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Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Conversations with Philip K. Dick available now at Amazon

my book is up on Amazon! 
-- also available on Amazon UK and Amazon EU



Sit down and relax, spend time with Phil Dick and friends. Sip a cup of coffee or a glass of wine.Discuss God, Nazis and relationships, in no particular order. 

https://www.amazon.com/Conversations-Philip-K-Dick-Tessa/dp/1974534898/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1503328166&sr=8-1&keywords=tessa+dick+conversations

Gain insight into the life of the author of Bladerunner, Total Recall, The Man in the HIgh Castle and more amazing stories. 









Saturday, August 19, 2017

Stop Nestle from stealing our precious water

Did you know? 

Nestlé pays just $524 a year to pull tens of millions of gallons of water out of San Bernardino National Forest -- water it turns around and sells at a massive profit for $2 a bottle.
And when challenged on whether Nestlé should be able to continue to drain our watersheds for practically nothing, a chief executive replied, "Water belongs to no one."(1)
We beg to differ.
The water necessary to sustain our national forests belongs to the American people, and after years of historic drought, we need that water to replenish our aquifers, not to help pad Nestlé’s profits.
Courage Campaign Institute is continuing its legal battle to stop Nestlé from taking our water, but Nestlé will spend whatever it takes to drag it out. Will you chip in $5?
Nestlé has been pulling water out of the San Bernardino National Forest for decades on an expired permit, and Courage Campaign Institute has been fighting for more than two years to stop the company. Currently:
  • We are appealing a federal judge's ruling that allowed the outdated permit to continue.(2)
  • We've filed a Freedom of Information Act suit to force the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to turn over Nestlé's records so we may know the true extent of Nestlé's water operation.(3)
  • And we're planning a huge response for when the California State Water Resources Control Board opens its public comment period about disputes over water rights in the San Bernardino National Forest. We need an outpouring of comments highlighting just how much people want the Forest Service to stop Nestlé from draining the water supply needed for our forests.
Our legal bills are piling up, and Nestlé is hoping that we will just give up and go away. But we're not going anywhere.
Nestlé should not be allowed to pump our national forests dry, and we won't rest until we have justice for our environment. Will you chip in $5 to help fund our fight against Nestlé?
Susannah, along with Annie, Brenna, Caitlin, Cheyenne, Eddie, Emma, Kelsey, Lindsay, Mahdi, Mary, Molly, Raquel, Scottie, Tim, and William (the Courage team)
Like what we do? Chip in to help fund the fight for a more progressive nation. Or find us on Facebook or Twitter.

Donate Today
Courage Campaign fights for a more progressive California and country. We are an online community powered by more than 1.4 million members. The Courage Campaign Institute is the educational arm of the Courage Campaign family of organizations. Our mission is to defend and extend human rights through innovative leadership development, training, strategic research, and public education.
Courage Campaign Institute is a 501c(3) non-profit organization. Contributions or gifts to Courage Campaign Institute are tax deductible within IRS guidelines.
http://act.couragecampaign.org/go/4731?t=12&akid=4436%2E1569519%2ErIQ738

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Aloha Code Extravaganza at Swagbucks!

Here's another fun and easy way to rack up points at Swagbucks.

Are you ready for an island getaway? Want to relax and soak up the sun while the waves lap at your feet? Swagbucks is having an Aloha Extravaganza, which is one of the easiest ways to earn SB! What are SB you ask? SB are points you earn on Swagbucks, a website where you can get gift cards for the things you do online - I've gotten lots of Amazon gift cards and cash by Paypal with Swagbucks! These are the best days to start!

It takes place Wednesday, August 16th starting at 7am PDT and goes until 5pm PDT! All you have to do is look out for the Swag Code notifications, enter the code, and you earn SB (which can be redeemed for gift cards)! There will be 6 Swag Codes throughout the day worth a total of 40 SB!  

Look out for the Swag Codes all over Swagbucks!

Sign up here to grab as many Swag Codes as you can and get your first gift card even faster!



