until May 2017. A bald man with glasses in front of a court in Nova Scotia, Canada. It’s Dale Raincourt, aka Klutzy the Clown. He pleads guilty to the sexual assault of a 15-year-old girl over a six-week period. The judge imprisons him for two years and prohibits him from working as a children’s entertainer. Another nail in the coffin for authentic clowns trying to earn an honest living.

Then in the fall of 2017, the big-budget film production of It arrived. Pennywise was back, scarier than ever! The film proceeded to do a very dynamic business indeed at the box office, with the highest attendance ever for a September-October premiere.

So where does that leave the benevolent, child-friendly clown of yesteryear? Well, many of them have hung up their clown costumes and wigs forever. Others have strategically aligned themselves in the market, promoting themselves as “balloon artists” and avoiding all use of the “c” word.

And poor Ronald McDonald has been put to pasture in most of the world. On a recent trip to Thailand, I found his life-size effigy outside a McDonald’s in Bangkok. Her palms were together in a “wei” greeting. Alternatively, he could have been praying, asking for divine intervention when the clown joins the ranks of vampires, zombies, and other inhabitants of our worst nightmares.

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A letter to our wonderful teens from one of the older generations

Dear teenagers,

We love you. Believe it or not, we were teenagers too and we remember what it was like to be young. We have a hard time admitting it, but we also believed we were invincible, as I am sure you do. We think: “Nothing will ever happen to us!”

We were also motivated by fun, just like you. It’s great to be young, but as we now know, if we’re not careful with our attitude and choices, fun can turn into tragedy!

I want to share with you some of the experiences that I have had and some of the things that I have observed and learned.

The reality is that many of the people we met, when we were young, did not make it. Or they are dead; because of the decisions they made, or have destroyed their own lives with alcohol and drugs, especially alcohol! Many of them have ruined the families they had, due to their bad habits and many of them harmed their children, being bad examples.

Those of us who survived were able to see where our lives were heading and made better decisions. For some reason we were the lucky ones. Possibly, to be able to share with you what we have learned. The truth is, WE FEAR FOR THEIR LIVES!

Too many of you are headed for a life of destruction. ALCOHOL AND DRUGS WILL DESTROY YOU! You may not believe it, but we’ve lived long enough to know that what I’m saying is true.

The party was the name of the game then and it still is. Partying means drinking alcohol and / or using drugs. Of course, you like doing these things because, temporarily, they make you feel good and it seems like you’re having fun. It’s just that once the so-called fun is over, what are the consequences?

Here are three true stories of children who are now suffering the consequences.

This is a letter from a boy, who is locked up in Juvenile Hall in San Diego.

Be a winner in life

I am in jail at the age of sixteen in unit 800, maximum security, and it seems that I am facing a long time for my crime.

I was with four of my friends driving to a party. When we arrived, my so-called friends offered me a drink. Usually I was drinking and taking some drugs, that horrible night, but I was driving so I said “no” at first but then peer pressure started “Oh come on, don’t be a coward”, or ” a drink won’t hurt. “

So, like any other teenager, I did it with pride and drank that little shot of liquor, like it was a glass of water, and you know you can’t have just one drink, so one drink became two, two into three. and three became six.

Now at the party feeling better than ever, my cell phone rings and they are my worst enemy girls … They ask me and my friends to come kick it. I say “no” because it was discolored. But the homies said, “yeah, we’ll come.”

So me, I’m coming in all drunk and disheveled, saying to myself “who cares, what’s the worst that could happen to me?” My friends got on the ride.

We are now on the road, driving about 120 miles in a residential area. They all deviate and zigzag. Red lights, blue lights, cops behind me. In my mind, I’m thinking “I could lose them.”

My friends tell me, “don’t stop.” What should I do now? So when I’m puzzled, my friend reminds me how much trouble I’m going to get into, so I thought, “don’t fry.”

When I stopped, I saw the policeman get out of his police car and come towards me. When he got to the end of my car, I put the car in gear and drove away … fast, uncontrollably fast, on the freeway driving 135 miles per hour, feeling like a superman flying, passing cars, feeling so good, because I lost to police.

The next thing I know is BAM !!! Car crash. Blood everywhere. Broken windshield and to top it all my friend flew out the front window. No seat belt on

It left me and my other two friends injured. But at the time he wasn’t worried about us. It was the outsider that worried me. The dead.

When I got out of the car, the police everywhere … They took us to the hospital and then arrested us. One friend was fine, the other was hurt. I got hurt in every possible way and the last one was ‘dead’.

