Saturday, July 16, 2016

Terrorism in France, and the Radicalization of the Presidency

The Weaponization of Everything Under the Sun

The localized attack on the French during one of the widely celebrated days of the year is not only heartbreaking, but it’s also shocking. In addition, it further proves that if it’s not a gun, then it will be some other type of weapon—a car, truck, a plane, a knife, a tractor, a go-cart, whatever.

Look, there’s a faction of society--the controlling class, if you will—who have targeted “guns” for extermination, not the crazed individuals who use them to create terror in our lives. And not at all surprising enough, these same controllers own and/or control the majority of news media outlets across the world.

With that media control, they have chosen to focus on “guns” and they are using that control in an integrated manner to support the thought that “guns are bad,” and “those who misuse them are simply misguided because of their past.”

All of this media control is leveraged with personal messages by President Obama, as he works to complete his last term with one or more executive orders designed to further exclude purchases and use of weapons by common, law-abiding citizens here in the States.

We all know deep in our hearts that the intention of those leaders, like Obama, who oppose common gun ownership is to create a vacuum where the only individuals who can legally have them are law enforcement, federal employees, and military. But what about Obama’s “Civilian Army,” who he sought to create when he first took office. If you recall, this Civilian Army was to be just as well armed and funded as our regular Army. Hmmm

Obama's Citizen Army

When Obama came to power, he called for the creation of a civilian security force that is as well funded and armed as our regular military. When I first heard about this, I thought to myself, "It sounds a lot like Hitler's Brown Shirts who he used to repel Communist attacks during the early years of his effort to take over the German government.

The thing that all of us need to remember here is that those who own and control the press also control what is publicly perceived as "right" and "wrong." As I attempt to envision a civilian security force, just as well armed and funded as our regular military, all under the control of President Obama and those whom he might place in power, I shudder.

So, whatever happened to his citizen army?

I found a recent call to action on the issue of the nationalization of local police by the DOJ: OBAMA'S 'NATIONAL CIVILIAN SECURITY FORCE' ENDORSED, as Sharpton calls for nationalization of cops in wake of Baltimore riots.

Here's another reference to Obama's citizen security force: Obama Building A Civilian Army For 2015, Get Ready For War. See the video below please:

Here's another mention about Obama's civilian army: Obama’s civilian army and secret police: DHS Protective Security Service.

On June 30, 2010, the POS was at it again. Speaking at a town hall meeting, Obama declared that the military was “overburdened’ by the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. He then resurrected his 2008 campaign idea and proposed to build a “civilian expeditionary force” that’s as large as the military, without however giving the legal basis for this “civilian expeditionary force” nor how he intends to pay for another military-sized institution when the more than $700 billion annual military budget was already choking the federal government’s budget.

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The Radicalization of the Presidency

I don't think that ever in the history of this nation has there been a president who hates the country he lead--this nation, in fact--as much as President Obama and the First Lady. I know this is history to some, but to others--those who continue to make excuses for this president, it's not. Read the following statements and I believe you will understand why things have gone so terribly wrong in this nation over the past eight years. With that said, please understand that I believe that the last President Bush that we had works for the same controlling Elite that Obama does.

Believe me, writing about this gives my absolutely no pleasure. But, this needs to be openly discussed now, not after martial law is declared and a civil war results.

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Friday, April 15, 2016

How did we become so divided as a people?

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Those who know me understand my passion for nationalism here in the United States as well as worldwide. Of course my main objective was always focused on the nation in which I live. Most of my life, for personal reasons, I chose not to poke my head up too high publicly. I refused to join any groups, I did not vote until I was 34, and I was apolitical as I did not want to attract attention. I kept my head down for a long time, until 1990, when I was 40 years old. That was when I accepted a position on a national magazine in the security and life safety markets.

It was two years later when I suddenly realized that politics is exciting, important, and necessary; necessary in that it’s important that each and every one of us take note of what’s happenig around us and to take part in the political process on a national level. I won’t go into the reason why I awoke to this fact, only that it was in 1992, at the age of 42, that I began to take note of what was happening in the political world around me.