Friday, August 11, 2017

Luau time at Swagbucks

Swagbucks is hosting another competition where teams compete for bonus points that you can convert to cash or gift cards. I love these games! 


Put on your lei, enjoy some Slack-key guitar, and get ready to eat some Kalua Pork, because Swagbucks is holding a Luau Team Challenge to help you earn free gift cards! For those of you who don't know what Swagbucks is, it's a website where you can earn cash back on everyday tasks you do online like shopping, answering surveys, discovering deals, and watching videos. You can even earn for searching the web! 
If you've never tried Swagbucks before because you didn't know where to begin, their Team Challenges are a great way to learn the ropes! The challenge, begins Monday, August 14th at 8am PT, but you can pre-register starting on Friday, August 11th!

Here's how you can join the challenge and the site:  
1. Click here to join the challenge and be assigned to a team.
2. Starting August 14th at 8am PDT, in addition to earning SB you'll contribute points to your teams total as you complete different activities on Swagbucks.
3. Check back on the page often to see the scores and what you've contribute so far.   

All members who participate and contribute at least 600 points to their team’s total will receive a SB bonus in the form of a SB Swag Up Rebate on their next gift card! 
Not only that, but if you sign up under me this month and earn 300 SB before September 1st, you'll get a 300 SB bonus!

Members of the 1st place team will receive a 100 SB Swag Up Rebate, members of the 2nd place team will receive a 50 SB Swag Up Rebate, and members of the 3rd place team will receive a 30 SB Swag Up Rebate. Your SB Swag Up Rebate will be made available on Friday, August 18th at 2pm PT and will expire on Thursday, August 31st at 11:59pm PT. 




Thursday, August 10, 2017

Stop Nestle from stealing our water

I'm sharing this because it's an important issue locally, as well as worldwide. Nestle has pumped out millions of gallons of our groundwater during a long period of drought, relying upon a lease that expired decades ago, and the government has decided to "fix" the problem by letting them keep on doing it. This is NOT acceptable, not in San Bernardino, California, and not anywhere in the world. I can't afford to donate to the cause, but maybe you can. 

Nestlé pays just $524 a year to pull tens of millions of gallons of water out of San Bernardino National Forest -- water it turns around and sells at a massive profit for $2 a bottle.
And when challenged on whether Nestlé should be able to continue to drain our watersheds for practically nothing, a chief executive replied, "Water belongs to no one."(1)
We beg to differ.
The water necessary to sustain our national forests belongs to the American people, and after years of historic drought, we need that water to replenish our aquifers, not to help pad Nestlé’s profits.
Courage Campaign Institute is continuing its legal battle to stop Nestlé from taking our water, but Nestlé will spend whatever it takes to drag it out. Will you chip in $5?
Nestlé has been pulling water out of the San Bernardino National Forest for decades on an expired permit, and Courage Campaign Institute has been fighting for more than two years to stop the company. Currently:
  • We are appealing a federal judge's ruling that allowed the outdated permit to continue.(2)
  • We've filed a Freedom of Information Act suit to force the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to turn over Nestlé's records so we may know the true extent of Nestlé's water operation.(3)
  • And we're planning a huge response for when the California State Water Resources Control Board opens its public comment period about disputes over water rights in the San Bernardino National Forest. We need an outpouring of comments highlighting just how much people want the Forest Service to stop Nestlé from draining the water supply needed for our forests.
Our legal bills are piling up, and Nestlé is hoping that we will just give up and go away. But we're not going anywhere.
Nestlé should not be allowed to pump our national forests dry, and we won't rest until we have justice for our environment. Will you chip in $5 to help fund our fight against Nestlé?
Susannah, along with Annie, Brenna, Caitlin, Cheyenne, Eddie, Emma, Kelsey, Lindsay, Mahdi, Mary, Molly, Raquel, Scottie, Tim, and William (the Courage team)
Like what we do? Chip in to help fund the fight for a more progressive nation. Or find us on Facebook or Twitter.

