Monday, November 10, 2014

2014 Holiday Tips and Money Savers

With the holiday season upon us everyone needs to pinch those pennies, so I thought I'd share some more ways and links to sites that will help you and your furbaby out, not only during Thanksgiving and Christmas but year round! 
And if you don't have a pet yet, I suggest going to your local shelter and adopting one. A new pet is a great gift for your kids and the entire family! One thing to keep in mind if you do adopt a new pet into your family is make sure you can afford this new addition! Read this great article from 
It's amazing how expensive it is to own and care for a pet properly, believe me I know.  And I have a small dog compared to a large dog that would hike up the expense of caring for it.
With a large dog EVERYTHING is bigger, from the bags of food to the size of his pet bed and toys! Then you have Vet care, if you live in a large city like Chicago the basic services will be much higher than the suburbs, like dog walking, grooming, ect.  Then the monthly costs, like heart, flea and tic prevention, any special medications if you have an ill pet, toys, food, treats. Not counting the annual things like vaccines and check ups!
At the end of this BLOG I've inserted a Pet Cost Calculator courtesy of and just for fun, do your calculation for now and then once you start with my money saving tips, do it again to see how much you've saved! You will be shocked! Now for some great tips and new links!
Since Little Bear has to take medication on a regular schedule a couple of times a day and I'm on a fixed income that's poverty level, I HAVE to get my medications as cheap as possible. I found a great tool that will compare every pharmacy, even online to get you the cheapest price. And it is not just for pets, but for everyone and they even have coupons to make it cheaper! Check out Good RX for pets
At you can find deals, services and even events for your pet and your entire family! Check it out and be sure to use your zip code when searching. On this awesome website you'll find anything from pet sitting, walking, boarding, grooming and Vets! Great is you're looking to do work like that too. These sites also good for the entire family! Need a babysitter with references? This site is comparable, but for pets only On the holidays many of us go on vacation and want to take Fido or Fluffy with us and can't. Well, now you can if you go to and no, it's not just for dogs but all pets. Don't forget to really check out what you're feeding your furbaby! Here's a great site for Dog Food Comparison, Ratings and Reviews Well, that's about it. Have a safe and Happy Holiday. And don't forget to read my BLOGS on Are you feeding your furbaby dangerous food and  Discounted pet care links

Monday, March 10, 2014

SAY "NO" TO VACCINES (updated 3/10/2014)

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The hidden story about vaccines, drugs and food… Three huge topics in one film. Why put all this in one movie? Because these issues are directly related, and we have an opportunity to harness the millions of us engaged in each of them to overcome the noise put out by the medical-industrial conglomerate. You peel back the layers and see what’s really driving our industrialized food, our vaccine expansion, and our dependence on pharmaceuticals – it’s the same culprit. Huge corporations funded by individual misery, one broken life at a time. These three story lines converge on Wall Street, but this story takes us beyond the problem to the inspiring and empowering role mothers are now taking in uniting to protect their families.

"In the United States, the number of mandatory vaccine injections has risen to 36 per child. AUTISM IS UP 600%!!! Each of these injections contains neurotoxins such as aluminum, formaldehyde, aborted fetal tissue, animal by-products, heavy metals, and many others. What happens to a child's fragile immune system when it's overloaded with these toxins?"

Alan Phillips, J.D. is a leading U.S. vaccine rights attorney.
As of March 2013, the CDC estimated that 1 in every 50 school age child is diagnosed with ASD! That's an increase of 1.16% from  2012 estimates.  In 2012 the UK reported an increase rate of 56% of children with autism in the last 5 years.  Do your research before you vaccinate!

