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Bat killed by cat

An "Olympic bat" the size of a human thumb flew over 1,200 miles from London to Russia before being killed by a cat.

When a resident of the small Russian town of Molgino in the Pskov region saw the female Nathusius' pipistrelle bat on the ground, it had been damaged by the feline.

According to the Bat Conservation Trust in the United Kingdom, she weighed only 8 grams (.28 ounces) and was rescued by a Russian bat rehabilitation organisation before succumbing to her injuries.

Nathusius pipistrelle bat (Pipistrellus nathusii), Europe. (Photo by: Arterra/Universal Images Group via Getty Images)

Nathusius pipistrelle bat (Pipistrellus nathusii), Europe. (Photo by: Arterra/Universal Images Group via Getty Images)

The bat had "London Zoo" scrawled on it when it was discovered, indicating that it had traveled 1,254 miles. Brian Briggs, a bat recorder, had ringed the bat in 2016 in Bedfont Lakes Country Park near Heathrow in west London.

"This is a thrilling prospect. It's wonderful to be able to help with international conservation efforts to conserve these magnificent animals and learn more about their interesting lives "Briggs stated.

According to a news statement from the Bat Conservation Trust issued last Thursday, the voyage was one of the world's longest known bat migrations, the furthest known record from Britain across Europe, and the only long-distance movement documented "like this" from west to east.

The journey was one of the longest known bat travels globally, the furthest known record from Britain across Europe, and the only long-distance movement recorded "like this" from west to east, according to a press release last Thursday from the Bat Conservation Trust.

 


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  • 12 Dec 2021
    Summary I used to invest in rental properties, but as I learned more about REITs, I came to the realization that they were superior investments in most cases. Put simply, they generate higher returns with lower risk and don't require any effort from you. Moreover, they protect you from liability risk, don't affect your personal credit, allow you to focus on your career, improve your lifestyle, are tax-efficient, and more opportunistic. Looking for a portfolio of ideas like this one? Members of High Yield Landlord get exclusive access to our model portfolio. Learn More »   fstop123/E+ via Getty Images   One of my favorite topics to discuss on Seeking Alpha is how rental properties compare with publicly-listed REITs. It interests me so much because I started my career in private equity real estate, made private investments, but later sold them and transitioned into the REIT space when I came to the realization that REITs were superior investments in most cases.   I have written several articles on this topic so I won't rehash all the same facts, but in short: REITs offer higher returns: Several studies have shown that REITs outperform private real estate investments by 3-6% per year on average over a full-market cycle. That's mainly because REITs enjoy significant economies of scale and have access to the public equity market, which allows them to grow externally by raising capital at cost x and reinvesting it at return y, earning a positive spread in between. Private investors don't have this possibility and so their growth is limited to what they can achieve organically. REITs are a lot safer: REITs are public, liquid, diversified, and conservatively financed. Rentals are private, illiquid, concentrated, and heavily leveraged in most cases. Thousands of private real estate investors file for bankruptcy each year. Yet, REIT bankruptcies are extremely rare because once you have this level of diversification, it is really hard to mess it up. The only bankruptcies that we have seen in the REIT sector were overleveraged mall REITs like CBL (CBL) during the pandemic. REITs are completely passive: Since REITs are professionally-managed, you don't need to worry about the ugly 3 Ts: tenants, toilets, and trash, and you earn returns without having to actually work for them. Even better, the management is professional and highly cost-efficient. In comparison, owning and managing one or a few rental properties is time-consuming and cost-inefficient. It is closer to a part-time job than a passive investment, and it isn't worth it for most people. source source   All of these reasons are good enough for you to stop investing in rentals to buy REITs instead. In most cases, they offer higher returns with lower risk and don't require any effort from you, the investor. I would go a step further and argue that even if rentals were more rewarding (which they aren't), REITs would still provide better risk-and-hassle-adjusted returns in most cases. But the story doesn't end here. There are actually many more reasons to favor REITs, some of which you probably haven't even considered, and I want to shed more light on those in today's article. In addition to what was mentioned previously, there are 5 other reasons why I quit buying rental properties to buy REITs instead: Reason #1: Rental Can Be a Huge Legal Liability. REIT Investors Are Better Protected. Charlie Munger has famously said that there are three ways for smart people to go broke: "liquor, ladies, and leverage". But even more important is the concept of liability. Liquor, ladies, and leverage can only ruin you if you are personally liable for the resulting costs. Most business owners and investors ignore the topic of liability until it is too late to do anything about it, and that's how a lot of wealthy and successful rental investors go broke every year. They are personally liable for all the loans, and they are also the first person who gets sued by tenants, contractors, brokers, etc. when things go south. To give you an example: let's assume that some mold has been accumulating in the restroom of your rental, your tenant gets sick, and decides to stop paying rent and sues you for an exorbitant amount, claiming that you did not take proper care of the property and put his/her health at risk. Now let's make it a bit worse: let's also assume we just entered a recession and you lost your job, just when you needed it the most to make up for the missed rent payment and the lawsuit. Maybe, you are now also missing additional rent checks from other tenants because 50%+ of Americans live paycheck to paycheck. If you are long enough in business, it is only a question of time before you get in this type of trouble. Suddenly, you could face significant financial and emotional stress because you are personally liable for the loans and the potential lawsuits. Importantly: there is no point in earning good returns for 20 years if, in the 21st year, you are hit with missed rent payments, lawsuits, and the bank takes it all away from you because you defaulted on your loans. Rental investors commonly use up to 80% leverage, which leaves little margin for error, and that's why so many end up filing for bankruptcy each year.   