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Wednesday, 3 May 2006
Former Host of Wall Street Week & Best-selling Author Luis Rukeyser Dies
Topic: Book News

Who was not attracted to the flair of former television host Luis Rukeyser's use of the English Language and his explanations of complex financial matters? For many years, he was a regular commentator of PBS. He was in our living room distilling financial wisdom to millions of the the country's bright and intelligent financial managers and regular folks. He did it in an easy way. He shows how finance and economics could merge. He brought finance and economics to ordinary viewers and investors, and was rewarded with the largest audience in the history of financial journalism.

Luis Rukeyser was a pioneer in economic reporting. He brings to the tube a blend of warmth, wit, irreverence, thrusting intellect and large doses of charm, plus the credibility of a Walter Cronkite," Money magazine wrote in a cover story." Furthermore, he received all kinds of accolades from all sources. He was clear in his mission, "Our prime mission is to make previously baffling economic information understandable and interesting to people in general," he once said in an interview with The Associated Press."

Luis Rukeyser got into the hairs of Maryland Public Radio, producer of the show when he allegedly used Wall Street Week to complain about his producers. He did not think they could fire him because he was never on their payrol. He was fired. Less than a month after his firing, he started Luis Rukeyser's Wall Street for CNBC and other PBS stations.

Luis Rukeyser is survived by his wife, children and grand children and Bud Rukeyser. He lived in Connecticut.




Posted by Fashionista Shopping Analyst at 7:19 AM PDT
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Big Gas-guzzling SUVs Cede Place to high-mileage, Fuel-efficient Hybrid Cars
Topic: Cars/Hybrids/E85

Big Gas-guzzling SUVs Cede Place to high-mileage, Fuel-efficient Hybrid Cars

At a time when oil prices are surging above $73 a barrel, consumers are feeling the pain at gas stations. Each time we drop by to fill up, we think about the money that is leaving our pockets and going to the rich coffers of Big Oil. There are talks of refunding us $100.00 to offset our costs as senators are paying attention to our pain. For those of us who depend on our vehicles to make a living, we feel that we are being taxed way beyond. Most people are making money over the scarcity of oil. Exxon Mobil, Chevron and ConocoPhillips are reporting huge profits. Hedge funds managers and speculators are rolling in money on Wall Street. What is in it for us, fuel consumers?

All we can do is to start buying fuel-efficient cars. So far, many people are trading in their SUVs, Chevrolets, Fords, Yukons for the more fuel-efficient Toyota Prius and Honda Hybrids. If they can not afford the hybrids, they will settle for Toyota Corolla, Honda Civic and other smaller cars made by Kia, Huyndai, Chevrolet, Mazda and other companies. According to the Power Information Network, a division of J.D. Power and Associates, consumers, drivers are making changes to their habits and driving lifestyles. More than any other car companies, Toyota stands to make lots of money from the sales of its Toyota Prius. So does Honda with Honda Civic and the other fuel-efficient vehicles it has on the market. Nothing could make car buyers change from yesteryear's image-making SUVs to this year's small-is-good attitude. We are drivers who are also paying attention to geopolitical events. We know that Iran is OPEC's second-largest oil producing country. It is monitoring our reaction in the West as it is dealing with its desire and ambitions to have enriched uranium. We also know that that Iran may use the fluctuations of rising oil prices to its advantage. Feeling cornered by the decision of the U.N. Security Council and the International Atomic Energy Agency, many commodities traders and speculators predict that Iran may cause the prices of oil to go even higher. The U.S. which is one of the major consumers of oil would not appreciate any disruption specifically at a critical time such as the Summer holidays. The current administration is putting pressure on Iran's leaders to stop their quest of enriched uranium. At the same time, consumers also know that fossil fuel is a finite product. There are so many barrels that Saudi Arabia can produce. There is so much of it left to be explored. Renewable and alternative fuels have become the center points of the American fuel policies.

In the near future, consumers have to brace themselves for higher fuel costs. There are ongoing talks to start exploring and pumping the oil that is in the tundras off Alaska coasts. Until some solutions are found, hybrid cars will continue to be hot sellers. The Honda Civic hybrid and the Toyota Prius are presold by most dealerships. There are not too many of them to go around. Are hybrids always a money-saving deal? Consumers have the choice between other brands such as Lexus RX 400h.

