Skimmers at Gas Pumps

Recently NBC News did a report on the increase of Gas Pump skimmers. According to this report they are showing up at more gas stations across the country. So what is a gas pump skimmer? This is a device that is placed inside the pump. It usually goes between the card reader and the rest of the pump. The access panel is unlocked, the card reader is unplugged and the skimmer is plugged into the reader with the remaining cable plugged into the other end of the skimmer.

So the question is how do the thieves get the gas pump panel key in the first place? The majority of pumps in the market place use an inexpensive lock. These locks have been in use for so long there is no longer any key control. This is changing very rapidly. Pump manufacturers are installing high security locks on their pumps. This will increase key control and help prevent thieves from opening the card reader panels. The keys that the thieves have will no longer work on these high security locks.

Many gas stations and convenience store chains are being pro-active by changing the locks on their current pumps, rather than waiting until they purchase new pumps.

So how does the consumer know if the pump is secured with the new high security locks? The average consumer doesn’t know. This can be helped by the gas station posting signs saying what they are doing to prevent skimming. Until then the consumer should be smart about where they purchase gas. Try using pumps that are well lighted and close to the attendant’s line of sight. If you don’t feel comfortable you could go inside and pay. Look at the pumps themselves; do any panels seem loose? Some stations put security seals across the panel. Are they there and not broken?

You should also consider using a credit card rather than a debit card. If you use a debit card a thief can empty your bank account. Credit cards offer more protection, the major one being that they are not attached directly to your back accounts. I have written about using debit cards in the past, this is just another reason why I am not a big debit card fan.

It appears over the next few years gas pump security will increase quickly. Companies like Locking Systems International are helping both manufacturers and gas stations to secure their pumps as fast as possible.

George Uliano is a security professional with years of law enforcement and security experience. He earned a Bachelors Degree in Criminal Justice and Business graduating with honors. George holds three U.S. patents on different locking principles. This combination gives George and His Company Locking Systems International Inc the unique ability to provide its customers with the correct security at an affordable price.

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How To Borrow Money Against A Shared Inheritance

An heir may have to wait months and even years in order to get their inheritance distributions. This is because of the length of the legal process involved. So, an heir is allowed, by means of cash advances or loans, to receive funds in a matter of days. It has no effect on the other heirs of the estate. A portion of the estate is assigned by the cash advance company, in exchange for the loan. Here is how you can get an advance on your inheritance.

• You need to first determine whether you have the eligibility for an inheritance cash advance or not. Advances are only typically received by the heirs from probate assets. Probate assets are bank accounts, insurance policies, real estate, company interests and other assets that were only owned by the decedent. Non-probate assets include trust, retirement accounts or any accounts that are jointly held with another person.

• You need to first determine what amount of money you want to lend from your shared inheritance. The usual range of inheritance loans and advances are from $5000 to $250000. Select an amount of loan that is less than the inheritance you expect. The amount of the loan is capped by some lenders at a certain percentage of your total expected inheritance.

• Contact a company that has a specialization in inheritance advances. Money can only be borrowed by the inheritors from their inheritance after the beginning of the probate process by the inheritors. Do not forget to ask the inheritance company that for an inheritance advances what fees will they charge. The fees vary depending on companies. Fees usually depend on the amount of the advance, the complexity of the estate and the amount of time until the estate closes.

• A cash advance has to be arranged by you from the lender. Funds can generally be distributed by the companies from advances and loans within a few days of business of the transaction. If sufficient funds are not present to pay the loan, ask the company about its consequences. The heir usually does not have personal liability for insufficient estate funds because the heir is assigned an interest to the company.

• Return the money back to the inheritance cash advance company as early as possible. When the estate closes, executor automatically pays the money to the inheritance cash advance companies as part of the transaction. However, discounts and rebates are offered by some companies for heirs that pay back the loan early.

