Government Monitors Phone Bills; Agrees To Pay Half

The National Security Administration, admitting it has monitored the phone bills of millions of Americans, decided to palliate the perturbed populace by agreeing to pay half of every American’s phone bill.

While consumers lauded the action, reaction on Capitol Hill was mixed, with Republicans maintaining that such a gesture is fiscally irresponsible. To shore up their case, they pointed to their unimpeachable conduct in regard to the national debt.

Democrats by and large praised the gesture, with a Democratic member of The House Ways And Means Committee stating, “Do you know what it’s like to get a disconnect notice? I do. But I’m not sure my Republican counterparts on the Committee are even aware such unconscionable resources for collection exist.”

President Bush commented, “It doesn’t seem to me that phone bills pose a problem that should channel money away from the programs on which I prefer to squander the national treasure.”

But, so as not to flagrantly debilitate his already bottom-scraping approval numbers, he requested that the Federal Communications Commission examine whether or not the government has the right to help the public pay its phone bills.

Democrat Ted Kennedy was quick to respond, stating, “This is just another instance of how the current administration is out of touch with the true wishes of the American public. Why doesn’t George Bush call up a few average Americans and ask if they’d like the federal government to pay half of their phone bills?”

The Rise of Online DVD Rental

In March 2006 I launched the UK DVD Rental Guide Website. The website is devoted to providing independent advice, reviews and rankings of the major providers of online DVD rental service in the UK. The idea for the website originated from my passion for DVD’s and from the difficulty of choosing the right online DVD rental service.

Online DVD rental is slowly but surely making its mark on the entertainment industry and is a powerful rival for its traditional highstreet alternative. The phenomenon of online DVD rental may ultimately replace the traditional form of DVD rental!

Since its launch, the website has evolved to where it is today. It sets out each of the major providers of online DVD Rental services, the prices, the package options, the number of titles available and any free trial that is offered. Each service provider is rated against predifined criteria and then ranked against each other. We continually check for changes in the services and re-rate and re-rank accordingly.

Here’s why we think online DVD Rental is Better:

? Cheaper. The prices for online rental are much cheaper than the highstreet alternative.

? Convenient. No need to go out to the store. Just browse and select titles online from the comfort of your own home and they appear in the post. Postage is FREE both ways.

? No Due Dates. There are no dates by which you have to return the DVD’s. Keep them as long as you like!

? No late return charges. Watch your DVD’s without fear of a charge for late return. There’s no late return charges – EVER!

? More to choose from. With upto 57,000 titles there’s more DVD’s to choose from than you can shake a stick at.

? Completely Risk Free Trial. Most of the DVD rental companies let you try before you sign-up. It costs absolutely nothing and there are no hidden charges.

We hope you enjoy the UK DVD Rental Guide and it helps you choose the best service for your needs. We will keep testing and will make sure the guide is comprehensive, up to date and continues to ensure it provides independent advice.

Will Angelina Jolie Receive Flowers When Her Baby Is Born?

If Brad Pitt knows anything about the impact of flowers, he’ll be certain to send a big, beautiful bouquet or arrangement to soon-to-be mother of his child, Angelina Jolie.

Flowers are a traditional gift sent to new mothers for many reasons: they have a wonderful impact on the emotions of all who see them; they can be personalized to the individual and the occasion, and they’re easy to order. But, when is the best time to send flowers to a new mother and what kinds of flowers should you send? Well, there really are no limits, but I do have some suggestions.

In terms of the timing of your gift, consider having the flowers delivered to the new mom’s home after she brings the baby home. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a wonderful thing to receive flowers in the hospital, but nowadays new mothers don’t typically stay in the hospital more than a few days before being released. Also, that short time in the hospital is usually a flurry of activity with first feedings, first baths, and many visitors. Although your beautiful flowers will brighten up her room, she won’t have much time to enjoy them. When those hectic few days are over, the family then has to carry the new baby, the personal belongings of mom and baby, any gifts received during the stay, and all the flowers out of the hospital, fit them into the car, and transport them all home?hopefully without any items spilling. On the other hand, if you send the flowers to her home a few days after the birth of the baby, the new mom will have had time to relax a bit, will be able to enjoy your wonderful gift, and she won’t have to move them from the special place she chooses to display them.

