Sunday, October 30, 2016

2 Rules to Help Lose Belly Fat

If you think that losing belly fat is is difficult to do, then you are not alone. Very many people find it difficult to lose weight and more often than not will fail because of this,so if this sounds familiar to you then these are 2 rules to help you lose unwanted belly fat.

Rule Number One. Try keeping yourself busy.

By keeping yourself busy you may be unaware that you are actually burning calories simply through normal daily activities. Did you know you actually burn callories even when your sleeping?.So just image how many more calories you would burn if you kept yourself busy all day! As your daily activities increase, lets say through regular exercise for example, then your calories would be burned much faster than if you were just sat around doing nothing.

Therefore, the busier you are the less likely you will become hungry as you will not feel as bored thus feeling the urge to eat when you feel hungry.

Rule Number Two. Make sure you keep hunger at bay.

Research has shown that the main cause of people putting on weight is that they give in too easily to hunger pangs, this being the main reason why they fail. People tend to fail more often because they constantly crave food, and nobody likes going hungry.

The worst part about feeling hungry is that there is no need to feel like this. In order for you not to feel hungry all the time is to introduce a good healthy diet. Many diets suggest that you eat a cracker a day or tell you to cut back on larger meals, so these types of diet should be avoided.

Celebrity type diets usually promise to help you lose belly fat by drinking various types of liquid shakes, thus leaving you feeling hungry all the time. Simply put, the less you eat the slower your metabolism becomes, therefore you burn less calories when you should actually be trying to burn more in order to lose weight. In order to lose weight and unwanted belly fat it is important that a high protein diet be used as you will feel fuller for longer and your metabolism will be working to its maximum potential thus making you feel less exhausted and provide you with more energy.

So, if you want to lose belly fat and keep it off you simply need to get more active and find a diet that makes you feel healthier and stick to it, you owe it to yourself to become the person you always wanted to be.

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2 Glue Recipes: Stamp Glue and Envelope Mucilage

How to Make Stamp Glue: Stamp glue (or stamp gum) is a glue used by stamp collectors to glue stamps to scrapbooks or stamp books. You simply brush the glue to the back of the stamp and adhere to the paper. This stamp glue is as fun to make as it is to use and you will save money by making your own. This recipe makes about 4 ounces of stamp glue. If you need more, just double up the recipe!

Gather these ingredients to make stamp glue: 1 packet (¼ ounce) of unflavored gelatin, 1 tablespoon cold water, 3 tablespoons boiling water, ½ teaspoon white corn syrup, ½ teaspoon lemon extract.

Add the cold water to a small bowl and sprinkle in the gelatin. Let it sit for about an hour to soften. You can also let it sit overnight if you want.

Add the boiling water to the softened gelatin and stir until completely dissolved. Add the corn syrup and the lemon extract to the gelatin and mix well.

Store the stamp glue in a small covered jar such as a baby food jar. Do not refrigerate. The glue will turn to gel overnight. To return it to a liquid state just warm the covered jar in a bowl of hot water. Do not add water to the glue. The stamp glue will keep for several months.

How to Make Envelope Mucilage: This is a recipe for envelope mucilage. Envelope mucilage is a type of glue you use to make your own envelopes. You spread the mucilage on the flap of the envelope and let it dry. When you want to use the envelop you just lick it and stick! This envelope mucilage is as fun to make as it is to use and you will save money by making your own envelopes. And you will have fun making your own envelopes too! This recipe makes about ½ cup of envelope mucilage. It is enough glue to cover several dozen envelopes. If you need more or less you can just adjust the recipe to meet your needs.

You will need the following ingredients to make envelope mucilage: 6 tablespoons of pure white vinegar, 4 packets (1 ounce total) of unflavored gelatin, 1 tablespoon pure lemon extract.

Bring the vinegar to a boil in a small pan. As soon as it starts to boil turn the heat to low. Add the four packets of unflavored gelatin to the boiling hot vinegar and stir until the gelatin is completely dissolved. Remove the pan from the heat and add the lemon extract and stir until the extract is well mixed.