It was another three years, in 1995, that I made the decision to stick my head up further by learning how to build websites so I could express my thoughts and opinions on the political issues of the day, and that is where Jack Brewer came into the picture. Jack gave me some web space on his server (he owned a company called Micro Village), and I began the process of learning HTML. I started with a basic design created to allow me to do commentaries. It was weblog at its heart, only it focused on an index of articles (the magazine guy in me I guess).

By 1997, I created an organization with an accompanying website called Giant Killers Organization (GKO), named after King David who, at the age of 16, stood opposite a Giant named Goliath, whom he slew with a stone and his slingshot. I became extremely politically in that I began attending local and regional events, I began communicating with our Congressmen, and I began making contact with a few organizations that truly have the best interest of our local and state communities at heart, although our national leaders would have you believe otherwise.

By 1998, 1999, I had become a full-blow anti-globalist, not only because of my concern for my own country, our own culture and heritage, but also for other nations and other people across the world. Oddly enough, this anti-globalistic view was in stark contrast to my past attitude regarding foreign people and nations. Here’s a piece of my past I omitted earlier on in this commentary.

At the age of 8, in 1958, I built my first shortwave radio and it was then that I began listening to the freedom fighters in Cuba under the direction of Fidel Castro. I listened to Radio Havana Cuba, Radio Moscow, and others for many, many years and through this exposure I became a young Communist/Socialist. I loved Cuban music, I was happy listening to the propaganda, and I began writing letters to Radio Havana Cuba and I began communicating with the Premier in Moscow (or someone representing him) concerning my one day joining them in the USSR. That was in 1964, at the age of 14.

The fact is, since 1997, I have struggled with my anger and contempt for all things global. Although I have always kept the best interest of other nation’s people in the back of my mind, I still felt considerable contempt and despair with the political Left’s effort to subvert our heritage and culture by systematically allowing third-worlders from anywhere across the planet to enter this nation by the dead of night over a largely unprotected border. I continue to have strong feelings about this only because it’s not just poor Mexicans that are crossing it but potential terrorists as well from other nations and ideologies, such as ISIS.

When I watched and listened to Huge Evans (TED Talk, http://bit.ly/1T98DmX), it struck a cord in my mind as well as my heart. He spoke of the poverty and problems that exist in other nations. Jesus Christ also spoke concerning this issue telling us that poverty would be with us always. Huge also spoke concerning charity, how we should be charitable to others who have little. He spoke of global citizens and how they see themselves as members of the human race first, then of a nation second.

This is truly the correct manner in which to think, act, and live; however, there are issues amidst this concept that must be addressed before ideals such as this can be effective and equitable to all concerned.

There is no denying that the majority of Liberals and Conservatives are sincere and well meaning in their intentions and efforts. There are, however, men and women of unquestionable ill intent who have learned how to affect both sides in an attempt to manipulate and control the outcome of all kinds of things. As long as these criminals are allowed to continue in their quest, both sides will continue to fuss and feud and a true global citizenship will be impossible to attain, no less the reduction of poverty and illegal, horrible acts against human-kind.

The world did not come to this divisive point by accident. There’s a video that you should see (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EcyXXYKGULg, see video below) that will largely explain how it is we’ve come to this point of such division as a society, not only in the U.S., but abroad as well (scroll down to view). It is in the best interest of all peoples of the world to view this video and to come to an understanding that there are those operating amongst us who do not have our best interest as a nation, as a world, at heart. The question is, what will you, what can we do about it? –Al Colombo


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Monday, February 29, 2016

Robots to Eventually Displace Human Workers. Why Go Along With It?

In a world where society is becoming more and more hostile to the idea of making a profit, I find it amazing that more of us don't passionately disagree with the elimination of human jobs by robotic, AI-driven systems of any kind.

Robotics, much like anything else, can be a good thing as well as a bad one. In a recent article published on the Nextgov website on February 26, 2016, the writer broached the subject of robotics in government and how there are many obstacles to this concept beginning with human acceptance of working along side of them.

