News for the Body, Mind and Soul

How beautiful upon the mountains
Are the feet of him who brings good news,
Who proclaims peace,
Who brings glad tidings of good things,
Who proclaims salvation,
Who says to Zion,
“Your God reigns!”    Isaiah 52:7

If you have been like me, fixated on the current national news and the trump administration, then, I can honestly say, that we have been missing out on some very important news taking place around the world.

Daily Newspaper

So today, I decided to post links to what I believe will be worthwhile websites to your reading pleasure.

News for the Body, Mind and Soul.

Enjoy the rest of your week and take the time to pray and give thanks to the Lord.

Vice News – Variety of latest news stories from around the world

Good Black News   -News about black people doing good things

Futurism  – Stories of the future –health, medicine, energy, technology, science, games, etc.

Black Listed News – Independent critical coverage of world news and beyond

Breaking Christian News  =Current news from around the world and here at home

Global Christian News  -Is a digital news service for the worldwide Church aiming to inform and feed the work of the Church.

Project Censored  -Expose and oppose news censorship. Promotes independent investigative journalism, media literacy and critical thinking

Eater  -Authority of dining and food

Racked Daily shopping resource for the real shopper and also fashion and trending news for millenniums

Heard about fake news of late? Well, if not you must have had your head under the cover. Fake news are constantly being bombarded on social media in the attempt to mislead and cause confusion, even among the most rational of people.

So, to help us be a little more aware of fake news and who is producing it, here are a few links to blogs and sites that will give you a list of fake news websites to be aware of and provide ways to avoid being duped. My suggestion is to bookmark for future reference.

Benzinga.com

ThoughtCo.com

The Daily Dot

Snopes/tag/fake news

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The Alphabet of Christmas Shopping

Luke 14:28 – For which of you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not down first, and counteth the cost, whether he have [sufficient] to finish [it]?

Happy Thanksgiving!! Countdown to Christmas shopping has begun.

bcs-blog-copyLast Thanksgiving I was visiting my middle daughter’s home. And as I can recall, my daughter had decided to be one of the “line sitters.”

You can define a line sitter as one who will spend days or hours waiting in line in front of a retailer’s doors to purchase a much in demand product. (For more about professional line sitters click here).

My daughter had everything planned out. Even including me in her “line plans” without my knowledge. Well, much to her disappointment, when she pulled in the parking lot of a well-known big-box store, I refused to get out of the car.

“Why are we stopping here?” I asked my daughter.

“I thought I told you,” she said turning off the car ignition.

“Told me what?” I shot back.

“Mom, I told you that they had flat screen TV’s on sale for only $299.”

“And?”

“And I need you to stand in line for an hour while I go over to another store to pick up some other things.”

As my daughter pulled out of the parking lot, there was dead silence in the car. We rode several miles back to her house. When we walked in the door, she looked at me and pouted.

“Mom, you are unbelievable!”

I could have disagreed with her. But I didn’t. And I sure wasn’t going to be a line sitter. True, there are professionals who get paid waiting in line. But, my purpose in life is to keep moving and not stand in any line, in the cold, and especially for another television set to add to her sports cave.

Now, this year, during Thanksgiving, I didn’t have to concern myself about waiting in line for anyone or anything.

This year was just an enjoyable and peaceful time with family and thanking God for another day.

For you shopaholics, wishing you the best as today kicks off the alphabet of Christmas shopping:

Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday     small-business

For your consideration here is a list of online shops that I would like to recommend to you.

  1. Christian Gifts (Beautiful gifts for the entire family and reasonably priced)
  1. Christian Dollar Store (Yes! Items start below $1.00-buy in bulk)
  1. Faithbox (Every month receive a devotional and products from companies that do good.
  1. Ajudaica (Everything Jewish for less-you will find some great variety-clothing, art, jewelry, anointing oil-just right prices!)
  1. Christianbook (One of the go to places for everything Christian-checkout their “bargain” category
  1. Answering In Genesis (is an apologetics ministry, dedicated to helping Christians defend their faith and proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ. Highly recommended for those seeking answers about the creation and science-children to adults)
  1. Drinking With Jesus (These mugs are quite unique. Faith mugs that are affordable and wonderful gift to give anytime of the year)
  1. Family Christian (Gifts for the entire family. Checkout Hannah Prayer doll on sale
  1. Bible Toys (To nourish your child’s spiritual growth in God-offering playsets, books and toys a child will enjoy)
  1. Active Faith Sports (Contemporary active wear for men, women and children)
  1. In the Beginning (Gearbubble shop offering Christian apparel, jewelry and drinkware)
  1. Extreme Christian Clothes (Shop here for entire family-men, women teens and young adults-apparel about sharing your faith)

For Women Only! The Big Sports Theory (Activewear & Fashionable Tees)

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2016 The Year of Our Lord

Jobs, Giveaways and Free Stuff

And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up. – Galatians 6:9

Hello all.

