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  • Extinct breed Hare Indian Dog. A dog from northern Canada. Gradually losing its hunting usefulness (aboriginal) among the Indigenous people. It went extinct in the 19th century and also lost its identity through interbreeding. Through years of crossing this breed with other dog breeds, the Hare Indian Dog lost its original ancestry.

    Many of these Arctic Dog Breeds are becoming rare and extinct. Like the Hare Indian Dog, the Northern Dog Breeds are losing their usefulness as times modernize even further. Humans no longer have a use for dog transportation and delivering the mail by dog as John Beargrease of Minnesota did. Well, perhaps a machine would be better due to you must give account of the dog's health that must be maintained. However, the sled dog sport has a significant decline of those who are interested in participating in these activities.

    Also, Northern Dog Breeds have a specific temperament that is not suitable for the average home. Some people have made them domesticated into a normal household, but some also have discovered behaviour issues when attempting to bring these Arctic Dogs into an environment they're not accustomed to. As these dogs such as the Canadian Eskimo Dog or the Greenland Dog, as they lose their usefulness, their population and demand is affected by it. I have read about the Greenland Dog and how it's not a dog suited for a normal pet type environment. Actually, most of these Arctic Dog Breeds have temperaments not fitting to be a pet type dog. Meaning, they're not really able to be domesticated in the same way another breed is.

    What could be done about this? Perhaps some things were meant to exist only for a specific purpose. However, perhaps there could be more awareness of these dogs that could be spread. Uncertain if it's possible, but perhaps a middle ground would just be enough for these dogs. Introducing new environments to them, while still practicing their sled dog sport and allowing them to have access to cold climates.   

    Hare Indian Dog



  • I usually don't do movie reviews because I don't like watching movies really. I sort of lost interest in watching tv probably because of the reason I needed to write this review. I just had to write this.

    I first heard of Mandy on the Playstation 4 when it was being offered for 6.99$. My family wondered why it was so cheap, but I'm not sure if that's for new movies or not. We watched the movie trailer, especially how it was claimed to be one of Nicholas Cages' best performances. I must correct these reviews in saying no, that was not his best performance. Everyone knows his best was Ghost Rider. Knowing how good Ghost Rider was and seeing the trailer, I thought it would be a really good movie. I hate it when the advertisements are misleading because this one was. When looking at the trailer itself, I thought Wow, I have to see this movie. It looked like it would have been a good movie. I have to say whoever was in charge of the advertising, they really did a fantastic job.

    So, my family rented it before purchasing it on the PS4. The beginning I suppose was okay. It was giving you the feel of the woodsy, creepy haunted forest thing. Then I was a bit confused when these sparkly neon words kept popping up on the screen. Something Mountain 1983 A.D.? I was wondering what is that? Because it looked almost like a movie title which was when I realized it was getting strange.

    Half of the movie, there is just talking and weird psychedelic stuff. I assumed the movie would have more enticement in it based upon the trailer, but I was bored throughout the time I watched it. My family decided to stop watching it when the screen was a weird reddish psychedelic colour and things were odd. The movie is hard to follow. I still didn't quite understand the plot in which I feel the plot is very weak. This is when I fully realized it was a dumb movie and I no longer wanted to watch it. The movie was so bad, I didn't watch the entire thing.

    I have to say, that is by far the worst movie I had ever seen before in my life. Very poor acting and the plot is weak. Elijah Wood is one of the producers? The guy from Lord of the Rings? Known as Frodo? Wow, he should be really embarrassed of that movie. Well all of these people who produced it should not feel proud of this movie. I tried giving Nicholas Cage a chance since I see he had been outcasted by hollwood and society. No matter if he plays in horrible movies, I feel the way his so called friends treated him was unfair. He was the one who went out of his way for his friends, his so called friends, but the minute he loses his status, those same people who he catered to spoke down upon him.

    However, Nicholas Cage has been acting in some really bad movies. I remember too that Left Behind movie. No mean to disrespect, but I feel most of the Christian films are cheesy with bad acting anyway. Nicholas Cage needs to find better films to star in and much better scripts and stop being so cheesy. Due to how unfairly I feel he has been treated, I have been hoping that he would at least find a movie that would be as good as the Ghost Rider to star in.

