Showing posts from April, 2013

"Shelter in Place" the new term that you need to know about!

Read about  “Shelter in Place” Is there a better way? Yes.   From one of my favorite bloggers Resilient communities  don’t shut down due to security/food/energy disruptions. They can self-generate much of that themselves. Often at levels of quality better than what is available from global sources." Shelter in place   has been used  for an emergency procedure for people affected by a chemical accident or terrorist attack. But now it is being used more by homeland security to lock people in their homes. This is good at times but can also be  ominous.  “Shelter in Place” is a phrase usurped by US Homeland Security from  the  American Red Cross   which means that everyone, except first responders and medical personnel, must stay at home until an all clear signal is given. To create a resilient community that can withstand the natural and manmade disruptions we need to: Find  ways to locally produce the food, energy, water, and

Boston bombings: How surviving a bomb blast feels and what you can doto help survivors.

Here is a very good article on what happens to you in a bomb blast and how you can help others. His blog is one that I follow. He survived the Balkan wars and has a lot of in field medical knowledge and has a lot to teach us.

How to Grow Fresh Air For Your Home

Read this article on  How to Grow Fresh Air For Your Home . "Here’s the list of some of the plants that do the best job at cleaning formaldehyde, the most common indoor air pollutant (which indicates they are good at cleaning the rest)." Boston Fern.  Mum. Gerbera Daisy. Rubber Plant. English Ivy.

SBA SizeUp Kick-Starts Market Research

Have your own business or thinking of starting one? Read this article about  SBA SizeUp Kick-Starts Market Research . If you are a small business owner, you need to know how your business stacks up with the competition in order to succeed. SizeUp will help you manage and grow your business by benchmarking it against competitors, mapping your customers, competitors and suppliers, and locating the best places to advertise. "The Small Business Administration has taken a big step toward leveling the playing field on which small businesses compete with large ones. It’s now providing a new online information service called SizeUp that gives small-business owners free access to data on some 14 million companies in virtually every industry and geographic region in the country."

Update on Wal-Mart's Bluebird Prepaid card- Now Checking Account

When the "Bluebird prepaid card issued jointly by  American Express  and Wal-Mart — came out in October of last year, I noted the obvious — that is was by far the best  prepaid card  ever offered to American consumers which, unlike any of its predecessors, was a real alternative to checking accounts. So my advice was that, “unless you still write paper checks to pay your bills, you should seriously consider replacing — or supplementing — your existing checking account with Bluebird'. Well, the checking account caveat no longer applies — last week American Express  announced  that Bluebird customers can now add checks to their prepaid accounts, into which they can deposit funds of up to $100,000 annually. Moreover, Bluebird accounts are now eligible for FDIC insurance. Oh, and whereas checking accounts are not an option for consumers whose names are on the  ChexSystems , Bluebird is available to everyone. So the upshot is that many unbanked consumers, who are prepaid cards’ mo