Crash-Proofing Our Prosperity in the New Paradigm of the World

Americans seem to be at a loss today to find an answer to the question, “who are we”? We have associated ourselves to be the leader in the world of many things. This has been true since about 1948 when the west surged upward and away from the rest of the world in many different categories including being the reserve currency for the entire world.

And because the USA was leading the way it gave the rest of the world something to strive for and set an example of how to achieve the goals set out.

In the past few decades the structure of the world has changed, the Asian and Latin American countries began to “catch up” and living standards started to converge. Now thanks to the incredible reductions in poverty, the United States is not the winner “by a long ways” many countries are hot on our heals.

I think that this equalization of the world is a good thing but the change in global social structure has created a psychological crisis in the U.S. Since WW II all of us in the U.S. has built our national identity on our rank among the nations…….at the front with everyone else trailing behind. In the world of converging sociology there are not many countries left in the dust, everyone is experiencing this social growth.

Many are moving from poverty, living on less than $2.00 per day to the standard of middle class. That means they have money to spend on non-necessities but it also involves a shift in values. People in the middle class have fewer children but spend more time and money on the children they do have.

They teach their children to lead different lives than their own instead of expecting them to come into the family business or a family tradition of certain types of careers. to learn new ways to live that will make us feel like our life is “crash-proof”. It reminds me of something that Karl Marx observed and wrote about, he said, “it (education) unleashes a relentless spirit of improvement and openness that alters every ancient institution”.

This shift to the middle class is good because according to the Pew Research Center, when they interviewed middle class people they found that they are more likely to value democracy, free speech and objective judiciary. They were found to embrace pluralism and believe that you don’t have to believe in God to be a good person.

The new Paradigm is in educating the population of the world and the United States has a distinct role to play in that education. We have been the leaders of the world for over a half century and we have produced the likes of Benjamin Franklin, one of the original spokesmen for the middle class.

The U.S. produced Horatio Alger who told stories about poor boys and girls who rose up to the middle class by being serious about their education. We have produced such self-help guru’s as Dale Carnegie to Oprah Winfrey not to mention the U.S created the suburbs and a new sort of middle class dream.

The dream they created was in owning a home, getting to know your neighbors, working hard at a job, raising a family and retiring with a pension.

For many the economy has destroyed the dreams of security and financial stability as more and more people become un-employed and so many houses are being foreclosed on. What happened to the American Dream?

We have a lack of confidence in our leadership which leads us to believe that we need to take the future into our own hands. If we do not do this immediately we may just see the entire middle class wiped out. Even though it seems indestructible with the huge numbers of people who have risen out of poverty to middle class. We need to remember that the middle class has the biggest tax burdens and because of higher education and hopes for a bright future for our children we will go into tremendous debt for the sake of that education.

Education is the key, how do we “crash-proof” our wealth? How do we put our self into a position that the recession doesn’t affect us, the devaluation of our dollar isn’t an issue and inflation won’t take the food off of our table?

Because the old paradigm has been “disrupted” never to return we need to look to new ways to educate ourselves. The universities are not teaching us what we need to know, who we can trust, what to invest in because they are stuck back in the old paradigm.

Everyone wants the answers on how to “crash-proof” their future and prosperity. There is really only one way and that is to shift into the new Paradigm of thinking because things have changed drastically as you know and so this shift is needed. There is so much that can be done but we need to educate in order to see these tasks through.

How to Save the World With Your College Degree

Online education is contributing a lot towards reducing carbon footprint an institution can create otherwise. Providing education through internet and e-learning methods radically reduces energy consumption. According to a research conducted by the Stockholm Environmental Institute (SEI) and the UK’s Open University Design Innovation Group (DIG), it has come to light that distance learning courses and online college degrees consume around 90% less energy. So by earning your degree online rather than commuting to a traditional classroom, you are conserving energy in your own little way.

Given below are 7 important ways in which you conserve energy and reduce carbon footprints by earning your college degree online. You are really doing your part in saving the world and making it a better place to live.

Drive Less
Online education eliminates the requirement of traveling to a classroom. Of course, you don’t need to drive to get to your home office or kitchen table. Therefore, getting a college degree online dramatically reduces the emission of carbon dioxide. According to DIG, it leads to around 92% reduction in environmental impact which is travel-related.

Use Less Campus Resources
Campus education adds much to the creation of carbon footprints. SEI records that the UK school system emits 9.25 million metric ton of carbon dioxide annually. As compared to a separate educational infrastructure, your home office uses less energy, thereby contributing hugely towards reducing carbon footprint.