The general public is essentially unaware of the true number of people -- mostly children -- who have been permanently damaged or killed by vaccines. In fact, most parents would be surprised to learn that the government has a secret computer database  filled with several thousand names of disabled and dead babies, children who were healthy and alive just prior to receiving the vaccines. Of course, the medical establishment and federal government don't readily disclose this information because they know it's likel UNDERAGE STUDENTS CAN OPT OUT OF VACCINES AGAINST PARENTS’ WISHES - y to frighten parents into seeking other ways to protect their children. In other words, parents just might think this issue through on their own and decide to reject the shots.
Read More About Vaccines & the Government:
Here are the vaccine exemption forms and/or information for all 50 states. ** UPDATE March 10, 2014 There have been new laws passed in some states!  All states allow a medical exemption and some states allow philosophical and/or religious exemptions. However, the American Medical Association and  are actively promoting the abolishment of religious and philosophical exemptions. So please be sure to check your state laws! I'll keep the original exemptions here but please refer to  Vaccine Liberation Army /exemptions website for the most current documentation.  Disclaimer: I make NO guarantee of outcome for your actions.
Laws change frequently. Errors may occur. Please double check current laws for your state.
If you're nosy, check out your state's exemption rates."A written objection from the parent or guardian of a student based on religious tenets and practices shall be submitted in person by the parent or guardian to the County Health Department for issuance of a Certificate of Religious Exemption from the required immunizations or testing." (1st page)AlaskaAlaska Immunization Requirements Religious Exemption Form to page 52)AlaskaAlaska Immunization Requirements Medical Exemption Form to page 51)Arizona child care centersRequest For Exemption to Immunization schoolsRequest for Exemption to Immunization (pages 4 and 5)CaliforniaCalifornia School Immunization Record childcare and schoolsColorado Department of Public Health and Environment -- Certificate of Immunization colleges and universitiesCertificate of Immunization for College Students Exemption Certification Form (contains exact wording for exemption affidavit)District of Columbia"No certification of immunization shall be required for the admission to a school of a student:(1) For whom the responsible person objects in good faith and in writing, to the chief official of the school, that immunization would violate his or her religious beliefs; or (2) For whom the school has written certification by a private physician, his or her representative, or the public health authorities that immunization is medically inadvisable." (D.C. Code 38-506)FloridaImmunization Guidelines Florida Schools, Childcare Facilities, and Family Daycare Homes of florida law regarding immunizations to opt out of "SHOTS" (State Health Online Tracking System) childcare and schoolsImmunization Guidelines for Child Care Facility Operators and School Personnel (page 2)"If there is a religious exemption, the parent/guardian must give the facility/school a signed and dated notarized statement or affidavit stating that immunizations are against their religious beliefs. This affidavit should be filed instead of the Certificate of Immunization. The affidavit does not expire."Georgia colleges and universitiesUniversity System of Georgia Certificate of Immunization "Religious exemption forms may be completed at the school that your child will attend."The Hawaii religious exemption form states, "I certify that immunization conflicts with my bona fide religious tenets and practices. I understand that my child is susceptible to vaccine preventable diseases. If at anytime there is, in the opinion of the Department of Health, danger of an outbreak or epidemic from any communicable disease for which immunization is required, this exemption shall not be recognized. I understand that my child will be excluded from school until the threat of an epidemic is over or he or she receives the proper immunization. (Hawaii Revised Statutes Section 302A-1157)"Idaho child careState of Idaho Certificate of Exemption Child Care Immunization Requirement schoolsState of Idaho Certificate of Exemption on Idaho exemption forms: You may not feel comfortable initialing those statements that you understand you are putting your child at risk. Idaho law does not require that you use those forms.Idaho law for child care: law for schools: regarding exemptions"A religious objection must be in writing and state that the objection to immunization is based on religious grounds; signed by the child’s parent; and delivered to the school. There is no requirement of proof. The written objection must be resubmitted to the school each year." Department of Public Health Certificate of Immunization Exemption of Immunizations of Kentucky Childhood Immunization Law Certificate of Religious Exemption (EPID-230C) Handbook for School and paste the address above into your web browser.