High Gas Prices Inspire Con Artists

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The high price of gasoline brings out the worst in some people. It also brings out the gullibility in others. A spate of rip-offs have been uncovered recently, all designed to take advantage of people’s desperation to lower their fuel bills.

Texas based company BioPerformance, Inc., was shut down in May for being an illegal pyramid scheme and marketing a “magic gas pill” that wasn’t magic at all–unless moth balls are magic.

Drawing on the desire for cheap gas at a time…

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The high price of gasoline brings out the worst in some people. It also brings out the gullibility in others. A spate of rip-offs have been uncovered recently, all designed to take advantage of people’s desperation to lower their fuel bills.

Texas based company BioPerformance, Inc., was shut down in May for being an illegal pyramid scheme and marketing a “magic gas pill” that wasn’t magic at all–unless moth balls are magic.

Drawing on the desire for cheap gas at a time when gas prices are at record heights, BioPerformance claimed to have a “magic gas pill” that would increase fuel efficiency by 30% and reduce harmful emissions by half. In independent laboratory tests at the University of Texas and a university in Florida, the gas pills were discovered to be nothing but moth balls! Moth balls not only won’t improve gas mileage, they can actually hurt your car‘s engine instead of helping it. Moth balls are also deadly to people, although the Bioperformance bottle claimed the pills were non-toxic.

“These claims are bogus,” said Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott. “The pill does absolutely nothing to improve gas mileage. The company is merely a smokescreen to trigger the recruitment of more and more paying members into what appears to be an illegal pyramid scheme.?
Along with promoting a product that is dangerous, BioPerformance was found to be an illegal pyramid scheme masquerading under the disguise of a multi-level marketing company. In legitimate multi-level marketing, profit comes from how much product a person sells; in illegal pyramid schemes, profit comes from recruiting more people into the program.

According to the BioPerformance website, at the time the company was shut down, it had 4,500 members in Texas and $25 million in sales. All that was built in just five months, which goes to show how desperate people are to save money at the gas pump.

You must be careful, there are very few product on the market today that will help you get better gas mileage. Bioperformance is one of the worst cases and fortunately, they’ve been put out of business and their owners are in serious legal trouble.

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Government Auctions- Buy government seized cars

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Gov-Auctions is one of the largest websites that auctions government pre-owned and seized resource cars, trucks and SUVs. They auction vehicles both offline and online.

Different Government agencies such as IRS, DEA and FBI as well as Police departments seize different vehicles every month. Gov-auctions.org auctions these vehicles to public because the law allows these vehicles to be listed and sold at up to 95% off their original value. Auctions like these often start at very low amount like 100$.Government pre-owned vehicles are usually in good condition and no more than two to three years old.
Gov-Auctions offer its members the freedom to access over three thousands updated auctions nationwide with guaranteed listings in every state. You can search for a car listed in your state without any charges.

At Gov-Auctions you can find many different types and brands. There is a huge list of vehicles which include brands such as Ford, Honda, Jaguar, Mitsubishi, Alfa Romeo, Pontiac, Citroen, Subaru and Toyota, etc. You can not only bid on cars but motorcycles as well. So if you are looking for a Harley-Davidson, Kawasaki, BMW, Suzuki, Yamaha you can find them at Gov-Auctions.org. You can become a member by paying only $39.50.

The site also allows you to bid on other things such as real estate, boats, etc. Members can search and bid on land, properties, jet-skies, boats and other vessels. The list does not end over here, other products like jewelry, office equipment, collectibles, furniture can be bought through Gov-auctions.

You can take part in thousands of live auto auctions of Government pre-owned, repossessed and seized vehicles like cars, trucks, SUVs, motorcycles, and boats to bid on with the very low starting prices. Gov-auctions is also directly linked to other relevant auctions websites. As a member you get complete access to contact information for easy reference and bidding. If you are new to auctions then you can follow the Step-by-step 5- day auto auction tutorials that give you experience based knowledge which proves helpful in making you a confident buyer and eventually save a lot of money on auctions. There is also an easy-to-use guide to every Federal Government property sales programs and auctions. This guide educates you on how to become an auction expert by telling you everything you need to know about government sales and auction programs.

In the customer service section of the website you can find answers to your questions about online vehicle auctions in general or questions about the services and miscellaneous features of Gov-Auctions. If you can¡¦t find an answer still, you can send your question to Gov-Auctions via email and they will get back to you in 24 hours.

