Friday, June 26, 2015

Marriage Equality

WASHINGTON, June 26, 2015 Stephanie Rawlings-Blake today issued the following statement in reaction to the Supreme Court's ruling on Marriage Equality:
-- U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) President Baltimore Mayor
"Today is a great day for America's families. The U.S. Conference of Mayors hails the Supreme Court's decisions today on marriage equality.  This historic decision will dramatically improve the lives of same-sex couples in cities across the nation.
"It is particularly gratifying for an organization such as ours that has been in the forefront of efforts to provide full equality for gay and lesbian Americans since 1984.  USCM adopted policy opposing discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation in 1984.  In 2009, we adopted policy in support of the freedom to marry, and one year ago reaffirmed that policy and urged the U.S. Supreme Court to rule that freedom to marry is the right of all Americans.
"The Conference was proud to sign onto a brief along with 226 mayors, 40 cities, Mayors for the Freedom to Marry, and other national organizations that urged the Court to end marriage discrimination nationwide.   We all believed it was the right thing to do, and now, the Supreme Court has affirmed that belief and made marriage equality the law of the land."
The U.S. Conference of Mayors is the official nonpartisan organization of cities with populations of 30,000 or more. There are nearly 1400 such cities in the country today, and each city is represented in the Conference by its chief elected official, the mayor. Like us on Facebook at facebook.com/usmayors, or follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/usmayors.


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Sunday, June 21, 2015

Messages # 10

Why Tripadvisor is a Scam?

by F Guzzardi
5 questions who deserve some reflection
 
The idea of a service for travelers from all over the world is very interesting
but the problem is how all good things that attract the attention of the scammers.
A perverse system that once triggered may result in failures or benefits for any restaurant, hotel or tourist attraction classified. What happens in reality is very simple

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A Message to Fathers across America: Take Time to be a Dad Today

Ad Council, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and National Responsible Fatherhood Clearinghouse Launch New Fatherhood Involvement PSAs in Time for Father’s Day

PR Newswire, Washington, DC, June 18, 2015 – This Sunday, millions of kids across America will celebrate their fathers and the contributions they have made to their lives. To coincide with Father’s Day, the Ad Council, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the National Responsible Fatherhood Clearinghouse have launched a new series of public service advertisements (PSAs) that encourage dads to recognize the critical role they play in their children’s lives, and provide tools and information to help them get more involved with their kids. read more

The Conference Board Leading Economic Index® (LEI) for the U.S. Increased Again  

 

NEW YORK, June 18, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- The Conference Board Leading Economic Index® (LEI) for the U.S. increased 0.7 percent in May to 123.1 (2010 = 100), following a 0.7 percent increase in April, and a 0.4 percent increase in March.
"The U.S. LEI increased sharply again in May, confirming the outlook for more economic expansion in the second half of the year after what looks to be a much weaker first half," said Ataman Ozyildirim, Director, Business Cycles and Growth Research, at The Conference Board. "While residential construction and consumer expectations support the more positive outlook, industrial production and new orders in manufacturing are painting a somewhat more mixed picture." read more


Why Tripadvisor is a Scam?


5 questions who deserve some reflection

 
The idea of a service for travelers from all over the world is very interesting
but the problem is how all good things that attract the attention of the scammers.
A perverse system that once triggered may result in failures or benefits for any restaurant, hotel or tourist attraction classified. What happens in reality is very simple

 
TripAdvisor ranking system based on the judgments of its members. Now there are some evident problems:

 
1) The members are all in good faith?


2) The owners of the business classified may have access to the site with different accounts?


3) All members of the website are experts in the subject that rank?

4) What are the advantages to be placed in the top positions?


 5) how to they act the professionals of reviews?

1) No, not all members are in good faith!
Some write why does really want to convey their experience to help other travelers in the right choice. 

Some, because they are friends or relatives of the  business who judge.
Others, because they are not friends and do not like the owners of  business
And others, because they are owners of competitor business .