Now, on to the question of what kind of flowers you should give. Well, there are the traditional gifts of either pink or blue flowers depending on the gender of the baby. These arrangements are often presented in baskets adorned with charming stuffed bears or other baby toys. The popularity of these arrangements comes from the simple fact that they are well liked. You’re not likely to go wrong when choosing a traditional arrangement.

However, if you’d like to give a gift of flowers that truly stands out, take into consideration the new mother’s personality, favorite colors, and favorite flowers. Tell your florist a little about the new mom and the feeling you’d like the flowers to portray. For example, if the new mom is very trendy and loves bright colors, let your florist know. He or she can then make a gift that says “congratulations on your new baby” in a way that is as unique as the new mom herself.

That said, what do you suppose an Angelina Jolie-esque maternity arrangement reflecting her non-traditional views and strong personality would look like? I’d love to be the florist given that challenge!

Top money making web site

How do you design a top money making website. It’s very simple really. There are a few basic rules of these websites which you have to understand in order to generate revenue through your own top money making website.

The site owner earns because of the traffic generated on the site and the clicks done on the site. These business models maybe based on earning through clicks, ads etc.

There are a few websites on the internet. Not all of these can qualify to be top money making websites. Different sites run different promotion packages.

As a part of such packages, these websites often lay out a certain form of electronic currency which can be used on the site only. Often this currency is also known as web money.

There are other forms of web money too. There are reward programs being run by these websites. This is just another form of web money. These sites have a decent earning model which has helped them stay in business.

These maybe in the form of sound or only graphics. Whatever be the type of the ad on this site, the basic earning model of the site remains the same ads on the sites are often pay per click ads. . Whenever a person clicks on a particular ad, he or she is led to a different page wherein he gets to see the ad in fullest.

There are also others ads which are present on the website. A person who wants to earn through top money making websites has to consider the following things before he actually gets on to the work.

Web sites are good money making tools. These sites are often the best money making tools available to the users. Sites help you not only to create your site but also to get the work done and the money earning on your site. These are called design web sites also.

You can make money through the help of these sites. You can take the help of these sites for the purpose of setting up your own site or you can make a web design site yourself ad give your services to the people.

There are sites which also help you get your articles posted therein. You can always look forward to such sites for the purpose of turning you site into a top money making site. So when you start your own top money making site, take care of these things mentioned above.

The Art Of Display

Every day you are surrounded by displays. There are so many types of displays, some that may not even come to mind when you think of the word ?display?.

While strolling through the mall you are bombarded by window displays of the latest fashions, accessories or must haves. When walking down the streets of any city, you can become mesmerized by the window displays that you pass. Some people even entertain themselves by ?window shopping? or checking what is on display. There are people that make special trips to see what is on display.

There is the public display of affection. This often has various affects on people. If you pass by two people making out right out in the public forum you could have a couple of reactions. Maybe you?re angered, disgusted, jealous, happy to see two people in love or maybe you completely ignore it. If that?s the case it couldn?t have been that much of a display in the first place.

During the holidays we often see many types of light displays. Most, I would say, are tasteful while others are obscene. I have been witness to a holiday display that had every symbolic figure displayed on his lawn and in his yard. It was actually quite atrocious to look at ? but that is definitely a display that gets a lot of attention. It?s a good thing too, because people give him donations when they come to view his holiday display and this gentleman gives it all to charity. ‘Tis the season giving!

There are also displays on phones, treadmills, televisions and computer monitors. These displays have different letters to describe them. For example, there?s LCD, which is liquid crystal displays and there are LEDs or light emitting diodes. I?m not sure which one is better, but they?re both the preferred method of television and electronics displays.

Stores need to purchase displays to put all of their merchandise on. Think about a Hallmark store and their displays. They probably have glass display cases and shelves, cute picket fence displays, greeting card displays and stuffed animal displays. There are wind chime displays and candle displays. And of course don?t forget the candy displays. There isn?t a general merchandise store around that would be complete without a candy display.

