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Sep 13, 2007
What Does the Ten Percent Mean? 

Ten percent in this context relates to Tithing. Paraphrasing from the dictionary, a tithe (from Old English teogoþa "tenth") is a one-tenth part of something, paid as a (usually) voluntary contribution. Today, tithes (or tithing) are normally voluntary and paid in cash, cheques, or stocks, whereas historically tithes could be paid in kind, such as agricultural products.

Let me give an example. If you earn $500 a week, you would be looked upon to provide $50 to some charitable organization, usually a church. If you earn $2,000 a month, your ten percent would be $200.

If you applied this philosophy to a business venture, it might be possible to create an income stream from a ten percent contribution of in kind commodities.

Would it be ethical to generate an income from contributions?

Why not?

If you generate more income, your ten percent contribution also increases. But now, you may wish to diversify your contributions (cash) to other things.

For example, if your monthly income increases by $400, and if $2,000 is your regular income, you would have $40 (using the ten percent guideline) you could contribute to another cause. With the remaining $360, it's money you didn't have before, and it's an opportunity to use it in any way you want.

This is capitalism at it's finest. Non-profits get what they want, and you get what you want. What's unethical about that?

There are many businesses that contribute cash and in kind items.

This is just another twist to the philosophy of making a contribution while you increase your own well being. The more you get, the more you can give. There isn't anything wrong with that.

If you are a person that likes to make contributions, this is an efficient way to accelerate your ability to do so.
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Posted: Sep 13, 2007 2:23pm
Sep 13, 2007

One of the charities I donate money and in-kind products to is the St. Labre Indian School in Ashland, Montana.

I made a personal visit on August 29, 2007 to see for myself what the school was all about.

I don't know what I was expecting, but I was quite surprised. I was surprised to see the grounds and buildings well maintained. I was also surprised at how courteous and gracious the people were.

I was introduced to one of the people in charge, and I asked if my in-kind donations were being sold. "No!" "We use almost everything, and much, if not all, goes to the children."

I was relieved, because I came with more in-kind products for the kids. I gave my hostess more of the Neways products I use and hope the kids will benefit from. So far, all they need at this time is toothpaste, shampoo and conditioner and lots of it. 

Because there are so many kids in need, there is no way I can possibly meet all of their needs. Would anyone like to join me in making contributions to St. Labre and other organizations?

In closing this note, everyone is invited to read and review my blogs at the following addresses.

Thank you for your time and your service to the planet.


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Posted: Sep 13, 2007 1:59pm
Sep 11, 2007
If you have good credit, you can get some money back on your purchases.

How? With cash back credit cards.

Before you explode on the evil of credit cards, perhaps you can learn that some provide serious discounts and cash back.

If you pay your bills off monthly, you are the ideal candidate.

Some cards want you to be in business in order to get the cards.
There is a remedy for that (I can help you).

How to find the cards. Do a search for "Business Credit Cards."

Two famous ones are American Express Simply Business and the Chase Business Card.

American Express will give 5% back on gas, office supplies and wireless service. So, when you go to the kennels to walk the poor dogs, you can get 5% off on the gas.

With Chase, you can save 3% on purchases. It really doesn't matter where, but the 3% applies to gas, office supplies, Home Depots or Lowes stores, and restaurants. When you have 5,000 points accrued, you can order a $50 check. You can send the $50 to your favorite charity. It costs you nothing. Every business that takes your card can help you make a financial contribution.

So, think about your spending habits. If you pay your bills on time, why not let these companies, and others, help you make a money contribution to your favorite charity.

If you fit the profile, you now have no excuses.

And, again, if you need a business, I can help you there, too. It costs nothing to get started except a 41 cent stamp. Substitute stuff you normally buy and you are in business. Other ideas will be forthcoming to help you help others as well as yourself.

There's no better day to get started than today.

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Posted: Sep 11, 2007 2:30pm
Sep 11, 2007
China has an inflation problem. Worst in 10 years. 6.5 percent.

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Posted: Sep 11, 2007 12:02pm
Sep 11, 2007
I've seen some honorable comments about how people are for this or that.

That's nice.

What are you doing about any of it?

Are you going to the animal shelter and walking dogs?

Are you going to senior centers and making some contribution?

Are you adopting strays?

Are you putting any money into helping gospel missions?

Are you putting any money into schools (indian, Boys Town, etc).

You've got to do more than just click a link. Or is it just lip service?

Prove it.

Let's have a kiosk where it can be posted by an anonymous source that you are making a financial commitment to some organization.

Poor? Well, there are things you can do to make a financial commitment and make money doing it. Oh, it's a scam? What's your proof? Yeah, lot's of things are not what they seem to be, but not all efforts to help people get out of the poor house are scams.

There are substitution programs where you can change what you buy and in the process start a business. After some effort, you can then start helping others. Tough isn't it?

I guess what I'm asking for is to see some activity. Financial activity. Talk is cheap. So walk the walk. I do. Want proof? Email me.

And what's wrong with helping your native countryman (person)?  Why all the talk about helping some place else?

