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Captain Chris Gives You Real World Advice Against Thugs

By William F. Gabriel

It’s your worst nightmare, someone has marked you out as an easy target and even worse, there is nowhere for you to run and no one around to help you. Yelling for help will do no good and running is impossible because he has you cornered. They are bigger and stronger than you and your first option and instinct is to beg for mercy but it is unlikely that they will comply. On the other hand, you could do what Chris Pizzo would do, that is if you have been following his teachings and fight back with Close Combat Training. The techniques involved in this are easy to learn and could save your life one day.

If this seems overly dramatic as you are sitting at home in comfort reading this article then it will seem like pretty sound advice if you find yourself in the aforementioned terrifying scenario. While basic self defense advice like kicking them in the groin, the knee or poking their eyes out are reasonable bits of advice in a desperate situation, these don’t always work. Let’s just say the attacker blocks your eye gouge with their hands, the groin kick with a retaliatory strike and the knee kick by raising their leg, what on earth can you do then? If you have studied the moves of Captain Chris you would already know the answer to this question.

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Desperate times can cause for extreme measures so don’t be afraid to do something that you would never normally do. In fact, one of the basic tenets of the Close Combat Training Program taught by Chris Pizzo is to fight dirty if you need to. There is no point sitting around in the bar with your buddies after you have got out of hospital saying what you should have done. You shouldn’t have to beat yourself up about it after the thug has done so and by following the videos made by Captain Chris, you will have no regrets because you will have come out of the fight as the winner.

If in a bear hug, be sure to use such simple yet brutal moves like hitting them in the face with the back of your head and pulling their hair. Even though this is seen as a girly move, you will not be saying that if it gets you out of strife! Chris Pizzo advocates the use of every part of your anatomy as a weapon when taking on a thug. Being more unpredictable than your attacker is the best way to come out of an assault in one piece.

If you feel that the teachings of Captain Chris go against your value system then you’re making a huge mistake. Street attackers have no morals and no qualms about doing whatever it takes to hurt and rob you so why do you need to worry about them? Those of you interested in defending yourself against random violence should take a look at Close Combat Training as it can prepare you for attacks far better than martial arts.

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CoolBrands: New Zealand coolest place in the world

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

New Zealand has been voted the coolest place in the world by United Kingdom brand: CoolBrands.

Coolbrands is owned by a consultancy firm in the UK, called Superbrands. It started in 2001, CoolBrands is a way of telling how ‘cool’ a brand is. Superbrands defines “brands that have become extremely desirable among many style leaders and influencers. They have a magic about them, signifying that users have an exceptional sense of taste and style.”

George Hickton, chief executive of Tourism New Zealand, said: “This win is a vindication of the recent work we’ve put in to the UK market, with the Chelsea Flower Show and our 100% Pure New Zealand advertising campaign ensuring New Zealand stays top of mind with potential travellers.”

“It’s very gratifying to see we are such a desirable destination, especially as this poll includes opinion leaders who can have an real influence on people’s travel choices.” says Mr Hickton. “this is the second award New Zealand has received in the UK this September, with Conde Nast Traveller magazine also voting New Zealand best destination this month.”

Editor of Condé Nast Traveler Magazine, Sarah Miller, called New Zealand a “point of authenticity.” And professional nation brander, Wally Olin, said “New Zealand has been very, very clever. It has turned its disadvantages into advantages.”

“Reaping the benefits of its recent marketing campaign, New Zealand is apparently the hottest place to be,” said the London News.

650 brands were chosen by researchers which were then put before 23 judges and were made available for the public, of which 1,725 people participated in an online survey. Five percent of the original 650 made it to the finals, including Morocco, Maldive and Australia.

New Zealand receives most of its tourists from Australia, closely followed by the UK.