(from page 29) "No student seeking to enter any school shall be required to comply with the provisions of this Section if the student or his parent or guardian submits either a written statement from a physician stating that the procedure is contraindicated for medical reasons, or a written dissent from the student or his parent or guardian is presented."Maine Department of Health and Mental Hygiene Immunization Certificate waiver information for college parent or guardian should state "in writing that vaccination or immunization conflicts with his sincere religious beliefs." of law regarding exemptions to vaccines: exemption form: exemption form if you don't want to admit to putting your child at risk: form for the Michigan Care Improvement Registry (MCIR), which is a vaccine registry a notarized statement that all or some immunizations are against your "conscientiously held beliefs." (Do not need to be religious beliefs). of statute: allows medical exemptions to vaccines. They are very difficult to get. A physician (M.D. or D.O.) can request a medical exemption, but a government health official decides whether or not to grant it. Vaccines are not required for homeschooling. of statute: you want to work toward changing the law, here is the link to the Mississippi Vaccine Information Center. a religious exemption, ask for the HES-113 form from the Department of Public Health and Human Services. It must be notarized every year. of Immunization of Student for Religious Reasons of Immunization for Medical Reasons"NRS 392.437 Immunization of pupils: Exemption if prohibited by religious belief. A public school shall not refuse to enroll a child as a pupil because the child has not been immunized pursuant to NRS 392.435 if the parents or guardian of the child has submitted to the board of trustees of the school district or the governing body of a charter school in which the child has been accepted for enrollment a written statement indicating that their religious belief prohibits immunization of such child or ward." Hampshire Jersey MexicoCertificate of Exemption From School/Daycare Immunization Requirements YorkRequest for Religious Exemption to Immunization Form New York residents have had their requests for exemption denied. You need to research and be very careful about the wording before you submit the request).North Carolinavaccination exemption information DakotaCertificate of Immunization of law: "A pupil who presents a written statement of the pupil’s parent or guardian in which the parent or guardian declines to have the pupil immunized for reasons of conscience, including religious convictions, is not required to be immunized."Brochure about Ohio's immunization registry, and how to opt out:,_Pr...ool/index.html (day care and school exemption form) (college exemption information)OregonOregon Certificate of Immunization Status is the brochure you are supposed to read before signing the religious exemption: regarding exemptions for child care regarding exemptions for school IslandDaycare, preschools, and schools and universities (page 5)SSouth CarolinaA South Carolina Certificate of Religious Exemption may be obtained from the Department of Health and Environmental Control. (DHEC Form 1126) Here is a directory of offices. You must go in person to get the form. It must be notarized.South Dakota Exemption from Vaccination of statute School and Early Childhood Program Immunization Guidebook 2008/2009. to Withdraw from the Utah Statewide Immunization Information System Immunization Exemption Form of Religious Exemption stateCertificate of Exemption (COE) From School, Child Care, and Preschool Immunization Requirements VirginiaOnly allows medical exemptions to vaccines you want to work toward changing the law, here is a link to "West Virginians for Vaccination Exemption" (page 2) "The immunization requirement is waived if the student, if an adult, or the student’s parent, guardian or legal custodian submits a written statement to the school, day care center or nursery school objecting to the immunization for reasons of health, religion or personal conviction."WyomingRules and Regulations for School Immunizations: (Click on "Minimum Immunization Requirements) (2nd page)Info on immunization registry and opting out: (Click on "WyIR Opt Out Form") Connecticut New York
REQUEST FOR RELIGIOUS EXEMPTION TO IMMUNIZATION FORM In NYS, use the NYSED form above whenever you can. Keep your "explanation of beliefs" short, simple, and to the point. Be certain to note your objection to ALL vaccines. Don't use a form letter from the internet or another source - schools may be looking for these, and can then question your sincerity. ALWAYS use your own words in your explanation of beliefs.
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Saturday, November 2, 2013

