High School Kid Invents Cancer Test: 100 Times More Sensitive Than Current Tests

cancerChances are, you know someone who as died of cancer. It’s a nasty fact of life and it claims almost 21,000 people every single day. Some cancers are detected early, and others are just too far along to do anything about.

But what if you could detect cancer in the early stages? What if there was a new test that could “change the game” and give everyone an advantage at detecting cancer? Thanks to a 15 year old high school student, there is.

Jack Andraka is the inventor of a 3-cent piece of paper that is capable of testing pancreatic, ovarian, and lung cancer — All of which have amazingly high mortality rates. The test strips are 100 times more sensitive than current technology, they are 26,000 times more cheaper, and 28 times faster at testing these cancers than what we currently have today.

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The Myth Of Retro Sweets And Things Being Better In Old Days

I have at times been accused of being a mad conspiracy theorist always obsessed with looking into new alternative lifestyles. Ok I’m guilty I admit it. I love a good conspiracy theory and new health theories grab my attention frequently, But remember just because it’s not proven doesn’t mean that it’s not true! Try not to be a sheep.

People also often say I’m a pedantic ass. Ok I’m guilty of that too! But so what! A fair few people read this blog so you must like it so I’m going to continue as normal and if need to get something off my chest I’m just going to say do that!

“Retro” Sweets

So without further ado… what about these idiots that go on and on about retro sweets? You know… the sweets from your childhood. Gobstoppers, flumps, blackjacks and fruit salads bla bla bla… How exactly are these lesser seen sweets any more retro that all the other commonly available sweets in the shops today?

If you can buy these sweets in the shops today in 2014 what exactly is so retro about them?

Oh it’s just old fashioned sweets I can hear you say. Stop right there! Let’s look at some raw hard data.

The common Mars bar was invented in 1932 and the famous “retro” sweets such as sherbet flying saucers were invented in the 1960′s. So who exactly is more retro?

Why don’t we start called anything over 40 years old retro and we just prefix most of the world’s nouns with the word retro. Like…. How about a retro apple or a retro banana anyone? It’s ridiculous and it needs to stop!

I tried to contact the largest online “retro sweets” shop to see what they had to say about their stupidity but unsurprisingly they declined or were in able to comment. I’m not too sure which or maybe they could not talk because of giant gobstoppers in their mouths.

Better In The Old Days

In the interests of research I did buy myself a big hamper of these lesser seen sweets from and enjoyed stuffing my face with them even if they are named wrongly. I wanted to find out if sweets were better in the old days like people keep telling me.

My box sugar junkie box arrived and I went straight for the fizzy popping candy. Instantly I’m transported back to when I was 8 years old. I feel younger and more alive but just for about 10 seconds the feeling fades fast.

30 minutes later my blood sugar is rising and I’m feeling jittery and 1 hour after that I’m slumped in front of my laptop surrounded by the carnage of the biggest sugar bing I inflicted upon myself for decades! It’s 2pm in the afternoon and grampa here is ready for an afternoon nap.

On reflection, I type this with a mouth full of flumps which are soothing my nerves a little, maybe I’m just grumpy because going by this definition I’m well past retro myself. I’m a retro blogger still going strong in 2014!?

What do you think about “retro” sweets? A load of crap of the best thing since “retro-retro” sweets? Please get in touch and let us know.

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News Today: The Dangers of Consuming Counterfeit Brews

It is well known that excessive consumption of alcohol is harmful to one’s health. In the world today, there are many alcohol related diseases that are causing despair and grief upon families. But that is not the only worry in most countries today; counterfeit alcoholic brands now pose greater danger than genuine alcohol. The counterfeit business is booming especially in the alcohol industry.

Properly produced alcoholic drinks and and certified ones are made with use of ethanol – meaning that the alcohol is safe to drink if drunk in moderation. However, fake alcoholic drinks can also be produced through the use of other cheaper types of alcohol that can have very serious adverse health effects.

Substitutes for ethanol that are commonly used may include substances like chemicals that are used in nail polish, cleaning fluids remover and automobile screen and also methanol and also isopropanol that are used in some fuel and anti freeze. These other alcohol types can produce a similar effect to that of ethanol in terms of making one feel tipsy. However, these types are also potentially very dangerous.