The top ten destinations included:

  1. New Zealand
  2. Morocco
  3. Fiji
  4. Prague
  5. Australia
  6. Maldives
  7. Amsterdam
  8. Brighton
  9. Bahamas
  10. Bermuda
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Teaching Intelligent Design: Incumbent Dover PA school board fails reelection

Wednesday, November 9, 2005

The Dover, Pennsylvania school board became the first to mandate inclusion of Intelligent Design in a public school biology curriculum. For this year’s November 8 election, Republicans fielded a pro-Intelligent Design slate of candidates including some returning candidates who had previously voted to include a statement about Intelligent Design in the biology curriculum. A mixed slate of Democrat and Republican candidates came forward as an alternative group of school board candidates, the Dover CARES coalition. They proposed to remove Intelligent Design from the biology curriculum but allow discussion of Intelligent Design in courses dealing with philosophy and comparative religion.

All eight open school board seats were won by Dover CARES coalition candidates. Two candidates who had previously voted as school board members to include intelligent design in the public school science curriculum received the fewest votes in Tuesday’s election. One of the newly elected board members is Bryan Rehm, a parent of a Dover school student. Rehm, along with ten other parents, initiated a law suit against the school board for its decision to insert Intelligent Design into the science curriculum.

In October 2004, the Dover school board decided that Intelligent Design is a scientific theory that should be mentioned in biology classes that include discussion of biological evolution as part of the course content. The board mandated that a statement should be read in those classes stating “Intelligent Design is an explanation of the origin of life,” and “The school leaves the discussion of the Origins of Life to individual students and their families.”

The school board’s statement on Intelligent Design directs students to the book Of Pandas and People as a source of information “for students who might be interested in gaining an understanding of what Intelligent Design actually involves.” This book is published by the Foundation for Thought and Ethics, a non-profit organization founded for the purpose of “promoting and publishing textbooks presenting a Christian perspective.”

Parents of some Dover public school students filed a lawsuit against the school board, charging that including the school board’s statement on Intelligent Design was an attempt to introduce religion into the science curriculum. The book Of Pandas and People says, “Intelligent design means that various forms of life began abruptly through an intelligent agency.” The original complaint in the law suit against the school board claimed that “Intelligent design is a non-scientific argument or assertion.”

The US District Court Judge John Jones, who heard the non-jury case, hopes to make his ruling by the end of the year. The evidence phase of the trial ended on November 4, 2005.

A local Dover newspaper, the York Daily Record, editorialized that Dover voters should take trial testimony into account during the general election when they could cast votes for school board members along with other elective offices.

Biology teachers in the Dover schools have refused to read the school board’s statement on Intelligent Design to students because the Pennsylvania state code for education states that “The professional educator may not knowingly and intentionally misrepresent subject matter.” In a letter to their administrator, the teachers stated their view that “Intelligent design is not science.” School administrators have been reading the school board’s Intelligent Design statement to students in Dover public schools.

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Wikinews interviews Jim Hedges, U.S. Prohibition Party presidential candidate

Saturday, January 29, 2011

U.S. Prohibition Party presidential candidate Jim Hedges of Thompson Township, Pennsylvania took some time to answer a few questions about the Prohibition Party and his 2012 presidential campaign.

The Prohibition Party is the third oldest existing political party in the United States, having been established in 1869. It reached its height of popularity during the late 19th century. The party heavily supported the Eighteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution, which banned the sale of alcohol, and resulted in the US period known as Prohibition (1919–33). It was repealed in 1933. The party has declined since this period, but has continued to nominate candidates for the presidential election.

In 2003, the party split into two factions. Preacher Gene Amondson and perennial candidate Earl Dodge were nominated for the presidency by their respective factions. After Dodge’s death in 2007, the party reunified and named Amondson as its sole presidential nominee for 2008. During the election, Amondson was interviewed by Wikinews. He died in 2009, leaving an opening in the party for 2012.

Jim Hedges is a longtime Prohibition activist, who holds the distinction of the first individual of the 21st century (and the first since 1959) to be elected to a political office under the Prohibition Party banner. In 2001, he was elected as the Thompson Township tax assessor, and was re-elected to the post in 2005. He served until his term expired in 2010. Hedges declared his intent to run for the Prohibition Party presidential nomination on February 18, 2010. This marks his first run for the presidency.

