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Business: Investments – Silver Bullion 

  

   

 

Silver as a whole is currently down although yesterday as shown above has slightly risen by .026. It’s still majorly down making it a great investment! Silver bars are the best way to go as they are pure. If you are not lucky enough to have old coins that are pure silver, the bars are the way to go as they are compact and easily stacked stored in a safe. 

  

If you look at the price of silver over the past few years, in 2011 it was 35.12 an ounce and it is currently 16.55

That’s a profit of 18.57 an ounce that’s more than double your initial investment! Precious metals unlike stocks can only go up or down! There is no threat of them going out of business and losing your initial investment. The name of the game is buy low and sell high! Well; Silver is at a low! So it’s time to buy! 

Don’t forget to thank me when you double your money! Don’t let it just sit in the bank making .02 cents interest! While the bank uses the money for their own profit! 

Silver will always be Silver and Gold will always be Gold. However; Gold is a little high right now over $1,000 an ounce and if not purchased through a reputable source, may be counterfeit and filled with a tungsten core. Silver is currently the wiser choice. 

If the World as we know it was to end today, and we are left with a post apocalyptic mess! All stocks and bonds would be worthless! The banks would be empty and he who hoarded the Gold and Silver would rule the world! Provided you also have the guns and ammo to protect your hoard! 

Find a strong neighbor let him in on your plan and start prepping for the worst and as a team you should survive! Ps see my prepping posts on bugout bags and other survival tools here on this site! 

A couple new posts coming for you preppers: couponing and jarring food! 


Attractions: Union Square NYC Farmer’s Market

Union Square in Manhattan has a year round Farmers Market. Yes; you heard it correctly! Year round! In the dead of winter they are still there freezing their butts off to bring you farm fresh products! They have a huge selection of products from bee pollen and honey to edible flowers! Yes edible flowers! They have all kinds of cheese, meats, and fish as well!

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Whatever your wants and needs, chances are you will find it here!


Gadgets: Noontec Cubee 10000mAh

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Noontec Cubee 10000mAh Portable Charger Dual USB External Battery Power Pack for iPhone 5S, 5C, 5, 4S, iPad Air, mini, Galaxy S5, S4, S3, Note 3, Nexus 4, HTC One, One 2 (M8), Motorola Droid, Moto X, PS Vita, most Smartphones, Tablets and other USB-charged devices

Noontec Cubee 10000mAh Portable Charger Dual USB External Battery Power Pack for iPhone 5S, 5C, 5, 4S, iPad Air, mini, Galaxy S5, S4, S3, Note 3, Nexus 4, HTC One, One 2 (M8), Motorola Droid, Moto X, PS Vita, most Smartphones, Tablets and other USB-charged devices

DESCRIPTION:

Battery capacity:10000mAh.
Voltage input : 5V/1.0A
Voltage output : 5V/2.1A
Available colors: Black / white
Product Dimension:111*74*22mm
weight: 290g
High efficiency, eco – friendly and fairly safe,
Up to 2.1A output current.
Simple and fashion design
In the box: Cubee mobile power bank; User Guide; 1 Micro USB cable

FEATURES:

MFI approval
Big capacity with small body size
High transfer effeciency
Easy to use
Simple & fashion design

-noontecusa.com

This battery is awesome especially for anyone that commutes via mass transit or works on a job-site with no access to power!

I have already charged my iPhone 5 multiple times and I have 3 of 4 power indicator lights on the unit.

If you fit the description above or are just constantly on the go, this is a must! And at that Groupon price it was a no-brainer!

Check out the Noontec Cubee! You won’t be disappointed!

**Update** July 28th 2014
This is awesome I can charge my phone from zero battery 4 times and moderately low, 6-7 times! I love this battery!


Product Review: Part One Ion Bracelet Challenge – Dr. Ion balance your Chi and Balance your life! *

What are negative ions (or anions)?

More correctly or precisely speaking, negative ions are NEGATIVE-CHARGED ions and are oxygen atoms with an extra electron created in nature with air molecules broken apart from sunlight, radiation, and moving air or water. They can help you feel better. Negative ions are also called anions and the opposite ions are called cations (i.e. positive ions).

An article from Journal of Aviation, Space, and Environmental Medicine (August 1982, p. 822-823) states on negative ions as follows: “…Negative ion exposure appeared associated with feeling better about self, less sensitive, and more responsive or innervated (energized).”

Negative ions are odorless, tasteless, and invisible molecules that we inhale in abundance in certain environments. Think mountains, waterfalls and beaches. Once they reach our bloodstream, negative ions are believed to produce biochemical reactions that increase levels of the mood chemical serotonin, helping to alleviate depression, relieve stress, and boost our daytime energy.

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How Negative Ions Affect the Human Body
Dr. Robert O. Baker, pioneering researcher and author of the book, The Body Electric and Cross Currents, has established that energy system within our bodies consists of two forces, magnetism and electricity, with the electricity component consisting of low-frequency direct direct-current (DC) electric field. This electromagnetic energy system is affected by the earth’s natural electromagnetic environment, which is normally relatively quiet, with minor rhythmic variations, but which experiences great increase in an electromagnetic charged environment.

Numerous studies have established the effect of the negative charged ion environment on the human body. The negative charged environment has stimulated the body’s own healing mechanism in the case of stress and specific physical problems.

A recent study by the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture (USDA) found that ionizing a room led to 52% less dust in the air and 95% less bacteria in the air since many of the pollutants found in the air reside on floating dust particles. The USDA also performed another study to test the effectiveness of negative ionization at removing airborne Salmonella Enteritidis. The negative ions drastically reduced the airborne Salmonella particles, prompting the following statement from the USDA:

“These results indicate that negative air ionization can have a significant impact on the airborne microbial load in a poultry house and at least a portion of this effect is through direct killing of the organisms.”

The Agricultural Research Service of the USDA tested the effectiveness of ionizers from removing dust in a poultry hatchery. The dust level is very high in such environment. In this study, the use of an ionizer resulted in dust removal efficiencies that averaged between 81.1 ~ 92.2%. The airborne transmission of Salmonella (to the eggs) was also significantly reduced as a result.