Drinking alcohol laced with these chemicals can cause conditions such as vomiting, nausea, abdominal pain, drowsiness and also dizziness. Drinking such products can lead to kidney or liver problems or even coma. Methanol, the substance that has been found in most fake vodka can also cause permanent blindness.

But by a distance, the most worrying and dangerous symptom found with people that have drunk counterfeit products that contain harmful chemicals is the mouth getting dry along and also the person being unable to breath. The person’s tongue will remain stuck to the top of their mouth. This is the very first sign of a serious health risk that poses a great danger and paramedics should be called quickly.

When consumers drink counterfeited alcohol, they do not know the exact strength of what they are drinking because it has not been produced to the commercial alcohol standards. Consumers should always look out for fake/counterfeit alcohol and strive to drink genuine brands.

In order to avoid drinking counterfeit alcohol, one should carefully look out for some for these small details that matter most. Things like the seal being tampered with should always be checked. Look out for same product bottles that look different in terms of color, design and tops. The pricing of the alcohol should not be too good or enticing to be true and one is advised to buy alcohol from a well known supermarket, bar or retail shop that is licensed with the sell of alcohol.

As countries seek to lower the number of health risks related to alcohol consumption, most governments should have strict laws in regard to the sale of alcohol. There is no country around the world where fake alcohol has not found its way through. Counterfeit brews pose greater dangers than other counterfeit products, such as counterfeits for the best kids scooter, or the best weight bench products. Both the governments and bottle lovers should take quick action to restore sanity in this market.

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Declaring treasure finds

I take part in a number of different hobbies in my spare time and it is possible that one of them may have just paid off. The hobby that I am talking about is metal detecting, which is something that I used to do regularly when I was younger, however nowadays I just never seem to find the time.

Recently though I did find the time to go out and do a spot of treasure hunting after I bought a top of the line Garrett ATX gold metal detector as a gift to myself for all the hard work and effort I have been putting into this website.

I had been wanting to buy this particular detector ever since it was released, but never quite had the amount of money saved up to go out and buy one. It turns out I should have done it sooner, as I discovered something recently that I’m not 100% sure what to do with. You see I believe the item in question potentially has significant monetary value and so I am hesitant to bring it to the attention of government officials in case they try to take my find away from me, or list the location of my find in their public directory for everyone to see. That would immediately send hundreds of other treasure hunters straight to the area where I made the find.

I remember reading about nighthawks (people who move in on other peoples areas where they have found things) on the BBC a while ago and I would hate for this area to become more widely known until I have had a good chance to sweep it for myself first.

So I am in a bind. I know that legally I am supposed to declare the item and have it looked at by officials, however I don’t trust the cronies at the government as far as I can throw them, so at this point I am thinking that my best course of action is to get the item valued by a professional and then try to sell it on eBay.

Interestingly I only bought the ATX because of a great metal detector review site that I saw recently that pretty much said that the ATX was unlike any other machine and that it would find things that you will miss with other detectors. In my younger days I used to travel all over the country in search of precious metals and only ever had minor discoveries. So I thought I would give this new detector a whirl at one of my old stomping grounds where I had the most success in the past whenever I used to travel. It turns out that the guy was right – this thing really does find stuff that other detectors miss. The reason that I am so sure is that this item would have to be a couple of hundred years old at least, so it was definitely there the last time I went treasure hunting in the area.

I now can’t wait to use this thing in even more places to see what else I can uncover. It honestly feels like I have rediscovered this brilliant hobby all over again and I can’t wait to get out each and every weekend to see what other goodies await me.

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A natural treatment for toenail fungus that actually works

When I hear “natural treatment,” the first thing that comes to my mind is “SCAM!” I’ve been in this business far too long and seen way too many bad things happen to good people all because someone is out to make some quick cash. There’s a sucker born every minute and that’s the motto of today’s internet!

How can you tell a scam when you see one? When a product takes a long time to work, pretends to offer you a guarantee, and then ends up delivering no results and provides you with no way to actually get your money back. You see it all the time today, I report on it all the time, and needless to say, most of today’s products are geared toward those who are either inherently stupid, inherently desperate, or both.

After enjoying my usual morning session on the toilet one morning, I noticed that a couple of my toenails looked different. I thought that was strange, but didn’t think anything of it. After a few days, those toes began to get a little sore. I took a closer look and noticed that the edges of my toenails were curling inside my toes and that was causing my pain.