My charges are DUI, evading a piece officer, driving at dangerous speed without a license, a firearm in the car, and 187 murder.

Now I face longer than ever, with a body on my head. Regretting everything. It was a mistake, I will never forget it.

Now the only friends I have are my family. They are helping me get through this.

From my story, all I have to tell you is, “never listen to your homies or your friends because they are not your real friends.” The family is first!


The second story is gruesome!

A 17-year-old boy, who was a first-rate student and a great golfer, went to a party with his friends and was drinking alcohol and smoking mariwana. After the party he had to go to work. He got into his car feeling high and made another stupid choice. He stopped his car on the highway to smoke another mariwana cigarette. He started his car, started to accelerate, lost control, went off the freeway and hit three trees. Today he is sitting in a wheelchair, paralyzed from the neck down. No more golf. No more fun!


Another story:

On Saturday, December 21, 2002, I attended the funeral of a 17-year-old boy from Oceanside. He is also the victim of a bad choice, a consequence of thinking: “Nothing will happen to me.”

Taylor Hodgson went to a party and then got into a car, driven by a friend who was at the party. The 22-year-old was allegedly driving drunk. He sped down Highway 78 and lost control, as he entered and exited traffic. The truck struck two other vehicles and rolled, throwing Taylor onto the road. He died four hours later.

Taylor was a guy everyone liked. The funeral was full of colleagues and friends. His family was broken by the tragedy of losing the son and brother they loved. Taylor is no longer alive, to discover her potential and her fun is over! Twenty-two-year-old driver is in jail, now he’s a murderer!


Those who love you would never get over it.

Unfortunately, these incidents are only isolated cases. I see hundreds of children in similar situations. Please be smart. Make the right decisions. Choose not to drink alcohol at all! Do not do drugs! Do not get into a vehicle when someone else is drinking. Make sure you remember!


I love Eva Fry


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Pro Wrestling Now, Compared To When I Was Older – Now It’s A Show That Must End

The Transition to the Steroid Era — World Champion Superstar Billy Graham

“The Big Cat”, Ernie Ladd; “Handsome” Harley Race! My two favorite fighters of all time. I forgot how much I tried to develop an attitude like Ernie Ladd as a child. I was riding my skateboard, announcing to everyone that I was the big cat. Thanks to YouTube, I realized how cool Harley Race was, even though I didn’t like it as much as a child (I see it as what a man is supposed to be; a man’s man!). I see him as a really tough guy who wanted to get into wrestling just to show how tough he was (isn’t that what it’s supposed to be about?). Today, I see most fighters wanting a six-pack and afraid to say what they really have in mind. It’s so corporate it’s pathetic! An example is Harley Race, an old-school fighter from the territories, taking on the “new steroid style” of fighter that began to become mainstream in the 80’s. The fighter he faced in the video is superstar Billy Graham. In the interview, superstar Graham takes on Harley Race out of nowhere, while Race is giving an interview. Superstar proceeds to start showing off his massive steroid-induced arms. I love when Race tells him; “I don’t need that pumped-up bologna, I’m a real man,” and he said it quite calmly. Superstar waved his hand and argued away without saying a word.

Namely exactly what I’m talking about. The wrestlers of the late sixties and seventies were easily tougher men than you see coming out of the curtains today; big fireworks and dazzling neon-colored clothing. Harley Race had an old school tattoo; no coloring, just black ink — it was tough! Today’s fighters are laden with colorful tattoos and a lively, steroid-induced physique. Just wanting to make me vomit! Ernie Ladd gave an interview in which he called Chief Jay Strongbow a drunk Indian and Manny Fernandez a “wetback.” He said he would beat all the blacks from “greezy” Bubba Douglas. Ernie turned out to be a great black athlete. He was 5 times professional with the Chargers and Chiefs. Without a doubt, he was my favorite fighter growing up. He was a proven great athlete, and in his younger games you can see that he moved like a great soccer player would. He ended up on bad knees when the 80s rolled around.

Check out some full old-school fighting episodes on YouTube

Like I said, it doesn’t seem like I’m alone in this thought. If you look specifically at YouTube comments, for shows like CWF (Championship Wrestling From Florida), hosted by Gordon Solie, you will see nothing but commendable comments from all people, young and old alike. But if you look at wrestling, after 2005 or something like that, you will see a lot of people who say that wrestling today is pathetic. That was other point I wanted to make; Announcers like Gordon Solie used real wrestling moves in their comments: “high hip throw”; “belly to belly suplex”; “catch as catch can fighter”; “lock – neck and elbow”. Those are just a few of the phrases that lend credibility to the entire wrestling experience. I can vividly remember as a child, attending the Tuesday night taping at the old Ft. Homer Hesterly Armory in Tampa. They were times that I will never forget.

