Online Tracking

"Twitter Tracking"

Online tracking seems to be the bane of our existence on the World Wide Web. Now, Twitter has jumped into the fray.

Check out the article below and be SURE to note how to stop this if you don't want it.

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Birth of a New Tradition

"Merchandise from China"

This week, I'm publishing an email I received from a reader - Kevin O'Leary. I've seen similar things in the past, but this is a particularly good article. In fact, since it's right up my alley, I'll probably remind you about it several times through the holidays.

I have been annoyed for quite some time that it's almost impossible to buy anything in this country that didn't come from China. In fact, I once decided I would NOT buy anything from there.

Well, guess what? It's extremely difficult! Even our food is coming out of there. WHY? It isn't as if we don't have plenty of farmland in this country! If you've bought into the lie that we don't - take a road trip across the U.S.

Like everything else, this has sneaked up on us. It wasn't that long ago that even Walmart bragged about selling items "Made in the USA."

Our jobs have been shipped overseas and, in return, we buy crappy merchandise from China. What the hell?

Anyway, rather than get on one of my famous rants, I hope you'll just read the article below. If it makes sense to you, send it on to people on your mailing list. Maybe we can get enough people involved and really make a difference for American families, and our economy, instead of benefiting the Chinese economy.

This most likely also holds true for many countries other than the USA. So, getting folks to participate can certainly have a big affect on our home country small businesses!

If, after reading the article, you have additional ideas, let me know and I'll publish them. too! This is an article I wish I had written in the first place!

Christmas 2011 -- Birth of a New Tradition

As the holidays approach, the giant Asian factories are kicking into high gear to provide Americans with monstrous piles of cheaply produced goods - merchandise that has been produced at the expense of American labor.

This year will be different. This year Americans will give the gift of genuine concern for other Americans. There is no longer an excuse that, at gift giving time, there is nothing to be found that is produced by American hands. Yes there is!

It's time to think outside the box, people. Who says a gift needs to fit in a box, wrapped in Chinese-produced wrapping paper? Think about these ideas instead:

  • Everyone -- yes EVERYONE gets their hair cut. How about gift certificates from your local hair salon or barber?
  • Gym membership. It's appropriate for those of all ages who are thinking about some health improvement.
  • Who wouldn't appreciate getting their car detailed? Small, locally-owned detail shops and car washes would love to sell you a gift certificate or a book of gift certificates.
Are you one of those extravagant givers who think nothing of plunking down the Benjamins on a Chinese-made flat-screen?
  • Perhaps that grateful gift receiver would like his driveway sealed, or lawn mowed for the summer, or driveway plowed all winter, or games at the local golf course.
  • There are a bazillion owner-run restaurants -- all offering gift certificates.
  • And, if your intended isn't the fancy eatery sort, what about a half dozen breakfasts at the local blreakfast joint?
Remember, folks, this isn't about big national chains -- this is about supporting your home town neighbors with their financial lives on the line to keep their doors open.
  • How many people couldn't use an oil change for their car, truck or motorcycle, done at a shop run by the American working guy?
  • Thinking about a heartfelt gift for mom? Mom would LOVE the services of a local cleaning lady for a day.
  • My computer could use a tune-up, and I KNOW I can find some young guy who is struggling to get his repair business up and running.
  • Okay, you were looking for something more personal. Think about your local artists and crafts people . . . paintings, photography, sculptures, jewelry, pottery, handmade sweaters and scarves.
  • Plan your holiday outings at local, owner-operated restaurants, and leave your server a nice tip.
  • And how about going out to see a play or ballet at your hometown theatre?
  • Musicians need love too, so find a venue showcasing local bands.
Honestly, people, do you REALLY need to buy another ten thousand Chinese lights for the house? When you buy a five-dollar string of lights, about fifty cents stays in the community.

If you have those kinds of bucks to burn, leave the mailman, trash guy or babysitter a nice BIG tip.

You see, Christmas is no longer about draining American pockets so that China can increase our indebtedness to it. Christmas now means caring about US, encouraging American small businesses to keep plugging away to follow their dreams.

