Sunday, July 30, 2006

Bear River Post (Kumagawa Juku), Fukui Prefecture, Japan

I thought I'd share where we went today. It was a tiny town preserved in much the same way it was built hundreds of years ago as an outpost in the Wakasa area of South Western Fukui Prefecture, Japan.

The English on this page is an example of automatic translation and it is a hoot! It is fun to read it just for the laughs.

Wish you were here.

Thursday, July 27, 2006

Google Maps - Live Traffic on your Cell

Who needs a GPS device now? Just a good data plan on your cell and you are set:

Give Google Maps a try using our interactive demo. Directions, search results, maps and satellite imagery will appear exactly as they would on your mobile device. (If you don't see a phone on your left, you'll need to download the JRE browser plugin. Get it for free.)

To begin the self-guided Maps tour, just read the instructions below. If you'd like a wallet-sized walk-through, download our convenient tips sheet. [pdf]

Gmail Manager

I am using this now, and it has simplified my gmail use.

This is a Firefox extension that allows you to manage multiple Gmail accounts and receive new mail notifications. Displays account details including unread messages, saved drafts, spam messages, labels with new mail, space used, and new mail snippets.


  • Manage multiple Gmail accounts
  • Receive new mail notifications
  • Support for Gmail hosted accounts
  • Ability to import/export account preferences
  • Tooltip with account details and new mail snippets
  • One-click access for loading your Gmail account
  • Mailto: links detection
  • Quick mail compose for Gmail accounts
  • Customizable icon placement in the toolbar/statusbar

New Google tool for Blogger users: Word Plugin

You know I don't recommend Microsoft products, but I know that there are alot of you using those products and I thought you might want to know that you can use Word to post to your blog now:

About Blogger for Word

Blogger for Word is a free add-in for Microsoft Word that lets you save a Word document as a post to your Blogger blog with just a few clicks, and without even opening up a browser. Blogger for Word makes it even easier to express yourself online, save your documents to the web, and edit your work both online and off.

With Blogger for Word, publishing a Word document to your blog is just as seamless as saving it to your computer, and it's easy to get started; all you need to do is download and install the Blogger for Word add-in, and three buttons appear in your Word toolbar:

  • Publish creates and publishes a new post from the text in your document.
  • Open Post enables you to edit your last 15 Blogger posts in Word.
  • Save as Draft enables you to keep a post unpublished; it will appear in your Blogger account, but not publicly on your blog.

System Requirements

The Blogger for Word add-in requires Microsoft Windows 2000 or higher and Microsoft Word 2000 or higher. You can use your existing Blogger username and password; if you need a Blogger account, sign up now for a free account and blog.

Related Articles:

Monday, July 24, 2006

Building a list is the basics in any online business

If you have heard "the money's in the list" but have not been able to build a big list or profit from your list you are going to love this...

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Keith Wellman put together one of the best list building and profiting courses I have seen in a long time...and no it's not expensive ;)

There are quite a few fast action bonuses so make sure you check it out now...

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Thursday, July 20, 2006

Microsoft switches to Linux

You knew it had to happen:

Microsoft switches to Linux
Inquirer, UK - Jul 18, 2006
IN A MOVE that shows that Microsoft is switching its tack on Open Sauce software, Vole has announced that it is teaming up with Linux distributor XenSource. ...

You don't have to stick with Windows just because it is Microsoft anymore...

Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Gmail: Take Action on all messages in a label or section

Since I have almost used 50% of my gmail free space and I have more than 10 accounts in my gmail, I have been waiting for these changes. Thank you gmail.

Now you can apply the same action to all messages in a label or section of your account (Inbox, Sent Mail, Spam, Trash, etc.), in just a few steps. Use this feature to archive all mail in your Inbox, apply labels to every message meeting certain criteria, delete all messages in Spam or Trash, or apply a filter to all relevant messages in your account.

Monday, July 17, 2006

Do you listen to Radio Leo?

I listen to Radio Leo to stay up on tech and questions people have about it.  Every once in a while I recommend a podcast that I really found useful.

This podcast has some very useful information about security and windows, about linux, about the comming multi-billion dollar switch of advertising monies from TV and Radio to videocast and podcast networks in the near future.

You should really listen:

Eric Standlee
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Veterans Helping Veterans get Government Contracts

Are you a Veteran or do you know a Veteran? They should know that their Veteran Owned Business can qualify for special goverment set-asides. Tell them.

