Friday, December 26, 2014

Vatican arrests activist who bared chest in square

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican has arrested the Femen activist who on Christmas Day bared her chest and snatched the statue of Baby Jesus in the life-size Nativity scene in the center of St. Peter's Square, a spokesman said Friday, emphasizing that the protest insulted the faithful gathered to celebrate Christmas.

Ukrainian activist Yana Zhdanova was being held for questioning, with possible charges including carrying out obscene acts in public, insults and theft.
A topless Zhdanova grabbed the Baby Jesus statue about an hour after the pope offered his Christmas blessing Thursday. A Vatican guard immediately covered her with his cape and detained her, while Zhdanova, still clutching the figure, shouted "God is woman."
Vatican spokesman the Rev. Federico Lombardi noted that the incident was being taken seriously both because of the location and the solemnity of the event on which it intruded, saying it aimed to "intentionally offend the religious feelings" of numerous people.
He noted that three members of the Femen activist group had previously targeted the Vatican with another protest last month, baring their breasts, as is the Femen hallmark, in St. Peter's Square to protest the pope's visit to the European Parliament.

"It is therefore correct to proceed with the appropriate rigor against repeated acts that intentionally, repeatedly and severely infringe on the right of the faithful to the respect of their legitimate religious convictions," Lombardi said in a statement.
The Nativity scene incident was the latest in a series of protests by the Ukrainian women's rights movement Femen aimed at the Vatican in recent years, alternatively demanding rights for women and gays, and protesting in favor of abortion. This is the first time any of the activists have been arrested by the Vatican.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Why Xfinity-Comcast can NOT fix my problem?

I am starting to tell that Comcast or actually Xfinity  at Miami, Florida (Metro Dade area) has a secret agenda to get rid of veteran technician that do really know how to fix a problem .

Comcast is getting from bad to worst since the new management took over Mr Hernandez (old line tech manager and now general manager); his new idea or concept of seen this work place. It is firing the old and very professional technician that this place used to have before. In additional anyone of those could has at least no less than 7 years old of hard job and very useful experience. which is no on his mind. the way he seen this place is like this saying "brute force" getting fresh people with no clue of troubleshooting a bad noise, a low noise margin or even report a problem on the line, in the other hand  he prefer that those rookies technician spent hour inventing the wheel .installing new cable over and over,replacing stb (cable box) and never will get to the point or close to the problem,because there is no set of mind to fix a problem'

I am no hiding the true if one of you that are reading me now,Have seen those guys replacing new lines; but the problem persist and in additional take more from your own time to wait for them in a new appointment that probably will ran late like always does their tech.and will never end the signal issue

Estoy empezando a decirle que Comcast Xfinity o en realidad en Miami, Florida (zona Metro Dade) tiene una agenda secreta para deshacerse del veterano técnico que realmente sabe cómo solucionar un problema.

Comcast es cada vez de mal en peor desde la nueva gestión se hizo cargo de Sr. Hernández (antiguo director de tecnología de línea y gerente ahora general); su nueva idea o concepto de verse este lugar de trabajo. Se está disparando la vieja y muy profesional técnico que este lugar solía tener antes. En cualquiera de los que podrían adicional tiene al menos no menos de 7 años de trabajo duro y muy útil experiencia. lo cual no es en su mente. la forma en que se ve este lugar es como esta diciendo "fuerza bruta" hacer que la gente fresca sin tener ni idea de solución de problemas de un mal ruido, un margen de ruido bajo o incluso informar de un problema en la línea, en el otro lado que prefieren que los novatos técnico pasó hora de inventar la rueda .installing cable nuevo una y otra vez, en sustitución de STB (decodificador) y nunca llegar al punto o cerca del problema, ya que no existe un conjunto de la mente para arreglar un problema '

Yo no estoy ocultando la verdad si uno de ustedes que me están leyendo ahora, hemos visto a esos tipos que sustituye a nuevas líneas; pero el problema persiste y en adicional tomar más de su propio tiempo para esperar por ellos en una nueva cita que probablemente corrió tarde como siempre su tech.and nunca va a terminar el tema de señal

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Friday, December 12, 2014

100 Potential Interview Questions

While there are as many different possible interview questions as there are interviewers, it always helps to be ready for anything. So we've prepared a list of 100 potential interview questions. Will you face them all? We pray no interviewer would be that cruel. Will you face a few? Probably. Will you be well-served by being ready even if you're not asked these exact questions? Absolutely.  