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Top 10 DVD Rentals

While the top ten DVD rentals change all the time, this list should get you through the next few weeks. There’s something for everyone from weird westerns to Adam Sandler joking around with his friends.

10. Jonah hex – From the pages of DC Comics comes this revenge story about a disfigured Old West bounty hunter (Josh Brolin) in search of the madman (John Malkovich, naturally) who killed his family. Megan Fox plays a disreputable woman who is quite handy with a gun.

9. The Karate Kid – A remake of the Ralph Macchio classic, this version is set in China and stars Jaden Smith as a harassed young man who receives martial arts instruction from a maintenance man (Jackie Chan).

8. How to Train Your Dragon – In this animated hit, Jay Baruchel voices Hiccup, a young Viking who befriends a dragon and helps his tribe learn an important lesson. It also features the voice talents of Gerard Butler.

7. Sex and the City 2 – This time, Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall, Kristin Davis and Cynthia Nixon are heading to Abu Dhabi for fun. Featuring appearances by Penelope Cruz, Miley Cyrus, and Liza Minnelli.

6. Scott Pilgrim vs. the world – Michael Cera and Mary Elizabeth Winstead star in this comic adaptation about a bum who falls in love with a girl and quickly draws the ire of his seven evil exes. Directed by Edgar Wright and full of video game references and lots of stunning visuals.

5. Predators – Adrien Brody leads the cast in this sci-fi film about human soldiers and mercenaries who are kidnapped from Earth and released into an alien preserve. Lots of action, and one of the group is not who he appears to be. Co-starring Laurence Fishburne, Topher Grace and Walton Goggins, the film is intended as a direct sequel to Predator 2.

Four. Ramona and Beezus – Selena Gomez and Joey King star in this story of a precocious third grader and her older sister. Based on the book by Beverly Cleary.

3. Charlie St. Cloud – Zac Efron plays a young man who meets the ghost of his brother every day to play ball. But when he falls in love with a sailor, his budding romance forces him to choose between the living and the dead.

two. toy Story 3 – With their adult owner and moving to college, our favorite talking toys (including Woody and Buzz Lightyear) are found in a daycare run by a tyrannical teddy bear. The first animated film to earn more than $ 1 billion, this Pixar blockbuster stars the voice of Tim Allen and Tom Hanks.

1. The adults – Adam Sandler leads an all-star comedy cast that includes Kevin James, Chris Rock, David Spade and Rob Schneider. When the coach who led them to a championship in their high school days passes away, childhood friends gather at the funeral and make up for lost time with a series of jokes and hilarious situations. While it’s far from Shakespeare, the movie deserves a few laughs if you turn your brain on autopilot.

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"Shopping at home" Has a new meaning: proactive wardrobe planning is part of the big picture

The next time you decide to go shopping for new clothes, visit your closet. I think I had a spiritual experience on Saturday. Instead of spending a ton of money online or at the mall, I decided to visit my closet.

Shopping online at favorite websites seemed like a fun way to spend a Saturday morning. There were a ton of new clothes in my shopping cart when I had to make a trip to my closet to get a pants size. The shopping cart had James Perse T-shirts and cargo pants, Vince sweaters, and Juicy Couture shorts. I was having fun like I usually do when I find a good deal or a good deal.

I was going to buy a new pair of James Perse parachute cargo pants when I needed to check my size. So come downstairs and lo and behold, I went into my closet to see what size I bought last month. That’s when I decided to take a closer look at the clothes that hung neatly in sections of pants, shorts, capris, blouses, dresses, T-shirts, jackets and coats. In reality, my closet looks like a well-organized section of a high-end department store. I’m in the designer handbag and purse business, so I’m in the habit of collecting high-end fashions from every possible cool website and boutique.

My shoes are all neatly organized by designer names and color-labeled on the outside of the box. My favorite sneaker collection is the Nike Rift in wild colors and patterns. Camper leather shoes are very comfortable so I have a lot of neat red boxes on the shelves. Prada Sport shoes range from flats to platforms, and all are color-marked and labeled. Hermes dress shoes wear less, but nevertheless they are neat on the shelf.

