Michigan Philanthropist Dick Devos Advances Charter Schools

There are many different reasons for the success of the United States of America. Just as Albert Gore wanted credit for the creation of the Internet, many want to claim credit. But, in reality, many of the most important developments are conducted behind-the-scenes. Education is a great example of this truism.

Philanthropist Dick Devos is working hard to ensure that all Michigan children have the same access to good schools. It should not be based on parent’s wealth, but upon the opportunity to learn. Isn’t that really what America is all about?

America: Land of Opportunity

Why have immigrants risked their very lives to reach America? The Cuban boat people are a prime example. The fortunate have been able to tread upon the land of the free and the home of the brave: America.

What did America offer that other countries did not offer? In so many countries, vast unresponsive bureaucracies have been created that had no interest in the well-being of the people. Nineteenth-century author Horatio Alger wrote “rags to riches” tales central to his books for adolescents. This is key to the success story of America.

How could these individuals become successful? Education is one of the key benefits of a free society. In 2000, Michigan philanthropist Dick Devos and his wife, Betty Devos sponsored a constitutional amendment for Michigan to create tax-funded vouchers so that poor students could attend private schools. Although that ballot-initiative failed, the Devos have not given up.

Education for Everyone

What is more American than the concept of great education? Unfortunately, the United States might no longer lead the world, in some very important development categories. For example, there are ZERO American-based television manufacturers.

How can America be great, if it does not have the smartest children? Michigan charter schools have continued to grow, thanks to Dick Devos. Our Creator chooses who has the skills. As stewards of the earth, the Devos are giving the gifted and talented, the opportunity to live the American Dream.

Horatio Alger wrote his stories in the 1800s, but it seems that Mr. Devos is an adherent to this ideology today. The true strength of America is in its children. The children are the future.

Michigan Philanthropist Dick Devos has advanced charter schools in Michigan. Now, the entire country might relearn the lessons that made it great. Superior education created the intelligent inventors, who made America great. Learn more: https://www.usnews.com/news/politics/articles/2017-01-10/michigan-charter-school-backed-by-devos-growing

Securus Technologies Giving Officers Evidence to Prevent Crimes

Preventing crimes is harder than most think because the criminals always have the element of surprise on their side. As an officer in a very dangerous city, I know first-hand that in order to prevent violent crimes, you need every advantage possible to stay a step ahead of the criminals. With the advancements in technology over the last few years, many are surprised to discover where we found our greatest source of assistance as far as preventing local crimes.


This new tool in our arsenal was created by Securus Technologies and is actually located inside the local prison. The telephone monitoring system at the jail was recently updated so now officers can get back to working on the floor and the LBS software will search every call made by any of our the inmates to try and decipher chatter on a number of subjects. When talk about fighting, drugs, or weapons, are discussed on the phone, the corrections officers can take action.


Securus Technologies already has installed this and similar monitoring systems in over two thousand jails in this country alone. The company is based in Texas, and all thousand employees of the company share the objective of their CEO, to make this world safe for all. As an officer, we discovered that we could actually utilize this tool to help us prevent crimes too.


We got an alert from the call monitoring system concerning a crime spree raging out of control in our town. The inmate was talking to one of the felons who was involved, and they mentioned where the goods were being fenced. We did a stake out and not only were able to recover those stolen goods, we caught the crew loaded and armed with weapons to actually commit the same crimes that evening.


Doe Deere Creates Lime Crime Lipsticks For All Types Of Customers

Doe Deere is a successful entrepreneur who is now the founder and CEO of the very popular cosmetic company named Lime Crime. Doe Deere moved from Russia to the New York City at just the age of 17. Although she spent the majority of her childhood years in Russia she was still a little entrepreneur there by selling temporary tattoos to her classmates at the age of 13. After Deere moved to New York City she quickly became a musician who was extremely talented but when the need for a makeup that was bright and bold arose in her life she couldn’t help but set her life as a musician aside to start her own business making products that were high demand in the cosmetic world. Many makeup companies back then did not sell bright colored products let alone products that were also vegan and cruelty-free. Doe met her husband well she was a musician because they were in the same band together. They learned to work together extremely well and now he helps her with her company Lime Crime. The best advice Doe Deere has for young girls looking to become successful entrepreneurs like her is for them to follow their heart and use their heart as a guide to doing what they love.