REITs, on the other hand, are structured as corporations, and as a minority shareholder, you enjoy the full benefits of limited liability. This means that you cannot lose more than you invest and you will never be sued by anyone for more than that. This is huge risk mitigation because if you are a landlord for long enough, it is inevitable that you run into some kind of liability issues at some point. Yet, it is rarely mentioned when debating the characteristics of REITs vs. rentals. I sleep a lot better at night knowing that no one has ever lost money owning a well-diversified portfolio of REITs in the long run. The same cannot be said about rentals because they expose you to liability issues. Reason #2: Rentals Put Your Personal Credit On The Line. REITs Give You The Benefits of Leverage Without Affecting Your Credit Related to the previous point, when you buy a rental, you commonly need to put your personal credit on the line. Banks require this because it reduces their risk, but it also means that you cannot just put your LLC into default and walk away. Your credit rating is also impacted by the amount of debt that you are taking, which could limit you in other ways. Perhaps, you would like to create a new business and need a loan to get started. That's just one example among many others. With REITs, you enjoy the same benefits of leverage, but importantly, you are not personally liable for them and it does not affect your credit score. There is this common misconception that you cannot use leverage when investing in REITs, but the reality is that REITs are already leveraged. When you buy shares, you provide the equity and it is the equity that's publicly traded. Then the REIT takes mortgages to leverage your equity and earn better returns. In the end, you enjoy the same benefits of leverage, but you are in a much safer position and it does not affect your personal credit. This is particularly important for me because I am a small business owner. Reason #3: Rentals Can Ruin Your Career and Lifestyle. REITs Give You Complete Freedom To Advance in Your Career and Personal Life. Rental investments take a lot more time than most people understand. Just to find the right deal, negotiate it, do your due diligence, secure a loan, rehab it, and find a tenant, you may spend 10s of hours per week for months on end. Then after that, you still need to manage the property and deal with all the issues that come with that, and finally, someday, you may want to sell the property, which will again, require a lot of time and effort.   What a lot of people don't realize is that all this work could have been put into your main career, which probably earns you a lot more money than managing rentals, which is a low-margin business. The worst example is when a physician or a successful business owner or other high-earner decides to invest in rental properties. This person could make a lot more per hour working their main job than what they would ever get for the efforts they put in the rental business. But even if your value is let's say $20 per hour, then you probably shouldn't buy rentals because you are much better off putting that time into earning money through your job, investing in REITs, and focusing on advancing in your career. The rentals will only slow you down and result in fewer earnings in the long run. Let's take a look at a real-life example: Purchase price: $200,000 Monthly NOI: $1,000 (after major expenses) On the surface, it seems like a pretty good with a 6% cap rate, which turns into a double-digit annual yield once you add leverage to it. But now, let's assume that you use 5 hours per week on average in the year (to find the property, negotiate it, rehab it, market it, manage it, etc.) and the value of your time is $20 per hour, then you need to deduct $100 per week or $400 per month from the above return. After all, that $400 is not the result of a passive investment. It is the result of your work and you could have earned it working your other job. So the real monthly NOI is just $600, and the real cap rate is 3.6%. Is this 3.6% cap rate worth all the risk and work? No. You would be much better off focusing on your career and using the extra earnings to invest in REITs. And even ignoring the financial aspect, REITs will also improve the quality of your lifestyle. You won't have to worry about tenants, repairs, midnight calls, and weekends being ruined from bad surprises. You also won't be stuck in one location, be able to travel, and sleep better at night. This freedom is very important to me. Reason #4: Rentals Can Expose You to Important Tax Complications. The Taxation of REITs is More Simple And Efficient. Another common misconception is that rentals are highly tax-efficient, especially when compared to REITs. I disagree. Yes, you can depreciate your property to lower your immediate tax burden, but in the process, you also lower your cost basis which will hurt you down the line when you sell the property, and/or lower your flexibility to switch from an asset class to another. In the worse case, you are then stuck with your rentals forever and can never sell them due to the tax hit that it would cause.   Moreover, you will again end up spending a lot of time trying to deduct expenses, depreciate the property, document it all, etc., and all of that time that could have earned you money working your main job. The complexity, in the end, costs you money indirectly, even if you don't see it. REITs, on the other hand, are very simple and tax-efficient. They pay no corporate income tax. They distribute 60%-70% of their cash flow, which means that 30%-40% isn't taxed at all. A portion of the distribution is "return of capital," which isn't taxed. The portion that's taxed enjoys a 20% deduction. Generally, REITs are more growth-oriented real estate investments, and therefore, more than half of the total return is tax-deferred appreciation. Finally, if you want to defer all taxes, you can simply hold them in a tax-deferred account. You still retain the freedom to move from one asset class to another. When you take all of that into account, I actually pay less taxes investing in REITs and it is also a lot easier and more time-efficient. Reason #5: Rentals Limit You to One Market. REITs offer a Larger Universe of Opportunities. Finally, if you want to buy a rental, you are limited to investing in your local market. Sure, you could use a platform like Roofstock to buy a property on the other side of the country, but that's the last thing that I would do. If you don't know your market and you aren't close to the property, then you are taking even bigger risks and the management will be costly and complicated. As an example, it is not uncommon for property managers to take 12% of the rental revenue when the management cost of REITs like Realty Income (O) is only ~4% of their revenue. REITs, on the other hand, let you invest in all property sectors and geographies from the comfort of your own home. There are over 20 different property sectors to choose from: Office. Example: Boston Properties (BXP) Industrial. Example: Prologis (PLD) Apartment. Example: Mid-America (MAA) Retail. Example: Simon Property Group (SPG) Hotel. Example: Host Hotels (HST) Net Lease. Example: STORE Capital (STOR) Senior housing. Example: Ventas (VTR) Skilled nursing. Example: Omega Healthcare (OHI) Hospital. Example: Medical Properties Trust (MPW) Medical Office. Example: Physician Realty Trust (DOC) Manufactured Housing. Example: Sun Communities (SUI) Single-Family Rental. Example: Invitation Homes (INVH) Student Housing. Example: American Campus Communities (ACC) Self Storage. Example: Public Storage (PSA) Timberland. Example: Weyerhaeuser (WY) Farmland. Example: Gladstone Land (LAND) Billboard. Example: Lamar (LAMR) Data Centers. Example: Digital Realty (DLR.PK) Infrastructure. Example: American Tower (AMT) Ground Lease. Example: Safehold (SAFE)   And also over 20 different countries that have REITs these days: USA Canada UK France Germany Singapore Japan Australia Etc. source At High Yield Landlord, we invest globally and across most of these property sectors, which ultimately leads to higher returns with less risk. Right now, we are invested in properties in the US, Canada, France, Germany, Estonia, Singapore, etc., and have professional management teams with skin in the game taking care of it for us. Our approach to REIT investing has generated ~20% annual returns since the inception of our portfolio, and we have done so well because we have such a large universe of opportunities to choose from: Source: Interactive Brokers (IBKR) Bottom Line To recap: REITs Rentals Higher returns Lower returns Lower risk Higher risk Passive Work-intensive No liability risk Liability issues No personal credit risk Personal credit risk Boosts lifestyle and career Hurts lifestyle and career Simple and efficient taxation More complicated taxation that limits your flexibility Wide universe of opportunities Limited universe of opportunities These are all the reasons why I favor REITs over rental properties, and that's despite coming from a private equity background, having studied two university degrees in real estate investing, and being born in a family of real estate entrepreneurs. If I decide to favor REITs, it is simply because they are far superior investments in most cases. Are there exceptions? Of course, there are. As an example, I think that most people should buy their home because it has non-financial benefits. Some crowdfunding platforms like FarmTogether may also make sense for specialty property sectors like farmland; and finally, if you are getting an exceptional deal, then, by all means, a rental property may be a good investment. But the point of this article is that in 90%+ of cases, you will do a lot better with REITs and that is why I quit buying rental properties years ago.       This article was written by Jussi Askola Author of High Yield Landlord    
