My friend quit his job: He told his Boss to Take a hike

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My good friend quit his job and told his Boss to Take a hike!

After he tripled his income from his day job following
“The System”quit

Here Is The System He Used…

(It’s No Cost To You)

In the video at that link he tells his story.
It’s really worth watching. My friend is a
regular guy and just knew how to follow some
SIMPLE instructions.

Here’s How He Did It …

To Your Success!

P.S. I know a few of you like your jobs… but if
you asked most people out there if they would
like to tell their Boss to take a hike…I think you
would find that most people would!
.
Here’s How You Can Do It …
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Apple’s Sales Boom in Communist Vietnam

Communist Vietnam is suddenly Apple Inc.’s hottest market after its sales growth tripled in the first three months of the year, a rate five times faster than in India where it is spending heavily in a battle for market share.   Vietnam has barely received a mention from Apple executives in their regular briefings for financial analysts. But in a quarterly conference call on Wednesday, they were talking up the potential of the country.   Quarterly iPhone sales more than doubled and the strong growth appears likely to continue given Vietnam’s predominantly young, tech-savvy population, rapid growth in internet and mobile phone use and a projected doubling of the middle class by 2020.   Vietnamese tech firms are fast cropping up, churning out apps such as Flappy Bird, which rose from obscurity to become one of the world’s most downloaded mobile games.   Young Vietnamese thronging stores to buy iPhones worth up to half of their country’s 2012 gross per-capita income say it’s worth it.   “This cost more than two months’ worth of my salary,” said officer worker Pham My Linh, 23, moments after agreeing a payment plan for an iPhone 5. “But I need it, to feel more confident when hanging out with friends and colleagues.”   The surge in demand comes against a backdrop of sluggish economic growth exacerbated by high levels of bad loans and business closures.   The economy grew 5.4 percent last year, a rate economists see as underwhelming given Vietnam’s fast population growth and its retail and manufacturing potential.   But Vietnamese smartphone sellers say a hunger for higher social status is driving Apple’s sales, helped by price cuts and payment plans that make it easier to digest handset prices that exceed the monthly income of most urbanites. Trendier smartphones   The growing thirst for slick technology is not just benefiting Apple, but most firms offering tablets and smartphones, among them HTC and Samsung. Slower growth for standard mobile phones shows local appetite for upgrades to trendier handsets, industry experts say.   “I’ve seen no signs of an economic recession in this shop,” said the manager of a Hanoi branch of FPT, Vietnam’s biggest listed tech company. “People buy $1,000 items with ease and a family buying three iPads isn’t uncommon.”   According to data released in January by market research firm GfK, smartphones accounted for 77 percent of mobile sales in Vietnam last year and the number of units sold grew nearly 135 percent from a year earlier. Tablet sales soared 250 percent in 2013 as prices fell by close to 27 percent.   Many companies are looking closely at Vietnam, where 15 million people live in two main cities, only 30 million use the internet among a 90 million population and two thirds are under 30 years of age.   Apple isn’t the only beneficiary of its own brand appeal.   Fake iPhones with a near-flawless appearance are on sale for just 2 million dong ($95).   “There are a lot of people out there who can’t afford an iPhone but still want to look rich, which is why shops like mine can do well,” said shop owner Nguyen Duc Hai, 33.   “Why pay 10 times more for a real iPhone just to build a luxury image and show off?”

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Anger Simmers Over N. Nigerian Abductions