Negative ions increase the flow of oxygen in the bloodstream and to the brain, resulting in higher alertness, more mental energy and reduced drowsiness. Negative ions also support the regulation of a healthy metabolism that will increase vitality of the body.

Negative ions improve power and strength in human body, gives body energy and refreshment, enhance performance in sports activities (such as swings and hitting distances in golf), increase flexibility, help recover more quickly from tiredness and fatigue, relieve stresses, help reduce pains/aches and asthma, prevent snoring and sleep disorders (such as insomnia) and thus promote a better sleep, and do much more.

Negative ions contained in (or emitted from) negative ion products, such as wristbands (or bracelets) and necklaces, are obtained from special natural stones or ores that contain rare earth elements (REEs) or rare earth metals (REMs), as defined by IUPAC, which are a set of seventeen chemical elements in the periodic table. Negative ion products are made by molding powdered REEs (or REMs) with high grade silicone that is often used as material on human surgical equipment.

How do they work?
Dr-ion wristbands and necklaces use Yin-Yang therapy and what is known as the “auto-induction principle”. The Yin-Yang ideal works by giving off specific alternating electrical currents (like your wrist). The currents are composed through different interactions between positive and negative ions. Positive and negative ions are found everywhere — from the air, to the ground, and in our bodies. In salts, such as common table salt or sodium chloride (NaCl), the molecules are connected with ionic bonds.

Once the bond is broken (may it be through water, wind, or some other outside force), the salt forms cations and anions. Cations are positively charged ions, and anions are negatively charged ions. These two different types of ions circulate throughout our bodies and serve as everything from the constituents of our pH level to chemical signals for proteins.

Through the auto-induction principle, the bracelet or necklace absorbs the static electricity given off by the body in order to seek balance between these ions. Pain is caused by an imbalance when organs or tissues lose some of their energy.

As energy is given off, it may fall within the bracelet’s or necklace’s range of frequency; then the bracelet or necklace will give off an opposite form of energy. This process returns the organ’s or tissue’s energy to its original state, thus negating the pain.
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Can Ion Wristbands Really Improve Health?
BY CAROL TANG

Ion wristbands may boost energy and balance, its makers said. Some scientists are not so sure.

Colorful wristbands in jelly-textured silicone are being sold with claims that they boost strength and the immune system by harnessing the power of negative ions. Dr. Robert Rougeau, a chiropractor in Louisiana, was on vacation with his wife in Las Vegas when he first saw these negative ion bracelets in a mall. He slipped one on, he says, and immediately experienced results.

“I felt stronger,” Rougeau continues. “It was enough of a response that I was intrigued.” Now he sells ion wristbands in his office to his patients. Rougeau orders about 30 new bracelets each month from a manufacturer called LifeStrength.

“Because most of us work in cities and carry cellphones, these are things that destroy naturally occurring negative air ions,” says Joshua Taylor, LifeStrength’s director of marketing. “Our products counteract that.”

Ion bracelets are a growing industry, with a number of companies entering the business in the last decade, garnering millions of dollars in profits. Thousands of people across the world wear them and boast of their effectiveness. They have the allure of athleticism, too: Think Lance Armstrong’s canary Livestrong bracelet saturated with a heaping of secret minerals and an average retail price of $30 each.

But some doctors said there is no scientific proof that these wristbands work. Regulators and customers have moved against their manufacturers. One major ion bracelet company recently filed for bankruptcy.

California-based Power Balance had an ample celebrity following. Their wristbands were worn by rapper P. Diddy, soccer star David Beckham and Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton. Those tacit endorsements weren’t enough to keep the company afloat: Power Balance filed for bankruptcy in November after settling a class-action lawsuit with disgruntled customers for $54 million.

The company issued a corrective advertisement in Australia, stating, “We admit that there is no credible scientific evidence that supports our claims and therefore we engaged in misleading conduct.”

Taylor says LifeStrength’s products — including ion watches, necklaces, key chains and bracelets that come in 16 colors and five sizes — are different.

“We want to create something that has some kind of scientific backing to it,” Taylor says. He said LifeStrength did not do a clinical study but did do research, which he declined to disclose.

Instead, to provide evidence of his products’ effectiveness, Taylor picks up a silver handheld device with a display screen, three buttons, a cylinder on the back, and the words “ION TESTER” in bold — designed to test the presence of negative ions in jewelry.

Taylor first tests a Power Balance wristband. He waited a few seconds for the device to register a measurement. A tiny light flickers. The screen displays 21 negative ions per cubic centimeter. He repeats the test, this time with a LifeStrength bracelet. The light, now beaming, reads 1,545 negative ions per cubic centimeter, a 7,257 percent increase.

So what exactly is a negative ion, and what makes it so beneficial? An ion is an atom that has either lost or gained an electron. When an atom loses an electron, it becomes a positive ion. When it gains one, it becomes a negative ion. Negative ions are good for the body, according to a study by the School of Sport and Exercise Sciences at Liverpool John Moores University. Researchers there measured the heart rate, respiratory rate and body temperature of male subjects and found that exposing them to negative ions contributed to better balance.

It has not been proven that the negative ions in ion bracelets impart those same benefits, nor that they counter positive ions generated by pollution and electronics. Some physicians caution that the energy boost wearers experience is the placebo effect — not an actual improvement but a perceived one. Dr. Robert L. Bratton, who practices family medicine in Kentucky, and a team of doctors conducted a trial on 610 patients and had half of them wear an ionized bracelet and the other a placebo for one month.

“Analysis of the data showed significant improvement in pain scores in both groups, but no differences were observed between the group wearing the placebo bracelet and the group wearing the ionized bracelet,” according to the study published in Mayo Clinic Proceedings. The study concluded that there was no benefit in wearing an ion bracelet over a regular rubber one to help muscle and joint pain.

