Submitted by: Brian S. Watson

Many homeowners are choosing to install a DIY home security system, and these type installations are on the rise across the country.

The new do-it-yourself home security systems are becoming easier to install, and include a large amount of security features for a very affordable price.

There are many different DIY home security systems that are currently available to meet any family’s specific needs and budgets. Some models simply include just the security cameras themselves, while others include an LCD monitor, wireless security cameras, and all wiring to basically allow the homeowner to have a home security system “in a box”.

In addition to having a robust and reliable home security system, there are several other “best practices” that you should consider when developing a home security plan for your family, and some of these include:

Plan a mock burglary with your family. This will show the homeowner and family the areas that they need to work on in order to make their home and property safe and secure.

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Often the criminal element simply strolls through neighborhoods checking for doors that have been left unlocked. Make it a routine to always lock all doors especially when home alone or when running even a short errand.

Be vigilant in checking windows to ensure that they are not only shut, but locked as well. Many homeowners enjoy the spring and fall weather and use this as a time to let fresh air into their homes. Often these windows are left open and unlocked throughout the day and night. This is an open invitation to thieves.

New homeowners should always change the locks on all doors, as many duplicate keys could have been made and passed around by tradesmen working on the home (i.e. painters, home theater installers, other contractors, etc.)

When installing a home video surveillance system, try to conceal all the wiring where possible, in an effort to make it more difficult for the burglar to know how and where to disconnect the alarm system.

Invest in timers for lighting, and even televisions and other audio equipment, so that when no one is at home, you can give would-be burglars the appearance that someone IS at home, thereby reducing your burglary risk.

In certain cases, if not properly installed, wireless home security alarm systems can develop a problem where the sensitivity level of the sensors around the house may cause the alarm to go off frequently for no apparent reason. After this has happened several times, most neighbors will begin to ignore it. Always repair this problem as soon as possible and let neighbors know that it has been fixed and if it goes off again to please report it.

Many common thieves use a technique called “loiding” which is the act of placing a sturdy plastic card, such as a credit card for example, adjacent to the locking tongue of a door, in order to press it and cause door to open.

Simple placement of a dead bolt will fix this issue, since dead bolt locking systems are only accessible to a thief if there is adequate space in between the frame and the door itself, to use a saw or other power tool of some sort.

Often homeowners lose the keys to their home, and if these keys are not found after a reasonable search, all locks should be changed as soon as possible.

Any homeowner using a cleaning service should check all of their available references before giving any person their keys. You may also find value in choosing a cleaning firm that has been verified through the local Better Business Bureau.

Never leave notes or messages for your family members/others on your doors, as this tells the world that no one is at home.

If you’re budget only allows for a fake surveillance camera, be sure and install it in a highly-visible area on the exterior of your home.

Most all of these tips are just common sense. However, with the hectic lives that most individuals lead in today s world it easy to overlook the simplest things that can cause an increased risk for burglary or vandalism. Make your family aware of the regimen they need to follow to help keep their home safe, and you’ll be glad you did

About the Author: Brian Watson runs The Security

and helps families and small business owners choose the best wireless home security alarm systems & camera systems to meet their specific needs and budget.


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Bravitude climbing fast on Google
May 22, 2017

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

You won’t find the word “Bravitude” in any French dictionary yet. Bravitude is a neologism used by Ségolène Royal, the French socialist presidential candidate. She said it during a visit to the Great Wall of China, and the term caused a media buzz in France. It also provoked ironic reactions from Nicolas Sarkozy, who has been nominated Sunday by President Chirac’s party UMP as their candidate for the presidency. According to Royal’s entourage, it was meant to express something more than just simple bravery (in French: bravoure), a kind of fullness of bravery.

Some neologisms need months, often years, to reach an acceptable level of recognition to get included in a conventional dictionary. This is often based on the usage in newspapers etc. Bravitude on Google had only, the day before its first occurrence on French TV, a mere 110 hits.

Bravitude was already used since 2005 on some blogs and by fans of a relatively unknown role-playing game. On Tuesday last week, “bravitude” could be found in 200,000 different pages and in less than one week, had reached the one million mark. This neologism is this Tuesday in a slow decline, around 900,000 hits on Google, probably due to those web sites who hide their oldest pages when Google robots scan them.

