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November 2015

There’s no need to run

There’s no need to run and hide from the holidays. We know, there’s so much to be done and the time seems to slip by so quickly, leaving us all with weeks of preparation to accomplish in just a few days. Circle II can’t decorate your house or do your last minute shopping, but we can prepare a holiday dinner that you’ll be proud to call your own and serve to friends and family right in your own dining room! Check out the offerings on the following menu pages and see which one is right for your holiday festivities! Don’t see what you’re looking for? Call Thomas and ask. He can probably get it done just like you want it. Choose from complete turkey or ham dinners with all the fixins, or smaller packages for a simpler affair. Your favorite sides, vegetables, and desserts are all available to go as well. Party trays and desserts all on tap too. Whatever your plans for the holidays, we have you covered in the dining room! We have more than ham and turkey for your holiday fare too. Ask ahead for pricing on brisket, prime rib, or other entrees you may desire. In order to allow us to prepare a dinner that will do you proud we ask you to please order well ahead of time. Thanksgiving dinners must be ordered no later than close of business Wednesday November 18th and may be picked up before 9:00 pm on Wednesday Thanksgiving Eve, or on Thanksgiving Day, November 26th, before 3:00 pm closing. Christmas dinners must be ordered no later than close of business Wednesday December 17th and may be picked up on Christmas Eve before 3:00 pm closing. A minimum deposit of 25% is be required when order is placed, payable by cash, Mastercard, Visa, Discover, or American Express. Deposits are non-refundable for orders cancelled less than 72 hours before scheduled pick up. Let Circle II help you out in the kitchen this holiday season! To place your holiday take out order just stop by Circle II any time at your convenience and ask for Thomas. Or, place your order by telephone at 252.338.3060. It’s that simple. Order it and forget it. Just don’t forget to come pick it up when it’s ready. Common sense financial preparation for the common man Article series by: Publius A wise man once said, “Be as poor as you can be on paper. It will be in your best interest in the long run.” And, as it is with many things, it has taken the fullness of time to realize just how correct this statement was then, and how much more vitally important it is becoming with each passing day. We now find ourselves facing a government that is casting our constitution aside, one piece at a time as if were a piece of trash, and running us straight toward a financial cliff that has the potential to make the great depression look like a cake walk. Government at all levels will be seeking additional funds in every manner possible thru more taxes and assessments. Plus, possibly requiring both existing and future retirement funds of all types be placed under government bonds and then control how much you are allowed to take out each year. We are facing an insurmountable level of debt, and it cannot be allowed to continue if we are to survive as a Nation. Expect every aspect of your life to be affected in some manner as these troubling times descend upon us and make what preparation you can to endure. Expect additional quantitative easing with subsequent effects on the purchasing power of your dollars as well as additional taxes on your assorted assets. The government will continue kicking the can down the road. Every available tax dollar will be sought. Just remember, the government can only “kick the can” so far!!! A great example of what the future can bring is the new law in North Carolina taxing the labor to repair your vehicle. A new tax on the shoulders of the working class citizens who cannot afford to buy a replacement vehicle. The very ones who must try to keep their older vehicles running to get to work and have transportation. The very ones who can least afford it. Once again, a great move on the part of our elected employees who have new vehicles with seven-year warranties. So, the new tax means nothing to the politicians who created the tax. In these uncertain times, many people find themselves seeking refuge from an uncertain future. They would like to feel as if they had positioned themselves in some positive manner to prepare, as well as preserve some portion of their assets. These same average individuals simply do not know in which direction to turn and therefore, at this point, have nothing or very little to that end. This lack of action is very understandable as hardly anyone knows what to expect. However, there are some steps to consider, and a description of these steps will be presented in future articles so that you might decide if any might be helpful in your particular situation. These suggestions presented in this series of articles are for entertainment purposes only. Do not consider this advice to undertake any suggestions set forth herein, either now or in the future. Do your research! In the December edition, I will begin a discussion on what steps you want to consider taking. Comments? E-Mail to br549@modernmedianow.com 10 Albemarle Tradewinds November 2015 albemarletradewinds.com

For as Little as $1000 Drive today! NO Credit Check! Call Today 252-338-4007 Dear Dr. Crime Dr. Crime is a pseudonym for a social scientist holding a Ph.D. degree in sociology and in criminology. He has worked in all major parts of the criminal justice system. Drop him a note at the website www.keepkidshome.net If you or your child is in trouble, he may be able to help, give him a call (2523390000) Dear Dr. Crime: We can trust the use of fingerprints by law enforcement, can’t we? If the pert’s fingerprints are found at the crime scene it means he was there and handled the items showing his fingerprint, right? I am so upset with the crimes happening today, and see so little justice, I want to know I can rely on something to be trustworthy. Angry Citizen Dear Citizen: I have upsetting news. I fear we cannot rely on what we have been assuming are unshakable assumptions about forensic science. A few years ago an inaccurate fingerprint ID by the FBI resulted in an innocent man going to jail, so that the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine began a review of the science behind expert witness testimony. A report was issued in 2009 and is discussed in an article just out in Science News1 calling it a “damning report… deep cracks ran through several forensic bedrocks – especially those based on expert interpretation of patterns.” The matching of fingerprints as a “match” is never definitive, and should be described as a probability but we do not have good statistics to go on. The report critiques more than fingerprint analysis and says that “There’s little evidence that handwriting and bite-mark analyses can reliably identify people. Blood spatter experts read too much into stain patters.” A very disturbing part of the Science News story concerned microscopic hair analysis, indicating a recent report by the U S Justice Department and FBI indicated the level of errors by hair examiners was very large. That report indicated where hair analysis linked people to crimes, the forensic examiners make mistakes in 96% of the cases, and in 33 of the 257 error based testimony cases, the pert had received the death penalty. Forensic scientists are moving to develop other methods of identification of subjects, including bacteria and human odor. In the case of fingerprints, there are small dots on all fingerprints that may improve the reliability of analysis. Some of the new avenues of identification under study offer improvement, as for example with pubic hair bacteria. It can identify individuals and tell where they have traveled and aspects of their lifestyle. So the potential is good for more reliable and valid expert testimony. I serve as an expert witness in delinquency, child custody and other social science oriented matters, and that experience tells me this Science News Report is one all of us should read! I will return to this issue in future columns. Sudoku facebook.com/AlbemarleTradingPost Albemarle Tradewinds November 2015 11