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Posted by Fashionista Shopping Analyst at 6:56 AM PDT
Updated: Wednesday, 3 May 2006 7:28 AM PDT
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Sunday, 16 April 2006
Deep Fried Veggie Fritter Ride: Diesel Engine Cars Can Go Gas Free, but with Vegetable Fuel
Topic: AlternativeFuels2Gas

If you have a diesel engine in your car, then you can have a spanking brand new source of fuel. You can say bye bye to gas prices. All you need is to have a conversion kit from Greasecar Vegetable Fuel Systems. The kit will your diesel car to run on vegetable oil. That is right. You are talking about the same olive oil waste that was used in frying your meals at the local restaurants. Now, you do not have to go buy all kinds of canola, coconut, soybean and peanut oils yet. Make arrangements with some local restaurants who will be all too happy to let you have the waste. Otherwise, they will have to pay an cooking oil waste company to transport somewhere else. Now may be the time to have it free. Once the genie is out of the box and the nascent technology catches up, the cooking oil waste may become a product you will buy.

In the Central Valley of California, and precisely two professors of FPU have gained some experience converting their and family members' cars. In an effort to raise money for Mennonite Central Committee, they will go on a cross-country trek in a rebuilt Jetta retrofitted to use the vegetable oil. That is the new local buzz according to startribune.com from Minneapolis and Minnesota or the Twin Cities. Now if you want to give kudos to these guys or help raise money for MCC which is involved in international development projects, go to "Fritter-Fried Journey" to do so. Ken Friesen and Marshall Johnston have a great sense of humor. They want to show that there are alternative to fossil fuels. They are ready to take the trip and raise money for a good cause. Call them crazy, but figure out that they tap into something that most of us should do. Buy a diesel car and convert the gasoline fossil fuel guzzler to vegetable oil! The good thing about driving a vegetable oil-fueled car is that it pollutes less the environment. Here is what you will read on the site, "...diesel cars can run on used deep-fry oil from any Chinese or Vietnamese restaurant, or McDonalds french frier. The result is an engine that uses only recycled, renewable fuel, and runs cleaner and more efficiently than one using fossil-fuel (and smells like whatever was cooked in the oil!)."

Professor Johnston is influencing many other people as he drives his cool Jetta to campus. He teaches history and classics while Ken Friesen teaches political science and history at Fresno Pacific. Now these are two guys who can get their fingers dirty despite their huge brain! D'Oh, it takes brain to figure out this can be done too!

What if these two teachers get so much work that they decide to quit FPU! No. They can hire some guys to do it while keeping their teaching jobs. Any way, give your support to Friesen Fritter Fired Fossil Fuel Free Drive!

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Posted by Fashionista Shopping Analyst at 8:53 PM PDT
Updated: Friday, 21 April 2006 7:24 AM PDT
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High Gas Prices: Time to Search for other sources of fuel
Topic: Cars/Hybrids/E85

Petroleum engineers, Geologists and Geosciences Graduates Are Offered Lots of Money and Signing Bonus

Looking for the last drops of oil in remote places

Big Oil is coming to your campus. If your college or university confers degrees in petroleum exploration, geology and geosciences, then you do not have to lift a finger to get the big bucks this graduation year. According to geoscience programs such as Texas, Massachussets Institute of Technology, Jackson School of Geosciences and Colorado School of Mines, there is a high demand for graduates coming from the big oil companies. Exxon Mobil Corporation and Royal Dutch Shell PLC will continue to have a hiring binge in the next 10 years. They have to recruit new employees because their workforce has reached the age of retirement. Petroleum engineers average $63,3400 a year. New graduates are making more than $56,000 a year. A lot of these new graduates do not have a master's degree yet. So a geoscience degree may be worth more than a computer science one. The needs of the current market must be met. High prices (up to $70 per barrel), demographics, aging workforce and a small pool of trained workers cause the petroleum industry to look for talent. So this is a good field to enter right now.