I hate doctors. Doctors are the biggest scam of all because they charge you a ridiculous amount just to speak with them for 20 minutes. They make you wait 30 minutes to have this little talk and the magazines are maybe 6 months old if you’re lucky. I didn’t want to go to the doctor for this. I also knew that the internet would be a feeding frenzy of fake reviews, false data, and clinical research about my condition that just didn’t exist if I dug through a layer or two through the marketing data.

No – I needed to find something on my own. So that’s what I did, and now I’m sharing that data with you, my friends, because you need a scam about as much as you need someone to shoot you in the arm with a .22 caliber handgun.

You see, I did find a good solution to my toenail fungus problem. I found good information from a real, genuine person that helped me make a real decision, an empowered decision, about my health and a natural product that actually works. I didn’t need any doctors. I didn’t need any lawyers. I didn’t need anything except my computer, my wisdom, and the ability to make two phone calls to confirm information from a couple sources that seemed questionable because it was too good to be true.

You can believe what you want with my site. I get that. I’m a skeptic and I respect people who treat the internet as if it were one giant conspiracy out to fleece them of all their money. On the other hand, I ask that you keep an open mind as you review the information I’ve put together because let’s face it – when your feet hurt, the rest of your body hurts. That sucks. That needs to be fixed, and that’s all I’m trying to help you do here.

The product that I found was an all natural topical treatment that is combined with a homeopathic spray. Here’s where I found out about it from, so you can make your own judgement and read the ZetaClear Review by another blogger who had the same problem and managed to convinced me that this product was the real deal, and not just another “snake oil” solution that wouldn’t actually fix my toenail fungus.

Until next time – stay skeptical, and always do your own investigation before buying anything online.

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Declaring treasure finds

I take part in a number of different hobbies in my spare time and it is possible that one of them may have just paid off. The hobby that I am talking about is metal detecting, which is something that I used to do regularly when I was younger, however nowadays I just never seem to find the time.

Recently though I did find the time to go out and do a spot of treasure hunting after I bought a top of the line Garrett ATX gold metal detector as a gift to myself for all the hard work and effort I have been putting into this website.

I had been wanting to buy this particular detector ever since it was released, but never quite had the amount of money saved up to go out and buy one. It turns out I should have done it sooner, as I discovered something recently that I’m not 100% sure what to do with. You see I believe the item in question potentially has significant monetary value and so I am hesitant to bring it to the attention of government officials in case they try to take my find away from me, or list the location of my find in their public directory for everyone to see. That would immediately send hundreds of other treasure hunters straight to the area where I made the find.

I remember reading about nighthawks (people who move in on other peoples areas where they have found things) on the BBC a while ago and I would hate for this area to become more widely known until I have had a good chance to sweep it for myself first.

So I am in a bind. I know that legally I am supposed to declare the item and have it looked at by officials, however I don’t trust the cronies at the government as far as I can throw them, so at this point I am thinking that my best course of action is to get the item valued by a professional and then try to sell it on eBay.

Interestingly I only bought the ATX because of a great metal detector review site that I saw recently that pretty much said that the ATX was unlike any other machine and that it would find things that you will miss with other detectors. In my younger days I used to travel all over the country in search of precious metals and only ever had minor discoveries. So I thought I would give this new detector a whirl at one of my old stomping grounds where I had the most success in the past whenever I used to travel. It turns out that the guy was right – this thing really does find stuff that other detectors miss. The reason that I am so sure is that this item would have to be a couple of hundred years old at least, so it was definitely there the last time I went treasure hunting in the area.

I now can’t wait to use this thing in even more places to see what else I can uncover. It honestly feels like I have rediscovered this brilliant hobby all over again and I can’t wait to get out each and every weekend to see what other goodies await me.

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Declaring treasure finds

I take part in a number of different hobbies in my spare time and it is possible that one of them may have just paid off. The hobby that I am talking about is metal detecting, which is something that I used to do regularly when I was younger, however nowadays I just never seem to find the time.

Recently though I did find the time to go out and do a spot of treasure hunting after I bought a top of the line Garrett ATX gold metal detector as a gift to myself for all the hard work and effort I have been putting into this website.

