Tom Brokaw’s Report on Baby Boomers – Disappointing

I watched the Tom Brokaw Report on Baby Boomers the other night and I have to say that I found much of it disappointing. He might as well have done a study on the NBC reporting of the 60’s which was, as I remembered it, just a sliver of the reality of the 60’s here in the USA. Come on, Tom. You’re better than that. I like Tom Brokaw, I really do. I disagree with him on many issues but he comes across as a decent honorable man. But now I’m wondering if he paid attention during the 60’s beyond what NBC told him to report.

I think that P.J. O’Rourke was the only person he interviewed that hit the nail on the head when asked to describe the turmoil of the 60’s. His response was “Some of us were irresponsible morons.” I enjoyed the 60’s very much, as most of you Boomers did. But how many of you had friends that were hippies, drug addicts, free love advocates, and blew up federal buildings? Did your friends live in communes or move to Canada to avoid the draft?

Realistically, we all knew someone or a “friend of a friend” that fit the popular image of a 60’s reprobate. But how many of us fit that mold? Maybe 1 – 2%? You’re a bad boy, Tom.

He did find a few common denominators that all Boomers will claim. The relationships among the races did improve… noticeably so. But the biggie was the music. We did love our music, and we still do. The other common trait we discussed constantly back in the 60’s was the assumption we would “change the world.” In some ways we did. We were so arrogant… and stupid. We insulted our parents, grandparents, and all those who came before us by thinking we would improve the basics of life. We would be better people, better parents, better citizens of the earth.

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We became none of those. When we got out into the real world and had families, we tucked our tails between our legs and mentally asked our parents to forgive us. They weren’t so dumb after all, were they? I think many of us now take great comfort in knowing that we are a continuation of man’s best efforts over the years. We will ad our part to history and teach our children and grandchildren to do the same.

We are a confident positive group, and that is a good thing. We were also a more normal group than this Special on Baby Boomers pegged us to be. See you later. I’m going back to playing my Beach Boy tunes.

Source by Phil McMillan


Mark Twain – Tom Sawyer – A Summary of Events of the Adventures of Tom Sawyer

The Adventure of Tom Sawyer remains one of the most enchanting classics ever written and one of the greatest assets of American literature. The author, Mark Twain, caters the adventure in his usual inimitable great way.

Tom Sawyer, a boy staying with his Aunt Polly and half-brother Sid in the Mississippi River town, finds himself whitewashing a fence on a Saturday after dirtying his clothes on Friday in school. Tom is disappointed to miss his off day, but soon he trades his pocket-treasures with his friends and escapes the whitewash.

Life moves on. Tom falls in love with the new girl in the town, Becky Thatcher. He shows her a few tricks and gets her mind. Shortly, though, the relationship collapses when Becky comes to know of Amy Lawrence, Tom’s earlier engagement. Tom goes off to the graveyard with his friend Huckleberry Finn to find a cure for warts and witnesses the murder of Dr. Robinson by Injun Joe – a Native American. Tom and Huck swear not to tell anything to anyone.

But when Injun Joe gets his companion Muff Potter, a drunkard, arrested. Tom and Huck disappear to an island and become pirates with their friend Joe Harper. But when Tom sneaks back one night and finds people mourning and their funeral being arranged, they decide to come back during the funeral and surprise everyone. They return, and become famous and become the object of envy of their friends.

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In the meantime Muff Potter’s trial begins and Tom, out of guilt, lets out Injun Joe’s name. Potter gets acquittal, but Injun Joe flees from the courtroom. Tom wins back Becky by accepting the blame of a fault of her as his.

In summer, Tom and Huck go for a treasure hunt. They find a disguised Injun Joe and start keeping watch. Injun and his partner find the buried box containing gold. Suspicious seeing Tom and Huck’s tools, they carry the treasure off.

Huck shadows Injun Joe and realizes that they are planning to attack Widow Douglas of St. Petersburg. He fetches help and becomes an anonymous hero.

Tom and Becky get lost in the caves. Their absence is noticed next morning and a search camp goes out. Tom and Becky run out of food and candles and start weakening. The horror skyrockets when Tom discovers that Injun Joe is using the same place as a hideout. The searchers give up. Tom finds a way out of the cave. Becky’s father, a judge, locks the cave up.