Use Less Paper
In online education, learning happens on the screen rather than using a large amount of paper in the traditional learning methods. By earning your college degree online, therefore, you are saving trees. There is no need of expensive books, writing notes and submitting essays in online education. It is a great way to reduce carbon footprints and make world better and greener.

Promote Large-scale Conservation
A single online class can cater to the learning requirements of a large number of students. Nearly the same amount of server space is required to provide online education to one student or several students. Therefore, online education also promotes large scale conservation.

Increase Awareness on More Civic Responsibilities
Due to the flexible format of online education, larger number of students including non-traditional students can access the learning programs. Online degree programs has raised the level of education immensely, thereby educating more and more students and making them aware of world’s environmental problems.

Create a Global Network
Through online education programs, students from far across the world and several cultural backgrounds can share their experience together. This, in turn, creates a huge global community. Virtual classrooms result in the creation of large global communities who can all work towards reducing the carbon footprints, saving the world and making it a greener place to live.

The English Language Dominates the World

No matter where you go in the world, you have a very good chance of finding someone who speaks English. English is quickly becoming the global language, and it dominates the world in many ways. There are many reasons for this fact, one of which is the fact that Great Britain was a global power during the colonial days, and today America is, perhaps, the most powerful nation in the world. Because of this global domination, learning English is essential to successfully communicating in our new global society.

English Dominates the Business World

The world is accommodating to English speakers, and this is seen clearly in the Business world. This has happened slowly, and some European nations have fought it, but it has happened. Today, a meeting between business leaders in Europe who are from different nations will be more likely to occur in English than one of the native tongues of the professionals.

Why is this? The English domination is due, in large part, to statistics. The European Union reports that almost half of Western Europeans speak conversational English. In contrast, only 32 percent speak German and only 28 percent speak French. Additionally, 69 percent of business managers and 65 percent of those in their late teens and early twenties speak decent English. In today’s world, learning English simply makes good business sense.

The Language of Science and Technology

The scientific world has always been a proponent of a common language. This is why living things are classified using Latin words. When a German scientist makes a discovery, he needs to be able to communicate that discovery with his Japanese, American, and French colleagues. As such, the main language used in the fields of science is English.

The Internet also plays a role in making English the dominant language in the world. By far, the vast majority of online resources are written in English. Translations are available, but the main language most websites, as many as 80 percent of all websites, is English. Also, most forums are frequented by people who can speak English, which means that the free sharing of ideas online is more accessible to those who can read and write in English.

English Is the Language of Culture

While all countries have their own actors, actresses, and singers, those that achieve global recognition are almost always English performers. If you grab the iPod of someone in a non-English speaking country, you will probably find a few songs on it sung in English, if not the majority of the songs. Pop culture icons are global celebrities, and the vast majority of those who achieve global recognition are English speaking.

English Is the Language of Education

From the youngest students to the advanced graduate student, those involved in education across the world are learning English. Elementary schools in European and Asian nations are teaching young children basic English. Universities across the globe are changing from their native languages to English. People are traveling to England and America to have their children taught English by native speakers. Countries like China are paying Americans to come into their lands to teach their people conversational English.

As English continues to morph into a global language, it has its skeptics. Some point to the time when Latin was the “global” language and say that no language can stay prominent forever. However, that was a time when the world was not connected by the click of a mouse or the dialing of a phone. Today, English is turning into a global language, and it will likely stay there, although in a unique form that is a bit different than its current one. Regardless of the future of the language, it is evident that in order to make an impact on today’s economy, one must be able to use English well.

Free Teacher Resources From Educators Around the World

There was a time where you would find it hard to get an association that the teachers to be could get encouragements and professional support from. Gone are the times when aspiring teachers would join one of the several, associations that would allow them to share ideas with their colleagues around the world and in the process learn to be at the best level possible.

There are many things that can be learned through sharing hence making the would be a teacher to get the necessary encouragement that would enable him or her face the future with confidence.

We are a community of educators networking for mutual growth and support in the teaching profession. With the free teacher resources, teachers are empowered and provided with the necessary strategies that will not only enable them be great teachers not only in the classrooms but also in the general society.

New teachers are also trained and mentored hence equipping them with the practical tools that are necessary to succeed in the ever dynamic classroom setting, is necessary. By being a member of these organizations, you can be empowered to lead and develop people who will look up to you as a role model in the future. Since a teacher has an impact in the life of a student even after graduating from school, it’s important that the teacher gets these important skills.

So it’s important for every teacher or every aspiring teacher to join the members of this organization who work around the world to ensure that everything is done well. As a member, you will gain a lot of professional support that will enable you excel.