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Simplifying Lives Even in Little Ways

Simplifying our lives even in little ways can make a big difference because little changes can be accomplished quickly especially by giving more time and space so we can try other approaches to make our lives simple and uncomplicated. Living within our means is better than living beyond what we have.

Being contented with what with have is also another way of living simply. When we are appreciative and grateful for the good in our lives; we are likely to be more physically active, more content in our day-to-day lives and suffer less health problems. If our financial situation is less than ideal, we should understand and accept our current circumstances, limitations, strengths and weaknesses. Acceptance is the key to create a simpler life because if not, then we will be overshadowed by feelings of inadequacy, guilt and comparison.

Nobody is perfect. We have to embrace our strengths and weaknesses. But it doesn’t mean that we have to stop learning. We just have to move on and then accept that no matter what we have, we still have limitations either in personal or circumstances. There might be things that are not yet possible considering our situations but we should be proud of what we have achieved so far because we did out best to reach them.

We have to stop trying to reach success in the shortest time possible. We have to focus more on how to strive hard to achieve our goals rather than on the changes that we want to have in our lives.

We also have to clear up misunderstanding. If our mind is occupied by an uncomfortable conversation, argument, or misunderstanding; we should be the one to make the effort to resolve the conflict. In the end, it’s simpler.

Moreover, good health makes everything simpler. Calming our frantic mind and worried heart just by putting everything into writing. We’ll be surprised how seeing our thoughts in writing puts them into better perspective and provides clarity on what to do next.

Furthermore, living simply is getting rid of many of the things we do so we can spend time with people we love and do the things we love. However, simplicity isn’t always a simple process. Although, it doesn’t necessarily have to be difficult; we just have to be willing to shift our focus.

In fact, simplicity is a journey, not a destination. As we simplify our lives, we begin to see our real the essence. There is so much happiness in living a simpler life in which little things bring joy, improve our relationships and connections.

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Power of Illusion, Illusion of Power

In my last articles I pointed out the fatal flaws of the current ruling paradigm; the paradigm of materialism rooted in dualistic thinking. Materialism not only fails to explain many essential aspects of our reality, but its logical structure also fails.

Materialism fails to explain past life recall, reincarnation, near death experience, telepathy, telekinesis and so forth… even though evidence for all these phenomena is well documented and statistically unassailable. Materialism fails to explain the origin of life on Earth, speciation, consciousness… and yet science is holding on to this false belief system, this illusion, seemingly at all cost.

Materialism also fails by internal logic; matter, considered fundamental by materialism, is convertible into energy and energy into matter. Nuclear energy and particle accelerators do this conversion every day, without doubt. If matter were truly fundamental, the ultimate basis of all existence, this conversion could not happen.

For matter to be converted into energy and for energy to be converted into matter there must be a common functioning principle through which the conversion occurs… and the CFP of matter/energy must by definition be more fundamental than either matter or energy. Matter and energy are the flip sides of a more fundamental CFP, whatever it may be.

The power of illusionary belief is immense; mainstream science is constrained by false belief, by illusion. The dogmas of materialist science are rooted in illusion; no evidence showing the failure of the prevailing paradigm or illusion is examined or even admitted to exist. The taboo against such investigation is too powerful for all but a few mavericks who investigate reality in spite of mainstream dogma.

History is filled with examples of the power of illusion; when the illusion that the Earth is flat prevailed, voyagers were afraid to travel out to sea because they would ‘fall off the edge’. When Galileo showed that the Earth is not at the center of the universe, the powers that be… in his case cardinals of the Catholic Church… refused to look through his telescope. Looking at the evidence was forbidden by taboo. Looking and seeing would have been an admission that their beliefs, aka illusions, were wrong.

Eventually all illusion is shattered; once the illusion of a flat earth vanished, sailors crossed the seas without any fear of ‘falling off the edge’. Once the illusion that the Earth is at the center of the universe vanished, science and cosmology progressed without hindrance.

