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Earth Day

Gaylord Nelson, former US Senator, was the founder of Earth Day. He believed strongly that education is the key to changing people's attitudes about the environment and he devoted much of his energy to that challenge. He died at age 89 in July 2005.

Quote from Bill Clinton in 1995 regarding: THE PRESIDENTIAL MEDAL OF FREEDOM
"The Presidential Medal of Freedom is the highest honor given to civilians in the United States. Twenty-five years ago this year, Americans came together for the very first Earth Day. They came together because of one American - Gaylord Nelson. As the father of Earth Day, he inspired us to remember that the stewardship of our natural resources is the stewardship of the American Dream. He is the worthy heir of the tradition of Theodore Roosevelt, and I hope that Gaylord Nelson's shining example will illuminate all the debates in this city for years to come."

It raises awareness about the earth's condition. It encouragespeople to reduce their pollutants and recycle more. The idea is tomake this planet better for this generation and more to come.

It is so that everyone can participate in an attempt to make ourglobal environment better. Everyone is supposed to turn of theirlights for one hour.

It was created so there would be more awareness about the needto clean up the Earth.

Home Buying

It depends if you paid your mortgage on time while in your home.If you were late then it will be in the history on your creditreport. The creditors history makes up 35% of the creditreport.

Many lenders require at least 3 open lines of credit to qualifyfor a mortgage, so if paying off your current mortgage leaves youwith less than 3, that could exclude you from many borrowingoptions.

Your payment history is what will contribute to your creditscore. A lender for the new loan will also look at your debt toincome ratio (DIR) and that will determine whether they will offeryou the loan. For many of us, the math of paying two mortgages doesnot work out to being solvent. So, selling the first home, orpresenting the lender with a signed lease for a renter, will helpimprove your ratio.


Another option is to set up a Cash Flow account. By doing this, you'll pay less in interest and more in principle, without changing your current monthly payment, and your principle will earn interest. This will allow you to pay off your home in half the time. If you keep your Cash Flow account for 30 years, you can have over $1 million to pay off your home and have a nice retirement.

Baseball Season

  • The National League dates back to 1876. The American League wasformed in 1901 as a competitor to the National League. Initially,the two leagues were independent of each other--there was no MajorLeague Baseball. The two leagues met in the first World Series in1903. From 1903 through 1960, each league had 8 teams, and the teamthat finished first in the standings in each league went to theWorld Series, except in 1904 when the Giants refused to participatein the Series. The World Series games were the only official gamesplayed between teams from the two leagues. The leagues also beganplaying each other in All Star games starting in 1933. The ALexpanded to 10 teams in 1961 (Senators II who are now the Rangersand Angels) and the NL expanded to 10 in 1962 (New York Mets andHouston Colt .45s who are now the Astros.) In 1969, both leaguesexpanded to 12 teams as the AL added the Seattle Pilots (now theMilwaukee Brewers) and the Kansas City Royals while the NL addedthe San Diego Padres and the Montreal Expos (now the WashingtonNatinoals.) Also, each league split into an East and West divisionand had the winners of its divisions play in a League ChampionshpSeries to determine its representative to the World Series. In1973, the AL adopted the Designnated Hitter while the NL did not.In 1977, the AL went to 14 teams by adding the Seattle Mariners andthe Toronto Blue Jays. In 1993, the NL went to 14 teams by addingthe Florida Marlins and Colorado Rockies. In 1998, both leaguesexpanded again with Tampa Bay Devil Rays in the AL and the ArizonaDiamondbacks in the NL. To keep an even number of teams in bothleagues, the Milwaukee Brewers moved from the AL to the NL, givingthe NL 16 teams to the AL's 14. This was the first time the NL hadmore teams than the AL. The leagues had separate league offices andumpiring crews until a few years ago. Now, the basic differencebetween the two leagues is the AL uses the designated hitter andthe NL does not. The umpiring crews are consolidated under MajorLeague Baseball and the league offices are no longer inexistence.

  • The AL has a designated hitter bat for the pitcher, but the NLhas the pitcher bat for himself.

  • The National League is the older of the two leaguesconstituting Major League Baseball. The League was founded in 1876.The American League was founded in 1900. The league originated fromthe National Association of Baseball (NA), which was the prevailingprofessional baseball league at the time.

  • In 1900, a new league - the American League - was formed. TheAmerican League was well aware of the previous double-crossingtactics of the National League, and geared up for battle. TheAmerican League was successful in raiding National League stars.The newer league proved to be a better organized, better financed,and more determined than previous league rivals. The moreestablished National League was forced to cooperate, and in 1903,the return to a two-league format allowed the resumption ofpostseason play with the World Series of 1903.