Apply the mucilage to the flap of your envelope with any small brush such as a small tip paint brush or even a make up brush. You may also use a Q-Tip type cotton swab. After applying the mucilage to the envelope let it dry. When you want to use the envelope just lick it like you would any envelope and seal it.

Store any leftover envelope mucilage in a small glass jar such as a baby food jar. It will keep for several months without spoiling. It will thicken when it’s cooled. To use it again, put the closed jar in a bowl of warm water to let the mucilage melt. Do not add water to the mucilage.

If you liked these glue recipes you should check out some of my paste recipes right here on Associated Content! Here are some of my titles you can look at: How to Make Wallpaper Paste, How to Make Resin Paper Mache Paste, 3 Paste Recipes: Japanese Rice Paste, Instant Rice Paste, Liquid Rice Paste, and 3 Paste Recipes: Thin Paste, Paper Paste, Classroom Paste.

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2 Amazing Belly Exercises You Must Try

Do you wonder where your flat belly went? Perhaps you are getting a little older or maybe you had children and the flat belly is gone. You have the desire and willpower to try to get your belly flat again. You may have tried dieting with absolutely no success.

Just taking diet pills alone will not give you a flat belly. Or maybe you have heard to cut out certain foods or go on certain fad diets to give you a flat belly. Maybe you have had some success, but the fad diet is one you cannot make a healthy life-long commitment to and therefore your flat belly is no longer flat.

Many people get frustrated and figure their flat belly is a thing of the past. They remember their flat belly with fond memories of youth.

Fad diets, diet pills, etc., are just that “fads.” The people that run and own diet company products are trying to make money off of you. They are succeeding as diet products are a multi-billion dollar business. They want you to buy their diet pills or products. They want you to see some success only to have it taken away once you quit using their products. If you lost weight and your belly looked trimmer, you may go back to using their product so they can make more money off of you. Plus, your friends, family members and co-workers will see that you have lost weight and wonder how you did it. When you tell them what product you used, they, too, may run out and purchase the product or products.

You may have tried belly exercises only to find that these are not helping you much.

To help you get the flat belly you want, you can perform two exercises that will help you immensely.

It may surprise you that you will be working on your legs and your core muscles, not your belly muscles. (Therefore, you will not constantly be doing belly exercises.) These are the larger muscles in your body that will help you reduce body fat. The exercises that you are to perform are squats and deadlifts. Squats are performed by standing with nice and straight posture, arms out to the front and bend. Slowly start to stand tall and repeat.

Deadlift exercise is very powerful because you are using so many muscles

in your body such as your lower back, legs, abdomen and buttocks. Deadlift exercises are performed by using a barbell. Add the amount of weight to the barbell that you want to start with. Place the barbell on the floor right in front of you.

Next grip the barbell and make sure your hands are a little wider than shoulder width apart. You can hold the barbell with an overhand grip. If you choose to you can hold the barbell with what is called a mixed hand grip. A mixed hand grip is where one hand is in over hand grip and the other hand is in underhand grip.

You will need to keep your arms straight and your head facing forward. Make sure you keep your chest out. Always be conscientious of your back being straight and your shoulders back. Next, squat down and keep your thighs parallel to the floor.

Make sure you inhale deep then lift the bar by digging your heels into the floor. Your legs and hips should be extended all the while exhaling while you lift the barbell. When you reach to the top of your lift, push your hips forward.

Hold the barbell for a second, then very slowly go back to your starting position. You will push your hips back and squat back to the beginning position. Place the barbell on the floor as it was when you first started.

These all over the body exercises as well as belly exercises (as they affect many parts of your body) along with eating healthy, smaller meals throughout the day will help you achieve a flat belly.

You can also triple your tummy fat burning exercises by reading this article by Rob Poulos: How to Triple Your Fat Burning Workout Results – using resistance training.

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2 Ideas on How Facebook Can Compete with Google+

With the recent launch of Google+, Facebook may very well have a formidable competitor. However, Facebook can easily provide similar features to those provided by Google+ by making a few changes to the Facebook interface. For example, the “Sparks” application in Google+ allows users to define their favorite interests and receive separated, organized updates on each of their specified interests. In essence, the Google+ “Sparks” feature is similar to Facebook’s “Like” feature, where Facebook users can “Like” Facebook pages related to their personal interests and view recent posts by “Like” pages on their News Feed each time they log on.