2) Yes! The owner of the business, as well other members may have access to the site with different accounts.

3) Absolutely no! Only a few are really experts in the field who judge.

4) Huge in terms of business, many people trust the judgment of Tripdvisor.

5)  Many business owner, pay a professional to check and post on Tripadvisor or other similar sites.

The drift of socials media
 
So, that today, it is created a real business of the reviews. Some experts have started a social media business really profitable, and companies pay thousands of dollars a year to keep in good condition their social media
On this would be nothing to say, the problem arises because it falsifies information and this is at the expense of people who believe that you have a good service.
If this is the future of</span> the Internet and social media we are on the wrong track.
All games run through compliance with the rules if this is not the prerogative, we must revise the right sense to give to these magnificent instruments.

 

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Dealing with Depression while Living with Paralysis

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SHORT HILLS, N.J., June 13, 2015 /This article is written on behalf of the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation Paralysis Resource Center (PRC). The PRC is a national resource which provides a road map of complimentary services and programs to empower individuals living with paralysis.
 
Whether it is participating in a competitive sport or a recreational workout, summer brings a wider range of activities for all levels of injury. Handcycling and wheelchair tennis have been popular options over the years, and recently, sports like baseball, adaptive golf, and power soccer are beginning to develop across the United States.
Depression is common among people who are paralyzed, but it's not normal -- becoming discouraged, grief-stricken or sad is normal, but depression represents a condition that is a health problem unto itself. Most forms of depression, however, can be treated.
While about 10 percent of the U.S. non-disabled population is said to be moderately or severely depressed, research shows that about 20 to 30 percent of people with long-term disabilities have a depressive condition.
Depression affects a person in many ways. It involves major changes in mood, outlook, ambition, problem solving, activity level and bodily processes (sleep, energy and appetite). It affects health and wellness: People with a disability who are depressed may not look after themselves; they may not drink enough water, take care of their skin, manage their diet. It affects one's social world. Friends and families are tuned out. Depressed people can't find pleasure, success or meaning. Substance abuse may develop. Thoughts of suicide often occur when things look most hopeless. In spinal cord injury, for example, risk is highest in the first five years after the injury. Other risk factors include dependence on alcohol or drugs, lack of a spouse or close support network, access to lethal means, or a previous suicide attempt. People who've tried to kill themselves before are likely to try again. The most important factors in preventing suicide are spotting depression early, getting the right treatments for it, and instilling problem solving skills.
Many factors contribute to depression. These may include the effects of disability -- pain, fatigue, changes in body image, shame, and loss of independence. Other life events, such as divorce, loss of a loved one, loss of a job or financial problems can also lead to or magnify depression.
There are effective ways for helping people cope with the stresses of paralysis. Depression is highly treatable using psychotherapy, pharmacotherapy (antidepressants), or a combination of both. Tricyclic drugs (e.g., imipramine) are often effective for depression but may have intolerable side effects. SSRIs (Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors, e.g., Prozac) have fewer side effects and are usually as effective as tricyclics. SSRIs may exacerbate spasticity in some persons.
Among the newest antidepressants, venlafaxine (e.g., Effexor) is chemically similar to tricyclics and has fewer side effects. In theory, it may also alleviate some forms of neurogenic pain, a huge contributor to depression. In fact, aggressive treatment of pain problems is crucial to the prevention of depression.
Among those with MS, some experience mood swings and/or uncontrollable laughing or crying (called emotional lability). These result from damaged areas in emotional pathways in the brain. It is important for family members and caregivers to know this and realize that people with MS may not always be able to control their emotions. Mood stabilizing medications such as amitriptyline (e.g., Elavil) and valproic acid (e.g., Depakote) are used to treat these emotional changes. It is also important to recognize that depression is very common in MS -- even more so than in other equally disabling chronic illnesses.
Life is worth living, despite what health professionals are sometimes prone to judge: According to a Colorado survey, 86 percent of SCI high-level quadriplegics rated their quality of life as average or better than average, while only 17 percent of their ER doctors, nurses, and technicians thought they would have an average or better quality of life if they acquired quadriplegia.
If you are depressed, get help, including professional counseling or participation in a support group. An active lifestyle can also help to break through depression
If you are living with paralysis, and feeling depressed, visit out Peer and Family Support Team page to connect with a Mentor, or speak with one of our Information Specialists in our Paralysis Resource center.
Contact a Reeve Foundation Paralysis Resource Center Information SpecialistCall toll free 1-800-539-7309 FREE
(Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Eastern Time)
You can also leave a message if you are calling after hours.
or request a call back using our online form at ChristopherReeve.org/Ask.