“It just sounds like snake oil to me,” says Dr. Gilbert Ross, the medical director of the American Council on Science and Health. Dr. Perry A. Pugno, vice president for education at the American Academy of Family Physicians, is also skeptical.

“I can tell you categorically that those are nothing more than a scam,” Pugno says. “Neither physiology nor physics is applicable here.”

The lack of scientific proof hasn’t diminished the bracelets’ appeal. Energy Armor, another ion wristband company that started in Jacksonville, Fla., has expanded to more than 15 countries including Saudi Arabia, Egypt and China.

“We believe that this is something that will be around for a long time,” says Donavin Warren, vice president of international development at Energy Armor. Warren, like his peers at LifeStrength, asserted that his company is not making any false claims. Energy Armor knows what the wristbands have done for its wearers, he continued, and the proof is in their positive reviews.

“We don’t know what it will do for you,” he says, adding that some people may experience better sleep while others may feel stronger. The makers of ion bracelets are betting that you just might have to try one on to find out.
-columbianewsservice.com

Stay tuned for my review!

Before you write this off as junk lets take a look at a comparison:

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My new Dr. Ion

**Update** March 15th 2014

Dr. Ion also makes other products:

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I have bad knee pain my it band was tight and the inside of my knee cap was sore on the inner head of my quad and I used the rumble roller and now it’s bruised. I put sports cream on it and I took Aleve and Curamed the last 2 days and I remembered I had Dr. Ion Stickers that you put around the injury, they last for 3 days and it can’t hurt so wtf! Lets try it!

Stay tuned!

These stickers are crazy!!!
Now; there’s going to be people saying it doesn’t work it’s all in your head. That’s ok if it works then it works, but I now have concrete proof that this technology works!

Ok if you read above I told you my knee hurt to the touch on the right side, and now it doesn’t. I know you are going to say, placebo effect. Ok fine! But that’s not the proof I was talking about! Remember above I said the inner head of my quad was bruised yesterday? Well I put the stickers all around and directly in the center of the bruise in the picture above and now a day later the bruise is gone!!!!! I have another bruise on my opposite leg and that was is still there a week later! So how did this bruise disappear in a day as opposed to the average week healing?

Dr. Ion stickers that’s how!

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Bruise above and gone below!

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Dr Ion also makes belts I really want one bad!! Actually I want a couple different colors!

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They look awesome and would greatly increase my exposure to Negative Ions!

**Update** March 20th 2014
The first one just fell off, I have been plastic wrapping (Saran Wrap) my leg in the shower. I’m trying to get them to last for a week, so I Mickey band-aided it in place lol!

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**Update** March 30th 2014
Still have one sticker holding on right above my injury on the inner head of my quad just above my knee

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**Update** July 12th 2014
I just received the Dr Ion Black Sports belt with black and silver buckle. Let me tell you it’s the most badass belt I have ever seen! There’s no belt holes! It ratchets shut so there’s about 30 different adjustments or more! The belt comes in a box in a jewelry like drawstring bag! It’s also made of thick heavy duty leather! It also had the signature Dr Ion negative ion strip that has 2,000 negative ions per cubic centimeter! Which is considerably lower than the band, but the area is larger!

I will definitely be buying more! I’m just not sure if I want the plain white one or the white one with the red strip!


IFBB vs WBFF is there even a comparison? No! Sick of the NPC/IFBB MONOPOLY? WBFF Seriously?? Read inside!

The WBFF is claiming:
Sick of the NPC/IFBB MONOPOLY? YOU DO HAVE A CHOICE!

Ok… Just when I think MAYBE we can all just grow up and move on, something gets brought to my attention by SEVERAL sources. And, since I am known for always bringing out the TRUTH? Well there was no way I would not bring this to everyones attention. I have written COUNTLESS times that I am a fan of the sport. A fan of the industry. I do NOT care if you compete in the WBFF, NPC, IFBB, CBBF, UFE, WNSO, FAME, or any of the COUNTLESS other organizations! NOT ALL PEOPLE BELONG IN THE SAME ORGANIZATION! PERIOD! We all are at different levels, have different physiques, do different things to achieve those physiques, etc. For any one organization to tell people that if you compete elsewhere then you are banned from that organization? Is one that is hiding SOMETHING! Flat out! No doubt in my head they are afraid people will find out that things are run better elsewhere, and since they are so used to running things like tyrants, they don’t want to hear peoples suggestions based on what they experienced elsewhere.

When you have one organization that wants to control an entire market, that is called a monopoly and historically, a monopoly usually doesn’t last forever. Sooner or later people get sick of having no choice. Of having to bow down to the rules made by a few who are power hungry. People get sick and tired of the politics and games played and favoritism and not being able to do a single thing about it. Well, I have news for the NPC and IFBB… they are NO LONGER the ONLY option for competitors. Let there be no doubt in your head… the IFBB… International Federation of BODYBUILDERS? They own bodybuilding! Absolutely! No argument here. When die hard fans want to see the human body pushed WAY past what it could be naturally? ABSOLUTELY the place to watch is IFBB. Hell if there is ever a chance for me to catch a show? I will in a heartbeat. Because I love it! I have FRIENDS in the IFBB. I’ve competed against guys in the IFBB. BUT… unfortunately the truth is that bodybuilding is not as popular as it has been in the past and that is because the ORGANIZATION kept rewarding the freakier physiques. As a result? The bodybuilders have lost fans, have lost endorsements to UFC fighters and football players and fitness models, and the sport has been thrown right back to where it started… as a carnival side show attraction. Hell even the Mr. Olympia went from the Mandalay Bay to the most run down hotel on the strip.

Besides bodybuilding however, all of the other divisions? Are nothing more than FILLER for the shows. They do next to nothing for any of the women. Even the pros. I do not see much happening for the physique competitors. Figure standards are a travesty. And they KILLED womens bodybuilding which is now in it’s final couple years and has already been pulled from the Arnold. Once again, is it the fault of the athlete? Not at all! One hundred percent the organization that kept rewarding the physiques that were extreme. And do they FIX a division in trouble?Of course not! They simply let it die and start a new division to take it’s place… physique.