More than a week after some 230 teenage girls were kidnapped from their schoolhouse in a remote region of northern Nigeria, frustration is mounting. While dozens of the abductees managed to escape, fleeing to safety through the bush, authorities say at least 190 are believed to remain captive deep within the Sambisa Forest, where Boko Haram Islamist militants are known to hide out. While no one has claimed responsibility for the kidnapping, it’s widely believed the extremist group is holding the girls as spies, servants or sex slaves. As Nigerian governors met with President Goodluck Jonathan to address the country’s growing security crisis, female leaders spoke out, blaming central government officials for failing to rescue the girls. Dressed in black to show solidarity with grieving families, Aishatu Ngulde, a northern human rights activist, called the federal government’s failure to locate the girls tantamount to complicity in the crime. “Are you telling me that Borno state [forest] is so thick that no plane can see the ground?” she said. “Why is that not being done in Borno? Our children, they have been taken. We are all mothers. If it is Jonathan’s daughter that has been stolen today, would the country sleep? It would not.” Officials say security forces are using all means at their disposal to rescue the girls. Yan St-Pierre, the CEO of Berlin-based security-consulting firm MOSECON, says if the Nigerian military launched a direct assault in the forest to rescue the girls, they might kill more girls than they save. “The forests there are really dense, and geography and all the elements that really make it hard to prepare a proper operation the way the Nigerian Army wants to conduct it,” he said. “So a full-scale attack that would make them look good and show strength is simply not feasible. You would end up with many, many more civilian casualties than you would Boko Haram fighters.” The Nigerian military has been silent in recent days, after retracting an initial report that most of the girls had been freed. St. Pierre says although a rescue would go a long way to improve the image of the Nigerian security forces, it would require negotiations accompanied by precision operations. “For the girls right now, it’s finding the proper back-channels that would allow for negotiations, that would allow the girls to be freed,” he said. “They would then save face.” Nigeria has been mired in the Boko Haram insurgency for almost five years and three northeastern states have been under emergency rule for almost a year. Boko Haram has been blamed for thousands of deaths in attacks on churches, mosques, schools, market places, government facilities, and most recently a bus station bombing in the capital that killed 75 people.   Things are getting worse, with rights groups recently reporting that 1,500 people were killed in the first three months of 2014 alone, and that some weeks see daily reports of attacks, though many go unreported. Despite the chaos, Gambo Mamman Gusau, another leading northern human rights activist, says the girls will not be forgotten.  “Let them release the pure children, poor children,” she said. “If they’re not going to release them, we women of Nigeria are going to gather ourselves and march.” Besides air support and resources, female activists in Maiduguri called on Boko Haram militants to negotiate with the government, promising the militants “motherly support towards rehabilitating them when the need arises.” – Abdulkareem Haruna contributed to the report from Maiduguri. Ibrahima Yakuba contributed from Kaduna.

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LoveRoom And Other Apps That Should Be Reality Shows

Reality shows have been putting humans together in twisted ways for more than a decade now, but like everything else, apps are now involved. LoveRoom is like the demon love child of Airbnb and Tinder; the premise is that hosts can use this social platform to rent out their spare rooms to hotties who just might have sex with them. And if its creators have their way, some of these antics will be fodder for broadcast TV.

To be clear, LoveRoom doesn’t have any official relationship with either AirBnB or Tindr, but they might as well be family. This mash-up of 21st century convenience apps is casting its own reality show founder Joshua Bocanegra told BetaBeat. An announcement on LoveRoom’s website says the show is seeking “sexy singles” with “dynamic personalities” who are “looking for love — or maybe just a hookup — in their cities.” (Which is of course way different from all the reality shows who want to cast people with boring personalities who hate sex.)

Bocanegra didn’t reveal which production company he’s working with, or any other details of the show, but he did say that the show would be “on national television” by October even though the concept hasn’t been picked up by a network yet. Sounds a little sketchy on the details, but that didn’t stop us from thinking of other app pairings that could make the leap to reality TV.

1. Words With Friends + Coffee Meets Bagel = LoveLetters

The app would sync your Words With Friends challengers with daily romantic matches from Coffee Meets Bagel. The reality show could be a couples Words With Friends round-robin tournament where contestants with dynamic personalities and large vocabularies have to choose between love and victory.

2. CandyCrush + Venmo = CandyCost

CandyCrush is already supremely addictive, but what if you could win cash? CandyCost the app would match users against specific players so you could put real money on the table (if that were legal.) The reality show can place 20 drama-loving contestants on a deserted island and make make them face-off on high-stakes CandyCrush games. Think Survivor meets the Player Channel.

