6 Reasons Why People Become Vegetarian

While there is no one single form of vegetarianism, what all forms have in common is a lifestyle that abstains from the consumption of meat, fish, and poultry. One the more moderate end lacto-ovo-vegetarians eat both dairy and egg foods and products. On the other extreme there are the vegans who do not eat or use any animal byproduct, (i.e. meat, fish, poultry, eggs, dairy, honey, leather products…etc.). In between these two extremes are ovo-vegetarians, who eat eggs but not dairy, and lacto-vegetarians, who eat dairy but not eggs.

The reasons people become vegetarian are many. It could be due to religious/spiritual reasons, like me with Buddhism, or for political, health, ethical, environmental, practical, or aesthetic reasons. Here’s a brief rundown.

  1. Religious – The majority of Eastern religions (e.g. Buddhism, Hinduism, Jainism, Taoism) prescribe a vegetarian diet. While the Western religions (e.g. Judaism, Christianity, Islam) do not advocate a vegetarian diet, one can interpret certain lines of Scripture or morals behind holy stories or prophecies as good cause to practice vegetarianism.
  2. Ethical – A person might abstain from eating meat since he feels it is abhorrent to take the life of any living creature.
  3. Political – One may abstain from eating meats on the grounds of battling globalization, food corporations, agribusiness, trade revolving around livestock and meat.
  4. Environmental – Since livestock needs large grazing grounds, a great deal of land would have to be cleared increasing the carbon footprint. In addition, there is always the risk of overgrazing on a particular parcel of land and the methane released by cows which all have environmental repercussions.
  5. Practical – Some people just don’t have the access or resources to buy and eat meat.
  6. Aesthetic – Some people just don’t like the taste of meat, or how it looks like, or the fact that they’re eating a dead thing  

But the best and perhaps most widespread reason people become vegetarian are the health benefits. Vegetarian diets have time and again proven to be healthier and more viable than non-vegetarian diets. A vegetarian is less likely to have a high BMI, high levels of cholesterol, high levels of blood pressure, and a lower incidence of type 2 diabetes, renal failure, bone loss, and dementia. The reason for the health benefits of vegetarianism is due to the omission of meats, especially non-lean red meat, which have high levels of saturated fat and carry risks of animal-human disease transmissions as well food-borne pathogens due to poor preparation.…

Global Economic and Political Issues

In an article written and published by Ed Crooks on January 6, 2011 entitled “America: Riveting Prospects,” he writes about why companies in America are opposed to exporting.

To summarize his article, showcased is the Middle River Aircraft systems plant where the world famous Rosie the Riveter, during the second World War, represented the millions of women that joined the manufacturing workforce making the industry a power house, and compared it to today’s meager offerings. The plant that is now owned by GE, although still thriving has faced some tough times through the years. Although weathered by the storms, the president of GE’s aircraft parts division has hope for a brighter future.

Although some political leaders and some American businesses also have hope in rebuilding growth and employment based on manufacturing, production, exporting and earnings and less on construction, consumption, importing and debt, leaders of some of America’s largest manufacturing companies feel that it will be a long hard road to rebuild production in the U.S. GE’s chief executive Jeff Immelt, however, shares with Andrew Liveris of Dow Chemical the dream of restoring industrial America to greatness, especially with unemployment at 9.8 and rising. Liveris has even written a book on the topic of how to be competitive on a global basis, “Make It in America: The Case for Reinventing the Economy.”

Ed Crooks, however, claims that many U.S. companies, overall, has issues with exporting. Although the world offers many opportunities and America is seeing some of the benefits with emerging markets in China, India and Brazil and creating everything from a-z, Barry Botsworth of the think-tank, Brookings Institution, states that although the U.S. is similar to other developed countries in importing, we are very poor when it comes to exporting manufactured goods. Other industry executives agree that the problems with U.S. manufactures run deep. Ed Crooks has given five reasons to support his view and I summarize them as follows:

* American industries are not familiar with selling internationally. According to the chamber of commerce, only one percent of U.S. companies participate in exporting and 58 percent of those companies only export to one other company.