When the WBFF started, we were ridiculed for having “model categories”! Who would want to see men in swimwear? Who would want to see women in costumes and gowns. Well… they say imitation is the best form of flattery, because as the WBFF has done something that NO other organization has ever done… become a legitimate threat to the IFBB, all of a sudden new divisions pop up which mimic ours but with different names. HOWEVER we aren’t just popular because of our divisions. It is also how we run them. How we market them. What we do for the athletes, etc. The IFBB and NPC does not seem to understand this, and that is why, again… these divisions are just FILLER in their bodybuilding shows.

In the WBFF, women are celebrated. The women divisions are the most POPULAR divisions and the most glamorous in the industry. I will point out however that there are some smaller organizations that DO understand how to market and take care of these divisions and they are experiencing great success. SO where we at the WBFF was the NPC/IFBB ONLY concern, NOW all of a sudden there are OTHER organizations threatening them also. WHY? Because people realize they have a choice!

Both myself and owner Paul Dillett will tell people all day every day… if you want to compete elsewhere? DO it! Hell we invite you to! Because we WANT you to know what WE know! And that is there is NO other organization quite like us. Again… if you find a fit elsewhere and that is where you would like to compete, and represent as a professional? I wish you all the luck in the world. Hell I myself have clients in almost every organization that there is around the world! I AM A FAN OF THE ATHLETE! I personally love and believe in the WBFF. The WBFF has been a perfect fit for me. And DO NOT think it is because I PLACE better here, because I actually PLACED better back when I was in the NPC. But that is what makes us different. It doesn’t matter WHERE you place! There is opportunity for everyone! Since in the WBFF? I myself have a monthly magazine column, have written close to 200 articles online, have had SEVERAL magazine covers, was cast in a HBO cable series Pilot, have been featured in many different magazines, and I have had features written about me on bodybuilding.com TWICE! When I was in the NPC I got… well… nothing besides my trophies. Kind of a no brainer there!

As the WBFF has become recognized as a legitimate organization in the industry, having athletes grace the covers of almost every industry magazine, plus NON industry magazines such as Playboy, FHM, Maxim, etc, the NPC/IFBB has almost made it their mission to bash us. YET… the more they bash us, the more popular we become because people are not stupid! They know that when you have someone bashing another, usually it’s because they are threatened or jealous. People SEE how glamorous our shows are. They see how many opportunities come our way, and they want to be a part of it! Can you blame them? In the beginning, the NPC/IFBB would try showing their power by working deals with our top athletes and taking them. Promising them pro cards, and delivering. Then soon after, burying them. Well, not anymore. People are on to the game. They are no longer leaving the WBFF for the IFBB. Just the opposite! Now men and women from the IFBB are jumping to the WBFF! Such legends as Monica Brant knows the shady games and politics that a monopoly plays so she came to the WBFF. SO have many others. This year at the World Championships we have 4 bodybuilders who have left the IFBB, and will be joining the WBFF. They recognize that the IFBB does absolutely NOTHING for them, and if the want opportunities, the WBFF is the way to go!

My main reason for writing this article? On facebook, regardless of organization, we are all in the same industry. We all have similar goals. We all support eachother. Hell, that will be the day that ANYONE is going to EVER tell me that I can’t support a friend or client or just be a fan of someone in another organization. Well, from so many different sources it’s ridiculous, a letter made it into my e-mail, and it was written by JM Manion and written to all FMG athletes and personnel. You can read the letter for yourself below, but the purpose of the letter? To THREATEN people who are “LIKING” or “SHARING” pictures or posts of non NPC/IFBB athletes. He is saying that they are NOT ALLOWED to LIKE a picture! AND if they are caught DOING so, they will be in Breach of Contract. Ok… flat out? GET OVER YOURSELF!!!

He even goes on further and says he doesn’t care if you are doing it to support a friend, or photographer, etc. Are you kidding me? It wasn’t long ago that internet sites like Sioux Country were threatened to no longer feature any NPC/IFBB pictures, or material since now only OFFICIAL websites are allowed to do so. Well now a similar letter has come out threatening athletes not to like or support any athlete or photographer that is in or works with another organization? ARE YOU KIDDING ME? There isn’t a day that goes by that I am not liking a picture of an athlete from another organization. It’s called mutual respect. Or if I see a photographers picture and it’s beautiful, I am going to like it! I don’t care WHERE the subject competes if at all!

Uh… Mr. Manion? We are not like the NPC/IFBB. We never have been. We do not GO AFTER athletes like you have done to us (pathetically). Over and over Paul Dillett has wondered WHY they just don’t leave us alone. We do our own thing! Well the answer to that question is because we are successful, and they are going in reverse. Period. We are leading the industry in digital media, and they are still printing magazines that drop in numbers every year substantially. Which is the cause for the NEW monopoly they are attempting ONLINE by telling other sites that have supported them for YEARS that they can NO LONGER feature NPC/IFBB material. Funny thing? Our magazine which reaches over 2 million people worldwide which is FAR greater than ANY print magazine… is FREE! And anyone who would like to feature us on their sites? Go right ahead. WE WANT people to see the difference in the WBFF and it’s athletes! We have nothing to hide. No dirty little secrets we are trying to cover up.

People are fed up with monopolies. Even TEAMS in the NPC/IFBB that “GUARANTEE” placings and pro cards. People are sick of it! SO last month a we had around 10 members from one team alone leave the NPC/IFBB and join the WBFF. Hey, if you want to compete for an organization that is going to threaten you like that? Hell… go right ahead. I will still like your pictures even if you cannot like mine back because you are not ALLOWED to! BUT if you are fed up, and realize that people in charge of that organization have just gotten ridiculous with the power? Then feel free to check out our list of shows and give them a try. Or hey, MAYBE the WBFF isn’t for you. Ok fine… the at least do your research and find one that IS FOR YOU! But remember… you DO have a choice!
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This Is admirable at the least however, the standards are off. If you are going up against a giant, you have to have an equalizer! If they have a tank, you have a tank. If they have a Nuke, you have a Nuke! The way to separate yourself is have something they don’t! Oh, you have a Nuke! We have a disintegration ray! Oh we don’t have that exactly!