This has been a hectic week for me thus far.

The Democratic National Convention is in Philly and I am a volunteer, also, working on a new writing project and having not so much time to relax.

Of course, I do have some interesting convention stories stored up and will be sharing one or two with you all.

Anyway, it has been a very hot and humid, spirited-filled few days in Philly and experiencing the not so nice working of what makes America a democracy. Although I am not a Republican or Democrat, I do enjoy engaging in learning about the process of the political system and especially what is taking place this election season.

In the meanwhile, since I had a few hours of free time, thought that you would perhaps benefit from some of these websites that offer legitimate employment opportunities for those who are looking for employment or want to work at home. I even have a few websites for newly retirees.

Also check out some of the giveaways and deals I came across.

Just a reminder to do due-diligent in verifying each company to make sure they are legitimate by researching prior to signing up.

Any company that requires you to purchase employment, steer clear. There are companies however that will require that you have the specific home office equipment to meet their needs.

Keep cool and enjoy life!

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The Counterfeit Christian
2016 The Year of Our Lord

Employment Opportunities (Work at Home, Retirees and Temp)

The Penny Hoarder

Dream Home Based Work

Retired Brain

Retirement Living

Mature Caregivers

Amazon

Tesla

Giveaways, Freebies and Contests

Giveaway Center

Dorky Deals

Giveaway of the Day

ContestGirl

Freaky Freddies

I Love Free Things

Totally Free Stuff

Hey Its Free Blog-Birthday Freebies

 

 

 

 

Travel for Free

And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made. Genesis 2;3

By the weekend, I find myself downloading stress and uploading on plans and dreams that I hope to accomplish in the next five years.

What I find relaxing is often taking a short trip to the beach and having a room facing the ocean.

The tranquility of the beach during the off-season and the expansive ocean and the sunrise and sunset is a remarkable feat of God’s hands carving out the perfect place for me to relax and appreciate the beauty of how nature overwhelms the loudness of disappointments, troubles and problems.

The weekend, however brief it might be, can be appealing and fulfilling.

Weekend dreamers know exactly what it is to just throw everything to the side, housework, gardening, shopping and the like, and just kickback and enjoy the two days just doing you.

For all the travel dreamers…keep dreaming but take action to do it!

House sitting Opportunities

For the adventurous, empty nester, retiree, traveller or recent graduate, this is the opportunity to travel the world, meet new people (and their pets) and get paid.

Trusted Housesitters

House Carers

Learn how to travel free with travel awards

Travel Is Free

Travel Guide for accessibility for wheelers and slow walkers

Barrier Free Travel

Creating and Sharing Your Travels

Hilton Hotels and Resorts have a campaign is inviting you to create your own digital visual board.  Imagine having the opportunity to have that dream vacation you always dreamt about come a little bit closer.

Our Stage Your Story

Life Hack Article: 15 Free Ways (Or Even Get Paid) Travel that Will Enrich Your Life

Diplomatic Courier employment is two-fold, international travel and work for the federal government ensuring that classified documents are delivery nationally and internationally.

 

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The Counterfeit Christian
2016 The Year of Our Lord

Captivating Places Around Earth

The Best of the Web Spring 2016

And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.  Hebrews 13:16

There always is something new on the World Wide Web and oftentimes you will discover information of interest when you are least likely looking for it.

With this being Spring Break and some people are taking trips or just relaxing at home, this is the perfect time to showcase a variety of websites that may be useful and beneficial for your personal and business use.

Here it is…a small but I believe an interesting list I put together for you to enjoy and use during your leisure time.

For Your Pleasure

Scream into the Void

Scream into the Void-Enough is enough and you just got to let it out…go ahead and do it! Scream to the top of your lungs and then…exhale

Pixel Thoughts

At times, you just have to share what’s on your mind without having to say a word to anyone.

Google Person Finder –

You have the opportunity now to reconnect to the people you know and love in the aftermath of a natural or humanitarian disaster

In the Crowd

Hanging out with friends and encountering a crowd trying to find them is much easier now by using your smart phone.