Personally, I'm not a proponent of robotics, especially in government. When you read this Nextgov story, you will know why.

Managing the psychological impact of working with robots; “[T]here is an ongoing debate on the psychological consequences of military UAV pilots shooting at enemy targets thousands of miles away, while not being cognitively involved the same way aircraft pilots are,” the report says.
Just how bad is public acceptance?
According to the Nextgov article, "A 2015 survey in the U.K. found 43 percent of respondents would not trust an autonomous car to drive safely."
Frankly, I'm surprised that public acceptance is that high. The general public should know that the only reason why private or public sectors want to develop robots, which will ultimately operate under the control of an AI (Artificial Intelligent) intellect, is to "eliminate common workers," thus reducing long-term expenses associated with hiring humans.
"...the robots are actually rapidly gaining on us in one area: jobs.

"Research from Oxford University shows that almost half of today's jobs will be automated by the year 2034. This has dramatic implications for our workforce. And the impact is already being felt" (read it)

Chances are, you've already had a conversation or two with an AI over the phone as there are telemarketing systems designed around AI technology that can fool most of us into thinking we're talking to a real-live boy.
"Recently, Time Washington Bureau Chief Michael Scherer received a phone call from an apparently bright and engaging woman asking him if he wanted a deal on his health insurance. But he soon got the feeling something wasn't quite right.

"After asking the telemarketer point blank if she was a real person or a computer-operated robot, she chuckled charmingly and insisted she was real. Looking to press the issue, Scherer asked her a series of questions, which she promptly failed. Such as, "What vegetable is found in tomato soup?" To which she responded by saying she didn't understand the question. When asked what day of the week it was yesterday, she complained of a bad connection (ah, the oldest trick in the book)" (read it).

I've run into telemarketing AI's before. The first one, which belonged to a video movie production firm I commonly purchased movies from, began asking me questions and I began to get the feeling that something was wrong. When it asked me the ages of my grandchildren, I said something like "850 years and 900 years old." I knew it was an AI at that point because it continued asking me questions without missing a beat.

I'm all for making a profit, but eliminating human jobs is not my idea of a good way to do it. In a world where society is becoming more and more hostile to the idea of making a profit, I find it amazing that more of us don't passionately disagree with the elimination of human jobs by robotic, AI-driven systems of any kind.

As these AI platforms become more and more human-like, the complexity of the job for which they are designed will advance, displacing more and more people in the work force. One day, you may find yourself out of work due to the advancement of robotics and AI technologies.

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Saturday, January 2, 2016

Podcast: Hacking the World Around Us

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The NPR Ted Podcast is a great resource of information of almost any kind. The Ted Podcast below is on hacking featuring a hacker who's been there and done that. He went in search of a pair of virus writers that in 1986 wrote a virus that the world had to contend with back in the beginning.

As it turned out, the "Brain" virus, which was the name of the virus back then, was never intended to be a bad virus, but rather a virus created by a pair of code writers who simply sought to demonstrate how vulnerable that PCs were. That they certainly did. This podcast features a number of hackers on the subject, and it's worth a listen:

I believe that in due time, given the direction (police state and fear-mongering attitude) the United States as well as other developed nations are heading, that hackers and graffiti artists may very well end up to be the only means of getting information to the public.

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Sunday, December 27, 2015

Showing Our Age: Age Discrimination in the Workplace

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Whether I admit my age here or anywhere, I can assure you it won't matter when looking for employment. Recruiters and employers seem to just know your age range and so often, whether we want to believe it or not, their decision to promote or hire is often determined by age. Yes, I know it's illegal to discriminate on the basis of age, and that's a great law to have on the books. However, whether we want to accept this or not, I can assure you that age discrimination is alive and well in the United States.

For more than 45 years, I've been gainfully employed by a good number of employers in a good number of capacities. For more than 45 years I've never had a problem moving from one job opportunity to another--until I was 62. In February of 2012, I married a woman who lived 3 to 4 hours south of me. I ended up resigning from a great job, one that I would still be doing if it had not been for my marriage. I moved south to live with my new wife and together we bought a house in the Columbus, Ohio area.