Gov-auctions.org provides an opportunity for everyone to buy vehicles and a lot of other objects. You can also learn how to bid on vehicles through their user guides and tutorials.

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Garmin 12-Volt Adapter Cable

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Garmin 12-Volt Adapter Cable

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Auto Adapter - 12V DC

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  • 12V Adapter Cable For Streetpilot C530
  • Compatible with nuvi 5000, 800 series, 600 series, zumo series.

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21 Classic Pontiacs!

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GM’s Pontiac division, founded in 1926 by the Oakland Automobile Company, has produced numerous models of distinction as well as disappointment through the years. Are you familiar with Pontiac? If not, this article will introduce you to 21 classic and not so classic cars that have worn the Pontiac moniker.
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So, you think you know your cars now, do you? Well, consider this to be a test of your knowledge of Pontiac history. 21 Pontiacs are featured here: some are current models while others are truly classic in every sense of the word, dating back to the early 1960s.

6000 ?Full sized [or almost] front wheel drive sedan of the 1980s.

Aztec ?Ugly is as ugly does. This crossover vehicle ashamed the Pontiac fleet for two years during the early 00s.

Bonneville ?Full sized Pontiac sedan excitement retired in 2005 after more than 40 years of service. Part of GM’s massive restructuring and retiring of top model names.

Catalina ?This model hearkens back to the mid 60s when two door hard tops ruled the day. Discontinued during the late 70s during GM’s “down sizing?shell game days.

Fiero ?Mid-engine sport two-seater built for Pontiac during the go-go 80s. GM reached into their parts bin and took out Chevette and other components to create this little roadster.

Firebird ?It goes without saying that this “pony?car is sorely missed. The good news is that it may be back by the time the 2009 model year rolls around.

Firefly ?Twin to the Geo Metro, the Firefly was Pontiac’s 3 cylinder captive import of the late eighties to mid nineties.

G6 ?Current compact model in Pontiac’s arsenal available in rakish coupe or sporty sedan.

Grand Am — With its 1973 debut, the Grand Am quickly became the division’s mid-range performance car. Retired in 2005 with a host of other Pontiac model names.

Grand Prix ?Hidden tail lights and a concave rear window marked the Grand Prix’s 1963 debut. The car has survived GM’s model name shake out and today’s car is a mid-sized, front wheel drive sports sedan.

GTO ?Introduced in 1967, the GTO was a true coupe turned sports car. Eliminated in the 1970s, the GTO is back thanks to GM’s Australian division, Holden. Rear wheel drive and a big V8 too.

LeMans ?Originally a Tempest model, the LeMans became its own model once the Tempest name was retired in the 1970s. Retired in the mid 1990s after a cheap Korean car was allowed to carry its name. Sheesh!

Montana — A minivan for Pontiac, if not for the ages.

Parisienne ?During the 1980s Pontiac needed a version of the Chevrolet Caprice. This full sized, rear wheel drive sedan filled the bill.

Phoenix ?Part of GM’s “X cars?of compact import fighting vehicles introduced during 1979 as a 1980 model.

Sunbird ?Nothing but a rebadged Chevy Cavalier.

Sunfire ?Compact coupe retired in 2005 as part of, you guessed, GM’s model restructuring.

Sunrunner ?Nothing but a rebadged Geo/Chevy Tracker.

Tempest ?From the early sixties until the early seventies, the term “muscle car?befit this hot coupe. Especially nice as a convertible!

Trans Sport ?Hideous looking minivan that debuted in the early 1990s. Mercifully replaced years later by the Montana.

Vibe ?A currently produced compact five door sport wagon; cousin to the Toyota Matrix.

So, there you have it. At least another half dozen models were left out from this time period plus many models that dated back to the division’s founding as part of the Oakland Automobile Company in 1926. Pontiac excitement…have you caught it yet?

Happy Honda Days, Eh?

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Happy Honda Days to you and yours! Yes, ’tis the season…for year end sales events.

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I love this time of year! The seasonal music, the lights, manger scenes, and the silly ads on television. No, I am not talking about ads pitching products to put in your stocking or to set under your Christmas tree. Instead, what I like is all the car ads cleverly designed to get you to leave the mall and hit dealer showrooms. There is a lot more then meets the eye when a car ad makes its appearance during the holiday season. It isn’t all ho, ho, ho either! Read on and I will tell you what it is all about.

