There is a saying “A police officer’s job is always viewed as to what degree of wrong it is done”. An entire department can do the job 100% well with no complaints or problems but a police officer on the other side of the US messes up and all the police officers are viewed with suspicion and, sometimes, contempt even though 99.9% of them had nothing to do with it. And yet, if a police officer looks sideways at a citizen that fits all the factors of suspicious behavior (even if 99.9% of the time someone with those factors are involved in criminal behavior) it’s called “Profiling” and is “bad”.
People who have little knowledge how the job is really done or what occurs during the job feel very free to criticize or out right bash on police officers who may have done nothing wrong…yet still the shots are taken. I’ve personally seen where officers involved in a shooting were hammered by the public even though the suspect had a gun and pointed it at the officers. People were sure that if the officer’s just hadn’t shot him then he wouldn’t have shot at them and he could have been talked down.
People complain about the DUI laws but may not have had a friend scraped off the front of an SUV driven by a drunk…or had someone personally thank them for getting a drunk off the street. DUI laws have helped and anyone who thinks free taxi’s would solve the problem have never worked a New Years Eve when there are free taxi’s and still the drunks get in their cars and drive. The US drunk driving laws are very tame and lenient compared to most other countries. Try Germany….they have a much more strict policy on DUI’s…and less DUI problems.
As to drug laws…I personally have met some people stoned enough to attack me and a fellow police officer. Perhaps he was one of the few who become aggressive on pot…it was strange (and yes, marijuana was the only drug in his system). To me the biggest problem with legalized marijuana is, if it’s allowed to be smoked in public, the second hand smoke from pot can get a “non-smoker” stoned…unlike the fumes from alcohol. And if you’re suggesting the legalization of other “harder” drugs…that I would argue hard against.
As to speeding and other traffic laws…they are the easiest not to get in trouble with. Just follow the rules of the road! And yet, people violate those rules and then get upset when they are given a ticket. Pull a kid out from under a car that was going too fast and couldn’t stop in time and then tell me speed laws are no good. Yes, we could have tougher responses to various other violations..but often the problem is not with the police officer’s but is with the Justice system (i.e.-the courts and prosecutors) and yet it is the police who get blamed. If you don’t like the laws work on getting them changed…don’t blame the police for doing their job and enforcing them.
I think the biggest problem for Cops is that, after a certain point, they get tired of being the scapegoat for societies problems and being told how they should be doing their jobs. They get thrown into a world (yes, by choice) where they see things on a regular basis that they pray their children will never see so they often develop a wall so it all doesn’t “get to” them. After a while they can start to buy into the “Us and Them” feeling…not really good and bad, but “cops and those who don’t understand cops or the job” and they start to feel unappreciated and isolated. If they don’t activily fight that feeling then it can become pervasive and then it grows. The best solution I found is to get out of the car and talk to people (if you can). Most people are hard working people trying to make it in the world. Unfortunately it’s not the good one’s cops deal with most of the time.
Just a few of my random thoughts….
I own a business that sells specialty items like nick-knacks, custom key chains, and custom jewelry and gifts. We order our supplies wholesale for some items, but others we prefer to create ourselves. We have any cool machines that help us create our projects, including an engraving machine. Well, a month ago our engraving machine had failed. It just stopped working out of nowhere and we could not fix it. We ended up purchasing a brand new laser marking machine within a week of when the old one broke.
We purchased out machine from Jamieson Laser. The process of selecting a laser and receiving it was not too difficult. It took a few weeks to get our hands on the new engraver, but that was to be expected. Once we received it, the setup was pretty easy. I had to read the manual that came with it a few times before I was comfortable using it on my own. That was also something I expected since I am not too mechanically inclined.
I love our new laser engraver. Once I learned how to use it things went smoothly. I am very surprised at how easy the machine is to use. The new machine makes the old one seem like it was made in the stone ages. The new laser engraver was completely computer driven with some high-tech software. I love just going into our shop and seeing what new things I can create with it. So far I have made a line of earrings, beads for bracelets, some cute little jewelry boxes, bookmarks, and of course some little nick-knacks. I think our next big purchase will be a laser cutter with all of the frills.
For more information on laser engraving devices and laser cutting machines, please contact Jamieson Laser.
As is the case with most post-secondary educational institutions, beauty school costs, so it is of critical importance that you get familiar with the costs associated with beauty school education and devise a plan for meeting those costs. Fortunately cosmetology schools do not cost as much as other tertiary institutions but the cost can add up very fast. One of the factors which determine the amount you will pay for school is the location of the school. Schools that are in or near to big cities like New York will attract a much higher price than a cosmetology school offering the exact same program in a rural area. The cost of your studies may also be determined by the type of program you enroll in. For example, a comprehensive program will cost a lot more than a program focusing on a specific area like nail technology or skin care. The fees are said to range from three thousand dollars to ten thousand dollars for cosmetology education.