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Posted by Fashionista Shopping Analyst at 7:36 PM PDT
Updated: Friday, 21 April 2006 7:25 AM PDT
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High Gas Prices Force Consumers to Get Creative
Topic: Hot Car & Autorecalls

Summer has not arrived yet, but a gallon of gas at any local gas station is already sky high. Many families will probably not take this annual trip to see the country. Many employers are taking measures to limit their driving. But goods have to be delivered. Parents have to go shopping, take their kids to school and practice. We have been conditioned to buy gas no matter how high it is. What if there was an alternative to gas?

Well, Brazil is way ahead with its sugar cane-based fuel. People may be laughing about eating a piece of cane while feeding the rest to their cars. In the case of misbehaving cars, drivers can blame it on the high content of alcohol that is in the reservoir or tank. What is clear is that Brasil is way ahead of many countries with gasoline problems. Instead of relying on the pricey gas from the Middle East, Venezuela and other petroleum-rich countries, Brasilian government has taken matters into their own hands. At one point, they subsidized farmers who planted huge sugar cane fields. Now, they are harvesting enough cane to produce the much needed fuel that is in most flexible vehicles. Flex cars are common over there.




Posted by Fashionista Shopping Analyst at 7:31 PM PDT
Updated: Sunday, 16 April 2006 8:02 PM PDT
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Toyota's Hybrid Technology
Topic: AlternativeFuels2Gas

How far does Toyota have to go to get the title of number 1 automaker in the world? Maybe not much. Based on its recent sales worldwide, industry insiders are forecasting that the title may come sooner than expected. And in view of all the problems faced by the major American automakers, it may not be a long time before the Toyota Way becomes the top way. In the meantime, Toyota is spreading its way all over the world and specially in the United States. Well, it seems that Toyota's competitors are not going to play roll over just like that. They will make the Japanese automaker work for it. Based on the recent speech by Bill Ford of Ford Motor company, Toyota's world domination may be delayed. It is a fight for the survival of the fittest. In a recent article in an automotive magazine, Ford has already accused Toyota of withholding battery production in hybrid technology. General Motors, Ford and Chrysler have a few punches under their sleeve too. E85 also called flex-fuel is found in millions of these companies' vehicles. Now they just have to wait and see whether E85 will be largely used by the mass.

What Toyota may soon find out is that once you become the top dog, you can get challenged or picked on. Korean automakers Hyundai and Kia are attacking Toyota. Have you seen the recent vehicles these companies put out? Imitation is such a flattery for Toyota. There is trouble in paradise when it comes to the selection of Hyundai Azera over Toyota Avalon.

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Posted by Fashionista Shopping Analyst at 7:30 PM PDT
Updated: Friday, 21 April 2006 7:26 AM PDT
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Wednesday, 5 April 2006
Netflix Takes on Blockbuster: Netflix Sues Blockbuster
Topic: Technology News

Blockbuster Sued for Alleged for Patent-infringement by Dallas-based Netflix

What goes around comes around. Blockbuster used to make millions from charging its own consumers late fees. Before Netflix, the online DVD rental service, consumers had to put up with the greed managed by Blockbuster. If you are late to return the video, you are going to pay some fees. That was Blockbuster's deal.

Enters Netflix Inc. The online company rents a DVD for an unlimited time without incurring late fees. For seven years, it has been like this with Netflix.com. Consumers embraced this business move which gave it a competitive edge over Blockbuster. In front of the record profit made by Netflix, Blockbuster decided to drop the late fees. Now Netflix is charging Blockbuster illegally copied its ideas. So it filed a lawsuit in U.S. district court in San Francisco. Netflix accuses Blockbuster of stealing the idea of renting a DVD for an unlimited time without incurring a fee. Netflix thinks it is a patent-infringement case.

Posted by Fashionista Shopping Analyst at 11:31 PM PDT
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Sunday, 2 April 2006
Skin Care issues: Take Care of Your Skin for your Prom & Quincenera Celebrations
Topic: Dark/Latin/Asian SkinCare

There is nothing that says that dark skin is tougher than white skin. Darker skin may have more melanin which helps protect it against sun and slower the aging process. It also makes the skin more sensitive and vulnerable to injury. It is prone to scarring and hyperpigmentation. So be careful about what you apply to your skin in this search for perfection. People who are of Latin, Asian, Indian, Mediterranean, Caribbean and African American descent should require special care. It is not uncommon to see dark skinned people suffer from acne. Acne and ahir removal should be done with care.