While Facebook “Likes” are a popular and widely used feature, an update to Facebook’s News Feed interface can better organize what posts are displayed when Facebook users log on. A new “Likes” tab for Facebook’s News Feed would be able to separate posts by Facebook friends from posts by a user’s “Like” pages. Facebook users might find this feature useful by being able to separate diverse “Likes content” with “friend content” like status updates, posted links, notes, and videos posted by Facebook friends. However, imagine if Facebook developed this feature but “democratized” the interface update, thereby allowing Facebook users the freedom to decide for themselves whether or not they want to use the new feature. This would be a first for Facebook and truly an innovative way to implement a new site feature.

Some might see Google+ and its “Sparks” feature as something unique that Facebook can’t match. “Sparks” does have the ability to constantly generate new and updated content specific to an individual’s personal interests from outside of the Google+ network, which is something Facebook cannot currently match. However, in my opinion, what really makes the Google+ “Sparks” feature unique from Facebook’s “Likes” feature is not the fact that “Sparks” has the ability to generate updated content specific to the user’s interests. On a basic level, Google News can preform a similar function to the Google+ “Sparks” feature and users don’t need to register with Gmail or Google+ to use Google News. What makes “Sparks” unique is that user defined, customizable interests are private and can only be viewed by the Google+ user. Facebook users can change their privacy settings so that page “Likes” can only be viewed by themselves. This, however, runs counter to the purpose of “Like” pages (sharing one’s interests with others and connecting with those who share similar interests). Despite this limitation, Facebook could implement a site update that combines the elements of “Like” pages with the privacy of the Google+ “Sparks” feature.

Imagine if Facebook created a “Just Me” feature. Essentially, the “Just Me” feature would be a private (only visible to the individual user) version of Facebook’s “Likes” feature. Some Facebook users may avoid publicly “Liking” pages for products or services they frequently use and like in order to maintain a more professional Facebook image for employers, co-workers, professors, and anyone else. The addition of a “Just Me” feature could eliminate this dilemma. By using the “Just Me” feature, Facebook users can exercise freedom to publicly “Like” pages they have no worries about sharing and privately add pages they don’t wish to share but want to receive information on to their “Just Me” list. In addition to giving Facebook users an extra element of freedom, privacy, and convenience, the “Just Me” feature could increase Facebook’s advertising revenue and enhance existing opportunities for companies to market their product(s) on Facebook. Who knows? Maybe the competition for “Just Me” likes will be as intense as current competition for Facebook’s public “Likes.”

In sum, the addition of a “Likes” feature for Facebook’s News Feed and the addition of a “Just Me” feature to allow users to receive information on interests they truly like but are anxious to publicly share represent just two ideas to keep Facebook competitive in response to the recent emergence of Google+. However, these ideas represent my personal brainstorming ideas and are not (to my knowledge) currently active projects for Facebook’s development staff. Nonetheless, the online world will keep watching for Facebook’s next move as more users begin to join Google+.

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2 Great FREE Tools Found in Your Windows XP Accessories Folder

Have you ever wondered why the great operating systems of Windows don’t come full of wonderful applications and tools from the start? Well if you have and you’ve spent a whole lot of time downloading programs, you need to stop. Today you will find out about 2 great tools that are already

– Program Compatibility Wizard
A lot of programs that you may have when you buy a new computer may have worked correctly at an earlier time on another computer but what if they dont’ work on your new one? Well now there is a cool program that needs not to be downloaded and has a very easy navigation all around. The wizard will help you test compatibility settings which you will choose and then it will produce solutions that may fix those problems. This program is a very useful tool to have. It allows you to test programs to see if they are compatible with your computer system basically.

It can be used many times without any restrictions and it’s also very easy to find. You can locate this tool by going to “Start”, “All Programs”, “Accessories”, and then you’ll see a small blue icon with a question mark and that’s it! Once you start up the program it will tell you what the program will do for you. The one thing that you need not forget is that this compatibility wizard should not be used to test older virus detection, backup, or system programs at all. It’s recommended that you don’t even try to do this as a cautionary precaution. You can choose the programs that you would like to check for compatibility from programs from a list of programs already installed on your computer, from a program on a CD-ROM and you can even choose to locate the program yourself manually.