Even though these tuitions are less than some other tertiary programs they are still large sums, so careful planning must be undertaken to devise a way to cover the fees. If you are interested in government financial aid, you are required to be enrolled in an accredited beauty school. As a student of an accredited school you can benefit from federal funds in the form of loans, grants and scholarships. Sometimes the schools themselves will offer loans, payment plans and scholarships to qualified students. You should therefore make it a point to research how much financial aid is available, if any at different institutions in order to better determine if you will be able to afford the tuition. Another factor which may affect the cost of cosmetology school is travel and living expenses. You need to decide if it is better to find a school close to home, commute or live on or near campus to save money.
A lot of the time when a person purchases a home they over look one very crucial thing that all homes should have – gutters. Gutters play a very important role in home preservation. Gutters help by directing excessive rain water away from the building so it does not build up on the ground below the roof line.
Homes that do not have gutters installed may find that their home has suffered foundation damage. This damage occurs because without some sort of drainage between the roof and the ground below, water accumulate at the edge of the house, causing damage to the foundation and exterior of the home. When too much water builds up around the foundation, the ground gets soft causing the foundation to sink or move. Though these movements may be minimal, over the years it can begin to cause damage to the walls, and main frame of the home.
In addition to the foundation and structural damage – if you have a basement, you definitely want rain gutters installed. You really don’t want to wind up with a flooded basement or bottom level floor either, do you?. A flooded basement is no fun, trust me. You’ll spend a few hours with a pump, siphoning out the water and trying to get the drywall dry. Then there’s also all the damage it will cause to items stored in the basement.
If you live back East, you know what I’m talking about. It rains a lot, sometimes for a few days at a time and heavily. If you live in Maryland or Washington D.C. and need gutters maryland has a great company that installs gutters, downspouts, siding and anything else relating to roofs. They are the Central Siding and Roofing Company. If you have problems with water drainage around your home due to water run off from your roof, this company can help. They’ve been in business since 1956 and have serviced over 30,000 customers. Both my grandfather and I have used them for over 20 years, on both our homes.
Laser cutting machines as the name suggests, uses lasers to cut into specified materials. This is achieved by generating a laser beam due to stimulation of a laser medium or gain medium. The stimulation of the molecular or electronic transitions will drop to a lower energy lever from the high state that it was and that will activate the laser beam. The beam will then be reflected with the use of internal mirrors until it reaches the energy levels that allow it to focus in one directed beam of homochromous light. Direction is often achieved by strategically placed internal mirrors or fiber optics which guides the light to a lens where it can then be focused on the item to be cut.
Lasers typically cut from the edge with ease, but if you would want to start cutting from the middle of an item, you would need to use the laser to bore a hole at the required starting point first. There are diverse types of laser machines even though they all pretty much cover the same general requirement. The fact is that there are many ways to cut sever materials with a laser which includes melting, burning, vaporizing, engraving, etc.
This is normally referred to as melt and blow or fusion cutting. It is a process that utilizes high pressures of gas to blow away the melted material as the laser melts it. Instead of heating the material to the point of evaporation, it is simply melted to a point and the high pressure gas blows it away thus eliminating the need for the laser heat to be turned up any higher, especially if the material type may react unfavorably to high levels of heat. This is often used to cut metals.
As the name suggests, this cutting involves high levels of heat where the material is heated by the beam to a point where it penetrates and creates a hole. This is often used on certain types of plastic and wood.
This is also called flame cutting which works similarly to a torch with the exception of oxygen blown fire. Instead of fire, the laser beam does the burning and it is often used to cut thick, solid metals such as carbon steel.
The internet is full of things to do when you are bored, or just wanting to pass the time. There are games, social pages, chat rooms, and more. One activity people may not think of, however, is entering online sweepstakes.
These contests are a great way to relieve boredom while taking a chance on winning some great prizes. Some may think their chances are next to nothing to win a prize, but keeping in mind some basic guidelines can increase the odds of winning.
The first thing to remember is to follow the rules exactly. Any small error may get your entry disqualified. If the rules say you may only enter once per day or week, adding in more entries than allowed will cause all of your entries to be kicked out. Also, all required information needs to be entered accurately. If you do happen to be chosen as a winner, if your information is inaccurate they will not be able to contact you which means you will not be a winner of that particular prize. If there are required questions in the entry, such as a small survey, these should all be answered as well.
One great suggestion is to use an auto-filler when completing a large number of entry forms. Auto-fillers will fill in your information so you don’t have to type it all out. These are normally allowed by sweepstakes. Auto-entry programs, however, are not allowed and these will most likely cause your entries to be refused or disqualified if you choose to use them.