  • Today the National League game still resembles the game as itwas a century ago. The biggest difference between the two leaguesis that the National League remained with the rule that the pitchermust be in the batting lineup. The American League adopted theDesignated Hitter (DH) to fill in for the pitcher in the 1970s.This DH rule has led to differences in the style of play betweenthe two leagues. The American League is generally more based uponpower � with emphasis on the home run, while the National League issaid to be more pitching-oriented, with more of a focus on anoffensive running.

  • Baseball [in the two leagues] is two different games, playedwith two different sets of rules," Buck said with an infectioussmile. "The DH. It makes such a difference. It's phenomenal. "Andthe American League has these little tiny ballparks. It's like homerun derby over there."

The conversation then shifted to thesubject of the strike zones in the two leagues.

"If you think strike zones are tight [in the NationalLeague]...well, in the American League, [umpires] won't call bigname hitters out on called third strikes," Buck opined. "Theumpires in the American League are more inconsistent. They areunwilling to call your Griffeys and your McGwires out on thirdstrikes. It's a different game."

  • The pitchers in the National League are in the battingrotation, while in the American League designated hitters take theplace of pitchers in the rotation.

  • The teams are from different places. It's basically just todivide the teams up for playoffs and the World Series.

  • Also, American League has a designated hitter rule that theNational League does not.
The Curse of the Billy Goat, or Billy Goat Curse is the name of an urban myth, superstition, used to explain the World Series drought that Major League Baseball's Chicago Cubs have had to endure since their last appearance in the 1945 World Series, and their last World Series championship in 1908. The curse is a classic example of a scapegoat.As the story goes, Vasili "Billy Goat" Sianis, a Greek immigrant who owned a nearby tavern (the now-famous Billy Goat Tavern), had two 7.20 USD box seat tickets to Game 4 of the 1945 World Series between the Chicago Cubs and the Detroit Tigers, and decided to bring his pet goat, Murphy (or Sinovia according to some references), with him. Sianis and the goat were allowed into Wrigley Field and even paraded about on the playing field before the game before ushers intervened. They were led off the field. After a heated argument, both Sianis and the goat were permitted to stay in the stadium occupying the box seat for which he had tickets. However, before the game was over, Sianis and the goat were ejected from the stadium at the command of Cubs owner Philip Knight Wrigley due to the animal's objectionable odor. Sianis was outraged at the ejection and allegedly placed a curse upon the Cubs that they would never win another pennant or play in a World Series at Wrigley Field again and left the States to vacation in his home in Greece.The Cubs lost Game 4 and eventually the 1945 World Series, prompting Sianis to write to Wrigley from Greece, saying, "Who stinks now?" Following a third-place finish in the National League in 1946, the Cubs would finish in the league's second division for the next 20 consecutive years. This streak finally ending in 1967, the year after Leo Durocher became the club's manager. Since that time, the cursed Cubs have not won a National League pennant or played in a World Series --the longest pennantless drought in Major League history. Sianis died in 1970.The Billy Goat CurseIn 1945, William "Billy Goat" Sianis tried to bring his pet goat, Murphy, with him into Wrigley Field for Game 4 of the World Series. Ushers at the game said the goat was too smelly and told Sianis he had to leave. To retaliate, Sianis cast a "goat curse" on the Cubs by saying, "Cubs, they not gonna win anymore". The Cubs lost the 1945 World Series to the Detroit Tigers and haven't made it to a World Series since.

Concert Tours

Each band has a unique configuration that they use each night in order to maintain a consistent communication between the band members, and in order to accommodate the artists' preference.
In most setups, the "front man" is usually center stage with the drums at the rear center and other instruments set to the sides so they can keep time with the drums. Some bands prefer the bassist to keep time and will set him in the middle. Other bands might not have a front man at all, and arrange themselves in a semi-circle facing each other.

In other words, there is no hard-and-fast rule except what the band wants; however, each band has their reasons.
Hendrix played the very last show at Woodstock. He insisted on being the final performer and was scheduled to perform Sunday at midnight. He didn't take the stage until 9AM on Monday morning and played for about 2 hours to a dwindling audience.

Here is the song list of that morning:
  1. Message To Love
  2. Hear My Train A Comin'
  3. Spanish Castle Magic
  4. Red House
  5. Master Mind
  6. Here Comes Your Lover Man
  7. Foxy Lady
  8. Beginning
  9. Izabella
  10. Gypsy Woman
  11. Fire
  12. Voodoo Child (slight return)/Stepping Stone
  13. Star Spangled Banner
  14. Purple Haze
  15. Woodstock Improvisation/Villanova Junction
  16. Hey Joe

World Cup

They are Lothaire Matthaeus of Germany and Antonio Carbajal ofMexico, both played 5 world cups or for 20 years.