* The United States has been the most inactive entity at signing agreements to participate in international trade. With about 262 agreements around the world and about 100 in negotiations, the U.S. has only signed 17. In addition, the U.S. is severely affected by tariff barriers and ranks number 8 out of 121 ‘tariff-faced’ exporting countries.

* U.S. manufacturers have inefficiently skilled and inefficiently educated workforces which threaten the industry base to fall into disrepair, job opportunities to dwindle and closing of production lines. Furthermore, without a strong pipeline of industrial talent in the future, there will be no capacity for future opportunities, no chance of developing new market segments, or creating the next innovation in aerospace, which will further deteriorate the industrial base of the U.S.

* With the emerging economies furthering skills and facilities, there us the opportunity for them to …

Top 3 Ways to Create Political Slogans That Win!

Political slogans can be an integral part of your campaign’s communications effort. Slogans present an easy-to-remember way to present your candidate’s name and message to the electorate. Ideal political taglines should be pithy and memorable, utilize the candidate’s name, and tie directly to the campaign’s message:

1. Make it Memorable

If your political slogans aren’t memorable, then… well, then no one will remember them.   That goes without saying, right? Make your slogans memorable by making them short and pithy. Try using alliteration (starting several words with the same letter) or the “rule of three.” This rule says that things are more easily remembered when they are presented in threes. (For example: Arlen Specter for District Attorney: He’s Smart, He’s Tough, and Nobody Owns Him…) Using three short, punchy phrases is a way to make your slogan very memorable.

2. Utilize the Candidate’s Name

Every slogan should use the candidate’s name as a central part of the tagline. What good is a political slogan if it doesn’t help the voters remember the candidate’s name? For example:

John Smith for Alderman. No One Cares More about Our Schools.

Clean Streets, Safe Neighborhoods. Ralph Major for Mayor.

Too many campaigns have really catchy slogans that don’t use the candidate’s name. Don’t make this mistake. Always put the candidate’s name front and center in your political slogan.

3. Tie Your Slogan to the Campaign Message

How should you decide what your campaign slogan should be? The first step is to review your campaign message – what is it that you most want the voters to remember about your campaign? What sets your candidate apart from “the other guy?” Take that issue (the “message” of your campaign) and use it to craft your slogan.

For example, if your message revolves around lower taxes, then so should your tagline.  If your message centers on building new schools in your town, then your tagline should focus on education.

When building your political slogans , remember to make them memorable, use the candidate’s name, and tie your tagline as closely as possible to your campaign’s message. Then, test your slogan by running it by as many voters as possible (both supportive and non-supportive) as possible to see what they think. Make some revisions, and then go with it. 

Well crafted, well thought out political slogans can and should form an integral part of your overall campaign communications strategy.…

Conversation Skills of an Alpha Male

Alpha males know how to talk and what to talk about. Many people cannot move on beyond the first date is simply because they lack the knowledge to start an interesting and fun conversation. Knowing how to start an exciting conversation is important as it brings down her defenses and reveals more about her to you. Mastering this set of skill will definitely bring you another step FORWARD meeting the dream girl of your LIFE. Let’s not waste any more time and I shall impart to you some tips on how to engage a woman in an interesting and fun conversation…

When you are out on a date with her, remember that you are not her employer and you are not employing her. Many males make the mistake of turning the date into a job interview session. The male starts asking questions regarding her job, family, salary, and her age. The female on the other hand will reply in her head “You are a real boring guy.” The date will be totally ruined and all the attraction that is supposed to be there is all gone.

As I mentioned before, alpha males are leaders. When it comes to conversation, alpha males are leaders too. Hence, be the leader and be the one to lead the conversation. If you think that the conversation is starting to get dried and boring, be the one to make changes. Talk about something fun or do something fun and interesting. Don’t be a beta male who do not dare to make changes.

Eye contact is the next key to making your conversation successful. To be able to make good eye contact with her is extremely important as eye contact is a good indicator of how confident you are. When establishing eye contact, it is advisable that you follow the 70/30 rule. Make eye contact with her 70{512b763ef340c1c7e529c41476c7e03bc66d8daea696e1162822661d30dde056} of the time. Making eye contact too long just shows that the guy is insecure so don’t overdo your eye contact.