    5438 Posted by UniqueThis
  • Summary I used to invest in rental properties, but as I learned more about REITs, I came to the realization that they were superior investments in most cases. Put simply, they generate higher returns with lower risk and don't require any effort from you. Moreover, they protect you from liability risk, don't affect your personal credit, allow you to focus on your career, improve your lifestyle, are tax-efficient, and more opportunistic. Looking for a portfolio of ideas like this one? Members of High Yield Landlord get exclusive access to our model portfolio. Learn More »   fstop123/E+ via Getty Images   One of my favorite topics to discuss on Seeking Alpha is how rental properties compare with publicly-listed REITs. It interests me so much because I started my career in private equity real estate, made private investments, but later sold them and transitioned into the REIT space when I came to the realization that REITs were superior investments in most cases.   I have written several articles on this topic so I won't rehash all the same facts, but in short: REITs offer higher returns: Several studies have shown that REITs outperform private real estate investments by 3-6% per year on average over a full-market cycle. That's mainly because REITs enjoy significant economies of scale and have access to the public equity market, which allows them to grow externally by raising capital at cost x and reinvesting it at return y, earning a positive spread in between. Private investors don't have this possibility and so their growth is limited to what they can achieve organically. REITs are a lot safer: REITs are public, liquid, diversified, and conservatively financed. Rentals are private, illiquid, concentrated, and heavily leveraged in most cases. Thousands of private real estate investors file for bankruptcy each year. Yet, REIT bankruptcies are extremely rare because once you have this level of diversification, it is really hard to mess it up. The only bankruptcies that we have seen in the REIT sector were overleveraged mall REITs like CBL (CBL) during the pandemic. REITs are completely passive: Since REITs are professionally-managed, you don't need to worry about the ugly 3 Ts: tenants, toilets, and trash, and you earn returns without having to actually work for them. Even better, the management is professional and highly cost-efficient. In comparison, owning and managing one or a few rental properties is time-consuming and cost-inefficient. It is closer to a part-time job than a passive investment, and it isn't worth it for most people. source source   All of these reasons are good enough for you to stop investing in rentals to buy REITs instead. In most cases, they offer higher returns with lower risk and don't require any effort from you, the investor. I would go a step further and argue that even if rentals were more rewarding (which they aren't), REITs would still provide better risk-and-hassle-adjusted returns in most cases. But the story doesn't end here. There are actually many more reasons to favor REITs, some of which you probably haven't even considered, and I want to shed more light on those in today's article. In addition to what was mentioned previously, there are 5 other reasons why I quit buying rental properties to buy REITs instead: Reason #1: Rental Can Be a Huge Legal Liability. REIT Investors Are Better Protected. Charlie Munger has famously said that there are three ways for smart people to go broke: "liquor, ladies, and leverage". But even more important is the concept of liability. Liquor, ladies, and leverage can only ruin you if you are personally liable for the resulting costs. Most business owners and investors ignore the topic of liability until it is too late to do anything about it, and that's how a lot of wealthy and successful rental investors go broke every year. They are personally liable for all the loans, and they are also the first person who gets sued by tenants, contractors, brokers, etc. when things go south. To give you an example: let's assume that some mold has been accumulating in the restroom of your rental, your tenant gets sick, and decides to stop paying rent and sues you for an exorbitant amount, claiming that you did not take proper care of the property and put his/her health at risk. Now let's make it a bit worse: let's also assume we just entered a recession and you lost your job, just when you needed it the most to make up for the missed rent payment and the lawsuit. Maybe, you are now also missing additional rent checks from other tenants because 50%+ of Americans live paycheck to paycheck. If you are long enough in business, it is only a question of time before you get in this type of trouble. Suddenly, you could face significant financial and emotional stress because you are personally liable for the loans and the potential lawsuits. Importantly: there is no point in earning good returns for 20 years if, in the 21st year, you are hit with missed rent payments, lawsuits, and the bank takes it all away from you because you defaulted on your loans. Rental investors commonly use up to 80% leverage, which leaves little margin for error, and that's why so many end up filing for bankruptcy each year.   REITs, on the other hand, are structured as corporations, and as a minority shareholder, you enjoy the full benefits of limited liability. This means that you cannot lose more than you invest and you will never be sued by anyone for more than that. This is huge risk mitigation because if you are a landlord for long enough, it is inevitable that you run into some kind of liability issues at some point. Yet, it is rarely mentioned when debating the characteristics of REITs vs. rentals. I sleep a lot better at night knowing that no one has ever lost money owning a well-diversified portfolio of REITs in the long run. The same cannot be said about rentals because they expose you to liability issues. Reason #2: Rentals Put Your Personal Credit On The Line. REITs Give You The Benefits of Leverage Without Affecting Your Credit Related to the previous point, when you buy a rental, you commonly need to put your personal credit on the line. Banks require this because it reduces their risk, but it also means that you cannot just put your LLC into default and walk away. Your credit rating is also impacted by the amount of debt that you are taking, which could limit you in other ways. Perhaps, you would like to create a new business and need a loan to get started. That's just one example among many others. With REITs, you enjoy the same benefits of leverage, but importantly, you are not personally liable for them and it does not affect your credit score. There is this common misconception that you cannot use leverage when investing in REITs, but the reality is that REITs are already leveraged. When you buy shares, you provide the equity and it is the equity that's publicly traded. Then the REIT takes mortgages to leverage your equity and earn better returns. In the end, you enjoy the same benefits of leverage, but you are in a much safer position and it does not affect your personal credit. This is particularly important for me because I am a small business owner. Reason #3: Rentals Can Ruin Your Career and Lifestyle. REITs Give You Complete Freedom To Advance in Your Career and Personal Life. Rental investments take a lot more time than most people understand. Just to find the right deal, negotiate it, do your due diligence, secure a loan, rehab it, and find a tenant, you may spend 10s of hours per week for months on end. Then after that, you still need to manage the property and deal with all the issues that come with that, and finally, someday, you may want to sell the property, which will again, require a lot of time and effort.   