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Posts from September 2013


National Heath Insurace Open Enrollment Begins Tomorrow
A new chapter in the American story begins tomorrow with the open enrollment of the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare as it is commonly known.  Although it is a hot button of political talk and there are passionate opinions on both sides, I only wanted to share with you the official web site. 

Experts warn to only use the official government website and not an alternative link because of the scam risks.  So here is the web site:

http://www.heathcare.gov

I just went through it and had a few questions to ask and it is pretty straightforward.  Of course nothing about the costs for coverage are posted yet.  The wegb site says it will be up and running October 1.


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Zen At Wrok
How often do you have that moment at work when you just feel like screaming??  Here are 5 tips on finding Zen in the office.  Save that screaming for when you win the lottery!

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Avoid The Flu At Work
A study by workplace consulting firm Kimberly-Clark Professional revealed that nearly 60 percent of employees go to work when they're sick, and 30 percent of those sick workers said they do so because they are too important to their business's operation to stay home.  So how can you keep the flu out of your workspace?  Click here for the story.

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Tricks Advertisers Use To Visually Enhanced Products
Did you know that colored mashed potatoes are used as ice cream in ice cream ads? Or that glue is used as milk in cereal ads?  How about motor oil used as maple syrup being poured over pancakes?  These are visual ricks used by advertisers for years!  Take a look at what other tricks are being used in the trade!

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Wonder Bread Returns To Store Shelves
First the Twinkee was resurrected and now it appears Wonder Bread is heading back to store shelves. Flowers Foods bought the Wonder Bread brand from Hostess earlier this year and is returning it and three other brands to grocery stores across the country, including Merita, Home Pride and Butternut bread brands. Now what about that burning question we all want to know, will it taste the same as the smushy white stuff of memory?
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Fun After School Activities
When the final bell of the school day rings, what will the kids do to keep them entertained?  yes, there is homework but check out these fun after school activities that every kid will love!  Click here to find out!

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Friends Of Rainbow Springs Needs Your Help
The Ocala Star-Banner reports that The Friends of Rainbow Springs are searching for volunteers to help upkeep Rainbow Springs State Park.  Lovers of the outdoors and our state parks can help run the concessions stands, help decorate for the Santa Over The Rainbow festival, Art In The Park, Dark Side of the Rainbow Halloween event and more.  To volunteer call 465-8555.
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Made In the USA Making A Return
Some good news for Ameica! A new survey out yesterday showed a big increase in recent months in the number of companies considering bringing production back to the U.S. from China, CNNMoney.com reports. Boston Consulting Group said its survey found most large American companies now plan to move some production to the U.S. or are actively considering doing so. The number of firms that have shifted manufacturing back to America or will do so in the next two years has nearly doubled over the past 18 months. The survey found the main drivers of the trend are labor costs, product quality, and a desire to be closer to customers. Lower energy prices and declining labor costs have made America a cheaper place to manufacture goods, while China is seeing rising wage costs and an impending labor shortage.
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Latest Trend: Snail Facials
It's amazing what we will tolerate for youthful skin.  A few years ago it was a bird poo facial and now the growing trend involves slimy snails!  The snail facial all started in a Tokyo spa. During the procedure, an esthetician places live snails on the face of the client, whereby they distribute their mucus to remove dead skin cells and, somehow, improve the skin’s ability to hydrate. But does it work?  Read the article by clicking here.

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Bathroom Wipes Being Blamed For Clogged Sewers
Bathroom wipes are being blamed for creating clogs in sewer systems around the country, with an increase in the problem roughly coinciding with the growing popularity of the pre-moistened towelettes over the past four years. Wastewater authorities say that even though many of the wipes are labeled as flushable, they aren't breaking down as they go through the sewer system, which is costing municipalities millions of dollars as they have to deal with clogs and replace and upgrade machinery. Manufacturers contend that flushable wipes aren't the problem, saying instead that it's adults using baby wipes and other cleaning wipes that are labeled non-flushable. AP cited a trade group as saying sales of bathroom wipes have increased nearly five percent a year since 2007, and they're now a $6 billion-a-year industry.
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What Your Coffee Says About You
New research finds the type of coffee you sip may say something about your personality. To find this a clinical psychologist observed and surveyed one-thousand cofee drinkers.

Black Coffee- Those who perfer their joe without sugar or cream tended to be "no nonesense" individuals who tended to be abrupts and dismissive.

Llatte Drinkers-tended to be more neurotic and eager to please people who often went out of their way to help others, but didn't take good care of themselves.

