Saturday, April 18, 2009

Do I need a Water Filter for my Home?

Do I need a Water Filter for my Home?

By Muhammad N. Bey
http://www.capitalistinternational.org/


The spread of industrialization and pollution world wide have given rise to a question among many residents in United States and else where. Do I need a water filter or purifiers for my water?

Most would say no, but consider this. Water that is purified or otherwise processed by your local water company has to flow through pipes to get to your home. Many of these pipes are made from iron even today, some are years, even decades old and contain deposits which may contaminate your “clean” water before it reaches you..

Contact you local water department and ask them, “What is done to water to make it safe”? See what they say.
Do they treat for chemicals? If so which ones?
Do they treat for bacteria? If so, which ones?
What do they not treat for?

Chances are they do not treat for everything that could be in your water, the point is they probable do not treat for everything. So what could be in your water anyway?
Well , it depends on where you live in the US for example.


According to findings sited in an article in The Magazine of American Association for the Advancement of Science:
As recently as the 1980’s, 50 percent of water usage in the US was from wells. The causes of contamination stem from both point sources and non-point sources. Since ground water moves slowly, the contaminant may affect only a small portion of an aquifer for a considerable period of time. Deleterious effects on human health have resulted from pathogenic organisms in ground water and from its toxic chemical composition. It is difficult to estimate the extent of contamination on a national basis as the frequency of instances of contamination is very variable. Remedial actions to clean up aquifers are difficult, expensive, and sometimes not feasible.

Many of the laws and regulations that control ground water contamination are designed with other main objectives, which is a nice way of saying the politicians put their interests ahead of Yours!

If you live in much of the Midwest, Parts of the South, California or the Pa, NJ & Delaware you may be drinking water contaminated with Nitrites.

As recently as 1990 ground water accounted for 39 percent of water withdrawn for public supply for cities and towns and 96 percent of water withdrawn by self-supplied systems for domestic use. Nitrate comes from nitrogen, a plant nutrient supplied by inorganic fertilizer and animal manure. Although nitrate generally is not an adult public-health threat, ingestion in drinking water by infants can cause low oxygen levels in the blood, a potentially fatal condition. As recently as 1993 24 percent of all US grounds water within 100 feet of the surface exceeded drinking water standards for nitrites.

So, what else can affect the quality of water you and you family consume?
Here is a quick list.

Coliform bacteria
are common in the environment and are generally not harmful. However, the presence of these bacteria in drinking water is usually a result of a problem with the treatment system or the pipes which distribute water, and indicates that the water may be contaminated with germs that can cause disease.
Fecal Coliform and E coli are bacteria whose presence indicates that the water may be contaminated with human or animal wastes. Microbes in these wastes can cause short-term effects, such as diarrhea, cramps, nausea, headaches, or other symptoms.
Turbidity has no health effects. However, turbidity can interfere with the disinfection process and provide a medium for microbial growth. Turbidity may indicate the presence of disease causing organisms. These organisms include bacteria, viruses, and parasites that can cause symptoms such as nausea, cramps, diarrhea, and associated headaches.
Cryptosporidium is a parasite that enters lakes and rivers through sewage and animal waste. It causes cryptosporidiosis, a mild gastrointestinal disease. However, the disease can be severe or fatal for people with severely weakened immune systems. EPA and CDC have prepared advice for those with severely compromised immune systems who are concerned about Cryptosporidium.
Giardia lamblia is a parasite that enters lakes and rivers through sewage and animal waste. It causes gastrointestinal illness (e.g. diarrhea, vomiting, cramps).

