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Happy Easter!

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Hippity, Hoppity, Happity Easter! Whether it’s about church or chocolate, people all over the country are getting ready for the Easter celebration. Religious Significance: This weekend we come together with family and friends to celebrate Easter, a holiday of the Christian Church celebrating Jesus’ Resurrection from the dead. It is a movable feast because it does not fall on the same day every year. For the Christian Church, Easter is really an entire season. Christians prepare for Easter during Lent which is the 40 day period leading up to Easter Sunday. During Lent, Christians take this time for penance and reflection. The day before Lent is what we call Mardi Gras or Fat Tuesday. Mardi Gras is the last day of food and fun before Christians begin Lent and fasting. The week before Easter is called Holy Week and includes Maundy Thursday, which observes Jesus’ last supper with his disciples; Good Friday, which recognizes the day of his crucifixion; and Holy Saturday, which focuses on the transition between the crucifixion and resurrection. The 50-day period following Easter Sunday is called Eastertide and includes a celebration of Jesus’ ascension into heaven. However, Easter was celebrated by the pagans long before it became a Christian…

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NAFTA

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NAFTA stands for North American Free Trade Association. NAFTA is an agreement that created a free trade area among the United States, Canada and Mexico. NAFTA was started 20 years ago and signed January 1, 1994 by George Bush, Mexican President Salinas and Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney. NAFTA reduced trading costs, increased business investment and helped North America be more competitive in the global marketplace. NAFTA was signed to eliminate barriers to trade and facilitate the cross-border movement of goods and services, promote conditions of fair competition, increase investment opportunities, provide protection and enforcement of intellectual property rights and lastly create procedures for the resolution of trade disputes. Although NAFTA was created for positive enforcement it did not always positively effect everyone. NAFTA has many disadvantages and negative effects. First and foremost, is that NAFTA made it possible for many U.S. manufacturers to move jobs to lower-cost Mexico. The manufacturers that remained, lowered wages to compete in those industries.The second disadvantage was that many of the Mexican farmers were put out of business by United States subsidized farm products. NAFTA provisions for Mexican labor and environmental protection were not strong enough to prevent those workers from being exploited. Since…

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Kundalini Yoga

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Kundalini Yoga deals with the basic life energy, prana. Prana is the sub-atomic energy, the life force. It is prana that you recieve with every breath. Kundalini Yoga is the path of discovery of the source of the prana in us and teaches us how to use it. Prana is given to us with each inhalation. You become more capable, more confident, and more efficient in whatever you’re doing in your external life. Simultaneously, you become progressively more aware of your self on all levels. It balances the grandular system, strengthens the 72,000 nerves in the body, expands the lung capacity, and purifies the bloodstream. It brings balance to the body, mind, and soul. It teaches positive, self-empowering attitudes of thinking. It is on the job training for success and excellence in life. It builds innner strength and self awareness so you can fulfill your highest potential. Kundalini Yoga perfects the finite life while connecting it to the infinite experience. Yoga means to be united. When you unite with your soul and unite with the One who gave you the soul, thats what yoga is. Prana is the basic life energy, it is the sub-atmoic energy, the life force. It…

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Stonehenge Decoded

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Stonehenge  Stonehenge is a large monument made of stone. It is located on a plain north of the city of Salisbury, England. The monument has continuously evolved over a period of about 10,000 years. The structure that we call “Stonehenge” was built between roughly 5,000 and 4,000 years ago and that forms just one part of a larger and highly complex mosaic sacred landscape to a whole culture of people. What is Doctor Parker-Pearson’s theory about the function of Stonehenge? Dr. Parker-Pearson believes Stonehenge was just half of a vast religious complex part of a grand vision. He believed it was used to house the spirits of the dead. It was linked to another mysterious sacred monument and prehistoric city lost for 4,500 years. It was a puzzle to a revolutionary new theory, it is part of something much bigger, it is just one element of a much bigger design. He believes it was built for the ancestors as a home, a domain for the dead. At dawn people gathered at Stonehenge starting a very important day to thank there ancestors for bringing life to the land and making it fertile again. This is the moment they have been waiting…

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

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Top of the mornin’ to ya! We all know St. Patrick’s Day is just one of those holidays that knows how to have fun. We get to wear all green and the lucky four leaf clover is the mascot. You are required to eat Green eggs and ham accompanied by a tall glass of beer, breakfast of champions. It doesn’t get any better than that. This famous holiday dates all the way back to the early 17th century in celebration of Saint Patrick. Here are some fun facts… Did you know? The first St. Patrick’s Day parade took place in the United States on March 17, 1762, when Irish soldiers serving in the English military marched through New York City. More than 100 St. Patrick’s Day parades are held across the United States. New York City and Boston are home to the largest celebrations! At the annual New York City St. Patrick’s Day parade, between 150,000 and 250,000 marchers take part in the parade, which does not allow automobiles or floats. There are 34.7 million U.S. residents with Irish ancestry. This number is more than seven times the population of Ireland itself. Keep Calm and shamrock on!  