Sweet Coffee-Those who added sugar or sugar subistute were found to be "socially bold overgrown kids"

Decaf Coffee-These drinkers were found to be obsessive, controlling and detail-oriented.

Head researcher, Dr. Ramani Durvasula warns not to take the findings too seriously, saying, "We are no more defined by our coffee orders than we are by our astrological signs."
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2013 Emmy Winners
Who won what award last night at The Emmys?  Here is a rundown of the winners:

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series - Tony Hale, Veep
Outstanding Writer for a Comedy Series - Tina Fey and Tracey Wigfield, 30 Rock
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series - Merritt Weaver, Nurse Jackie
Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series - Gail Mancuso, Modern Family
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series - Jim Parsons, Big Bang Theory
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series - Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep
Outstanding Reality Competition Program - The Voice
Outstanding Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition Program - Heidi Klum & Tim Gunn, Project Runway
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series - Anna Gunn, Breaking Bad
Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series - Henry Bromell (deceased), Homeland
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series - Bobby Cannavale, Boardwalk Empire
Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series - David Fincher, House Of Cards
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series - Jeff Daniels, Newsroom
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series - Claire Danes, Homeland
Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Special - The Colbert Report
Outstanding Directing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Special - Don Roy King, Saturday Night Live
Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Series - The Colbert Report
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie - Ellen Burstyn, Political Animals
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie - James Cromwell, American Horror Story: Asylum
Outstanding Writing for a Miniseries, Movie or Dramatic Special - Abi Morgan, The Hour
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie - Laura Linney, The Big C
Outstanding Directing for a Miniseries, Movie or Dramatic Special - Steven Soderbergh, Behind the Candelabra
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie - Michael Douglas, Behind The Candelabra
Outstanding Miniseries or TV Movie - Behind The Candelabra
Outstanding Drama Series - Breaking Bad
Outstanding Comedy Series - Modern Family
Outstanding Choreography - Derek Hough, Dancing With The Stars
Outstanding Animated Program - South Park
Outstanding Reality Program - Undercover Boss
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80, 529 Thank Yous!
A big thank you to you for making the 13th Annual Radiothon For Kids such a success.  Because of you we were able to raise $80,529 for UF Health Shands Children's Hospital

Another big thank you to our sponsors:



Sunstate Federal Credit Union


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Could You Pass The U.S. Citizenship Test?
For immigrants to the United States, taking the citizenship test is one of the most difficult and stressful events of their lives.  Yet for many naturally-born Americans, knowing how many Senators are elected from each state is trivial.  If you were seeking citizenship, do you think you could pass the U.S. Citizenship Test?  Find out by answering some of these questions.

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Ace That Test With These 5 Apps
Who couldn't use some extra help in scoring big in that test?  These five apps can help you study like a pro and ace your next quiz or test.  Click here for the list.

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Eat At Beef O' Brady's Ocala West Tonight For CMN
Malone's Miracle Money Makers invite you to meet Team Co-Captain Caitlyn Dunning as she hosts a Radiothon donation event on Tuesday, September 17th at Beef O' Brady's-Ocala West on SW 93rd Court in Ocala



15% of your meal will be donated to this year's Radiothon for Kids!  So save this date and we'll see you there!
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A Walking Dead Spinoff Is On The Way
Fans (including myself) of The Walking Dead series on AMC TV will be happy to know that the network is working on a companion series to the zombie drama.  No firm date of when this project will hit the small screen but the "Walking Dead" comics creator Robert Kirkman and executive producers of the TV show Gale Anne Hurd and Dave Alpert are all on board!  Season 4 returns October 13th

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5 Common Yoga Mistakes
Are you making these common yoga mistakes?  Click here to find out and see how easy it is to fix!
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Best End-Of-Summer Cocktails
It's Friday, the end of summer is near and it's time to celebrate.  Check out these cocktails that will heat up those cooler days and nights!

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Drinking During Pregnancy, What Experts Say
It's a hot topic debate, can a pregnant mother consume alcohol and not endanger her child in the womb?  Well the answer is yes and no.  See what experts have to say by clicking on this link for the entire story.

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Shameful Ways Companies Commemorated 9/11
I don't think there is a soul alive who doesn't know where they were when they heard and saw planes crash into the WTC and the collapse of the towers.  It a day that changed us all.  What I can' believe are the numerous companies and businesses who use the 9/11 anniversary for profit and promotion!  Newspapers subscriptions, golf courses, fast food chains and even sports teams, companies and businesses thought it a fitting tribute to the thousands of Americans who lost their lives to promote their business and push sales.   Click on the links bellow for a slew of poor taste commemorations.  Be forewarned, it will make you angry.