Donate Today
Courage Campaign fights for a more progressive California and country. We are an online community powered by more than 1.4 million members. The Courage Campaign Institute is the educational arm of the Courage Campaign family of organizations. Our mission is to defend and extend human rights through innovative leadership development, training, strategic research, and public education.
Courage Campaign Institute is a 501c(3) non-profit organization. Contributions or gifts to Courage Campaign Institute are tax deductible within IRS guidelines.
http://act.couragecampaign.org/go/4731?t=12&akid=4396%2E1569519%2E2-On28



Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Improve your mind by reading just 15 pages a day

Improve Your Memory and Mental Development: Read 15 Pages A Day!

New program promotes the benefits of reading on paper regularly


MCLEAN, Va., Aug. 08, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- To promote the many benefits of reading on paper, the Paper & Packaging – How Life Unfolds™ campaign launches 15 Pages A Day, a new program encouraging everyone to take the pledge to read 15 Pages A Day in print. Similar to physical exercise, the consistent reading of print pages can yield several benefits including improved mental development and memory.

“Reading, like playing a musical instrument or speaking a second language or exercising, involves habit,” says Dr. Naomi Baron, Professor of Linguistics at American University in Washington, DC and author of Words Onscreen: The Fate of Reading in a Digital World (Oxford University Press). To read Dr. Baron’s full essay, “Make Books a Daily Habit: Why Regular Reading Matters, Especially in Print” and for more insights on the benefits of learning with paper see the Paper and Productive Learning Report: The Third Annual Back-to-School Report. 

The 15 Pages A Day program, launching just in time for the back-to-school season, offers parents, students and teachers a way to participate by pledging to read 15 print pages a day.
How Can People Participate? Take the Pledge!
Pledge to read at least 15 pages a day in print to realize the benefits of reading on paper. More details on how to take the pledge can be found at howlifeunfolds.com/15pages. Participants can also share their involvement and invite their friends to take the pledge by using #15Pages.

The Benefits of Reading on Paper Each Day
Improved Memory/Recall

  • Current research indicates that taking notes by hand on paper aids memory and recollection.    
  • According to another recent study, “the findings show that people who regularly read and write have a markedly slower decline in memory than people who don’t.”


Increased Language/Mental Development

  • The American Library Association has found that “students who read independently become better readers, score higher on achievement tests in all subject areas, and have greater content knowledge than those who do not.”  
  • Reading aloud for 15 minutes a day aids language development, instills a love of reading and increases understanding of how knowledge is gained and shared. 


To learn more about the 15 Pages A Day reading program, please visit: http://www.howlifeunfolds.com/15pages.




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Monday, August 7, 2017

Swago shopping brings rewards


It's time for back to school shopping. Maybe you forgot Mother's Day, or maybe you want to get something ready for next Mother's Day. So, Mother's Day is in May, but there's no time like the present to prepare -- or to make it up if you missed it. Swagbucks can help. 

If you still haven't done your Mother's Day shopping, here's a way you can get paid for finding a great gift for the moms in your life. 

Swagbucks is hosting another round of Shopping Swago! What is SWAGO you ask? It's
a bingo-inspired promotion run by Swagbucks, a website that rewards you with points (called SB) for completing everyday online activities. You can redeem those SB for free gift cards. If you've never used Swagbucks, participating in SWAGO is a great introduction to the site and an easy way to earn a good amount of points quickly.  
Click here to get started

Here’s what you need to know to get your 200 SB Bonus (and don’t worry, you don’t have to make a purchase to complete a pattern):
  • Shop Swago will begin on Monday, August 7th at 9am PT/12pm ET, make sure you hit “Join” otherwise you won’t get credit for completing the action items. Each square on your Swago Board will contain an action item to complete.
  • Once you complete the action item in a particular square the square will change color signifying the action item is complete.
  • You have a limited amount of time to mark off as many squares as possible so use your time wisely.
  • Be mindful of the patterns and their corresponding bonuses located on the right of your Swago Board. The patterns will vary in difficulty and bonus value.
  • Once you’ve achieved a pattern the corresponding “Submit” button will light up. You can have multiple patterns available for submission, however, you can only submit ONE pattern so choose wisely.
  • The game ends Thursday, August 10th at 12pm PDT/3pm EDT. So make sure to hit “Submit” on the pattern you wish to submit. If you don’t hit “Submit” before the game ends you won’t receive your SB bonus.