I had been wanting to buy this particular detector ever since it was released, but never quite had the amount of money saved up to go out and buy one. It turns out I should have done it sooner, as I discovered something recently that I’m not 100% sure what to do with. You see I believe the item in question potentially has significant monetary value and so I am hesitant to bring it to the attention of government officials in case they try to take my find away from me, or list the location of my find in their public directory for everyone to see. That would immediately send hundreds of other treasure hunters straight to the area where I made the find.

I remember reading about nighthawks (people who move in on other peoples areas where they have found things) on the BBC a while ago and I would hate for this area to become more widely known until I have had a good chance to sweep it for myself first.

So I am in a bind. I know that legally I am supposed to declare the item and have it looked at by officials, however I don’t trust the cronies at the government as far as I can throw them, so at this point I am thinking that my best course of action is to get the item valued by a professional and then try to sell it on eBay.

Interestingly I only bought the ATX because of a great metal detector review site that I saw recently that pretty much said that the ATX was unlike any other machine and that it would find things that you will miss with other detectors. In my younger days I used to travel all over the country in search of precious metals and only ever had minor discoveries. So I thought I would give this new detector a whirl at one of my old stomping grounds where I had the most success in the past whenever I used to travel. It turns out that the guy was right – this thing really does find stuff that other detectors miss. The reason that I am so sure is that this item would have to be a couple of hundred years old at least, so it was definitely there the last time I went treasure hunting in the area.

I now can’t wait to use this thing in even more places to see what else I can uncover. It honestly feels like I have rediscovered this brilliant hobby all over again and I can’t wait to get out each and every weekend to see what other goodies await me.

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Russian Organized Crime and Computer Viruses

Have you heard about the Ukraine’s newest computer virus? It is called the Snake virus and it is ruining computers all over the Ukraine. People think the Russians are behind it and I absolutely agree.

The Russians are famous for their computer viruses and their highly intelligent criminal enterprises.

Russian organized crime is very slippery because the entire Russian underworld is like a black book with the criminal resume’s of every, single criminal and their roots. In a way, it is similar to the government clearance system. Some people have extremely high clearance and some people have very “low” clearance. The guys with the low clearance “make their bones” by committing a crime. and are typically fed money.

Since there is no specific structure for Russian mafia, there is what you’re known for and the team that you have specially picked out.. You do a job and you may never see the same man or woman twice, so there isn’t a lot that you can really steal, have your group disappear then do another job with another group of people and it is a revolving door and web of the smartest, mpst capable men out there in the world.

Since Russia has more than their fare share of hackers, it is very easy to hire one and have them create viruses that penetrate computer after computer, system after system, auto-detecting credit card information that was stolen for the mafia.

I believe that the Snake virus is a Trojan horse to distract people from the real threat, credit card theft.

Imagine this: If all of multiple governments are too busy working on fixing this snake virus, that means that there are less resources that are even looking to detect things like credit card theft because it is actually more non-intrusive than the snake virus that infests 10′s of thousands of people a day.

People are so busy blaming the Russian government for the spread and creation of the virus that the Russian government is so busy defending it’s self that the organized criminals simply have less heat on them.

Think of it like a riot: If you have people dying in the streets, someone throwing a chair through a bank window is going to go completely unnoticed. I believe Russian criminals, being the smart, enterprising group that they are are probably going to take advantage of the current political climate as much as possible.

I think the funny thing about this virus is that there is actually Russian embedded within the code of this virus, so they’re just BEGGING to brag to the Ukraine about what they’re doing or either it is someone else attempting to frame the Russians.

What to do about the virus?

I think the virus is a complete hoax. It drives me crazy because at the end of the day, there have only been 55 or so computers that have been targeted. 22.

Let me put this into perspective for you: Your classic computer virus is hooked into hundreds of thousands of computers. The computer viruses may be put there in order to sift through those 100,000 computers as if those computers belong to a huge search engine. You ask it to scan for certain things for them or all of those computers could have their processing power to shut down the servers or one of the more prestigious of sites.

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The Little Hell In Coffee Makers

I hate coffee makers!! You wonder why? I will tell you why. I have owned more coffee machines than you can imagine and my experience has not been that good at all. I still don’t know why and how a multimillion dollar company can spend all its investment to come up with a brand that only lasts for a week. I will confidently say that all coffee makers are cursed when asked.