What a lot of people don't realize is that all this work could have been put into your main career, which probably earns you a lot more money than managing rentals, which is a low-margin business. The worst example is when a physician or a successful business owner or other high-earner decides to invest in rental properties. This person could make a lot more per hour working their main job than what they would ever get for the efforts they put in the rental business. But even if your value is let's say $20 per hour, then you probably shouldn't buy rentals because you are much better off putting that time into earning money through your job, investing in REITs, and focusing on advancing in your career. The rentals will only slow you down and result in fewer earnings in the long run. Let's take a look at a real-life example: Purchase price: $200,000 Monthly NOI: $1,000 (after major expenses) On the surface, it seems like a pretty good with a 6% cap rate, which turns into a double-digit annual yield once you add leverage to it. But now, let's assume that you use 5 hours per week on average in the year (to find the property, negotiate it, rehab it, market it, manage it, etc.) and the value of your time is $20 per hour, then you need to deduct $100 per week or $400 per month from the above return. After all, that $400 is not the result of a passive investment. It is the result of your work and you could have earned it working your other job. So the real monthly NOI is just $600, and the real cap rate is 3.6%. Is this 3.6% cap rate worth all the risk and work? No. You would be much better off focusing on your career and using the extra earnings to invest in REITs. And even ignoring the financial aspect, REITs will also improve the quality of your lifestyle. You won't have to worry about tenants, repairs, midnight calls, and weekends being ruined from bad surprises. You also won't be stuck in one location, be able to travel, and sleep better at night. This freedom is very important to me. Reason #4: Rentals Can Expose You to Important Tax Complications. The Taxation of REITs is More Simple And Efficient. Another common misconception is that rentals are highly tax-efficient, especially when compared to REITs. I disagree. Yes, you can depreciate your property to lower your immediate tax burden, but in the process, you also lower your cost basis which will hurt you down the line when you sell the property, and/or lower your flexibility to switch from an asset class to another. In the worse case, you are then stuck with your rentals forever and can never sell them due to the tax hit that it would cause.   Moreover, you will again end up spending a lot of time trying to deduct expenses, depreciate the property, document it all, etc., and all of that time that could have earned you money working your main job. The complexity, in the end, costs you money indirectly, even if you don't see it. REITs, on the other hand, are very simple and tax-efficient. They pay no corporate income tax. They distribute 60%-70% of their cash flow, which means that 30%-40% isn't taxed at all. A portion of the distribution is "return of capital," which isn't taxed. The portion that's taxed enjoys a 20% deduction. Generally, REITs are more growth-oriented real estate investments, and therefore, more than half of the total return is tax-deferred appreciation. Finally, if you want to defer all taxes, you can simply hold them in a tax-deferred account. You still retain the freedom to move from one asset class to another. When you take all of that into account, I actually pay less taxes investing in REITs and it is also a lot easier and more time-efficient. Reason #5: Rentals Limit You to One Market. REITs offer a Larger Universe of Opportunities. Finally, if you want to buy a rental, you are limited to investing in your local market. Sure, you could use a platform like Roofstock to buy a property on the other side of the country, but that's the last thing that I would do. If you don't know your market and you aren't close to the property, then you are taking even bigger risks and the management will be costly and complicated. As an example, it is not uncommon for property managers to take 12% of the rental revenue when the management cost of REITs like Realty Income (O) is only ~4% of their revenue. REITs, on the other hand, let you invest in all property sectors and geographies from the comfort of your own home. There are over 20 different property sectors to choose from: Office. Example: Boston Properties (BXP) Industrial. Example: Prologis (PLD) Apartment. Example: Mid-America (MAA) Retail. Example: Simon Property Group (SPG) Hotel. Example: Host Hotels (HST) Net Lease. Example: STORE Capital (STOR) Senior housing. Example: Ventas (VTR) Skilled nursing. Example: Omega Healthcare (OHI) Hospital. Example: Medical Properties Trust (MPW) Medical Office. Example: Physician Realty Trust (DOC) Manufactured Housing. Example: Sun Communities (SUI) Single-Family Rental. Example: Invitation Homes (INVH) Student Housing. Example: American Campus Communities (ACC) Self Storage. Example: Public Storage (PSA) Timberland. Example: Weyerhaeuser (WY) Farmland. Example: Gladstone Land (LAND) Billboard. Example: Lamar (LAMR) Data Centers. Example: Digital Realty (DLR.PK) Infrastructure. Example: American Tower (AMT) Ground Lease. Example: Safehold (SAFE)   And also over 20 different countries that have REITs these days: USA Canada UK France Germany Singapore Japan Australia Etc. source At High Yield Landlord, we invest globally and across most of these property sectors, which ultimately leads to higher returns with less risk. Right now, we are invested in properties in the US, Canada, France, Germany, Estonia, Singapore, etc., and have professional management teams with skin in the game taking care of it for us. Our approach to REIT investing has generated ~20% annual returns since the inception of our portfolio, and we have done so well because we have such a large universe of opportunities to choose from: Source: Interactive Brokers (IBKR) Bottom Line To recap: REITs Rentals Higher returns Lower returns Lower risk Higher risk Passive Work-intensive No liability risk Liability issues No personal credit risk Personal credit risk Boosts lifestyle and career Hurts lifestyle and career Simple and efficient taxation More complicated taxation that limits your flexibility Wide universe of opportunities Limited universe of opportunities These are all the reasons why I favor REITs over rental properties, and that's despite coming from a private equity background, having studied two university degrees in real estate investing, and being born in a family of real estate entrepreneurs. If I decide to favor REITs, it is simply because they are far superior investments in most cases. Are there exceptions? Of course, there are. As an example, I think that most people should buy their home because it has non-financial benefits. Some crowdfunding platforms like FarmTogether may also make sense for specialty property sectors like farmland; and finally, if you are getting an exceptional deal, then, by all means, a rental property may be a good investment. But the point of this article is that in 90%+ of cases, you will do a lot better with REITs and that is why I quit buying rental properties years ago.       This article was written by Jussi Askola Author of High Yield Landlord    
    Dec 12, 2021 5438
  • 11 Dec 2021
    TV personality and doctor Dr. Mehmet Oz wants Dr. Anthony Fauci to resign. Oz said he believes Fauci should be held accountable for misleading the American public and Congress on matters relating to the COVID-19 pandemic, whether intentionally or unintentionally. Fauci, who heads the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, faced intense scrutiny after he contradicted himself on a number of guidelines, including the use of face masks. Oz, who announced last month that he was running for the Pennsylvania Senate, took aim at Fauci.    