Sale items are always on display at the ends of every isle in grocery stores, variety stores or hardware stores. It is a silent calling to the consumer saying, ?check me out, I?m on sale and I?m on display. Buy me, buy me.?

We put people, animals and objects on display. Any museum is a perfect example of this. There are art museums, aquariums, and botanical gardens. There are circuses, theatrical plays, and the covers of magazines even that put people on display. Sometimes we even like to put ourselves on display for others. Men and women?s magazines make huge profits from men and women putting their bodies on display. The same goes for Victoria?s Secret. They have made huge profits from women putting their bodies and their lingerie on display.

Displays are always trying to get us to buy something, try something or be something. Window displays want us to buy the entire outfit, the treadmill displays want us to push ourselves to do something we haven?t accomplished before, end caps in stores want us to spend more money too. Museums and tourist attractions want us to enjoy something. Whether it be displays of affection, clothing, animals or holiday lights they are all works of art and somebody has put some time and effort into making their display attractive.

Prevention of heart problem

American Heart Association (AHA) spokeswoman Barbara V. Howard, PhD, says despite the confusing findings, it is clear that

keeping cholesterol under control is one of the best ways to avoid heart attack and stroke. Howard leads the AHA council on

nutrition, physical activity, and metabolism and is president of MedStar Research Institute in Hyattsville, Md.
“Start with diet, exercise, and weight control — and if that doesn’t do it, medication probably will,” she tells WebMD.

“There is no question that lowering cholesterol also lowers stroke risk..”
Lewington and colleagues agree that the public health message is unambiguous.
“Treatment should be guided principally by the definitive evidence from randomized trials, [showing] that Statins (Lipitor,

Zocor) substantially reduce not only coronary event rates but also total stroke rates in patients with a wide range of ages

and blood pressures,” they write.
High cholesterol is a major risk factor for death from heart disease, but its impact

on stroke death is less clear, a new analysis combining 61 studies confirms.
In one of the largest evaluations of the research examining cholesterol and mortality ever conducted, researchers found lower

total cholesterol to be strongly protective against death from heart attack for both men and women.
Roughly 34,000 deaths from heart disease and 12,000 deaths from stroke were recorded among the almost 900,000 participants in

the studies.
Among adults between ages 40 and 89, a reduction in total cholesterol of 39 mg/dL (or 1 mmol/L) was associated with about a

33% reduction in heart disease deaths.
Among those aged 50 to 69 and 70 to 89, respectively, 1 mmol/L lower total cholesterol was associated with 34% and 17%

reductions in the risk of death from heart disease.
“The message is clear with regard to heart disease,” researcher Sarah Lewington, DPhil, of the University of Oxford, tells

WebMD. “If you are at risk for heart disease or have it, the lower your cholesterol, the better.”
Cholesterol and Stroke Death
But important questions remain about the impact of cholesterol levels on death from stroke.
While studies of cholesterol-lowering Statin Drugs (Lipitor, Zocor) unequivocally show the drugs to be protective against

stroke, most observational studies like the ones included in the latest analysis have failed to show a strong relationship

between blood cholesterol levels and death from stroke.
Some have even shown low total cholesterol to be associated with an increased risk of death in elderly patients.
“We don’t really understand these findings, and they certainly invite future research,” Lewington says. “But the evidence

from randomized trials clearly shows that lowering cholesterol with statins has a positive impact on stroke risk. No one is

saying that lowering cholesterol is bad news for strokes.”

Why You Should Join A Model Railroad Club

More people enjoy the hobby of building their own model railroads today than they ever have before. It is no surprise considering that the model railroads that collectors in the 1960s built are really primitive in comparison with the railroads that enthusiasts can build today. They are so life like and appealing that you cannot help falling in love with them and buying the equipment to get you started on your own. As a result of the popularity of modern railroads, individuals are starting to want to communicate with each other. Although technological advances have made this possible in recent years, you first need a forum to meet. Enter the model railroad club!

The model railroad club is extremely popular amongst new and old model railroad fans alike. Not only can you get in contact with people with the same hobby via model railroad club, you can also swap hints and tips as well as advice. You can also learn more about the modern railroad, which is especially important if you are looking to learn owing to novice status! You can chat, read articles and also find out about live events and news via a model railroad club. Model railroad clubs are actually all over the place. You will usually find one in every town and city so there are definitely model railroad clubs that are accessible to you regardless of where you live and work.