Happy Honda Days! Yes, playing on the “Happy Holidays?theme the group of five or six “carolers?singing Honda songs are doing what they can do to get you to buy a new Honda. So, why this pitch and why this time of year? For two reasons: consumers are buying Christmas presents, so purchasing a new car is nowhere near the top of anyone’s priorities, and Toyota. Toyota?! Yes, that is right. Toyota and Honda are once again battling for the top spot for the best selling car in America. Long ceded by American automakers who sell more trucks than cars, the Honda Accord and Toyota Camry are the two top selling cars. Guess what? December 31st marks the final day that cars sold can be tabulated as 2005 sales. Honda wants you in their showrooms and they want you to buy. Move over, Toyota!

Don’t think for a moment that Honda is the only manufacturer with a big year end sales drive in place. Virtually all manufacturers are in a race to get you to buy a new car now. Each is hoping that you aren’t too busy to watch a little bit of television, listen to the radio, scour the newspaper, or search the internet in hopes that an ad promoting their product will find its way before your eyes. You can’t shop all the time, right? Right?

To help you out, the following are some of the current campaigns already under way and the brand they are touting:

  • December to Remember; Lexus
  • Toyotathon; Toyota
  • Miles of Freedom Plan; Dodge
  • Keep It Simple; Ford, Lincoln, Mercury
  • Red Tag Sale; GM
  • A to Z Year End Event; Nissan
  • The Cadillac Season’s Best Sales Event; Cadillac
  • Winter Event; Mercedes

    There is no telling what other sales events are being planned. By the time the new year rolls in, you are likely to be as sick of them as you will be of all the tinsel, the egg nog, and your 47th viewing of “A Christmas Story.?
    Happy holidays to you and yours; Happy Honda Days if you are choose to purchase a new car during this already overstressed time of the year!

  • Get away from it all

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    Haven’t you ever had time you wanted to get away from it all? In March/April 1978, www.motherearthnews.com published a story about a couple who bought McLeod’s Island ?a 90-acre island off the coast of Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia, Canada.

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    Haven’t you ever had time you wanted to get away from it all? In March/April 1978, www.motherearthnews.com published a story about a couple who bought McLeod’s Island ?a 90-acre island off the coast of Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia, Canada.

    They have a few animals, spend very little on groceries, and are pretty well sustained by the island itself. Although it does present them with some challenges:

    “The sea, you know, is not called “restless” for nothing. A glass-smooth bay (as we’ve learned so well!) can churn-sometimes seemingly in seconds-into a windswept chaos of currents and combers. We’ve also seen that same bay (the one in which our island is located) thaw and then completely refreeze in just hours on a single December day.

    Winters up here can be especially variable. Continual spring-like thaws throughout 1976′s cold season, for instance, kept our bay filled with slushy ice that was too thick to push a boat through … but too dangerous for even a fox to walk on. We were marooned for three full months, from the first of January until the end of March. Last winter’s record cold snap, on the other hand, filled the bay so solidly with pack ice that we could hike back and forth to the mainland for our mail and toboggan loads of supplies any time we wanted.”

    For some of us, we find the Internet gives us the freedom to be able to work and live almost any place we want to. These people didn’t have that luxury. I use the past tense as I can’t find any current information about them. Who knows? Maybe the tide swept the out to sea.

    Life is full of sacrifices. Some are just more dear than others. Still, I don’t think buying an island is in my future.

    You can read the whole article here.

    http://www.motherearthnews.com/library/1978_March_April/We_Homesteaded_an_Island

    Jabra CRUISER2 Bluetooth In-Car Speakerphone

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    Jabra CRUISER 2 Bluetooth In-Car Speakerphone

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    STEER THE CONVERSATION WITHOUT TAKING YOUR HANDS OFF THE WHEEL The Jabra CRUISER2 Bluetooth in-car speakerphone makes hands-free conversation even easier. To start with, there is no installation needed. It connects automatically with your mobile and downloads your phonebook so it can tell you who is calling. And when you take a call, Noise Blackout technology and a dual microphone system ensure the conversation always sounds just right. Building on the legacy of the CRUISER, the Jabra CRUISER2 combines great sound in a design that makes it the perfect smartphone companion. The Jabra CRUISER2 offers driver-friendly technology. You'll receive spoken info. so there's no need to take your eyes off the road while you drive. Voice Guidance allows the speakerphone to deliver helpful instructions such as: "Pairing Mode", Connected", "Low battery", "and Language settings". Voice Guidance gives you pairing instructions which will guide you through the pairing process. The Jabra CRUISER2 will download your phonebook and announce who is calling using Phonebook Access Profile (PBAP). It can download 1.000 contacts per connected phone. If your phone does not support PBAP it will announce the number of the caller instead.What's in the Box: USB cable, Car charger, Quick Start Guide and 1 year limited warranty.