Have fun. This is the next key to having a great conversation. When you are going out with her and talking to her, it is important that you add the fun element into it. Tease her in a funny way, play some small games with her. Ask her what type of ice-cream she love, what her favorite color was. You name it, the bottom line is to have fun. Say NO NO to politics and other boring stuff. Unless you are pretty sure she is really really interested in that political stuff, then don’t even think about politics. It is a really arduous task for you or anyone to make that political stuff to become interesting. Trust me; you don’t even want to try.…

To What Political Party Did Abraham Lincoln Belong?

Barack Obama is a Democrat. Most people know this. What many people may not know is that the man Mr. Obama looks to for the most political (and now presidential) inspiration and guidance was a…. Republican!

That’s right. Barack Obama’s hero, Abraham Lincoln, was a Republican. Lincoln wasn’t just any ole Republican either. He was among the founders of the Republican Party and was the first Republican to be elected President.

The Republican Party was founded in 1854 in Ripon, Wisconsin. Its principal goal was to stop the expansion of slavery into the western territories. Lincoln had been involved with the Whig Party, which was disintegrating due, in large part, to sectional rivalries. Since Lincoln was personally opposed to slavery, he found the Republican Party platform much to his liking.

The first Republican to run for President was John C. Fremont, and that was in 1856. But Fremont’s appeal was largely regional, and he was defeated by James Buchanan. By 1860, however, things would be different.

Before Lincoln ran for President in 1860, he campaigned in his home state of Illinois for the US Senate. Back then, senators were chosen by their state legislatures. Lincoln was the Republican nominee for Senate, but since the Republican Party was so new, he lost. Nevertheless, the series of debates Lincoln had with Democratic Party opponent Stephen Douglas aroused great interest in the country.

Lincoln followed by his Senate campaign with a series of pamphlets and speeches that captured the nation’s attention. He became one of the leading voices against the expansion of slavery, and, in 1860, emerged as the Republican nominee for President.

While the appeal of the Republican Party was still regional (at the time, the Northeast), the entire nation was split regionally at this point. There were, in fact, four candidates for President that year, including Lincoln’s former Senate campaign rival, Stephen Douglas. None of the candidates received a majority of the popular vote, but the population advantage in the Northeast gave Lincoln an Electoral College majority – making him the 16th President of the United States and the first President to be a Republican.…

15 Motivational Songs For Overcoming Obstacles

Motivational songs for overcoming obstacles are BIG songs. Packed with motivational messages and power-filled orchestration they are the kind that get you up and going at the gym even though you are tired. They are the ones we hear at the game when there are a few seconds left on the clock and the score is tied. They are the songs used in television and film in musical montages when the lead character finally faces his challenge and proceeds despite the opposition.

Motivational songs for overcoming obstacles are important because they uplift, inspire and, excite. A steady “diet” of them can keep you feeling confident, strong, and ready to take on the world. They are so effective, they’ve even supported whole movements that brought about great social and political change.

Like the US civil rights movement. A whole assortment of leading artists of time wrote and produced some of the most motivational songs for overcoming obstacles ever. Everyone from James Brown to The Jacksons contributed to this rich body of music that serves as the soundtrack for the advancement of colored people everywhere.

1. “We Shall Overcome” sung by Mahalia Jackson is the most popular protest song that became the key anthem for the US civil rights movement.

2. “Wade in the Water” sung by the Fisk Jubilee Singers is a song that many internet sources and popular books claim to contain explicit instructions to fugitive slaves on how to avoid capture and the route to take to successfully make their way to freedom.

3. “Pick a Bale of Cotton” by Leadbelly is work song that was sung by workers to coordinate timing to pick a bale (480 lbs.) of cotton.

4. “Say it Loud, I’m Black and I’m Proud” by James Brown is notable both as one of Brown’s signature songs and as one of the most popular “black power” anthems of the 1960s.

5. “Lift Every Voice and Sing” sung by Kim Weston and written by James Weldon Johnson, was named the Black National Anthem and became the official song of the NAACP.