– Remote Desktop Connection
You’ve heard of other people accessing computer from remote locations and now it’s time for you to find out that it’s not so amazing and hard to do because your system already comes with an applications that allows you to do this fast, easy, and without any time limits on it. All that you will need for this to work is to be connected to someone else who has MSN Messenger and a high-speed connection would help very much also.

Once you know that you both have that you can go to “Start”, “Help and Support”, and then click on the “Invite a friend to connect to your computer with Remote Assistance” link which will take you to a page that allows you to invite someone to help you from your messengers list, or to view your invitation status. You can also connect to a computer just using their IP address but for that you will have to use the Remote Assistance tool that’s located in the Accessories folder then inside of the Communications one. These two ways to access other computers are very valuable especially to those who work at an office then at home. There are many programs on the internet for download but none work like the one already installed in your system.

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2 John Chapter One

13 Nov 2007

Tuesday’s Daily Word and Thought Journal (By: Yusun Beck)

2 John Chapter One

“1(A)The elder to the (B)chosen ©lady and her children, whom I (D)love in truth; and not only I, but also all who (E)know the truth, 2for (F)the sake of the truth which abides (G)in us and will be (H)with us forever: 3(I)Grace, mercy and peace will be with us, from God the Father and from Jesus Christ, the Son of the Father, in truth and love. 4(J)I was very glad to find some of your children walking in truth, just as we have received commandment to do from the Father. 5Now I ask you, lady, (K)not as though I were writing to you a new commandment, but the one which we have had (L)from the beginning, that we (M)love one another. 6And (N)this is love, that we walk according to His commandments This is the commandment, (O)just as you have heard (P)from the beginning, that you should walk in it. 7For (Q)many deceivers have ®gone out into the world, those who (S)do not acknowledge Jesus Christ as coming in the flesh This is (T)the deceiver and the (U)antichrist. 8(V)Watch yourselves, (W)that you do not lose what we have accomplished, but that you may receive a full reward. 9Anyone who goes too far and (X)does not abide in the teaching of Christ, does not have God; the one who abides in the teaching, he has both the Father and the Son. 10If anyone comes to you and does not bring this teaching, (Y)do not receive him into your house, and do not give him a greeting; 11for the one who gives him a greeting (Z)participates in his evil deeds. 12(AA)Though I have many things to write to you, I do not want to do so with paper and ink; but I hope to come to you and speak face to face, so that your (AB)joy may be made full. 13The children of your (AC)chosen sister greet you.” (Quoted from;)

This one letter or epistle leaves us with a careful thought and warning. We must know the truth and guard ourselves from false doctrines and teachers. What God has accomplished in us must be guarded. The antichrist will try to take away what is precious to us, but we must remain strong despite all that is going on. Christians should not even let false doctrines enter their home. They bring only sorrow and grief. On a lighter note, how we act in public is watched, and we should not show invitation to the evil things of the world. What more is there to say to this section? It literally says, “Know the truth; do not accept or invite false doctrines or teachers.”

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2 At-Home All Natural Sleep Remedies

I have always had trouble falling asleep. I am twenty-five and sometimes a good night’s sleep still manages to elude me. But I am starting to learn some at home tricks to fall asleep which I hope will help you as much as they have helped me. By “at-home” remedies I mean not taking any pill sleep aid like Tylenol PM. I am referring to all natural ways of getting good nights sleep.

Exercise has some many great effects on the body. Helping with sleep problems is just one of them. Just remember not to exercise close to bedtime. Preferably the morning or afternoon is best. Your body has Circadian Rhythms which tell the body when it is time to be active and when it is time to sleep. Exercise will help regulate these natural body rhythms. Exercising out doors with the natural light is a big help, but any increase in daily activity is good. Studies have been done to prove that exercise does indeed help with getting good nights sleep.