Norelco was my first coffee maker. My wife loved the coffee I don’t know for what reason. The coffee maker broke more times than it made coffee. I decided to wrap the maker and paid the postage. This whole process cost me more than the price of a new maker. It is not like I didn’t do my research before buying these makers, I follow the buying guide here but it just ends up miserably every single time.

Other small coffee makers came in handy to make my mornings even more miserable. They included Braun, Proctor silex, Mr. Coffee and other names I cannot even pronounce all from Europe. There is nothing vexing like unpacking a new coffee machine filled with hope only to find out it’s one of the highly advertised coffee machines that make your life a living hell. I will definitely pass a motion to ban all the coffee makers so that I can drink something else in the morning.

I will not put the blame on manufacturers for the pots I dropped, but I will definitely blame them for deceiving customers into buying underhand machines that break without even a warning. I think they should include in their manuals “This coffee maker will break down after five days, use it while it lasts”. I feel more annoyed when I recall some of the accidents I have had with these coffee makers. The seam on one coffee maker cracked spilling water all over me and I was dressed for work.

The other common failure you will always encounter is the pumping tube. Who comes up with a product that can’t be cleaned seriously? The tube will always plug up despite all the efforts you put into cleaning your coffee maker. Why is it so hard for manufactures to come up with a simple design change—removable pumping tubes? That would solve one of the many problems that come with this machine. The other thing is the cost of the pumping tubes. Whether rigid or flexible they should only cost a few pennies.

I don’t even want to imagine the bacteria that come with the residue from your coffee machine. I followed the instructions given but that never helped. I even bought brown filters, white filters, gold filters and had them cleaned regularly. Other manufactures told me to use vinegar. This is a solution that makes the entire house smell like bad pickles. Some told me to buy commercial coffee maker cleaners. I thought this was the best idea that will rescue me from this nightmare only to find out that the price of these cleaners is just a few cents less than the price of a new maker. The makers will always have new faults every morning. I only hope they will not one morning blow my brains out.

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My Road Trip in the Desert – Interrupted by Giza Pyramid Vandals

Of all the 7 Wonders of the World that attract tourists from near and far, and one of the most famous wonders is the Giza Pyramids located in Egypt. The ancient Egyptians built the incredible structures using nothing more than the power of man, but it has always been a question as to how could men with hand tools and ropes built such amazing pyramids without the benefits of modern machinery.

The Giza pyramids are so amazing in their design and construction that there are many popular conspiracy theories that perhaps aliens or some other super civilization built them. Two German men named Dominique Goerlitz and Stefan Erdmann were recently arrested for vandalizing the structures in the quest to find out who really built them.

Trying to Prove a Point

The Internet is a place where people have their wild theories about different famous things around the world or unbelievable tragedies that have shaped it. People use the Internet for all sorts of shopping — buying anything like car rims from Finish Line Wheels to baby clothes from Wal Mart to books from Amazon. Others use it to find out more information about the conspiracy theories that involve things like the Giza Pyramids.

The two German men, Goerlitz and Erdmann, were arrested because they strongly believed that aliens built the pyramids, and these are the facts of the case against them.

  • Vandalizing the pyramids: The Giza pyramids are still open for guided tours, but going inside of these marvelous structures is strictly prohibited unless it is for educational purposes and the ones asking are archaeologists or Egyptologists. However, it is unclear as to how these two men were granted permission, but somehow they were able to get inside. While inside, the two men began to film and actually documented their criminal activity. The men then took pieces of a very old cartouche that depicted the Pharaoh Khufu and also took other items from the interior chambers.
  • Smuggling: Goerlitz and Erdmann are also accused of smuggling what they stole from the Giza pyramids and taking the items back to their native land of Germany. Reportedly, the two men were planning on running tests to determine the age of the paint that was used in the cartouche piece they had taken from the inner chamber. Removing any items from Egypt artifact is considered smuggling, and the Egyptian law is very clear in definition as to what that entails.
  • Egypt Has Very Strict Laws Protecting Its Greatest Treasures against Autos

    The Giza pyramids are considered to be one of Egypt’s most beloved structures. When it was discovered what Goerlitz and Erdmann had done, the Egyptian government was outraged over their actions and demanded justice for the vandalism of their pyramids. The two men are now in the custody of the Egyptian authorities, and what penalties they will be facing is unclear at this time, but one thing is certain: the two men are in serious trouble and they are not alone. There were also seven other men that were also arrested in connection to the crime, including another German citizen and six Egyptians who were involved. Egypt has very heavy penalties for tampering with their monuments, and all of these men could be looking at serious jail time for their actions.