6. “We’re a Winner” by The Impressions was written and produced by Curtis Mayfield and was a #1 song of the black pride movement.

7. “Redemption Song” by Bob Marley is considered Marley’s most important piece of work, with lyrics derived from a speech given by the Pan-Africanist leader Marcus Garvey.

8. “Can You Feel It” by The Jacksons was written by Michael and Jackie Jackson on their album Triumph and was an international chart-topper in 1981.

9. “Aint No Stoppin Us Now” by McFadden and Whitehead is a celebratory song to honor black achievements, and became a number #1 hit selling over 2 million copies.

10. “Fight the Power” by The Isley Brothers is a protest funk song from 1975 that inspired Public Enemy to release a hip-hop version of their own in the late 1980’s.

11. “Man in the Mirror” by Michael Jackson is one of Jackson’s most critically-acclaimed songs that hit number …

Meanwhile – The Impact of Comic Books on Society

Comic books and graphic novels have long captured the imaginations of children, teens and adults everywhere. Many people have read comics when they were kids, occasionally hiding a comic book inside of a school book in order to read it while their teacher lectured. The frequency of which we would enjoy these tales usually decreased the more we grew into adulthood however, they still have a tremendous appeal. Comic books have usually been thought of as nothing more than mere “children’s books” however, they have come a long way over the years.

Comics and graphic novels address a range of societal issues and allow us to showcase what is happening in the world today. Some comic books act only as plot devices, some as social commentary, and others try to make us think.

Their has been a rise in interest in comics in recent years primarily due to the entertainment industry and the internet. The internet has given people new options for buying, selling and trading comic books with the online marketplace and websites such as eBay and Amazon.com. Online comic book forums and message boards have also given comic book readers and collectors an instrument through which to connect and share their passion for this creative medium and have piqued interest in those new to comic culture.

Comics are now recognized as a valued medium and we can see their influence in just about every sector of our entertainment. From movies to television and from video games to amusement parks, comics have had a tremendous impact on our culture. As a result comics are no longer being censored in the sense of what should and shouldn’t be in them. This may be a bad thing for some but for others it is a basic part of free speech and the first amendment.…

Ambiguity and Clarity

The communication can be meaningful and decisive provided it is specific, precise and to the point unambiguously in its context. The clarity of mind and spoken words’ cohesiveness will reflect the congeniality of the situation. The circumstances, whether political, social or cultural will be cordial and leave cherishable memories on the mind. Therefore, it is important that we must understand the meaning, definition and usage of unequivocal and comprehensibility of communication. We must also bear in mind that to be able to conclude decisively, we must communicate in an appropriate manner. Hence differentiating between ambiguity and clarity will mark the beginning of a yet another chapter in our daily life.

The ambiguity occurs when a word or phrase has more than one meaning. It is also a fact that ambiguity tends to increase with frequency of usage. Here it is important to understand the ambiguity and its common usage rather than multifaceted types and different situations. Ambiguity and its fallacies can stretch from linguistic to scientific covering commercial aspects and technicalities. It is important to know that technically or scientifically ambiguity may be ineffective in its significant way. However, linguistically it may cause a disaster or a lesser damage.

The clarity of communication, whether in words or deeds, often reflects a balanced attitude of a person. In such a situation communication clarity will make the aims achievable. The use of simple and appropriate words and phrases will make the whole episode of life an achiever. It holds water very high in political, business like, commercial and cultural fields.

There are people whose tendency is to shirk their responsibilities hence the ambiguity evolves. This will lead to chaos and confusion. Whereas, clean thoughts and clarity of mind, do reflect ideas that are full of progress and propagation. Hence, adopting an attitude which guides us towards clarity will be beneficial, both materially and spiritually.

It is defined that clarity is a balance between precise words and familiar words. It is a link to an idea which runs through the entire communication effectively.

The culminating points of discussion are focus, coherence and unity of an idea. The precision combined with proper timing resulting in clarity of communication.…

6 Great Small Talk Topics for Every Situation

Do you regard finding a small talk topic during conversations to be an arduous chore? You are not alone – many people think that making small talk is a particularly hard thing to do. But there are ways to make finding a small talk topic a much easier task.