Lime Crime has 6 different lipsticks lines known as diamond crushers, matte Velvetines, metallic Velvetines, Perlees, Velve-tins, and unicorn lipstick. Lime Crime Diamond crushers are available in 18 different eye popping glittery colors and are for every girl out there that loves glitter more than anything. Matte Velvetines are liquid to matte lipsticks that dry matte and they are offered in 43 different colors and shades. Metallic Velvetines though very similar to matte Velvetines are liquid to metallic lipsticks and provide a glittery film over your regular lip shade for those who like glitter but want it to be more subtle than the diamond crushers lipstick. There are 12 shades of metallic Velvetines. Perlees are basically Lime Crime’s version of a normal lipstick except all shades have a shimmery film to them, there are 9 different shades of Perlees. Velve-tins are little tins that come with 3 colors of Velvetines per tin to provide customers to try various Velvetines shades at once. Lastly, Unicorn lipstick is pink and red shades of lipstick that come in a unicorn inspired lipstick container. Well there are only 6 shades of unicorn lipstick it is only of the most popular lime crime products to date due to its unique spin off natural lip colors. Learn more: https://theweirdstore.net/blogs/the-weird-store/how-doe-deere-became-queen-of-the-unicorns

Protecting Officers By Way of Securus Technologies

I am still employed at the local prison as a guard, and each year I have seen the jail get more crowded than the year before. Today, the inmates are packed inside their cells like sardines, and those conditions have bred violence unlike I have never seen before. These inmates, regardless of their sentence, will lash out at other inmates, guests, prison staff, and officers.


To try and control the violence, me and my officers need to eliminate contraband from the prison. Inmates will tell you they can get just about anything easier than they could if they were still on the outside. Contraband allows these inmates to have an advantage over the limited staff we have working on the inside. These inmates would not think twice about seriously hurting an officer, in fact, gang members are often rewarded by their brothers when they take such a stand.


In the past, we would do surprise cell inspections to remove that contraband, with limited success. Then, we would search inmates and their guests at the visitor center to ensure nothing is coming inside the jail that shouldn’t. We used to spend considerable time and manpower manning the phones to listen to the inmates talking with family and friends on the outside. Securus Technologies changed the way we now listen to all those calls. The system will do the work of a dozen officers, monitoring every call and identifying when chatter about contraband is discussed.


Securus Technologies is a call monitoring company based out of Texas, and the thousand employees that work under CEO Richard Smith all understand the company objective of making the world safer. The new inmate call monitoring system is like hiring a team of robotic officers that are listening non-stop to the inmates and alerts us by way of the LBS software of potential trouble.

Beneful One of the Most Affordable Dog Foods at Walmart

If you have a full-grown dog and are looking for a new dog food because your dog’s current food is just simply too expensive look no further than Beneful. Beneful dog food has many different types of dog food for full grown dogs but their most popular kind is BenefulWalmart originals. Not only does Beneful originals come in three different flavors to please all dogs taste buds but it also comes in various sizes depending on how much you want to spend or depending on how much dog food your dog eats daily.

Beneful originals flavors are chicken, beef, and salmon. All three flavors are made with real meat to provide your dog with the best nutrition and protein content compared to any other dog food brand out there. Beneful Originals dog food can be found for an affordable price at Walmart in 31.1lb, 40lb, 3.5lb, and 15.5lb bags. At Walmart, the 31.1lb bag is around 27 dollars, the 40lb bag around 34 dollars, the 3.5lb around 6 dollars, and the 15.5lb bag around 14 dollars. The size bag of Beneful Originals that you buy depends on what you are using that bag for. If you are looking for an emergency bag of dog food to keep in your car you should get the smallest bag which is 3.5lbs. If you are looking for dog food for your dog to eat daily you should buy either the 31.1lb bag, 15.5lb bag, or the 40lb bag. Which size bag you buy for your dog to eat daily depends on how much dog food your dog eats each day. If your dog has only a little bit a day it is suggested to buy the 15.5lb bag but if it eats more than the 31.1lb or the 40lb bag might be more suitable for your dog.

Betsy DeVos’ Commitment Helps Students Get Educated

Students who have to go to public school may not be getting the best education and Betsy DeVos knows this. She has known it for a long time and has done what she can to make things better for the students. Now, as the secretary of education, she is doing what she can to show people that they can really help their children out by allowing them the chance to try different alternative methods of education. They can do all of this without having to worry about the way that it can affect their income or the money that they have made. In fact, students who use these opportunities often have to pay far less than what even public school children pay for activities and other things that will help them with the issues that they are having and with the things that they can do in the school.