Since my resignation from my operations management job, I've had nothing but trouble finding gainful employment. How do I know it is my age, you ask? Because early on someone from a business where I applied for a job called me, made me promise not to repeat what I'm about to tell you, and then he told me that I did not lose the job opportunity because of my skills or credentials, but rather because of my age. No, I won't reveal who this employer is because I won't jeopardize this man's job.

This morning, while watching Giraldo Rivera on Huffpost Live, I decided to talk about the age factor in relation to employment. My goal here is to help the younger generation understand that the generation gap, which didn't start any day recently, is not what it appears. Rivera spoke of the young millennials who disregard, even disrespect the older generation and I was inspired by what he had to say because he was subjected to this type of stereotyping while on Donald Trump's show. It felt good to know that I'm certainly not alone.

I remember with utter clarity the day one of my young daughters, during the apex of my life (30's), informed me that I wouldn't understand what is happening today, that "things are different then when you were my age," she said. This was in reference to an evening when they slept out in the camper and I caught two boys in there with them. My reply was simply this, "My generation invented promiscuity, free love, and all the rest of what you see today! Do you think I've had my head in the sand ever since I was your age?"

I'm not sure that they truly understood, but I know it had to help them appreciate the fact that older people ARE aware, ARE capable, ARE in the know. When I saw this video, I knew I had to share it. It's in another language, but the meaning of the words are provided in closed captions at the bottom. Please watch it, and if you are a millennial--truly meaning you are young and inexperienced (certainly not as experienced as YOU might think), you especially need to view it:

What is it I hope to gain by sharing all of this with you? If you're young and in control of a business, I hope you stop and think about how you got where you are today, how others older than you probably provided you with the opportunity you now have. It was not their intent that you forget your roots, forgetting who taught you, nurtured you, mentored you, and helped you gain your position.

In a word, don't forget those who gave all this opportunity to you. Provide them with a chance to earn a living, too. Give it forward because we gave it all to you.

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Monday, November 30, 2015

The Personal Dangers of an Irresponsible, Online Social Life

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There are two aspects to social media life that have definite links to crime. The first one, and I believe the most important, relates to victimization due to the indulgence of too much personal information over social media networks.

The second relationship is your postings on social media and how they might implicate you in crimes--at least it can show propensity to certain psychological traits that may be subject to criminal actions. This information can be used against you in a court of law.

The Danger of Too Much Personal Information

If you stand back and look at what others are posting on Facebook, Google+, and others, you have to wonder whether they are really thinking about what they are doing. When some people go to the mall to shop, as in the holiday season, they invariably take pictures and make comments while they are out using their mobile device. Now listen, how many criminals out there are reading those postings?

If I were a criminal, I'd make these specific people an intense study. Once I knew who they were, I'd find out where they live, I'd get their cell number, and I'd keep a close eye on their routines. When the time seems right, I'd sit nearby and monitor Facebook so I'd know when they are gone and when they are headed back. In the mean time, I and my criminal buds would pay their home a visit--one the social media victim would never forget.

Social Media and Self Incrimination

Now, where social media becomes a means of self incrimination. Believe it or not, people that commit crimes many times have to brag about their capers. That goes for young kids as well as some older criminals. Take for example the case of teenage girls posting of video on social media of them roasting a kitten in a microwave (see video below).

I'm sure they didn't think it was so cool once the police arrested each one of them for the crime they so maliciously committed against an innocent, living animal.

Who's next, one of their little brothers?

The Dangers of High-Tech Gadgets and too Much Social Media

All of this leads me to the next thought... perhaps social media and the high-tech gadgets we've come to enjoy, depend on, and live by are somehow causing us to lose sight of the things that should matter the most to us. The next video, which is a TED Talk video on YouTube, accents just that.

In conclusion, social media is a great means of personal communication and the high-tech gadgets we use on a daily basis are also great tools for both personal enjoyment and business use, but we need to think about what we're doing when we post personal information.