SOURCE Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation Paralysis Resource Center

Monday, June 8, 2015

Messages #7

Danny and the dream machine

 

  By F.Guzzardi

It was a night like any other, except that the moon was a bit more on and my hands were moving on the keyboard with rare speeds. I never answer the phone at night, unless I recognize the number. But that night I did. He was a person sent by a mutual friend who asked me to translate some documents in Italian. We agreed to meet the next day in one of Starbucks in Daytona Beach,Florida. At first, the documents that showed me seemed routine, it was the announcement of a photo competition and the only strange thing that I found was the theme of the photo contest.  Read more

 

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Messages#^

Danny and the dream machine

It was a night like any other, except that the moon was a bit more on and my hands were moving on the keyboard with rare speeds. I never answer the phone at night, unless I recognize the number. But that night I did. He was a person sent by a mutual friend who asked me to translate some documents in Italian. We agreed to meet the next day in one of Starbucks in Daytona Beach,Florida. At first, the documents that showed me seemed routine, it was the announcement of a photo competition and the only strange thing that I found was the theme of the photo contest.  Read more

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Danny and the dream machine

 


It was a night like any other, except that the moon was a bit more on and my hands were moving on the keyboard with rare speeds. I never answer the phone at night, unless I recognize the number. But that night I did. He was a person sent by a mutual friend who asked me to translate some documents in Italian. We agreed to meet the next day in one of Starbucks in Daytona Beach,Florida. At first, the documents that showed me seemed routine, it was the announcement of a photo competition and the only strange thing that I found was the theme of the photo contest. It was to immortalized in a photo, the concept of a road trip , without using any fuel or electricity.
I accepted the assignment. In the end , it was to translate only 8 pages and it would not take me more than a few days. We met a week later and Danny, (fictional name) came with a briefcase full of documents. He asked me to help him to disclose and make known a project he had been working for more than thirty years. A project ignored by the governments of the US and France. A project hampered by physical and legal threats from the oil lobby. Danny told me about a car that worked without the use of fuel or electricity. I tried to figure out if this man was crazy or genius. I trusted the instincts and decided to help him. This following is the true story of my meetings with Danny


Danny would not give me any details of his car, he did not trust, he explains how any government in the world could have created millions of new jobs by funding the production of his car.
That the only thing he asked in return was an income proportionate to his work and that his employees would hold a share of the company. He also said he had received threats from the part of some multinational oil companies and would show me the documents that proved the requests for help sent to at least 7 countries, all with answers negative.Ma the thing that most impressed me is that virtually none of the governments has taken care to see if this man say what is true or not.
if it was a megalomaniac ? Maybe! But why not check? At the second meeting I handed him my translation in French of the photo contest, and he would pay cash as ever Why does he said he did not want to leave traces and that she felt spied upon. Delivery also 1 cd room, telling me that I would find the answer to my questions.
Back home I took the time to reflect on the whole story, and I wondered if it was a dream or it was the result of my imagination, the story of a common megalomaniac. And then what does it matter, who may judge me? And I do not do anything wrong, I'll have lost the most of my time behind a dream.
I have not yet inserted the CD into the computer, I want to wait to pass the night, that the romance with real stampedes toward the dream and I keep, between the unknown and the real, between dream and reality.

Monday, June 1, 2015

Message#4


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