Fire reported at One HSBC Center in downtown Buffalo, New York
May 22, 2017

Saturday, January 19, 2008

Buffalo, New York — According to scanner frequencies of the Buffalo, New York fire department, smoke was reported on at least five floors at the northeast side at One HSBC Center in downtown Buffalo. The call came in around 10:50 p.m. (Eastern Time) on Friday January 18, not long after the ending of the NHL hockey game: the Sabres versus the Atlanta Thrashers which was held at HSBC Arena, a few blocks away from the tower.

According to firefighters communications the people that were on the 22nd floor made it out of the building safely. Firefighters saw “white smoke of varying intensities, believed to have been electrical” on floors 9 through 13. The source of the smoke was not identified, but the first alarm was on the 13th floor, followed by the 10th then the 9th.

Because of the cold temperatures and wind chills in the 10’s, workers at the tower were allowed back into the first floor, which has been cleared by firefighters earlier in the call.

At 11:41 p.m., firefighters gave the all clear to begin packing up with no conclusion as to where the smoke originated. They used ventilation fans to clear the floors of smoke and then shut them off to see if anymore smoke would reappear, which it did not. Remaining employees and personnel have since been allowed back to work. No damage is reported.

The tower, built in 1970, is the tallest in Buffalo and is home several agencies including the Consulate General of Canada. HSBC currently occupies 75% of the tower which has 40 floors. It stands at 529 feet (161.2 meters) tall.

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Modern, Victorian, Classical – The Standards of Design

At that moment that you sat back and decided to create your first or next dollhouse you should have had an idea of what it would look like. Each piece of furniture will belong to a certain room, but you must also realize that each room should connect with each other. What you want to do is create a theme. When you get right down to it, you might have your choice set out for you as there are really only three major era styles in dollhouse furniture. The first is Victorian, a design established in the mid 1800s that will give you old home design from cooking stoves to classic armoires. The second is Modern, which brings in all of the technology from our day from TVs, stainless steel refrigerators, and off the wall furniture designs. Traditional furniture doesn’t have a lot of pep, but the selection is great – this will fit any dollhouse and can be used at times in matching Modern or Victorian styles.

Dollhouse Exterior Design

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Once you have completed your inside design, it is time to look again at the exterior design and some ways to make it look better. You will want to focus on the most eye attracting points first: The paint and the shingles. To have a quality paint job on your house apply at least three coats of recommended paint. When you are applying the shingles first die them and then assemble them with ruler drawn lines to avoid mistakes. There are many other ways to enjoy an attractive exterior; most of them are through accessories like dog houses, or gazebos. You can even have some small flower pots to place in the window seals. Last but not least is the lighting of the exterior. Lights around the porch are the most common, if you have a gazebo place a light in the center so that the light will shine down through.

Adding Little Touches to your Kit

This hobby is about the little details. These small details can be anything from small toothbrushes in the bathroom, to magazines for the bedroom bookcase. Using them for your interior design can really spruce up your house. Also, accessories add that lived in touch. And don’t hold back, there are so many miniatures out there that there is no reason you cannot get exactly what you want.

Putting contrast in your layout

The idea of contrast is to great stark differences between colors, furniture, textures in order to draw attention to the action. In this fashion you can generate movement of the eye from one area to another, or concentrate the focus of a room on one particular aspect. For the best color contrast look at a color wheel and choose colors that are opposite one another. Using contrast in a room, is like using salt with food, you use to much and you get overwhelmed quickly. The standard is to restrain yourself to one contrast in a room, this way it doesn’t get cluttered.

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Popular soap opera ‘The Young and the Restless’ celebrates 35 years on the air
May 21, 2017

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

The popular American soap opera The Young and the Restless, currently the reigning Emmy Award-winner for best daytime drama, celebrated 35 years on the air Wednesday.

The 35th anniversary also comes after the series, known colloquially as Y&R, marked its 1,000th straight week as the highest-rated soap opera in a daytime slot. In addition to keeping the #1 spot every week since December 1988, Y&R has also been the top-rated soap in the African-American demographic since 1991.

A trend-setter since the beginning, Y&R relied on character-driven storytelling, accentuated with understated sexuality from its cast, which at that time was mostly young, in order to bring in teenage and twentysomething viewers who were ignored by soap producers and networks up to that time. These traits immediately set Y&R apart from other soap operas, and other soaps have since mimicked Y&R’s formulaic approach to offering something for everyone, especially younger viewers.

