Have your name removed from Telemarketing Lists and DMAWritten by Max Penn
How often do you pick up mail only to find that most of what you receive is "junk mail" ? If you are like most of us, you receive more junk mail than mail that is actually of interest. Junk mail does not pose a direct threat to our privacy and security in and of itself. However, fact that your name, address, and who knows what other personal information is being sold, rented, or given to companies that send out junk mail filling your mailbox should be of concern.
The question to ask yourself--and perhaeps companies with which you choose to conduct business--is, "What right does a company have to use my personal information in it's marketing schemes without my consent?" If a company is going to make a profit by selling your personal information, it should be at least have your permission to do so,
A REAL THREAT While i have said that junk mail does not pose a direct threat to our privacy and security in and of itself, there is in fact a very real threat from direct marketing (junk mail) and telemarketers. Many companies are using prison inmates to conduct telemarketing and screen responses to direct marketing.
The November 15, 2001 edition of Abilene Reporter-News reported that a Texas woman, April Jordan, has filed a lawsuit against Sandsar Family Entertainment for putting her family at risk by using felons to conduct telemarketing. Accoridng to reports, Jordan's 14-year-old daughter answered felon's telemarketing call to Jordan home, and, as a result, this felon obtained girl's name, home address, age, physical description, and other personal information. The felon then provided this information to another inmate, who sent a suggestive letter to this young girl!
The use of inmates to make telemarketing calls and process marketing information is not a rare or unique occurrence. Major corporations, such as AT&T and Honda, are reported to have used inmates for telemarketing and data-entry purposes, and TWA is reported to have used inmates to make airline reservations.
Blackout BlindsWritten by Garry John
Tired of waking every morning with a stripe of blinding sunlight across your eyes? Or perhaps you need a way to dim lights in baby’s room so he’ll nap, or in a conference room so that you can project a presentation on a screen. No matter why you need to block light from entering a room, you will need right window blinds for job.
If you’re looking for a window covering option that will block out nearly all available light from your rooms, your best option is blackout blinds. Blackout blinds are generally roller blinds – heavy fabric on a mechanical roller – with a few differences designed to eliminate as much available light as possible.
The first difference is in construction of blind itself. Rather than rolling freely up and down over a roller that is attached at top of window frame, blackout blinds are fitted into side channels attached to inside of frame to hold blind close to glass and prevent light from entering along sides.
The fabric itself – or a special lightproof treatment – is second difference. There is no one particular fabric that’s used universally. Different manufacturers swear by different combinations of acrylic, fiberglass, aluminum and other products to reduce light transmission and reflect heat away from window and out of your room.
Blackout blinds come in a wide variety of colors and styles to suit almost any décor. The newest treatments don’t count on color to reduce light leakage. It’s all in material of which blinds are made. You can choose colors, patterns and prints that coordinate with any decorating style,