Basic Interview Questions:
Behavioral Interview Questions: 
  • What was the last project you headed up, and what was its outcome? 
  • Give me an example of a time that you felt you went above and beyond the call of duty at work. 
  • Can you describe a time when your work was criticized? 
  • Have you ever been on a team where someone was not pulling their own weight? How did you handle it? 
  • Tell me about a time when you had to give someone difficult feedback. How did you handle it? 
  • What is your greatest failure, and what did you learn from it? 
  • What irritates you about other people, and how do you deal with it? 
  • If I were your supervisor and asked you to do something that you disagreed with, what would you do?
  • What was the most difficult period in your life, and how did you deal with it? 
  • Give me an example of a time you did something wrong. How did you handle it? 
  • What irritates you about other people, and how do you deal with it? 
  • Tell me about a time where you had to deal with conflict on the job. 
  • If you were at a business lunch and you ordered a rare steak and they brought it to you well done, what would you do? 
  • If you found out your company was doing something against the law, like fraud, what would you do? 
  • What assignment was too difficult for you, and how did you resolve the issue? 
  • What's the most difficult decision you've made in the last two years and how did you come to that decision?
  • Describe how you would handle a situation if you were required to finish multiple tasks by the end of the day, and there was no conceivable way that you could finish them. 
Salary Questions: 
  • What salary are you seeking?
  • What's your salary history?
  • If I were to give you this salary you requested but let you write your job description for the next year, what would it say?
Career Development Questions:

  • What are you looking for in terms of career development? 
  • How do you want to improve yourself in the next year?
  • What kind of goals would you have in mind if you got this job? 
  • If I were to ask your last supervisor to provide you additional training or exposure, what would she suggest?
Getting Started Questions:
  • How would you go about establishing your credibility quickly with the team?
  • How long will it take for you to make a significant contribution?
  • What do you see yourself doing within the first 30 days of this job?
  • If selected for this position, can you describe your strategy for the first 90 days?
More About You:
  • How would you describe your work style? 
  • What would be your ideal working environment? 
  • What do you look for in terms of culture -- structured or entrepreneurial? 
  • Give examples of ideas you've had or implemented.
  • What techniques and tools do you use to keep yourself organized?   
  • If you had to choose one, would you consider yourself a big-picture person or a detail-oriented person?  
  • Tell me about your proudest achievement.  
  • Who was your favorite manager and why?  
  • What do you think of your previous boss? 
  • Was there a person in your career who really made a difference? 
  • What kind of personality do you work best with and why?  
  • What are you most proud of? 
  • What do you like to do?  
  • What are your lifelong dreams?  
  • What do you ultimately want to become? 
  • What is your personal mission statement?   
  • What are three positive things your last boss would say about you?  
  • What negative thing would your last boss say about you? 
  • What three character traits would your friends use to describe you? 
  • What are three positive character traits you don't have?  
  • If you were interviewing someone for this position, what traits would you look for?  
  • List five words that describe your character.   
  • Who has impacted you most in your career and how? 
  • What is your greatest fear? 
  • What is your biggest regret and why?   
  • What's the most important thing you learned in school? 
  • Why did you choose your major?  
  • What will you miss about your present/last job?  
  • What is your greatest achievement outside of work?  
  • What are the qualities of a good leader? A bad leader?  
  • Do you think a leader should be feared or liked?     
  • How do you feel about taking no for an answer?  
  • How would you feel about working for someone who knows less than you? 
  • How do you think I rate as an interviewer? 
  • Tell me one thing about yourself you wouldn't want me to know.  
  • Tell me the difference between good and exceptional.  
  • What kind of car do you drive? 
  • There's no right or wrong answer, but if you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you be? 
  • What's the last book you read?  
  • What magazines do you subscribe to? 
  • What's the best movie you've seen in the last year?  
  • What would you do if you won the lottery? 
  • Who are your heroes?
  • What do you like to do for fun? 
  • What do you do in your spare time? 
  • What is your favorite memory from childhood? 
Brainteaser Questions: 

  • How many times do a clock's hands overlap in a day?
  • How would you weigh a plane without scales?
  • Tell me 10 ways to use a pencil other than writing.
  • Sell me this pencil.
  • If you were an animal, which one would you want to be?
  • Why is there fuzz on a tennis ball?
  • If you could choose one superhero power, what would it be and why? 
  • If you could get rid of any one of the US states, which one would you get rid of and why? 
  • With your eyes closed, tell me step-by-step how to tie my shoes.
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Monday, December 8, 2014

Los 200 mejores cantantes en lengua español

Los 100 mejores artistas en Español de todos los tiempos
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Thursday, December 4, 2014

Marine Stadium at Miami need You

Marine Stadium News 

The excitement about the Marine Stadium keeps building. There seems to be something new every day. We continue to work closely with the National Trust For Historic Preservation (NTHP).  NTHP has made the stadium a high priority. working to develop both marketing plans and special events-details to follow. Check out this link to a story about our joint initiative by NTHP Project Manager, Karen Nickless. 