    Conspiracy theories exist for anything and everything including the Giza pyramids. While some people search for bargains on car rims or use search engines to find great deals on vacations, others search for conspiracy theories. Goerlitz and Erdmann are two men who believe in the conspiracy theories surrounding the builders of the great Giza pyramids, but their quest for the truth about these grand structures may end with them in jail for a very long time.

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The Health Conspiracy

In today’s society, we are constantly being bombarded with news like “food X can cause cancer” and “food Y will make you lose 20 pounds”. These types of health alarms are creating fear and confusion about what you can eat or not, and they are not helping anyone. Instead, they are directly and indirectly fooling people into buying all sorts of unnecessary diet and weight loss products.

How To Really Improve Health

There are better ways to react to the alarms. All you have to do is remember that experience and common sense strongly indicates that the way to get better health is by:

  • Eating normal and healthy foods. You don’t need vitamin pills or strange exotic fruits. Everything your body needs can be found in normal foods bought at your local supermarket. Just make sure you eat vegetables and fruit every day, mix in some fish between all those meat dishes, and avoid sugar and fat.
  • Exercise. You don’t have to buy an expensive gym card. Take daily walks for at least 30 minutes, and do push-ups and sit-ups a few times per week. That’s it!
  • Surrounding yourself with positive people. Positivity (and negativity) is contagious, no matter who you are. When you are happy and positive, your body will react to it on a biochemical level and help you to stay healthy and live longer. So make sure you hang out with the right people!
  • Filling your life with meaningful activities. Research has shown that when you have a sense of purpose and meaning with your life, you will become happier and more positive (which means better health).
  • However, big companies that make billions of dollars on selling weight loss products, books, DVDs and an infinite amount of diet pills don’t want you to realize that. They want you to think that the junk they are selling is necessary in order to lose weight and become healthy. It’s ridiculous!

    Example of a Bad Diet

    As an example, let’s look at the latest diet fad. It’s yet another extreme diet that was recently introduced on the internet, and it’s called the 13 day diet. Claims are that your body’s metabolism will improve permanently so that you will burn fat more efficiently. To follow it, you must eat exactly the foods specified on the diet plan. You can’t eat a single thing that’s not on it for thirteen days straight. It’s a very tough diet to follow, because you’re only allowed to consume roughly 500 calories per day. Any nutritionist or physician will tell you that starvation is not the right way to lose weight. But do people listen? No. Their minds have been clouded and confused by diet hysteria and health alarms created by big business. Instead they buy pills, books about the latest dieting trend, or some new crazy weight loss product. That’s how these companies make money.

    What To Do?

    When the next health alarm appears in the news, stop and think. Who will gain from it and what company or organization have done the research that is presented? If a tobacco company says tobacco smoking is healthy, then you might suspect that it isn’t true.

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    Are you in?

    Have you seen the ads on TV recently featuring Karren Brady, Alan Sugar’s right hand woman; Theo Paphitis of Dragon’s Den notoriety and Ian Cheshire, the head honcho at Kingfisher?

    All of them are on the box, happily stating that “they’re in” and asking you if you are.

    If you’re wondering what it’s all about, it’s the new Workplace Pension campaign that’s being run by the government to get us all excited about the fact that our employers will be (if they haven’t already) setting up pension schemes and allowing us to pay some of our hard earned wages into a retirement fund. “Whoop-di-doo, how exciting is that?” I hear you say. It seems like an eternity since you had a pay rise and here’s something else that’s going to come along and compete for your already overstretched budget.

    But if you’re thinking this way, it might just be time to think again. Yes, even 1, 2 or 3% of your salary being snatched away before you even get your hands on it could be the final nail in the coffin that is the family budget, but can you really afford to ignore your old age? The fact is that the whole UK population is getting older and there simply isn’t going to be enough cash to go around when we all reach our twilight years. Making some provision now is better than doing nothing at all and add to that the fact that your employer and the government are both more than likely to put their hand in their pockets for you too, and it all starts to make more sense and seem like a slightly better deal.

