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>Foul Odors? What’s The Best Air Cleaner?


By Alan Rodgers
You’ve seen it on every air purifier website you’ve visited: Best home air cleaner ever! Removes everything known to man! Gases, odors and chemicals gone in seconds!

But before you clean out your wallet in the hope of cleaning your air let’s expose the dirt on one common claim: Odor and chemical control.
In particular, let’s reveal the dirty little secret behind home air cleaners that use activated carbon filter pads.
You Know Your Air Cleaner is of Questionable Parentage When:
Air purification is suddenly a very big business. The demand for air purification has exploded the number of companies offering home air cleaners.
However, many of these companies are consumer product sales organizations. Their business is blanketing the market with today’s hot seller, not designing and building the best home air cleaner they can.
Never slow to seek a leg up in the market, they hype “multistage” air cleaners that presumably control every imaginable form of air pollution, including chemicals, odors and gases.
Activated carbon filter pads are the heart and soul of the odor removing stage in these air cleaners. They typically are a foam mesh impregnated with a few token ounces of activated carbon.
Is this really good enough to effectively control odors and chemicals? Are these companies being honest with you?
Four Odor Control Questions You Need Answered
First, let’s question the capacity of the activated carbon. Depending on how it’s produced the surface area available to adsorb pollutants can vary from 400 sq. meters per gram to over 1500 sq. meters per gram. The best home air cleaners will use carbon that maximizes capacity. Coconut shell derived carbon is common to many better quality air purifiers.
Second, activated carbon will remove some of most chemicals. However, it may not be very effective against many common pollutants without a little help from its friends. That’s why the best home air cleaners use activated carbon impregnated with catalysts and chemisorbers. These enhance chemical and odor control.
Third, how much can the few ounces of activated carbon on a filter pad really adsorb? Activated carbon adsorbs up to 60 percent of its weight in pollutants. But it needs “dwell time” or time spent in contact with the pollutants. A thin pad cannot supply much dwell time. This is why the best home air cleaners include a deep carbon bed that weighs many pounds.
Fourth, a decision that defies common sense is including scent cartridges in air purifiers with activated carbon. Since activated carbon removes odors from the air, why is chemical fragrance included? Because the scent masks odors that the air cleaner isn’t removing and leads you to believe the air purifier is doing a good job.
Key Features of the Best Home Air Cleaner
If you need serious odor and chemical control then the best home air cleaner for you is one with a deep activated carbon bed.
Look for information about added catalysts and which particular chemicals these catalysts help remove. Whether it’s volatile organic compounds or urine, there are a wide variety of carbon blends specially suited to your needs.
Remember, too, no quality air cleaner fakes performance by using masking fragrances. You need clean air, not another petroleum derivative wafting about.
Activated carbon filter pads are a cheap trick of marketing companies. These sales organizations are only interested in grabbing a piece of the air purifier market, not helping you to live a healthier life. They rely on lack of consumer education about air purification to succeed.
You can make a much better choice.
J Alan Rodgers is an independent web author and site developer providing well researched and useful information in predominantly health related subjects.
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>A Model For Handling Foreclosures

>New Bedford, MA–This city not far from Boston is tackling the foreclosure problem the right way. So many cities let things get out of hand, as houses sit unoccupied for months and months and decay, ill-repair, rats and vermin take over. But not in New Bedford. City fathers are taking a proactive stance, razing empty, abandoned buildings sometimes and at other times–depending on building condition–revamping those that are abandoned and selling them to the public at discounted prices.

This is a model for the nation. Why let buildings go unattended to. They become eyesores and uncomfortable for others to live around, gradually causing people to move out of town and reduce the tax base. Something can and should be done, and New Bedford–while not a perfect example–will end up salvaging most of their city and making it attractive for new people and those already living there to want to stay there. The community spirit goes way up when the City Council works to make things better for its citizens.

There were only 175 foreclosures three years ago, but there were 380 so far just during 2008. Things may continue to deteriorate, but the City has a good plan that others should instigate.

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>Why Own A Home, Anyway?

>There are those in our country, mostly the counter culture, who question the advisability of owning a home. I don’t endorse those ideas–that renting is better–but there are times, such as right now, when we can all sit back and wish we had been renters instead of owners.

This is a summary of an article from Mark Morford of the San Francisco Chronicle, who else, and the point of view and comments printed here do not reflect the mood and mind of this column or most of its readers.

It goes like this: A lot of folks have looked at the horror stories of entire towns collapsing, 750-home megadevelopments sitting vacant during the most severe downturn in new-home construction in a hundred years.

