Technology continues to amaze us each day. New ways are being developed with any task, including transferring money cross-country with ease. Take a look below at how money transfers work.

Is It Safe?

Money transfers were traditionally done by wiring it over via different companies that can send it abroad for you safely. According to the folks at Ria Money Transfer, keeping you and your money safe is the number one priority. A lot of these establishments have sophisticated modeling that allows them to spot suspicious transactions long before any harm can be done. Things have changed over the years since the money-wiring age, and thanks to the digital world, it can be done easily and quickly through developing apps and websites that are securely monitored 24/7.

Why Do People Like It?

The popularity is because it's completely convenient; it's undeniable that online transfers have changed the game entirely. The transfers have become fast, reliable, and safe. Traditionally, the transfers were sent to one bank or credit union to another using a network; it’s a simple bank-to-bank transfer. But now, you don't really need that anymore, because you save time and effort by sending it directly through the various apps to the person you want. So, you don't have to worry about any processing times that used to take up to 24 hours; it can be done much quicker than that and the fees are much less!

Are There Any Concerns?

The aspects of the money transfers leave little room for any worries; the matter of currency conversion fees which are generally costlier than a money transfer fee means you'd be spending less when you transfer this way. Not to mention that it gives you nearly instantaneous delivery; it takes data only seconds to travel on the Internet with no physical complications to virtually anywhere in the world.

Are There Limits?

Unfortunately yes, but when you think of how easy it is to do this, it's well worth it. There are limits on how little or how much money can be sent, and how much can be transferred in a period of time. For example, some apps or websites cap any online transfer coming out of the U.S. at $3000 each time. You can send more, but it will be broken up into chunks. Others cap transfers at $899.99 at a time, for a maximum of $3000 in a 30-day period. And some allow transactions of up to $10,000 domestically, and a few places limit the usage of a preloaded card to $500 per day.

Is Having A Bank Account Needed?

In some cases, you don't have to have a bank account to send money online or even to receive it from an online transfer. This is where credit cards come to play, by applying funds to an online money transfer, credit card companies view it as a purchase and not a cash advance. So you won't be limited in this situation.

Things change and we change with it. The convenience of money transfers are tremendous; you can easily send and receive money worldwide with the help of technology.



One of the criminal profiling cases Mindhunter Season 2 (Netflix) focuses on is the Atlanta Child Killings. It has been a really long time since this case has made the news. In the show a few of the family members of missing ATL children confront Holden Ford about the fact that Wayne B Williams was never charged but suspected of being the Child Killer.

I had forgotten about this case and I thought it had been resolved. Not true, no one was charged and once Wayne B Williams was in prison the investigation into those 29 cases stopped. Children stopped disappearing and life went on.

But this past Thursday, Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms and Atlanta Police Chief Erika Shields announced plans to reopen the cases and re-test the evidence for DNA. With all the advancements we have in 2019, we should know who the killer(s) are at last.

Chief Shields of ⁦@CityofAtlanta

Over a two-year period from 1979 to 1981, at least 25 African-American children were killed in areas around Memorial Drive. Several other adults were killed around the same time. Thirty-one people were killed in total.

Atlanta native Wayne Williams was convicted in the deaths of two adults in 1981. A police recruit heard the splash of a body hitting the Chattahoochee River, which led to Wayne Williams' arrest. It was the last body recovered in the case.

Police also think he is responsible for at least 22 of the children's deaths, though he has never been tried for them. Williams has maintained he never murdered any children.

On Thursday, Bottoms read out the names and ages of each of the victims before saying she hopes new DNA technology could erase any lingering doubt about who killed them.

She hopes taking a fresh look at the evidence may give peace to the victims' families 40 years later.

"(We hope) to let them know that we have done all that we can do ... to make sure thier memories are not forgotten ... and in the truest sense of the word to let the world know that black lives do matter," Bottoms said. Read Full Article



Detroit's Floating Post Office

The city of Detroit Michigan is one of the most popular places in America, ripe with talent and rich in history. So if so many people know about it how come the city manages to keep some things a mystery?