    Also, if you sign up through me this month, you'll get a $10 rebate when you make your first purchase via Swagbucks Shopping! You can activate it in the "Swag Ups" area of "My Account"




Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Swagbucks referral bonuses in August!

Swagbucks is a fun way to earn gift cards or cash online. You can help me get a 300 point bonus at Swagbucks by signing up, and if you earn 300 Swagbucks in August, you also get a bonus of 300 points. That translates to a $3 gift card. Plus you can earn gift cards by doing things that you already do on the internet. Use the search engine, watch short videos, take surveys, do shopping, and more. Swagbucks has interesting competitions from time to time, as well. 

It may almost be the end of Summer, but you can still earn big bonuses at Swagbucks, a rewards site where you earn points (called SB) for things you're probably doing online already, like searching, watching videos, discovering deals, and taking surveys. Then you take those points and exchange them for gift cards to places like Amazon, Starbucks, Walmart, Target, or PayPal cash. 

When you sign up through me this month, you can earn a $3 bonus! Here's how: 

1. Sign up using this link 

2. Earn 300 SB total before 9/1/17. You'll get a $3 (300 SB) bonus for it! 

3. That's it. It's super easy, and Swagbucks is for real. I use it myself, and I've earned thousands of Swagbucks and traded them for cash and Amazon gift cards. 






Friday, July 21, 2017

Swagbucks is offering 25% Back when you spend $50 at Kohl's

Swagbucks has a deal where you can get 25% back when you spend $50 at Kohl’s, and that's before any deals you'll get through Kohl's Cash. 

Here's how you take advantage of this deal: 

1. Click here and sign up for Swagbucks if you haven't already. Make sure you create your "Swag Name" after you sign up. 
2. Send an image of your product(s) along with the qualifying receipt to Iredeemkohls@swagbucks.com and include your Swag Name in the subject line. 

That's all you need to do to secure your 1250 SB credit, which is equal to $12.50 - that's 25% back on your purchase. If you already have a Swagbucks account, you can get a $50 Kohl’s gift card for 4650 SB, a 7% discount of the usual price.  
Haven't tried Swagbucks yet? They're a site where you earn points (called SB) for doing things like shopping, watching videos, taking surveys, and discovering deals and services you might like to try. You then take those points and turn them into free gift cards to places like Amazon, Starbucks, Walmart, Target, or PayPal cash. 








Play Swago and learn all about Swagbucks

Swagbucks is holding their Swago promotion starting Monday, July 24th at 9am PDT! It's just like bingo, but in this case you're filling out squares as you earn points on their site for doing things you already do online. If you're thinking of trying Swagbucks, this is a great chance to learn all about how the site works and earn bonus points while doing it.    

The best part is that the points you get can be used to get free gift cards to places like Amazon, or PayPal cash! 

Fill up your board and then submit your pattern to get even more points - if you can fill in the whole board, you get a 500 SB bonus! That's enough for a $5 gift card in our Rewards Store. 

Click here to sign up and get started! If you sign up through my link and earn 300 SB before the first of next month, you'll get a bonus 300 SB! 



Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Swag Code Extravaganza begins tomorrow morning!

Swag codes give you even more Swagbucks when you are a member. Candy codes are sweet! Find codes on Facebook and in other places. It helps to "like" the Swagbucks page on Facebook. Check it out! 