Service-Disabled Veteran Network

(Veterans Teaming with Veterans for Government Awards)

List Random Join

Veterans like me sacrificed a portion of their life for all of our freedoms. They should know that their business can benefit from being a government contractor.

Sunday, July 16, 2006

LinkedIn Personal Networking Contract

I am honored to be a part of your personal network. That carries a responsibility that I take seriously. I pledge to help, support, and inform you so that we both may grow and succeed in our personal and business endeavors. The following outlines some specific aspects of my commitment.

I trust you feel similarly in return as a part of my network. If you do not agree with this social contract, do not feel that you can commit the same to me, or do not accept my ongoing contact, please break our network connection immediately or let me know and I will do so.

  • CURRENT. I will provide current information on my email address(es), other forms of contact as appropriate, and my availability either directly or through our mutual online network. I will make sure that my primary email address is current.
  • TIMELY. I will endeavor to process your online network requests on a timely basis. Sometimes this will be same day. Generally this will be 3 days or less. However in case of vacation, travel, or personal or business emergency, the delay may be up to 1-2 weeks.
  • CONTACTS. I will use the online network where we are connected for requests or contacts over that network. I will not ask you for email addresses of individuals unless you and I have a close relationship and there is an emergency.
  • UPDATES. Staying in touch with your contacts (or "pinging") is a fundamental part of networking. I will send you updates generally no more than once every one to three months. These updates may be of a personal, professional, or business nature. I invite you to similarly update me. If I contact you more frequently than an average of once a month, I will provide and use a separate opt-in process for such communications.
  • USE EMAIL. I will not use default forms for updates as they do not respect you and your time. They provide virtually no information and force you to start up your browser and then search for what is new on my profile. Instead I will provide the new information for the updates in the update email subject and body itself.
If you agree to this LinkedIn Personal Networking Contract, send an email to Then feel free to invite me to join your connections on LinkedIn.

If not, please break your connection with me on LinkedIn immediately.

Saturday, July 15, 2006

What is Net Neutrality

Save the Internet : Fighting for Internet Freedom

Did you know that the internet is in danger?
Congress is pushing a law that would abandon the Internet's First Amendment -- a principle called Network Neutrality that prevents companies like AT&T, Verizon and Comcast from deciding which Web sites work best for you -- based on what site pays them the most. If the public doesn't speak up now, our elected officials will cave to a multi-million dollar lobbying campaign.

Go to and do you part by letting the non-tech representatives and senators know how important this really is.

Euphoric Reality

One of my LinkeIn contacts is also former USAF and she runs a blog called Euphoric Reality. This interesting piece of news was on this post:

The Lebanese Foundation for Peace has written an open letter to Israeli PM Olmert saying as much
Now where is our liberal press with this human interest side of the conflict in Lebannon? Or are they set to side against Israel at all costs?

Friday, July 14, 2006

FBI grapples with out-of-date computers | CNET

Having served 4 years of my 6 years in the USAF in a Top Secret SCI position which some deemed more important in some ways than the FBI, I have seen first hand how outdated upper management and congress overseers have no business managing technology of any kind.

As technology screems along at hyper speed, I doubt if there will ever be anyone in those levels qualified to manage such an important task.

Depending on how many PCs and how many mini-mainframes and other specialized systems there are in the FBI's inventory which need to be upgraded in this fiasco, I doub't that it should cost anywhere near $100 Million and instead Lockheed is getting $305 Million.

When will the government stop paying several thousand percent higher for prouducts and services than they need to be paying?

Until there are IT competent congressmen and judges and govenors and mayors, I have absolutely ZERO confidence in anything Tech related coming from those areas and the areas they influence.

My suggestion is to find those like me who are still red-blooded citizens after serving in TS SCI jobs who are technology competent and hire them as the heads of IT for important posts in government, but if and only if their non-techie supervisors can commit to let them run it the way they should and not have those IT Directors have to play patsy to the non-techies. And, ZERO jobs should go to LARGE company executives. Large company executives don't have any idea how to innovate and thus even if they are tech competent would only continue to incompetently manage our tax monies.

This is the voice of the technology generation. You'd better listen because whether you like it or not technology is now very important. Geeks Rise and take your rightful responsibilities in our country and the world!