But, if they have a nuke and you have a tank and you rename your tank a nuke they will just laugh at you!

What am I talking about? I am specifically talking about Women’s Physique!

The WBFF has:
Pro Fitness Champion – which sets it self apart

However; Andreia Brazier Claims to be a Physique Athlete – now she is lining herself up with the IFBB categories! And not pro fitness Champion!

That brings comparison!

This is not anything against Andreia! She is gorgeous! And nearly perfect!

However; see below!

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On the left is WBFF Andreia Brazier on the Right is IFBB Dana Linn Bailey
There is no comparison!

Dana is an Animal and rightfully deserves the Title of Physique! She is awesome! And gorgeous!!

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Would Andreia Brazier even place in the IFBB Physique…No!

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Now lets put her down a level in the IFBB Figure Category would she win?
That one you would have to call!

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I would say yes!
But definitely not Physique!

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The WBFF should have stepped in and said listen you can’t use the word physique! And this would have stopped the comparison!

Does it discredit the WBFF in this instance yes! It makes them look fools against the IFBB!

Does it take away the hard work and dedication their athletes have? Not at all! Does comparing themselves to the IFBB discredit them? YES ABSOLUTELY!!

WBFF JUST DO YOUR OWN THING!

Look at MMA! The UFC IS THE MONOPOLY!!

Does Bellator compare themselves with the UFC? NO! They just do their thing!!

Does the public compare? Yes they do! But they enjoy both!

If you are going to compete with the IFBB then you are going to have to match tank to tank and nuke to nuke not tank to nuke!

Or like I said above; make a disintegration ray and call it such! If the IFBB comes out with a laser gun don’t compare your ray to their gun! Stay apart! Do your thing!

This is actually a hidden article on business tips!

**Update** March 19th 2014

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I got a comment on Instagram from WBFF Pro Krystal K_Fitcoach

She agreed but added the WBFF stays more naturally with muscle on like a women should look.

My response to that is:
What “should a women look like” is a “butch lesbian” (I use this term not in a derogatory way just as a popular reference that the public knows) any less a women then a Victoria Secret model? Is Mama June less a women than Lolo Jones? If it’s by pure poundage then definitely no!

The beauty about this world is there are many different body types to suit your desire and please your self-image! I’m sure DLB looks in the mirror and sees parts of her body she thinks are too small. I’m sure Cory Everson, Lenda Murray and other thought they were too small and wanted to be bigger! So like I said, I challenge you to define what a women should look like! Beauty is in the eye of the beholder!

To All of you D&D nerds not this beholder! 👇

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LMFAO! I’m a D&D nerd too, so that’s a salute to us hehe 💪


IFBB vs WBFF is there even a comparison? No! Sick of the NPC/IFBB MONOPOLY? WBFF Seriously?? Read inside!

The WBFF is claiming:
Sick of the NPC/IFBB MONOPOLY? YOU DO HAVE A CHOICE!

Ok… Just when I think MAYBE we can all just grow up and move on, something gets brought to my attention by SEVERAL sources. And, since I am known for always bringing out the TRUTH? Well there was no way I would not bring this to everyones attention. I have written COUNTLESS times that I am a fan of the sport. A fan of the industry. I do NOT care if you compete in the WBFF, NPC, IFBB, CBBF, UFE, WNSO, FAME, or any of the COUNTLESS other organizations! NOT ALL PEOPLE BELONG IN THE SAME ORGANIZATION! PERIOD! We all are at different levels, have different physiques, do different things to achieve those physiques, etc. For any one organization to tell people that if you compete elsewhere then you are banned from that organization? Is one that is hiding SOMETHING! Flat out! No doubt in my head they are afraid people will find out that things are run better elsewhere, and since they are so used to running things like tyrants, they don’t want to hear peoples suggestions based on what they experienced elsewhere.

When you have one organization that wants to control an entire market, that is called a monopoly and historically, a monopoly usually doesn’t last forever. Sooner or later people get sick of having no choice. Of having to bow down to the rules made by a few who are power hungry. People get sick and tired of the politics and games played and favoritism and not being able to do a single thing about it. Well, I have news for the NPC and IFBB… they are NO LONGER the ONLY option for competitors. Let there be no doubt in your head… the IFBB… International Federation of BODYBUILDERS? They own bodybuilding! Absolutely! No argument here. When die hard fans want to see the human body pushed WAY past what it could be naturally? ABSOLUTELY the place to watch is IFBB. Hell if there is ever a chance for me to catch a show? I will in a heartbeat. Because I love it! I have FRIENDS in the IFBB. I’ve competed against guys in the IFBB. BUT… unfortunately the truth is that bodybuilding is not as popular as it has been in the past and that is because the ORGANIZATION kept rewarding the freakier physiques. As a result? The bodybuilders have lost fans, have lost endorsements to UFC fighters and football players and fitness models, and the sport has been thrown right back to where it started… as a carnival side show attraction. Hell even the Mr. Olympia went from the Mandalay Bay to the most run down hotel on the strip.

Besides bodybuilding however, all of the other divisions? Are nothing more than FILLER for the shows. They do next to nothing for any of the women. Even the pros. I do not see much happening for the physique competitors. Figure standards are a travesty. And they KILLED womens bodybuilding which is now in it’s final couple years and has already been pulled from the Arnold. Once again, is it the fault of the athlete? Not at all! One hundred percent the organization that kept rewarding the physiques that were extreme. And do they FIX a division in trouble?Of course not! They simply let it die and start a new division to take it’s place… physique.