    5300 Posted by UniqueThis
  • TV personality and doctor Dr. Mehmet Oz wants Dr. Anthony Fauci to resign. Oz said he believes Fauci should be held accountable for misleading the American public and Congress on matters relating to the COVID-19 pandemic, whether intentionally or unintentionally. Fauci, who heads the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, faced intense scrutiny after he contradicted himself on a number of guidelines, including the use of face masks. Oz, who announced last month that he was running for the Pennsylvania Senate, took aim at Fauci.    
    Dec 11, 2021 5300
  • 11 Dec 2021
    According to the 2021 giving report from the for-profit fundraising platform GoFundMe, Ireland topped the list of most generous countries. On GoFundMe, where individuals can quickly raise money for everything from college tuition to disaster relief, Ireland donors gave the most per capita. To get donations, all they need is a photo, a short story to share, and a verified bank account. In 2021, the most generous person on GoFundMe made 434 donations.
    6333 Posted by UniqueThis
  • According to the 2021 giving report from the for-profit fundraising platform GoFundMe, Ireland topped the list of most generous countries. On GoFundMe, where individuals can quickly raise money for everything from college tuition to disaster relief, Ireland donors gave the most per capita. To get donations, all they need is a photo, a short story to share, and a verified bank account. In 2021, the most generous person on GoFundMe made 434 donations.
    Dec 11, 2021 6333
  • 11 Dec 2021
    People who own mutual funds investments will see taxes on dividend gains, even if they reinvest the dividend income. Some experts recommend offsetting the dividend gains by selling underperforming stocks at a loss. Those that have tax-sheltered accounts, such as a 401(k), qualified Roth IRA, don't have to worry about reinvesting dividends. Since it's been a decent year of dividend distributions, some experts recommend reinvesting mutual fund dividends into ETF stocks for diversification. 
    5047 Posted by UniqueThis
  • People who own mutual funds investments will see taxes on dividend gains, even if they reinvest the dividend income. Some experts recommend offsetting the dividend gains by selling underperforming stocks at a loss. Those that have tax-sheltered accounts, such as a 401(k), qualified Roth IRA, don't have to worry about reinvesting dividends. Since it's been a decent year of dividend distributions, some experts recommend reinvesting mutual fund dividends into ETF stocks for diversification. 
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  • 11 Dec 2021
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Buffalo will try to get back on track next week against the Dolphins in Miami. 9. Los Angeles Chargers Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert on the run against the Denver Broncos in the third quarter at SoFi Stadium Dec. 27, 2020.  (Kirby Lee/USA TODAY Sports) Record: 1-0 Week 1 result: 20-16 win over Washington Outlook: Justin Herbert threw for 337 yards and one touchdown in a tough road win over the Washington Football Team. Keenan Allen had nine receptions for 100 yards. A showdown between the Chargers and Cowboys will go down in Week 2. 8. Seattle Seahawks Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson reacts to cheering fans at the end of an Oct. 4, 2020 game in Miami Gardens, Fla. The Seahawks defeated the Dolphins 31-23. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee) Record: 1-0 Week 1 result: 28-16 win over Colts Outlook: Russell Wilson completed 18 of 23 passes for 254 yards with four touchdowns in a big win over Indianapolis. Wideout Tyler Lockett had TD receptions of 23 and 69 yards. The Seahawks will take on the Titans next. 7. San Francisco 49ers San Francisco 49ers quarterback Trey Lance signals at the line of scrimmage against the Detroit Lions In the first half in Detroit Sunday, Sept. 12, 2021.  (AP Photo/Lon Horwedel) Record: 1-0 Week 1 result: 41-33 win over Lions Outlook: San Francisco held a 28-point lead before Detroit made a late attempt at a comeback. Rookie running back Elijah Mitchell had 19 carries for 104 yards with a rushing score. The 49ers travel to Philadelphia to face the Eagles in Week 2. 6. Pittsburgh Steelers Pittsburgh Steelers outside linebacker T.J. Watt prior to a game against the Buffalo Bills at Bills Stadium Dec. 13, 2020.  (Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports) Record: 1-0 Week 1 result: 23-16 win over Bills Outlook: Down 10-0, the Steelers managed to pull out a victory over the Bills in Buffalo. Pittsburgh defensive end T.J. Watt had two sacks and a forced fumble. Next up for the Steelers is a matchup against the Las Vegas Raiders. 5. New Orleans Saints New Orleans Saints quarterback Jameis Winston throws a pass during the first half Sunday against the Green Bay Packers.   (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack) Record: 1-0 Week 1 result: 38-3 win over Packers Outlook: Jameis Winston took care of business in his debut as the starter for the Saints. He completed 14 of 20 passes for 148 yards with five touchdowns in the dominating win. New Orleans will travel to Carolina to square off against the Panthers in an NFC South matchup. 4. Arizona Cardinals Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray (1) is congratulated by tight end Maxx Williams (87) after Murray ran for a touchdown against the Tennessee Titans in the first half Sunday.  (AP Photo/Mark Zaleski)) Record: 1-0 Week 1 result: 38-13 win over Titans Outlook: Kyler Murray completed 21 of 32 passes for 289 yards with five total touchdowns in a dominating 38-13 victory over Tennessee. Wideout DeAndre Hopkins had six receptions for 83 yards with two scores. Arizona will host the Minnesota Vikings next. 3. Los Angeles Rams Los Angeles Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford throws a pass during the first half  against the Chicago Bears Sunday in Inglewood, Calif.   (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) Record: 1-0 Week 1 result: 34-14 win over Bears Outlook: Quarterback Matthew Stafford dazzled in his debut with the Rams. He completed 20 of 26 passes for 321 yards and three touchdowns in the victory. Los Angeles will travel to Indianapolis to face the Colts in Week 2. 2. Kansas City Chiefs Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes grins during a November 2020 game against the Carolina Panthers.   (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner) Record: 1-0 Week 1 result: 33-29 win over Browns Outlook: Facing a 22-10 deficit at the midway point, Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs outscored Cleveland 23-7 in the second half. Mahomes threw for 337 yards and three touchdowns in the comeback win. Kansas City will square off against the Ravens in Baltimore. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP 1. Tampa Bay Buccaneers Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Chris Godwin (14) drops a pass against the Dallas Cowboys in the fourth quarter of a Sept. 9 game at Raymond James Stadium.  (Jeremy Reper/USA TODAY Sports) Record: 1-0 Week 1 result: 31-29 win over Cowboys Outlook: Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady threw for 379 passing yards and four touchdowns in the comeback victory to kick off the 2021 NFL season. Next up, Tampa Bay hosts the Atlanta Falcons.
