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Sunday, October 4, 2015

Herbalife scam/ The Stop: How the Fight for Good Food/ Driving with Selvi

Sept. 27 Herbalife scam: I cut out this article "Want to make thousands at home?" by Jessica Smith Ross in the Metro on Mar. 4, 2014.  This is an in-depth article.  It sure sounds like a pyramid scheme so stay away from it.  Here are some excerpts:

“Then what happens is people go ahead and put some money down to get started, but then when they’re not able to make money selling the Herbalife products they keep asking their mentor what’s going wrong,” he said.

They are encouraged to buy more Herbalife product at a greater volume to increase their profit margin. Some keep putting more money in and spend more money on training and sales aids until they eventually give up, Wilkes said.

There are approximately three million Herbalife distributors in 92 countries across North and South America, Europe, Asia, the Middle East and Africa.

Distributors make money two ways. The first is buying the products at a discount from the suggested retail price and re-selling them at a profit.

The second is payments from the company, which include cuts from the sales of the people they recruit to become Herbalife distributors, and the people they in turn recruit, and so on, who are collectively called their “downline.” The company also issues bonuses and all-expenses paid vacations to certain distributors with high-performing downlines.

When he thought I was going to spend $4,000 on Herbalife products to reach the supervisor level, Rojas had promised to make Herbalife work for me — to put all his time into making sure I sold the products I bought and helping me start a Herbalife downline organization of my own. To his credit, he never forced or bullied me to sign up or to spend excessive money up front, he only made a compelling and convincing pitch that it was a good idea that would help me get rich.

When I showed him the numbers on how rarely that happens in Herbalife, he said he wasn’t really aware of them and made an argument that numbers can convince anyone of anything in the world, but don’t necessarily represent the truth.

Rojas acknowledged his own success hasn’t been as great as he hoped, only as great as he’s worked. However, he also said he works incredibly hard and is devoted to the company, something I’d witnessed first hand.

Man buys ring for dead girlfriend: It's bittersweet.  A man finds out his girlfriend unexpectedly die, and he buys a ring for her and says they're engaged.  Here's an excerpt:

With fate choosing otherwise, he went ahead and purchased the ring and shared a final moment with her, "which I was so grateful for."

"She is my life," he wrote. "Words can not express the love that I have for her, she was the reason I would wake up in the morning."

"Everything we did felt real, she would always be there with a smile on her face, and she could never do enough for me," he continued.

"There was no reason for Abbie to leave us. She had everything to live for."

Sept. 29:

"Newspaper publishes list of the country's '200 top' gays":  I read in the Metro on Feb. 26, 2014 about this.  Pepe Julian Onziema who is Ugandan gay activist says that the people on the list are scared and wants to leave the country.

Islamic militants attack Nigeria school: I read in the Metro on Feb. 26, 2014 about this.  They killed all the teen boys and men.  58 people were killed.  However, they spared the females by telling them to go home, get married, and abandon the Western education.

My opinion: It was kind of mixed.  It's bad that the men were killed, but at least the women survived.

"Bear necessitates": I read in the Metro on Sept. 22,2014 that 800 stuffed animals were donated to the Edmonton Victim Services Unit.  It is for traumatized children working with city police.  You can also donate to the Bissel Centre, Catholic Social Services, and Ronald McDonald House.

"To serve pizza and protect delivery?": I cut out this article in Metro on Sept. 24, 2014.  A pizza delivery driver got into a car accident so the police finished the delivery.

"Steve Huckings tells KOIN that he and his wife were concerned Sept. 1 when the officers Michael Filbert and Royce Curtiss, showed up at their home, but they started laughing when they received the pizza."

Oct. 1 "'Sexist' baby pyjamas miss the Target": I was reading this in the Metro on Oct. 1, 2014.  For boys, there is the Superman logo and the phrase "Man of Steel."  For girls it says: "I only date heroes."

Aimee Morrison, an associate professor of English at the University of Waterloo: "Even for tiny babies, we seem to think of girls as gaining power and worth from whom they're romantically linked to and boys get to become agents of action in their own right." 

"Trying on a new minimum wage": I cut out this article by Jodie Sinnema about the new min. wage is now $11.20/hr starting today.  Liquor servers and waiters are now getting paid $10.50/hr because of tips.

The article profiled Carly Miller who's 18 yrs old and works in retail.  She "has intellectual and developmental delays and needs rote work with some oversight, but loves fashion and complimenting people on their outfits."

"Let's make Poverty an Issue": There was an in the Edmonton Journal today about the food bank usage.  They already published these stats earlier in the newspaper.  19% of children, like 1 in 5 live in poverty in Canada.

The Stop: How the Fight for Good Food Transformed a Community and Inspired a Movement:

Also in the Edmonton Journal today, there was a letter by Evelyn Doberstein and she mentioned this book.

I looked it up on Amazon and it lead to this review:

Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase 
The Stop describes key steps along a 14-year unfolding of an effort to feed hungry people in Toronto. Starting from a ratty (literally) small food bank that handed out any cast-off food given to it, The Stop gradually grows into a place where community is cultivated along with fresh food, where people learn to cook and to advocate for their interests, where food in myriad ways supports individual and community well-being.

The perspective on food banks as well-meaning but captive pawns in mega-corporate food industries' profit and public relations schemes was a new one for me, and sobering. The Stop has continued to straddle the worlds of food banks and community development, in some novel ways.

Food can be the basis for so much good. This book helped me see some options our community can consider for growing a food system that benefits all of us.

Oct. 3 Driving with Selvi: I was reading the article "A world of stories at EIFF" by Fish Griwkowsky on Oct. 3, 2015.  I found this film description interesting:


Directed by: Elisa Paloschi

Showing: Saturday, Oct. 3 at 4 p.m.

Opening with the shocking statistic that 250 million girls are currently married under the age of 15 — one-third of them in India — Driving with Selvi is an intimate personal documentary that takes on big issues. With footage going back 10 years, the cameras follow charming Selvi, who pondered killing herself rather than stay in an abusive, literally torturous marriage, where her husband pimped her out and her brother called her a whore. Instead, Selvi chose to live, ending up in a residence that empowered her to get her driver’s licence and become South India’s first female taxi driver.

This sets the story in the present, and from here we follow Selvi as she struggle to find a space for herself between leading health seminars for other women and the “responsibility” to make a family of her own, which ironically yet predictably leads her back into rupee-counting poverty. An all-access portrait into workaday India, this film will make you appreciate both what you do have and maybe what you don’t.


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