The problem with this kind of thinking is that it is born on the heels of the financial downturn, thus equating a market downturn with the advisability of home ownership. Its a non sequitur.

Mark and his ilk believe that owning a home is “just a little bit insane.”
He once read someone he can’t quote exactly because he’s forgotten the quote and who made it. But this non substantiated quote and statistic goes like this:

“The hard fact is, at any given time, no more than about 50 percent of the American population should own their own homes, at the very most. Everyone else should rent. Or live in a van.”

Does that sound like a good logic?

The person who said it also says that any more than 50 percent ownership — the current rate is about 85 percent for married couples with kids and 70 percent for everyone overall — is fiscally irrational, actually does more harm than good to the economy, and that millions of Americans who own right now would’ve been far better off never buying at all (and not merely because all the foreclosures and lending debacles).

“Could it be true?” Mark asks. “That maybe a large part of our current housing woes are at least somewhat attributable to this borderline pathological need so many of us have to go into massive debt for the majority of our adult lives, just so you can have your own little box to destroy or rearrange or paint any color you want, so long as it’s beige or gray or creamy eggshell white?
“Just before lightning struck him dead on the spot for daring to question one of the Great American Commandments, the economist concluded that that maybe this housing meltdown will, among other upheavals, teach millions of Americans a radical new truth: that buying a house is no more a prerequisite to achieving the American Dream than is, say, opening your own steakhouse or marrying a porn star or hoarding piles of stock in GM.”

Now it comes out. Mark admits to being a life-time city dweller/renter who suddenly has a brain shot and thinks he recalls hearing it for years, that renting is often better than buying. I guess it depends on the person’s ability to come up with the necessary down payment and his persistence in keeping a job and making the payments. But over a vast number of years, it has been proven and proven that a house is the best investment a person can make–in fact for most people, their only investment and source of income when they retire.

Sure there’s hassle and work to own a house. You need to repair cracked foundations and concrete walks from time to time. You need to clean and repaint to keep the house up. And I guess renters never clean?

He continues: “And why don’t we imagine it? Why is owning a home still considered such a prize, such a cornerstone of what it means to be a victorious American? Simple: because that’s what we’re taught.”
Here he goes on one of his Gay Rights tirades that neatly dovetails into renting. He says home ownership is “tattooed into our psyches from birth that a successful society absolutely depends on community, nesting, home ownership to survive and flourish. It’s one of the three Grand Directives of Socioeconomic Health, right after getting married and having kids (or, if you’re feeling cynical, you add: Get divorce, sell house, resent kids, die alone in Florida. Gosh, you’re bitter).”

He is really bitter about losing Prop 8 in California. There are now 40 states that have some form of marriage definition and it doesn’t bode well for Gays and renters, I suppose.

“Follow these directives well, good citizen,” his tirade goes, “and get your reward, straight from the government and the approving church down the street. Tax incentives, write-offs, free credit, equity buildup, blessings from God himself. Choose to rent for your whole life and move around a bit and never breed? You get nothing, sinner.
“It’s true. To defy any of these rules of “healthy” society is not only punishable by banishment from the Garden of Normalcy, but it’s widely considered just a bit … immoral. Live together without marriage? A sin. Birth control? Still a sin (such a cute one, too). Renting instead of buying? OK, not technically a sin, but to never feel a need to buy a home because you enjoy being fluid and experimental and transitory? Sure. Something is clearly wrong with you. Better go live on a commune in Marin, hippie.”
Now we know why the Gays congregate to the city. They are not the type who love to own a home with grass out front. Likes attract likes.
“I can’t count how many friends I’ve known over the years,” he says, “who say they absolutely love living in the city, but as soon as they get married and/or have a child, something clicks and their eyes get that look, and suddenly they decide they must move to suburban Ohio because, you know, that’s where we can afford to buy a house.”

Now he seems to get real: “Of course, there are many other very important factors at play: space for the kids, tolerable schools, lower taxes, safer neighborhoods, fewer bullet casings and used condoms in the sidewalk, and so on. I get it. But this only explains the need to get out of the City. It still doesn’t explain the urge to buy.)

“Here’s the new wisdom: Social demographics are changing. Family dynamics are shifting. The new data reveals that we are an increasingly fluid, itinerant culture, no longer nearly as rooted to specific towns and neighborhoods as we were 50 years ago. The swell, rose-colored Norman Rockwell image of Americana, all porch swings and free parking and kids riding Big Wheels on the sidewalk next to neighbors who’ve lived on the street since the Eisenhower administration? Fading fast, if it ever really existed at all.

“It’s not easy to unpack. It’s not easy to see the new perspective. For one thing, homes can be tremendously cool. I imagine designing your own to be the most gratifying form of self-expression, while providing a vital connection to place.