    This is a good example of how I'm disappointed in today's entertainment. All of it seems to be poorly planned or not planned out at all. Entertainment isn't as good as it use to be. It had more originally at first, but these days, everything is so cheesy and half done. It seems like these creators are not thinking things through before it goes out to us to view. Even the music artists. I feel they had more originally in the past, but not they don't.

    So, anyway, this is my review on Mandy the film.    

    Mandy Review


  • Introduction
                Our government imposes policies and laws to rheostat the economy in terms of expenditure. The relationship between economic policy changes, the market, and availability of healthcare are, each rest on consumer demand and spending (Getzen, T. & Allen, B., H. (2007). Keeping healthcare costs down has taken center-stage. Strategic planning from law-makers must fine-tune towards trends for productivity purposes. Consequently, healthcare organizations exploit economic and financial theories as a guideline for premeditated development.  Disparities among dissimilar socioeconomic backgrounds and low-income persons, agonize the greatest for healthcare and overall quality of life. The purpose of this report is to shed light on various scenarios and impacts regarding healthcare delivery systems; primarily a non-profit organization, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

    Economic Theories and Principles
    Economic Disparities
                Dr. McCanne says the Children’s Health Fund (CHF) guesses that 20.3 million children in the United States (28% of all children) face barriers on retrieving crucial medical services. This guesstimate covers children who are a) uninsured; b) children who do not obtain routine principal care; and c) publicly insured children who are associated to primary care but have unmet requirements for pediatric subspecialty care, like pediatric cardiology and/or pediatric endocrinology (McCanne, D. 2016). The weight of uninsured children puts a strain on St. Jude’s efforts to provide quality research and services to children.
    Economic Theories
                St. Jude’s website explains how their revolutionary research can take five to 10 years or more per project to complete and can cost millions (St. Jude, 2018). Also, St. Jude Pediatric Cancer Genome Project transformed how cancer is treated globally and has been in progress since 2010, costing more than $100 million (2018). To be effective, St. Jude must have a solid promotion team for analyzing the marketplace. Supply and demand is the basis of organizations counting healthcare. Demand for childhood healthcare is needed, but the supply is threatened. St. Jude must study statistics for childhood cancer to meet community demands. The scarceness of healthcare for kids keeps St. Jude’s organization in demand. Legislation dictates how monies are spent, so businesses must fine-tune to government regulations (McCanne, 2016).
    Use of Economic Principles
                Socioeconomic backgrounds, diversity, and one’s belief’s system, greatly impacts assessments on how to distribute wanted healthcare services (Getzen, T., E. & Allen, B., H. 2007). St. Jude’s according to the website claims to meet each need for all families alike (2018). The website also says St. Jude, pays for all treatment; travel for the patient and parent; housing (up to 4) in a family with possibilities for larger lodgings; a daily food budget for the cafeteria and food gift cards so families can cook meals in one of their three housing amenities. Onsite schools so patients do not fall behind in their school work. They also have numerous other services for families. Psychosocial help for caregivers and/or relatives dealing with a child’s cancer diagnosis and child life specialists. Also, concierge services to help families with ordinary tasks such as delivering groceries, and translation assistance, babysitting, and the list go on (St. Jude 2018). With boundless support, families can be less burden and focus on saving the life of their loved one.
    For Profit and Nonprofit
    Financial Differentiation
                            Profit and non-profit organizations differ in stature. While the non-profit organization caters to the needs of a community, the for-profit company does not. Taxes are exempt from non-profit companies and a financial report is required by law for for-profit facilities. St. Jude goal line henceforth the not-for-profit business, meets demands grounded by trends. A for-profit sole purpose is to capitalize on earnings. Community needs take a back seat regarding delivering healthcare services to for-profit establishments.
    Economic Differentiation
                Nonprofit and for-profit companies differ in terms of economic policies and legislation. Both are consumer-driven but for-profit entities are not obligated to provide needed services for communities, where a nonprofit’s agenda is to service societies, respectfully (Getzen, T., E. et. al, 2007). Money is not a priority for the non-profit organization, while it guides a for-profit business.
    Policy, Changes, and Disparities
    Economic Policy and Disparities in Care
                Getting to the root cause of problems with families must be the initial approach when addressing disparities in medical care. NCBI reports after researching, opportunities for healthy decision-making in households, districts, institutes, and offices can have pivotal influences on well-being (NCBI, 2017). This would suggest habits, customs, and people belief system play an important role in how healthy they are or can become. Breaking down barriers can become problematic if individuals are set in their lifestyles or ways of living if you will.
    Policy Changes
                Governmental legislative policies have an astounding impact on how insurance companies and healthcare organizations distribute medical care to society. McCanne states, non-financial barriers most often take the form of either geographic barriers or informational barriers. Geographic fences contain dilemmas with transportation, like a lack of a vehicle or underprivileged public transit opportunities, and federal-designated Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs) where the amount of health professionals in an environmental area is unsatisfactory for residents that desire healthcare. CHF guesstimates that over 14 million children live in HSPAs (McCanne, 2016).
    Disparities Planning
                Planning by implementing disparities are exercised to include those persons who would otherwise be neglected of healthcare products and/or services.     
    Organizational Impact and Recommendations
    Organization Introduction
                            It is a task for poorer citizens to guarantee proper healthcare for their children. Corporations have lightened the burden by providing needed medical services free of charge. This transports me to the subject, St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital. St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital (St. Jude’s) originally opened on February 4, 1962 (St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 2018). The hospital's timeline recites, “From Dream to Reality (2018).” Danny Thomas, the founder, has instituted a method to touch the lives of families and donors, setting up a podium for all to profit. The primary hospital was opened in Memphis Tennessee fulfilling the promise Danny Thomas made years prior in relation to his waning career (Arab American National Museum, 2018). Danny Thomas prayer in a Detroit church to St. Jude Thaddeus, the patron saint of hopeless causes. “Show me my way in life,” vowed Danny Thomas, “and I will build you a shrine (Arab American National Museum, 2018).” His goal was to battle childhood cancer and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital was born. St. Jude’s is also identified to wholly function on compassionate gifts. Leveling the playing field for financially impaired parents has become the groundwork for the Organization. Obviously, a healthy child will become a healthier adult.
    Nonprofit or For-Profit
                            St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is a non-profit organization. All earnings deliver medical products, services, and research to all children free of charge. Tactical marketing preserves the corporation (St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 2018). Better Business Bureau (BBB) reports this association is tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code (BBB, 2017). They are also entitled to collect donations deductible as charitable gifts for federal income tax purposes (2017). In contrast, a for-profit entity must file a 990 form plus release quarterly report statuses (2017).
    Financials, Market, and Demand
    Demand Theory
                Deloitte & Touche LLP conducted a collective financial audit report on behalf of St. Jude (2018). According to these fiscal reports, total charitable contributions were for 2016, $21,072,936 and 2017 $21,768,125 (2018). With a $695,189 variance, one could assume additional strategic marketing planning is imperative to continue operative functions positively.