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Health Officials Threaten Beverage Companies

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Health Officials Threaten Beverage Companies: Health Officials Urge F.D.A. to Limit Sweeteners in Sodas There is increasing evidence around the world of a heightened response by health associations that the amount of sugars in sodas and other beverages is threatening to the public health. Officials and advocates of public health are recognizing the impact that these sugars and sweeteners are having in terms of human wellness. They are requesting that the Food and Drug Administration adjust and monitor the measurement of caloric sweeteners mixture in these drinks. The Food and Drug Administration has been directly asked to set a healthy limit and specific restrictions for caloric sweeteners in beverages considering they are the largest source of sugars in the American diet. Beverages are not the only problem according to these health groups. They would also like to put limitations on sweeteners in packaged goods. The response has manifested itself in many different directions, from obesity, to rising rates of health problems such as high blood pressure, and diabetes among the population. Moreover these issues and efforts to better soft drinks have not been ignored, but with the communication between health advocates and beverage companies coming together to bring education and improvements…

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March Madness!

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Spring is here which means it is time to pull out your brackets for a little March Madness competitive fun with your friends and co-workers. You have been following your team all season as they experienced the ups and downs that are part of college basketball, but all of that is nothing compared to what’s to come. As we all start getting pumped up for March Madness and whats to come during this top notch competition, our teams prepare themselves. Will a 16 seed team finally take down one of the top dogs this year? March Madness fever is spread all over the country as billions of dollars are spent through a corporate level and global gambling. Over this next week, 52 games will lead us to one team’s dream of a national championship. This year the NCAA tournament territory is wide open, all teams are vulnerable. We have legends and teams rising to the opportunity at making their own legacy. This 68-team single elimination tournament should be an exciting and extensive march of madness this year. Pull out your brackets and sit back as we watch these teams go head to head for the number 1 spot! Get your…

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Win-Win

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Trade is win-win. Two people trade only because each values what he gets more than what he gives up. That’s why in a store both customer and clerk say, “Thank you.” At the international level, trade is also win-win because it allows countries to specialize in what they do well and trade the extra for things they don’t make as well. When free trade is unmolested, the world is richer and has more choices. “If you’re trading with them, it makes war much less likely,” Palmer said. “We’re not going to go to war with Canada. It’s our biggest trading partner—$600 billion a year going across the U.S.-Canada border in trade along the longest non-militarized border in the world. Five thousand miles, counting Alaska. That is trade creating peace.” As the French economist Frederic Bastiat put it, “When goods don’t cross borders, soldiers will.” President Bush joined the moral debate, telling his audience: “Open trade is not just an economic opportunity, it is a moral imperative. Trade creates jobs for the unemployed. When we negotiate for open markets, we are providing new hope for the world’s poor. And when we promote open trade, we are promoting political freedom. Societies that…

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The Crisis in American Banking in The Early 20th Century

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In the last three decades of the twentieth century banking crises were especially frequent. The Federal Reserve System was created in 1913. This was the beginning to a modern era of American banking. Federally regulated system of national banks dominated American banking up until the year of 1864. These banks were allowed to issue currency. The currency was printed by the federal government. The currency was created with specified size and specific design. The amount of currency that was issued was regulated by the national banks capital. At this time period there were various bank failures and financial crises. The central problem against the banking system was in response to the money supply. They were having problems shifting the currency around the country in response to local economic changes. This issue eventually led to another issue called bank runs. Bank runs are a phenomenon in which many of a bank’s depositors try to withdraw their funds due to fears of a bank failure. In the past bank runs have been known to be contagious, with a run on one bank leading to a loss of faith in other banks, causing more bank runs. This led to widespread panic and devastation…

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Smart Personal Finance Decisions

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We all have different reasons we need and want to save money. Is it easy? For most of us it is a struggle. You might want to save up to buy a house, new car, your future or maybe even your retirement. All of these are important. We live in a world where saving money isn’t easy. Saving money means we have to sacrifice somewhere within our lifestyle. This is what usually causes us to feel like saving money is a pain, but there are ways to make saving less painful. We need to pay closer attention to the little things in our day to day lives that can be made easily more efficient in such way that it is more valuable, productive, useful and economical. Simple things like deals and promotions might seem annoying to us, but if you really think about it they can often times allow you to get something for less or nothing in your common spending habits. Here are a few more ways to save a little extra money: Stop eating out and prepare meals at home Recycle Plan your day ahead of time, make less stops and don’t waste gas Turn off your lights…

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