Metals in Drinking water

Here are just samples of some of the metals that find their way in to our water.
Thallium
Thallium is a metal found in natural deposits as ores containing other elements. The greatest use of thallium is in specialized electronic research equipment.
EPA has found thallium to potentially cause the following health effects when people are exposed to it at levels above the MCL for relatively short periods of time: gastrointestinal irritation; nerve damage.
Thallium has the potential to cause the following effects from a lifetime exposure at levels above the MCL: changes in blood chemistry; damage to liver, kidney, intestinal and testicular tissues; hair loss.
Antimony

Antimony is a metal found in natural deposits as ores containing other elements. The most widely used antimony compound is antimony trioxide, used as a flame retardant. It is also found in batteries, pigments, and ceramics/glass.
EPA has found antimony to potentially cause the following health effects when people are exposed to it at levels above the MCL for relatively short periods of time: nausea, vomiting and diarrhea.

Cyanide
Cyanide is a carbon-nitrogen chemical unit which combines with many organic and inorganic compounds. The most commonly used form, hydrogen cyanide, is mainly used to make the compounds needed to make nylon and other synthetic fibers and resins. Other cyanides are used as herbicides.
Cyanide has the potential to cause the following effects from a lifetime exposure at levels above the MCL: weight loss, thyroid effects, and nerve damage
The list of contaminants goes on and on.
The list includes: Radionuclides, Inorganic Contaminants, Microbes, Synthetic Organic Contaminants, including pesticides & herbicides AND MORE.
By now you must be thinking something like, Ok I will just go out a buy-bottled water.
Sorry Charlie, bottled water in most cases in the United States come from ground water, the same ground water we are talking about now.
You might be saying, Ok I do not live if the United States, so it’s not my problem.
Not so fast.. many other countries especially less developed countries do not have water standard as high as the US and people in the US are having these problems. In fact if you live in an industrialized nation, a country with any number of factories producing things like cars, electronics, clothes, furniture, paints, chemical, dyes, or even food you are likely to have problem with your water at some level. Nearly all manufacturing processes create chemical waste or involve the use and disposal of water, untreated this bad water can find it’s way into your coffee or tea or even your milk. There is only one body of water on this planet, this body of water does not respect national boundaries.
The waters of the world ebb and flow around the globe, freeze and thaw in ice bergs and churn in our oceans from one shore to the next, from ice paced mountain top to the creek behind your house, from the aquifers under your feet to the soda on your table, same as it ever was. And in this industrial age, much of it needs to be treated before you can drink it.
So…what can you do? Run for the hills? Drink only Milkshakes? No!
You can ask questions and look for answers, there are many fine sources for information on water contamination, if you live in the USA, you can check with the EPA website at http://www.epa.gov/ogwdw/hfacts.html.
Products you can Use to Minimize Contamination
You can also check out this website for more details on green solutions to water contamination, products and devices you can use at home or work to lessen the effects of water contamination even in areas where water treatment is used. Visit: http://www.capitalistinternational.org/ or the companion site: http://www.multipureusa.com/mbey/index2.html
If you live in Canada, check out this government site:
http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/sr-sr/finance/tsri-irst/index-eng.php
If you Live in the UK or other EU Countries, check out these websites: http://www.environment-agency.gov.uk/ or http://www.eea.europa.eu/
China is making huge stride to promote a better Environment and partnering with other countries to achieve its goals: http://www.wku.edu/cehp/
Check out this website for more information on clean water efforts world wide: http://www.cleanwaterworld.com/ and here http://www.nrdc.org/water/default.asp

Sunday, December 28, 2008

The Honest Broker

The Honest Broker
By Muhammad Bey

Weather you deal in Import Export or sell Water purifiers or products as an affiliate, it is vital that you be an honest Stewart of your own credibility.

In my work as a trade broker I am often confronted with would-be brokers, some call them Joker Brokers who want to deal with out knowing what they speak of, they request procedures that are out of date or not acceptable to would be clients.

Some refuse to consider the procedures of the would be client and thus never do a deal. You must keep your head when others are loosing theirs and making claims and demands that do not make sense. If you client has procedures that make sense, stand by those procedures. You may want to check with other institutions to make sure the procedures ( if they involve banking and money transfers) include steps that are part of current banking and financial dealings regarding BG's-( bank guarantee), MTN's , USD to EURO transfers or the use of such things as stand by letters of credit -SLC. Do this to ensure you are current on the procedures that banks and other institutions are using.