    Market Behavior Impact
                St. Jude has a unique 6-year plan that focuses 75 percent of overall efforts toward advancing cure rates for pediatric cancer also 25 percent in the direction of non-malignant hematological diseases and nominated infectious diseases (St. Jude 2018). Future planning such as this must be revisited to ensure the route mimics the initial design. In addition, this plan solely depends on the demand or economy remains constant. 
    Economic Legislative Changes
    Legislative Changes
                Former president Bill Clinton answered the call and Congress with bipartisan support developed the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) (Strauss, V. 2017). Strauss reports 9 million children, families, and pregnant women benefited from CHIP. However, the government-sponsored program faced hardships by funds becoming exhausted (2017). This policy would favorably impact St. Jude by the governments support in funding demanding healthcare to sick children.
    Policy Changes and Impact
                Another policy, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) or Obamacare inflict hardships on non-profit organizations by sticking them with financial penalties, Hilton explains (2013). St. Jude could find themselves reevaluating how monies are utilized for healthcare delivery. Robust management along with effective promoting is necessary to design a plan successfully.
    Statement Impact
                Information gathered from the Better Business Bureau (BBB) regarding St. Jude’s financial report (please refer to appendix) shows total liabilities are $398,497,215 and the total assets $4,356,414,142 (BBB, 2018). This demonstrates that financially St. Jude has a solid foundational promotion team that has served the hospital well. Pitfalls along the way must be monitored to stay ahead of the current.
    Potential Disparities
                Possible disparities are factored into strategic planning to reduce inequalities in the healthcare sector (Getzen, T., E., et, al. 2007). Decision-making rests on diversity and socioeconomic differences in populations.
    Conclusion
                In closing, there are several trials that can impact an organization whether it be for-profit or non-profit organizations. Nonetheless, companies’ efforts must remain the focus to capitalize in the marketplace. Financial statements govern the decision-making process repeatedly. It is up to lawmaker’s and businesses alike to submit bipartisan exertions to supply healthcare to society. Advertising, fundraising, and other marketing strategies are crucial to any business, counting healthcare facilities. For-profit and non-profit corporations together strive to modernize by implementing innovative technology to its customers. Even though each may have variance agendas, both are eager to distribute quality, innovative products to the public. In healthcare, consumers are searching for upgraded trends, and it is up to the company to develop products people want. Watching spending habits, health risks and rates will guide businesses on what to develop for consumer needs/wants. Supply and demand is a two-way street and individuals are willing to pay for a product and/or service they deem worthy. Our government must impose guidelines, regulations, and laws to keep businesses in compliance by evening the playing field. Without rules, non-profit and for-profit establishments would do what is right in their own eyes. Organizational behaviors and/or actions may be viewed as unfair practices. St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital has stood the test of time and have saved countless lives. Future generations are dependent on how our economy functions currently. Spending keeps the economy flowing. Healthcare issues are ongoing, however, steadily moving forward. Coming together on one accord regarding healthcare mishaps will keep America #1. Propelling forward in technology to provide top-quality products/services is something all leaders strive to do. If productivity is recognized, more heightened energies will be discovered and exercised.