Since premiering on March 26, 1973, Y&R has become a worldwide cultural institution in its own right, racking up an impressive 100 Emmy Awards between the writers, producers, cast and crew since 1974. The show has aired in over 100 countries, including Australia, New Zealand, France, Germany, Italy, and Turkey, and reaches a worldwide audience of ten million daily. So far-reaching was Y&R’s appeal that Romanian gymnast Nadia Comaneci chose the serial’s theme song as accompanying music to her floor exercises at the 1976 Summer Olympics. In Australia, where Y&R has aired since 1974, the show was canceled by the original network that aired it in 2007, prompting a widespread fan backlash in that country. It was quickly moved to a pay channel.

Over the past 35 years, countless characters, marriages, divorces, births, deaths, and every joy and trauma in between have visited the residents of Genoa City, where Y&R is set. To commemorate the milestone, Mike Halterman from Wikinews interviewed three actresses who have played long-running characters on Y&R, and asked them to share their memories. All three responded to questions about what being on Y&R means to them, what their favorite storylines were, what they perhaps would have wanted to do all over again, and what they’d love to tell their fans directly.

Below are portions of all three interviews.


  • 1 Wikinews interviews Y&R cast members
    • 1.1 Questions asked to all three
    • 1.2 Questions asked to Melody Thomas Scott
    • 1.3 Questions asked to Michelle Stafford
    • 1.4 Questions asked to Tricia Cast
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Senior Telegraph writer Peter Oborne alleges paper suppressed reports on HSBC
May 21, 2017

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Peter Oborne, former chief political commentator at British broadsheet newspaper the Daily Telegraph, has alleged the paper suppressed and under-reported stories involving banking giant HSBC so as to avoid a loss of advertising revenue. In a public resignation from the paper published on the openDemocracy website on Tuesday, the veteran journalist and columnist alleges the division between advertising and editorial had not been kept watertight and that editors were committing a form of “fraud” on readers of the newspaper.

In Oborne’s article, he details how he submitted a story to the Telegraph regarding HSBC closing a number of prominent British Muslims’s accounts — despite assurances to the contrary, the story was not published by the paper. This led to Oborne investigating other coverage of HSBC in the newspaper. He cites the example of a story written by the Telegraph banking correspondent Harry Wilson on problems with HSBC’s accounts, which Oborne claims was quietly removed from the Telegraph website. Oborne says the failure of the Telegraph to cover HSBC is also present in the relative coverage given in November 2014 after the bank had to allocate a fund of £1 billion to compensate customers, as well as an investigation into manipulation of the currency market: Oborne argues these developments were given considerable coverage in competing newspapers including the Guardian, Times, and Mail but the Telegraph covered them only briefly several pages into the business section.

Oborne’s article alleges a number of other examples of suppression — calling the coverage of pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong “bizarre”, and noting that the paper under-reported news of false accounting at Tesco but gave significant prominence to stories about the company without a critical edge.

Following Oborne’s article, a spokesman for the Telegraph responded: “Like any other business, we never comment on individual commercial relationships, but our policy is absolutely clear. We aim to provide all our commercial partners with a range of advertising solutions, but the distinction between advertising and our award-winning editorial operation has always been fundamental to our business. We utterly refute any allegation to the contrary. It is a matter of huge regret that Peter Oborne, for nearly five years a contributor to the Telegraph, should have launched such an astonishing and unfounded attack, full of inaccuracy and innuendo, on his own paper.”

Media commentator Roy Greenslade, writing for the Guardian, described Oborne’s allegations against the Telegraph as “dynamite” and said they go “to the heart of a paper’s credibility”. The Barclay brothers, owners of the Telegraph, “are being held to account”, according to Greenslade, and Oborne “has shone a light on a dark reality”.

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Increase Your Ebay Sales With A SquareTrade Seal.


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SquareTrade are eBays chosen provider of dispute resolution services. If you want your buyers to have a little more confidence in you, you can get a SquareTrade seal, and put it on each one of your auctions.

The chances are that youve seen these seals around. They show SquareTrades blue and green logo, along with the eBay users ID and the current date. This is followed by the text SquareTrade Verified Seller, Click to Learn More. SquareTrade is also used on sites other than eBay, for example Yahoo and eLance its an Internet-wide trust system.

So why will this little seal increase your sales? Well, it signals a number of things to your buyers.

Your identity has been verified. Before you can get a SquareTrade seal, you need to let them confirm your real name, address and phone number, which they can do in various ways. They can check you out with a credit reference agency, ask you to fax them a utility bill, or send you a letter in the real mail with a code you need to enter online.