Bedtime is a time for relaxation not stirring up your body’s sympathetic “fight or flight” nervous system. This means letting go of the stress from your day, try turning the lights low at least an hour before bedtime. The pineal gland in the brain produces melatonin which is thought to play a role in sleep induction and the body’s internal clock. By turning the lights low there may be a greater increase in melatonin which is produced in periods of darkness. Studies are currently being conducted to understand more about this. I recommend a warm bath or shower, a warm glass of milk (optional), and putting something warm on the bottom of your feet whether it is Vick’s covered by socks, or a heat pack. I know that might sound odd but surprisingly enough I have found out that if my feet are warmer, my body starts relaxing more quickly. Why that is I have never been able to figure out.

Please be advised that these are merely my suggestions and that it is always best to discuss sleeping problems with your doctor.

I have tried the previously mentioned remedies and they have helped me. They seem to be more effective if I keep to a routine so you might want to keep that in mind. I hope you sleep well tonight, and if not then there is always tomorrow.

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2 Weeks Until Christmas! No Money and A Long Gift List

2 weeks Till Christmas-No money, long gift list

What do you do? There is only 2 weeks until Christmas. Your bank account balance is slim, but your list of gifts to buy is long! Never fear, there is hope. It is possible to give heartfelt gifts on a limited budget, in a short amount of time.

For children, save up some toilet paper rolls, or cut wrapping paper tubes into 5 inch lengths. Place small toys, money, wrapped candies in the tube, then wrap the tube, leaving some paper overlapping the ends – gather the extra and tie with ribbons.

For small children who can not read – make picture books with pictures of family, pets and familiar places. Put pictures in $1 Store photo albums, add short words on each page, such as ” Mom”: “Fido” “My house”

Make individualized memory games for kids – print off duplicates of multiple pictures – cut into squares and laminate or cover with clear Contac paper. I add backs to mine – that says “Billy’s Memory Game” on each piece.

Make a homemade bean bag toss game. Use leftover plywood or even a large piece of cardboard for the backdrop. Cut out various sized holes/shapes for the targets. Paint to look like a scene – favorites are : Noah’s ark with windows and doors as targets, clowns with spots for targets, sky with balloons as targets, etc.

Again – use a scrap piece of plywood – hot glue on old knobs, levers, nonworking phones, etc. Lots of imaginary play as a space ship, submarine, etc.

Ring toss games – use various sized plastic lids for the rings – cut out the centers. Leave as is, paint or wrap with yarn/fabric. Use weighted soda bottles for targets, or a peg styled coat rack – paint or stain in vibrant colors.

Milk jug ball catchers – do a search online for instructions on making these. Add a soft sponge type ball, or a handmade one (crocheted, knitted, rags)

Do an online search for homemade kid recipes – things like bubbles, soap crayons, silly putty, slime and so forth.

Homemade recipes can also be found online for beauty recipes. These gifts are great for the females on your list. Look for things like bath salts, lip gloss, facial masks, etc.

Fleece scarves can be made quickly and inexpensively – these are great for all ages, and either sex. Scour the fabric stores for fleece remnants. Cut from selvage to selvage in 8″ – 12″ widths. Add trims as you like to the ends, cut fringes or not…

Soft jewelry for the girls/women – sewn from fancy fabric scraps, these can be quite nice. Young girls like to play dress up and a plastic canvas crown, bracelets, rings are quite an addition to the dress up trunk. Crocheted motifs on crocheted chains of metallic thread are very nice.

Rice/corn bags – these are easy to make, inexpensive and much appreciated by the receiver. Simply cut fabric slightly larger than you’d like the bag to be – I make mine rectangular shaped , about 8″ x 10″. Long, skinny rectangles are nice for neck aches, square ones are good for low backs, smaller ones work well for knees or headaches. Include instructions to heat in microwave for warm heat, or freeze in freezer for cold therapy.

Pictures make good gifts — either family photos, or scenic photos that you’ve taken yourself. For variations — make postcards, note cards, stationery, or illuminated pictures — print picture on transparency “paper”, put into a clear frame and place a tea light behind it.

For the men on your list — how about making homemade jerky? Do an online search for recipes…or making flavored coffees… “in a mug” recipes too. Check thrift stores or the Dollar store for mugs with a male theme.

Check out the stores that sell gift baskets of food stuffs, then replicate them with homemade versions. Much less expensive, and more personalized.