Keep in mind that many common cosmetic procedures were geared toward lighter skinned people. In the past, scientists did not use to test devices, cosmetics and medications on people of different colors. Now that the country's ethnic population has grown up, there is an inclination to do that. Now the FDA is requiring companies and scientists to make sure that their clinical trials include Latinos, Chicanos, Hispanics, African, African-American, Indian and Asian people. After all, kids from various ethnic groups go to Sephora, Macy's, JCPenney, Gottschalks and other stores.

Some side effects to consider are hyper or hypopigmentation. Dark or light skin spots that result from any type of trauma. It could be a cut, burn, acne or eczema. In dark skin, popular fillers such as Restylane and collagen and even piercings and tattoos can cause keloids or raised scar tissue that should be surgically removed. Otherwise, they tend to grow back. Laser hair remove can burn, blister and scab the skin if the laser is too strong. Dar skinned people should use chemical-based sunblocks in the sun. Use SPF of 15 on the face and SPF30 on the body. Use those that have zing and titanium. Sunscreen helps out a lot.

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Posted by Fashionista Shopping Analyst at 8:44 AM PST
Updated: Sunday, 2 April 2006 8:49 AM PST
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Saturday, 1 April 2006
Shakira's
Topic: Music News

What do you get when you have Wyclef Jean and Shakira on a video? You get a hit. Well, that's what we call the countless search that has been going one for this music video. Thanks to the Internet and broadband, music videos have found a new platform. VH1 and MTV are so passe. Now we have youtube, yahoo Music, google Music, clipshack and countless others. A new genre is created. And fans want to stay close to their music. They want it on their ipods. They want to travel with it.

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Posted by Fashionista Shopping Analyst at 8:31 PM PST
Updated: Saturday, 1 April 2006 8:34 PM PST
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Wednesday, 29 March 2006
Immigration Issues: Homebuilding, Agricultural Work, Insulation and More
Topic: Immigration/Travel Issues

Illegal immigrants are found in all sectors of the national industry. From the high-tech industries to the agricultural industries, illegal immigrants can be found toiling to keep our economy going. According to the Pew research, they are mostly concentrated in construction, agriculture and cleaning jobs. They are taking jobs that Americans won't take. Even poor Americans and those who are on welfare stay away from these jobs. Who will harvest the beautiful, fresh nectarines, prunes, plums, peaches from the orchards of the San Joaquin Valley? Who will pick the tomatos from the large fields of Florida? Who will harvest the apples from the apple orchards of Washington State? Who will work on our homes as insulation workers? Who will work as agricultural workers? It is estimated that illegal workers make 5% of the U.S. labor force.

In the meantime, we are seeking to sell our houses built by the hands and sweat of immigrants. We are worried because there is a cool down. We see our neighbors who are trying to beat each other to place their homes on the market first. Everywhere you turn, you see a for sale sign. Houses are taking longer to sell. More worry sets in. The house has been on the market for many weeks. The agents have long stopped bringing interested customers. Yet, he or she is still in the picture because of the contract. The weather does not want to warm up yet. Everybody is waiting for Spring, the high season of home shopping. Home prices in the Central San Joaquin Valley are half the state median. That provides many families with incentives to relocate to the Greater Valley areas. From Sacramento and nearby cities to Fresno-Clovis areas, more and more new faces are buying homes. Farmers are selling out. The money is hot. They want to leave behind the unpredictability that comes with agriculture. They want to take the money investors and developers are rubbing on their face, a large sum per acre. There is reason to worry. Interest rates are going up. Prices of existing homes in some key communities are going down. And the number of building permits for residential housing in the Valley is going down. Many industry insiders are saying that it is time that prices settle down a bit.

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Posted by Fashionista Shopping Analyst at 11:46 PM PST
Updated: Saturday, 1 April 2006 8:33 PM PST
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