Re-Searching The Matrix

I've been struggling with a new topic for some time and have written many articles of various topics dealing with "The Truth", and every time I go to post them I have the same lingering thoughts go through my mind. Are the people reading my BLOG going to take it as the whole truth or will they do their own research?  You see, not too long before 911, I was watching something on the TV, must have been the science channel or discovery, one of those types, and saw a short interview with David Icke, former BBC sports reporter, who became the poster human for the theory in 1998 after publishing his first book, The Biggest Secret. Which by the way is an excellent book. Anyway, he really peaked my interest and my son's into researching reptilians and the elite. I was lucky enough to have a pretty good computer at the time and the internet. We went crazy researching him and all kinds of "Conspiracy Theories".  From researching we unplugged from the Matrix and Woke Up! Literally!! When the Matirx Movie talks about the Red Pill vs the Blue Pill, it's really not a joke.  Morpheus has some excellent quotes that I have to share with you.
*  You take the blue pill, the story ends, you wake up in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe. You take the red pill, you stay in Wonderland, and I show you how deep the rabbit hole goes.
*  Fate, it seems, is not without a sense of irony.
*  What is real? How do you define real? If you're talking about what you can feel, what you can smell, what you can taste and see, then real is simply electrical signals interpreted by your brain.
*  Neo, sooner or later you're going to realize, just as I did, that there's a difference between knowing the path, and walking the path.
*  I'm trying to free your mind, Neo. But I can only show you the door. You're the one that      has to walk through it.
*  Have you ever had a dream Neo, that you were so sure was real? What if you were unable   to wake from that dream? How would you know the difference between the dream world, and the real world?
*  Welcome…to the real world.
*  Don't think you are, know you are.
*  "You think that’s air you're breathing now ?"
So this BLOG is about RESEARCHING  on your own and some ways to properly do it. I can only show you the door, you have to walk through it. Are you ready to FREE YOUR MIND? Well, here goes.....
ONLINE RESEARCH - Methods, Suggested Techniques, Good Common Sense and Lots of Patience!

Everyone or just about everyone thinks that GOOGLE and Wikipedia is the best way or only way to really get results online. WRONG! Real research is what is called re-search. You need to have a critical and a skeptical mindset to filter the information you'll be finding.

You'll need to sift through many, many web pages and must have good and reliable methods to filter them and then the patience & critical thinking skills.  Please take heed to these suggested steps in Re-Searching Online!

1.  Is your topic "Hard Research", "Soft Research", or Both?
A) Hard Research - describes scientific and objective research, where proven facts, figures, statistics, and measurable evidence are absolutely critical. In hard research, the credibility of every resource must be able to withstand intense scrutiny.Examples of hard  research topics:
* Is income tax illegal in the USA?
* The BP oil spill is going to cause cancer in Mississippi residents within 5 years.
* Chronic back pain can be treated by a combination of anti-inflammatories, caffeine, and fish oil.
* Duct tape can cure warts.

B) 'Soft research' describes topics that are more subjective, cultural, and opinion-based.  Soft research sources will be less scrutinized by the readers.  Examples of soft research topics:
* Android phones are better than Apple iPhones.
*Flickr is the best free photo gallery online.
*Why the Episcopalian Church is more youth-friendly than the Catholic Church.
*Savannah cats make good house-pets.
*The best high definition TV set is the Sharp Aquos.

C) Combined soft and hard research requires the most work, because this hybrid topic broadens your search requirements.  Not only do you need to find hard facts and figures, but you will need to debate against very strong opinions to make your case.  Politics and international economy topics are the biggest examples of hybrid research.

2. Which Online Authorities Are Suitable for Your Research Topic.
A) Soft research topics are often about collating the opinions of respected online writers.  Many soft research authorities are not academics, but rather writers who have practical experience in their field. Soft research usually means the following sources:

Blogs, including personal opinion blogs and amateur writer blogs (e.g. Consumer Reports, UK politics).
Forums and discussion sites (e.g. Police discussion forum)
Consumer product review sites (e.g. ZDnet, Epinions).
Commercial sites that are advertising-driven (e.g.
Tech and computer sites  (
B) Hard research topics require hard facts and academically-respected evidence.  An opinion blog will not cut it; you will need to find publications by scholars, experts, and professionals with credentials. The Invisible Web will often be important for hard research.  Accordingly, here are possible content areas for your hard research topic:

Academic journals  (e.g.  a list of academic search engines here).
Government publications (e.g. Google's 'Uncle Sam' search).
Government authorities (e.g. the NHTSA)
Scientific and medical content, sanctioned by known authorities (e.g.
Non-government websites that are NOT influenced by advertising and obvious sponsorship e.g. Consumer Watch)
Archived news (e.g. Internet Archive)

3. Use a Variety of DIFFERENT Search Engines and Keywords
This is important, use different search engines and 3-5 keyword combinations. Be patient and constantly adjust you keywords for the best results.

Firstly, start with broad initial researching at Internet Public Library, DuckDuckGo, Clusty/Yippy, Wikipedia, and Mahalo. This will give you a broad sense of what categories and related topics are out there, and give you possible directions to aim your research.
Secondly, narrow and deepen your Visible Web searching with Google and  Once you have experimented with combinations of 3 to 5 different keywords, these 3 search engines will deepen the results pools for your keywords.
Thirdly, go beyond Google, for Invisible Web (Deep Web) searching. Because Invisible Web pages are not spidered by Google, you'll need to be patient and use slower and more specific search engines like:
Scirus (for scientific searching)
Internet Archive  (to backwards-search past current events)
Advanced Clusty Searching  (meta searching specific parts of the Internet)
Surfwax (much more knowledge-focused and much less commerce-driven than Google)
US Government Library of Congress
4.  Stockpile Possible Good Content & Bookmark it.
Really easy but takes time. Gather all the possible sites into organized piles so you can sift through it later.  Here's a great idea for routine bookmarking pages:

CTRL-Click the interesting search engine result links. This will spawn a new tab page each time you CTRL-Click.
When you have 3 or 4 new tabs, quickly browse them and do an initial assessment on their credibility.
Bookmark any tabs you consider credible on first glance.
Close the tabs.
Repeat with the next batch of links.
This method, after about 45 minutes, will have yielded you dozens of bookmarks to sift through.

5.  Now it's time to Filter and Validate the Content.
This is a very slow process. You need to sift and filter out which content is legitimate, and which is just trash. This is the most important step of all if you're doing hard research, because your resources MUST withstand close examination later. 

Carefully consider the author/source, and the date of publication. Is the author an authority with professional credentials, or someone who is peddling their wares and trying to sell you a book? Is the page undated, or unusually old?  Does the page have its own domain name (e.g., e.g., or is it some deep and obscure page buried at MySpace?
Be suspicious of personal web pages, and any commercial pages that have a shoddy, amateurish presentation. Spelling errors, grammar errors, poor formatting, cheesy advertising on the side, absurd fonts, too many blinking emoticons... these are all red flags that the author is not a serious resource, and does not care about the quality of their publishing.
Be suspicious of scientific or medical pages that display scientific or medical advertising. For example: if you are researching veterinarian advice, be wary if the veterinarian web page displays blatant advertising for dog medicine or pet food.  Advertising can possibly indicate a conflict of interest or hidden agenda behind the writer's content.
Be suspicious of any ranting, overstating, overly-positive, or overly-negative commentary. If the author insists on ranting and crying foul, or conversely seems to shower excessive praise, that could be a red flag that there is dishonesty and fraudulent motivations behind the writing.
Commercial consumer websites can be good resources, but be skeptical of every comment you read.  Just because 7 people rave that Pet Food X is good for their dogs does not necessarily mean it is good for your dog. Similarly, if 5 people out of 600 complain about a particular vendor, that doesn't mean the vendor is necessarily bad. Be patient, be skeptical, and be slow to form an opinion.
Use your intuition if something seems amiss with the web page.  Perhaps the author is just a little too positive, or seems a little too closed to other opinions.  Maybe the author uses profanity, name-calling, or insults to try to make his point.  The formatting of the page might seem childlike and haphazard.  Or you get the sense that the author is trying to sell you something.  If you get any subconscious sense that there is something not quite right about the web page, then trust your intuition.
Use Google 'link:' feature to see the 'backlinks' for a page.  This technique will list incoming hyperlinks from the major websites that recommend the web page of interest. These backlinks will give you an indicator how much respect the author has earned around the Internet.  Simply go to google and enter 'link:www.(the web page's address)' to see the backlinks listed.

