Thursday, December 25, 2014

Here's to Hoping Your Christmas Was the Best

I hope your Christmas was totally awesome! 
Did you have an awesome time with family or friends?
I'd love to hear about it.

#Christmas #family #friends

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Make Those Pictures, Social Media and Instagram Images Glisten

Whether your a newbie at doing photos for your facebook, instagram or other social media let PicMonkey help you do some 
awesome things with your photos. 
Need some help? 
Ask me and I'll do my best to give you a hand.
But do get started with 
your PicMonkey Royale today!!

I'm Finishing 2014 with Sparkle:Ready to Enter 2015 with Glimmer

I have taken some wisdom from my sister and cohort in web projects on changes she's making. I won't be doing web design except on personal projects and working on graphics. I will be working some with her on design and graphics of the new site that will replace Country Whispers. I sense it's time for a change. I am looking forward to sharing information here to help you stay oh top of social media and challenges of growing in your niche/business in your corner of the world. I hope we can support and help one another in a big way.

I'm still loving web design, graphics, social media, niche and business building helps
I will be making available some great tools for the web that are fantastic.
 I may in time offer some graphics for sale.
I enjoy sharing information to help you in building your niche and business with enjoyment and flare

In a week or so I will be having a new facebook name for my facebook page as well. Yippee!
#facebook #niche #businesshelps #help #socialmedia #graphics #images

Have You Changed Your Password Lately

My good friend, Jo Barnes at Online Marketing Addicts and the best in social media/social marketing training who help in teaching me what I know had her youtube hacked and taken down. It's through no fault of hers. Someone decided it would be a fun game to pick someone to post crap on her site.
Jo Barnes has a powerful and positive reputation for helping others succeed. 

The web isn't getting any better and there are those who want to cause trouble no matter how severe. To many it's a game they enjoy and they have no thought if they hurt anyone in the process. Which brings me to an important item we never should overlook. I'm just as guilty of not doing this frequently enough. 
Change Your Passwords Frequently! Don't enable game players to use your account to reek havoc.
If you haven't changed your passwords on your online accounts for awhile, today might be a good day to do so. And do it frequently.. 

Here's a great article on staying safe online. Hongkiat offers a way to test your password strength and more.

Stay safe and change your passwords frequently.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

PayPal Freezes Assets of Organization Dedicated to Saving Baby Girls in China From Gendercide

The online payment processor PayPal is considered the “go to” utility for online payment processing, particularly for individuals and many small businesses. Indeed, since its inception in 1998, it has become so popular that large online vendors who used to exclusively utilize large payment processors now include PayPal alongside their regular payment options. PayPal is also the premier payment option for eBay buyers and sellers. The service has over 110 million active users and can be used to make purchases at thousands of online merchants.
Anyone who is familiar with the #paypalsucks hashtag however, is probably aware that not everyone is a PayPal fan. The company has found itself at the center of numerous controversies over the years, some users going public with complaints over frozen accounts and poor customer service.
In April of this year, PayPal froze the assets of Pink Pagoda Girls, the company that provides services for relocating baby girls in The People’s Republic of China who are at risk for female infanticide due to that nation’s “one child per family” laws. The story of The Pink Pagoda, the organization that executes travel and placement for the baby girls, was detailed in the book The Pink Pagoda: One Man’s Quest to End Gendercide in China.


At first, PayPal demanded Pink Pagoda Girls’ bank records, their business description, and other documents, including proof that the organization was a 501(c)3 nonprofit entity, citing a policy that demands they have proof of such things for the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).