When the WBFF started, we were ridiculed for having “model categories”! Who would want to see men in swimwear? Who would want to see women in costumes and gowns. Well… they say imitation is the best form of flattery, because as the WBFF has done something that NO other organization has ever done… become a legitimate threat to the IFBB, all of a sudden new divisions pop up which mimic ours but with different names. HOWEVER we aren’t just popular because of our divisions. It is also how we run them. How we market them. What we do for the athletes, etc. The IFBB and NPC does not seem to understand this, and that is why, again… these divisions are just FILLER in their bodybuilding shows.

In the WBFF, women are celebrated. The women divisions are the most POPULAR divisions and the most glamorous in the industry. I will point out however that there are some smaller organizations that DO understand how to market and take care of these divisions and they are experiencing great success. SO where we at the WBFF was the NPC/IFBB ONLY concern, NOW all of a sudden there are OTHER organizations threatening them also. WHY? Because people realize they have a choice!

Both myself and owner Paul Dillett will tell people all day every day… if you want to compete elsewhere? DO it! Hell we invite you to! Because we WANT you to know what WE know! And that is there is NO other organization quite like us. Again… if you find a fit elsewhere and that is where you would like to compete, and represent as a professional? I wish you all the luck in the world. Hell I myself have clients in almost every organization that there is around the world! I AM A FAN OF THE ATHLETE! I personally love and believe in the WBFF. The WBFF has been a perfect fit for me. And DO NOT think it is because I PLACE better here, because I actually PLACED better back when I was in the NPC. But that is what makes us different. It doesn’t matter WHERE you place! There is opportunity for everyone! Since in the WBFF? I myself have a monthly magazine column, have written close to 200 articles online, have had SEVERAL magazine covers, was cast in a HBO cable series Pilot, have been featured in many different magazines, and I have had features written about me on bodybuilding.com TWICE! When I was in the NPC I got… well… nothing besides my trophies. Kind of a no brainer there!

As the WBFF has become recognized as a legitimate organization in the industry, having athletes grace the covers of almost every industry magazine, plus NON industry magazines such as Playboy, FHM, Maxim, etc, the NPC/IFBB has almost made it their mission to bash us. YET… the more they bash us, the more popular we become because people are not stupid! They know that when you have someone bashing another, usually it’s because they are threatened or jealous. People SEE how glamorous our shows are. They see how many opportunities come our way, and they want to be a part of it! Can you blame them? In the beginning, the NPC/IFBB would try showing their power by working deals with our top athletes and taking them. Promising them pro cards, and delivering. Then soon after, burying them. Well, not anymore. People are on to the game. They are no longer leaving the WBFF for the IFBB. Just the opposite! Now men and women from the IFBB are jumping to the WBFF! Such legends as Monica Brant knows the shady games and politics that a monopoly plays so she came to the WBFF. SO have many others. This year at the World Championships we have 4 bodybuilders who have left the IFBB, and will be joining the WBFF. They recognize that the IFBB does absolutely NOTHING for them, and if the want opportunities, the WBFF is the way to go!

My main reason for writing this article? On facebook, regardless of organization, we are all in the same industry. We all have similar goals. We all support eachother. Hell, that will be the day that ANYONE is going to EVER tell me that I can’t support a friend or client or just be a fan of someone in another organization. Well, from so many different sources it’s ridiculous, a letter made it into my e-mail, and it was written by JM Manion and written to all FMG athletes and personnel. You can read the letter for yourself below, but the purpose of the letter? To THREATEN people who are “LIKING” or “SHARING” pictures or posts of non NPC/IFBB athletes. He is saying that they are NOT ALLOWED to LIKE a picture! AND if they are caught DOING so, they will be in Breach of Contract. Ok… flat out? GET OVER YOURSELF!!!

He even goes on further and says he doesn’t care if you are doing it to support a friend, or photographer, etc. Are you kidding me? It wasn’t long ago that internet sites like Sioux Country were threatened to no longer feature any NPC/IFBB pictures, or material since now only OFFICIAL websites are allowed to do so. Well now a similar letter has come out threatening athletes not to like or support any athlete or photographer that is in or works with another organization? ARE YOU KIDDING ME? There isn’t a day that goes by that I am not liking a picture of an athlete from another organization. It’s called mutual respect. Or if I see a photographers picture and it’s beautiful, I am going to like it! I don’t care WHERE the subject competes if at all!

Uh… Mr. Manion? We are not like the NPC/IFBB. We never have been. We do not GO AFTER athletes like you have done to us (pathetically). Over and over Paul Dillett has wondered WHY they just don’t leave us alone. We do our own thing! Well the answer to that question is because we are successful, and they are going in reverse. Period. We are leading the industry in digital media, and they are still printing magazines that drop in numbers every year substantially. Which is the cause for the NEW monopoly they are attempting ONLINE by telling other sites that have supported them for YEARS that they can NO LONGER feature NPC/IFBB material. Funny thing? Our magazine which reaches over 2 million people worldwide which is FAR greater than ANY print magazine… is FREE! And anyone who would like to feature us on their sites? Go right ahead. WE WANT people to see the difference in the WBFF and it’s athletes! We have nothing to hide. No dirty little secrets we are trying to cover up.

People are fed up with monopolies. Even TEAMS in the NPC/IFBB that “GUARANTEE” placings and pro cards. People are sick of it! SO last month a we had around 10 members from one team alone leave the NPC/IFBB and join the WBFF. Hey, if you want to compete for an organization that is going to threaten you like that? Hell… go right ahead. I will still like your pictures even if you cannot like mine back because you are not ALLOWED to! BUT if you are fed up, and realize that people in charge of that organization have just gotten ridiculous with the power? Then feel free to check out our list of shows and give them a try. Or hey, MAYBE the WBFF isn’t for you. Ok fine… the at least do your research and find one that IS FOR YOU! But remember… you DO have a choice!
-WBFFshows.com

This Is admirable at the least however, the standards are off. If you are going up against a giant, you have to have an equalizer! If they have a tank, you have a tank. If they have a Nuke, you have a Nuke! The way to separate yourself is have something they don’t! Oh, you have a Nuke! We have a disintegration ray! Oh we don’t have that exactly!