Translatr

Translatr is a cross-platform, online translation tool. It helps in translating a text or a short paragraph into different multiple languages.

Etrigg

Looking for something to do at home, nearby or worldwide? Then Etrigg is all about what current events and what’s happening.

Business

Get Your Business Online

Starting a business or already in business? Now all you need to be doing is put your business online so that wherever you are located in the U.S. you can be found.

Virus Total-

VirusTotal is a free service that analyzes suspicious files and URLs and facilitates the quick detection of viruses, worms, trojans, and all kinds of malware.

PDF Escape

PDFescape is a free, online PDF reader, editor, form filler, & form designer. You can perform basic edits on pod files.

 Magazines

If you are looking for some brain food articles and writings that is intelligent, in-depth, provocative with current news and opinions, just out these websites.

Ozy

Ozy is the new news and they are ahead of the curve with interesting articles and news from around the world

Quartz

Quartz is a digitally native news outlet, born in 2012, for business people in the new global economy

Aeon

Aeon asks the biggest questions and the finds the freshest and most original answers by world leading authorities on science, philosophy and society.

Roads & Kingdoms

Roads & Kingdoms is an independent journal of food, politics, travel and culture.

 

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The Counterfeit Christian
2016 The Year of Our Lord

Ask, Seek and Find

Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. Matthew 7:7-8

The Social Media Stalker Song –(Parody of Every Breath You Take by the Police)-SAC

Last year I posted a list of unfamiliar words that children and teens are using when they are communicating on social media.

The language for social media exchanges is usually short and to the point. With tweets you get 140 characters to share and express your opinion. Needless to say, society isn’t too keen anymore for having run-on sentences because our time, supposedly, is too important, to sit back and enjoy one another’s company.

If you are older and not up to snuff with what this younger generation is talking about through text (phone) or email, I might suggest you take a weekly current events tour around the net. You will be amazed and at times, disappointed to find that just as technology has made our life somewhat convenient, it has also created cyber bullies, closet commentary bigots and racists, online sexual predators, international criminals and non-talented reality and social media celebrities.

Here is a list of websites you may find of use. You might want to consider bookmarking for future use.

Wordlink-This is the world’s biggest online English dictionary, by number of words. Wordlink shows definitions from multiple sources, so you can see as many different take on a word’s meaning as possible

Urban Dictionary -All the definitions on Urban Dictionary were written by people just like you. You submit a word, define its meaning and the forum votes on it.

Net Lingo – Net Lingo up-to-date chat and text acronyms and top internet terms (ie, ,!!!! means talk to the hand)

Spot Crime-Is a crime data aggregator. They map the crime incidents, plot them on Google Maps, and deliver alerts via email, Facebook, Twitter, SMS, RSS and a multitude of other platforms. The data comes from police departments, news reports and user-generated content. You can also report a crime.

Online Safety for Grades K-8 –Topics include bullying and Cyber bullying and a variety of interesting subjects, videos and games

U.S. Department of Justice-Reporting Computer, Internet-related or Intellectual Property Crime. CCIPS prevents, investigates, and prosecutes computer crimes by working with other government agencies, the private sector, academic institutions, and foreign counterparts.

Federal Bureau of Investigation-Internet Crime Complaint CenterListing of Internet schemes, scams and trends identified by IC3 with description

Interpol-Social Engineering Fraud-‘Social engineering fraud’ is a broad term that refers to the scams used by criminals to trick, deceive and manipulate their victims into giving out confidential information and funds. Criminals exploit a person’s trust in order to find out their banking details, passwords or other personal data.

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The Counterfeit Christian
2016 The Year of Our Lord

The Image of Christmas

“In the morning sow thy seed, and in the evening withhold not thine hand: for thou knowest not whether shall prosper, either this or that, or whether they both shall be alike good. ” Ecclesiastes 11:6

Most people will attest that the image of Christmas has lost its true meaning and significance.

Over the past two decades, Christmas has become pure commercialism.          http://www.talkamen.com/quotes.html

Yet, those of us who understand and can appreciate that Christmas has never been about us, but the birth of Christ, we won’t fall under the spell of retail fanfare and credit card debt.

Every year, beginning in November, my mail is full of solicitations from various organizations I have donated to in the past.

What I attempt to do every year is select a few of these charitable organizations to sow a gift that will have significant value and impact to help those in need.

If you want to feel the true meaning of Christmas, you can first start searching Guide Star Navigator, an objective website that will provide credible information about the charitable and non-profit organization you want to donate, too.