Injun staves to death. A week down the line, Tom and Huck find the gold box in the caves. The gold is invested for the two. Widow Douglas adopts Huck, who plans to escape civilized life. Tom entices Huck into civilization using his Robber Band and succeeds.

Source by S Dey


Tom Ford – How He Saved Gucci and Where He Is Going!

Looking for a pair of sunglasses to suit your style and be ultra chic at the same time? Want to stay with the world in terms of fashion and latest trends? Don’t want to look as if you are behind time with those old and outdated shades of yours?

In the year 2005 when the idea was first conceived by a well known designer, Tom Ford, the label has tried to capture the fashion market and has done it to some extent. The overture of his sunglasses has given the fashion industry a boost from the low of all times, with some of the most significant persons behind the brand reaching the apex position. The main person behind this was Tom Ford who revived Gucci when it was dire straits; The Ford fashion label has certainly catapulted the definition of luxury to new heights.

They give a very vintage look to their products to match the style of ultra-chic and trendy people. Their designs replicate from the traditional Italian to the more outgoing American designs, Tom Ford is the trademark to flaunt. The shades with retro look are quite hot in the market as opposed to the existing brands; Tom Ford shades are slowly generating a lot interest. Having a suave feel to their designs, Tom Ford sunglasses are designed to look different and keep the people interested.

Equipped with excellent features and rich quality textures, they make perfect accessories for men and woman of all ages at each circumstance. These shades are mark of quality and sure to turn some eyeballs. The collection of designs form Tom Ford sunglasses include a fusion range which is a classy blend of the Italian and the American counterparts giving them a very fresh feel.

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The shades offer a cent percent UVA and UVB shield. Most of the masterpieces carry a distinctive T logo, a symbol of brand name unswervingly on the temple, differentiating you from the others in a crowd.

Tom Ford’s life has been quite eventful and thus all people connected to it have been an inspiration for some or the other designs of their collection of sunglasses. The men’s range boasts of some quality marks like Pierre, Shelby, Charles, Arnaud and many others. The women’s collection includes Jennifer, Whitney, Charles and Simone. There is a unisex collection too for people of all age groups and gender.

Where to get a pair of chic Tom Ford sunglasses??

There are offers in abundance on internet which has always been a great source of exclusive things. You may lay your hands on some of the rare collectibles from Tom Ford through auctions or offers on several other websites. Do not forget to check out the discount and other details before going ahead with the deal.

The shades do not come cheap and you might have shell out exorbitant amounts for some, but that is what they are worth, a masterpiece to enhance your collection of fashion wardrobe or perfect gift for someone special. Each piece of this commanding quality and exclusivity comes wrapped in a dark brown velvet cover to give that rich feel.

Source by Adam Riley


Guitar Delonge – 7 Tips to Play Guitar Like Blink 182

Tom Delonge’s guitar skills may not be the most impressive thing on the planet, but he does have enough skills to become a punk rock icon. Because of Blink 182’s catchy music, they’ve played hundreds of shows for thousands of dedicated fans.

But what should a beginning guitarist do in order to master the skills that Tom Delonge has? Here are 7 tips that can hone your skills into a rock guitarist.

1. Learn to play in different tunings.

Even though Delonge’s guitar parts are usually played in standard tuning, quite a few are played in other tunings like drop ‘d’. Check out other tunings to really expand your knowledge of the strings and the notes on each fret.

2. Use a guitar with a thinner neck.

You may have noticed that punk rock bands usually have Fenders and other similar-made guitars because of the thin necks for faster playing action. Buy a thin-necked guitar so that you can increase your playing speed to bang out those fast chords.

3. Become an adequate player with rhythm and lead riffs.

Tom Delonge is a decent guitarist because he’s forced to mix lead and rhythm riffs in each song, being the only guitarist in the band. In order to really get a feel for playing like Blink 182, you need to learn chords and catchy lead sections for your guitar arsenal.

4. Master pull-offs and hammer-ons.

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Two of the most common guitar skills in punk rock music for lead riffs are pull-offs and hammer-ons. These are fairly easy skills to master and they’ll make you look like a pro when you’re on stage.

5. Get a hold of a guitar tab book from one of the Blink 182 albums.

Wouldn’t it be great to know exactly what Tom Delonge was playing when he recorded on the Blink 182 albums? Well you can!

There’s a guitar tablature book for each album that tells every single note that he played. Go out and learn what Blink 182 was really doing in their songs.