But, if they have a nuke and you have a tank and you rename your tank a nuke they will just laugh at you!

What am I talking about? I am specifically talking about Women’s Physique!

The WBFF has:
Pro Fitness Champion – which sets it self apart

However; Andreia Brazier Claims to be a Physique Athlete – now she is lining herself up with the IFBB categories! And not pro fitness Champion!

That brings comparison!

This is not anything against Andreia! She is gorgeous! And nearly perfect!

However; see below!

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On the left is WBFF Andreia Brazier on the Right is IFBB Dana Linn Bailey
There is no comparison!

Dana is an Animal and rightfully deserves the Title of Physique! She is awesome! And gorgeous!!

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Would Andreia Brazier even place in the IFBB Physique…No!

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Now lets put her down a level in the IFBB Figure Category would she win?
That one you would have to call!

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I would say yes!
But definitely not Physique!

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The WBFF should have stepped in and said listen you can’t use the word physique! And this would have stopped the comparison!

Does it discredit the WBFF in this instance yes! It makes them look fools against the IFBB!

Does it take away the hard work and dedication their athletes have? Not at all! Does comparing themselves to the IFBB discredit them? YES ABSOLUTELY!!

WBFF JUST DO YOUR OWN THING!

Look at MMA! The UFC IS THE MONOPOLY!!

Does Bellator compare themselves with the UFC? NO! They just do their thing!!

Does the public compare? Yes they do! But they enjoy both!

If you are going to compete with the IFBB then you are going to have to match tank to tank and nuke to nuke not tank to nuke!

Or like I said above; make a disintegration ray and call it such! If the IFBB comes out with a laser gun don’t compare your ray to their gun! Stay apart! Do your thing!

This is actually a hidden article on business tips!

**Update** March 19th 2014

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I got a comment on Instagram from WBFF Pro Krystal K_Fitcoach

She agreed but added the WBFF stays more naturally with muscle on like a women should look.

My response to that is:
What “should a women look like” is a “butch lesbian” (I use this term not in a derogatory way just as a popular reference that the public knows) any less a women then a Victoria Secret model? Is Mama June less a women than Lolo Jones? If it’s by pure poundage then definitely no!

The beauty about this world is there are many different body types to suit your desire and please your self-image! I’m sure DLB looks in the mirror and sees parts of her body she thinks are too small. I’m sure Cory Everson, Lenda Murray and others thought they were too small and wanted to be bigger! So like I said, I challenge you to define what a women should look like! The one thing about the IFBB is they have a division for all female bodybuilding from Bikini to Ms Olympia Bodybuilding

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder!

To All of you D&D nerds not this beholder! 👇

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Business Tip: Small Businesses – don’t be an Army of one! What if you go down?

I haven’t given a business tip in quite some time, so here we go!

As you know I am a cyber security and business continuity consultant. Who needs a business continuity plan? Large corporations? Small businesses? The answer is everyone! I have decided to share my knowledge with small businesses. How can I help you? I can help you organize yourself and stop being an army of one!

Here is a story of my friend, lets call him Frank. Frank is a contractor with a large construction company with multiple job locations. He has multiple teams lets say 3-4. He has a foreman for those positions, but he is the project manager. He oversees each job site and he handles all the vendor relations and the site management with the site owner

1. Owner
2. Project manager
3. Vendor relations manager
4. Site manager

Back at the office he has a salesman or two, but everything must go through him!
5. Sales manager
He has a company that he uses for marketing materials, but again everything has to go through him!
6. Marketing manager
He handles all the banking deposits, all the check writing, he has a payroll company he uses, but he has to gather all the info for them. He has an office assistant, but again everything goes through him!
7. Office manager
8. He also does miscellaneous tasks, basically whatever needs to be done!

Ok so, with that quick list he does the job of 8 people!

Ok, back to the story! One day on the job-site Frank is overseeing a team on a scaffold, he slips falls 30 feet fucks up his back and is laid up in the hospital, then goes home and back and forth to therapy! While he is out, those 8 jobs are not being done! We also forgot his 9th job! Bringing in new business and securing the contract! Job 9: contract negotiations new business

Now, lets look at the financials of a small service oriented business. You have contracts. When you sign it they pay a retainer lets say 1/3 of the job. Then you do the job and 60-90 days after completion they pay you the remaining money thats called accounts receivable.

John has to pay for the materials and labor and the bills of the business such as: vehicle costs, rent, utilities, marketing etc… What pays those bills as he is waiting for the accounts receivable to come in? The answer is new business retainers. It’s a vicious circle! Well, Frank was injured! No new business was coming in! Because Frank had a small business he also didn’t have health insurance, so that’s more high payment bills he had to pay for!

What ended up happening? He lost his business! No one could pick up the pieces when he went down and no new business was coming in, so he couldn’t pay his bills! He was also living above his means! Big mortgaged house, leased high end luxury vehicles, high end name brand clothing (high credit card bills)

Basically, he lost everything! The money eventually came in, so it pulled him out of the giant hole he dug, but he lost everything! Now he is trying to rebuild everything, guess what?? He is working for someone else now as a sub-contractor.

Unfortunately, I know a whole lot of people that run their companies like this! They want to make every dime possible and not have any backup plans in place! What if they get injured? What if they get cancer? What if they die? What will happen to their company or their family they leave behind?

What could he have done? He could have had a small (bcp) business continuity plan!

A written plan that any dummy can pick up and run his company in his absence!

Ok how do we start?

1. We have to: document Franks processes! What exactly does he do?

Once we document what he does, we have to:
Identify key processes processes that the business needs to function!

Once we identify the key processes:
The hard part comes! We have to:
Backup the key processes how do we keep those processes running in an emergency or get them back up ASAP in an emergency!!

If we can’t get them up how do we:
Mitigate them

Maybe Frank could have used a sub-contractor to take over his job sites. He would have lost about 60-70% of his profit on the job, but it would have gotten done on schedule and he would have made a small profit instead of defaulting…

Every business should have a second in charge that is trained to take the place of the owner in case the owner can’t be there! He needs to know everything!