    Pensions Automatic Enrolment to give it its full title came into effect on 1st October 2012 and means that over a fixed period of time, all employers are going to be required to systematically enroll their employees into a qualifying workplace pension scheme. Granted, you’ll have the right to remove your name from the list and ‘opt out’ if you want to, but in many ways, that doesn’t seem to make much sense.

    A spokesperson from the Payplus payroll bureau, a company perfectly placed to help SMEs to deal with Pensions Automatic Enrolment, says “employees have an important role to play in making sure that their employers are busy doing what they should be doing right now and should be encouraged to make their pensions voice heard”. More information can be found on their Pensions Automatic Enrolment website.

    So, if you are between 22 years of age and the state pension age, if you work in the UK and you earn more than £9,440 a year, if you haven’t already been, then you’re soon about to be ‘automatically enrolled’ into your employers pension scheme. As we write, there are employers up and down the country preparing to meet their responsibilities, by speaking to their accountants, their HR people and pension providers so they can have all their ducks in a row when it comes to meeting their obligations to you, their employee. However, the headlines are suggesting that there’s also a fair chunk of the employer population that have taken the ostrich approach to this whole notion.

    NEST (The National Employment Savings Trust) revealed recently that an alarming number of employers had no real notion of what was required of them to meet their obligations. So, in your role as employee, it’s a good idea to get up to steam with what’s going on so you can make sure that your employer has his or her finger on the pulse.

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    Conspiracy theories: A frank look into some of the most famous and crazy conspiracy theories of our time

    It seems any major event or disaster in the world is not complete without a load of people coming up with reasons why we must all be being tricked or lied to. Some are perfectly valid and make sense, some are quite frankly so off the wall they seem like some kind of joke! I’m not here to prove or disprove any theories, simply to take a look at some of the more interesting ones, so here we go!

    1. The assassination of John F Kennedy

    JFK was shot on 22nd November 196, in Dallas, Texas at 12.30pm. OR WAS HE? The footage of him riding alongside his wife Jacqueline in a motorcade are famous around the world. After a lengthy investigation, the United States House Select Committee on Assassinations, concluded that Kennedy had been assassinated by Lee Harvey Oswald, and as if that wasn’t enough drama, he was later shot dead himself whilst in custody.

    Theories of the public being lied to came to light when Abraham Zapruder released footage that supported the belief that there were four shots fired and not three, many said some of the shots came from a different direction, meaning that Oswald couldn’t have been alone in the assassination. Eyewitnesses also claimed they saw shots being fired by a gunman hiding on a grassy area behind a fence, overlooking the plaza.

    2. Man landing on the moon

    A small step for man, a giant leap for mankind. Or maybe not. Theories say that NASA in fact faked man first landing on the moon. This was apparently done by manufacturing, destroying or tampering evidence and rock samples. People have examined photographs in precise detail and believe the flag that Buzz Aldrin planted on the moon surface “moved in a strange way”. I don’t know about you, but if I had gone all the way to the moon and people didn’t believe me, I’d be pretty upset!

    3. The Titanic sinking

    Over 1500 lives were lost when the Titanic or the unsinkable ship, hit an iceberg and sank back in April 1912. There has since been several films, including the Hollywood movie Titanic, and there is even a hotel in Liverpool which is themed around the Titanic.

    Conspiracy theories say that it was not the Titanic that is lying in the bottom of the Pacific Ocean. The Titanic had a sister ship named the Olympic and the pair were almost exactly identical. Months prior to the Titanic disaster the Olympic came into some trouble it was involved in a collision and was badly damaged.

    Theories say that the ships identities were swapped so that the White Star company who owned the sisters could claim back the insurance money and stop themselves from going bankrupt. Out of all of the wacky conspiracy theories flying around, money being the motivation for a massive cover-up is probably the most believable!

    4. Shakespeare, who?

    So according to this one, Shakespeare wasn’t actually Shakespeare. Theorists believe that there is a lack of evidence to show that this guy was even responsible for any of his works and writings. In this day and age, that would be plagiarism, wouldn’t it?!

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