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Best advice when taking a Home Loan


Vikram Kumar

The USDA loan has grown in popularity because of its superior financing terms. Home loans are of greater demand these days, because of the increasing real estate rates. People keep on looking for the best deals in terms of home loans to help them with the burden of paying their monthly mortgage fees. But did you know that USDA Home Loans are better and advantageous than the regular home loans? There are important things that must be considered when applying for a home loan; the lenders will always ask you to submit documents to assess your capacity to pay upon inquiring about the loan. But when you apply for USDA Home Loans you do not need to have a high credit rating and there is no need to have huge amount of cash for down payment because you will not be required to pay for this fee.

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There are people who are going through mortgage loan application just to acquire a regular home loan. There is a mortgage lender, processor, underwriter and a closer that deals with your documents and assess if you should be approved or not. The processor will take the application to the lender and the information will be used to make a full loan package. As soon as it is made, it will be send to the underwriter who usually decides if you qualify for the loan or not. You must be able to provide all the documents asked of you to make the entire process easier and hassle free. Understanding what a USDA Loan is can be of help to you especially if you do not have enough funds to pay for a regular home loan mortgage.

What is a USDA loan is a common question that people ask especially those who are not familiar with this type of home loan. Well this is backed by the US Department of agriculture in a lower rate and they do not require the homebuyer to pay for down payments. This is especially made for home buyers who are interested in getting a new home with flexible credit guidelines within the rural and suburban areas in the US. The process in applying for the USDA Home Loans is just the same with a regular loan or any other type of loans. Its just the final commitment will be issued by the central USDA office in Texas. But the loan will be processed just like any other type of home loan.

You can also search the USDA Loans Texas website which offers resources to borrowers to help make educated decisions and comparisons to other loan programs. Asking what is a USDA loan is very important question as is with any home loan program you are looking into. This will help you understand what the benefits are of the USDA program and compare them with other programs. You will find that the USDA loan is superior loan product with better financing terms than other loan programs on the market today.

What is a USDA loan – – is a common question of people interested in buying a new home. You have an option to apply for USDA Home Loans – or get a regular home loan.

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Turner Broadcasting apologizes for Boston scare

Friday, February 2, 2007

An advertising campaign for shows on Adult Swim, a programming block on Cartoon Network, which is owned by Turner Broadcasting, gave local and federal law-enforcement a scare when devices were discovered on eight different bridges and roads.

The U.S. city of Boston was snarled in traffic jams January 31 as police investigated devices with flashing lights representing a cartoon character were placed around bridges and other areas throughout the city.

Different governmental agencies were brought in to help deal with the problem, which was later found to be no threat, as described by Boston Police Department spokesperson Eddy Chrispin. A bomb squad was deployed under supervision of the FBI, Boston police, the US Coast Guard, and different federal agencies.

The advertising campaign, for the widely popular program Aqua Teen Hunger Force, featuring characters from that series, was in place for two to three weeks in Boston, New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, and many other major US cities.

Two people have been arrested for alleged participation in this incident.

Turner Broadcasting Systems hired New York marketing firm Interference Inc. which in turn hired individuals in the various cities to place the devices promoting the cartoon’s fifth season, scheduled for a February 23 premiere. Road and rail traffic was disrupted by police as they investigated and removed the devices.

The mostly flat devices resemble two-foot-square Lite-Brites with batteries attached to the bottom and visible wires.

G4TV has dubbed the incident “Aquagate” on its broadcast of Attack of the Show segment The Feed.

It is not known why the devices took police several weeks to notice, nor why the devices were believed to be dangerous.

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Darling announces UK budget for 2009

Thursday, April 23, 2009

The United Kingdom Chancellor of the Exchequer, Alistair Darling, yesterday announced the 2009 budget. The budget is an annual audit of the nation’s finances, and decides what should be done with taxpayers’ money.

The chancellor fell under scorn for his GDP growth forecasts, which are considered to be too optimistic in predicting that Britain will bounce back from its weakest economic performance since the end of the second world war. Darling forecast GDP growth of 3.5% in 2011, even after he was made to downgrade his predictions. He expects a record expansion of 1.25% next year, but chief UK economist Howard Archer disagrees, calling Darling’s predictions “mildly optimistic in the near term and much more optimistic in the long term.”