6. Use a mixture of palm-muted and open notes.

Being able to showcase diversity in your playing is a big part of playing guitar. Try switching up your playing style between palm-mutes and open notes when you’re playing guitar songs.

7. Practice Blink 182 songs in order to get the feel of how Tom Delonge writes and plays.

The more you’re familiar with how Tom Delonge plays his guitar, the closer you’ll be to mastering his skills. See if you can play through an entire album by Blink 182 without it causing too many problems.

Becoming familiar with how Tom Delonge performs and plays is the real key to learning his trade. Try to develop your own style as you follow these tips so that maybe you can be the one on stage some day.

Source by Kyle Hoffman


"Ice Breakers" by Tom "Big Al" Schreiter

Did you ever read one of those books that gave you an “ah-ha moment?” Tom “Big Al” Schreiter’s book “Ice Breakers” is one such book. When I read it, it dawned on me that the skills taught in the book are simple that they ought to be logical to everybody, but of course if they were, we wouldn’t need the book, now would we?

One of the most important lessons we learn right off the bat are some key phrases that will help us to always get a “yes” answer, as long as our question is something within reason. Tom says, “Would it be OK if you learn 5 words that almost every time you say them, the answer is ‘yes?’ And would it be OK if almost every time you say these words, your prospect will nod their head uncontrollably? And would it be OK if you write these 5 words down?” Anybody want to make a guess what those 5 words are? If you don’t know, “Would it be OK if… ” I tell you?

It works!!!! If you don’t believe me try it for yourself. Ask your husband… RIGHT NOW… call him up, if he’s not right in front of you, text him on his cell phone, or IM him on Facebook… and say… “Would it be OK if I make twice as much money as you?” What man would be crazy enough to say “no” to that? I know, half the guys reading this right now are thinking, “Man, if my wife made twice as much money as me, I could quit my job.” Admit it, you know it’s true!!

Guys, call up your wife and say “I just found out there’s a half-price sale at the shoe store, but it’s only for the next hour.” I’ll bet no matter what your wife is doing… even if she’s piloting an ultra-lite aircraft off of that mountain behind your house, she’s coming in for a quick landing, and heading straight for that shoe store where the sale is.

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Then Tom teaches, let’s put some of these phrases together and make a new phrase that gets the response we want, so how about “I’m just curious, would it be OK if you found a moisturizer that was clinically proven to be more effective at relieving the symptoms of eczema that the leading dermatologist recommended brand?” Or, “I’m just curious, would it be OK if you could tighten and tone your body in 45 minutes while you’re watching TV without any exercise?”

The point to be made her is no matter what you are marketing, the old words that people are used to saying and hearing, are no longer working, so now it’s time to learn some new words that have been tested and proven to work. I posted a message in a group on Facebook the other day that said “Some people in Easton are going to have 6 months paid vacation twice a year and a new car for FREE every 3 years.” Within 60 seconds, I had ten people asking “who and how?” I got the positive response that I wanted to get, and it was just as I was taught by Tom.

To find “Ice Breakers” and other similar books visit the business books section at http://healthybenefitsofaloe.com

Source by John C Fisher


Tom Petty – Learning To Fly

A memorable 2002 episode of The Simpsons featured legendary rocker Tom Petty teaching Homer and his friends how to write a rock song. He emphasized simple chords and complex lyrics, although the latter was booed by Homer and his friends. For Tom Petty, Learning to Fly, his hit single from 1991, is just such a song, featuring simple orchestration with a catchy hook and involved lyrics. On the surface, the lyrics seem straightforward, but looked at closely, but they are vague enough not to relate to any specific event.

The song was written by Petty and his friend Jeff Lynne, who would also provide backing vocals and synthesizer for the single. The rest of the instruments were played by his long-time backing band, the Heartbreakers. The title is also the same as a 1987 hit by Pink Floyd in their first album without their charismatic front man Roger Waters. Although predicted to fail, Learning to Fly became a massive hit for the revamped Pink Floyd. Petty and Lynne may have purposefully used to same title as a tongue-in-cheek reference to the Pink Floyd song. Petty would say in a 1991 interview that the song may have been influenced by his turning 40 and starting a mid-life crisis.