Clear your Spam box on Gmail

Did you see the simple new link in the spam folder on GMAIL?  I have been waiting for that for a while.  It lets you clear you spam box.  I know it doesn't mean anything, but it sure is a stress releiver like one of those spongy toys. <grin>

Have a blesse weekend,

Eric Standlee
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I have been on LinkedIn a little over one month and I now have more than 280 connections and have had a bunch of quality contact with people I would have otherwise never have met. I in fact was just invited by a guy named Eric from Switzerland and his blog has this wonderful explanation of why quantity does bring a quality to your connections on LinkedIn.
I stand by this ideal and it is how I operate on LinkedIn:


Thursday, July 13, 2006

GmailGems: Open composer in a new window

Do you use gmail? My entire gang does. In fact I have move entire corporations onto gmail. Why? Well, there are tons of reasons, but the best one is other mail just isn't as good.

Check out this little gem:

Friday, May 07, 2004

Open composer in a new window

In a conversation there is an icon & link on the right hand side to open it in a new window. The same feature is available when you're composing a message. Need to look up some old message? Click on the icon on the upper right corner of the composer to bring it up in a new window.

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Inside AdWords: View your Ad Group stats in tabs

More updates on AdWords:

View your Ad Group stats in tabs

Have you noticed that the Ad Group page looks a little different these days? Here's Jon D. from the Campaign Management team to give you more info on the new 'tabbed' look:
Doesn't affect ads, but it might effect your efficiency. I'd rather see stats at the campaign level...

Linux Pipeline | Google Threatens Lawsuits To Defend Net Neutrality

Linux Pipeline | Google Threatens Lawsuits To Defend Net Neutrality:

Google will use its warchest to fight Telco's abuse of their unwarranted power according to Reuters. This due to the recent legislation on communcations. If the legislature cannot get it right, then Google is willing to bet it can show the courts the truth and set precedence with a win in court.

Either way the Regional Telcos aren't winning any friends and they are showing their true faces as trolls trying to extract more revenue from places they are already charging what the market can bear.
SOFIA, July 4 (Reuters) - Google (GOOG.O: Quote, Profile, Research) warned on Tuesday it will not hesitate to file anti-trust complaints in the United States if high-speed Internet providers abuse the market power they could receive from U.S. legislators.
How does this affect you? If companies like Google don't stand up against the tirany of the Regional Telcos, then you and I might have to start paying money to use google's search engine for instance.

Tell your representatives and senators how you feel about their lack of tech-savvy and siding with the ogres of Telco.

Google Checkout - Merchants

I honestly haven't been following every change at Google recently, or reading my feeds either. That is what being in Japan will do for you.

But, I did see this when I logged into adWords today and thought I'd share it.

Google is slowly but very certainly taking this segment over.

Google Checkout helps you increase sales.
And process them for free when you advertise with Google.

Every online merchant has two goals: sell more and spend less. Google Checkout™ is a new way to process transactions that helps you achieve both. Checkout works with Google's search advertising program, AdWords, to increase your sales and minimize your expenses throughout the online sales and marketing process.

Attract more leads.
Shoppers who see the Google Checkout™ badge on your AdWords ads will more easily find you when they search.
Convert more leads into sales.
A fast, secure checkout process helps persuade shoppers to buy on your site and buy more often.
Process sales for free.
For every $1 you spend on AdWords, you can process $10 in sales for free. For sales that exceed this amount or if you don't use AdWords, you can process them at a low 2% and $0.20 per transaction.
Protect yourself from fraud.
Our fraud prevention tools stop invalid orders from reaching you. And our Payment Guarantee policy helps protect you from chargebacks.

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

- Google News

The real secret is that Cellphone providers like Sprint use the same technology as Vonage does for their broadband VoIP service. So, there really isn't that much of a difference, or is there? Of course these phones below don't own the internet connection they are speaking on like Sprint does... So, quality is much harder to control, but someone will figure it out. Until then, first adoptors and early adoptors will take advantage of the low/no cost telephony with new features probably.

New VoIP Phones Take On High-End PSTN and Cellular Features
VoIP News, CA - 13 hours ago
New phones highlight the push for VoIP providers to move aggressively into more popular consumer markets, especially wireless. The ...
DLink’s Introduces New VoWiFi Phone
GigaOm, CA - Jul 10, 2006
WiFi phones are essentially changing the home-phone landscape, bringing cellular portability and cool into a realm that was once owned by the Bells and later ...