“What’s more, renting goes directly against our capitalist ethos. People like to own stuff, Americans especially so. Especially Americans who still have a sense of entitlement like no other species on the planet today except maybe Saudi sheiks and celebrity Chihuahuas and Mary J. Blige.

“I’ve often felt the pull myself, have noticed that significant part of me that admires beautiful architecture and design, and often wants very much to invest in a beautiful space of my own and have the freedom to do with it what I want, some sort of gorgeous Dwell magazine fantasia that requires about three million and a revolving account at Roche Bobois. Someday, someday.

“But it’s certainly worth reconsidering. It’s worth pondering that, in this time of tremendous upheaval and mandatory change, maybe we’ve been thinking about our identity, about the required ingredients for the American Dream, all wrong. And maybe owning a home, right along with buying an American car, is one of the great myths that’s overdue for a revolution.”

Thoughts about this column? E-mail Mark
or E-mail Don White @

Mark Morford

Mark Morford’s Notes & Errata column appears every Wednesday and Friday on



Right on, Mark. This has been my thought for a long time. Home ownership might be a part of the American Dream, but it is the sole component of the Australian Dream, and there are hundreds of families now homeless because of an inability to meet mortgage payments. Maybe if they didn’t by the McMansion and the two cars and the huge plasma TV (you know, lived within their means), this predicament would not be as prevalent. (This article serves me as a reminder to pare down even further the few possessions I have. The Nikon and the Macbook can stay, the clothes I’ve not worn in years can go to charity…) This piece and the Why Do You Work So Hard? article from a few years back sing to me from the mountaintops. Thank you many times over.

Don White

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Now he tells me.


>Give Your House To The Children, Remain Living In It Until Death


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>Florida Has More Luxurious Homes Than Anywhere Else

>If it’s style and luxury you’re looking for, a home in the sunshine, look no further. Florida has many resort communities, but even more private residence communities that build into their floor plans all the conveniences and amenities possible. That is why Florida is one of the fastest growing areas in the country, with population closing in on 20 million.

The above is only one of many real estate firms offering these kinds of homes. When house prices get stabilized again, you can bet there will be new developments popping up everywhere. Florida has all the ingredients for creating livable homes, plenty of land, sunshine, moderate temperatures, people escaping from the cold north to live in the hospitable climes of the south, inexpensive labor from south of the border, and a favorable tax structure. Unless the Democrats change things, Florida has no state income tax. Let’s keep it that way!

Schools are financed, as they should be, by sales taxes and local levies including state property taxes that can seem rather high if you own a luxury home.

Need to sell a home elsewhere to get down to Florida? Don and Carolyn White have written a must-read book called SELLING FAST. It may be what you need. They promise that if you follow their instructions, you will not only sell your home soon after it is listed, but make some money on the deal. This book is selling as an e-book at and also through PayPal for $10.00 or less. Study up, get your home prepared and sell it the “White Way.”
Don White, blog editor
you may email me with your questions:

Here is a link to some information about this great new book by Carolyn, Don, and Marcus White, SELLING FAST, We Sold Our House In One Day And You Can Too.

We’re not talking about you “giving your house away” to some high pressure squeeze artist. These fellows are out there and they aren’t your friends. Get the book. Read it and learn how to make money on your sale. That’s the only way to sell a house and it can still be done in today’s market, that’s the good part.

After you read the book and do what we advise, you’ll be surprised at the ease of selling a house–and making big money on your sale. But the first step is to get your hands (or in this case your eyes) on the book and read it, taking notes, following instructions; then the house will sell itself so fast you’ll be amazed at the results. This exciting new book is currently only available on PDF email format either at or directly by emailing the authors or ordering and paying through PayPal.

For a short time the price is about the cost of a lunch–$7.99–and who can’t afford that?

>Florida Glassed In Beauty


How’s this for a fully contained beautiful backyard. Starting
with the home with it’s outside fully-covered kitchen, the leisure
room above, most likely with a view of a plush golf course or
a lake or pond, this home has a view from almost every room.

More and more Florida people are building mucho glass into their
plans because the sun shines almost every day of the year down
here and the grass, trees, and shrubs are green year-round. The
first thing you notice when you come from the upper Midwest is
that there is no salt or dirt on any of the cars driving along the
biways and hiways or in the gutters. We don’t use those caustic
chemicals and salt because we don’t have snow and ice. Everything
stays a little bit cleaner and when a car gets dusty you can count on
a 3 p.m. shower that grows the grass and washes the cars.

>Is The Age of Prosperity Over?

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