Click here for 5 Awful Ways Companies Commemorate 9-11 from Crqacked.com

A Roundup Of 9/11 Promotions from The Consumerist.

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Late Back-To-School Bargains
OK Johnny Come Lately, you can still get some great deals for back to school, especially if you are wanting your college student to fly home for the holidays.  Click here for the rest of the story!

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Days Of The Automatioc Gratuity May Be Numbered
Workers in the service industry and customers pay attention, recent changes to IRS rules may make the automatic charge of 18% gratuity for large groups a thing of the past.  As you would expect, it isn't a good thing for waitstaff.

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Cures For A Stinky Washing Machine
Ironic how the machine that cleans your clothes itself can become stinky and smelly!  Here are some tips for keeping your washing machine clean.

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Latest Deep Fried Item: Soup
Deep friend Twinkles, Oreos, Kool-Aid and now soup?  Yes, seems there is no limit to what can be deep fried!  It appears the nation of Japan is in the midst of an all-out fad fit over a creamy corn potage. It’s the trend du jour there and KFC has developed a way to deep fly it...for a limited time!


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Mobile Banking Now Safer Than Online Banking
Once considered unsafe, experts now say using a mobile phone app to access your bank accounts is safer than using a PC.  As long as you are using an encrypted Wi-Fi or a cellular data connection.  Read the rest of the story by clicking here.
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Days Of The Nigerian Prince Scam May Be Numbered
I don't think it would be a stretch in saying just about everyone with an email account has received the "Nigerian Prince" email scam.  You know the one about a rich Nigerian Prince with millions of dollars needs your bank account info to transfer money so he can get it out of Nigeria and you get a portion.  Well quite possibly the oldest scam in the world may become extinct.

The Federal Trade Commission signed an agreement last week with the government of Nigeria to help combat cross-border fraud and it includes Internet fraud.  Read the rest of the story by clicking here.

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Most Read Books Of The World
OK Bookworms, blog site Squidoo.com, writer James Chapman and host of "A Passion for Writing," did the research to compile the list of the most-read books in the world, and the result is fascinating.
The top 10 most-read books in the world:

1. The Bible
Consisting of the Old Testament and New Testament, the Bible is a canonical collection of texts considered sacred in Judaism and Christianity as it is believed to be the Word of God.

2. "Quotations From Chairman Mao Tse-tung," by Mao Tse-tung
This collection of selected statements from speeches and writings of the former leader of the Chinese Communist Party was published from 1964 to 1976 and widely distributed during the Cultural Revolution.

3. "Harry Potter," by J.K. Rowling
This collection of seven fantasy novels chronicles the adventures of a wizard named Harry Potter and his friends Ronald Weasley and Hermione Granger, all of whom are students at the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

4. "Lord of the Rings," by J.R.R. Tolkien
This epic high fantasy novel in three volumes tells the story of the Dark Lord Sauron, who created the One Ring in an earlier age in order to rule the other Rings of Power as the ultimate weapon in his campaign to conquer and rule all of Middle-earth.

5. "The Alchemist," by Paulo Coelho
This 1988 allegorical novel was originally written in Portuguese and later translated into more than 55 languages. It tells the story young of an Andalusian shepherd named Santiago and his adventures in Egypt, to which he travels after having a recurring dream of finding treasure.

6. "The Da Vinci Code," by Dan Brown
This 2003 mystery-detective novel follows symbologist Robert Langdon and cryptologist Sophie Neveu as they investigate a murder in Paris's Louvre Museum.

7. "Twilight: The Saga," by Stephanie Meyer
A four-book fantasy series that includes "Twilight," "New Moon, "Eclipse" and "Breaking Dawn," this is a romantic and suspenseful story that captures the struggle between defying our instincts and satisfying our desires. Oh, and vampires. Lots of vampires.

8. "Gone With the Wind," by Margaret Mitchell
First published in 1936, this historical novel is set in Clayton County, Georgia and the city of Atlanta during the American Civil War and Reconstruction and tells the story of Scarlett O'Hara and Rhett Butler. As the spoiled daughter of a well-to-do plantation owner, Scarlett must use every means at her disposal to come out of the poverty she finds herself in after Sherman's "March to the Sea."

9. "Think and Grow Rich" by Napoleon Hill
This 1937 motivational and self-help book espouses a philosophy that can be used to help people succeed in all lines of work to do or be almost anything they want.

10. "The Diary of Anne Frank," by Anne Frank
Written from June 14, 1942 to August 1, 1944 and published in 1947, this is the diary kept by Anne Frank while she was in hiding for two years with her family during the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands.
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