Monday, July 10, 2006

Urgent -- This page will only be available for a limited time only.

This book "Slay Your Giant" is being sold by the publisher for $29.95 as you can see in the picture of that site below.

Be sure to download your copy and share this link with everyone you know before the author changes his mind and this link stops working.

I got permission to share this book with everyone on all of my lists for a limited time directly from the author. It is really changing lives and I know it can be of great benefit to everyone we can share it with. Help me share it with as many people as you can.

Sunday, July 09, 2006

LinkedIn ideas

I saw that you updated your profile on .  That is a good first step.

I really recommend completing your profile until the system says it is 100%.

I also recommend putting your email address in your name area like I do in mine:

This allows those who are actively browsing your profile to "connect" or "link" with you directly.  That allows their networks to be that closer to you which increases the potential of more connections.  You can also directly invite people to join you.  The easiest way to get the best bang for your time is to search the certain keyword you are looking for in connections like "CEO" or "CFO" or "banking" or "branch manager" and then sort by highest number of connections in that person's network.  Now, go down the results until you see the first person who also has their email address in their profile. Copy their email address.  Click on the link to their full profile. Click the link to invite them to connect, and past that email address into this form and send.  You can of course change the standard invite text if you want to.

If you do this with a large number of people with very large numbers of connections it will make it easier for their connections to find you and soon you will have several hundered in your direct connections like I do (currently 265+).

Now, the next important thing to do is to reply to requests for connections and announcements that a person has connected with you with a simple thank you note.  I am not copy expert, but this is what I am using to thank people for connecting with me:
Thank you very much for adding me to your connections.  I believe in give and it will be given to you, so please let me know what special program or crusade you are working that I can be of assistance in.  I want to help you in any way I can.

Keep in touch,
Eric Standlee
Prospered not to increase my standard of living
but to increase my standard of giving

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This confirms with that person that they in fact reached a live person and gives you an opportunity to tell them that you indeed do want to help them.  If you are using an email client like gmail, it also adds their email address to your contacts list for later uses.

The trick to replying to those who accepted your invitation is that you have to click on the link in their acceptance email to go to their profile to copy their email address from their profile which is now visible to you so that when you hit that reply button you can change the to: to their email address instead of the linkedin system's address.

Finally, the last little task to increasing the number of people looking at your profile is to join some of the groups on linkedin like I have.  The first one that I recommend is Dallas Blue Execuitves.  This will introduce you to a large number of people who may not be directly connected with you and allow them and you to send invites and get connected.  Remember start with those with the highest number of connections when you invite them as this gives the biggest bang for your time.

I hope this helps you build an amazing network of professionals on and I will definitely put up a more complete how-to on my blog in the very near future at .
Eric Standlee
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Saturday, July 08, 2006

Ask Me if I Care About 'Mishandling' of Koran -- Doug Patton -- GOPUSA

Ask Me if I Care About 'Mishandling' of Koran -- Doug Patton -- GOPUSA:

This is going around as written by a different person, so I went to snopes and found out that it was actually written by Doug Patton and posted on the GOPUSA site and that lady ended up forwarding it around the internet and a year later it is still making the rounds.

I got it today from the president of a Financial firm.

Here is the original article. The words are tough, but Newsweek and the leftist media need to grow up and take responsibility for the people who died and the lives damaged by their spreading of lies.

Ask Me if I Care About 'Mishandling' of Koran
By Doug Patton
June 6, 2005

First, Newsweek pulled a Dan Rather on us, running a fabricated story just because they wanted it to be true. They told the world that an American guard at the Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, detention center had ripped pages from a prisoner's Koran and flushed it down a toilet. As a result, innocent people died when practitioners of Islam rioted in protest in Afghanistan.

Oops, said Newsweek, it seems we can't back up our story. Oh well, it's probably true; we just can't prove it. (Isn't it convenient for Newsweek that the media now have "Deep Throat" to talk about so they can revel in their glory days and divert our attention from their criminal negligence.)

The lie heard round the world about the flushed Koran has caused convulsions in the Bush Administration and forced the Pentagon to launch an investigation of unfounded allegations contained in an unsubstantiated story. The results of said investigation are now in, and it seems there are at least five incidents of "mishandling" of the Koran at Gitmo.