6. Now it's Time to Make That FINAL DECISION on Which Argument You Now Support.
After spending a few hours researching, your initial opinion may have changed.  Maybe you are relieved, maybe you are more afraid, maybe you've just learned something and opened your mind that much more.  As in the movie, The Matrix, Inside the Matrix you are plugged in, hopelessly dependant on the system. If you are UNPLUGGED, you will Believe the unbelievable and FREE YOUR MIND! Your Fight for the Future Begins!
If you have a new opinion, you might have to redo your research.Facts that support your new informed opinion. 
7. Quote and Cite the Content.While there is not a single universal standard for citing (acknowledging) quotes from the Internet, the Modern Language Association and American Psychological Association are two very respected citing methods:

Here is an example MLA citation:
Aristotle. Poetics. Trans. S. H. Butcher. The Internet Classics Archive.
Web Atomic and Massachusetts Institute of Technology,
13 Sept. 2007. Web. 4 Nov. 2008. ‹›.

Here is a sample APA citation:
Bernstein, M. (2002). 10 tips on writing the living Web. A
List Apart: For People Who Make Websites, 149.
Retrieved from
More details: how to cite Internet references.

More details: The Purdue University Owl Guide explains both of these citing methods in detail:

The MLA citing method
The APA citing method

Remember: DO NOT PLAGIARIZE.  You must either directly quote the author, or rewrite and summarize the content (along with appropriate citing).  But to restate the author's words as your own is illegal, and will get you a failing mark on your thesis or paper and when talking with others and they are aware you are plagiarizing, you loose your credibility.

8. Use a Research-Friendly Web Browser
Researching is repetitive and slow.  You will want a tool that supports many open pages, and easily backtracks through previous pages.  A good research-friendly Web browser offers:

Multiple tab pages open simultaneously.
Bookmarks/favorites that are fast and easy to manage.
Page history that is easy to recall.
Loads pages quickly for your computer's memory size.

Of the many choices in 2013, the best research browsers are Chrome and Firefox, followed by Opera. IE10 is also a competent browser, but try the previous 3 choices for their speed and memory economy. On Android Phones or IPhones the DOLPHIN BROWSER is excellent with the Jet Pack Ad-on.

Obviously, it's re-searching....the time-consuming and repeated method of searching good information from the bad.  It is going to be slow because it's about diligence and skeptical hard questioning. Having said that continue to keep your mindset positive, and enjoy the adventure. 90% of the things you read you will reject, take pleasure in how humorous (and how moronic) some internet content is, and put your CTRL-Click tabs along with your bookmarks/favorites to good use.

Have patience, be skeptical, be inquisitive, and be slow to shape an opinion!!!

Here's an excellent website with loads of great re-search tools and sites. You'll be impressed!
Resources to Search the Invisible Web

9. Best Of Luck with Internet Researching!
Without question, it's RE-SEARCHING....the gradual and repetitive procedure for sifting good information and the bad. It is going to be slow-moving since it's about persistence and skeptical hard questioning.  Nevertheless maintain your mindset and benefit from the discovery process. Though 90% of everything you read you are going to toss, delight in just how fun (and also how moronic) some online content material is, and put your CTRL-Click tabs as well as your bookmark/favorites to sound use.

Wake up and get out of the MATRIX! As Morpheus said, "Morpheus: The Matrix is the world that has been pulled over your eyes to blind you from the truth." Do your RE-SEARCH properly and you will be awakened and you'll be able to share your new found knowledge with friends and family and help them unplug from the Matrix too.  Best of Luck!

Gigi, Paul (2013) How Proper Online Research Works

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