Start Asking What Rights You Have

Disclaimer:  I’m not a lawyer and none of this is legal or medical advice.  It is advice about understanding we must always continue to ask questions.  WHY,WHY ,WHY.  Just like kids do,be a kid again, never stop asking questions.  Begin to trust and listen to your gut and you’ll be on your way.

If the news has anything to say about it our human rights in America are being stripped away one by one.  Now I know one thing from life thus far,  if something isn’t being used it’s usually lost and not noticed until after it’s to late.  How can we be proactive about exercising our rights under the constitution of the United States of America?

The easiest way is to first understand them.  For me I didn’t have a lot of faith in the Public School system when I was making my way through the grades.  Something didn’t sit right with me most of the time and I tended not to be the best student I could be because of it, but in the long run I think it worked out for the better.  (I offend said take the “teachers book” away from them and what could they really teach?)   If a teacher really started teaching on the governments time they were usually fired or threatened to be.  Remember?

Civics Class?

We learned the very basics of our justice system and the political parties.  We learned instead of coming together to better solve problems we should fight among our neighbors about who had the better group (political party).  The first thing I noticed about politics was the history of scandals and lies coming from “both sides”.  It seemed like every year no matter what, there was some kind of scandal going on in Washington DC, local city, towns, and counties all over the map.  Of course the only way we heard about them was through Mass Media, or gossip down at the local diner.   I learned real fast to laugh at eight out of 10 reports from the daily news.  I hope you do the same as well.  Because really most of it is free comedy when you begin to see past the bullshit.

Same Thing Over and Over

I picked up on  their pattern of repeating themselves over and over again and mostly promoting fear and scare tactics to keep people watching or their advertisers paying.  (I quickly placed their words into my bucket of cynical doings)  Don’t get me wrong: free speech, entrepreneurship, the free market are great things and even having proper regulations in place to keep it fair.   It’s the fact most if not all news stations were repeating the same thing and they were not being different, I mean informative. (Weather, death, scary fact, weather death, shocking report).  Now I know you are a smart person but sometimes that is the problem, to smart for our own good.  We just sick back and keep quite going on our happy way.  At least we pretend it’s happy.  If the majority of us were as happy as we fronted to be I’m convinced we would lose our cool so easily with each other for nothing.  (road rage, grocery store checkout lines, post office, random shootings ect.)  So what can we do?

Start Asking Better Questions

Well, what is the point of knowing something is going on if we can’t figure out what to do about it, if we care enough too?  For me it’s a matter of finding out what is really going on and if  I’m able to control it, my own actions.   I’ll share with you the questions I’m asking and the how I’m going about finding the answers.  Each of us handles situations differently but through understanding of our basic rights we can do a better job,  solving problems we may encounter, reduce stress in our lives, learn to respond to actions instead of react, develop a sort of calm intensity for life.

Rights, The Hot Topic

Many problems with rights violations happen on public streets, highways, sidewalks, parks, ect.  Start finding the answers to these questions for your area and you’ll be a step again of the game.

  •  1. Which police/peace office has jurisdiction in my everyday routes when commuting to and from my place of work.  Who runs the place?
  • 2.  When I am signaled to stop at a traffic stop, by a police officer, should I pull over on the spot or get to a safe spot off the road and in public view? How can I verify I’m being pulled over by a real officer?
  • 3.  What rights do the passengers have in my vehicle?  Do they need to show Identification if I’m pulled over?  Do I?
  • 4.  Should I answer any questions an officer asks me when I’m being pulled over?  Do I have to?  When can I exercise my right to remain silent?  How can I avoid self incrimination?
  • 5. What constitutes as police intimidation to get me to speak or answer questions without a lawyer present?
  • 6.  Should I sign a traffic ticket?
  • 7.  What evidence am I able to present to courts in the event I want to dispute a ticket or incident?
  • 8.  What must a police/peace officer inform me of when they stop me in my travels?
  • 9.  Can an officer search inside my pockets if asked to step outside of the vehicle?  How about my car?  What gives them probable cause? Is that a real thing?
  • 10.  What is the difference between being detained and arrested?  How can I tell?  Do they have to tell me what I’m being arrested for or charged with? What if they don’t how can I prove it?
  • 11.  I want to record any encounter I have with an officer, can they legally stop me from doing so?
  • 12.  What are some common tactics police officers use to get a person to self incriminate?
  • 13.  When is it okay to refuse to comply with an officers request/order?

These are the bakers dozen of questions you’ll want to get answered.  It’s important to have an understanding of what your rights are so you can confidently take care of yourself and your family.  Every encounter is different when it comes to a traffic stop.  Its been my experience no two officers are the same and you’ll have to fallow your gut as much as possible on the actions you take.  Chances are if you found this post you are on the right path.