I have a soft spot for boots, which is why my collection of Henry Cuir, Prada, Ann Demeulemeester, Mosquito, Robert Clergerie, Camper, Miu Miu, Diesel, Michael KORS, UGG, and Ralph Lauren are carefully labeled and waiting to be worn. . They range from ankle length to above knee style, and I wear them with just about anything when I feel like boots. My favorites are a new gaucho style from Brazil. And of course, you can’t beat Henry Leather’s light weight for warm weather.

My closet is really a fun place to visit and organize. All Hermes designer bags are neatly stored in their orange boxes and labeled on the outside. Of course, my favorite of all the Hermes designer bags are the unobtainable Birkin bags. The Hermes Market Bag is also a fun medium style and is ideal for day or night carry.

While looking for the James Perse cargo pants size, I realized that I had several things that I had not worn with labels still attached. So, I started pulling out items and holding them side by side. Then, without hesitation, I started coordinating outfits from the closet contents. I found tops that I forgot I had. I found James Perse double jerseys of the same color and style! I was having the best time of my life. I suddenly realized that shopping from home had a new meaning. Balenciaga and Dries Van Noten blouses were funkier than ever! Marc Jacobs, Yves Saint Laurent and Eskandar’s jackets were fashionable and timeless pieces. Robert Rodríguez’s skirts, crochet blouses and gaucho pants have never looked so beautiful.

It was impossible to coordinate the clothes without trying them on and I don’t buy clothes if they don’t fit my figure, so I knew it would fit me. I just hadn’t thought or taken the time to put certain things together. I tried on all the outfits that I coordinated. It was like buying new clothes. Robert Rodríguez met Marni for the first time and they looked great together. Calvin Klein and Ya-Ya were a couple made of 100% cotton! Dosa and Pinko are ready to wear to a party. As are Gucci and Ann Demeulemeester. One of my favorite combinations is a green silk Bernard Willhelm dress over a pair of Danang cotton leggings.

Most of the time when I am getting ready to go out, I walk into the closet and think there is nothing to wear. Who would have thought that Bernard Willhelm and Danang would make a good couple? I’m usually in too much of a rush to think creatively when I need to put items together and end up using the same thing many times. Now the homework is done. Proactive wardrobe planning is now an integral part of the big picture.

Many of the items matched as if they were meant to be used together. I found an off-white silk Armani asymmetric tunic that I bought for sale at Neiman Marcus about three years ago that I had dry cleaned and never wore. The Armani tunic now hangs over a Gary Graham black silk long straight sheath dress, which has never been worn either. The two elements seem made for each other. The look is up to date, the style is current and I never wore any of the clothes! I can’t wait for a special occasion to wear the new outfit.

Instinctive shopping is a habit because I am a notorious bargain hunter. Buying out of necessity or any other motivation rarely produces good results. So the colors, styles, and designs in my closet blend together creating a personal style. Probably like many creative buyers.

The items that I usually buy today are exclusive, classic, original, pieces that I know I will use or need one day! They range from Danang silk garments to Rick Owens knitwear. The prices are usually all discounted because I don’t believe in paying full price unless of course the price is right! My entire small business was based on retail pricing, so I need to speak personally as well. I really believe that below retail is the only way to buy.

Running a small e-commerce website on the Internet lends itself to simple and comfortable work clothes. Sitting in front of a computer all day is great for comfy, funky garments, cottons, and sweatshirts. So when I go out, I like to add a little more flair and accessories. Marni jewelry and Hermes silk scarves can enhance a plain T-shirt or cotton skirt. For shoes, a simple pair of Prada sandals or a pair of Kork Ease platforms are my favorite shoes to wear with just about anything. It’s hard to believe I’ve been in love with and using Kork Ease for over thirty years! Bringing it all together and making the look on-trend is easy when there’s a closet full of almost forgotten designer clothes, shoes, and bags.

Buying from home has a new meaning. The time I spent matching t-shirts, pants, shoes, and purses saved me a lot of prep time for my next appointment, meeting, date, etc. Most of the quality time shopping at home was spent coordinating items that I rarely use, leaving everyday, very casual items to a freer mood selection process. I no longer care what to wear to dinner on Monday night, or what I’ll wear if he asks me out! It’s all there, and it’s been there waiting for me to take the time to put it all together. I feel relieved? Yes. Do I feel like my time was well spent? Yes. Do I need to buy more clothes? Of course, but not this weekend! I’ll save that activity for next week, or maybe after I’ve had a chance to use everything in my closet at least once!

