Group Karma

Written by Janet Ilacqua

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In 1848,repparttar land, originally part of Mexico, became part of United States. Americans, many of whom were failed gold-seekers fromrepparttar 122268 mother lode, started to pour in and acquired Mexican cattle ranches, often through force and trickery. The rich alluvial soil—some ofrepparttar 122269 best inrepparttar 122270 world-- proved ideal for orchards. The Valley duringrepparttar 122271 spring was a canopy of white blossoms—“The Valley of Heart’s Delight.” However, an orchard of another type grew aroundrepparttar 122272 seeds planted by William Hewlett, David Packard, Fred Terman, and other researchers at Stanford University. Today, Hewlett-Packard is one ofrepparttar 122273 world's largest producers of computers and electronic measuring devices and equipment. The names ofrepparttar 122274 branches ofrepparttar 122275 tree are familiar: Stanford Industrial Park, Varian, Apple Computers, Intel, Yahoo, CISCO, Netscape, etc. Creativity leads to innovation, and innovation leads to prosperity. Prosperity attracts restless, bright, often unscrupulous people, with often troubled and unhappy pasts, from all parts ofrepparttar 122276 world. The old-time farmers sold their farms off for a king’s ransom and move. The orchards were bulldozed to make room for subdivisions and industrial parks. At one time,repparttar 122277 largest mercury mine inrepparttar 122278 U.S. was located inrepparttar 122279 New Alma den hills inrepparttar 122280 back of San Jose. Mercury, which is used to separate silver from base ore, seeps from this 100-year year old open sore and poisonsrepparttar 122281 Guadalupe River and San Francisco Bay. Silicon Valley has 29 "Superfund sites"--toxic sites slated for cleanup byrepparttar 122282 federal government. This is more than any other area inrepparttar 122283 country. High-tech manufacturing created 24 ofrepparttar 122284 29 sites; 18 are tied torepparttar 122285 computer chip industry.The Hispanic hamlet of Alviso lies partly on a landfill created byrepparttar 122286 dumping of asbestos-lined pipes inrepparttar 122287 1950’s byrepparttar 122288 Certainteed Corporation. Not long ago, Silicon Valley found itself atrepparttar 122289 centre ofrepparttar 122290 world, a job- and money-making machine fueled byrepparttar 122291 popularity ofrepparttar 122292 Internet and technological innovation. Those days are a distant memory now. Now,repparttar 122293 Center ofrepparttar 122294 World has become a technological Rust Belt. The streets, once throbbing with energy, are empty and quiet. Empty new buildings stand like bleached mausoleums inrepparttar 122295 sun with big, indiscreet signs slapped on them: "AVAILABLE. A full 20% ofrepparttar 122296 valley’s jobs have been lost since March 2001, and hi-tech jobs continued to be lost as companies downsize or outsource jobs to Asia. The business and political leaders of Silicon Valley are at a loss as to what to do to restorerepparttar 122297 formor prosperity.

Bio: Janet K. Ilacqua is a freelance writer based in Tracy, California. She specializes in academic writing and ghostwriting of books and manuals for individuals and small businesses. For more information about her services, check her website at

Ever called a Psychic, I did yesterday and it was quite an eye opener.

Written by Mike Green

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So away she went. She first started with my situation saying that although I thought I was happy,(byrepparttar way I didn’t tell her anything besides my name) i was makingrepparttar 122267 most of an average life and let many opportunities for increased happiness pass me by. She went on to say that there are two people who think im worth going out on a date with but I give allrepparttar 122268 wrong signs. She continued to say that I had a great job but could do better and that there were many other opportunities in my life that I didn’t take notice of. Well that was all fine but in my mind much to general, it could have applied to anyone and I told her, which she laughed about, a psychic with humor, now this was getting interesting. So she gave me more detail about these two prospective women in my life and not only described them but named them and went on to even tell me why they liked me. I don’t want to sound stupid because im not but on hearing that I nearly droppedrepparttar 122269 phone. She was spot on. I thought whorepparttar 122270 hell is this lady, I only rang for a joke and to write my newspaper column and now here I was having my life laid out on a table and being told of a life that I was letting pass me by.

Well ill save you my personal details but all in all I was quite amazed byrepparttar 122271 call. Since then I summoned uprepparttar 122272 courage to ask Sally in my office out and we have had a ball. ive since called Jenny back and came clean on why I called but that hasn’t removed my surprise that psychics are not making it up, not on this site anyway. They have a code of ethics and many of them are trained counselors.

So there you have it, I call up for a funny story andrepparttar 122273 jokes on me. Then againrepparttar 122274 call has now changed many things in my life forrepparttar 122275 better, so I suppose I have hadrepparttar 122276 last laugh inrepparttar 122277 end.

You can call and get your own psychic reading by logging onto

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Mike is a journalist for several US newspapers and has been searching the internet to write about the growth in psychic sites

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