Is the song about drugs? Learning to Fly does have lyrics mentioning such things as burning suns and melting rocks. Coupled with a scene in the official video showing a young Petty taking acid, some people have misinterpreted Learning to Fly as a song promoting getting high. Petty and his sometime collaborator Lynne often write obscure lyrics so that anyone can tack on multiple meanings. In this way, not only is the song made more meaningful to the listener, but the listener helps to become a songwriter.

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A video to promote the song, and the album Into the Great Wide Open, was filmed in 1991. It was directed by Julien Temple, best known for the Sex Pistols documentary The Great Rock ‘n’ Roll Swindle (1980). Temple also directed more than 50 music videos that would wind up on MTV’s heavy rotation schedule back when MTV actually showed music videos. Temple would also direct one of Petty’s best known and best acclaimed videos, Free Fallin.’

This video, however is not one of Petty’s best. Journalist and MTV personality Kurt Loder would infamously describe Petty as a man with a thousand faces – all of which are the same. This is never more apparent than in this video, where Petty seems physically and emotionally drained. Petty and the Heartbreakers pretend to perform the song surrounded by old airplanes and a car crash at the video’s end. The video had very little to do with the actual lyrics of Tom Petty Learning to Fly.

Source by James L. Flynn


Interview: Tom Keifer

The 1980s is responsible for giving me some of my favourite bands of all time – one of those bands was Cinderella. They got pigeon-holed with a lot of the glitzy hair metal bands of the day, but there was more to Cinderella than singing about partying all night. Sure, there was some of that, but their music and lyrics for the most part seemed to have more to say. Night Songs (1986), Long Cold Winter (1988) and Heartbreak Station (1990) are three of the best albums you will hear from any band. Their last studio record was Still Climbing (1994) but like so many bands during the 1990s, Cinderella also suffered at the hands of a changing musical landscape as the grunge movement took a hold. Since then there has been numerous CD and video compilations to keep the fans interested, but what everybody has waited for is a new Cinderella album. Sadly that does not look like it is going to materialise any time soon, however lead singer Tom Keifer has done the next best thing by releasing his first solo record and it has to be said this is a mighty effort. So I took a few minutes to catch up with Mr. Keifer to discuss his new album, That’s The Way Life Goes, the past and the future.

Rock Man: Congratulations on everything you have achieved in you music career so far, could you have imagined where music would take you in life?

Tom Keifer: You have hopes and dreams when you are young; I guess mine have gone beyond my wildest dreams. I feel very fortunate to have had the career I have had to date and I look forward to more in the future. It has been a blessing to be part of the success of the band Cinderella for almost 28 years now, and the solo thing at this point is a real fun adventure that we are just getting started on and I have high hopes for this too.

RM: At what age did you discover music and who were some of the artists that influenced your musical direction?

TK: The discovery of music for me goes as far back as when I was seven or eight years old. I remember seeing The Beatles on TV and then I got really into that show The Monkees which was that TV band, which I thought had incredible song writing in that show and great guitar work by Mike Nesmith. So between The Beatles and The Monkees, that is what kind of got me to want to pick up a guitar and play and I started taking lessons and singing songs and strumming songs and learning basic chords, so that is probably the early foundation of music and songs. Then I heard Led Zeppelin and Aerosmith a few years later and The Stones, and started playing in cover bands and learning more hard rock kind of things and started teaching myself electric guitar. I think what influenced me overall was the rock and hard rock of the seventies which is very blues based and American roots based and I think that is my whole foundation for my singing and writing.

RM: Congratulations on the release of the new album That’s The Way Life Goes, you must be very proud of the final product?

TK: Yeah it was something that took many years to make, it was a huge leap of faith making it, and we took ten years. It was produced independently of a label and it was during a period of time when I could barely sing due to my vocal cord paresis, a neurological condition, and quite honestly the entire time we were making it I did not know if I would be able to perform the songs live and we really did not know if the record was ever going to get picked up or released. It was more about just creating music and where it was going to end up it was going to end up, even if it was just listening to it in our own house [laughing] by ourselves. So that was the goal to just make an amazing album and we did our best and hopefully we achieved that.

RM: When did the song writing process begin for this album, how long have you been holding on to some of these songs?