Do you have a Sweet Tooth? Swagbucks is having a Candy Code Extravaganza to mark the occasion, which is one of the easiest ways to earn SB! What are SB you ask? SB are points you earn on Swagbucks, a website where you can get gift cards for the things you do online - I've gotten plenty of earnings  with Swagbucks! These are the best days to start! 

It takes place Wednesday, July 19th starting at 7am PDT and goes until 5pm PDT! All you have to do is look out for the Swag Code notifications, enter the code, and you earn SB (which can be redeemed for gift cards)! There will be 6 Swag Codes throughout the day worth a total of 40 SB! 
Look out for the Swag Codes all over Swagbucks!

Sign up here to grab as many Swag Codes as you can and get your first gift card even faster!


Sunday, July 16, 2017

Sweet new team challenge at Swagbucks!

Here's another cool way to earn more Swagbucks, and it's fun!

On your marks, get set, EARN! Swagbucks is holding a fun team challenge called the "Swagathlon" to help you earn free gift cards! For those of you who don't know what Swagbucks is, it's a website where you can earn cash back on everyday tasks you do online like shopping, answering surveys, discovering deals, and watching videos. You can even earn for searching the web! 

If you've never tried Swagbucks before because you didn't know where to begin, their Team Challenges are a great way to learn the ropes! The challenge, begins Monday, July 17th at 8am PT, but you can pre-register starting on Friday, July 14th! 

Here's how you can join the challenge and the site:  

1. Click here to join the challenge and be assigned to a team.
2. Starting June 17th at 8am PDT, in addition to earning SB you'll contribute points to your teams total as you complete different activities on Swagbucks.
3. Check back on the page often to see the scores and what you've contribute so far.   

All members who participate and contribute at least 600 points to their team’s total will receive a SB bonus in the form of a SB Swag Up Rebate on their next gift card! 
Not only that, but if you sign up under me this month and earn 300 SB before August 1st, you'll get a 300 SB bonus!

Members of the 1st place team will receive a 100 SB Swag Up Rebate, members of the 2nd place team will receive a 50 SB Swag Up Rebate, and members of the 3rd place team will receive a 30 SB Swag Up Rebate. Your SB Swag Up Rebate will be made available on Friday, July 21st at 2pm PT and will expire on Friday, August 4th at 11:59pm PT.




Friday, July 14, 2017

Wanta get away for the weekend?

Swagbucks can help you get away, 

If you need a getaway this weekend,, MyGiftCardsPlus is a great way to plan smart. You buy gift cards there and get cash back (in the form of SB points on Swagbucks) for your purchase! As a special Weekend Getaway promotion, they're offer an additional $1 (100 SB) bonus through Sunday, July 16th when you get a gift card for:

Hotels.com, Delta, Southwest, Groupon, or IHOP.

Click here to get started! If you're not a Swagbucks member yet, you'll be able to join first so you can get your points from your purchase on MyGiftCardsPlus and then redeem them on Swagbucks for MORE gift cards to places like Amazon, Target, Starbucks, or PayPal cash!

The SB Bonus Offers apply to one purchase per gift card listed above (Hotels.com, Delta, Southwest, Groupon, and IHOP). Your SB will credit when your electronic gift card is delivered.


Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Swagbucks is offering great deals at Walmart!

You shop at Walmart for low prices, and now you can get even better deals with Swagbucks. 

Walmart is running huge deals all week long on everything from clothing and jewelry to home electronics, grills, and toys, and Swagbucks is offering 6% cash back (in the form of SB Points) for every dollar you spend through Sunday. Whatever you need this summer, now's the time to buy it and get rewarded for doing it. 

Just click here to take advantage of these deals. If you haven't signed up for Swagbucks yet, you can also do that at this page and start earning points towards your first free gift card. As a bonus, if you sign up through me a spend at least $25 shopping online through Swagbucks before the first of the month and you'll get a 200 SB bonus - that's $2 in addition to the points you get for each dollar you spend. 