Time shortages and lack of money don’t have to mean a dreary Christmas. Use some ingenuity, your computer and make some fantastic presents!

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2 Year College: Career Stability for Life

Did you just graduate from high school and are concerned about your future or where to turn for a career or is it, maybe, time for a career change? Kilgore College in Kilgore, Texas offers a two year college degree that will ensure a person’s placement in the Cathodic Protection career field.

What is Cathodic Protection you might ask? To sum it up, Cathodic Protection is the protection that is applied to unground pipelines, storage containers such as tanks and vessels, underground storage tanks for gasoline and other bi-products, and anything else that is metallic in nature and either under the ground or filled with a liquid substance. The protection applied for Cathodic Protection is to prevent or minimize corrosion of the structure, whether it be a storage tank or pipeline.

We have all heard of the stories on the news where a pipeline exploded doing incredible damage to neighborhoods and the first thing that is investigated is the Cathodic Protection system that is on that pipeline. In a way, a career in Cathodic Protection is actually a career in saving lives.

There are many people out there whether they are high school graduates or people just looking for a better paying and more fulfilling job and Cathodic Protection just might be the field that lands people in life long careers without having to invest too much time in schooling in order to obtain it.

Kilgore College is not the only way in order to get into a career in Cathodic Protection but it is stressed because by the time a person graduates they have the tools that they need to jump right into a career in Cathodic Protection and it is also rumored that head hunters are very interested in the graduates of that college.

Now for those people who do not want to invest in the time to go to a two year college it is possible to get a certification that will be a step up to get into the field. This certification is usually a week long and as long as the person passes the course they are rewarded with a CP1 Certificate or a CP Tester ranking. The organization that hosts these classes is called NACE (National Association of Corrosion Engineers). NACE is a recognized organization throughout the world and is a great way to get a feel for what Cathodic Protection is by visiting their website at The website will also provide dates and places where the CP 1 classes are being held. The down side is that the location may not be near where a person lives so hotel accommodations may be required. Plus, the classes costs money as well. The prices can be found on the website also.

However, having a basic understanding of corrosion, Cathodic Protection, and basic electricity is essential in order to understand and pass the class. Going in blind to one of these classes will ensure a loss of money and also a loss of a certificate that could change a person’s life.

In closing, although the field of Cathodic Protection may not be for everyone it is a field that is not going anywhere as long as pipelines continue to be under the earth. So if you want an exciting career that will constantly keep you learning and having a feeling of accomplishment at the days end then maybe this is the right field for you. Good luck everyone!

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2 New "Wizard of Oz" Movies in 2013

“Wizard of Oz” came out in 1939 and is one of the most recognized movies of all time. It’s amazing how popular it still is after all of this time even though it was not an instant success at the box office. Another interesting fact is that in the year 2013 there are 2 new movies that are coming out related to this classic. One of those movies is a prequel to the original, and the other occurs during events after the movie. Here is a synopsis of both movies.

“Oz: The Great and powerful ” is the prequel to “The Wizard of Oz”. It is a live action movie which surrounds the events of how a small-time magician Oscar Diggs made his way to Oz. Being in such an amazing place he must determine who is good and who is bad including run-ins with then different witches of Oz, then use his small-time magic to transform himself into the great and power Wizard of Oz. Release date for this movie is set for March 9, 2013.

The other movie is called “Dorothy of OZ“. It is a CGI movie based on the events that happened after the “Wizard of OZ”. In this movie, Glinda, the Good Witch of the North has summoned Dorothy and Toto back to OZ. With the help of her old friends the Scarecrow, Tin Man, and Cowardly Lion they must stop an evil Jester from turning the people of OZ into puppets. No release date given at this time.

So if you are and have always been a fan of the “Wizard of OZ” and want to see more of this great story, then you are in luck in 2013. Here are 2 movies being release soon based on the classic that will be sure to get you all juiced up to return to the great place called Oz, and bring back the memories of when you first watched the original.

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2 Reasons Not to Pay Your Taxes with a Credit Card

When you get done with your taxes this season, you may find yourself in that dreaded position: owing money to the IRS. The IRS does accept credit cards if you can’t write a check. Although this may sound tempting if you don’t have the cash on hand to pay down your debt, you might want to think twice.