Well, guess what? I don't care!

Are we fighting a war on terror or aren't we? Was it or was it not started by Islamic people who brought it to our shores on September 11, 2001? Were people from all over the world, mostly Americans, not brutally murdered that day, in downtown Manhattan, across the Potomac from our nation's capitol and in a field in Pennsylvania? Did nearly three thousand men, women and children die a horrible, burning death that day, or didn't they?

And I'm supposed to care that a copy of the Koran was "desecrated" when an overworked American soldier kicked it or got it wet? Well, I don't. I don't care at all.

I'll start caring when Osama bin Laden turns himself in and repents for incinerating all those innocent people on 9/11.

I'll care about the Koran when the fanatics in the Middle East start caring about the Holy Bible, the mere possession of which is a crime in Saudi Arabia.

I'll care when Abu Musab al-Zarqawi tells the world he is sorry for hacking off Nick Berg's head while Berg screamed through his gurgling, slashed throat.

I'll care when the cowardly so-called "insurgents" in Iraq come out and fight like men instead of disrespecting their own religion by hiding in mosques.

I'll care when the mindless zealots who blow themselves up in search of nirvana care about the innocent children within range of their suicide bombs.

I'll care when the American media stops pretending that their First Amendment liberties are somehow derived from international law instead of the United States Constitution's Bill of Rights.

I'll care when Clinton-appointed judges stop ordering my government to release photos of the abuses at Abu Ghraib, which are sure to set off the Islamic extremists just as Newsweek's lies did a few weeks ago.

In the meantime, when I hear a story about a brave marine roughing up an Iraqi terrorist to obtain information, know this: I don't care.

When I see a fuzzy photo of a pile of naked Iraqi prisoners who have been humiliated in what amounts to a college hazing incident, rest assured that I don't care.

When I see a wounded terrorist get shot in the head when he is told not to move because he might be booby-trapped, you can take it to the bank that I don't care.

When I hear that a prisoner, who was issued a Koran paid for by my tax dollars, is complaining that his holy book is being "mishandled," you can absolutely believe in your heart of hearts that I don't care.

And oh, by the way, I've noticed that sometimes it's spelled "Koran" and other times "Quran." Well, Jimmy Crack Corn and -- you guessed it -- I don't care!


Doug Patton is a freelance columnist and political speechwriter who has worked for conservative candidates, elected officials and public policy organizations at the federal, state and local levels. His weekly column can be read in newspapers across the country and on selected Internet web sites. Readers can e-mail him at


Note -- The opinions expressed in this column are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the opinions, views, and/or philosophy of GOPUSA.

Thursday, July 06, 2006

New Service: Migrate your blog from Blogger to a Word Press blog on your own domain name!

Don't like the  It has its advantages and disadvantages, its pluses and minuses.  I have been using Blogger and blogspot since 2003!  However, I needed more functionality.  So, I am in the process of migrating all of to  Don't worry, you won't have to change your subscriptions nor your wonder how to get there when I do finally switch over.  This will be easier on you than if I changed my phone service or ISP.  You shouldn't have to do anything.

If you have a domain, and especially if you already have the entire domain hosted with us, then you can chose to have or become the blog you already have right now on moved over complete and in its entireity with all of the added features of wordpress on your domain!

If you aren't already, link with me on linkedin and then you will have my email address.  Email me and we can work out the payment and then move you over.

Eric Standlee
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Tuesday, July 04, 2006

Astronomers play down fears with asteroid set for Earth flyby

Biblical prophecy talks about a meteor or asteroid called "wormwood" falling on earth in the end times. I don't think this is it, but thought it was interesting.

Astronomers play down fears with asteroid set for Earth flyby
RIA Novosti - Jul 3, 2006
ST. PETERSBURG, July 3 (RIA Novosti) - A large asteroid will fly near Earth Monday, but is unlikely to cause any harm to the planet, Russian astronomers have said.
Earth in near-miss with asteroid Daily Mail - UK
Asteroid to narrowly miss Earth ABC Online
Ireland Online - Scotsman - People's Daily Online - Elites TV - all 335 related »

Defiant N. Korea Fires Series of Missiles

I guess it is silly of my to complain about the media repeatedly beating the same small amount of information about this incident over and over since I am adding to the frey, but it has been interesting to watch CNNj and NHK here in Japan. One comment on Larry King was the effect that Kim Jong Il watches CNN closely to see what we think about what he does (as if that is the only meter). When I heard that, I immediately assumed that Kim also watches the Japanese, South Korean and Chinese news. If that is so, then the Japanese response is very likely weak at best. They continually talk about the issues as if American is the one who will handle it and softly criticize the North Korean regime. On the other hand even the commentators on Larry King flat out said that Kim has made his situation worse and not better and called it a provacative move. Hopefully Kim puts more emphasis on what he hears from America and doesn't enjoy the week Japanese response too much.
Either way, I say take him down and cut him off from the world. He is in NO way a leader, but only a petty criminal with a whole country under his thumb.