Monday, July 10, 2017

More fun and rewards for searching on Swagbucks

Collector bills are virtual bills that can add up to more Swagbucks, and you can trade Swagbucks for cash or gift cards. It's fun, too! Just do your web searches on Swagbucks, and you'll have a chance to win collector bills.

Ready for some pie? If you said "yes", you're ready for the easy as pie collector's bills on Swagbuckss! "Collector's Bills" are special designs that you win randomly while searching the web with Swagbucks' Yahoo-powered search engine. Collect all 6 and you get an additional SB Bonus! Once you've collected enough SB, you can redeem them for gift cards to stores like Amazon, PayPal Cash, and many more!
Here's all the information for this week's Collector's Bills:
Search the webhttp://www.swagbucks.com/?cmd=sb-trk&t0=blgTrk&t1=439173&t2=698 through the Swagbucks search starting Monday, July 10th through Sunday, July 16th, and when you get a search win, you may get a special Collector’s Bill valued at either:
  • 4 SB
  • 6 SB
  • 9 SB
  • 11SB
  • 18 SB
  • 26 SB
When you get a Collector’s Bill you’ll receive the value of the bill and the bill will be added to your “Collector’s Bills” ledger. Collect all 5 Collector’s Bills and you’ll instantly earn a 20 SB Bonus!

Keep searching til you find them all! 



Thursday, June 29, 2017

Great July 4th celebration at Swagbucks!

What could be better than cash back? DOUBLE cash back! 

Swagbucks is currently offering double cash back or more at a number of stores for Independence Day. From JC Penney to Lowes, you'll get cash back (in the form of SB points) for buying your gifts online through Swagbucks. They also have offers where you can earn SB points towards free gift cards for things like trying Hulu.

You can find all of the details here. If you haven't signed up for Swagbucks yet, you can also do that at this page and start earning points towards your first free gift card. As a bonus, if you sign up through me a spend at least $25 shopping online through Swagbucks before the first of the month and you'll get a 200 SB bonus - that's $2 in addition to the points you get for each dollar you spend.

These deals will run all the way through Fourth of July!



Tuesday, June 27, 2017

June Swago for US on Swagbucks

Swagbucks is holding their Swago promotion starting Tuesday, June 27th at 9am PDT! It's just like bingo, but in this case you're filling out squares as you earn points on their site for doing things you already do online. If you're thinking of trying Swagbucks, this is a great chance to learn all about how the site works and earn bonus points while doing it.    

The best part is that the points you get can be used to get free gift cards to places like Amazon, or PayPal cash! 

Fill up your board and then submit your pattern to get even more points - if you can fill in the whole board, you get a 550 SB bonus! That's enough for a $5 gift card in our Rewards Store. 

Click here to sign up and get started! If you sign up through my link and earn 300 SB before the first of next month, you'll get a bonus 300 SB!




Monday, June 12, 2017

My signed books on eBay

in an effort to make ends meet, I'm offering some of my books on eBay.

Sorry, my shadow got into the photo. I can't see the screen on my old cell phone, which is the only camera that I have.

This is the first edition of my murder mystery, and it is out of print. A longer version of the same novel is still available under the title Murder Lies. This book has three copyright dates because I spent three years writing it, and I published excerpts of 300 words or less during the writing process. 

Lavinia Stout decides to give up her job as a phony psychic after investigating a mystery for her old college friend. 

There are fewer than 50 copies in existence. 





I wrote Bad Moon Rising under my maiden name L.A. Busby because it is quite a different 
genre from my usual writing. This is a second edition paperback. It has never been read. 

This  young adult horror story involves the wolf inside. Lisa suspects that her stepfather 
killed her father, but she can't prove it. With help from her friends, she escapes the 
clutches of the monster. 

Sorry my shadow got into the photo. I took 6 photos, but I couldn't see the screen on 
my old cell phone, which is the only camera I have. 




I once made the mistake of submitting my novel to Publish America, which turned out to be a vanity press. Although they did not charge me any fees to publish it, they never sold my book, either. As far as I know, the only copies in existence are the six copies that I bought for myself. This is an early edition of my novel Origins, which is also out of print. Another edition is available under the title Fallen Angels, which has many changes and additions to the text. 