We are thrilled to be included in a video produced by NTHP of the top four of their National Treasures. Click on the image below to see it (the Marine Stadium is the last of the four projects discussed).

National Treasures: Saving Places That Tell America's Story
National Treasures: Saving Places That Tell America's Story

The Marine Stadium continues to draw international attention. Recently, Spirit of Progress, the Journal of of the Art Deco and Modernism Society based in Victoria, Australia, featured a storyabout the Marine Stadium. Our thanks to longtime Miami Beach Preservationist Jeff Donnelly, and Robin Grow, President of the Art Deco and Modernism Society for making this happen!  

In November, Gustavo Tumialan, engineer with Simpson, Gumpertz and Heger (the firm that has completed several studies of the Marine Stadium) will deliver a lecture about the Stadium to Asocreto, the  Colombian Association of Concrete Producers, in Cartagena, Colombia.  The organization had read about the Stadium in an article in Concrete International Magazine and requested the presentation.

Finally, there will be a memorial service for Jack Meyer, brilliant engineer of the Marine Stadium, at Plymouth Congregational Church, Coconut Grove, 3400 Devon Park Road on Thursday, Oct. 18 at 3:00 PM. Following the service, there will be a reception at his much beloved Biscayne Bay Yacht Club, where he served as Commodore. We feel so blessed that Jack played an active role in saving the stadium - he was the only one who still had the original set of engineering drawings!! We were able to honor Jack this past Spring with speakers from all over the world praising his exceptional talents. Click here for the obit for Jack Meyer.

Deep music for our soul and exercise our intelligence

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Most famous Pyramid scheme

pyramid scheme is an unsustainable business model that involves promising participants payment or services, primarily for enrolling other people into the scheme, rather than supplying any real investment or sale of products or services to the public.[1][2]

These types of schemes have existed for at least a century, some with variations to hide their true nature. Multilevel marketing plans have also been classified as pyramid schemes.[27][28][29][30]

Concept and basic models[edit]

In a pyramid scheme, an organization compels individuals to make a payment and join. In exchange, the organization promises its new members a share of the money taken from every additional member that they recruit. The directors of the organization (those at the top of the pyramid) also receive a share of these payments. For the directors, the scheme is potentially lucrative—whether or not they do any work, the organization's membership has a strong incentive to continue recruiting and funneling money to the top of the pyramid.
Such organizations seldom involve sales of products or services with real value. Without creating any goods or services, the only ways for a pyramid scheme to generate revenue are to recruit more members or solicit more money from current members. Eventually, recruiting is no longer possible and the plurality of members are unable to profit from the scheme.

The "Eight-Ball" model[edit]

Many pyramids are more sophisticated than the simple model. These recognize that recruiting a large number of others into a scheme can be difficult so a seemingly simpler model is used. In this model each person must recruit two others, but the ease of achieving this is offset because the depth required to recoup any money also increases. The scheme requires a person to recruit two others, who must each recruit two others, who must each recruit two others.
The "eight-ball" model contains a total of fifteen members. Note that unlike in the picture, the triangular setup in the cue game of eight-ballcorresponds to an arithmetic progression 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + 5 = 15. The pyramid scheme in the picture in contrast is a geometric progression 1 + 2 + 4 + 8 = 15.
Prior instances of this scheme have been called the "Airplane Game" and the four tiers labelled as "captain", "co-pilot", "crew", and "passenger" to denote a person's level. Another instance was called the "Original Dinner Party" which labeled the tiers as "dessert", "main course", "side salad", and "appetizer". A person on the "dessert" course is the one at the top of the tree. Another variant, "Treasure Traders", variously used gemology terms such as "polishers", "stone cutters", etc. or gems like "rubies", "sapphires", "diamonds", etc.
Such schemes may try to downplay their pyramid nature by referring to themselves as "gifting circles" with money being "gifted". Popular schemes such as "Women Empowering Women"[31] do exactly this.
Whichever euphemism is used, there are 15 total people in four tiers (1 + 2 + 4 + 8) in the scheme—with the Airplane Game as the example, the person at the top of this tree is the "captain", the two below are "co-pilots", the four below are "crew," and the bottom eight joiners are the "passengers".
The eight passengers must each pay (or "gift") a sum (e.g., $5,000) to join the scheme. This sum (e.g., $40,000) goes to the captain who leaves, with everyone remaining moving up one tier. There are now two new captains so the group splits in two with each group requiring eight new passengers. A person who joins the scheme as a passenger will not see a return until they advance through the crew and co-pilot tiers and exit the scheme as a captain. Therefore, the participants in the bottom three tiers of the pyramid lose their money if the scheme collapses.
If a person is using this model as a scam, the confidence trickster would take the majority of the money. They would do this by filling in the first three tiers (with one, two, and four people) with phony names, ensuring they get the first seven payouts, at eight times the buy-in sum, without paying a single penny themselves. So if the buy-in were $5,000, they would receive $40,000, paid for by the first eight investors. They would continue to buy in underneath the real investors, and promote and prolong the scheme for as long as possible to allow them to skim even more from it before it collapses.
Although the "captain" is the person at the top of the tree, having received the payment from the eight paying passengers, once they leave the scheme they are able to re-enter the pyramid as a "passenger" and hopefully recruit enough to reach captain again, thereby earning a second payout.