    References
    Arab American National Museum (2018) An enduring legacy, Danny Thomas & ALSAC/ST.
                Jude, Retrieved from http://www.arabamericanmuseum.org/st-jude
    Better Business Bureau, (BBB, 2018) ALSAC St. Jude children’s research hospital, give.org
                BBB wise giving alliance, Retrieved from
                http://give.org/charity-reviews/national/alsac-st-jude-childrens-research-hospital-in-memphis-tn-2903
    Getzen, T., E., & Allen, B., H. (2007) Healthcare economics, Principles and tools for the
                Health care industry, John Wiley & Sons. Inc. Hoboken, NJ.
    Hilton, E. (2013) Charitable hospitals to be fined under Obamacare, Fines could be as high as
                $50.000 for non-compliance, Retrieved from
                https://www.theaquilareport.com/charitable-hospitals-to-be-fined-under-obamacare/
    McCanne, D., MD. (2016) 20 million children lack sufficient access to health care,
                Physicians for a national health program (PNHP), Retrieved from
                http://pnhp.org/blog/2016/11/22/20-million-children-lack-sufficient-access-to-health-care/
    Thornton, R. L. J., Glover, C. M., Cené, C. W., Glik, D. C., Henderson, J. A., & Williams, D. R. (2016). Evaluating strategies for reducing health disparities by addressing the social determinants of health. Health Affairs (Project Hope), 35(8), 1416–1423. http://doi.org/10.1377/hlthaff.2015.1357
    St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital (2018) Retrieved from
                https://www.stjude.org/about-st-jude/history.html
    St Jude Children’s Research Hospital (2018) Retrieved From:
                https://www.stjude.org/about-st-jude/financials.html
    St. Jude children’s research hospital, Inc., American Lebanese Syrian Associated Charities, Inc.
                Retrieved from https://www.stjude.org/content/dam/en_US/shared/www/about-st-jude/financial-information/fy17-combined-audited-financial-statements.pdf
    Strauss, V. (2017) 9 million kids get health insurance under CHIP. Congress just let it expire
                The Washington Post, Retrieved from https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/answer-sheet/wp/2017/10/01/9-million-kids-get-health-insurance-under-chip-congress-just-let-it-expire/?noredirect=on&utm_term=.a732b6c2bacc
    The following information is based on ALSAC St. Jude Children's Research Hospital's audited financial statements - combined for the year ended June 30, 2016.