For your consideration I have put a list of some charitable organizations that are worth considering and supporting and also that you might want to use or share with others.

If you don’t have money to support an organization, why not consider volunteering your time and expertise. Children hospitals are always looking for a few dedicated and compassionate volunteers.

Playing For Change is a movement created to inspire and connect the world through music. The idea for this project came from a common belief that music has the power to break down boundaries and overcome distances between people.

Dental Lifeline Network -The Donated Dental Services (DDS) program provides free, comprehensive dental treatment to our country’s most vulnerable people with disabilities or who are elderly or medically fragile

Sense International India -Our purpose is to work in partnership with – deafblind people, their families, care givers and professionals to ensure that everyone facing challenges because of deafblindness have access to advice, opportunities and support

CancerCare-Founded in 1944, CancerCare® is the leading national organization providing free, professional support services and information to help people manage the emotional, practical and financial challenges of cancer.

St. Jude-St. Jude is leading the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases.

Saint Joseph’s Indian School-St. Joseph’s Indian School has served Lakota (Sioux) children and families since 1927. Our mission — to educate Native American youth mind, body, heart and spirit

Care-CARE works in 90 countries around the world to support more than 900 poverty-fighting development and humanitarian-aid projects

International Agency for Research on Cancer-The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) is the specialized cancer agency of the World Health Organization. The objective of the IARC is to promote international collaboration in cancer research.

The Carter Center-The Carter Center, in partnership with Emory University, is guided by a fundamental commitment to human rights and the alleviation of human suffering. It seeks to prevent and resolve conflicts, enhance freedom and democracy, and improve health.

Doctors Without Borders-Medical aid where it is needed most. Independent. Neutral. Impartial

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2015 The Year of Our Lord

Stand By Me-Playing For Change

In Case You Didn’t Know

Lying lips are abomination to the LORD: but they that deal truly are his delight. Proverbs 12:22

Norman Hutchins – God’s Got A Blessing

I decided to title this posting, In Case You Didn’t Know, to share some interesting and perhaps profitable websites (no pyramid schemes or multi-marketing) that would be of interest to you,

Just recently I was informed that there are several consumer class-action lawsuits that are open for claims. For instance, if you as a consumer bought 5 oz. canned tuna products from Starkist between February 19, 2009 and October 31, 2014, you may be eligible for $25 cash or a $50 voucher for Starkist tuna products. Deadline to submit your claim is Friday, November 20, 2015.

Another website that provides current consumer action lawsuits and settlements is Top Class Actions. They have an up-to-date listing of companies that have settled for a case and the specific claim description (cash, voucher or credit).

One thing I would advise is not to submit fraudulent claims.

I encourage you to review the three data bases and bookmark for future use.

Consumer Action (Class Action Database)

Top Class Actions (Consumer)

Big Class Action (Class Action News)

In Case You Didn’t Know, class-action lawsuits can benefit consumers when a company knowingly or unknowingly misrepresents its products or service.

I have also listed a few open class action lawsuit settlements which provide a typical settlement and deadline for submitting claims.

Wells Fargo

Gallup (Telephone Consumer Protection Act)

True Religion Made in the U.S.A.

Michael Kors Outlet Pricing

Swimming Pool Products Anti-Trust

Cannon Inject Printer

Tom’s of Maine False Advertisement

Macy’s, Bloomingdale’s Credit Card TCPA (Telephone Consumer Protection Act)

American Express Gift Card

Wal-Mart Sales Tax Settlement

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2015 The Year of Our Lord

Just balances, just weights, a just ephah, and a just hin, shall ye have: I am the LORD your God, which brought you out of the land of Egypt.  Leviticus 19:36

It’s Your Time – TriCity Singers

Fall 2015 Best of the Web

For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows. I Timothy 6:10

via GIPHY

Free may not always be free.

However, when you can find something that is free and it brings you substance and savings, then, hey, who wouldn’t want to take advantage of something worthwhile and of value?

Just for you, I thought some of these websites I came across would be of interest for keeping you updated about technology, products, services and free online classes.

This list is what I call my Fall 2015 Best of the Web.