After years of living in the alive city, locals have come forward with a few of their own secrets. Here is to exploring Detroit’s hidden secrets and uncovering some pretty great discoveries.


Detroit is widely known as one of the most enthusiastic gambling cities in terms of online users. In fact, NoviBet UK Casino and other popular casinos are preferred by Americans than frequenting land-based establishments…unless its Vegas baby!

The Hidden Salt Mine

Unbeknownst to many a visitor, there is a hidden salt mine which rests beneath the city’s streets. It is controlled by the Detroit Salt Company and the massive mine is still in full operation and the produced salt from this mine is used as road salt. The company has a history that dates back as far as the 1900s which may pique the interest of many, however, the mine is no longer open to the public.

Detroit’s Bootlegging During Prohibition

During the prohibition days when substances were banned, Detroit was perfectly situated near the Canadian border which made it the perfect location to get illegal substances for those looking to buy.

Detroit became so popular in fact, it was one of the most popular spots for bootlegging liquor into the country.

The First State Fair

The first annual Michigan State Fair was held in 1849, the only state apart from New York, to have hosted a fair. The trend caught on and now there is excitement across most states celebrating state fairs in America. There is however some change that is being brought about but the fair remains as popular as ever.

Home to the First Four Way Traffic Light

Believe it or not, Michigan’s Detroit was a first city for many things in the state and another of them was installing the very first four way traffic light back in 1920 when it was invented!

S.S Kresge Turned K-Mart

Detroit’s very own S.S Kresge began a dime store in the Motor City back in 1897. As the chain grew the name changed...into K-Mart!

Detroit Owns a Water Post Office

One of the most bizarre secrets of Detroit is that it owns a ‘moving post office on water’. Named the J.W. Westcott II, it delivers post to boats near the city shoreline. Because of its functionality, it also is the one and only boat to have its own zip code.

As you can tell, there are many hidden secrets of Detroit to be discovered, from history to the present day. Everything we learn reminds us of the city’s appeal and why it is such an amazing and intriguing city and home to some of the most famous American singers and actors. What more could we ask for, we even have our own floating post office to boast about.



Mickey Mantle, the most powerful switch-hitter in baseball history and the successor to Babe Ruth and Joe DiMaggio as the symbol of the long reign of the New York Yankees, died of cancer Aug 13, 1995, in Dallas. He was 63.

Mickey Mantle made his debut for the Yankees in 1951 at age 19, playing right field alongside aging center fielder Joe DiMaggio. He dominated the American League for more than a decade.

In 1956, he won the Triple Crown, leading his league in batting average, home runs and runs batted in. His output was so great that he led both leagues in 1956, hitting .353 with 52 home runs and 130 runs batted in.

He was also voted American League MVP that year, and again in 1957 and 1962. After years of brilliance, Mantle’s career began to decline by 1967, and he was forced to move to first base. The next season would be his last. Mantle was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1974 in his first year of eligibility. Read More about Mickey

In 2001 61* debuted and is one of my favorite movies of all time. Billy Crystal directed it and they came to Detroit to film. They repainted the old Tiger Stadium and made it look like Yankee Stadium. The story of Mantle and Maris is one for the record books.


August 12, 1990, fossil hunter Susan Hendrickson discovers three huge bones jutting out of a cliff near Faith, South Dakota. They turn out to be part of the largest-ever Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton ever discovered, a 65 million-year-old specimen dubbed Sue, after its discoverer.

Amazingly, Sue’s skeleton was over 90 percent complete, and the bones were extremely well-preserved. Hendrickson’s employer, the Black Hills Institute of Geological Research, paid $5,000 to the landowner, Maurice Williams, for the right to excavate the dinosaur skeleton, which was cleaned and transported to the company headquarters in Hill City.

The institute’s president, Peter Larson, announced plans to build a non-profit museum to display Sue along with other fossils of the Cretaceous period.

In 1992, a long legal battle began over Sue. The U.S. Attorney’s Office claimed Sue’s bones had been seized from federal land and were, therefore, government property.

It was eventually found that Williams, a part-Native American and member of the Cheyenne River Sioux tribe, had traded his land to the tribe two decades earlier to avoid paying property taxes, and thus his sale of excavation rights to the Black Hills had been invalid.