The usual asian response of crouching into a fetal position and turning the back on the bad guys is what has gotten Kim into power and kept him there. Asian countries need to consider the millions of their asian citizens who are dying or have died at the hands of this one of their worst criminals and stop playing patty cake with him!
Defiant N. Korea Fires Series of Missiles
ABC News - 35 minutes ago
US Ambassador to Japan Thomas Schieffer is mobbed by reporters after meeting with Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary Shinzo Abe at the prime minister's official residence in Tokyo Wednesday, July 5, 2006.
North Korea fires test missiles Juicee News Daily
Fact Box: North Korea's Missile Arsenal Washington Post
Forbes - Houston Chronicle - Sydney Morning Herald - Bangkok Post - all 1,070 related »

Google News - Most Popular

I just continue to ask "And, you still want to use Microsoft, because...?"
Microsoft's Antipiracy Software Called Spyware
CIO Today - Jul 3, 2006
A computer user is suing Microsoft Corp. over the company's Windows Genuine Advantage anti-piracy tool, alleging that it violates laws against spyware.
Worm poses as Windows Genuine Advantage
Anti-piracy tool confuses users BBC News
Register - Inquirer - Houston Chronicle - - all 66 related »

Sunday, July 02, 2006

Eric Standlee has invited you to become a member of openBC

Don't overlook this business tool.


Eric Standlee is inviting you to become a member of the openBC network:

You may already know the following openBC member:
- Lucas Wyrsch, company: Operational Risk Consultant

Add this to your arsenal of google tools -- Google Pages

Another good place to put out information you want others to find.
Create your own web pages, quickly and easily.
Google Page Creator is a free online tool that finally makes it easy for anyone
to create and publish useful, attractive web pages in just minutes.

URGENT: Action Required. Pass this on and ACT today!

Letter to the FTC!

Have you written your letters to your Represntatives in Washington and to the FTC yet? This new FTC regulation could be the biggest boondoogle from our Government since the prohobition in the 20s. I am dead serious.

Under this new Rule, several oppressive and burdensome requirements will be initiated for both companies and Distributors alike. In fact, under this Rule it will be easier to buy a hand gun or assault rifle.

Here a few of the items this new regulation contains:

  • Create new definitions of “business opportunity,” “business assistance” and “earnings claim,” creating broad language to encompass many common business practices.

  • Require that a detailed “disclosure statement” be given at least seven days before any prospective purchaser signs a contract or makes payment to the business assistance provider.

  • Require that the business opportunity “disclosure statement” include information such as previous lawsuits, the number of previous purchasers who have canceled within two years and a list of “references” i.e., purchasers of the opportunity in the previous three years.

  • Require business opportunity sellers who make earnings claims to provide an additional “Earnings Claim Statement” to prospective purchasers, which would include extensive audited earnings disclosures that would need to be frequently updated.

    We only have until July 17th to let the Federal Trade Commission hear the voice of the millions of direct sellers who have a stake in the future of this profession.

    It is the voice of the distributors that will have the greatest impact as they learn how women and men with families are counting on the additional income their part or full-time businesses provide. The FTC must hear from you - the individuals putting their children through college, saving for retirement, reducing their consumer debt and providing a better quality of life for their families. They especially need to hear from those of you who are full-time direct sellers so they understand that this as the viable profession we all know it to be. Take a stand - July 17th is almost here!

    To view the complete ruling (approximately 117 pages) of the Business Opportunity Rule, click here to visit the related page on the web site of the Federal Trade Commission.

    Click here for a sample letter that is provided to serve as a guideline to create a dynamic, personal response. The FTC will accept comments only through July 17, 2006; thus, this is a time-sensitive issue. PLEASE ACT TODAY!