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Buffalo will try to get back on track next week against the Dolphins in Miami. 9. Los Angeles Chargers Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert on the run against the Denver Broncos in the third quarter at SoFi Stadium Dec. 27, 2020.  (Kirby Lee/USA TODAY Sports) Record: 1-0 Week 1 result: 20-16 win over Washington Outlook: Justin Herbert threw for 337 yards and one touchdown in a tough road win over the Washington Football Team. Keenan Allen had nine receptions for 100 yards. A showdown between the Chargers and Cowboys will go down in Week 2. 8. Seattle Seahawks Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson reacts to cheering fans at the end of an Oct. 4, 2020 game in Miami Gardens, Fla. The Seahawks defeated the Dolphins 31-23. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee) Record: 1-0 Week 1 result: 28-16 win over Colts Outlook: Russell Wilson completed 18 of 23 passes for 254 yards with four touchdowns in a big win over Indianapolis. Wideout Tyler Lockett had TD receptions of 23 and 69 yards. The Seahawks will take on the Titans next. 7. San Francisco 49ers San Francisco 49ers quarterback Trey Lance signals at the line of scrimmage against the Detroit Lions In the first half in Detroit Sunday, Sept. 12, 2021.  (AP Photo/Lon Horwedel) Record: 1-0 Week 1 result: 41-33 win over Lions Outlook: San Francisco held a 28-point lead before Detroit made a late attempt at a comeback. Rookie running back Elijah Mitchell had 19 carries for 104 yards with a rushing score. The 49ers travel to Philadelphia to face the Eagles in Week 2. 6. Pittsburgh Steelers Pittsburgh Steelers outside linebacker T.J. Watt prior to a game against the Buffalo Bills at Bills Stadium Dec. 13, 2020.  (Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports) Record: 1-0 Week 1 result: 23-16 win over Bills Outlook: Down 10-0, the Steelers managed to pull out a victory over the Bills in Buffalo. Pittsburgh defensive end T.J. Watt had two sacks and a forced fumble. Next up for the Steelers is a matchup against the Las Vegas Raiders. 5. New Orleans Saints New Orleans Saints quarterback Jameis Winston throws a pass during the first half Sunday against the Green Bay Packers.   (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack) Record: 1-0 Week 1 result: 38-3 win over Packers Outlook: Jameis Winston took care of business in his debut as the starter for the Saints. He completed 14 of 20 passes for 148 yards with five touchdowns in the dominating win. New Orleans will travel to Carolina to square off against the Panthers in an NFC South matchup. 4. Arizona Cardinals Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray (1) is congratulated by tight end Maxx Williams (87) after Murray ran for a touchdown against the Tennessee Titans in the first half Sunday.  (AP Photo/Mark Zaleski)) Record: 1-0 Week 1 result: 38-13 win over Titans Outlook: Kyler Murray completed 21 of 32 passes for 289 yards with five total touchdowns in a dominating 38-13 victory over Tennessee. Wideout DeAndre Hopkins had six receptions for 83 yards with two scores. Arizona will host the Minnesota Vikings next. 3. Los Angeles Rams Los Angeles Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford throws a pass during the first half  against the Chicago Bears Sunday in Inglewood, Calif.   (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) Record: 1-0 Week 1 result: 34-14 win over Bears Outlook: Quarterback Matthew Stafford dazzled in his debut with the Rams. He completed 20 of 26 passes for 321 yards and three touchdowns in the victory. Los Angeles will travel to Indianapolis to face the Colts in Week 2. 2. Kansas City Chiefs Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes grins during a November 2020 game against the Carolina Panthers.   (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner) Record: 1-0 Week 1 result: 33-29 win over Browns Outlook: Facing a 22-10 deficit at the midway point, Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs outscored Cleveland 23-7 in the second half. Mahomes threw for 337 yards and three touchdowns in the comeback win. 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    Beginners in the running world may not know how to breathe while running - but it doesn't have to be the massive stressor your mind makes it out to be.  Your heart rate and muscles will change once you start running faster, but panic can also set in.  You can get faster and feel less stressed when you run if you learn how to breathe effectively. You might even start to appreciate the wind in your hair and your breathing as you pound the pavement. Here's how to breathe while running - and if different breathing patterns can reduce the stress on your lungs when you're running.  How should you breathe when you're running? Running harder will make you out of breath since your respiratory system is used to breathing a certain way. You can breathe better if you relax as much as you can. Nick Anderson, head coach for Saucony and GB & EA running coach, says people go out way too fast and don't learn to pace themselves. What happens if you run too fast? You can only operate in anaerobic mode for a short period before you need to slow down to get back into aerobic mode." Tana von Zitzewitz, a master trainer at Barry's UK, says nasal breathing gives you a lot of oxygen and helps your body get rid of carbon dioxide. Ten runners were tested for six months on nasal breathing by Colorado State University. Their breathing rate and breaths per minute decreased when they inhaled more oxygen and exhaled more carbon dioxide. When you inhale, your nose should be your point of entry, and when you exhale, your mouth should be your point of exit. She feels good about how hard she's working when she runs with Tana, a UKA Run Leader. Run at a pace you can hold a conversation with someone next to you in your early weeks: "If it's hard for you to talk to someone next to you, you're running too hard. As you get fitter, you can run at a different pace." What's the deal with rhythmic breathing? Running is said to calm the nervous system by breathing rhythmically. Studies on running and cortisol levels have also shown that running can increase levels of cortisol in the body, a hormone linked to stress if you're running at a moderate to high intensity.  