TK: Well the song writing process goes as far back as the mid 90s when Cinderella parted ways. The whole music scene was changing and record companies were dropping bands, we lost our deal with Mercury that we had all those records on, and the band was starting to drift apart because we did not have an outlet for our music. I started to write songs and was thinking about a solo career or a solo record anyway, and eventually moved to Nashville and I have been writing with people here, and for whatever reason, I was writing for a project but the recording and production of an actual album kept being put on the back burner for years and eventually I decided to start actual production and recording in 2003. I had a huge pile of songs that I had been writing since the mid 90s and we selected from those songs, the fourteen that we felt were the best that went together and made a dynamic album and started to record. And the goal was not to take ten years it just happened that way, it became a real labour of love and there were struggles along the way. It was a labour of love is the best way I can describe it and we were determined not to stop until we were happy with everything on it. I produced it with my wife Savannah, who is an amazing song writer and she wrote a lot of songs on the record and is also an incredible producer, and the two of us produced it along with Chuck Turner who is a Nashville producer and engineer who is an incredible guy, a great person and the three of us were thick as thieves for ten years, hiding out in studios here in Nashville and working on this record.

RM: Any number of these songs could have wound up on a Cinderella record, did any of them come close to being Cinderella tracks?

TK: I am sure that would be very possible. I was the main song writer in the band and the lead vocalist and did a lot of the guitar work, so I guess there is a stamp that I have, a style, that was a big part of Cinderella in terms of writing, vocals and guitar and that is naturally going to carry through on a record that I am going to do. So yeah, there is an obvious similarity which I believe is a natural thing.

RM: What inspiration, if any, did you take from recording the album in Nashville?

TK: God everything. I mean, starting with song writing I thought I was a good song writer before I moved here, the song writing is incredible here. It was a true inspiration and really was a shot in my arm and a kick in my backside to become a better song writer. And I had the opportunity to work with amazing writers here, and not only Savannah, but the other people who co-wrote on the record, and that was the first and foremost inspiration. And then the musicians and the engineers that we had access to for this record were the very best of the best, and there is nothing more inspiring than walking in to cut a track and hearing it just go down like magic and it is goose bumps [laughing].

RM: The first single from the album is The Flower Song, to me it sounds like a summer time track, you are cruising down the highway with the top down sort of thing, what has been the response to that song?

TK: The response has been very positive; I think the lyric is pretty unique, I think people are relating to it. It has several interpretations it can be taken as, but at the end of the day that romantic feel it has, that there is that one special person for all of us out there in life, I think people connect to, and I think that was captured in a very sing-along, feel-good track. I think we found some real magic in that track when it was cut. I think it is the kind of lyric that if the track does not have the kind of magic it is not going to work, I think we captured the magic to make the lyric work on that and I am seeing that it is connecting with people.

RM: And the follow up single is Solid Ground, how is that one doing?

TK: Oh, very well. It is another one that people really seem to love, it is the polar opposite I guess of The Flower Song and those two songs represent the extreme ends of the record. The Flower Song being the more organic, intimate, acoustic side of the record and Solid Ground representing more the more hard driving edge and it is a blast to play live, it is nothing but raw energy on the record and live, so far it has been received very well.

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RM: Tell me a little bit about the track Fool’s Paradise, is this social commentary on the ever changing modern world?

TK: Yeah, I think to me it is about the catch 22 of technology, the conveniences of modern life. I think there are consequences to some of the things that create convenience for us, they also create other problems. I can speak for just our industry. The internet has really impacted a lot of business other than just the record industry due to the downloading, illegal downloading, it has spread far and wide to retail stores you are seeing book stores close, movie stores close, you know, I mean it has such an impact and that is just one aspect of technology where there is the catch 22. There is the convenience but there is the impact and sometimes the impact can be quite crippling. But you know, there are so many facets to our technology today from social media to an ever changing world that we are living in and I think that there are consequences to most of them.

RM: Over the years you have had some issues with your vocal chords and had to re-train your voice. Can you tell me how hard that was and has it made you a better singer?

TK: Yeah, it is an ongoing process. It is a neurological condition that I was told I would never sing again, it is not something that there is a medical cure for it, like a medicine or surgery, it cannot be cured, the only hope of ever being able to sing again is to re-train it. So it has been an ongoing process since 1992 and I have worked with countless coaches and speech pathologists and tried to take any bits and pieces and learn about technique. It is not an exact science to figure out how to literally trick my vocal chords into working properly and get the wrong muscles out of the way and get to the right muscles that needed to be trained. You know, I am fortunate enough to be able to stand here and say that I have been able to conquer it in a way that I can still work and as you mentioned a better singer in many aspects, but it is an ongoing maintenance and therapy that has to go along with it that is nearly two hours every day, rain, hail or shine.