Matrix schemes[edit]

Main article: Matrix scheme
Matrix schemes use the same fraudulent non-sustainable system as a pyramid; here, the participants pay to join a waiting list for a desirable product which only a fraction of them can ever receive. Since matrix schemes follow the same laws of geometric progression as pyramids, they are subsequently as doomed to collapse. Such schemes operate as a queue, where the person at head of the queue receives an item such as a television, games console, digital camcorder, etc. when a certain number of new people join the end of the queue. For example, ten joiners may be required for the person at the front to receive their item and leave the queue. Each joiner is required to buy an expensive but potentially worthless item, such as an e-book, for their position in the queue. The scheme organizer profits because the income from joiners far exceeds the cost of sending out the item to the person at the front. Organizers can further profit by starting a scheme with a queue with shill names that must be cleared out before genuine people get to the front. The scheme collapses when no more people are willing to join the queue. Schemes may not reveal, or may attempt to exaggerate, a prospective joiner's queue position which essentially means the scheme is a lottery. Some countries have ruled that matrix schemes are illegal on that basis.

Connection to multi-level marketing[edit]

Main article: Multi-level marketing
The network marketing or multi-level marketing (MLM) business has become associated with pyramid schemes. According to the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, many MLM schemes "simply use the product to hide their pyramid structure".[32] While some people call MLMs in general "pyramid selling,"[33][34][35][36][37] others use the term to denote an illegal pyramid scheme masquerading as an MLM.[38]
The Federal Trade Commission warns, "It’s best not to get involved in plans where the money you make is based primarily on the number of distributors you recruit and your sales to them, rather than on your sales to people outside the plan who intend to use the products."[39] It states that research is your best tool and gives eight steps to follow:
  1. Find—and study—the company’s track record.
  2. Learn about the product.
  3. Ask questions.
  4. Understand any restrictions.
  5. Talk to other distributors. Beware of shills.
  6. Consider using a friend or adviser as a neutral sounding board, or for a gut check.
  7. Take your time.
  8. Think about whether this plan suits your talents and goals.[39]
Some authorities contend that MLMs in general are nothing more than legalized pyramid schemes.[27][28][29][30]

Connection to franchise fraud[edit]

Main article: Franchise fraud
Franchise fraud (or "franchise churning") is defined by the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation as a pyramid scheme. The FBI website states:
Pyramid schemes—also referred to as franchise fraud or chain referral schemes—are marketing and investment frauds in which an individual is offered a distributorship or franchise to market a particular product. The real profit is earned, not by the sale of the product, but by the sale of new distributorships. Emphasis on selling franchises rather than the product eventually leads to a point where the supply of potential investors is exhausted and the pyramid collapses.[40]
One of Pearlasia Gamboa’s (president of the micronation of Melchizedek) franchise fraud schemes was described by the Italian newspaper La Repubblica as “one of the most diabolical international scams ever devised in recent years.”[41]

Notable recent cases[edit]


In 2003, the United States Federal Trade Commission (FTC) disclosed what it called an Internet-based "pyramid scam." Its complaint states that customers would pay a registration fee to join a program that called itself an "internet mall" and purchase a package of goods and services such as internet mail, and that the company offered "significant commissions" to consumers who purchased and resold the package. The FTC alleged that the company's program was instead and in reality a pyramid scheme that did not disclose that most consumers' money would be kept, and that it gave affiliates material that allowed them to scam others.[42]
WinCapita was a scheme run by Finnish criminals that involved about €100 million.