Breathing rhythmically isn't natural, but it can calm your body. How should it be done? Breathing out is necessary for emptying the lungs. Taking in five deep breaths, holding them for five seconds, and exhaling them through your mouth. A study at the University of Utah found that rhythmic breathing is an excellent way for runners to reduce stress on their respiratory systems, which in turn reduces respiratory muscle fatigue. It also improves breathing efficiency through improved gas mixing, transport, and exchange. "Rhythmic breathing and running require a lot of concentration," von Zitzewitz told Live Science. "You have to count the steps you take inhaling, then exhaling, then counting each step." Take five minutes to do the breathing exercise while listening to relaxing music. You can try this technique on a slow jog once you become comfortable with it and see if it helps you improve your running, then you can gradually incorporate it into your routine. von Zitzewitz suggests that, if this technique is too laborious for you, being more aware of your breathing while running will help you run better. When running long distances, start slowly and remember to breathe. You should be able to breathe effortlessly in through the nose and out through the mouth once you get up to a steady pace. You will fatigue if it becomes too labored too quickly, and so your pace will not be sustainable, so you will need to make small adjustments. Running improves with practice by making small, consistent improvements over time. Start with your base pace and add little improvements over time. As well as Pranayama, she states it helps you be more flexible in your lungs and helps you breathe more effectively when you're running, and suggests, "Make sure to warm up and activate your lungs prior to your run by doing these deep breathing exercises." Do you breathe differently when you run? You'll naturally find that your form is off if you're breathing laboriously or are stressed when running.  If you aren't relaxed while running, you'll naturally slouch. If your shoulders are down, your back is straight, and your hips are forward. The hardest thing about running is learning how to relax, but if you breathe correctly you can quickly accomplish that. It should then correct itself by itself, but if you still feel stressed, Anderson advises runners to let go of stress, yet stay aware of posture. She says, "Drop your shoulders down and raise your arms - this will take your mind off the stress your breathing is causing."
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  • Beginners in the running world may not know how to breathe while running - but it doesn't have to be the massive stressor your mind makes it out to be.  Your heart rate and muscles will change once you start running faster, but panic can also set in.  You can get faster and feel less stressed when you run if you learn how to breathe effectively. You might even start to appreciate the wind in your hair and your breathing as you pound the pavement. Here's how to breathe while running - and if different breathing patterns can reduce the stress on your lungs when you're running.  How should you breathe when you're running? Running harder will make you out of breath since your respiratory system is used to breathing a certain way. You can breathe better if you relax as much as you can. Nick Anderson, head coach for Saucony and GB & EA running coach, says people go out way too fast and don't learn to pace themselves. What happens if you run too fast? You can only operate in anaerobic mode for a short period before you need to slow down to get back into aerobic mode." Tana von Zitzewitz, a master trainer at Barry's UK, says nasal breathing gives you a lot of oxygen and helps your body get rid of carbon dioxide. Ten runners were tested for six months on nasal breathing by Colorado State University. Their breathing rate and breaths per minute decreased when they inhaled more oxygen and exhaled more carbon dioxide. When you inhale, your nose should be your point of entry, and when you exhale, your mouth should be your point of exit. She feels good about how hard she's working when she runs with Tana, a UKA Run Leader. Run at a pace you can hold a conversation with someone next to you in your early weeks: "If it's hard for you to talk to someone next to you, you're running too hard. As you get fitter, you can run at a different pace." What's the deal with rhythmic breathing? Running is said to calm the nervous system by breathing rhythmically. Studies on running and cortisol levels have also shown that running can increase levels of cortisol in the body, a hormone linked to stress if you're running at a moderate to high intensity.  Breathing rhythmically isn't natural, but it can calm your body. How should it be done? Breathing out is necessary for emptying the lungs. Taking in five deep breaths, holding them for five seconds, and exhaling them through your mouth. A study at the University of Utah found that rhythmic breathing is an excellent way for runners to reduce stress on their respiratory systems, which in turn reduces respiratory muscle fatigue. It also improves breathing efficiency through improved gas mixing, transport, and exchange. "Rhythmic breathing and running require a lot of concentration," von Zitzewitz told Live Science. "You have to count the steps you take inhaling, then exhaling, then counting each step." Take five minutes to do the breathing exercise while listening to relaxing music. You can try this technique on a slow jog once you become comfortable with it and see if it helps you improve your running, then you can gradually incorporate it into your routine. von Zitzewitz suggests that, if this technique is too laborious for you, being more aware of your breathing while running will help you run better. When running long distances, start slowly and remember to breathe. You should be able to breathe effortlessly in through the nose and out through the mouth once you get up to a steady pace. You will fatigue if it becomes too labored too quickly, and so your pace will not be sustainable, so you will need to make small adjustments. Running improves with practice by making small, consistent improvements over time. Start with your base pace and add little improvements over time. As well as Pranayama, she states it helps you be more flexible in your lungs and helps you breathe more effectively when you're running, and suggests, "Make sure to warm up and activate your lungs prior to your run by doing these deep breathing exercises." Do you breathe differently when you run? You'll naturally find that your form is off if you're breathing laboriously or are stressed when running.  If you aren't relaxed while running, you'll naturally slouch. If your shoulders are down, your back is straight, and your hips are forward. The hardest thing about running is learning how to relax, but if you breathe correctly you can quickly accomplish that. It should then correct itself by itself, but if you still feel stressed, Anderson advises runners to let go of stress, yet stay aware of posture. She says, "Drop your shoulders down and raise your arms - this will take your mind off the stress your breathing is causing."