The story is about people who take refuge on Earth after their home planet is destroyed in the course of interplanetary war. A major theme is the eugenics program that unfairly dooms people to a life of slavery. 

This paperback book has never been read, so it is in excellent condition. It was printed on cheap paper that has a slight tint to it, so it is not exactly white. 









Holmes and Watson together again

If you can get to Lake Arrowhead this weekend, I recommend that you enjoy dinner theatre at Tudor house. Their production of The Speckled Band is a must-see. 

A young lady has died, and the coroner can't figure out why. After all the witnesses testify at the inquest, the ruling is natural causes. However, the surviving sister Enid suspects that her stepfather had something to do with it. After two years have elapsed, Dr. Watson suspects that Enid is about to suffer the same fate. Calling upon his old friend Sherlock Holmes, he opens a snake's nest of greed and insanity. 

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle wrote this play, The Speckled Band, based on his short story of the same title. It is different enough to be interesting to those who are familiar with the story, and familiar enough to be interesting to fans of Sherlock Holmes. Tudor House Players used Conan Doyle's original script with a few ad libs. The casting is superb, and the performances are spot on. 

Holmes and Watson are perfectly cast, with Phil Simmons as a more intelligent Watson than the bumbling role played by Nigel Bruce in the old movies, and Richard Lavin as a more amiable Holmes than Basil Rathbone. Together they allow the audience to share in a few humorous moments while they deceive the villain. 

Dr. Grimesby Rylott, played by David Heisler, will remind you of the villain in the Lakeside Players production of "Gaslight". Soft-spoken when he tries to persuade others to give him what he wants, Rylott can change in a moment to a roaring fiend who brandishes a whip against those who have crossed him or refused him.

In her role as Enid Stoner, the young lady in peril, Madison Siedschlag plays well off Nancy Loesch in her brilliant performance as Mrs. Staunton, the conniving housekeeper. 

Overall, The Speckled Band is fascinating and entertaining, and the performances are brilliant. Tudor House provides a comfortable upscale venue with dinner served by cheerful, competent staff. 

This play is a must-see. 

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Saturday, June 10, 2017

Team challenge at Swagbucks!

I just joined a team, and on Monday we'll start earning extra points for the things that we already do on Swagbucks. The winning team will get even more extra points. It's fun and rewarding! 

To help make your June a little sweeter, Swagbucks is holding a fun team challenge to help you earn free gift cards! For those of you who don't know what Swagbucks is, it's a website where you can earn cash back on everyday tasks you do online like shopping, answering surveys, discovering deals, and watching videos. You can even earn for searching the web! 

If you've never tried Swagbucks before because you didn't know where to begin, their Team Challenges are a great way to learn the ropes! Their latest, the "Swag Wars" Team Challenge, begins Monday, June 12th at 8am PT.
Here's how you can join the challenge and the site:  
All members who participate and contribute at least 400 points to their team’s total will receive a SB bonus in the form of a SB Swag Up Rebate on their next gift card! 
Members of the 1st place team will receive a 60 SB Swag Up Rebate, members of the 2nd place team will receive a 40 SB Swag Up Rebate, members of the 3rd place team will receive a 20 SB Swag Up Rebate, and members of the 4th place team will receive a 10 SB Swag Up Rebate, Your SB Swag Up Rebate will be made available on Friday, June 16th and will expire on Friday, June 30th at 11:59pm PT.


1. Click here to join the challenge and be assigned to a team.
2. Starting June 12th at 8am PDT, in addition to earning SB you'll contribute points to your teams total as you complete different activities on Swagbucks.
3. Check back on the page often to see the scores and what you've contribute so far.    
Not only that, but if you earn 300 SB before July 1st, you'll get a 300 SB bonus (as long as you've signed up under me)!


Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Bitcoin under fire from regulators and prosecutors

I got this news release this morning from the Libertarian Party. I am  not a member, but I do agree with many of their goals. Here's the scoop on bitcoin:

For immediate release
June 6, 2017

Libertarian Party condemns government persecution of Bitcoin exchange vendor

First they came for those who traded Liberty Dollars, and I said nothing—
because I had no Liberty Dollars.
Then they came for Bitcoin exchange vendors, and I said nothing—
because I had no bitcoins.
Then they came for the rest of us whose only currency was Federal Reserve notes...
Nicholas Sarwark, chair of the Libertarian National Committee, released the following statement today:
The Libertarian Party vigorously condemns the trumped-up case against Randall Lord, a former Libertarian candidate, who  was sentenced to 46 months in prison for the victimless “crime” of operating an unregistered money service business involving Bitcoin, a digital currency.
Trading bitcoins is perfectly legal. Major retailers such as Microsoft, Expedia, Dell, Overstock, and Whole Foods accept bitcoins. Prosecutors targeted Lord for not being registered with the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN), a bureau of the U.S. Treasury, and for not being licensed to operate as a money service business in his home state of Louisiana.
Despite his conscientious objections to government currency controls, the Shreveport resident attempted to comply with the laws and regulations governing Bitcoin. He filed for registration with FinCEN, but the bureaucracy misplaced his filing, for which he now faces almost four years in prison.
Lord was not licensed in Louisiana because state officials had told him that Bitcoin is not a currency, and therefore he didn't have to have a license to operate. Then in March 2013, FinCEN expanded the definition of "currency" so they could pull exchanges like Lord's under their regulatory control. 
Lord pleaded guilty to not having a state license, but later he proved to the court that the state did not require one. Then a federal court ruled that "unlicensed" could also mean "not registered with the Treasury Dept." and refused to allow him to withdraw his guilty plea and take this issue to trial.
Every aspect of this case is a travesty:
  • politicians’ insatiable addiction to spending, which they finance by printing dollars out of thin air, devaluing the dollar and in turn creating the demand for alternative currencies such as Bitcoin;
  • the contemptible government regulations these very politicians enacted to obstruct Bitcoin trading, and which were used to prosecute Lord;
  • the bumbling FinCEN regulators whose ineptitude set Lord up for prosecution (unless it was deliberate that they “misplaced” Lord’s filing);
  • the use of multiple taxpayer-funded federal agencies—the IRS, FBI, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and U.S. Postal Inspection Service—to go after Lord for openly trading a legal commodity and harming no one;
  • the failure of prosecutors to show any intent by Lord to violate the law;
  • the harsh sentence imposed on Lord, which appears intended to intimidate others who trade in bitcoins, much like the life sentence imposed on Silk Road founder Ross Ulbricht; and
  • the government’s as-yet uncertain plans to confiscate Lord’s assets, including possibly his home, adding to his family’s distress.
Randall Lord has long opposed the federal government’s tax-and-spend policies and the Federal Reserve Bank’s manipulation of the dollar. He did his part to try to change these onerous laws and regulations when he ran for U.S. House on the Libertarian ticket in 2014 and 2012, receiving 27 and 25 percent of the vote, respectively.
This case illustrates that the problem is not a well-meaning, civic-minded family man like Randall Lord who offers a service to people aiming to preserve the value of their hard-earned money.
The problem is overspending by federal politicians, their manipulation and regulation of currencies, and grandstanding prosecutors who get rewarded for convicting people rather than for achieving justice.
The solution is to overturn the sentence of Randall Lord, repeal onerous laws and regulations, and stop federal government overspending so that the dollar will stop losing value, jobs will be plentiful, and Americans will be financially secure.
Please add your voice to ours in demanding freedom for Randall Lord.
Listen to an interview of Randall Lord in a Lions of Liberty podcast here.
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The Libertarian Party has proudly accepted Bitcoin since 2013.


Randall Lord, Libertarian candidate for U.S. House in 2012 and 2014