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Arrested – What To Do When Your Loved One Is In Jail by Wes Denham

The copy at the back of the book begins: “When someone close to you is arrested, things quickly go haywire.” That’s definitely an understatement, things will get extremely crazy and blinding. In “Arrested: What to Do When Your Loved One’s in Jail” by Wes Denham, co-author of “Arrest-Proof Yourself,” you’ll learn how to make decisions that benefit the entire family, not just the accused who was arrested. In an easy-to-read style, without a lot of legal jargon, the book guides you through the process and includes checklists of what to do and in what order. There is also a lot of information on topics that you might not think about when someone is first arrested, but you really should.

I still think it is wiser to know which defense attorney you will call if you ever need one, for yourself or for a friend or family member, but if you haven’t chosen someone yet, read this book and use the parts to select a good private attorney and do it. I think a little work up front, in case you ever need someone, is good insurance.

For those of you who don’t know anything, or don’t know much, about the process when someone is arrested, this book will open your eyes. Just reading this book and then choosing which attorney to call, and perhaps even going as far as providing an attorney advance “just in case” will put you well ahead of most people who find themselves dealing with the unpleasantness of having someone to worry about those arrested.

The book begins with a short chapter on when you get that late-night phone call, “I’m in jail.” It provides some good advice, and then there are a couple of pages on how to protect your rights. Chapter two describes what this book can do for you and a little about the system. Chapter three focuses on how to get information about what is happening. Things like getting the charge sheet, arrest report, etc. Chapter Four is a must read to protect yourself if someone from your household is arrested. Check your house completely for something that shouldn’t be there. You better find it before someone with a court order does.

Chapter five provides information about visiting inmates, while chapter six shares information about life in prison. The next two chapters deal with medical care and mental illness and then with jail commissars and telephones. Chapter nine is not a pleasant chapter, it provides information on sex in jail, which means rape and sexually transmitted diseases. From there, we move on to a chapter on drugs. Starting to see why it’s not a place to be?

The following chapters provide a little information about the types of people you may encounter in jail and why they might be there. Then there is a checklist on the defendant’s evaluation. Do you really want to help the accused and are you ready to change? These chapters will help you decide whether or not you want to help, and what kind of help you will offer. Bail bonds and bonds are covered in Chapter 15. And then there’s a little bit about public defenders, plea deals, and the volume of cases that bogs down the system. Chapters 17 and 18 discuss hiring private defense attorneys and provide information to help you make a good decision.

The following chapters help you understand the process and cover topics such as legal services quotes and fees, how to get the most for your money, how to help the defense, budgeting for criminal defense, parole and parole, cooperation with the police and prosecutors, and making a plan.

Chapter 27 was interesting, it had some statistics on all the people incarcerated in the US And then the book concludes with an Appendix containing sample forms and letters.

I found “Arrested” to be an interesting and informative book on an unpleasant subject. Nobody wants to think about the arrest of a loved one, but if it happens, it’s good to be prepared. This book can help you prepare.

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Childhood Obesity: The Ignored Epidemic

Community health is a very important issue that both citizens and politicians overlook. We trust government officials to find cures and solutions to our health problems, but we do not analyze the origin of these problems. If we want to make a change in community health, we must look at the core of the problem and focus more on primary prevention than tertiary prevention techniques. Since most of the health problems in our community are preventable diseases, to prevent them we must eradicate the cause.

Childhood obesity is constantly on the rise and we have been unable to do anything about it. Of course, there have been numerous attempts to reduce the rate of obesity in children, but these attempts are more focused on secondary and tertiary prevention. We are focusing too much on reversing the effects of obesity and we don’t have enough time to prevent obesity in the first place. By informing our community of the health risks they are entering when they are obese, we can teach them how to prevent them. We must target parents and not children. Parents are the food source for children and, at an early age, must be adequately nourished and active so that these preventable diseases do not occur later in life. Physical education in school should be more active and less optional. Actually, we should teach physical education rather than allowing students to roam freely among themselves and choose whether or not they will be active.