Online College/University Classes (Free)

Edx (World’s best global colleges and universities classes for free)
https://www.edx.org/

Coursera is an education platform that partners with top universities and organizations worldwide, to offer courses online for anyone to take, for free.
https://www.coursera.org/

Harvard Open Learning Initiative
http://www.extension.harvard.edu/open-learning-initiative

Special Needs

Disabled World (Information about the Disabled World website launched in May 2004 to provide an international online resource for people with disabilities.)
http://www.disabled-world.com/

Webaim (Makes Web Content Accessible to People with Disabilities)
http://webaim.org/

Job Searching/Career Websites

The Ladders
http://www.theladders.com/

Dice (Tech Jobs)
http://www.dice.com/

Zip Recruiter
https://www.ziprecruiter.com/

Job Diagnosis
http://www.jobdiagnosis.com/search.php

Beyond
http://www.beyond.com/

Writers/Bloggers/Publishers

Title Tester (Before You Publish Find Out if this is the Best Title)
https://www.titletester.com/

Home Office and Business Travel

FileThis (Pulls all your Paperwork together in One Place- best way to go Paperless)
https://filethis.com/

Have I Been Pwned? (Check if you have an account that has been compromised in a data breach)
https://haveibeenpwned.com/

Hotel Wifi Test (Find out the speed of Wifi before arriving at your hotel)
http://www.hotelwifitest.com/

Just Delete Me (Cancel those online subscriptions and memberships)
http://justdelete.me/

Ten Minute Mail (Disposable email Address)
http://10minutemail.com/10MinuteMail/

Graphic Design/Artist (Novice or Pro)

Background Burner (Remove Backgrounds from Images)
https://burner.bonanza.com/

Canva (Graphic Design)
https://www.canva.com/

Discount Clothing, Gadgets and Etc.

CNDirect (Incredible prices on clothing, shoes, household, tech, gadgets for the entire family)
http://www.cndirect.com/

Tech, Phone, Electronics and Appliances Deals

Deal News (Best deals across the web)
http://dealnews.com/

Logic Buy (Connects you to the cheapest tech deals on the web)
http://www.logicbuy.com/

Slick Deals (Slickdeals is the leading and most trusted online community dedicated to sharing, rating, and reviewing deals and coupons.)
http://slickdeals.net/

Herman Street (Reviews and deals on software and electronics)
http://store.hermanstreet.com/

Review Magazines

Make Use of (Online Magazine featuring websites, software and more)
http://www.makeuseof.com/

The Next Web (International Technology News, Business, Culture)
http://thenextweb.com/

Afro Digit
http://afrodigit.com/

Lastly, I like to thank everyone that prayed for my daughter. She is well and prayer does work. Please continue to keep the people in Dominica in your prayers and help support their efforts to rebuild their nation. Thank you and God bless you all.

In Him Alone,

The Counterfeit Christian
2015 The Year of Our Lord

Pharrell Williams – Happy (Official Music Video)

Searching for Privacy

For nothing is secret, that shall not be made manifest; neither any thing hid, that shall not be known and come abroad. Luke 8:17

 

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LAVILLIERS – BIG BROTHER


After taking a nice deserved vacation out of the country, I found that what I really didn’t miss is having my time online being monitored at every click on my laptop.

But to be honest about it, we are now living in the age of Big Brother and nothing seems to be off-limits to delving into another person life history.

While I was away, I couldn’t help but appreciate the solitude and peaceful surroundings of knowing that internet access was limited in the location where I stayed.

And being away also provided me some time to think about how easily I have contributed to building a public file that can be accessed by those savvy in knowing where to look for information one might want to keep private.

But if anyone is looking for privacy in this digital age, they can pretty much forget it. Even those who have never used a computer will be amazed at the information out here in cyber world.

No, I am afraid that what we believe to be one of the best things to happen with technology has come back to bite us.

Nevertheless, I will not stop logging online and believe that there are more people like myself who find that much good can be done with technology rather than evil.

Searching for privacy isn’t a fear just a desire to have just a little control of keeping what we do online to ourselves.

We know that the big three search engines Google, Yahoo and Bing are in the business of tracking and selling our information. That’s because it is their business model to make money from selling ads.

However, there are other search engines available that you might want to look into for an online secure privacy experience without tracking and maintaining your search history.

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The Counterfeit Christian
2015 The Year of Our Lord

https://ixquick.com/

https://duckduckgo.com/

https://startpage.com/

https://privatelee.com/

http://qrobe.it/

http://ahdle.com/ (This is a family and kids friendly search engine)

http://gibiru.com/ (Uncensored Anonymous Search)

For Email privacy look into https://www.startmail.com/ there is an annual fee of $59.95

Seamus McManus: Beekeeper; Father of Cloud Computing