    Appendix
                      St Jude’s Source of Funds
    Contributions, restricted and unrestricted
    $930,024,629
    Bequests
    $216,548,714
    Net patient service revenue
    $114,471,276
    Research grants and contracts
    $88,797,019
    Other revenues
    $19,885,696
    Special events, net
    $15,795,350
    Net investment loss
    ($2,292,109)
    Total Income
    $1,383,230,575
    • Programs: 72%
    • Fundraising: 17%
    • Administrative: 11%
    Total Income
    $1,383,230,575
    Program expenses
    $842,709,795
    Fundraising expenses
    $202,203,569
    Administrative expenses
    $134,681,634
    Other expenses
    $0
    Total expenses:
    $1,179,594,998
    Income more than Expenses
    $203,635,577
    Beginning Net Assets
    $3,755,243,971
    Other Changes in Net Assets
    ($962,621)
    Ending Net Assets
    $3,957,916,927
    Total Liabilities
    $398,497,215
    Total Assets
    $4,356,414,142

    Note 1: ALSAC/St. Jude reported receiving in-kind contributions in the amount of $7,894,714 consisting of donated securities. Note 2: In the financial section above, "other changes in net assets" refers to a loss from disposal of property and equipment.

    Childhood Cancer vs. Hope

  • It is to no astonishment that my daughter Tikaani Moon Aka "sweet pea," has talent beyond her years. She is a highly-educated, skilled writer, with exploration capabilities that are stunning. After years of learning and educating herself on becoming an author, she has found what most pursue in life. She was not always this way. This brings me to the topic, on how Tikaani Moon mastered the skill of writing/blogging.
    Sweet Pea (her nickname) for as long as I remember, had a desire to write. Being her mother, I took it upon myself to enhance her abilities by steering her in the right direction. Her boost of energy for writing increased as I looked on at her progress. Currently, she has written many books, blogs, and other related material. Soon, she wants to have her material become movies. Whenever I read anything she writes, I see an awesome blockbuster film. This is her story, but others can mimic these steps to be successful.

    People can gain strength in knowing that if one could find out what they enjoy, they will never work a day in their life. Starting early on what reigns in one's life has the potential to govern positively, then go for it. Everyone has talent, finding it can be problematic. Encouragement and support for future endeavors may have to develop from within. Nonetheless, surrounding yourself with like-minded people will also be beneficial. Over the years, I have noticed even when she wants to quit, she keeps moving forward. This is especially important not only in careers but in life. I challenge everyone who reads this. Search for what makes you happy and pursue it. Why not devote your time to something that has the likelihood to provide a better quality of life?

    Tikaani Moon's Life's Work

  • I recently watched a program on Abraham Lincoln. This post was to give a short summary and well, it was to share how I learned more about John Wilkes Booth. I have been learning about John Wilkes Booth through books and videos, and so I was glad to have caught this on television.

    As I have read through an archive from Columbia Heights, Minnesota, the town where I live, Abraham Lincoln was not as loved as most people assume he was. I shall repeat what I read in the archive how people were unhappy with Abraham Lincoln's decisions he made. Even after his assassination, people in the town didn't favour him. I remember one guy who wanted to reenact Lincoln, but no one was interested in watching the play.

    I know many Civil War researchers can argue it wasn't solely about slavery and racism, but majority of the history of the American Civil War was a race relation as it is today. This is the reason why many fear of a second American Civil War. It is possible and I'm not ruling it out, for even some parts of different States have already seceded from the rest of the United States so they can have independent regulations. One disturbing thing, was how they wished to bring back slavery in the southern States. They must have been successful because I read an article where there are more than 400,000 people enslaved in the United States today, in modern days. America has also been responsible for human trafficking. When you think of human trafficking, please do not be narrow minded, for people can be kidnapped for a number of reasons. Like in America, the government would take people from Guam, China, Mexico and other foreign countries and force them to work in nail salons, restaurants and other places. I do believe some of these people were also enslaved.

    So anyway, I do feel race did have a huge role in the American Civil War, especially after viewing this program. I learned people were unhappy when Abraham Lincoln freed slaves, and people started calling him, "Negro president". I remember watching on how when Lincoln died, the freed slaves seemed to grieve him more than anyone else. It wasn't until 100 years later did Abraham Lincoln became celebrated as a beloved president. During his actual presidency, people hated him as much as people hate Donald Trump.

    John Wilkes Booth was one of many who wanted Lincoln out of office. He made the decision to not serve during the American Civil War, for he believed he was better suited for acting. Later on, he thought it was a wrong choice he made. He somehow blamed Lincoln for his missed opportunity to serve his country. Booth at first had a plan to kidnap the president, but then he decided on just assassinating him. People were tired of Abraham Lincoln, and they were tired of no one doing anything about him being in office. That is why John Wilkes Booth took matters into his own hands. According to the program, he had been planning this for some time.

