If Roku Freezes Try This

Update Nov 25, 2014: I’ve owned the Roku for some time now and it does freeze occasionally. It’s very frustrating and one wants to believe that the Roku box has gone bonkers! I just followed the procedure and my remote started working again. Do not fret, because it took me several tries this time. I just unplugged Roku box each time.

My new Roku media player arrived in the mail and I was in a state of bliss. Finally, another electronic gadget to render the man cave complete. You know the routine. Unbox. Never read instructions. High expectations. No patience. Internet TV not happening this time. Ouch. Roku remote control won’t work I guess. Now I need anger management! Somebody please help me!

No need to panic. The Roku Remote Control (with purple tag) has a secret panic button. Seriously folks. Pull the plastic cover in the back of remote, and you’ll see a little button. The Roku guys call it a ‘pairing’ button. You must ‘pair’ the remote with the Roku player that plugs into a wall outlet. Press the panic button and hold please! (Note: My other Roku player played fine right out of the box, with no need of pairing.)

But, be sure to unplug the Roku player for approximately 5 to 15 seconds and plug into wall socket. Then push the panic button and hold for 5 seconds. Here are a few items to check. Make sure the little plug inserted into the Roku player is properly secured.

***** Your Android, iPhone, iPad, iPod, etc. will effectively function as a remote control with Roku player. There’s an app for that.

If Roku Remote Isn’t Functioning

1. Point the remote directly at your Roku player.
2. Try moving closer to your player.
3. Make sure the batteries are working and inserted properly.
4. Make sure the front of player isn’t obstructed.
5. If the status light on the front of your player flashes once each time you press a remote button, the problem is not with the remote.

Take a sip of your favorite beverage. Inhale, then exhale. Repeat after me. I will not get angry. I will not run to the post office and ship this thing back immediately. I will not panic. Okay. Smooth sailing from here. Here’s the Roku Guide so you can browse the Roku channels. Enjoy.

Solution. Prepare For Warp Drive!

1. Unplug Roku player from wall outlet.
2. Wait 5 to 10 seconds. Plug Roku player back into wall outlet. Roku logo will bounce on TV screen. This is normal.
3. Remove plastic cover (battery door) from back of Roku remote control. It has a latch to press.
4. Insert batteries properly. Smooth bottom, or battery negative goes against the big spring. Positive post touches a small coil.
5. Press and hold the pairing button inside the battery compartment for 3 to 5 seconds.
6. Wait about 10 seconds for remote LED to stop flashing.
7. Try Roku remote again. It should work.
8. Smile.
9. Take family out to dinner. Go shopping afterwards.
10. Return home. Play with Roku as often as recommended.


Popular Stock Analysis

Most Popular Stocks Held by Congress Members

Congress members are required to give this data. They probably don’t want us knowing the cozy relationship that exists. The dollar values are provided in the link below.

COMPANY — Congress Members

1. General Electric — 69
2. Microsoft — 57
3. Procter & Gamble — 55
4. Wells Fargo — 50
5. Apple — 48
6. IBM — 48
7. AT&T — 47
8. Verizon Communications — 47
9. JPMorgan Chase — 46
10. ExxonMobil — 45
11. Johnson & Johnson — 45
12. Chevron — 44
13. Cisco Systems — 44
14. Coca-Cola Company — 41
15. Pfizer — 41

Source: Maplight


A Movie That Explains The Financial Meltdown

The Wall Street Conspiracy

The movie titled The Wall Street Conspiracy explains what caused the financial meltdown and the conspiracy behind naked short selling. This is one of better movies that actually details the chain of events as they happen in real time. It’s certainly an eyeopener.

Amazon: The Wall Street Conspiracy


The Health Report That Could Save Your Life

Dr. Colin Campbell Lecture

Even today, as we have access to more information than we’ve had before, heart disease has never been greater. There are many diet plans out there, yet we Americans are more obese than ever. We have diabetes at unusual levels. What is it then that we are doing wrong? What are we missing? Dr. T. Colin Campbell has done extensive research and he thinks he has some of the the answers.