Ask yourself this one question, "If there's a criminal out there watching me, is what I'm about to post going to enable them to harm me, my family, or my home?"

We use to hear "drink responsibly" in liquor commercials, but now we should be hearing, "post responsibly" where it pertains to our online social lives.

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Sunday, November 29, 2015

Crime and Crime Prevention During the Holiday Season

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The Holiday Season means many things to many people. For most of us, it means family fun, parties with friends and co-workers, and gifts galore. Unfortunately, it also can mean a rise in crime in your neighborhood.

There are four main holidays during December:

  1. Christmas
  2. Hanukkah
  3. Kwanzaa
  4. New Years
During December crime rates climb the closer we get to Christmas Day. It does so because more and more people are being victimized by criminals who may not have committed an ill deed if it were not for lack of work, insufficient income, and an inability to buy gifts and food for their families. Although we all feel bad for those who lack the money to have a good Christmas, we must endeavor to protect our own interests by doing whatever we can to stop crime before it even happens.
"Unfortunately our criminals may not have the money to go get Christmas presents for their families so they find illegal ways of doing that," said Bryan Police Department Public Information Officer Kelley McKethan. (http://bit.ly/1MY1PDF)
The primary focus in this regard is the presence of gifts in your home, in your car, and the money you carry in your wallet or purse.
“It only takes ten seconds for someone to smash your window and grab those items and leave,” said McKethan. “If someone does confront you, then comply with their demands and be a good witness. If you can, try and remember what they look like, if they have tattoos, or what they were wearing so you can give police a description that may lead to an arrest.” (http://bit.ly/1MY1PDF)
The issue here is "opportunity." If you give people an opportunity to take what is yours by leaving packages and gifts sitting in plain view in the backseat of your automobile, someone's going to see them and be tempted to take them in any way possible. As officer Kelley McKethan said, they will break a window, unlock your door, and remove your gifts in record time without anyone being the wiser.

The same is true of your home. Do you leave your drapes open for the world to peer in? Do you leave gifts strewn across the kitchen table without closing your drapes and then go away for hours on ending shopping for more? Do you have a quality, monitored alarm system in your home, in your automobile? Perhaps you should consider buying one before the holidays arrive.

Personal Risks During the Holidays

The gifts you buy that you left in the backseat of your car and those you left sitting all over the kitchen table with the drapes open are not the only thing at risk here. You, yourself, may very well be targeted while on the street, in the mall, in a parking lot, in a store. Many victims are targeted simply because they were in the wrong place at the wrong time, but there's more.

Victims do not become victims without some help on their own part. Criminals do choose their victims carefully as they do not want to run the risk of running into one that may have the propensity to defend themselves, to fight back and perhaps subdue them so they are caught by police. They watch how you walk, how you hold your head, what you look at, how you act, and how you interact with others.

I've put together a great holiday crime prevention resource for you consisting of many dos and don'ts offered by police departments and others across the nation. I provide referring links so you can actually visit each resource for additional information. This is in the form of a sizable PDF ebook of sorts. It's free for the asking by signing up below.

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Thursday, October 29, 2015

Tips For Minimizing Security Risks on Social Media

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In my blog post entitled Privacy Vs. Networking, published on What on Earth are We Doing Here, we discussed the issue of privacy while networking socially on the Internet and how much of the problem sits with the user, not specifically the network we're on.

All of this is quickly changing as more and more of us become far too comfortable with sharing far too much on the social media channels we frequent. The following short video, entitled "Social Media & Privacy - Be aware of what you share," on Mohammad A. Itani's YouTube channel, features a number of common sense dos and donts that act as a reminder of how little privacy we really have on Facebook, as one example.

Summary

First, read the condition and terms before signing on the dotted line. Secondly, Be frugal with what and how much personal information you offer when signing up for these services. And third, don't spill your guts out there and expect to keep your life private.

Do you have other ideas on how to stay safe in the world of cyber-life? Please share it with me!