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    • Bluetooth-enabled, in-car speakerphone for safe hands-free calling while driving
    • Acoustically optimized design with Noise Blackout dual microphones and a powerful speaker
    • Connect it to your car radio with the FM transmitter and transmit your music and calls to your car speakers
    • Advanced MultiUse allows you to have two active connections at the same time
    • Downloads your phonebook and tells you who is calling

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    7 Ways to Grow Flowers

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    Want a more beautiful garden? It’s easier than you think once you understand the 5 “Zen” rules of fantastic gardens. This article provides all the tricks and tips you need to make it happen.
    Flowering landscape trees are the crown jewels of the yard.
    Perhaps no other plants, individually, can have as great an
    impact on how a yard looks in spring. Browse the articles to
    which I’ve linked below for information on particular varieties
    of flowering landscape trees. Pictures are included.

    Crape Myrtles: Landscape Trees of the South

    A popular choice in flowering landscape trees for Southerners,
    crape myrtles have a long blooming period (mid-summer to
    fall). The blooming clusters of these flowering landscape trees
    come in pink, white, red and lavender. The clusters appear on
    the tips of new wood. Northerners can sometimes get away
    with treating these flowering landscape trees as perennials
    that die back in winter but come back in spring.

    Trees

    Not all specimens with a weeping habit are flowering
    landscape trees, but this article looks at several weeping
    varieties that do bloom, headed by four types of cherry.
    Saucer Magnolias

    The size and shape of the blooms are what suggested the
    common name for these flowering landscape trees. Want a
    specimen with a brilliant bloom as big as a saucer? Access
    information on these beauties here.

    Rose of Sharon

    Although some people think of it as a landscape “tree”
    (because it gets tall and can be pruned so as to have a single
    trunk), rose of sharon is, in fact, a flowering shrub. The fact
    that it blooms relatively late — and for a long time — makes it
    a valuable plant for those looking to distribute their yard’s
    color display throughout the growing season.
    Top 10 List of Flowering Landscape Trees and Shrubs for
    Spring |

    This article features information on ten flowering landscape
    trees and shrubs that brighten our spring seasons. Included
    are redbud, callery pear and crabapple.
    Hawthorn: Late-Blooming Landscape Trees

    This article offers information on Washington hawthorn trees,
    which are perhaps most valued for the time at which they
    bloom (late spring to early summer). Many of the popular
    flowering specimens bloom earlier in the spring, and while
    their blossoms are pleasant sights for eyes sore from winter’s
    barrenness, they desert us too quickly!

    Give Those Microscopic Hitchhikers The Brush-Off

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    You might think your car or truck is clean. However, most drivers are carrying around a dirty little secret and don’t even know it. That’s why keeping the interior of your vehicle clean is important, especially for people with allergies.

    Give Those Microscopic Hitchhikers The Brush-Off

    You might think your car or truck is clean. However, most drivers are carrying around a dirty little secret and don’t even know it. That’s why keeping the interior of your vehicle clean is important, especially for people with allergies.

    “Keeping your vehicle interior clear of dust, liquids and other particles is one of the most overlooked areas of vehicle maintenance,” said Peter Lord, executive director, GM Service Operations. “Neglecting interior cleanliness can lead to health and sanitary concerns.”

    Cleanliness in our kitchens, hotel rooms and restaurants has been a hot topic, but many people forget to take the simple steps needed to keep the interiors of their vehicle clean. This is particularly important given the amount of time most people spend in their vehicles. The average American generally spends up to 2.5 hours per day driving, according to a Yankelovich Monitor Study. That’s almost 38 days out of the year.

    Allergens like pollen, as well as bacteria, are just some of the substances that invade our vehicles. Traveling with a pet can add hair and dander to the mix. In addition, residues from road dust, soot, pesticides, and other chemicals collect in car and truck interiors, entering through ventilation ducts or open windows and doors.