Lothar Mathaeus played 25 games in five different World Cuptournaments between 1982 and 1998
Mexican goalkeeper Antonio Carbajal also played in five differentWorld Cup tournaments between 1950 and 1966 but appeared in only 11games. He conceded 25 goals a record he shares with MohamedAl-Deayea of Saudi Arabia
Brazil has won the most FIFA World Cups: 5 (in 1958, 1962, 1970, 1994 and 2002).

The other FIFA World Cup winners are:
  • Italy - 4 times (1934, 1938, 1982, 2006)
  • Germany - thrice (1954, 1974, 1990)
  • Argentina - twice (1978, 1986)
  • Uruguay - twice (1930, 1950)
  • England - 1966
  • France - 1998
  • Spain - 2010

Spring Cleaning

If you go to any hardware store such as Home Depot or Lowes you can buy a can of rust remover.
WD40 is good example of a rust remover. It is a simple spray.
Lemon juice and baking soda are also simple household products that can help remove rust from metal.
Cola soda is a good all round metal cleaner. It might take a bit longer than proprietary brands. Put the hinge in a bowl of the stuff and be patient.
Garbage disposers clean themselves if used properly. Do not put lye or other chemical drain pipe cleaners into the disposer.
Periodically, and always after disposing of fibrous food wastes, purge the drainline by filling the sink with two or three inches of cold water. Turn on the food waste disposer and allow this water to run through with no wastes added.
Before leaving your home for several days, check to be sure all wastes have been flushed out of the disposer to avoid the creation of odors. If odors should occur through an oversight, they can be removed by running orange or lemon peels or ice cubes through the disposer.

[Info from the Home Maintenance And Repair Database at the Michigan State University website]

Citrus peels are great also you could try pouring baking soda in the drain then pour vinegar over the baking soda and wait a few minutes before rinsing.
Pressurized drain cleaning products, like CLR Power Plumber, offer an alternative to chemical drain cleaning. One of the CLR products is usable 10 or more times. The 4.5 oz replacement cans can be found at for around $8. The actual pumping action product is usually priced at around $30. Plumb-Away is a similarly operated and priced device, also able to be found on

They generally advertise the pressure can clean:
50' down a 1.5" diameter pipe
40' down a 2" diameter pipe
35' down a 3.5" diameter pipe
25' down a 4" diameter pipe
18' down a 5" diameter pipe

A quick, cursory search on Google for either product name, in quotations, will yield many forums of happy customers.

According to the author of Talking Dirty with the Queen of Clean, Linda Cobb, fill the sink with 3 inches of warm water and mix in 1 cup of baking soda. Drain with the disposal running. This should keep disposals fresh and free-flowing.

I've found the best way to clean it is to run the hot water tap until the water is hot, then reduce the flow to a trickle and turn on disposal. While the hot water and the disposal are on, add a big squirt of liquid dish detergent (NOT automatic dishwasher detergent) down the disposal, and let both of them run until all the soap has been flushed away.

The hot water and the motion of the disposal "whips" the detergent into a frothy suds, which cleans not only the disposal, but the underside of the rubber guard in the opening of the disposal, as well.  It also helps by the suds 'floating' up food particles such as celery stalk strings that have wrapped around the grinders, then flushing them away.

Theme Parks


It depends what you mean by "frightening". If you mean like horror scary, Tower of Terror. If you mean fast, thrilling, Tower of Terror or Rock 'N' Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith. 

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The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror is an indoor ride where you are a passenger in an elevator that has gone out of control. What makes it frightening? Riding in the dark for an extended time, the height, multiple drops in the elevator, and no pattern so you can't anticipate the drops.

Rock N Roller Coast is also frightening for some guests. It is a high speed roller coaster in the dark with multiple inversions and loud rock music playing in your ride vehicle. The ride "launches" from a standing stop and reaches top speed within a few seconds. While it might be officially classified as thrilling rather than frightening, it is definitely very stimulating and too intense for some guests.

At Disney MGM Studios, you will also find Star Tours. Again, this ride might be considering thrilling rather than frightening. It is an indoor simulator, so guests who don't like enclosed spaces and turbulence might also find it frightening. 


People would probably consider the most frightening ride to be the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror. The most intense ride is probably the Rock n' Roller Coaster featuring Aerosmith, but it's not typically referred to as frightening.

The Tower of Tower is a ride that drops multiple times at varying heights while you are seated (and secured) in an elevator. It is sometimes called a "freefall" ride, although you are actually forced down. To demonstrate this, if you were to hold your hand palm up with a penny placed on your palm at the start of the ride, you will reach the ground before the penny does.