Why is making small talk so difficult for some people? Some people find it hard because they may not be confident about their conversational skills – as is the case with foreigners who are new to using the English language. Or they might not be highly educated, so they may feel intimidated in the presence of more highly educated people or people in authority. Small talk also gets hard because, even if one person initiates conversation, the other party may not be inclined to answer or have communication problems of his own.

One party might have religious or political sensibilities that cause him to be defensive or even hostile (which is one reason why it is not recommended for conversation to focus on religious or political topics). Cultural differences may also exist, making one or both parties hesitant to pursue conversation until common ground can be uncovered.

Here are some tips that should make finding a small talk topic less difficult:

1) Ask the other party or parties a lot of questions about themselves. Not only is this the polite thing to do, it also helps move along the conversational ball.

2) Be sure to listen to the responses to your questions. It would not do to ask a barrage of questions then not pay attention to the replies of the other person. Plus, if you listen closely, the responses to your questions may lead you to ask even more in-depth questions.

3) Ask questions that are relevant to the other person – such as questions about their background, their family, any friends you have in common, or what he may like to do. This opens up areas in his life that he may have in common with you, posing an opportunity to bond.

4) Be well-read and well-informed about a host of topics. You have heard it said that it pays to read a lot and it is true – if you know a lot about different topics, you can easily conduct a conversation with people from different backgrounds. It will not be so hard to find a small talk topic then.

5) Keep the flow of the conversation on a casual keel. You might panic if the conversation takes on a very deep tone, such as when you are talking about politics or business, because then it becomes harder to find common ground that you can agree on. Topics should be light, hopefully cheerful, so that you will be able to bond better with the other party.

6) Avoid controversial topics, like asking if the other person is gay. Controversial topics might only put the other person on the defensive. Also, you and the other person might be on …

When It Comes to the Law of Attraction, Wanting Something Makes It Harder to Get

This morning I had a hard time getting out of the house. For the longest time, I couldn’t find my wallet. I checked all the usual places it would usually turn up; on the kitchen counter, by the computer, in the refrigerator… (Not kidding.) Only when my mind started to accept the fact that I may have to leave without it, is when I became able to find it. It was actually lying in a bin where we keep our dog’s food. (Still not sure how it got there, but that’s another story anyway.) This phenomenon is actually quite common. For some reason, we only find something, when we become OK with not finding it. This encompasses the whole essence of releasing your emotional attachment to something. As you scan every word of this document you will discover new ways of thinking about letting go of your wants in order to actually get them easier.

There’s a well known saying that goes like this, “If you want something bad enough, you’ll get it.” In fact, the opposite of that is true. The more you want something, the more you end up pushing it away. I know you may find it hard to make sense. Many people wonder, why wanting something actually pushes it away from you.

Think of it this way. When you want something, you in essence are noticing that you don’t actually have it. Let me repeat that last sentence, because you need to remember it. When you want something, you in essence are noticing that you don’t actually have it. When you send your vibes about lacking anything, out into the universe, that’s precisely what you will receive.

So how do you get around this? Seems almost impossible doesn’t it? How do you want something without wanting it? After all, if you don’t at least conjure up the desire for it; there won’t be the motivation to go out and get it.

Now you’re probably thinking I’m going to ask you to think like a monk or sage and, “let go of your earthly desires.” But if you’ve read any of my material, you would definitely know that’s not my style. In fact, I’m salivating over a fire red sports car as I’m writing this piece.

It’s ok! You can absolutely want and desire things, but you need to do it in a certain way. Here’s the trick.

You can want something, but don’t let that want turn into a need. The moment your “want” turns into a “need,” negative feelings about it start to come up. Frustration and depression may arise from the fact that you don’t actually have it. Keep the want playful. Think of it as ordering something from an online store, like Amazon or Overstock. The moment you push the order through, how do you feel. You’re probably excited and optimistic about your item arriving at your door in the near future, right? That’s how attracting something should feel. When you feel the …