In October 1997, Chicago’s Field Museum purchased Sue at public auction at Sotheby’s in New York City for $8.36 million, financed in part by the McDonald’s and Disney corporations.

Sue’s skeleton went on display at the Field Museum in May 2000.

Dinosaur 13 details the entire Sue the T REX drama...


Some Native American tribes in what is now the northeastern United States called the August full Moon the “Sturgeon Moon” because they knew that the sturgeon of the Great Lakes and Lake Champlain were most readily caught during this full Moon. Others called August’s full Moon the “Full Green Corn Moon,” signaling that the corn was nearly ready for harvest.

Different tribes used different Moon names. Other examples for August are: “Wheat Cut Moon” (San Ildefonso, and San Juan), “Moon When All Things Ripen” (Dakotah Sioux), and ”Blueberry Moon” (Ojibwe).

The exact time of the next full moon is:
Thursday * 15 August 2019 * 8:29:15 am (EDT)
Moon sign: Aquarius 22° 24'

Here you find this time converted into different timezones for other cities:
WELLINGTON = Friday * 16 August 2019 * 12:29:15 am (NZST)
SYDNEY = Thursday * 15 August 2019 * 10:29:15 pm (AEST)
TOKYO = Thursday * 15 August 2019 * 9:29:15 pm (JST)
BEIJING = Thursday * 15 August 2019 * 8:29:15 pm (CST)
BANGKOK = Thursday * 15 August 2019 * 7:29:15 pm (ICT)
DELHI = Thursday * 15 August 2019 * 5:59:15 pm (IST)
DUBAI = Thursday * 15 August 2019 * 4:29:15 pm (GST)
MOSCOW = Thursday * 15 August 2019 * 3:29:15 pm (MSK)
BERLIN = Thursday * 15 August 2019 * 2:29:15 pm (CEST)
LAGOS = Thursday * 15 August 2019 * 1:29:15 pm (WAT)
LONDON = Thursday * 15 August 2019 * 1:29:15 pm (BST)
RIO = Thursday * 15 August 2019 * 9:29:15 am (BRT)
SANTIAGO = Thursday * 15 August 2019 * 8:29:15 am (CLT)
NEW YORK = Thursday * 15 August 2019 * 8:29:15 am (EDT)
MEXICO CITY = Thursday * 15 August 2019 * 7:29:15 am (CDT)
CALGARY = Thursday * 15 August 2019 * 6:29:15 am (MDT)
LOS ANGELES = Thursday * 15 August 2019 * 5:29:15 am (PDT)
ANCHORAGE = Thursday * 15 August 2019 * 4:29:15 am (AKDT)
HONOLULU = Thursday * 15 August 2019 * 2:29:15 am (HAST)



Milton Supman (January 8, 1926 – October 22, 2009), known professionally as Soupy Sales, was an American comedian, actor, radio/television personality, and jazz aficionado. He was best known for his local and network children's television show Lunch with Soupy Sales (1953–1966), a series of comedy sketches frequently ending with Sales receiving a pie in the face, which became his trademark.

Soupy Sales doing the "Mousie" with Ed Sullivan

From 1968 to 1975 he was a regular panelist on the syndicated revival of What's My Line? and appeared on several other TV game shows. During the 1980s, Sales hosted his own show on WNBC-AM in New York City.

Sales is best known for his daily children's television show, Lunch with Soupy Sales. The show was originally called 12 O'Clock Comics and was later known as The Soupy Sales Show. Improvised and slapstick in nature, Lunch with Soupy Sales was a rapid-fire stream of comedy sketches, gags, and puns, almost all of which resulted in Sales receiving a pie in the face.

Lunch with Soupy Sales began in 1953 from the studios of WXYZ-TV, Channel 7, located in the historic Maccabees Building, in Detroit. Sales occasionally took the studio cameras to the lawn of the Detroit Public Library, located across the street from the TV studios, and talked with local students walking to and from school.

Beginning no later than July 4, 1955, a Saturday version of Sales' lunch show was broadcast nationally on the ABC television network. His lunchtime program on weekdays was moved to early morning opposite Today and Captain Kangaroo.