A child cannot make life decisions related to their health and, as adults, we must ensure that the children of our communities are in the best of health. Poor communities are just as capable of living healthy lifestyles as the middle class, but without understanding how to do it, they will explain their lack of health to their financial situation. Community leaders should provide options for parents to seek to keep their children healthy. Community health groups, activities, or even a park would be helpful. If we can get our children out of the house and into the yard, we will be making progress. By reducing childhood obesity, we can prevent the likelihood of strokes, high blood pressure, diabetes, cancers, and heart disease. All of these major problems are related to obesity and something must be done to lower our rates. Obesity has risen from 7% in 1980 to 18% in 2012. That is not a good ladder to climb with generations to come. About 1/3 of Americans, including adults, are obese and this is even more overwhelming. The problem is that people either don’t know they are obese or think obesity is just a word that fitter people call less fit people. We must explain to people why they are classified as obese and the health risks associated with obesity. Most people hear obesity and consider it an insult. We fear telling others that they are obese because it sounds painful and parents despise being told that their child is obese. The truth of the matter is that obesity is here and on the rise. There is no way to sugarcoat the facts. We can continue to act like it’s not a big issue and the fees will keep increasing as the years go by. Children should not have high blood pressure or any other illness associated with being overweight. This issue won’t change until we start making it a priority. I think this is the most important problem in the health of our community because people fear the result of bringing childhood obesity to parents. It’s also critical to note that you don’t have to be rich or extremely rich to eat healthier foods and be active. Parents should be more involved in their children’s lives and encourage them to be more active on a day-to-day basis. Limit your time in front of the television and increase your time spent outdoors. Make better food choices when feeding your children. Teach parents the importance of nutrition and fitness and why it should matter to them.

These are ways we can help improve our communities. We must focus on now and not later. When flu season rolls around, we get our flu shots weeks before the virus is taken into account. We get vaccinated because it prevents us from getting the flu. It is not good to get a flu shot once you are infected with the flu virus. Just as this is true, it is also true for obesity. We must take the necessary measures beforehand to prevent the disease from affecting our children.

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Lawsuit financing: the evolution of prices

Much is said / written about the “costs” associated with obtaining a cash advance against future proceeds from a pending lawsuit. Also known as a lawsuit loan or pre-settlement financing, many companies offer cash now against future resolution of a case. The costs associated with these transactions vary widely. This publication attempts an extensive discussion of the history of pricing in the lawsuit financing industry.

The lawsuit financing industry was born to address the liquidity concerns of those who were facing financial difficulties while waiting for their lawsuit to be resolved. Because many jurisdictions were simply bogged down with thousands of cases, plaintiffs often had to wait months, if not years, for their cases to be resolved. Lawsuit financing companies offered clients immediate cash against future benefits of the case. The problem was that the “costs” associated with these transactions were very expensive, at least when the costs are compared with other sources of funds.

So what is “expensive”?

Historically, lawsuit funding has been viewed as a “last resort” source of money for those in financial need. I write “historically” because this business is relatively new and only in the mid-2000s to the present have larger amounts of venture capital been invested to invest in pending lawsuits. When the business started in the late 20th century, lawsuit loan companies offered rates of up to 10% per month. That’s expensive. Clearly, in most cases, the people who raised funds at those rates were in desperate need of funds.

But it wasn’t the investor’s greed that set the price. In any new business, mistakes are made but corrected and the business evolves through competition while others clearly see the potential for return on their investment. Because of this history, more and more investors are recognizing the potential for return on equity. Competition then seizes on this potential return as investors explore what is an acceptable rate of return to put their money at risk. In most cases, this competition “cuts the fat” on the return and results in a better price for the applicant.

We have witnessed this first hand in this business. And what this means is that the lawsuit financing business is becoming more and more efficient.

The 10% interest days per month are decreasing rapidly. Currently, an applicant can expect to pay between 1.5% and 4.5% per month to finance demand cash advances. This is a long way from the original rates. Competition and increased business efficiency have made this cost reduction a reality. The trend is likely to continue. Which will undoubtedly make the financing of the lawsuits more “reasonable” than ever.

In addition, investors also benefit. As past mistakes are corrected and business models refined, investors can more accurately assess the risks to their capital. Understanding risk is of primary importance to investors and they seek capital preservation first and return on equity second. As the business evolves, increasingly “conservative” investors are likely to put their capital into these investments.

Thank you for your interest in the lawsuit financing business.


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Here I am, three very simple words, but they can mean a lot when spoken honestly

I’M HERE. Three simple words – “Here I am” – and they mean – I am available – I am available to listen – I am available and willing to listen to what YOU are saying to me – and what YOU have to say to me.

When we speak these words, we never know where they will lead us, nor what the consequences will be, yes, even in 2021.

What do we do when we hear the voice of God, when we know that it is God speaking to me, doing something to get my attention, take over my life and my talents and gifts?