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His plans for savers and pensioners, however, were commended by many, though was also criticised by a large portion of the populace. In the budget, Darling increased the amount that savers can put into an Individual Savings Account (ISA) from £7,200 to £10,200, of which £5,100 can be saved in cash. These increased limits will be available only to people aged over 50 from 6 October this year, and will not be available to everyone until 6 April next year. A number of financial experts described the move as being “too little, too late”, and Rumina Hassam, of price comparison website, said: “The government’s decision to increase the cash ISA limit by £1,500 to £5,100 for the over 50’s is a just another kick in the teeth for the majority of savers as they will have to wait even longer to benefit. There is no doubt that savers have been sacrificed as a result of the plummeting base rate, bringing savings rates to an all time low.”

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Chapter 13 Payments: Reorganizing Debt To Retain Property And Assets

By Simon Volkov

Chapter 13 payments are prearranged when bankruptcy is approved through the court. In most instances, a Trustee is assigned to oversee the debtor’s case and will disperse payments to creditors until accounts are paid in full. Occasionally, chapter 13 payments can be made directly through payroll deductions.

Once debt reorganization has been approved, Chapter 13 payments are clearly outlined in the repayment plan and leave little room for deviation. Consistent payments must be made to repay creditors, tax liens and mortgage payments, if applicable.

In cases where the debtor holds a mortgage, Chapter 13 bankruptcy can stop the foreclosure process. However, if the debtor fails to make mortgage payments in a timely fashion, the lender can commence with foreclosure proceedings.

In instances where the debtor fails out of bankruptcy, the court may order the individual to liquidate their assets under Chapter 7 Bankruptcy. This action requires the debtor to relinquish their property to the Trustee who will sell the assets and repay creditors.

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Chapter 13 bankruptcy is available to all U.S. citizens. This chapter of bankruptcy allows individuals to reorganize their debt so they can retain their property and assets. Payments are extended over a period of time, allowing the debtor to make smaller monthly payments. In some instances, creditors will reduce interest rates or agree to a lesser amount than is owed on the debt.

With Chapter 13 bankruptcy, certain eligibility requirements must be met. Unsecured debts must be less than $307,675 and secured debts must be less than $922,975. Prior to filing bankruptcy, the debtor must obtain credit counseling through an approved agency.

When the debtor files for chapter 13 relief, they must submit a certificate of credit counseling, debt repayment plan, proof of income and expenses, and copies of the most recent year tax return. A detailed list of debts owed to creditors must be included, along with proof of living expenses including food, shelter, utilities, taxes, transportation and healthcare expenses.

Arranging Chapter 13 payments will stop collection actions against the debtor. However, it does not eliminate debts. As long as payments are made in a timely fashion and disbursed by the Trustee or through payroll deductions, no further action will be taken against the debtor.

If circumstances arise which cause the debtor to be unable to make payments, the Trustee must be notified immediately. In instances where the problem is temporary, the Trustee can elect to reduce or temporarily suspend payments or extend the repayment period.

When the financial setback is determined to be long-term, the bankruptcy court may recommend modification of the plan, discharge the debts on the basis of hardship, dismiss the Chapter 13 case, or convert to Chapter 7 liquidation. If the debtor fails to notify the Trustee to modify their repayment plan, creditors can move forward with collection actions.

Chapter 13 Bankruptcy payments provide individuals with the opportunity to make a fresh start, yet retain their property and assets. When developing the repayment plan it is crucial to arrange affordable payments which the debtor can consistently make in a timely fashion. Otherwise, the effort will be futile; causing the debtor to fail out of bankruptcy and potentially lose their home, automobile and other valuable assets.

About the Author: Simon Volkov is a private investor who specializes in helping individuals quickly liquidate their assets. Simon offers solutions to individuals facing foreclosure, probate and chapter 13 bankruptcy. Learn more by visiting


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