Disadvantages of Paying The IRS with Credit Card

  1. Processing Fees: as you may already know, whenever you use a credit card the merchant incurs a 2-3% processing fee. But the IRS is no regular merchant, and they don’t pay those fees. So paying with a credit card means you’ll incur an added 2.35% processing fee. That’s $24 per every $1000 you owe, which adds up very quickly.
  2. Credit Score: credit card companies have already been lowering consumer credit limits, indirectly damaging users’ credit scores in the process. By paying down your IRS debt with a credit card, you use up that much more available credit, further hurting your credit score, which could mean big differences in your personal finances. For instance, car buyers with bad credit often have to opt for buy here pay here financing instead of a lower rate bank loan, because traditional lenders are loathe to hesitant to accept applicants with tarnished credit.

Alternative Solutions for Making Payment

If your dearth in cash is only short term, you could request an extension of 1-4 months through an Online Payment Agreement application available on the IRS website. Alternatively, you could also set up an installment agreement to pay them back in periodic installments, but through this process you may incur more penalties than with an extension, and the IRS can revoke your agreement for missed payments. There are also interest rates you have to pay, and potential penalties.

If you have absolutely no way to pay back the debt you owe, you can request what’s called an offer in compromise. However, very few taxpayers actually qualify for this kind of debt forgiveness unless they have exhausted any and all ways to pay back the debt, and they have a very dismal prospect of being able to do so in the future.

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20 20 Cricket- Not Exactly a True ''Cricketer's'' Game

20 20 cricket was mainly started in New Zealand as part of the games played to raise money for a social cause. Over the years it has bloomed to become the most popular form of the sport. But over the long term it does harm the conventional form of the game.

Test cricket was the first form of cricket started in the 1800s . Since then , the game has been rightly referred to as the gentleman’s game. One of the main elements of cricket ie batting, has always been played with class and elegance and authority. In test matches there have been instances of batsmen who have singlehandedly won matches for their country by spending hours and days in the field , holding out all opposition. Then again, test cricket is not all about batting. The bowlers in the field have their fair share of responsibility , picking up 20 wickets over 5 long days , and provide a platform for their batsmen. And then there is the part played by the fielders. these aspects of cricket are depicted in 20 20 cricket in the most unorthodox way creating a sense of disorder to the beautiful way in which the game is played.

The evidence can be clearly made out in the 3 elemants of the game viz ie batting , bowling and fielding. A 20 20 batsman of today’s game does not give any importance to elegance and neatness as far as his batting strokes are concerned. The phrases like ” a stroke right out of the textbook ” are long forgotten. the main agenda of a 20 20 batsman is to score as many runs as possible in the shortest period of time , irrespective of how he scores them. As a result there is more of slog hitting , compared to the elegant batting seen in test cricket. The correct technique through which a batsman scores runs, for which the game was earlies identified , is not all recognised here. It is more or less a form of ”gully cricket” or ”time pass cricket”. importance is given to batsman who can swing his arms freely and can score maximum runs in limited deliveries over a relatively slow but experienced batsman who can keep a cool head under pressure and can win games. If this is followed over a long term, it can seriously affect the beauty of the game.

Another aspect which can clearly differentiate 20 20 cricket from test cricket is pressure. The 5 day format of the game is called ”test” cricket because it clearly tests your capabilities as a good batsman and overall as a good cricketer. A good batsman is not just someone who can score 50 runs off 20 balls by slog hitting, but someone who can spend long hours in the field , absorb the pressure, and intelligently, take the game to the opposition. even as far as bowling is concerned, bowling 20 odd overs a day for a period of two or more days is a real test.

Indeed, a team which finishes on top is recognised for its hard work and brilliance on the field for a period of 5 long days. whereas in 20 20 cricket, matches are played roughly over a period of 3 hours, where , ultimately, a player is tested only by his ability to hit the ball into the crowd for a period of 90 mins and not by his ability to play under intense pressure. This is definitely spoiling the beauty of the game . In 20 20 cricket one solid innings for a period of 90 mins filled with slog hits can change the entire game. whereas in test cricket, it is more or less the whole team, and not the individual whose performance makes the difference. Cricket lovers all over the world, and veterans of the game want to see a team come out of the shadows, show its strength and fight back in an insidious and dramatic way which is seen only in test cricket. So if 20 20 cricket is given more importance in the future, it will seriously affect the conventional form of the game.