On September 7, 1964, Sales found a new weekday home at WNEW-TV in New York City. This version was seen locally until September 2, 1966. 260 episodes were syndicated by Screen Gems to local stations outside the New York market during the 1965–66 season.

This show marked the height of Sales' popularity. It featured guest appearances by stars such as Frank Sinatra, Tony Curtis, Jerry Lewis, Judy Garland, and Sammy Davis Jr., as well as musical groups like the Shangri-Las, The Supremes, The Temptations and even Alice Cooper.

Clyde Adler, the show's floor manager and a film editor at Detroit's WXYZ-TV, performed in sketches and voiced and operated all puppets on Sales' show in Detroit in the 1950s and in Los Angeles from 1959 to 1962, as well as in 1978.

Frank Nastasi, who played the part of Gramps on WXYZ-TV's other kid's show "Wixie Wonderland", assumed the role of straight man and puppeteer when Sales took the show to New York from 1964 to 1966. Nastasi was originally from Detroit and had worked with Sales at WXYZ.

White Fang, "The Biggest and Meanest Dog in the USA", who appeared only as a giant white shaggy paw with black triangular felt "claws", jutting out from the corner of the screen. Fang spoke with unintelligible short grunts and growls, which Soupy repeated back in English, for comic effect. White Fang was often the pie thrower when Soupy's jokes bombed.

Black Tooth, "The Biggest and Sweetest Dog in the USA", also seen only as a giant black paw with white triangular felt claws, and with more feminine, but similarly unintelligible, dialogue. Black Tooth's trademark was pulling Soupy off-camera to give loud and noisy kisses.

For a short time, there was a third dog character that became White Fang's girlfriend, Marilyn Monwolf. She caused some rivalry of affections between Black Tooth and White Fang, but later jilted them both for Joe Dogmaggio.

Pookie the Lion, a lion puppet appearing in a large window behind Soupy (the 1950s), was a hipster with a rapier wit. For example Soupy: "Do you know why my life is so miserable?" Pookie: "You got me!" Soupy: "That's why!"

One of Pookie's favorite lines when greeting Soupy was, "Hey bubby... want a kiss?". In the Detroit shows, Pookie never spoke but communicated in whistles. That puppet also was used to mouth the words while pantomiming novelty records on the show.

Hippy the Hippo, a minor character who occasionally appeared with Pookie the Lion. Frank Nastasi gave Hippy a voice for the New York shows. Clyde Adler also voiced Hippy in the shows done in the late 1970s.

Soupy Sales

Soupy Sales, who made an art form out of taking a pie in the face and delighted a generation of Detroiters with his loopy TV show on Channel 7 in the 1950s, died October 23, 2009, in New York. Soupy was 83. We were so lucky to grow up with Soupy Sales! Read More about Soupy



Last night I was watching a great TV series called Making of the Mob Chicago. The show answered a question I have always had. Why did Al Capone get shipped to the extreme maximum security on the Rock when he was just sentenced as a tax evader?

In the show, they explain that the president had alotted a ton of money for the prison's construction and used Alfonse to promote the project. Al Capone was the most famous gangster of all time and he definitely raised the profile of Alcatraz.

August 11, 1934

A group of federal prisoners classified as "most dangerous" arrives at Alcatraz Island, a 22-acre rocky outcrop situated 1.5 miles offshore in San Francisco Bay. The convicts–the first civilian prisoners to be housed in the new high-security penitentiary–joined a few dozen military prisoners left over from the island’s days as a U.S. military prison.

Alcatraz was an uninhabited seabird haven when it was explored by Spanish Lieutenant Juan Manuel de Ayala in 1775. He named it Isla de los Alcatraces, or “Island of the Pelicans.” Fortified by the Spanish, Alcatraz was sold to the United States in 1849. In 1854, it had the distinction of housing the first lighthouse on the coast of California. Read More



Bob Seger photo: Tom Weschler

Just received this book and it is gorgeous! Packed full of Tom Weschler's behind the scenes photos and written with great care for proper detail. A must-have for all the legions of Seger fans out there! 