It’s also important to become a student of communication because how we say what we say is more important than what we say overall.  Body language communicates more to a person than verbal, especially during a traffic stop.  If  you find yourself going into fight or flight when you see blue/red lights, you’re experiencing a form of programming to fear authority.  A good way to counteract this type of programming is to just begin taking slow deep breaths through the noise and exhale out the mouth on a four count.  Also smiling helps reduce the stress when going into fight or flight.  Another thing is to become aware of not slamming on the brakes when you see a cop car.  Just let off the gas, chances are you’ve already been spotting if you were speeding, no need to validate to the officer with glowing red break lights.

Good luck on your journey and continue to seek answers

Again I’m not a lawyer and none of this is legal or medical advice.  It is advice to always continue asking questions.  WHY, WHY ,WHY.  Just as we did as many years ago, never stop asking questions.  Begin to trust and listen to your gut and you’ll be on your.


3 Years in ReeBok to Barefoot in One Day

The Running Shoe Scam

There may not be a running shoe scam, or is there, but one thing is for sure. I’ve been in the same running shoe for about three years now.  Until the other day I took it off and continued to run the rest of my afternoon 5k. What is strange is it felt great and didn’t hurt at all.  Perhaps it was because it was cold and wet or maybe it’s because this shoe has helped my feet run naturally.  This all took place because of one afternoon I spent with a big group of people who went to learn about running.

You’ve seen the 5 toe barefoot shoe’s right?  We it turns out I’m bout 23 years behind the curve on running barefoot again.  At least I haven’t done it in a long time although it is how we start out right?

From lots of pain to no problem running on the hard ground I can’t weather or not this particular shoe has helped but it’s the only one I’ve been running in for a while now, and still do.  I’m no speed daemon on the track and I won’t be breaking any running records anytime soon but I did want to share with you that making the switch wasn’t has difficult as it could have been.  Perhaps my form isn’t to bad, that is having a heal strike.  And maybe you run on the pavement barefoot already.  Either way enjoy your fitness while you still can.  It’s a hell of a drug.




Get The Most Out of Your Canon Camcorder Intro

Shooting With Prosumer Gear

Canon has been in the camera business for as long as I can remember but it wasn’t until recently I started shooting with a prosumer camera.  Prosumer cameras give us more control of the cameras functions like manual white balance, aperture, and shutter speed controls.  These added functions allow us as the video shooter to record better looking video or specific styles of video for our subject.  Because the price of prosumer gear is now in the range where a high school summer job can get you great gear lots of people like yourself have these cameras.

Asking the Same Questions

When I first started shooting with my Canon Vixia HG20 I noticed right away that my videos sucked really bad when using manual mode.  Sometimes they were to granny, sometimes it looked like it was in drunk mode, and other times it was just over exposed.  Manual settings are great but what is even better is knowing how to correctly use them.  There are thousands of videos on youtube and vimeo these days showing you how to shoot video with DSLRs but many people still use Camcorders.  I’ll be focusing on some of the specific settings you can use with your Canon Camera.

Canon Got it Right

Canon’s brand of camcorders from consumer to prosumer even professional ones have a lot in common.  That is the user menu and functions are just about all the same and in the same location inside the menu.   The way you access your settings might be a little different, by that I mean touch screen other than joy stick.  I’d like to stress the Canon User Manuals do a great job at breaking down the functions of your camera and you should absolutely dissect the you specific models users manual.

Don’t Underestimate Easy Mode

My favorite button on Canons is the easy button.  I like this button for when I am out and about and just need a quick shot of something cool going on.  It takes your manual settings you have and tweaks them for automatic. I always shoot in the highest resolution possible and recently I’ve been leaving the Cine Mode setting on as well.  It’s a good place to start to see what kind of video you can get with your manual settings in the current environment you’re shooting in.

It’s Not Progressive and Get Pro Editing Software

One thing you’ll notice at some point if you have not already is the video recorded by your camera is not truly progressive. Canon’s video codecs save the video in using Interlace at 60i.  Some of their marketing literature claim 24p and 30p in some recording modes but in reality it’s all 60i.  Their are great lessons on Progressive and Interlace all over the web so take some time to look it up one day.  But for now just know if you see some weird bars in your video when you’re shooting action shots your seeing the interlaced video frames.  Most of the time I’ll encode my video to quicktime or DVCPRO p2 format in Media Encoder before I edit the video.  This is because .mxf and mpeg4’s are not the best for editing as they are for direct upload/streaming to sites.  (My Editing station has the Adobe Suite installed on it)

If you’re not Editing with Adobe Premiere or Avid you should be.  You don’t have to buy them right now, you can use the free trail version for as long you feel like re-install them every 30 days. (You will find more training/tutorials with these products then other products on the market).

Tools of the Trade

Two tools that will make your videos stand out from armature to professional.  Tripod and Microphone, Canon’s camcorders have pretty decent build in microphone but they also come with two ways to hook up external microphones, the advanced mini hot shoe and a 1/8th or 3.5mm jack.  Use an external audio device for optimal audio collection.  The second tool is a tri-pod, shaky footage/video of a stationary object is tacky, amateur  and if you’re on manual settings could mess up your shot.