When entering online sweepstakes, just don’t give up! Perseverance is key when it comes to winning these contests. You may not win the first ten, twenty, or even fifty times you enter. It will eventually happen, however, and when it does that will make all of your hard work worthwhile.
Gift cards and gift certificates are usually thoughtful gifts from our family, friends and colleagues for our birthdays, anniversaries or other special occasions. Usually gift cards are given in envelopes or in nothing at all. These days however, there is a great fuss about gift card boxes. What are they? Well they are little boxes in which gift cards are placed before they are given to the intended recipients.
They are usually beautifully designed and therefore, somewhat improves the gift card giving and receiving experience. The giver can feel more secure about giving a gift card because it is in a nicely decorated box instead of a plain envelop and the receiver will undoubtedly like the beautiful box as well.
It is with this thought in mind that many companies are starting to offer their gift cards in gift card boxes. It has been shown that by selling gift cards in boxes, sales will increase. This is partly because the boxes are so presentable, this makes it easier for buyers to purchase the gift card because not only will they be giving a thoughtful gift but a beautiful one at that.
Another advantage worth mentioning is that these boxes are a great marketing tool for your business. Your gift card package may be created to display your company’s name and logo. This will help to give your brand visibility and also help to promote sales growth. People seeing your company’s name and logo will know exactly who to call and where to go when they want to give a gift card to a family member or friend.
Some companies make their own gift cards and boxes, but other companies can purchase their gift card or boxes from companies that specialize in making these items. You can tell them exactly how you want your card to be designed and what you want it to say and have them made and delivered to you.
The author, a replacement windows nj-based professional, details the terminology used with energy efficent windows.
In making the choice to replace your home’s windows with options to improve energy efficiency, it’s helpful to understand some basic terms. Beyond energy efficiency ratings, other characteristics of these windows can help you in your buying decisions. Here’s a brief review of some of the structural features and components to look for.
The emissivity of a particular surface is its ability to give off heat radiation. When measuring this value, a surface with a black exterior is usually the constant next to which other surfaces are measured. When determining an insulated glass’s emissivity, the glass is put adjacent to a black-surfaced solid object and both are exposed to the same heat. The heat that is radiated from each surface is then measured. A lower number indicates better heat deflection. When comparing options for new energy efficient windows, it follows that lower emissivity is a preferred quality to have.
Lo-E (Low Emissivity)
This indicates a window’s capability to contain directly-sourced heat and to take in indirectly-sourced heat. Usually applied to the window in the form of a coating, a glass specified as Lo-E has a very thin coating of metallic oxides (usually silver) on the surface, which helps transfer heat. Heat is retained on the side of the glass where it came into contact with the pane.
Insulated Glass (IG)
Insulated glass, or IG, is composed of two or more glass panes separated by a type of spacer bar which is sealed against air and water. This air that is held between the panes becomes an insulating barrier. This insulation factor is often enhanced with the addition of a highly viscose gas that reduces heat transfer like argon or krypton. Most window systems use an insulated glass component in their construction.
Getting the services of a modular home builder is very crucial especially nowadays. For sure, you try your best to get the cheapest yet high quality modular home. Actually, looking for the best modular home builders Buncombe County is easy as ABC. Because of the dominance of resources, succeeding with this is not a difficult task.
To start, of course, you need to make sure that you have enough money for it. The financial needs for this project depends on its size and the materials to be used. You also need to consider the site where you plan to put your modular home. If you have no idea about this, you can ask the help of a carpenter and start measuring the floor plan you desire to have for your modular home.
Now, look for the modular home builders Buncombe County. You can use the telephone directories in finding them. A decent modular home builder will manage to post their services there. Modular home builders with their own websites can be a huge help. With the help of a website, a modular home builder can immediately show their portfolio, clients’ feedback, and their contact information. For the assurance, try to look for at least 10 different modular home builders in Buncombe County and compare their pricing, reputation, provided services, and their popularity in Buncombe County.
Do not forget that you should greatly consider their factory. Modular homes are the type of homes which are built offsite. This means that it is built inside a factory and when the manufacturing process is finished, that is the only time that the builder will transfer it to your desired site. The modular home builders Buncombe County should allow you to closely monitor the manufacturing process. This will ensure you that you are buying a sturdy and long-lasting modular home from them.
Steam is extremely useful in several applications. Steam has been used to drive locomotive engines and is sometimes used in nuclear facilities to generate electricity. A steam generator is a machine used to change water into steam. Commercial applications use large containers several feet high which store large volumes of water. When heated, the pressures of the steam can reach up to 350 pounds per square inch. This steam is then guided onto turbines to make electricity when used in an electrical plant. Locomotives use the steam guided onto gears which rotates, making the engine run.
Also called a boiler, these generators have been in use for at least 120 years. They have also had several different applications in the home. Boilers generate steam for households in winter, thus raising the humidity and the temperature inside the home. These generators pipe the water through a series of tubes where it is heated and the steam then enters the room. Generators are very good to have in winter and are slightly more effective than a fireplace. As long as the boiler is kept in good condition the costs will also be low.