One good reason to do so is simple; you will have more credibility with people who know what they are talking about. There is much talk on the Internet today about scammer's and frauds; we have all heard about the notorious 419 scammer's and other financial scammer's. Many sound all too reasonable when dealing with you initially, it is only when you have committed substantial time and emotional energy that they have you, you will give anything to close that deal.

It is at this moment that you become vulnerable to attack, you go to your client with a bad deal, you will let red flag issues pass because all you can see is that big pay day. Your clients find you out and your loose credibility. One minute you have a sound client and the next you are out in the street with nothing! Your name may even wine up on list of scammer's or just be associated with incompetence, one is as bad as the other.

In truth being an Honest broker first means being honest with your self and then with your client.

1. Do you really know what you are doing?

2. Are you willing to do the homework to find out what you need to know?

If you are offering affiliate programs:

1. Have your reviewed them, is the product one your niche involves?
2. Did you check out the company's history?
3. Were there any complaints against them?
4. Did you just put it on your web site because of the income per click?

In our instant, push button world it is easy to get caught up in the notion that we can have everything now. Resist this impulse and you will have more success as you do your home work to find other Honest Brokers like your self who have the courage to think out of their own minds and not be led astray by emotionality, fear or greed.

The thing you resists persist, if you seek to make plenty of money, you need a plan and the Patience to see it through. No one becomes a millionaire on the Internet or anywhere else over night. Do not be misled by "claims " of big money and charts showing fantastic number, such numbers are usually the results of tampering with a graphic in Photoshop!

Beware of people who:

1. Demand you follow their procedures even when you know there may be something wrong

2. So called mandate that request signed contracts from your side first when the procedures require the exactly the opposite.

3. Sellers who claim that "fees" must be paid before a product can be shipped; in most case such fees are the creation of the joker broker and his henchmen.

4. Clients or buyers who provide P.O. boxes and do not provide an address on their contracts.

Your reputation is the only credit you have, the only credit ANYONE has, protect it

See Ya in the Winner Circle.

Muhammad Bey


Muhammad Nasser Bey is CEO
Of Capitalist International Media
And a trade broker for scrap metal
and water purifiers and can be reached for comment at
215-983-3532

Friday, January 04, 2008

The Soul of the Broker


By Muhammad Bey



A Women sits in front of her computer in an apartment within view of the forbidden city at 2 am, she sips tea and reads emails from people she has only spoken to on email or internet relay chat. She attempts to locate sellers in her database of contacts she can pare them with to supply water purifiers for the 2008 Olympics. A retired Businessman in London confers with a contact in Philadelphia by cell phone about a currency deal for a USD buyer in Canada. Three people hold a skype conference call about a D2 deal for a buyer in Dubai. These people all have several things in common, they may all have regular jobs, and they are all connected to the Internet and they all have a sense that they play a part in the biggest game of the new Millennium, Global Trade. These people are trade brokers.
These people do not work for companies directly, they don't always rent office space, they have no brass plate, though they may have a website. They get no salary for what may be hours of work each week. These people work for the expectation of the intended outcomes of their labors.


Many go from failed deal to failed deal, some quit having never closed a deal, other persevere until they do while learning the pitfalls along the way. All have a common motive, to secure a deal, which could net them thousands, tens of thousands or even millions of dollars in the long run.

Trade brokering is not a get rich quick scheme, it requires patience and discipline to see a honest deal through many cycle of trial and error, false starts and disappointments.