For a number of organizational and practical reasons, Pink Pagoda Girls is not a nonprofit corporation, something they make quite clear to all of their participants seeking to aid in the company’s mission. Pink Pagoda Girls’ officers informed PayPal that the organization is not a nonprofit; it pays taxes as a Limited Liability Corporation (it is registered in the US as such); thus, it could not provide proof that it is not a nonprofit.
For some reason, this didn’t seem to matter to PayPal. In a frustrating bureaucratic nightmare reminiscent of the Terry Gilliam film Brazil, PayPal insisted that Pink Pagoda Girls was indeed a nonprofit organization, and reaffirmed their request for the relevant documentation. In fact, every overture toward clarifying the legal entity status to PayPal on the part of Pin Pagoda Girls was met either by the same form email, or the same canned response from PayPal personnel.
The PayPal website currently shows that the requisite proofs of identity have been fulfilled by Pink Pagoda Girls, yet there is no longer a utility (or link) on the “Resolution” webpage to communicate with PayPal (as there was when the issue was raised) – and Pink Pagoda Girls’ funds remain frozen.
Is this mere bureaucracy or some sort of contrived targeting? While PayPal has been accused of being a left-leaning company with a history of inconveniencing overtly right-leaning customers, others have accused it of being a right-leaning company with a history of inconveniencing overtly left-leaning customers. Disgruntled customers on both sides of the political spectrum claim to have been targeted or persecuted by the company for their political leanings. There is also plenty of online testimony that PayPal is notorious for arbitrarily freezing accounts and being extremely difficult to communicate with.

So, for nearly four months now, funds that have been provided by conscientious people for services intended to aid at-risk baby girls in China are sitting idly in the PayPal’s coffers, earning interest (presumably along with the funds of other irate PayPal users) that neither Pink Pagoda Girls nor the girls they are trying to rescue will ever see. As detailed in the book The Pink Pagoda, baby girls in China whose parents desire sons are routinely drowned in rivers, buckets, and toilets, strangled, suffocated, or buried alive.
Pink Pagoda Girls’ founder, Dr. Jim Garrow recently expressed his frustration with the PayPal stalemate. “Normally we would never have set up a site for the receipt of gifts or donations as we are clearly not a charity. We are a philanthropic effort and self-supporting. We set up the PayPal account on our website as an accommodation to all the folks who indicated that they had felt led to gift monies to the Pink Pagoda Girls effort. PayPal continues to ask us for proof that we are a charity. Are these people insane, in need of remedial reading lessons, or is this another outworking of the left’s attack on everyone who seems right wing to them?”
Regardless of the leanings of PayPal’s executives and administrators, one would think that the welfare of baby girls possibly facing death might transcend petty ideology, and that having made clear their legal standing, Pink Pagoda Girls would have long since had their funds released. After all, there is ample evidence in the public and IRS records that they are a prominent and legitimate business with many supporters.
For the last month however, all communications to PayPal from Pink Pagoda Girls have gone unanswered, and two weeks ago, PayPal also discontinued Pink Pagoda Girls’ ability to receive funds as well – yet they are prohibited from closing their account and choosing another payment processor, per PayPal policies.
How convenient…
“We’ll let you know if the phone rings, though,” Dr. Garrow told Instigator News. “I don’t know how PayPal gets its license to operate as a bank, but it should lose that right. They are clearly motivated by something other than being of service.”


Monday, September 1, 2014

“Thought you might like this”:Would You Like to Turn Your Dreams Into Reality"

Good Morning everyone,
I wanted to pass along an ebook that has helped me along my career path. It’s called "Acres of Diamonds". It’s a quick read and a great story, 

You already have within you everything you need to discover your riches and turn your dreams into reality. Stop looking on the other side of the fence. You’ve probably heard the saying, “When the student is ready, the teacher will appear.” If you are ready, consider this story to be part of the teacher. If you’re not where you want to be in terms of income and personal success, the solution may not be in changing jobs, going back to school, or in winning the lottery, but simply in seeing with new eyes what you already have. Your best opportunity will build on what you already know about and enjoy. You are likely to find your untapped riches right in your own backyard. Enjoy this timeless treasure! Get your copy at: 

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Sunday, August 3, 2014

Dealing with Naysayers

This is a great encouragement for dealing with "naysayers". Especially helpful for women entrepreneurs but actually for anyone having cold water poured on your dreams. Thanks Female Entrepreneur Association and Jennifer Rash