Amtrak Employees Model Railroad Club is one particular club that you can join. It is based in Los Angeles, California and is extremely possible. Amtrak is a well known transport company in its own right so it does tend to attract a lot of members. There are no requirements either. As long as you are a model railroading fan then you can join this modern railroad club. Although it is only five years old, it is one of the best around by a long way!

There are other large model railroad clubs around too, as well as a number of small individual ones that are usually formed by friends with shared interests. Of the larger ones, Tech Model Railroad Club is one of the most renowned and is known all over the world. It is this particular model railroad club that actually uses telephone relays to automatically switch tracks. Of course this was the most advanced technology available in the 1950s and can actually be done on your own model railroad now.

There are of course other clubs available to you, regardless of what country you actually live in! You can check out a list of model railroad clubs on the Internet and narrow them by region, state or even country. They are the perfect places to meet like minded individuals and ask advice. You can supplement your knowledge and then one day actually use it to help someone else out!

Model railroad scenery can be used to complete the picture, although you can keep adding accessories and locomotives at your will and change it as many times as you like. This is a healthy and highly challenging hobby so why not explore the stores that see the items to see what can really be done?

Welcome To The Cutting Edge Of Online Movie Rentals

The past few years have brought us the online movie rental revolution. No more trips to the video store in the rain, waiting in long lines, or paying late fees. Now the cutting edge of this revolution is making online movie rental easier than ever. Somewhere between Napster and Netflix is the new wave of movie downloads straight to your PC!

Such services allow you to browse their selections by using the easy-to-navigate menu of categories until you find the movie or movies you want. Once you have found your movie, you just pay with your credit card and download straight to your computer. You are ready to watch it when it is convenient to you.

Once you?ve downloaded a movie, it stays on your computer for 30 days. There is no need to watch it the same day you rent it. During the storage period, you can watch the movie any day you wish. See it as many times as you want for 24 hours!

All your favorite genres are available on such services including: comedy, drama, horror, Sci-Fi, romance, and more. These services thrive on always providing the latest new releases.

Would you rather watch your movie on television than your small computer screen? No worries! These services provide you with simple directions for using your PC to watch the downloaded movie on your TV.

Downloading straight to your PC isn?t the only way that such cutting edge services are different from other traditional online rental sites. Most traditional sites out there require you to choose a plan?for example, you can have 3 movies out at a time for $20 a month. Cutting edge services don?t require you to choose a subscription plan because there aren?t any! How many movies you rent each time is totally up to you.

Obviously there are no late fees, and there aren?t any membership fees, either. You pay for the movies you watch?the way is should be! Rental fees begin as low as $1.99. Some also have a daily 99 cent surprise movie; it is different every day.

With traditional online rental companies, what comes in the mail is what you watch. It is hard to know in advance what you?ll be in the mood for when the weekend rolls around. That?s not a problem with this approach. You get the movie you want when you want it.

Another thing that makes this cutting edge is that it is great for travel. Next time the in-flight movie is something you have seen before or don?t care to view, power up your notebook and catch a movie of your choosing. One of the best things is that you can store movies for up to 30 days, so you can plan ahead what you might want to see. Even better, no internet connection is needed during the viewing.

You can even purchase movies through the such services. It works much the same way as renting, but when you download a movie, it stays on your computer forever. Also, it?s no problems to burn a copy to a disk for backup.

Some of these services allow you to try one of their free downloads. There are typically several to choose from. Try one today for free, with no obligation. The only downside to such services is that they often require one of the latest versions of Windows and don?t support Macintosh computers.

Have you seen the future of movie rental? You can find the latest deals on such cutting edge movie rentals at It is hard to envision anything more convenient and easy when it comes to viewing your favorite movies!

Tips To Clean Silver Jewelry – A Complete How -To Guide.

Silver jewelry is not only attractive but also reasonably priced. In fact a number of men and women prefer silver as an alternative to gold.