Many international trade deals involve what are called rolls and extensions, meaning that the deal call be extended for years with additional commissions later on. The soul of the broker is fired by a passion to succeed and achieve goals and dreams that they can not achieve due to lack of income or other external forces. Some trade brokers seek extra income, some strive for an entirely new life. The International Trade broker is not new. Since before the time of Christ men have ventured far away from home to seek new markets and find new clients or function as go-betweens for providers of services and potential new markets. Salt traders in the North Africa traveled 1000 miles south to the kingdoms of west Africa and back to sell salt and trade for goods ranging from gold to fabrics and jewelry. In the 14th century vast fleets of Chinese junks sailed south to Java, Thailand and Vietnam and into the Indian Ocean in search of trade, markets and new knowledge. The most famous broker of them all, Marco Polo, probable the most famous westerner in the world traveled the famed silk road reaching the China of the Great Khan, and his capital, Beijing in 1266. Upon his return he brought back gold, silk and paper money to the west. While not officially thought of as a broker nor the first to travel east to the Orient, Marco Polo and his contemporaries embody the spirit of adventure and the desire to succeed that animates the modern trade Brokers today.



Of course today, most trade brokers are traveling the Internet, the Internet has become the de-facto new silk road, salt road and ho chi min trail of the 21st century. From their offices and bedrooms they are seeking contacts, setting up alliances, makings agreements and closing deals with a tap on their keyboards. Of course, It's not as simple as I make It sound. To be a good broker requires an eye toward the long view. While it is true that you could retire after only one big deal in Rebco, D2 or Urea, you will have to endure many failed deals before you close one. It often can take months or even years to become an overnight success!



Import Export Brokering is not for everyone, it attracts all kinds though. Those who only want money will drop out after a few failed deals, those who are motivated by a desire to do good, make a difference either for them selves or others will have the staying power this industry requires. The deals are not given to the swift, nor the strong, but to he or she who can endure to the end!



To become a broker requires more than an Internet connection. You must possess the traits of a very good sales person, tenacity, diplomacy, patience and be able to absorb repeated failures and rejection. Many is the time you will come close to closing a deal, when suddenly a person in your broker chain will want to change the rules. Smelling money and motivated by greed they may forget where their interest lay and sabotage the deal by failing to perform because of petty insults to their egos or demanding more money even when their cut of the deal could be millions! Unfortunately common sense is not as common as we like to think.



The Internet has brought people together from diverse cultures and global out looks. Everyone wanting to be part of a deal may not share your views on equality, fraternity and sharing. People from cultures where poverty is high and incomes are low may at first be tempted to demand more from a deal than can be expected.

Like wise, the very wealthy involved in a deal may also try to strong arm you out of part of your commission if they think they can get away with it. The disconnected nature of international trade brokering requires that you assume some basic understandings and accept some basic truths.



1. Procedures are procedures.



This means that there are certain ways to do a deal and they do not vary much for serious seller to serious seller. You and your clients need to know this. There can be room for negotiation sometimes, but where there is no wiggle room on procedures it becomes impossible to do a deal if the buyer or seller cannot perform and is trying to conceal this fact by demanding a change in time honored procedures designed to ensure a safe, sound deal.



In some case the opposite may be true, the buyer may be unwilling to budge on their procedures, if both parties are right, then you have a stalemate and you may have to find a new dance partner for that particular deal to work.



2. Brokers work in chains-get over it!



Most trade deal involving bringing distant buyers and sellers together involve broker chains. It is fashionable to say, "well, I don't deal with broker chains".
In fact most global business deal with broker chains of one kind or another even if they don't know it. One way to address this issue is to be as close to buyer or seller as possible. It can take time but it is well worth it to say to a buyer, " I am next to the mandate"! People love to hear this sentence. So begin to find at least one source for which you are next to the mandate.



3. No one is beholden to you unless they want to be.



It is very important that you work with people you trust, People from whom you get no indication that they may ever cheat you out of a deal or a commission. When looking for suitable contacts, focus on those who share your values and are in the same boat financially. People who have been with you through a few or more failed deals are more likely to share your sentiments and moral outlook.
This will lessen the likelihood of being double crossed at the 11th hour.



To become a trade broker in the first place you need to do the following;



1. First decide if you want to work with buyers or sellers or both, choosing one side in this equation is always a good idea at the beginning.



You do not need a corporation or even an export license since you will almost never come in contact with the goods you are involved in moving. But if you want to form a corporation or a limited liability company go right ahead.