Since 20 20 cricket is played only for 3 hours, it has evolved more into a form of entertainment or a business than a sport. The fact that 20 20 cricket has had a downfall can be clearly seen by the events in the recent past. The issues about the need for cheerleaders in the ipl, the apparent rift between the BCCI and the ipl chairman, the issues regarding the ownership of the ipl teams , is needlessly driving cricket-lover’s attention away for the original game. If such a format of the game is given more importance in the long run, the game of cricket is doomed for failure. The decreased fan following of this season’s ipl as evidenced by the empty stadiums clearly suggests its downfall.

Even in ODI cricket , though similar to the IPL, the merits can be clearly made out. Chennai super kings might have won the IPL and the champions trophy, but team India’s rise in ODI’s and tests has enormously increased the crowd support for the conventional form of the game, not just in India but in other parts of the world. whereas the IPL season 4 or ”entertainment cricket” which began just four days after India’s world cup win, was defined by empty stadiums and decreased fan following . the innings played by dhoni in the world cup final clearly proves the importance of responsible batting, which is rarely seen in the IPL.
hence, IPL has definitely been the revolution that cricket has needed in this era.. but over a long term , it can seriously harm the conventional form of the game

the contents in this article are solely based on individual opinion, any comments and suggestions are welcome :-)

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2 Peter 3:8 And the End of the World

But forget not this one thing, beloved, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day (2 Peter 3:8).

Ever since Jesus promised that He would return there has been no lack of people who have trying to predict precisely when that will be. Most recently the group at “Family Radio” has made well-publicized and provocative claims that the time of judgment will begin on 21 May 2011 in the evening. They base this conclusion on Genesis 7:4, declaring that the seven days before the flood are parallel to the seven days before the judgment day, we are to understand from 2 Peter 3:8 that each day represents a thousand years, and voilĂ - 7,000 years would pass between the flood and the end of the world. They date the flood to 4990 BCE; hence, the world will end in 2011 CE.

They want to make this scheme look persuasive and Biblical, but they are not the first people who have attempted to make an equation out of 2 Peter 3:8. The Epistle of Barnabas, most likely written between 70 and 132 CE, attempted to say something similar on the basis of the creation in Genesis 1:1-2:3:

Give heed, children, what this meaneth; “He ended in six days.”
He meaneth this, that in six thousand years the Lord shall bring all things to an end; for the day with Him signifyeth a thousand years; and this He himself beareth me witness, saying; “Behold, the day of the Lord shall be as a thousand years.” Therefore, children, in six days, that is in six thousand years, everything shall come to an end.
“And He rested on the seventh day.”
This He meaneth: when His Son shall come, and shall abolish the time of the Lawless One, and shall judge the ungodly, and shall change the sun and the moon and the stars, then shall he truly rest on the seventh day (Epistle of Barnabas 15:4-5).

Even though the date of the creation is somewhat disputed, most chronological analyses (including the one by those behind “Family Radio”) place it more than 6,000 years ago, thus invalidating the claim of the Epistle of Barnabas. If this type of thinking was inaccurate regarding the days of Creation, why should we expect a prediction involving the seven days before the Flood in Genesis 7:4- a detail for which there is no explicit association with the judgment day, even in 2 Peter 3:1-13- to fare any better?

God’s judgment will come quickly upon this prediction. Nevertheless, the major methodological problem will remain: Peter never equates one day with a thousand years. He says that for the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years is as one day (2 Peter 3:8). Peter does not want anyone to think that God is “slow” in fulfilling His promises, and he does so by showing that time has no meaning to God. Two thousand years, to God, is no different than two days!

We know that the Lord will return when no one expects Him (1 Thessalonians 5:1-10). That, in and of itself, likely invalidates any expectation of His return on 21 May 2011. But let none be deceived: He will return. It may come before May 21, or it may come long afterward, so let us be prepared for His return at all times (Matthew 25:1-13)!

Ethan R. Longhenry

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