Why We Should Put Our Faith in God Over the World

Many of us are accustomed to following what we can see with our eyes. Most of us like to have a future we can predict. We like to have things prepared and organized. We like to know what to expect; we prefer to be in our comfort zones.

We prefer to trust the system of the world over the guidance of the creator but let us ask ourselves this question: why should we put our trust into the world?

Does the world guarantee us safety from poverty, illness, injury and death? Does the world promise us stable finances and a successful future?

In the beginning, God created this world to be a perfect place where there was no suffering, death and illness. Under the guidance of God, the world was made secure. However, man brought sin into the world by his actions and thus making the world into what it is today. The world has become what it is today from the imperfections of man.

God provided a perfect world for us before we decided to do things our own way. God was the master maker who provided a world free from all poverty, death and illness until we brought it in from the choice of our free will.

If we understand that God’s ways are filled with perfection while the world’s ways are filled imperfection, why do we decide to follow the world’s security? If we are the cause of the world’s imperfections, why would we put the trust of our hopes, dreams and securities into our own knowledge?

Under the world’s power, anything given can easily be taken away and once it is taken away, we are left with nothing. Now anything taken from God will never leave you with nothing because regardless what is taken, you will still always have what you truly need.

God knows everything we need in our lives. He knows us better than ourselves. Everything given to you is given to you for a reason. From the face you wear, to the talents you possess, from your body type, to your colored race. Everything you are is the exact way he wants you to be.

God is the master designer of everything. He placed the earth, the moon, and the sun exactly where they are in order for life to happen. Everything is the way it is because it is required for life to take place.

God is made up of everything good and pure so every pure, happy and constructive thought going through your mind comes from him. Your excitements, dreams, ambitions and ideas were all placed in your mind by God. God has a master plan for every person born into the world and he has already given him and her everything he or she needs to accomplish it.

If we place our full trust in his plan, he will provide us the fullness of his blessings. What does it mean to place our full trust in his plan? It means we should not have any back up plans or worldly security to fall back on. By having back up plans we are preparing for the potential failure of God’s plan. We doubt the creator of the universe at bringing his promises to reality. We are preparing to fall back on what we know will for sure secure our futures: our back up plan. In other words, we aren’t one hundred percent certain the creator of the universe will provide everything we need to accomplish what he promised us but we are one hundred percent certain our back up plan (which is the imperfect world’s plan) will save us from complete disaster should our plan set by God fail.

An imperfect world cannot promise us perfect security so why do we put our trust in it? Is it because we can see our future with our eyes and predict it with our minds? Why should we trust in our eyes and mind? Can our eyes and mind promise us security? Are our eyes and mind powerful enough judges for our entire futures and lives?! For a sales job, investing all of our hard earned money into products that have been selling very well lately seems like a great investment. Normally it would be but who’s to say the market of your products won’t suddenly crash? How would we know? You’re right, no one would know, that’s simply the risk of doing business.

The truth is, no one knows for sure if their plans will work out. Everything we do is a risk and a guess. Any plan that seems like a great idea at the time can easily run the other direction fast. None of us can be one hundred percent certain that their plans will work out the way we want them to.

None of us know the perfect plans for our lives. Using the best knowledge we have, we pursue the plan that seems like the best course of action. No matter how educated we become, nothing we do will ever promise us stable security. Everything action we take is a risk.

This is why we should give our plans to God. God knows everything, he knows what works and what doesn’t and he knows when something will work and when something won’t. God’s timing is perfect and everything he does is exactly what needs to be done. If God can adjust everything in the universe just perfectly so life can happen, do we not believe he will take care of our futures?

Forget everything you think you know and give it to God because he knows everything better than you do already! Do you want something done perfectly? Give it to him and He’ll show you exactly what you need to do and when you need to it! Would you rather live your life with risks and guesses or give your life over to someone who promises to carry out perfectly, who has proven to carry out things perfectly! The world has proven many times to fail us but God has proven many times to provide for us through his word and the word of thousands of testimonies.

Imagine how perfect our plans would be if we gave them to God one hundred percent! Imagine the possibilities if we had complete faith in his ability to provide! Imagine how happy we would be if we relaxed and had faith in His ability to carry out our plans exactly when they needed to be carried out! No one knows how to succeed in our ambitions better than he does so we should give to him! Stop relying on an unpredictable world and start believing in the creator of the universe! Spend less time stressing over what might work on your plans and start filling your mind with God’s wisdom and understanding on how everything truly works. The world fills your mind with doubt and insecurity but God fills you with hope and confidence which is a huge part of what you need to achieve your success! Under his guidance, there is no way you will fail! So for once invest your time, money and life into something that is sure to work! Before you doubt his power, remind yourself how small your plans are compared to how big the almighty God truly is!