And, when we care about other Americans, we care about our communities, and the benefits come back to us in ways we couldn't imagine. THIS is the new American Christmas tradition.

How else can you help?

  • Forward this to everyone on your mailing list
  • Post it to discussion groups
  • Throw up a post on Craigslist in the "Rants & Raves" section in your city (GOOD one!)
  • Send it to the editor of your local paper and radio stations, and TV news departments
This is a revolution of caring about each other. Isn't that what Christmas is about?

P.S. This plan works for birthdays, anniversaries and any other gift giving occasion.

Please let us know what you think in the "Comments."

Have YOUR Say!

"Take Action, NOW"

A while back, I alerted you to the fact that the FDA is trying to outlaw virtually all dietary supplements.

One of our readers commented on the OBTJ blog to the effect that her husband would literally die without supplements since he is violently allergic to prescription drugs.

You can read her comments at the bottom of the page HERE

Luckily, such a stink has been raised by the public, the FDA has now extended the time for comments before they make a decision.

If you have not yet done so, please tell the FDA we will not stand for our supplements being taken away to further enrich the pharmaceutical companies!

Comment to the FDA Here

Let us know what you think in the "Comments."


FDA Regulations

Things Affecting Us All

"Things to be Aware Of"

I don't know where August and even most of September have gone. I'm usually encouraging folks to get ready in August and blast off in September for the best selling season for online business. Things just got away from me in this goofy year.

So, I hope everyone spiffed up your web sites and are settling down to business. Hard, I know, with so many disasters all over the USA, but if we live here, we just have to keep on keepin' on. We aren't the only ones having hard times. It's all over the world.

In drought-stricken East Africa, over 29,000 children under the age of 5, have starved to death in southern Somalia in the past three months. The famine there is atrocious.

As you may know, Chamber of Commerce - on the Web™ supports ABC's "Be the Change: Save a Life" program. At the URL below, you'll find a list of organizations contributing to the relief efforts.

This is a horrible, horrible situation. It makes our problems look pretty puny. While our idiot politicians fight over funding relief efforts in the USA, we can help others who truly can NOT help themselves.

If you can, please help - even if it's just a little. We may have to rebuild, but these people are dying a horrible death!

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I'm going to skip the "Online Business" column this week. First, I haven't seen anything earthshaking going on. Second, I want to alert you to some other things that affect our very existence in THIS country. I beg the patience of those outside the USA. If these things aren't corrected, there won't BE any small businesses in the USA.

As most of you know, I am a pacifist. I do NOT believe in sending our youngsters (or anyone else) out to kill innocent people because their government pisses off OUR government.

I've always said, if we had a law that limited fighting in wars to men ages 45 and over, that would put a stop to it pretty damn quick. But, no - THEY want to sit back and pull the strings that kill our children while they make money from it hand over fist!

This does NOT mean I don't support our military. I do. I have several family members in the military. What I do NOT support is having our military out there killing people for no other reason than to make money for the military industrial complex!

But, I digress ... Now, it's all back to our Federal budget.

"Lockheed Martin's CEO wants your Social Security check."

Military contractors are spending millions to lobby the so-called "Super Committee" into saving their contracts by keeping the war budget intact. If the military contractors succeed in keeping the war budget intact, they'll likely do so at the expense of Social Security and Medicare.

That means money that would go to your Social Security or Medicare benefits will instead go into the hands of people like Lockheed Martin CEO Robert J. Stephens, who last year personally made $21.9 million, almost totally from taxpayer-funded military contracts.

Check it out - and have your say

I also encourage you to get involved with the work the National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC) is doing to protect your right to choose which vaccines you want your children to receive, including the legal right to use all, some, or no vaccines at all.

With California's new law pending - which would give vaccines to children as young as 12 without parental knowledge or consent - this has become critical.

It's time we put a stop to these huge industries costing us our lives and our freedoms!

Get involved here

Let us know what you think in the "Comments."


Be the Change: Save a Life
War Costs
National Vaccine Information Center

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