RM: Can you tell me a little bit about making the first two Cinderella records, Night Songs and Long Cold Winter?

TK: Well you know, going into make the Night Songs record, it was two different experiences, between those two records. Going in to make Night Songs we were about as green as you could be in a studio, the demos that we had produced before that that had actually got us a record deal were really just not very good. None of us knew what we were doing in the studio and we quickly learned that the term “recording artist” is called that for a reason [laughing] because painting the picture in the studio that you have when you are in a room playing live is more challenging than walking in and playing. It is an art and we learnt that going in to make the first record, fortunately we had an amazing teacher in Andy Johns who was our first producer and we learned an incredible amount of knowledge about recording and making records from him. So you know, we were extremely green and going in to make the second record Long Cold Winter we had a little bit of knowledge at that point and so we weren’t quite as green and were able to collaborate with Andy a bit more and working on the record and have a better understanding of what was going on, so that was the difference in the experience. Both records took about six months to make. Andy was an incredible producer, demanding, and that is a good thing because we learned from that and we learned everything from him.

RM: I remember reading an article shortly after the release of Night Songs that said Jon Bon Jovi had a hand in getting you signed. Apparently he saw you performing in a bar, rang the record company, Mercury, and told them they had to sign this band he had just seen. Is there any truth to that?

TK: Yeah there is truth to that. That is not quite how it went, he did walk into a bar to see us. He was making his second record, 7800 Degrees Fahrenheit in Philadelphia and we were playing in a bar and I guess he left the studio that night, wandered into the Empire Rock Club where we were playing and watched the show. He came backstage afterwards and said “hi” and introduced himself, and we knew who he was because he had a hit with Runaway, his first hit, so we were familiar with that song and had seen the video on TV. He was very complimentary and said “hey that was great” and pretty much that was it, he just came in and said “hi” and that he enjoyed the show and the band. We found out a few days later that when he was at Mercury Records in New York in his A&R guy’s office, Derek Shulman, and Derek already had our demo tape which I mention to you was just terrible and was riding the fence as to our stuff. So Jon walked in and somehow the name came up and Jon said “I just saw them the other night, forget the demo tape go see them live”, so Derek did and being an A&R person he still was not convinced. So at that point Derek signed us to a six month developmental deal and gave us some more money to make some more demos and at the end of that period Derek had made up his mind. So Jon was certainly an x-factor, and we will be forever grateful because if he had not walked in and spoken that one sentence of “forget the tape go see them live” who knows where we would be, so thank you Jon.

RM: If I can take you back to 1989, what are your recollections of the Moscow Peace Festival?

TK: Oh man, that was just incredible. Sometimes when you are in the midst of doing something, as incredible as it feels, you don’t realise until years later what it really was. And I see now the YouTube footage of that stuff now and it has really become a performance that I think that has been remembered, the whole show not just ours but the whole event, which is kind of very cool to look back now after so many years and know that you were a part of that event, that people still watch and know that you were a part of that event. You know, it was incredible to go into a country where we were told that the people were not really allowed to have access to this kind of music, they did not enjoy the same freedoms, in other words is what we were told. And then you walk out on a stage in front of, I do not know how many, 80,000 or 100,000 people and they are singing every word and they are holding up records that they got on the black market and it just goes to show there is no boundaries to music. Music is going to filter in if it resonates with them regardless of society restraints or whatever, so that is the thing I really remember about it that was pretty amazing.

RM: What is the state of play with Cinderella?

TK: Well we are on hiatus this year, and we kind of made that decision at the end of last year because we had toured three years in a row, we did the States three times and did Europe twice and been to South America and basically burned our candle at both ends for three years straight, so at the end of last year we decided we were going to take a break this year. So we are on hiatus, in the meantime I’m working my record and I have been out touring and working that and that is pretty much the status of it right now.

RM: Once again, congratulations on the release of That’s The Way Life Goes, on behalf of everyone here at Full Throttle Rock I would like to wish you all the best for the future?

TK: Well thank you very much and thanks for speaking with me.

Source by Pete Colantuono


Review Of Public Speaking Expert Tom Antion

If anyone has searched for public speaking experts on the internet, then I would almost guarantee that you would have heard of Tom Antion. Tom is arguably the most popular public speaker on the web, and he has multiple websites, products and services that he offers at a range of prices.