You are committed to resolving disputes through SquareTrade. If you ever refuse to resolve any dispute with a buyer through SquareTrade, then theyll take away your seal, and youll never get it back. This lets buyers know that theres someone independent they can go to for help if you prove not to be trustworthy.

Real people will review their case. Buyers like that someone will actually take the time to read the emails, establish the facts and all the rest of it they feel like eBay normally traps them in a chain of automatic responses.

You meet SquareTrades criteria. SquareTrade monitor your feedback, and if they feel youre not up to scratch, theyll take your seal away. They also operate an anti-fraud early warning system, which keeps track of the kinds of items you buy and sell, and takes action if your account starts doing unusual things.

Buyers are covered for an additional $250 against fraud. This is very important to buyers eBays standard purchase protection isnt very much, and this more than doubles it. If they get PayPals fraud protection as well, then theyre covered for quite a lot overall.

How Do I Sign Up?

If you want a seal of your very own, all you need to do is go to, choose eBay seller under the eBay seal services heading, and click Apply. Enter your name, address, phone number and eBay details here.

You should note, though, that SquareTrade costs you $9.50 per month its up to you to decide if its worth it. Ultimately, it is often worth signing up just to get the facility to effectively dispute and remove negative feedback. If you think you can maintain a good record alone then it might not be worth subscribing to yet another service to use with eBay.

Heres a warning: theres one thing that, if you dont do it, could land you with an awful lot of negative feedback. Make sure you read all about it in the next email.

Kirsten Hawkins is an Ebay and internet auction enthusiast from Nashville, TN. Visit for more great tips on how to make the most from Ebay and other online auctions.

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German BND claims U.S. exaggerated Iraq WMD claims
May 19, 2017

Sunday, November 20, 2005

One of the most important arguments in the run-up to the Iraq war made by Colin Powell in his United Nations speech and President Bush in his State of the Union address was that Iraq had an active biological weapons program and possessed mobile biological weapons labs. According to an investigation by the Senate Intelligence Committee, the main source for this information was an Iraqi defector codenamed Curveball who was a source for the German central intelligence agency BND.

Several German intelligence officials responsible for Curveball have now told the LA Times that the Bush administration and the CIA have repeatedly exaggerated his claims and ignored warnings of the BND that the source was unreliable. Recounting his reaction after seeing Powell’s United Nations speech one German intelligence officer said: “We were shocked. Mein Gott! We had always told them it was not proven…. It was not hard intelligence.” This corroborates reporting by the German weekly newspaper Die Zeit from 2003 and 2004 based on statements of unnamed senior German intelligence officials.

Nine months earlier, in May 2002, a fabricator warning was posted in Curveball’s file in U.S. intelligence databases. Powell was never warned that his United Nations speech contained material that both the DIA and CIA had determined was false, even though several people present at Powell’s CIA meetings were fully aware of this.

At this time German intelligence officers would not let the CIA meet directly with Curveball, but allowed a CIA doctor to draw blood samples. Questioning the validity of Curveball’s information in front of his CIA supervisor, the doctor was advised to “Keep in mind that this war is going to happen regardless of what Curveball said or didn’t say and the Powers That Be probably aren’t terribly interested in whether Curveball knows what he’s talking about.”

Shortly after Powell’s UN speech and several days before the invasion, United Nations weapons inspectors attempted to directly verify several key claims made by Curveball, but concluded that they were unsustainable. The White House insisted on its WMD claims based on Curveball’s information.

Even after the invasion, when more and more of Curveball’s accounts were shown to be pure fabrication, the CIA and the Bush administration relied on Curveball’s information. When U.S. forces discovered trucks with lab equipment and Curveball claimed that these were identical to the ones he has been reporting about, the CIA rushed to publish a White Paper claiming that these trucks were part of Saddam Hussein’s secret biological weapons program and Bush claimed publicly that “We found the weapons of mass destruction.” Several days later, twelve of the thirteen WMD experts who analyzed the trucks agreed that the equipment was not suited for biological weapons production, with the only dissenting voice coming from the author of the original White Paper.

The White Paper remains posted on the CIA website to this date, and President Bush has not yet retracted his statement that Iraq produced “germ warfare agents” made in his State of the Union address or his postwar assertions that “we found the weapons of mass destruction.”

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