The book offers a detailed, unbiased and accurate account of Seger's life and career as a true rock legend, with Tom Weschler (Bob's former road manager) providing the book's forward. Turn the Page, follows Bob from his earliest days emerging out of the Detroit music scene, just as fellow artists Kid Rock and Glenn Frey, up through, and including, his current 2019 national tour "Roll Me Away, the Final Tour." 

It tracks Seger's entire music career, including the Silver Bullet Band - comparing the songs and stage shows, similar to Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers, and Bruce Springsteen's E-street Band. 

The book features inside stories, interviews, Bob's composing, band personnel, recording sessions, tours, and his very private personal life. Turn the Page is a "must" for any true Bob Seger fan. This is the only Bob Seger biography written to date, with over 280 pages, 24 in color with over 60 images, and 224 documented footnotes. Many of the color images are from the distant past, including very rare photos - as a poster advertising a Seger concert headlining John Lennon.

The author, Edward Sarkis Balian, Ph.D. grew up in Detroit and was in a local band at the same time as Seger; in fact, they shared the same Detroit entertainment attorney for over four decades. Balian, himself a recording musician (the George-Edwards Group), put together Turn the Page with a steady eye toward accuracy and quality, in his words "Turn the Page summarizes the brilliant and astonishing career of a true Hall of Fame composer and entertainer.

Purchase your copy today!

Seger's body of over 50 years of work, coupled to his love of music and an almost unbelievable tenacity, led him to well-deserved fame and fortune. A career full of major challenges - a rock'n'roll roller-coaster to be sure." Balian is donating 30% of his royalties to charity, 50% to the Seger's favorite charity, Oakland County Children's Village. Visit https://bobsegerturnthepage.com for more info.


Craving a strong, head-hitting cup of espresso? Well, you’ve come to the right place. We are going to tell you how to choose the most suitable espresso maker to satisfy all your caffeine hungry needs.

First, let’s start with the basic espresso rules in BARISTA-101. Your coffee beans should be ground to a fine, but not too fine texture. Think of granulated sugar or table salt texture.

Secondly, you need to pay very close attention to the coffee to water ratio. A strong shot requires about 0.38 ounces or two tablespoons for 1/8 cup. Knowing this easy rule of thumb, multiply by the number of cups you’re making and enjoy your buzz.

Third, pick out an easy to use machine that will give you the gourmet taste you love right at home. Did you know that espresso machines have been evolving since 1884? They came a long way and underwent plenty of makeovers to reach their current, beautiful state. Let’s taste our way up the espresso machine ladder to find you the suitable one.

1) The Mocha Pot

You know what they say, “Old is gold.” This baby has been around since the 1930s. It performs the basic task of pushing water and steam up a chamber to brew with the coffee granules, then delivers them to your top chamber when ready. The beauty of this little pot is that it does all that simply by being placed on the stove.

2) Steam Counter Machines

There are a variety of convenient small countertop machines out there. Those are quicker in the process of pushing super condensed steam through a “puck” of your ground coffee. Their price range is reasonable and are relatively easy to clean. When you want a quick espresso with a slight gourmet feel, this will do the job.

3) Semi-automatic pump machines

Don’t worry, they are not as complex as they sound. Machines like this are so easy to use if you’re a novice with no prior experience using a simpler version. If all you want is to enjoy your favorite kind of drink at home instead of rushing to your nearest coffee place, those will definitely make you feel like a barista right in your kitchen. Once you master the milk frothing option, you could make lattes and cappuccinos with your preferred strength or mildness.

4) Capsule/pod-based machines

You must have seen these somewhere, right? And no, pods and capsules are not the same things. A capsule is the very small plastic container with the aluminum cover, while the pod is a small pad similar to a tea bag. These machines work when the high pressurized steam and water run into a small chamber that contains your coffee pod or capsule. The good thing about these is the no grind, no measure, and no-hassle factor. If you want a simple, effortless coffee-making task this machine will give you just that.

With those steaming choices right in front of you; it’s easy to decide the taste of your morning. Just pick according to your preferred taste, time, and budget. Bottoms up!
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