    Abraham Lincoln was actually assassinated during his second inauguration. Most people think Lincoln was a one term president, and technically you could say that since he didn't live to serve for his second term, but he was sworn in a second time. I did read an interesting archive that stated everyone all knows that Abraham Lincoln was assassinated April 15, 1865, but according to the archive I found, he was actually assassinated in 1864. I would love to look more into if this archive was actually correct.

    Abraham Lincoln is known to be the first American president who was assassinated, but he wasn't the last. In fact, there had been four presidents that were assassinated in U.S. history. Most people only assumed Abraham Lincoln and John F. Kennedy were assassinated but they were not the only two who were killed. James A. Garfield in 1881 and Williams McKinley in 1901 were also American presidents who were assassinated in office.  

    A Short Summary of a Program I watched (Abraham Lincoln, John Wilkes Booth)

  • I have been extremely disappointed in the way Americans are being fed. I feel it's a huge disappointment when you are trusting your government to make right decisions for you, and to protect you, but they do the opposite.

    The 2018 recall of food made me realize a lot. A few years ago, I started researching to know what was exactly in the food Americans eat, and what I learned, I was disgusted. There was a recall from specifically General Mills and Kellogg's cereal and food, but also Quaker Oats and the Goldfish crackers. It wasn't just the crackers, but the Whey ingredient, which is this strange powder cheese. I'm not sure if it's real cheese, but I don't think it is.

    In reality, Americans are given synthetic food which is not edible. I wanted to make another post about this because of how disappointed I was in the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) in how they deem food safe that actually is not safe for humans to consume. I've became disappointed in the FDA and how they're doing a poor job in regulating food and other things for our consumption and use.

    The cereal is made with Trisodium Phosphate, a weird white solid chemical that is used as a cleaning agent, what you would find in paint thinners, soaps, toilet cleaners, degreasers and other cleaning items. That's not all. Also, Weed Killer's among other chemicals are made for our food for us to eat. This recall has been going on since 2016, but the FDA claimed since no one died from the poison and salmonella, they allowed Americans to continue eating the food.

    The problem with this is, Americans cannot avoid eating synthetic food and inedible ingredients. Even the "healthy" foods have these ingredients in it, and I learned that the food they are marketing as healthy are not even healthy at all. They say 100%, but it's not 100%. It's made with chemicals and other junk that people shouldn't even eat. That's just a marketing gimmick so people can buy it and it's working.

    These chemicals and other crap, they cause illnesses and symptoms. So people can have headaches, stomach aches, nausea or anything else and not know it's from the food they're eating.

    I read today too on a foreign news site how American rice is made with metals and other inedible ingredients. Of course, the American sources did not share how the rice is being made in the United States. A lot of things are censored.

    The worse part about it is that, on the news, it says our food is being made with Weed Killers. Okay, but the food is STILL being sold to Americans to eat. They say it's a recall, but I don't consider it an actual recall if the contaminated food remains on the shelves to be sold. I always ask, then why are they still selling it? Why hasn't the food been pulled from stores already?

    The frustrating question is, what can you eat if everything is made with these ingredients? From the meat, to snacks, to bread and even fruits and vegetables? Yeah, most food sold in America are genetically modified to increase the size of the food. However, the chemicals being used to make our food larger are not safe to eat.

    I also learned how all of American food has chemicals in it so people can grow addicted to the food. That is why you have a craving for certain food. These chemicals create the same reaction as a drug addict would behave regarding drugs. Right on that topic, I wanted to mention cigarettes/tobacco.

    A while back, I remember finding out tobacco was an invention created by the government as a spending gimmick. Like the food, tobacco was and is made with ingredients to get people addicted. Back when it was actually glamourized and not shunned, people who warned the public on the safety risks of tobacco, these people were ignored and thrown in a corner. They were censored pretty much. I find it interesting out of all of these years, now everyone is concerned with the dangers of tobacco.

    After learning this, I realized how the richest country in the world short changes its citizens. This is the reason why in many foreign countries, American food is banned. I just don't understand why they have to do this being the wealthiest country in the world. It seems the American government really doesn't look after the health and wellbeing of the citizens, but only follow money. The only thing that matters to the government is staying the richest, regardless if it hurts its own people.   