The biggest illusion of all is the illusion of power. Specifically, real power is conflated with illusion of power. The US military is arguably the most powerful in the world. The destructive power inherent in the myriad guns, bullets, rockets, and bombs this military commands is beyond doubt. The illusion lies in the belief that a single man, the Commander in Chief, controls this awful power. The illusion is that hundreds of thousands of humans acts at the whim of one person; that the ‘chain of command’ represents real power.

The chain of command is an illusion, and has power only if and as long as the illusion remains intact. Mutinies, military stand-downs, revolutions, civil wars are all examples of shattered illusion. Once shattered, illusion loses power. Such is the fate of all illusion, even if extraordinary efforts are made by TPTB to maintain an illusion.

In the Soviet military, once considered the second greatest power on Earth, communist ‘commissars’ accompanied the troops… to make sure that orders were obeyed, that the illusions of Communism were upheld, at the pain of death. Indoctrination, brainwashing, threats are used to maintain the status quo, the ruling illusion… but eventually the illusion shatters, and the power of the illusion vanishes.

At this very moment in history we are witnessing the destruction and imminent breakup of the power of a major illusion. Ebola is a horrific affliction but it brings another illusion to the forefront. If Ebola truly goes ‘viral’, the illusion of the power of mainstream medicine will be shattered at a wondrous pace.

In a recent interview, an American doctor gave away the illusion, by pointing to its heart. Many other doctors see the truth, see through the illusion… see truth that is being withheld by ‘the powers that be’, with the excuse that ‘we must act to prevent panic’.

Another American doctor, just back from Sierra Leone, has shown that Ebola can be cured by a simple method of blood treatment using ozone. The ozonation of blood kills the Ebola virus, and helps to regulate the immune system. Immune system over reaction to viral invasion seems to be the proximate cause of symptoms and death; Ebola is an autoimmune disease.

The powers that be refuse to allow ozone treatment… because it is taboo, because it violates the current illusion that vaccination is the answer… and to be brutally frank; there is no wealth to be made using ozone therapy. Ozone is dirt cheap, vaccines are lucrative.

The reality is that ozone treatment is forbidden… at the pain of a doctor losing his license to practice. But this ‘license to practice’ is just a piece of paper. Who cares about a piece of paper if nasty, immanent death threatens? Even though many doctors still obey, others are ready to shatter the paradigm in spite of threats by ‘TPTB’. The threat of death by Ebola is stronger than the threat of losing the piece of paper.

Real power lies in the power to cure, not in the piece of paper. As the truth emerges that a cheap, safe, easy method to cure the horror of Ebola exists, and that some doctors are using this method to save lives, the power of truth will easily overcome illusion. The power of the medical establishment will shatter and scatter like chaff in the wind.

This brings us full circle to the most insidious, destructive illusion of all; the illusion that Government issued paper with numbers printed on it is money. This pernicious illusion underlies the power to control and manipulate the world economy to the benefit of the perpetrators, at the expense of the rest of humanity, the victims.

Enormous power lies in the illusion of Fiat ‘money’… but like all illusion, is subject to being shattered by truth. Once the illusion of the ‘faith and credit’ that purportedly backs Fiat currencies is destroyed, a new era of real money will emerge. Real money, Gold; not paper notes borrowed into existence without limit. Truth will replace the illusion and lies of Fiat.

Just as the power of a gun is real, but the power to command where the gun is aimed is an illusion, just as the power to cure disease is real but the license to cure is an illusion… so the power of Gold to extinguish debt is real but the power of Fiat is illusion.

Rudy J. Fritsch was born in Hungary in 1947, and fled Socialist tyranny during the Hungarian Revolution of 1956. His family had lived through WWII and the consequent Hungarian hyperinflation, thus he has intimate experience with monetary destruction.

A student of Austrian economics, he is Honorary Chairman of Fekete Research and holds a Masters Degree in monetary science from the New Austrian School of Economics.

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