Diving Into Canon Vixia Manual Setting




2006 Opel Corsa C 1.2 Twinport Easytronic (semi-automatic) a.k.a sport shift.

Metric Specs:

Kilometers: 158,500K
Fuel Consumption: Average 6.7Lrts/100Km
Fuel Tank Size: 30 Liters

American Specs:
Miles: 98500
Fuel Consumption: Average 35 miles per gallon
Fuel Tank Size: 8 gallons

Easytronic with traction control in automatic mode. You can switch between manual mode or automatic at any time.

Mechanical History and Up keep:

Oil changed at 156,832 Kilometers
New Clutch at 157,300 Kilometers 
New rear breaks and bearings 1 year ago, along with front coil springs and wheel bearings.
about 1400 euro total in maintenance fees (Parts & Labor)

Safety Features:
Dual Front and Side Airbags
Anti-Lock Brakes
Traction Control

About the Car and Owners:
4 Doors with a hatchback rear door.  You will be the third owner of the vehicle.  Myself and the previous owner did not smoke in the Opel.  This has been a daily work driver and taken on family road trips.  I’ve driven the Opel Paris twice and all around Koblez on castles tours a few times.   No problems with the car as I keep the oil changes regular and replaced normal wear and tear items listed above.  I did not want to sell the car with having the next owner worry about any major maintenance problems.

Two Sets of Tires come with the Car: A Summer set and a Winter Set both sets have more than half their treed left on them.

Front Power windows
Air Conditioner
6 Disk CD Changer
3 On-board trip computers, 2 of them track average of speed, average fuel consumption, fuel used, and distance.
On Board trip timer to track total time driving, time stopped, or time the car was on.  I average 10 hours per fill up.  (This feature is great for tracking business trips).

When you buy the Opel:

You will get the Opel with a full tank of gas and complementary car wash.
Comes with an emergency kit, orange vest, warring triangles, jumper cables, and long handle ice and snow scraper/brush

The Opel is a per-owned vehicle being sold privately AS-IS without Warranty:

Please see the pictures and video to help get an Idea of what the car looks like and how it drives.
Priced at Fair Market Value based on averages of similar Opels Corsa C listed on


Sell Your Used Car Fast

The Time Has Come to Sell the Car

Don’t you hate being sold to? I mean when you’re out to make a big ticket item purchase you’d like to do so with the confidence that you’re making the choice yourself.  It’s the professional salesman’s job to help you make a decision because in life most people can’t make one for themselves.  So how does this thought come into play when you are trying to put your, runs and drives great condition, used motor vehicle onto the buyers market.

Answer All The Buyers Questions

I’ve been a student and practitioner of selling stuff my whole life and my main goal was to make the transactions as easy and transparent as possible.  We both know there are scumbag’s in the world who prey on the weakness of others to con them out of their money.  But a professional knows they would like most of their business to come back to them because of a satisfied transaction.  If you want to sell a used car without any problems than you must be up front about everything.  It’s as simple as spilling the beans.

It’s a Sellers Market

With all the tools available today to help you get your items in front of people you can’t loose,  you just have to use the tools correctly.  I’m talking mostly about owner to owner and no dealership transactions, I’m talking about where cash is king and the potential buyer is only going to ask you when can they drive away.  So take some time up front to cover all the bases before you list your car for sale.  Here is what you might want to consider:

  • Current Market Value
  • Maintenance Records
  • Last Tune-up (fluid changes, headlights, wiper-blades, tire condition, break conditions, suspension)
  • Financial Stand Point (How much have you put into the car, gas, maintenance, insurance)
  • Is the Tank Full or Empty
  • How does the car smell

Again I’m talking about selling your car without and problems from the buyer, plus you have to stand out a bit from the other sellers if you want to make moves fast in your in a hurry.  Use all the tools you can to help you along and the potential buyer know when they pick up the phone to call you they want a test drive right to the title transfer location.   Your tools should include:

Write out everything you know about the  car and how you’ve used the car.

List any maintenance you’ve done to the vehicle and think might need done in the next year.

Take photos of everything about the car, scratches, dents, rips, tears, far, near, behind the wheel, under the car, over the car, open the trunk ect.  Photo’s are great but the next best thing is video.

Make a video, using a tripod of the vehicle starting in the morning, driving in the rain, coming down the road, turning left and right, let the sound the transmission be heard, point out anything that makes noise it shouldn’t. You might be thinking you don’t have time for this but again we are talking about selling it to the first 5 people who call.  That is you don’t want to waste your time with people who just want answer to questions you could have already answered.

Does this work?

I’ve sold my motorcycles, atv’s, and used cars this way and I have found it to be a very effective method for reaching the right people who want to buy the vehicle you have for sale.



Don’t hold back the details, be up front, and sell the vehicle with a fresh oil change and full tank of gas.


2006 Opel Corsa C 1.2 Twinport 98,500 miles/158k Kilometers, $4,700/ 3500 Euro
1994 BMW 320i 5-Speed


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