Every country has a segment of the population that needs help, even those that come to this site and say they can't help because of financial problems. Yes, you can be helped, too.

Ok, flag me. I am through ranting.
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Posted: Sep 11, 2007 11:01am
Sep 11, 2007
Wouldn't it be nice if blogs had a "Noted" file like the News Network?

We would then know if anyone has read our respective blogs.

If nobody is reading them, why do them?

Let's get a Noted file for blogs.
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Posted: Sep 11, 2007 10:52am
Sep 10, 2007
My little survey.

I would like to know how many people have NOT received a personal welcome from a real person. When you joined Care2, did you get an automated welcome, or a welcome from a real person?

I would like to know if you joined a group and did NOT get a welcome note from the host.

I would like to know if you introduced yourself to someone and to how many people and did NOT get a response.

Automated responses do not count. Just real people sending a message to another.

This is for those that have NOT received such a message as outlined above. If you have received a note from a real person for everything you have ever done, do not respond to this survey.

Sample responses.
Joined 3 groups. No note from any of the hosts.
Or, joined 3 groups and received 1 note of welcome.
Introduced myself 4 times and did not receive any acknowledgedments.
Or, introduced myself 4 times, 3 did not acknowledge, one said, "Buzz off."
Please be candid, brief, but no names.

Group names and people names are not wanted or desired.

If you prefer, and if you don't want to leave a note here, you may look me up and send a personal note to me directly. I will respect your privacy and confidence.

Because this section rotates, I may enter it more than once.
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Posted: Sep 10, 2007 8:44pm
Sep 6, 2007

It is time to stop buying Made in China products.

Aside from the fact that American (and other countries as well) jobs have migrated to China, China in turn is sending garbage to many sources of products.

For example, pet food. How many animals have to die before U.S. companies stop importing poisoned contents for pet food?

Sea Food. It isn't inspected, and there is no product source on the foods we buy. How can we tell if the food is contaminated, or where it came from without origin source labels. There was a law that was passed to provide this information, but the lobbyists have fought its implementation.

Toys. Have you missed how many thousands of toys Mattel has had to recall because of lead paint? And this is just one company.

Medicines. I believe the manager of this arena was executed for the poisons in medical or supplements for the U.S. market. Wow, that's a bit heavy handed, but it caused some people real grief.

Toothpaste ( The cost of this product for some sources was as little as 9 cents a tube. Sounds like dumping to me.

This is by no means a complete list, but I have been suspicious of Made in China products for a long time. I avoid them at all costs, especially if it is consumable. If it's electronic, I question if I really need it, and most of the time I don't buy it. I've had too many electronic products quit almost immediately out of the box.

How about you? Are you willing to risk your health, or your children's health to Made in China products?

I'm a believer in free markets, but the Chinese have abused us and our markets beyond all reason. It's time we paid them back by not buying, or by buying as little as possible of anything Made in China.

It's time to Boycott Made in China products.

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Posted: Sep 6, 2007 8:01pm
Sep 5, 2007

Hey, Mom,

Have you ever read the warning on the box of toothpaste you are buying?

Warning? Yeah. There's a warning on the box. Not the tube.

You throw the box away. You keep the tube. So when I say check the warning, you have to read the warning on the box.

The warning usually says, "If accidentally swallowed, contact your nearest poison control center."

Why? Well, are you familiar with the chemical that airport crews spray on the wings of airplanes when it's cold and icy? It's called propylene glycol. It's a form of anti-freeze, and it's usually an item that's listed as an ingredient in toothpaste.

There's the possibility that SLS is in your toothpaste, too. In its basic form, you can find SLS as a floor degreaser. Yummy!

Some toothpastes contain both chemicals, while others will contain one or the other.

Propylene glycol may also be found in some bakery products, some supplements and in some creams or ointments.

There has, to my knowledge, never been a study about the effects these chemicals have on the human body. By themselves, they are harmful. In small amounts, the body probably handles them.

However, why would you intentionally put them on or into your body, much less into or on young children?

Next time you are in the market for toothpaste, read the warning on the box.

Is there a toothpaste without these chemicals? Of course. You just have to find it, and it usually isn't in your local market.

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Posted: Sep 5, 2007 10:20pm
Sep 4, 2007
Toothpaste is the commodity of the future, thanks to the Chinese.  

The Chinese made a lot of people in a lot of countries aware of what not to do with a product. 

Even though they put poisons in dog and cat food, not everybody has a pet. They also allowed for lead to be used in the manufacture of toys. However, there are more people that brush their teeth than have pets, and some of the people with or without pets may have children that brush their teeth, but they poisoned the toothpaste as well. 

What were these people thinking?
 Thus, toothpaste is now the commodity of the future. 

There is an unusual demand for safe toothpaste. 

There is an unusual demand by government agencies and charities for toothpaste.

If you want to help your fellow man (including children), investigate the opportunities in toothpaste.

For you purists, some brands of toothpaste contain SLS and/or propylene glycol. You can read about them at Wikipedia.
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