As a business owner, don’t be afraid to fully train a second in charge! He/she can’t take your job! You own it!! But if you can’t be there they can act in your place and continue the business with the BCP you created!

**Hint**
Don’t give them access to write checks or cash checks, but they can deposit!

Give a trustworthy family member that ability and have your second in charge go to them in your absence.

Don’t be afraid to hire people for those positions listed above! When your company is running efficiently it will bring in more business and you will make more money to cover those positions.

Document your processes, make a bcp and delegate authority!

Feel free to contact me if you have any questions…


Business Tip: Cyber Security – Securing your blog from hackers

I recently got a comment from a reader:
“Howdy! Do you know if they make any plugins to safeguard against hackers?
I’m kinda paranoid about losing everything I’ve worked hard on.

Any recommendations?”

Well, first off do not approve off topic comments! If you think the comment is genuine like this, make a new post about it. Off topic comments and comments such as: I love your blog it’s the best or my sister/brother showed me your blog and its awesome etc…

Those are what’s called spam and could be a phishing attempt from a hacker.

Lets get something straight! It isn’t easy to hack, you usually have to do a little homework to hack: phishing, port scans, packet sniffers, dictionary searches (password cracking) etc…

So, first you need to ask yourself these questions:
1. Do you have PII personal identifiable Information on your blog? Credit card numbers, social security numbers etc..
The answer is NO! So there is no return on investment for a hacker to hack your blog.

2. Are you a super popular blog, meaning does the whole world know who you are? Are you a celebrity?
The answer is probably NO! So no notoriety by hacking your site, so again no return on investment.

3. Will the hacker get practice by hacking your site? Yes, but chances are it is child’s play and it won’t give him too much practice, because you probably just have a weak password.

Now to the question above:
Do you know if they make any plugins to safeguard against hackers?

The answer is no! Why? Because your blog isn’t stored on your phone or your computer, it is stored in the cloud. The hackers would have to hack your provider. If your provider is a large provider like Amazon or wordpress (idk where wordpress stores their media so lets just say wordpress does it themselves) then the game changes. They are not hacking your blog they are hacking the provider to get every blog!

Does it have PII? Chances are the cloud provider does, especially if you paid to have them host your blog and its not a free blog. So the answer is YES!

Do they get notoriety from hacking Amazon? Hell yeah they do! The answer is YES!

Do they get practice? YES! Amazon is like Fort Knox!

Now, since we can’t have an app to secure our blog, what can we do?

We can take Cyber Security measures to lock down our blog the best we can!
1. Don’t approve off topic comments!
2. Don’t reply to them either!
3. Make sure you have a strong password! 3 uppercase letters, 3 lowercase letters, 3 numbers and 3 special characters. Make sure you change your password every 90 days and make it random! Don’t use words or names! Things that can be found in a dictionary search!
4. Never pre approve comments! Always read them and approve them yourself!
5. Make sure there is no HTML code in the comment. Just plain words!
6. Make sure you look at the senders name, some have obscenities in their name, or some promote their own product and really don’t care about your topic, they just want free promotion. Do you support their product? Are you ok with the deception?

Lock down your blog!

I have my email address on my blog for off subject comments. If you have a question such as the above one or would like to see a subject covered, send me an email!!! And I will be happy to get back to you or if it warrants it, you will get your own post, such as this one!

For those of you that have legitimate comments, it thank you for them and keep them coming! I love comments good or bad!


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Product Review: The HuMn Wallet has done it again! Check out the New HuMn Wallet 2 & The HuMn Wallet Mini – They still block RFID Scans!

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Here is the Original Carbon Fiber Version of the HuMn Wallet – AKA HuMn 1
I love this wallet!! It is the most awesome product I have seen in a while! My old leather wallets used to wear out and look like crap after a while or rip apart. A few years ago, I had hip pain from sitting on it for years. This wallet is to be worn in the front pocket or jacket pocket of your suit, so it doesn’t matter how much you fill it, it won’t give you pain.

Just when you thought a perfect product is out, innovation and research, coupled with a desire to please their customers, The HuMn Wallet has been improved!

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Enter the HuMn 2! Here is the Aluminum (black) HuMn Wallet 2. The designers rounded the corners and thinned the side a tad bit (notice where the band connects) I believe the HuMn 2 will be: The be all end all perfect wallet!!!! I can’t wait to test it!

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Just when you though the HuMn Wallet was done, Enter the HuMn Wallet Mini, not only are the sides rounded more, but the vertical height is also trimmed and notice the new opening tab, is it better? Is it harder to open? I’m not sure… But it looks cool! (this one is also black and Aluminum)

Don’t like black? Don’t like Carbon Fiber? Well then, customize it!!
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Want a different color plate or strap? They have it!!

I’m personally, a Carbon Fiber junkie lol Its practically indestructible, lightweight and looks awesome! If I can make everything out of carbon fiber, I would lol, but to each their own…

I gave Ken an idea today, the HuMn Executive Business Card Holder – not much bigger than a business card, don’t go anywhere without it!
Myself, I keep business cards (not Mine in my wallet) My own cards are separate in a card holder, currently I have a Coach and a Tiffany’s. The Coach (made of leather) is much too bulky, the Tiffany’s (Much too expensive for daily use), The HuMn however, would be awesome! (Ken get to making it! lol) **Hint Hint* matching carbon fiber **Hint Hint*

***Don’t Forget:***
Ken and the guys at HuMn Designs are awesome!!
Ken said he will issue a discount code for readers and friends of this blog!
http://www.humnwallet.com/
When you get to checkout use the discount code: ljb15 for 15% off your order!
No limit on your order! How is that for an awesome company!

Don’t forget to check back for my review!

**Update**
Got the new HuMn Wallet 2 today in carbon fiber, it’s quite a bit different, 1/2 shorter and a cool flat finish!! The rounded corners make it cool!

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Same jam packed notice I still have the folded piece of paper in there.