For those who purchase silver jewelry may not often think about taking care of it. On the other hand, if you clean silver jewelry it can stay vibrant and beautiful for years and years.

There are a number of different methods that you can use to clean silver jewelry. Of course, when you decide to purchase silver jewelry the sales clerk might ask you if you would be interested in buying a solution that is specially made to clean it. Generally this consists of a plastic bottle which holds a liquid that has been designed to clean silver jewelry. This type of solution works well to clean silver jewelry that doesn?t contain gemstones.

One needs to be particularly careful with the gemstones as they can get damaged if placed in one of the chemical solution that is meant to clean silver jewelry. It?s sheen can be worn away and after you?ve cleaned them they will have lost some of their luster too.

One can simply use a soft cloth as another method to clean silver jewelry. For this, one must ensure to rub the silver piece cautiously with the cloth to clear off any dust or residue. This not only helps to polish the jewelry but also to restore its shimmer.

Another option to clean silver jewelry that incorporates both methods are specially designed cloths that have a cleaning solution. One of the benefits of using one of these cloths to clean your silver jewelry is that you can control what the solution touches. Thus if the piece does contain gemstones you can ensure that the solution only comes in contact with the silver. For those who would like to clean silver jewelry in this manner you can find out at your local jewelry retailer about the availability and pricing of the cloths.

You do not need to clean silver jewelry after each wearing. Items such as silver earrings, you may want to disinfect before each use. As for other items, such as necklaces or bracelets only need to be cleaned in case you notice them becoming dirty.

If you take the time to clean silver jewelry, it not only keeps it looking its absolute best but also it extends the life of the jewelry piece. In spite the value of silver being lesser than gold, one needs to take proper care as it is still an investment.

Perhaps you can talk to your jeweler about the best method to clean silver jewelry and with a little time and effort; for sure no one will be able to tell if your bracelet, necklace or earrings are brand new or if you?ve bought them several years back.

The Odd Couple Tickets – High Comedy On Stage

The Odd Couple tickets are once again available, and this classic story has been packing theaters and movie screenings for more than 40 years. The story, originally written by the legendary Neil Simon, has been adapted for movies, television series and even children?s programming. A look at the story and the latest revival will explain why this story has attracted millions for a night of laughs.

About the Story

The Odd Couple is the story of two classic characters – Felix Ungar and Oscar Madison. The two become roommates, and they are polar opposites in regards to their lifestyles. Felix is going through a divorce, and he is overtly anal and a bit of an obsessive-compulsive person who can?t stand to have even one detail out of place or order. Felix is a news reporter who is never anything but completely and fastidiously groomed.

Felix?s roommate by necessity is Oscar, a sportswriter who has just completed a divorce. Felix is everything that Oscar isn?t. He?s a slob, he?s not detail-oriented, and he?s a sportswriter instead of a news reporter. Oscar?s habits, or lack thereof, proceed to drive Felix crazy, and their daily clashes create a high level of comedy. Simply put, The Odd Couple tickets will have you rolling in the aisles as the roommates clash over every one of life?s details.

History and Adaptations

The Odd Couple was originally written by Simon in 1965, and the play was so successful that it led to several adaptations. The first adaptation was a highly-successful film of the same name in 1968, starring Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau. The film was such a success that Lemmon and Matthau appeared in several subsequent films unrelated to The Odd Couple in later years.

The next adaptation was an ABC sitcom that ran from 1970 until 1975, and the show starred Tony Randall and Jack Klugman. The show always enjoyed high ratings, and was one of ABC?s premier prime time offerings during that time. The Oddball Couple was an animated television series geared more towards children that ran on ABC from 1975 until 1977. The characters were actually portrayed as a cat named Spiffy (Felix) and a dog named Fleabag (Oscar).

Since then, another sitcom ran on ABC in the early 1980?s and The Odd Couple II was a film sequel that was released in 1998. Once again, the film was a success, and Neil Simon had a hand in this script as well.

This doesn?t even account for the stage runs and revivals this story has enjoyed. The latest on-stage revival stars Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick, and the show has drawn rave reviews. The Odd Couple tickets will introduce you to what is shaping up to be a timeless classic, so act now for a night of belly laughs.