    Here are a few tips to help eliminate these “invaders”:

    • Use disinfectant to wipe down the steering wheel, instrument panel, door handles and other frequently used areas regularly. Remember to clean the interior of the vehicle each time you wash the outside.

    • Keep interior surfaces clean by vacuuming seats, carpet and floor mats regularly.

    • Replace your vehicle’s cabin air filter, if equipped, when recommended by the owner’s manual. If you drive in high-traffic or dusty areas, consider replacing the filter more often. The GM Goodwrench Cabin Air Filter blocks most allergens that enter a vehicle’s ventilation system.

    • You may also ask your technician to clean and disinfect the air-conditioning system with a Cooling-Coil Coating. This product has an odor eliminator and inhibits the growth of odor-causing microorganisms.

    But cleaning is about more than keeping the interior clean. Service items such as air filters, oil changes, fluids, brakes, windshield wipers and your air conditioner are also worth inspecting and/or replacing.

    For extra confidence on the road, motorists can bring their vehicles to a GM dealership for a multipoint vehicle inspection. These inspections help identify service items that can help vehicles run better, last longer and retain their value.

    The technicians are ASE-certified and nearly 7,000 dealerships nationwide offer the service.

    What is a Multipoint

    Vehicle Inspection?

    Convenient, efficient, multipoint inspections are available for vehicles, comprehensive diagnostic testing and complete service capabilities to help customers keep their vehicles operating properly. Dealerships offer the following inspection services:

    • Transmission, drive shaft and u-joints

    • Radiator, heater and air-conditioning hoses

    • Interior lights, exterior lamps, brake lamps, turn signals and hazard-warning lights

    • Exhaust system

    • Engine air cleaner filter

    Suspension and steering system components.

    Goodwrench is the service brand for GM vehicles. With dealerships located nationwide, the GM Goodwrench network is one of the largest automotive service chains in the industry. The technicians receive specialized training to provide expert care for cars and trucks. Genuine replacement parts are manufactured to the exact specifications of the vehicle.

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    AC to Dual Port USB Wall Charger

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    Home Wall 2 Port AC Outlet USB Charger Adapter Plug

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    LED charging indicator shows charging status. Patented circuit board design to protect your valuable gadgets from short circuits. Specification: Input: AC 100 - 240 V; Output: DC 5 - 5.5 V/1000 mA. Fit all electronic appliances that use a USB charging cable. Color: Black.Material: Plastic with ABS material.Compare with: iPhone® 1st Gen. 4GB/8GB/16GB;iPhone® 3G 8GB/16GB;iPhone® 3GS 16GB/32GB;iPhone® 4 16GB/32GB;iPod® 1st Gen. 5GB/10GB;iPod® 2nd Gen. 20GB;iPod® 3rd Gen. 10GB/15GB/20GB/30GB/40GB;iPod® 4th Gen. 20GB/20GB (Color Display)/30GB (Photo)/40GB/40GB (Photo)/60GB (Photo)/60GB (Color Display)/U2 Special Edition;iPod classic® 160GB/80GB/120GB;iPod® Mini 4GB/6GB;iPod nano® 1st Gen. 1GB/2GB/4GB;iPod nano® 2nd Gen. 2GB/4GB/8GB;iPod nano® 3rd Gen. 4GB/8GB;iPod nano® 4th Gen. 8GB/16GB;iPod nano® 5th Gen. 8GB/16 GB;iPod shuffle® 1st Gen. 512Mb;iPod shuffle® 2nd Gen. 1GB/2GB;iPod touch® 1st Gen. 8GB/16GB/32GB;iPod touch® 2nd gen;iPod touch® 3rd gen;iPod® Video 30GB/60GB/80GB/U2 Special Edition/Zune HD 16GB/32GB. Apple® iPhone® 4 - Verizon / Apple® iPad® 16GB / 32GB / 64GB / iPhone® 4S/Samsung©Galaxy S5

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    • Note: Needs to pair with a USB charging cable (comes standard with iPhone® or iPod®s). Additional USB charging cable is available for purchase separately.NOTE: NOT compatible with Apple® iPad®.
    • This adapter can charge 2 USB devices simultaneously.
    • Charge any devices that rely on USB for power. You name it.digital cameras, high tech accessories, and mobile phones, etc.
    • Use it with any USB devices, simply connect a USB cable (not included) to your device(s) and then to the charger module
    • World traveler (100-240V). The innovative travel charger automatically adjusts to all voltages and frequencies in the U.S., Europe, and Asia.

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