Tom’s speaking credentials are impressive and then some. He has been a professional speaker for nearly 20 years, and has done over 2700 paid presentations. He has spoken at National Speakers Associations around the world including London, Sydney and Kuala Lumpur, and has spoken all over America and Canada. Tom has also been a major speaking attraction for big businesses in a whole range of fields including Chicken Soup For The Soul, Hallmark Cards, Tourism Authority of Thailand, National Health Care Management and many more.

Tom has created many online products, but he is probably most famous for his Amazing Public Speaking website. He has also authored

o Wake ‘em Up Video Professional Speaking System and Business Presentation

o Make ‘em Laugh: How to Use Humor in Business Presentations–a 4 1/2 hour audio tape program

o Click: The Ultimate Guide to Electronic Marketing for Speakers

He has also authored many business and marketing programs, including The Ultimate Guide to Electronic Marketing for Small Business and Electronic Marketing Multi-Media Butt Camp on CD.

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What I like about Tom is that he comes across as a genuine down-to-earth bloke with a good sense of humour. From his material you gain quality information, but he finds a way to deliver this information with humour. The advice that I have received from him, through his products, has been incredibly valuable to my public speaking performances, and his advice is backed with years of experience and talking with the best speakers in the world.

Whilst I wouldn’t say that he is the best public speaker in the world, (don’t get me wrong he is still a fantastic and talented public speaker) he is definitely the best marketed public speaker in the world, especially online marketing. This is probably due to his successful business background (He used to be an entrepreneur). Tom is probably the only person who is qualified to teach you how to market your public speaking business to the world.

You can find more information about Tom at http://www.antion.com. You can find articles, quizzes, and resources, as well as links to his products.

Source by Christopher Carlin


Burn the Fat Feed the Muscle – Tom Venuto PDF

At this point in time, anyone that has been searching the web for a great weight loss program has probably come across the Burn the Fat Feed the Muscle – Tom Venuto Pdf. Tom Venuto has been a personal trainer, a bodybuilder, a health club manager, nutritionist, and motivation coach in the past 20 years. His life is bodybuilding and weight loss.

He claims that his no B.S. outlook on weight loss will allow you to lose fat permanently, without wrecking your metabolism, without drugs, and without supplements. He goes on to debunk several myths involving drugs and supplements.

Now, with all of that wonderful-sounding information, does the Burn the Fat Feed the Muscle – Tom Venuto Pdf deliver? In one word, yes. Now, let me go deeper…

Burn the Fat Feed the Muscle is a comprehensive 337 page manual that claims it will help you reach single digit body fat percentages just like professional bodybuilders and fitness models.

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From the research that I have done into the program, many people are seeing success with Tom Venuto’s program.

“When I started the program… I was 248 pounds with 24% bodyfat. With Tom’s information, I have been able to lose 43 pounds – all of it fat. My Body fat is now 12%. I also no longer spend $400 a month on supplements. – Jerry McBride, Philadelphia, PA”

This is an actual customer testimonial. Notice the important thing here is not the net pounds lost, it is the change in body fat percentage. This is a 50% drop in body fat percentage, which is very good. Also notice that he is not spending money on supplements.

Tom Venuto is a “lifetime natural” bodybuilder, meaning that he has never taken steroids or supplements. He promises that with his program you can achieve the same results he has.

Source by Michael Rugo


Hyperinflation – Its Causes and Affects

Inflation is defined as an increase in the overall level of prices for goods and services in an economy over a period of time. Thus as the prices of goods and services increase each unit of currency actually buys less, therefore decreasing the purchasing power of the money.

Hyperinflation therefore is defined as a very high rate of inflation or inflation that has gone “out of control”. During a hyper inflationary event price levels within a specific economy rise very quickly as a function of its domestic currency in contrast to a foreign currency losing its real value at an ever increasing rate.

Definitions of hyperinflation range from the low end, being when there is an accumulation of inflation consecutively over a three year period reaching 100% or 26% per year. On the high end hyperinflation is seen as the rate of inflation exceeding 50% per month. In a hyper inflationary environment a ferocious cycle is formed where more and more inflation is produced by the ever increasing cycle of money printing. When a nation’s money supply runs up unchecked hyperinflation becomes visible and is usually connected to wars, political or social upheavals, aggressive bidding on currency exchanges or currency meltdowns.