The Rock n' Roller Coaster is an indoor roller coaster set to Aerosmith music. You ride in a "limo" with a very secure over the shoulder solid harness. There are no steep drops, but there are three inversions (although the ride can be disorienting, so you may not even realize you are inverted). The ride begins with a blast...literally. You are thrust into the ride at 57 MPH - a speed that's reached in less than 4 seconds.
I would definitely say a cute romper with comfortable sandles.Rompers are easy to wear, comfortable and stylish.

You could also wear shorts and tanks but be careful with belts oranything too tight because the ride safety bars that go eitherbetween your legs or over your waist can be very uncomfortable.

Meditation and Yoga

India:As in all cultures, it takes an event or personality behind a philosophy- the release of a book, a political event or some art form to push something to the forefront. Sage Patanjali was this for yoga as a system with the release of the Patajali Yoga Sutras. In context, it is a part of six systems of philosophy in India:
* Yoga - the process of union of individual consciousness with universal consciousness* Vedanta - knowledge of Self, universe and God.* Sankhya - philosophical and largely dualistic classification of the universe* Vaishesika - analysis and characterising of the universe* Nyaya - logic. Essentially the 'Aristotelian logic of India', it is the fundamental logical basis upon which Indian philosophy has been built
* Purva-Mimamsa - laws of formal religion, sacrifices, etc. The emphasis here is on correct action rather than correct belief.
India is the simple answer geographically, but it was more formalized and systematized after the publishing of Patanjali's Yoga Sutras that describe the 8 limbs or rungs of progress or; asht(8)-anga(limbs) yoga that caused the general absorption of Sankkhya philosophy into Yoga and Vedanta.
This is a more accurate way of saying it, rather than saying that, for example, rock n roll music originated in America. Rock music was popularized by Elvis Presley, even though his way was cleared by Rock Around the Clock by Bill Haley and completed by the Beatles, Rolling Stones and others subsequently.

In the same way, the strongly dualistic manner of presentation of philosophy present in Sankhya philosophy is subsumed into the larger and more encompassing Vedantic context it exists in now.
Vaishesika and Nyaya have very large consistencies between them, although Currently, the general presentation of yoga in the world's consciousness can be described as fitting in well with a world view known as Smartism.

With the rise of Adi Shankara and Patanjali's Yoga Sutras these six views have largely been integrated into either yoga or Vedanta or both. Major forces in the rise of these yoga philosophies has been Swami Sivananda and his many influential disciples (particularly in the West), Sri Ramakrishna and his disciple Swami Vivekananda (Vedanta), and the various other more body-focused schools like the Bihar School of Yoga, The Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centres, Integral Yoga, Ashtanga Yoga via Sri K. Pattabhi Jois and his guru Krishnamacharya, BKS Iyengar, etc.
Meditation is great for mind, body and soul, but it's not magic. If your partner and you are having problems, you can meditate until the cows come home and he won't change one bit. Most men think secretly that there is nothing wrong with them and it's always the woman who has the problem. Even when most couples go to a marriage counseller the man MAY go along to placate his wife, but isn't really serious about it at all and seldom tries to mend the marriage and so, I doubt unless your partner has either suggested this on his own it will work.Meditating takes a lot of hard work and commitment and I don't think he will stick it out. It's a learning process to combine mind, body and soul and hours of work. You just don't shut your eyes, hum and magic happens.Sometimes if the problems in the marriage are difficult ones it's best to have a trial separation and if you were meant to be together then you will be.It reduces the tensions, angryness between couples.
The fundamental goal of meditation is actually to get to the *core* of your goals, needs and desires, bypassing as the superficial stuff that clouds the decision-making process. In order to succeed, you need to get beyond the superficial, robotic reactions that you've developed over time, or the notions of socially acceptable or expected ideas. When you meditate with the goal of reaching the "self" (using whatever techniques you choose, or trying to reach whatever goals you seek), you have to stop trying to solve problems on the spot. You have to stop letting short-term results impact on the way you think. By clearing your head completely -- and this does take time, dedication and effort -- you can let your memories, needs and wants "bubble up" more smoothly. The notion of "Nirvana" is simply the act of reaching that pure realization of the basic things that make you tick.So what I'm getting at is that, indeed, meditation can be a fabulous technique to determine what exactly each person wants. While therapy does the same thing, this allows you to figure out what you need from the relationship if it's going to work. It lets you come to grips with where you really want to be in life. More importantly, you can determine if this partner is someone who can be with you through that. Especially when you are wrapped up in tense relationship dynamics, little hang-ups can make actions and words clouded by emotions. You don't make rational decisions that are good for the long-term. Meditation can help you get to the long-term, fundamental things that can either heal a relationship or make you realize it should end.

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