The first thing that Betsy DeVos did was create a program that was intended for students who wanted to go to private school, but whose parents could not afford it. She designed the voucher program so that students could get vouchers to go to these schools without having to worry about what they would have to do while they were there. She knew that this was important to most families and that students would be the ones who would take the most benefit away from it no matter what their parents made or what they did to make money.


After Betsy DeVos realized that this was not the most direct way to help students, she decided that the charter school program was. She created ideas that would help the students have a more positive experience and gave them a private education right in the districts that they were already a part of. There were no vouchers and things were much easier for parents who wanted to be able to send their students to these schools. With the charter program in place, Betsy DeVos felt confident that students would have everything that would make things better for them and allow them to reach their full potential in the future.


Since Betsy DeVos is now the secretary of education, she feels that all of these experiences as a philanthropist are paying off. She hopes to impact the educational system and knows that she will be able to change things based on all of the different ways that she can do things. She also has confidence that her life will get better and that she can do more to help people as she has a position of greater power that she can rely on in the future. It is all a part of her plan and her ability to grow the educational system.


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Fix Your Fantasy Baseball Lineups With the Waiver Wire

What does it take to win your fantasy baseball league? Well, you need to have a great draft day. You need to stay focused throughout the long and meandering year. You also need to know how to run the waiver wire. Finding hidden gems on the waiver wire will be the direct link to winning at least a couple of games this season. Let’s look at our Fantasy Alarm cheat sheet to see which waiver wire wonders you need to add right to your roster.


Outfield Help

Ben Gamel – Seattle Mariners

If you need an outfielder then the odds are good that Ben Gamel from the Seattle Mariners is still available. Gamel has been just tearing the cover off of the ball since making it out of Triple A. Gamel provides bat speed, contact, and smart running to the top of one of the most potent offenses in the MLB. Gamel is likely the highest owned player on our list but he can still be found on most waiver wires.


Jorge Soler – Kansas City Royals

Soler struggled in his first run with the Royals and summarily got shipped down to Triple A. At Triple A we have seen Soler revert back into the vaunted slugger that KC thought they were getting. Soler has potential to be a late season call up that helps to immediately impact the Royals line up. Keep an eye on this 25 year old slugger.


Infield Help

Jed Lowrie – Oakland Athletics

2B is pretty deep right now which makes Lowrie even easier to pick up. Lowrie has dramatically reduced his K-rate while also improving on his power numbers. Lowrie leads off or cleans up in Oakland’s traditional MLB lineups on a nightly basis and he should give you some solid counting numbers over the final months of the season.

Beyond The Darkness Brings The Supernatural To Podcast One

The supernatural has arrived to Podcast One. Beyond the Darkness is the brand new show in the line up on the Chris Jericho network. Chris Jericho stated that he was excited to add a new aspect of entertainment to his podcast network. Dave Schrader and Tim Dennis, the new hosts of Beyond the Darkness, having many years experience broadcasting and interviewing authors, paranormal investigators, researchers, and people who have paranormal experiences from their previous paranormal podcast. In this new podcast, Dave and Tim will tackle the subjects of angels, demons, UFO encounters, mysteries, miracles, and unexplainable encounters. Learn more: http://normanpattiz.com/author/npattiz/


This new podcast is one more aspect added to the highly popular Chris Jericho network. Chris Jericho has built a podcast network that extends past his professional wrestling background. With Dave and Tim’s already huge fan base from their past podcast, Jericho network is set to become on of the most popular networks in the Podcast One family. None of this would have been possible without it’s visionary founder, Norman Pattiz. Learn more: https://patch.com/california/across-ca/norman-pattiz-announces-positive-impact-podcast-advertising


Mr. Pattiz has over forty years experience in broadcast media. Norman founded the media giant Westwood One in 1974. Since then Westwood One distributed or owned some of the biggest events or media networks in the world: the Winter and Summer Olympics, Superbowl, NFL, CBS and NBC sports radio. Mr. Pattiz has a long list of accomplishments before he started Podcast One including being appointed to the Broadcasting Board Of Governors by both Presidents Clinton and Bush and being inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame. Learn more: https://www.linkedin.com/in/norman-pattiz


Mr. Pattiz serves or has served on numerous advisory councils and broadcasting boards of governors for different organizations in California and currently serves on the Region 1 Homeland Advisory Security Council. Norman is also credited for creating several big networks such as Radio Sawa and Alhurra television. To read more about Mr. Pattiz and his accomplishments, please click here.