The steam generator is also used in nuclear facilities to generate electricity. It has the similar tubular setup as almost all other applications, but the steam acts on a turbine which creates the electricity from the rotational energy. These boilers pass the water through pipes on one side then heat it through interaction with nuclear fission. The steam boilers at a nuclear facility have to be extremely rigid to cope with the heating and cooling of the water, the steam and the air in the tubes as well. Boilers are old technology which still has a lot of relevance today and is still being used all around the world in various capacities.
Before diving in the world of renting atlanta retail space, you should know exactly what you want. A retail space could be anything from a tiny area for writers and artists, to a dance studio with hardwood floors, to a major shopping mall. If you already have a business and are just moving to a new space, you will probably have quite a few ideas about the type of spot you want. New business owners may fall prey to settling for less than they really want.
Parking is a huge issue all throughout Atlanta, so you must decide how much of a consideration available parking is in your commercial real estate leasing or purchase decision. A doctor is much more likely to need at least some on-site or adjacent parking rather than a dance teacher.
Another issue to consider is the proximity of your desired atlanta retail space to public transportation. If you serve populations with less disposable cash, then you will want to be as close to a convenience bus or subway stop as possible.
Because so many businesses have failed in recent years and left property owners in the lurch financially, you will likely go through an extensive background check before renting a retail space. Generally, you must show proof of good personal and business finances and submit to a credit check. Some property owners may want to talk to people who know you and in a few cases even perform a criminal background check. This is nothing to take personally; business owners want to make sure they can trust who is using their space.
Before signing any agreement for atlanta retail space, study it carefully to make sure you understand everything within the document. Do not feel pressured into signing a lease for two or more years for a new space.
One of the reasons people purchase organic baby clothing is because it’s gentler and softer on a baby’s skin and is free from the chemicals and irritants that can potentially harm their physical development. When it’s time to launder these garments, it’s important to exercise care in how you clean and dry them to preserve their gentleness and eco-friendly characteristics. The following is a short list of tips to keep in mind when laundering baby clothing made from organic fabrics.
Dry using the air only cycle or low heat settings. Organic cotton clothing is usually made from 100% cotton, so there is a natural tendency for a garment to shrink in the dryer when dried at higher heat settings. Better yet, hang dry clothing outdoors on a clothesline. Hanging clothing out to dry conserves the energy that would have been expended using the dryer. Drying clothing outside brings a natural freshness to the fabric as well.
Wash with environmentally-friendly products. Look for detergents and soaps that are phosphate- , fragrance- and dye-free, if possible.
Soften and control static with natural materials. Many fabric softener sheets used in the dryer can contain harsh chemicals. Instead, shape tin foil into a ball shape and put it in your dryer load to cut down on static cling. Also, some companies market PVC-free dryer balls that gently separate and fluff clothes. You can insert a soy-based wax or essential oil paper fragrance stick into these products if you want the addition of a light scent.
Make your own eco-friendly detergent. Using rose water, lavender water or lemon juice in the tub or washing machine, you can create an effective organically-based wash for clothes. Because it can act as a helpful bleaching and stain removal agent, lemon juice is a good choice for light and white clothes.
Hey, cops need vacations too! If you want to travel to an exotic location full of different cultures and packed with nature then boarding a plane to Africa might be your best bet. With its warm weather, rich nature and complex cultural history Africa can be the perfect destination to really get away from it all with a basic or totally personalized African safari.
Whether you want to go to South Africa, Kenya, Malawi, Namibia, Botswana or even the exotic Seychelles Islands with its beautiful beaches and clear ocean the right safari for you is out there.
Are you more the adventures type or do you want your trip to be so luxurious you don’t need to worry about absolutely anything? Whatever your style, these options are available for you.
For an adventure vacation you can go on a walking safari. Get up close and personal with the animals with a trusted expert by your side to give you all the information you need to know. In this style you can book a tent for an overnight stay at the park in which you will do your safari.
Is camping not your style? Do you prefer hard graft when you are at home but definitely not when you are on vacation? Don’t worry, you aren’t going to struggle. There are plenty of facilities wherever you go to stay comfortably and your safari can most definitely happen in a car or other sort of vehicle. Get amazing pictures of animals like zebras, lion and if you are lucky even tigers. This will let you keep the memories of a lifetime and show your friends and family back home until you are able to make it back to Africa again.
Whatever type of traveler you are, there is a place in Africa for you to go and have that vacation you so desperately need.
Just a shout out to the heroes over at the NYPD. They are truly one of the best forces in the country.
Likewise to the LAPD. While they get a lot of guff, they have a tough city to patrol. Kudos to you, brothers.
That is all.