What happens when I say to God, “Here I am”?

1 – I can make a sacrifice that I never thought I could make. That may not be the best start for a message, perhaps one should start with a blessing, but this is a blessing! Look at Abraham again – Some time later, God tested Abraham. He said, “Abraham!” “Here I am,” he replied. Then God said: “Take your son, your only son, Isaac, whom you love, and go to the region of Moriah. Sacrifice him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains I will tell you about.” Genesis 22 v. 1 and 2.

God does not test us to qualify us, but to make us grow and develop.

Matthew 10 verse 39: whoever finds his life will lose it and whoever loses his life for me will find it. This is the principle of the cross. I give up something to receive something much better. GOD returns it in a way we could never imagine, but it starts with sacrifice.

Jacob abandoned his plans – Joseph abandoned his dreams – Moses abandoned Pharaoh’s palaces – David abandoned his desire to build the temple for God – Matthew abandoned his job as a tax collector – Peter abandoned his nets – Paul abandoned his religion: Mary abandoned your son. Everyone gave something, everyone knew something about the sacrifice, then God gives something back.

Couldn’t we miss out on the sacrifice part? Not! We give up being in control and God is in control, and God does something.

Romans 12 verse 1 – Brethren, in view of God’s mercy, offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God, who is your spiritual worship.

2 – “Here I am” – means that I face a fear that I thought I could never face.

JACOB – He fought with God – his name means ‘scheming’ – but then God gives him a new name: Israel.

And God spoke to Israel in a vision at night and said, “Jacob! Jacob!” “Here I am,” he replied. “I am God, the God of your father,” he said. “Do not be afraid to go down to Egypt, because there I will make you a great nation. I will go down to Egypt with you and I will certainly bring you back.” Genesis 46 verses 2 through 4.

This was the only place he was never supposed to go!

What is the one thing you never want to do? Where is the only place I never want to go?

3 – “Here I am” – I see a miracle that I thought I would never see otherwise.

Moses – When the LORD saw that he had come to look, God called to him from within the bush: “Moses! Moses!” And Moses said, “Here I am.” “Come no closer,” God said. “Take off your sandals, because the place where you are is holy ground.” Exodus 3 vers 4

40 years in the Pharaoh’s Palace – 40 years in the desert tending sheep.

MOSES asks 4 questions: Who am I? Who are you? What about them? How about this? This problem, the weakness I have, the fight?

Remember and consider the miracles Moses saw throughout the years.

4 – “Here I am” – I hear a message that I never thought I would hear.

1 Samuel 3 verse 4 – Samuel – Then the LORD called Samuel. Samuel replied, “Here I am.” When GOD speaks to you, it may sound like someone else, or it may sound like someone else, instead of you.

God’s voice, God’s call, can ruin your plans, hopes, and ambitions.

5 – “Here I am” – I’m going to a place I never thought I’d go.

Isaiah 6 verse 8 – Isaiah has this vision – he hears this voice – Then I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, “Who can I send? Who will go for us?” So I said, “Here I am. Send me.”

We tend to say, “That’s a good question. I’m going to consider that question. I’ll ask it at some point. I’ll get someone to consult me ​​about this.”

God doesn’t do that; God does not need to consult; you need obedient servants.

6 – “Here I am” – I trust a promise I never thought I could trust.

Luke 1:35, 37 and 38: Consider Mary.

The angel replied, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the saint to be born will be called the Son of God. For nothing is impossible for God.” “I am the servant of the Lord,” answered Maria. “Let it be for me as you said.”

This is the promise of a virgin birth: Mary is around 14 or 15 years old, she is engaged to Joseph. The words are slightly different from “Here I am”, but the feeling is the same.

Some may consider that they have been too sinful and therefore unworthy; Others may consider that they have been a failure, that they made too many mistakes, or that they have too many flaws.

“I am a failure, I have always been a failure, I will never be anything and I will never do anything with my life.”

That is no longer true when we say “Here I am” to God, when God calls.

7 – I serve a person whom I never thought I could serve.

Acts 9 verses 10 and 11 – Ananias There was a follower of Jesus in Damascus named Ananias. The Lord spoke to Ananias in a vision: “Ananias!”

Ananias replied, “Here I am, Lord.” The Lord said to him: “Get up and go to the Straight Street. Find the house of Judas and ask for a man named Saul from the city of Tarsus.”