2. After you get your new company name together and order your snazzy new business cards, start pounding the phone, phone book and internet. You will need to find a company for which you can work as a representative, serving as a go between for the seller and the potential buyers. You can skip this part but if you do it will be harder to produce a solid deal if you do not have all the facts about the people you represent. Many deals fall apart because a broker does not know the truth about the goods they are touting, only to find a seller cannot sell at the 11th hour.



This not only destroys the deal, but your reputation.




4. Once you and a seller settle on working with each other you should have an agreement of some sort. An ncnd or non- circumvention, non-disclosure agreement is always a good start. The Ncnd is An agreement between two or more parties specifying that none of the parties will go around each other to transact directly with the originator of the transaction, nor will any of the parties disclose the particulars of the transaction covered by the agreement.

The terms of the agreement normally include a specified period of time during which the agreement will remain in force, and make allowances for disclosure on the part of one party to the agreement with written permission from the other parties. NCND's are enforceable in civil court. This agreement along with time to get to know one another will aid in establishing trust between you and your new clients.

Bear in mind that ncnd's fly around the internet likes birds on the wing and are considered by some to be useless. However if you can find a person or group who is basically honest, the ncnd will function for you and them as a symbol of what can be done if everyone can be trusted to do their part. You can download an International Ncnd from : http://www.mobilespeed4u.de/NCND.pdf



I want to stress that your reputation may be your strongest asset, take good care of it, because no one else will.



4. After you have found a source for a good product many people want, like toilet paper, water purifiers or money-making information you need to begin looking for suitable buyers. Next you can start to write ads for the product or service you have and begin posting them on the internet in news groups with names that begin with or include the words export, import, commerce or trade. Newsgroups with words like business are also very good choices, but be careful as you do not want to be accused of spaming. A good place to start is Google news groups at: http://groups.google.com/



Other locations of choice are trade bulletin boards, the United nation trade web site, the US department of commerce, mailing lists at www.yahoo.com ,myspace.com ,directmatches.com and google.com. I am suggesting Internet based options only because this is where the action is for the most part. There are print publications but cost is a factor if you are just starting out and most of us do not have a budget for even inexpensive advertising so stick with the net first!



5. Once you have found a suitable buyer for your product, you will need to ask them certain things regarding their request. You will want to know;
THE AMOUNT OF PRODUCT THEYWANT

TARGET PRICE..IN SOME CASES LIKE CRUDE OIL

DESTINATION PORT TO WHICH THE PRODUCT IS TRANSFERRED

METHOD OF PAYMENT.



Most of this you can learn when the buyer submits and LOI or letter of Intent.


You submit the LOI to the seller and if all is well with the LOI, the seller may request an ICPO _(irrevocable corporate purchase order) and the sale begins.



By this time people will be taking about commission, in deal like this a FPA- (fee protection agreement) is used. It is usually issued by the buyer and signed by them to cover all intermediaries such as your self.



After the buyer signed the FPA and usually a soft contract, a full contract is sent to the buyer via you or other intermediaries. Once signed the deal is usually bank to bank, the initial phases of the deal begin, this usually means the first of several or the one main shipment has begun, at this point the paymaster pays the intermediaries, including you.
You get paid, you tell you boss to shove that job and you retirement begins!!


Or does it?



Like I said, this neat scenario is of ten the result of weeks or even months of conversation and back and forth negotiations, sometimes with only one prospect, sometimes with many as you go from one failed deal to another.



Here in the real world you may have to attempt ten deals before you do one.
If you can master the lesson that each failure is a learning experience, if you can persist like a modern day Sisyphus, never yielding to the odds arrayed before you , if you can learn that to go forward in this business you must tack left and right in the face of opposition and above all remember that good old hard work , advertising, follow-up and staying in touch are the real tools of this trade, not just the internet then you will know a success others can only dream of!
Remember..quitters never win and winners never quit!!



Muhammad Nasser Bey is CEO of Capitalist International Media



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