The 1997 rebellion in Albania was partially motivated by the collapse of Ponzi schemes; however, they were widely referred to as pyramid schemes due to their prevalence in Albanian society.
In early 2006, Ireland was hit by a wave of schemes with major activity in Cork and Galway. Participants were asked to contribute €20,000 each to a "Liberty" scheme which followed the classic eight-ball model. Payments were made in MunichGermany to skirt Irish tax laws concerning gifts. Spin-off schemes called "Speedball" and "People in Profit" prompted a number of violent incidents and calls were made by politicians to tighten existing legislation.[43] Ireland has launched a website to better educate consumers to pyramid schemes and other scams.[44]
On 12 November 2008, riots broke out in the municipalities of PastoTumacoPopayan and Santander de QuilichaoColombia after the collapse of several pyramid schemes. Thousands of victims had invested their money in pyramids that promised them extraordinary interest rates. The lack of regulation laws allowed those pyramids to grow excessively during several years. Finally, after the riots, the Colombian government was forced to declare the country in a state of economic emergency to seize and stop those schemes. Several of the pyramid's managers were arrested, and are being prosecuted for the crime of "illegal massive money reception."[45]
The Kyiv Post reported on 26 November 2008 that American citizen Robert Fletcher (Robert T. Fletcher III; aka "Rob") was arrested by the SBU (Ukraine State Police) after being accused by Ukrainian investors of running a Ponzi scheme and associated pyramid scam netting US$20 million. (The Kiev Post also reports that some estimates are as high as US$150M.)
Throughout 2010 and 2011 a number of authorities around the world including the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, the Bank of Namibia and the Central Bank of Lesotho have declared TVI Express to be a pyramid scheme. TVI Express, operated by Tarun Trikha from India has apparently recruited hundreds of thousands of "investors", very few of whom, it is reported, have recouped any of their investment.[46][47][48][49][50] In 2013, Tarun Trikha was arrested at the IGI Airport in New Delhi.[51]

In popular culture[edit]

  • In The King of Queens episode entitled "Soft Touch", Doug gets sucked into a pyramid scheme when his persuasive neighbor recruits him to sell water filters.
  • Stanton, a character of Charles Maturin's famous novel Melmoth the Wanderer, while put in Bedlam by his relative, finds a plan, written by some of his predecessors in the room he is placed. It is a plan of baptising all the population of Ottoman Empire, beginning with the Turkish ambassador, and is a classical pyramid scheme.
  • The feature film Children of Invention tells the story of a mother who gets entangled in a pyramid scheme.
  • The novel Welcome to the N.H.K. features a story arc wherein the main character is caught up in a crooked multi-level marketing scam called Mouse Road.
  • On the NBC sitcom The Office, it is revealed that Michael did not attend college because he lost all his tuition money in a pyramid scheme. At a later date, the same character unintentionally attempts to recruit members of his staff into selling calling cards, not realizing that he had been conned into a pyramid scheme until it is made clear by an employee.
  • Season one of the Channel 4 sitcom Peep Show, features an episode in which Jeremy becomes involved in a pyramid scheme after being ignorantly drawn into it by his neighbor Toni, whom he is trying to seduce.
  • The 2010 film The Fighter features Dicky Eklund attempting a pyramid scheme to help pay for his brother's training.
  • In two episodes of the sitcom Two and a Half Men entitled "Three Hookers and a Philly Cheesesteak" and "That Darn Priest", Alan runs a Ponzi scheme, targeting family and friends, in the name of his chiropractor business until Rose finds out and threatens to tell all his investors if he does not stop.
  • In 2014, 62 artists in Brooklyn, New York created a pyramid scheme as new way of curating a contemporary art exhibit. "The Pyramid Scheme will not only reveal patterns and themes within contemporary art, but the social support structures which enable its creation."[52]
  • In the King of the Hill episode entitled "Bill of Sales" Peggy gets caught up in a pyramid scheme.
  • In the episode of The Simpsons titled "I Married Marge", Homer attends an investment seminar where the host introduces the 'Trapezoid Scheme' as an alternative to a Pyramid Scheme, before jumping out of a nearby window after hearing police sirens.
  • In the episode of Kath & Kim titled "Money", Kath organizes a pyramid scheme lingerie party with Kim and Sharon modeling the merchandise so that Kath can raise enough money to pay for a pumpkin style coach for her upcoming wedding.
  • In the It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia episode entitled "Mac and Dennis Buy a Timeshare", Sweet Dee begins selling for 'Invigaron', a multi-level marketing scam involving South American berries that bills itself as a 'Reverse Funnel System', using an upside-down triangle to demonstrate how it works. Frank points out to her that it's a pyramid scheme after telling her to turn the Reverse Funnel upside down.

See also[edit]