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Monday, October 26, 2015

Video: The Contrast Between Worlds

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I, and likely you, come from a nation where life is fairly good, jobs are available, and no one--or almost no one--starves for lack of food. Most of us have become use to living in a safe, secure environment where we almost feel as though we are safe and that we, alone, control our own destiny.

This morning, during a coffee break, I am doing what I usually do, and that is to listen to an informative Ted Talks video. This one, entitled "Two nameless bodies washed up on the beach. Here are their stories," narrated by Anders Fjellberg, involves two Syrian refugees that evidently died in an attempt to swim across the channel to enter the UK. Neither of them made it there, but instead washed ashore--one in a small Norwegian town.

"When two bodies wearing identical wetsuits washed ashore in Norway and the Netherlands, journalist Anders Fjellberg and photographer Tomm Christiansen started a search to answer the question: who were these people? What they found and reported in Norway’s “Dagbladet” is that everybody has a name, everybody has a story and everybody is someone."

Fjellberg's research showed that both individuals, in an attempt to make a better life, had been desperately trying to make it to the UK. The one young man (left, below) came from a middle-income family. It was this young man that had first gone to Turkey in an attempt to get an education. However, he was not accepted by the college and was prevented from returning to Jordan, so he found himself in an impossible situation.

Fjellberg says that police had found another deceased swimmer along the shore who wore an identical wet suit. And amazingly enough, they were able to determine where both of the wet suits came from. They were able to do that through an RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) chip buried inside both of them.

Fjellberg says, "Many may think that this story about [these two young men] is a story about death, but I don't agree. To me this is a story about two questions that we all share, what is a better life, what am I willing to do to achieve it?"

From here, Fjellberg talks about some of the things that equate to "a better life." Among those things cited are, the right and ability to come and go as we please, and the right to do so without fear of death.

Please take a few moments to watch and listen to Anders Fjellberg, who incidentally works as an investigative reporter with the Norwegian newspaper Dagbladet, as he provides the details concerning the cause of these young men's situation in the remaining months, weeks, and days before their untimely deaths: please click here.

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Monday, October 19, 2015

Why Alarm Systems and Crime Prevention Go Hand in Hand

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Preventing crime is what security is all about. It does little good to install an alarm system if your intent is merely to catch criminals already in the act of aggression.

The primary purpose of a video surveillance or electronic security alarm isn't any different than that of a quality deadbolt lock on all the doors--it's all about stopping a criminal before he/she commits the crime.

According to the Crime Prevention Website, "During research interviews by criminologists and post arrest interviews by me and many of my colleagues over the years most burglars (who expressed a preference) said that they were definitely put off by alarms!" (click here)

Right from the beginning, UL (Underwriters Laboratory) burglar alarm standards called for overt bell boxes, foil tape on windows, and other visible devices. This overt policy has not changed even though the tools of the trade have.

Even more importantly, the mere placement of yard signs and other visible means of protection without the actual functioning alarm system to go with it is not necessarily a wise idea either. When a crook decides to take the risk, he will enter the home or business without hesitation, in which case a working and monitored alarm system is invaluable.

If you're a home or business owner and you need advice on the type of alarm system to use, I recommend that you first talk with friends and colleagues who have an alarm system. Find out how they feel about the alarm company that did the initial installation. Did they do a good job of installing the components? Are they doing an equally good job of monitoring the system? Do they respond in a timely manner when there are problems?

Contact at least three alarm firms and have them come to your home or business for an on-sight evaluation. Don't accept a quote over the phone, and if one of them is unwilling to come to your home/business to visually evaluate the situation, say thank you and do not go any further with them--there is no one-size-fits-all alarm system.

Once you have three quotes under your belt, sit down and evaluate them.

Remember, bigger is not better. Look for longevity, quality, and long-term costs. Just because an alarm system is "free" when you get it is no indicator that you'll pay a respectable price in the long term. Weigh the entire package of each firm to assure that it's the right company, right system, and right dollars in the short as well as long term.

If you have questions, send them to me at allan@tpromo.com.


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