5 Tips To Help You Keep Your Conveyor Chains Operational

Conveyor chains are used to drive different types of conveyor units and use different types of power transmission. If you want to get the most out of your equipment, make sure you maintain them. This is even more important if they are installed in the mining and construction industry. Given below are a few tips that can help you ensure your conveyor chains will continue to work properly.

1. Follow the Maintenance Schedule

First of all, you may want to inspect and service them to ensure proper alignment, lubrication and tension. If inspected on a regular basis, they can last up to 15,000 hours. It’s better if you schedule filter and oil changes every 3 months. On the other hand, the cleaning of bigger parts, such as shafts, machine lubrication and replacement of damaged or worn sprockets and sideplats should be done on an annual basis.

Following the maintenance schedule is paramount, especially if you have installed the conveyor chains in the construction and mining industry.

2. Lubricate Wisely

For smooth operation, conveyor drives and chains should be free of moisture and dust. Most of these systems require petroleum-based oil. It’s not a good idea to opt for heavy greases and heavy oils. The reason is that they are overly stiff and can’t lubricate the system properly. Given below are some common ways of lubricating the conveyor chains. Some of them are listed below:

Stream lubrication
Disk lubrication
Drip lubrication
Manual lubrication

Based on the power and chain speed, the right method can be used. For reducing wear and tear and enjoying all the benefits, it’s important that you lubricate the system properly.

3. Get Heat-Treated Parts

Heat treatment can be used to improve the mechanical components. Therefore, manufacturers control the treatment methods for best results. In other words, to reduce wear and tear, it’s important to perform proper heat treatment.

Case hardness and depth are the two primary parts of component heat transfer. This plays a great role as far as resistance and durability is concerned. If the depth is too much, the parts may break while working due to brittleness.

4. Make sure there is Proper Alignment and Tension

Make sure you check the slack span and chain tension, and perform the required maintenance. If you need to reduce the tension, you can eliminate two pitches and then connect the chain again. However, you may need to replace the entire chain if the wear and tear goes beyond the functional limits.

Also, you may not want to connect new chains to the worn one as it can damage the drive. Misaligned sprockets can also cause the link plates of the roller chain to get a lot of wear and tear.

5. Check the Primary Parts

Typically, conveyor chains have two main parts that go through wear and tear: sprockets and chain. Chain stretching happens due to this very reason and results in the complete replacement of the sprockets and chain.

Therefore, you should inspect conveyor chains for any broken parts, deformation and cracks.

In short, these are the tips you can follow to maintain your roller chains.

5 Benefits Listing Your Business in Internet Directories

You can enjoy a lot of benefits if you have your business listed in an internet directory, such as Top5Biz.com. In fact, the more directories you use the greater number of benefits you can enjoy. Given below are some of the prominent benefits of using these directories. Read on to find out more.

Exposure

We know that proper exposure is required for all types of businesses. The more exposure your business gets, the higher number of visitors will know about your products or services. On the other hand, if your prospective customers can’t find your site, they won’t be able to buy your products or services.

By listing your business website in these directories, you can get the exposure you need. As a matter of fact, a large number of people search these directories in order to find what they are looking for. Their goal is to look for a specific product or service.

Better Ranking

We know that better ranking is important for any website. If your website is indexed in many web directories, it will send a signal to search engine crawlers that your website is authentic. And this will help you get your website ranked on major search engines. As a result, you will be able to enjoy better rankings in major search engines.

These directors get your website ranked better and get the word out about your business. And this is a huge benefit.

Inexpensive Advertising

If you run a business, you know the importance of advertisement. The primary purpose of advertisement is to help clients find your business and know more about it. You may not have a big budget for your advertisement campaigns. This is where you can spend a little money and achieve the purpose by getting your website indexed in internet directories.

Unlike the conventional advertising, business directories are much affordable. Therefore, they can help you save tons of money on advertisement.

Professional Opinion

If you want your business to look professional in the eyes of your visitors, we suggest that you try internet directories. This will help you improve your business status. In other words, this technique will help you make buyers have a professional opinion about your business.

Once your site is listed in these directories, it will look as professional as the top business enterprises out there. Aside from this, your website will be considered an authority in the niche. As a result, you will be able to get more and more customers and clients.

Search Engine Optimization

Internet directories offer another great benefit, which is called search engine optimization. Basically, these directories allow you to get a lot of inbound links. When a visitor finds your site in the directory, they will click he link and get directed to your website. So, this is an effective way of getting a lot of traffic.