Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Top Five Happiest Countries In the World (Summarized)

(via ScienceDaily)

Adrian White, an analytic social psychologist at the University's School of Psychology, analysed data published by UNESCO, the CIA, the New Economics Foundation, the WHO, the Veenhoven Database, the Latinbarometer, the Afrobarometer, and the UNHDR, to create a global projection of subjective well-being: the first world map of happiness.

  1. Denmark

  2. Switzerland

  3. Austria

  4. Iceland

  5. The Bahamas

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Monday, November 13, 2006

Top Five Online Scams (Summarized)

(via PC World)

  1. Auction Fraud
    The setup: Online auction fraud accounts for three-quarters of all complaints registered with the FBI's Internet Crime Complaint Center (formerly the Internet Fraud Complaint Center). There are many types of eBay chicanery, but the most common one is where you send in your money and get nothing but grief in return.

    What actually happens: You never get the product promised, or the promises don't match the product.

  2. Phishing Scams
    The setup: You receive an e-mail that looks like it came from your bank, warning you about identity theft and asking that you log in and verify your account information. The message says that if you don't take action immediately, your account will be terminated.

    What actually happens: Even though the e-mail looks like the real deal, complete with authentic logos and working Web links, it's a clever fake.

  3. Nigerian 419 Letter
    The setup: You receive an e-mail, usually written in screaming capital letters, that starts out like this:

    "DEAR SIR/MADAM: I REPRESENT THE RECENTLY DEPOSED MINISTER OF AGRICULTURE FOR NODAMBIZIA, WHO HAS EMBEZZLED 30 MILLION DOLLARS FROM HIS STARVING COUNTRYMEN AND NOW NEEDS TO GET IT OUT OF THE COUNTRY..."

    The letter says the scammers are seeking an accomplice who will transfer the funds into their account for a cut of the total--usually around 30 percent. You'll be asked to travel overseas to meet with the scammers and complete the necessary paperwork. But before the transaction can be finalized, you must pay thousands of dollars in "taxes," "attorney costs," "bribes," or other advance fees.

    What actually happens: There's no minister and no money--except for the money you put up in advance.

  4. Postal Forwarding/Reshipping Scam
    The setup: You answer an online ad looking for a "correspondence manager." An offshore corporation that lacks a U.S. address or bank account needs someone to take goods sent to their address and reship them overseas. You may also be asked to accept wire transfers into your bank account, then transfer the money to your new boss's account. In each case, you collect a percentage of the goods or amount transferred.

    What actually happens: Products are purchased online using stolen credit cards--often with identities that have been purloined by phishers--and shipped to your address.

  5. "Congratulations, You've Won an Xbox (IPod, plasma TV, etc.)"
    The setup: You get an e-mail telling you that you've won something cool--usually the hot gadget du jour, such as an Xbox or an IPod. All you need to do is visit a Web site and provide your debit card number and PIN to cover "shipping and handling" costs.

    What actually happens: The item never arrives. A few months later, mystery charges start showing up on your bank account. The only thing that gets shipped and handled is your identity.

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Sunday, November 12, 2006

Top Five Foods to Increase Your Intelligence (Summarized)

(via Dr. Mercola)

  1. Fish Oil
    As the old saying goes, "Fish is brain food." Unfortunately, I can’t recommend fish because it is overwhelmingly contaminated with mercury and dangerous PCBs. What I can recommend, however--and I can’t recommend it highly enough--is fish oil. Packed with beneficial omega-3 fats including DHA, fish oil may reduce inflammation in the brain and offer a protective effect.

  2. Organic, Raw Vegetables (Metabolically Appropriate)
    There is little that compares to the nutritional value of organic, raw vegetables according to your Metabolic Type. Specifically, low levels of folic acid, a nutrient found in green leafy vegetables, have been linked to Alzheimer’s disease, and the many antioxidants and phtyochemicals in vegetables will help to keep your mind sharp.

  3. Raw Eggs
    Raw whole eggs are a phenomenally inexpensive and incredible source of high-quality nutrients that many of us are deficient in, especially high-quality protein and fat. While it may take some getting used to, this is a simple way to improve your mind and your overall health. Eating cooked eggs will not have the same effect, although the less you cook the egg, the better it will be nutritionally. If you’re concerned about salmonella, please review the raw eggs article in the links [in the full article] for information that will relieve your concerns.

  4. Avoid Sugar
    This is obviously not a food, but more of a "foods-to-avoid" category. If you want to perform at your top level, intelligence-speaking or otherwise, it is imperative to limit, if not completely avoid, sugar. High-sugar foods will disrupt your body's homeostasis and insulin levels, which will contribute to disease and brain fog.

  5. Blueberries
    Not only do blueberries taste good, but they are one of the most potent antioxidant foods on the planet. They are small and densely packed with a variety of potent phytochemcials that can do wonders to normalize and improve health, including direct benefits to the brain. Blueberries have been shown to actually reverse some of the aging that occurs in the brain.

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Saturday, November 11, 2006

Top Five Time Management Mistakes (Summarized)

(via CC Consulting)

In my thirty years as a Time Management speaker and consultant, I have observed a lot of what we can and should not do to increase our daily result. Time management is not necessarily working "harder", but rather, "smarter".

  1. Start your day without a plan of action
    You will begin your day by responding to the loudest voice (the squeaky wheel gets the grease) and spend it in a defensive mode, responding to other people's and events' demands.

  2. Get out of balance in your life
    Much like a table, if one leg is longer than the rest, it will make the entire table wobbly. If we don't take time for health, our family life and social life are hurt. If our financial area is out of balance, we will not be able to focus adequately on our professional goals, etc.

  3. Work with a messy desk or work area
    Studies have shown that the person who works with a messy desk spends, on average, one and a half hours per day looking for things or being distracted by things. That's seven and a half hours per week.

  4. Don't get enough sleep
    Studies show that nearly 75% of us complain on a regular basis, all throughout our days, that we are flat-out tired.

  5. Don't take a lunch break
    Many do not take a lunch break, working through that time period in the hopes that it will give them more time to produce results. Studies have shown it may work just the opposite. After doing what we do for several hours, we start to "dull out." Sure, we can work through lunch and be productive, but that is not the issue. The issue is "how much more" productive we can be.

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Friday, November 10, 2006

Top Five TV Show Searches (Sept, 06) (Summarized)

(via Google)

  1. Family Guy

  2. Dancing With The Stars

  3. Grey's Anatomy

  4. Lost

  5. Project Runway

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