At that time, Ananias did not know the end of the story, we do. Ananias is involved from the beginning of Saul’s Christian life. Ananias had to go face Saul of Tarsus and serve Saul of Tarsus. Saul was healed – and Saul was baptized – because Ananias went and served.

8 – I find a JOY that I never thought I would find – JESUS.

Actually, it is Jesus who finds us – people may say at first that they have found God, or that they have found Jesus – but soon they realize that it is Jesus who has come looking for us – and they call us. This is what the resurrection is all about: He is available to enter any church, any life by the Holy Spirit.

Revelation 3 verse 20 is about Jesus wanting to enter the Church, to be allowed to enter His Church! “Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If you hear my voice and open the door, I will come in and eat with you, and you will eat with me.”

I am available, I am willing to listen, and I am willing to serve, I am willing to trust, I am willing to go.

“Here I am”, ready to sacrifice myself, I have the strength and courage to face my fears.

“Here I am” – prepared to see miracles – and hear a message I never thought I would hear – and go and do what I never thought I could go and do.

“Here I am”, ready to trust the promises of God, and perhaps serve someone I thought I would never serve, and enjoy that joy that is in Jesus Christ and all the other blessings of GOD.

January 2021 – “Here I am” – when God calls – when Jesus chooses – it is because there is a very real need – and He wants you to be part of His plan and purpose.

Answer carefully.

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5 quick and easy recipes for dinner

Don’t have a lot of time cooking for dinner? Make your hectic day a little less stressful by following these quick and easy cooking recipes without breaking the bank.

Shrimp, Spinach and Leek Pasta

Pasta with Shrimp, Spinach and Leek is a recipe rich in vegetables and proteins. This will make your meal light and nutrient-dense in just 20 minutes. Make sure to wash everything before cooking. Here’s how to prepare it.

Ingredients: Short Pasta, Unsalted Butter, Leeks, Salt, Black Pepper, Shrimp, Lemon, Cream, Spinach.


  • First, cook the pasta. Always follow the directions on the package. After they are cooked, drain the water.

  • Heat the unsalted butter over medium heat. Add the leeks, salt, and pepper. Stir them every now and then.

  • Now, add the shrimp and lemon. Cook until shrimp are opaque.

  • Add the cream and salt to the pasta in the pot and cook them together. Add the shrimp mixture and spinach as well. Stir to combine.

Tofu stir fry

Ingredients: Teriyaki Sauce, Tofu, Garlic Cloves, Peanut Oil, Sauteed Vegetables.


  • Cut the tofu into chunks.

  • Combine the teriyaki and garlic.

  • Marinate the teriyaki and garlic for about 12 hours and put them in the fridge.

  • Add the peanut oil. Keep the heat to medium.

  • Cook the tofu. Flip until cooked for a few minutes. Remove the tofu if it is already cooked and reserve.

  • This time, add the veggies and sauté until just tender.

  • Put the tofu and marinade in the pot. Cook them for about 2 more minutes. Stir and serve.

Hamburger skillet

Ingredients: Ground Beef, Ramen Noodles, Water, Vegetables.


  • First, cook the meat in a skillet. Make sure it is not a pinkish color.

  • Add the noodles, their seasoning and the water.

  • Boil until the noodles are tender. Usually within a few minutes, they will reach the required sensitivity.

  • Put the vegetables and cook until the vegetables are tender.

Pork and noodles

Ingredients: Pork Loin, Low Sodium Beef Broth, Egg Noodles, Pepper, Salt.


  • Scoop out the salt and pepper and sprinkle them on all sides of the pork.

  • Drizzle cooking oil into the pot. Place the pork and cook on low or high heat.

  • At the point of boiling the water, bring the can of broth and add the noodles. Cook according to package directions.

  • Remove the pork away from the pot, while you wait for the noodles to cook through.

  • Add the pork to the noodle pot when done. Reheat and add more salt and pepper, depending on your preference.

  • Attend.

Penne Pasta with Chicken and Broccoli

Ingredients: penne pasta, sauce, grated cheese, broccoli, boneless, skinless chicken breasts.


  • Start by greasing the pan.

  • Combine pasta, broccoli, chicken, sauce, and cheese in a bowl and toss them all together. Then, place them in a baking dish.

  • Sprinkle the remaining cheese on top.

  • Bake for about 10 minutes at 350 degrees Fahrenheit.


Having a bad day at work shouldn’t stop you from eating delicious food. These quick and easy recipes can be made in minutes with just a few ingredients. Try them and you will be surprised how easy and delicious they are.