    Jenkins, Cameron, 2018, NPR set station, Pepperidge farm recalls goldfish crackers amid salmonella scare  

    Synthetic Food

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    It's the first Wednesday of the month and that means it is time for another Insecure Writer's Support Group. If you Would like to know more about it, please visit this link:

    Optional Question - What Publishing Path are You Considering/Did You Take, and Why?


    For years, I have researched publishing options for when I finally finished my book. After my research, I and also my family agrees that traditional publishing is best for me. I feel being a first time writer and if you are not already established with some sort of a platform, I believe the publishers could assist me in the right direction in the publishing industry. I saw the doubled work that comes with self publishing even though self publishing may work best for other writers, but I feel it's not best for me.

    Secondly, I would prefer to publish internationally due to the decrease in diversity and the low tolerance in foreign countries and cultures the United States have. I also write manga, games and scripts and in other countries, I have seen one publishing company also dealing with these sorts of work. I rather be published under one publisher who can deal with all of my work and not just one. I am more interested in publishing wherever I will move to.

    So anyway, I just submitted my first book to the copyright office and soon I will be looking for an agent and publisher. So I will seek to traditional publish, hopefully pretty soon. Whoever accepts my work, I will have much to offer to their company, for I have countless projects. I hope to get a publisher that can publish my books, manga, games and deal with scripts. So far, the only publishers I see fitting my needs are publishers in Japan. I would be happy if a Japanese publisher accepts my submission. I was waiting to move to Japan until I am fluent in Japanese and no, I'm still not fluent. Since publication may be sooner though, I can sort of read Hiragana and some Katakana; perhaps that is okay to just get by until I am fluent.

    Of course, I am not just looking in Japan, but in countries I would be comfortable living in. However, Japan is preferable. 

    September IWSG

  • Yes, the title is correct. I know I wrote a post on how I went back to writing on Microsoft Word because this program was the only that had the proper manuscript format, but after returning to Word, I remain disappointed.

    Due to the failed communication Microsoft had with me, I feel this issue should be mentioned. I feel even with their Xbox console, Microsoft is sort of poor when it comes to listening to their consumers.

    So I downloaded the manuscript format and then I inserted my manuscript into Word in order to have it formatted. This was book one of my Fantasy series. Since it went alright and it would be more convenient to work on Word, I inserted book two and book three into the program as well. For a few weeks, maybe like for the beginning of August, I wrote on Word. So far, things were working fine. Then one day, I noticed I had trouble saving my document when I wrote in it. It kept saying it can't save and to create a new document in order for the new stuff to be saved. I did that. Next day, I tried opening the document, but I learned it was saying it cannot be opened. Now for that short time, I wrote a lot for book two of my series. Since I was finished with book one, I was ready to get the second and third book finished as well. But Word is not letting me open my document!

    I went on Google to figure out what was the problem and how to fix it. I looked at all of the forums and websites that popped up and I tried every solution. None of them worked. I still could not open my document. I felt the same way I felt years ago, but without crying about it. I was and still is very angry about losing good material because I felt that was the best I written. After a few people tried to help me retrieve my document, but failed, I reluctantly determined it was a loss and I rewrote the entire chapter again. Yeah, on the document, I had already finished writing an entire chapter, but all of that was gone. It kept saying the document didn't exist and I didn't have permission to view it. Nothing worked to try to access the document.

    I placed all of my work on Onedrive for backup, but still it wouldn't allow me to open the document. In fact, on Onedrive, it is saying that the document doesn't exist. That was unbelievable. I contacted Microsoft, especially after some random person pretending to be Microsoft trying to access my personal information from my computer. I did inform Microsoft of this company posing as them, most importantly I wanted help in retrieving my document. I also had unusual things happen which questioned if Microsoft has secure stuff for writing.

    So, I decided to return back to Google Docs. I will only write the book or anything else on Docs. When I am finished writing it, I will insert it into Microsoft Word to have it formatted for a manuscript. I noticed no problems occurred when I only inserted stuff into Word; the problem started when I started writing everyday while using Word. I know many experts say you should write in Microsoft Word, but for me, it's best to write in Google Docs.  

    Returning to Google Docs

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