3. Hinge + Kindle = Book of Love

The app would set you up with friends of friends who are reading the same chapter of the same book. The reality TV show would be the Oprah’s Book Club of love. Everyone would have to take a reading quiz at the end of each episode, and the person with the lowest score gets eliminated. Oh, and everyone has to wear bathing suits the whole time.

4. Seamless + FourSquare = FoodSquare

The app would tell you which friends are close by and want to split a food order with you. The reality TV show would feature 20 contestants who battle to agree on what to order for dinner. The hitch is that each contestant has a food allergy, but nobody knows about anybody else’s allergies.

5. Instagram + Epicurious = InstaCulinary

The app would tell you how to make the food you see on Instagram. The TV show would make amateur chefs compete to prepare food found on celebrity Instagrams. Then the celebrities would taste the food to select the winner each episode.

6. SnapChat + Grindr = SnapR

Obviously this app would feature raunchy pictures that disappear. The reality TV show would be like one of those memory card games where contestants have to match the body part to the owner. Then they compete to find true love with a sensitive partner who appreciates them for who they are.

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Mobile Phone App Could Help Detect Down Syndrome

Scientists are developing a smartphone app that they say can accurately detect Down syndrome in infants soon after birth. Down syndrome, a genetic disorder that affects about 1-in-1,000 children worldwide, causes physical and intellectual disabilities. Early detection is beneficial to the development of children with the disorder, but that requires sophisticated medical tests not available everywhere. In developed countries, Down syndrome is often detected during prenatal screenings. But in less-developed countries, these tests are often not available. Martin Linguraru, a principal investigator at Washington’s Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation, said genetic defects can be hard to diagnose after a baby is born. “In obvious cases, we can just tell by looking at the newborn. But, in subtle cases, this is very difficult, even for a geneticist or experienced morphologist,” Linguraru said. To help diagnose these cases, researchers at the institute have developed a computer program that detects Down syndrome immediately after birth. Linguraru says the technology is extremely easy to use. “You take your phone, take a snapshot and the technology … will give us a score of, let’s call it severity, of the child having the syndrome or not.” The software analyzes the uploaded photo, comparing certain areas of the baby’s face with thousands of stored photos, even taking into account the ethnic background. Linguraru said the technology has an accuracy rate of about 97 percent, which is about as good as having an experienced morphologist in the delivery room. Scientists are still testing the technology and are working on a version that will allow direct access to the database from a smartphone, so any pediatrician, nurse or midwife could take a picture and get instant results. Linguraru also said that using the new software could dramatically reduce the number of children genetically tested for Down syndrome — three-quarters of whom end up not having the condition — lowering the emotional stress for parents and costs to the health care system.

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Hospital Attack Kills 3 US Doctors in Afghan Capital

An Afghan security guard has opened fire at a hospital in Kabul, killing three American doctors, in the latest attack on foreigners in Afghanistan.Thursday’s attack took place at a hospital run by the U.S.-based Christian charity CURE International. In a brief statement on Twitter, the U.S. Embassy said with “great sadness, we can confirm that three Americans were killed in the attack on CURE hospital.”Afghan officials said a fourth American was wounded in the shooting and that two of the dead were father and son physicians who were visiting the hospital at the time of the attack. The third doctor killed had worked at the Kabul facility for seven years.In a post on its website, CURE said the shooter was not an employee of CURE but a member of the security detail assigned to the hospital. The charity said the assailant “shot himself after the attack” and was initially treated at the CURE hospital before being transferred into the custody of the Afghan government.Afghan Interior Ministry spokesman Sadiq Sidiqqi said an investigation is under way.”This was an unfortunate incident this morning. The attacker was a police security guard there and he opens fire on foreign nationals who went there and unfortunately three of them have been killed. One is injured and the injured has been taken to the hospital. And the police has arrested the attacker as well so we will investigate to find out the motives behind this attack.”It is unclear whether the Taliban is responsible for the shooting.CURE’s website says the organization began operating the International Hospital in Kabul in 2005. CURE says the hospital is focused on maternity and pediatric care and serves 37,000 patients a year.NATO on Thursday strongly condemned the “heinous” attack, calling it an “appalling crime against civilians who worked to make Afghanistan a better place and to help the sick and injured.” A NATO official added that the process of handing over security to Afghan forces is on track and will be completed at the end of the year. The official said, “we expect there will still be fighting and there will still be an insurgency in 2015, but what matters is that the Taliban do not represent an existential threat to the functioning of the Afghan state.”Foreign civilians in Afghanistan have been the target of a rising number of attacks this year. Earlier this month, a police officer shot two Associated Press journalists in the eastern part of the country. In March, a Swedish journalist was killed outside a Kabul restaurant.Twenty one people were killed in January in a bombing at a Lebanese restaurant in Kabul’s diplomatic district.