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    According to the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), more than a third of sharks and rays on Earth are endangered. Earlier reports by the group claimed the loss was mostly due to overfishing and ocean pollution.  The latest IUCN Red List includes a reassessment of the world's shark and ray species, which finds 37% are in danger of going extinct. It shows there are few effective management measures in place for much of the world's oceans. Sharks and rays are being overfished. 31 percent of these species are in danger due to habitat loss and climate change.". RBGS Kew's Eimear Nic Lughadha says reassessing sharks and rays is important for maintaining the value of the Red List as a barometer of biodiversity. While shark and ray statistics are strikingly similar to those for plants, habitat loss and degradation pose the greater threat of extinction than climate change." Red List of Threatened Species includes 138,374 species, of which 38,543 are deemed threatened with extinction. Researchers published a new study, published in Current Biology, that found that 32% of chondrichthyes species were at risk for extinction, including sharks and rays. "That statistic increases to more than one-third (37.5%) if Data Deficient species are assumed to be threatened in the same proportion as assessed species," the IUCN SSC Shark Specialist Group said in a post following the news. Chondrichthyes have lived on Earth for hundreds of millions of years and three species have not been seen in nature for several decades, according to the Smithsonian Magazine.  That said, the species are considered to be exceptionally susceptible to overfishing because they tend to grow slowly and produce few offspring and pollution and habitat degradation are key risks.  Climate change currently impacts 10.2% of threatened chondrichthyes, the IUCN's shark group said.  Despite countless commitments to improve the management of fisheries in the tropics, too many of these inherently vulnerable species have been heavily fished for more than a century by a variety of fisheries that remain poorly managed," Colin Simpfendorfer, adjunct professor at James Cook University, said in a statement. "As a result, we fear we will soon confirm that one or more of these species has been driven to extinction from overfishing, a deeply troubling first for marine fishes. Our goal is to make this study a turning point in efforts to prevent further irreversible losses and secure long-term sustainability."
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  • According to the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), more than a third of sharks and rays on Earth are endangered. Earlier reports by the group claimed the loss was mostly due to overfishing and ocean pollution.  The latest IUCN Red List includes a reassessment of the world's shark and ray species, which finds 37% are in danger of going extinct. It shows there are few effective management measures in place for much of the world's oceans. Sharks and rays are being overfished. 31 percent of these species are in danger due to habitat loss and climate change.". RBGS Kew's Eimear Nic Lughadha says reassessing sharks and rays is important for maintaining the value of the Red List as a barometer of biodiversity. While shark and ray statistics are strikingly similar to those for plants, habitat loss and degradation pose the greater threat of extinction than climate change." Red List of Threatened Species includes 138,374 species, of which 38,543 are deemed threatened with extinction. Researchers published a new study, published in Current Biology, that found that 32% of chondrichthyes species were at risk for extinction, including sharks and rays. "That statistic increases to more than one-third (37.5%) if Data Deficient species are assumed to be threatened in the same proportion as assessed species," the IUCN SSC Shark Specialist Group said in a post following the news. Chondrichthyes have lived on Earth for hundreds of millions of years and three species have not been seen in nature for several decades, according to the Smithsonian Magazine.  That said, the species are considered to be exceptionally susceptible to overfishing because they tend to grow slowly and produce few offspring and pollution and habitat degradation are key risks.  Climate change currently impacts 10.2% of threatened chondrichthyes, the IUCN's shark group said.  Despite countless commitments to improve the management of fisheries in the tropics, too many of these inherently vulnerable species have been heavily fished for more than a century by a variety of fisheries that remain poorly managed," Colin Simpfendorfer, adjunct professor at James Cook University, said in a statement. "As a result, we fear we will soon confirm that one or more of these species has been driven to extinction from overfishing, a deeply troubling first for marine fishes. Our goal is to make this study a turning point in efforts to prevent further irreversible losses and secure long-term sustainability."
    Sep 18, 2021 5623

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I’ve had people contact me to speak at conferences who found me through my blog. Blogging enables anyone with something interesting or valuable to say to be identified as an expert. 5. Learn and train your brain to organize thoughts: Blogging forces you to teach yourself what you don’t know and to articulate what you do know. When you begin writing a blog post, you are forced to organize your thoughts. If there are any gaps in the topic that you are writing about, you will have to learn about it.  6. Blogging enables you to be your own media company: You can tell your story the way you want to tell it without being dependent on journalists. When you are writing about a topic of your own interest, you can decide how to portray a story, what information to include, and what information to exclude. Blogging allows you to ensure that all information included in the blog is factual. 7. Meet new people: The audience you attract through blogging doesn’t have to just be your “audience.” They can become your friends, colleagues, partners, or lovers. I’ve had many people reach out to me directly after reading my blog. Some of those people have become friends or good business contacts. 8. Stand out: According to “the 1 percent rule,” only 1 percent of Internet users actively create new content, while the other 99 percent of the participants simply view it. By blogging, you separate yourself from the 99 percent of people that don’t blog. Standing out is essential in an increasingly competitive economy. 9. Blogs are the new resumes: Blogging about a topic you would like to be viewed as an expert in, can illustrate to readers, employers, and your network, that you are are skilled and knowledgeable. 10. Make money: There are several ways to monetize your blog. Promote your services. Advertise. Sell other people's products through affiliate marketing.   11. Google Loves Blogs: When your blog is ready, Google crawls your pages and it will be listed on Google search. It means you will start receiving additional visitors from the search engines. Isn’t that great? Search engines help to bring new people to your blog that can become your new friends or future business partners.    Why Do We Charge?  Because we give you traffic. We will email our 200,000 members your blog and maybe someone will like you and buy your services and products. If you don't want to pay $39.99, the 2nd option is to pay for your own: 1. website 2. buy software 3. advertise on Google for $1.00 per click to get traffic 4. website hosting Maybe all of that will be around $300 a month. Or pay UniqueThis $39.99 and just write?   FAQ? 1. Q: Can you put a link on someone's blog since their content is similar to mine? A: NO. Write your own blog or create an advertisement with your link here. 2. 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