Below is a partial list of countries that suffered hyperinflation in the 20th and 21st centuries. It is important to note each country listed, suffered hyperinflation due to the destruction or failure of its own fiat currency. Throughout history fiat currencies have always failed, bringing down entire empires.

• Poland: 1921 – 1924 Hyperinflation peaked at 988,223%

• Austria: 1922 – Hyperinflation peaked at 1426%

• Germany: 1923 – Hyperinflation peaked at 325,000,000% in November

• Greece: 1944 – Hyperinflation peaked at 11,300%

• Taiwan: 1945 – 1952 Hyperinflation peaked at 2,420%

• Hungary: 1946 – Hyperinflation peaked at 1.3 X 10 (16th power) %

• China: 1949 – Hyperinflation peaked at 4,210%

• Israel: 1971 – 1985 Hyperinflation peaked at over 900%

• Chile: 1973 – Hyperinflation peaked at 600%

• Mexico: 1982 – 1993 Hyperinflation peaked at over 10,000%

• Bolivia: 1984 – 1985 Hyperinflation peaked at 20,000%

• Argentina: 1989 – Hyperinflation peaked at 5000%

• Brazil: 1990 – 1994 Hyperinflation peaked 30,377%

• Yugoslavia: Oct 1, 1993 through Jan 24, 1994 had cumulative inflation of 5X10 (15th power)%

• Bulgaria: 1996 – 311%

• Zimbabwe: Nov 14, 2008 – Hyperinflation peaked at 79,600,000,000%. For all 2008 Hyperinflation was at 89.7 Sextillion%

Frequently hyperinflation is caused due to a Central Bank’s decision to increase its money supply to finance its nations over-extended government debt and spending. Consequently there is a decrease for the demand on the nation’s money relative to the money supply that in severe cases will cause a total loss of confidence in the money such as a “run on the banks”. This transforms into a swift increase in the rate of spending causing rapid increases in prices. The continuation of hyperinflation will remain until such a time that excessive money printing or increased bank credit stops the promotion of excessive money creation.

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In excessive situations price controls that had been in place to prevent paper currency devaluation fail, quickly escalating the money supply that lacks intrinsic value. In this situation hyperinflation will continue until the point which the currency is completely destroyed or discarded. In general hyperinflation is linked to paper money or fiat money, this being said the money supply can drastically be increased with no more effort than it would take to press a start button on a printing press. Thus when “fiat money” is printed, government obligations that are not denominated in money increase in cost by more than the value of the money created.

When the system for currency circulation becomes excessive and devalued it was generally followed with a “run” on the store of value or a bank run. Throughout history hyper inflationary events usually end by reverting back to “hard money” such as gold and various forms of bartering. As hyperinflation takes over an economy its devastating effects usually will wipe-out the purchasing power of all public and private savings which in turn distorts economies to support hording of real assets and extreme consumption forcing the monetary base of hard currency to quickly exit the country effectively turning the affected country into a wasteland for future investments.

After effects from hyperinflation are just as complex. An area hit by hyperinflation has always seen painful and traumatic experiences by those suffering through it. Looking ahead, the next government to come out of it will most always enact some form of policy to prevent this event from ever happening again. This might include having the Central Bank become very aggressive towards maintaining price stability and possibly make a move towards some form of hard basis of currency. Furthermore the enactment of policies such as stringent wage and price controls.

However even this cannot always prevent further inflating of the money supply by its central bank leading to more widespread shortages of consumer goods and services unless these controls are absolutely strictly enforced. Should the new or any proceeding Government not heed its own laws pertaining to the controls it has set into place to prevent a re-occurrence, the stage will once again be reset towards hyperinflation reoccurring in the future.

Sadly the United States is playing with its own toxic cocktail with the remaining ingredients soon to be added, there will surely be hyperinflation in America that could be on the scale of the 1920’s Weimar Germany hyperinflation or greater. The US dollar is the world’s reserve currency and if hyperinflation develops in America it will affect most countries around the world today. This is a reality that most Americans are blind to and those who do not prepare now beforehand, will more than likely have lost everything.

Those who are prepared or start now while time is still on their side will ride out this event and be on the top when it is finished. The key is to invest what assets you have now into “Hard Assets” such as physical gold and silver because throughout history gold and silver have always been a true store of value regardless of any economic conditions in society and always seek their true value.

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