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Ukrainian Security Forces Clash With Pro-Russian Militants

Fighting between Ukrainian security forces and pro-Russian militants in eastern Ukraine has left at least five militants dead, with Russian President Vladimir Putin calling Kyiv’s military moves a “crime.”Ukraine’s Interior Ministry said Thursday that its forces, together with army units, had killed five pro-Russian militants and destroyed three of their checkpoints in the city of Slovyansk.Speaking at a public forum in St. Petersburg, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that if Ukraine’s government had indeed started using the army “against the population inside the country,” that would be “a very serious crime against their people.”Ukrainian officials said Thursday that police had driven pro-Russian separatists out of the city hall in the eastern city of Mariupol, and that an attack by armed separatists on an army base in the town of Artemivsk had been repelled. Ukraine earlier this week relaunched what it is calling “anti-terrorist” operations against armed pro-Russians who have taken over government buildings in about a dozen eastern cities. The separatists are demanding the right to vote on whether to split with Ukraine and join Russia.Meanwhile, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu has announced that new military exercises will be conducted in southern and western Russia, involving ground troops and air forces along the border with Ukraine. Shoigu told reporters Thursday that the drills were in response to the situation in southeastern Ukraine and to planned exercises by NATO forces in nearby Poland and the three Baltic states. Shoigu said if the “military machine” in Ukraine is not stopped, it will lead to a large number of dead and wounded.U.S. President Barack Obama, speaking to reporters Thursday in Tokyo, said Russia is not abiding by the Geneva agreement to ease the crisis in Ukraine and says he is not hopeful the Russians will cooperate.He said Russia has chosen not to take the “wise path” and faces stronger sanctions, while he says Ukraine has been taking the concrete steps agreed to last week in Geneva. That includes offering amnesty to pro-Russian separatists who leave the buildings peacefully. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov Thursday accused the United States of trying to orchestrate a “color revolution” in Ukraine. He said Washington is using Ukraine as a pawn in a geopolitical game. Lavrov said the West is acting like the winner of the Cold War and does not consider Russia’s interests when drawing up European policies.

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Watch a Red Sox Player Giveth a Ball to a Child, Then Watch an Adult Taketh It Away

Boston Red Sox short stop Xander Bogaerts tossed a ball to a young boy in the stands, but an adult standing next to him reached over and grabbed it before he could catch it during last night’s game against the Yankees at Fenway Park in Boston, SportsGrid reports.

As the sports blog notes, if the adult was not with the child to begin with, we can only hope that he gave the ball to the child afterwards. The Internet loves to hate these kinds of moments. “Evil woman” is what the web users called a woman who did the same thing to a little girl at the Houston Astros Minute Maid Park based on a 2011 YouTube video.

More recently, after seeing how happy this little boy was after a man handed him a foul ball that he caught at a San Francisco Giants-Colorado Rockies game in Denver Monday, there’s really no other choice.