Roberto Santiago The Legendary Mall Owner

Roberto Santiago is known for owning the Maniara Shopping mall in Brazil. Unlike many entrepreneurs, who know from the start that they will go into business, Roberto confesses that he had no idea in his youth that he would try his hand in business. On the contrary, he always preferred the arts and sports areas, where he felt more talented. Case in point, Roberto Santiago started his career in writing child literature, where he became very famous across the education sector. After a while, Roberto went into film and script writing, where he equally did well. He also majored in directing films and plays.

Roberto Santiago’s artistic sides were also expressed in writing, where he ran a blog website. Roberto mainly encouraged people to go on with life when they face challenges. He targeted the young and old people, as he used his own experiences as well as those of others who had overcome tough times to make it into greatness. Roberto majored in telling people not to give up when life throws blows their ways. Many gave testimonials of how the daily insight from Roberto made them bounce back from hard times in their lives.

The success of the blog led Roberto Santiago desire a new career in business. He became interested in investing but had little knowledge in the field. Consequently, he decided to go back to college and later university in Joao Pessoa. After 4 years, Roberto earned his Bachelors of Commerce and proceeded right into business. Being a very ambitious person, Roberto wanted to purchase a large piece of land, where he would run his business. However, he lacked the necessary finances and was forced to start a small scale business. His first idea was a café, which he called Santa Rosa Café. It was successful and the profits from it were used to start a cartonnage company, which manufactured cardboards and other utility products. Roberto says that the company marked the onset of his great success as it gave him enough money to buy a large piece of land on which he built the Maniara Shopping Mall. Roberto bought the land in 1987 and launched the building two years later.

The Maniara Shopping Mall is rated as the most modern and largest mall in Brazil. The main agenda of the mall is to offer its users leisure, fun, and comfort. The mall is fitted with the latest technology in all its various sectors. The several sections in the mall are gaming areas, fancy easting parlors, rooftop concert hall, stadium, theatre, college banks, gym, and gaming sections. The latest invention in the building is the rooftop Domus Hall that was opened in 2009. The hall hosts music concerts, weddings, exhibits, and fairs.

Kate Hudson’s Fabletics Continues to Grow, Taking on Amazon and More

I have recently gotten hooked on several membership mailing services. From cooking, to razors and now I am dipping into the world of athletic wear from Fabletics. Fabletics is owned by actress Kate Hudson and really shook up the world of high-end athletic wear by announcing its membership mailing model as well as its reverse showrooming technique. Instead of opening a line of stores or going the “pop up” route, Fabletics brings the showroom to you with a fun online experience tailored to each website visitor. They do this by having site visitors fill out a quiz to learn more about your individual preferences and how you like to work out, as well as, of course, your sizing. After that, every piece of exercise clothing has been chosen specifically for your tastes. This means that when a Fabletics package arrives with your monthly outfit the pieces are stylized just for you (which means fewer returns). The reverse showrooming model has cultivated millions of loyal fans, and has allowed Fabletics to become one of the largest players in the world of online athletic wear sales. If you are interested – take the quiz on their website – it just takes a few minutes and is actually fun!


I recently read a phenomenal review from the blogger a Foodie Stays Fit. In her review Teri discussed her initial reaction and findings when she became a Fabletics monthly member. The main thing that stood out to me was quality. That is always, always my fear when buying things online, especially workout clothes – what looks great in the picture may show up thin enough to see through, oversized or just plain wrong for me. Her review was honest about the high level of quality of her Fabletics items and she said the leggings were truly great quality and held their shape well (I know we all fear the inevitable see-through pants or sagging bottom).


As far as the tops, Teri showed off multiple tops that all seemed very “on trend” with what today’s women are looking to wear to feel stylish in the gym or when running. One in particular had a really cut line of cut outs in the back and had a hot pink trim. I believe that would put a pep in anyone’s step when they need motivation to work out.


Overall, I was really impressed with the reviews and the success that Fabletics has had in the past three years. I look forward to seeing what is next for the company.