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Ban: Security Council Must Act on Violations in Syria

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says the U.N. Security Council must take action to address what he calls “flagrant violations” of international law in Syria, where millions of people cannot get badly needed humanitarian aid.In a new report to the council, Mr. Ban says both the Syrian government and rebel fighters have failed to allow humanitarian access as demanded in a Security Council resolution passed in February.He says the warring sides must also lift their sieges of populated areas, calling it “shameful” that people are forced to live under those conditions.The heads of U.N. humanitarian agencies issued a joint statement Wednesday saying both sides are blocking access to aid in Syria, where the humanitarian situation is deteriorating every day. They called for rebels and Syrian forces to ensure that everyone in need can get aid and to stop bombing and shelling civilians.The Security Council also heard an update Wednesday from the international special coordinator overseeing the removal and destruction of Syria’s chemical weapons. Sigrid Kaag said 88 percent of Syria’s declared chemicals have been removed or destroyed.Nigeria’s U.N. ambassador, Joy Ogwu, said council members expressed concern about allegations that chlorine gas was used in attacks in some Syrian towns, and called for an investigation.Syrian Ambassador Bashar Jaafari denied “categorically” that government forces have used chlorine gas. He said if such an attack took place, it would have been done by terrorist groups.Syrian officials have long used the term “terrorist” to describe opposition fighters who are trying to oust President Bashar al-Assad. Jaafari said the allegations are meant to undermine Syria’s presidential election scheduled for June 3.

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Afghan Election Results Point to Possible Run-Off

Partial results from Afghanistan’s April 5 presidential election show former foreign minister Abdullah Abdullah still in the lead, but without a clear majority that would rule out a run-off vote.The Independent Election Commission said Thursday that so far in the vote count, Abdullah has 43.8 percent, former World Bank official Ashraf Ghani has 32.9 percent and former foreign minister Zalmai Rasoul has 11.1 percent.Commission chairman Ahmad Yousuf Nuristani says nearly 83 percent of votes have been counted. He told reporters in Kabul that with only 17 percent of votes left to count, it is doubtful there will be a clear winner and that a run-off is possible. A candidate must receive more than 50 percent of the vote to be declared a winner.On Wednesday, the commission had said it would delay releasing preliminary results until April 26 to allow more time to investigate possible fraud and other irregularities. It is unclear why the count was released on Thursday, as originally planned.An official with Ghani’s campaign, Abas Noyan, told VOA’s Afghan Service Thursday that once the election commission investigates all complaints, there will be “significant changes in the results” of the presidential vote. Noyan also acknowledges the possibility of a run-off and says Ghani is prepared for a second round.Abdullah was the runner-up in the 2009 election won by President Hamid Karzai amid allegations of irregularities and ballot fraud.The winner of the April 5 election will replace Mr. Karzai, who could not run again because of constitutional limits. The next president will oversee a transition during which a majority of international troops will be withdrawing from Afghanistan.Final election results are due to be released on May 14.

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Here’s an Extremely Realistic 400-Pound Cake Replica of Wrigley Field

We assume the Cubs are celebrating Wrigley Field’s centennial by drinking a whole lot of booze, but they’re also going to be eating a whole lot of cake.

Buddy Valastro, also known as New Jersey’s “Cake Boss,” created a 5-foot-by-5-foot cake replica of the famed Chicago stadium to celebrate the occasion, the Chicago Tribune reports. It took a team of four bakers six days to complete the creation, which weighs in at 400 pounds.

Behold:

I’m so honored to make Wrigley Field’s 100th birthday cake! Time to celebrate @Cubs style baby!#WrigleyField100 http://t.co/n8UQ6mGf81
Buddy Valastro (@CakeBossBuddy) April 23, 2014

Seriously, look at that detail:

The #WrigleyField100 Cake Boss creation from @CarlosBakery has arrived, and it is cool. http://t.co/INecXJEXFs
Chicago Cubs (@Cubs) April 23, 2014

It’s probably delicious, but it’s a shame to take a knife to such a beautiful work of art. Oh man, isn’t everything wonderful in life so fleeting? Now we’re just sad. Oh well. Happy 100th birthday or whatever, Wrigley.

 

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