Casein is the name for a family of related phosphoproteins.

The China Study is a book by T. Colin Campbell, Jacob Gould Schurman Professor Emeritus of Nutritional Biochemistry at Cornell University, and his son Thomas M. Campbell II, a physician. It was first published in the United States in January 2005 and had sold over one million copies as of October 2013, making it one of America’s best-selling books about nutrition.


The doctor believe’s that animal protein is not needed as much as tradition tells us. A plant-based diet may be more healthy in the long run. It may be a provocative statement, but he suggests that cancer could be more to do with lifestyle and diet, rather than genetics alone.

It’s seems odd, but what the doctor is suggesting is that too much animal-based protein is actually harmful to the body. This includes meat and dairy products. While agriculture constantly promotes drinking quantities of milk, the studies report the opposite. According to the data, increased milk consumption raises the risk of osteoporosis, instead of decreasing the risks.

Plant-based foods tend to have the right amount of protein and beneficial antioxidants. The doctor thinks that plant-based foods prevent and in some cases cures many diseases.

I am not promoting vegetarianism, but I do feel that these doctors are steering Americans in the right direction and they offer credible options. Nutrition is little understood by the public in general. It is not a part of public policy and is often overshadowed by politics.

Important Research:

1. Forks Over Knives — Official Trailer
2. How to Lose Weight Without Losing Your Mind — Doug Lisle, Ph.D.
3. The Ultimate Diet Therapy — John McDougall, MD
4. Founder of the Rice Diet – Walter Kempner, MD
5. Breaking The Food Seduction — Dr Neal Barnard


Canada Cuts Deal With China, Bypassing US Dollar

China has cut deals with several nations, including Canada, and the Chinese yuan seems to be slowly replacing the US dollar as the world currency. The renminbi literally means “people’s currency”.

On the same note, London is seizing on China’s yuan push as well, welcoming the direct trading partnership. This saves money for the UK obviously.

Does this signify a decline of the dollar as the world’s reserve currency?

Chinese currency poses a high risk for the dollar, even if China’s economy is slowing down. Whether the financial analysts want to admit it or not, trade with the dollar is not as significant as it once was. A new currency war is coming.

Many analysts think that gold is on the rise. It’s probably just a matter of when.


An Act of State: A Conspiracy In Memphis

The assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. is a topic that many of us no little about. James Earl Ray was convicted by law on March 10, 1969. He died in prison on April 23rd of 1998. Ray was so disheartened with the justice system that he chose to be buried in Ireland. Was Ray guilty?

Martin Luther King’s lawyer and friend, William F. Pepper, stood by the family through it all. Pepper has authored a tell all book—An Act of State: The Execution of Martin Luther King—which sheds light on the tragedy. Pepper conducted a thirty-year investigation into the assassination and the details are in the book.

King was in Memphis, Tennessee supporting sanitation workers that had been on a strike. King was to check in at room 306 at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, owned by a guy named Walter Bailey. Apparently King had stayed at the motel many times.

At 6:01 pm on Thursday, April 4, 1968, while he was standing on the motel’s second floor balcony, King was struck by a single .30-06 bullet fired from a Remington Model 760. King was pronounced dead at 7:05 pm.

The official side of the story:

Shortly after the shot was fired, witnesses saw James Earl Ray fleeing from a rooming house across the street from the Lorraine Motel where he was renting a room. A package was dumped close to the site that included a rifle and binoculars with Ray’s fingerprints on them. The rifle had been purchased by Ray under an alias six days before. A worldwide manhunt was triggered that culminated in the arrest of Ray at London Heathrow Airport two months later.

This is where the conspiracy begins. The King family believes that the assassination was carried out by the government. James Earl Ray could have possibly been a scapegoat.

A man named Loyd Jowers seems to be caught in the middle of this conspiracy. Jowers died from a heart attack on May 20, 2000, at the age of 73.

A civil case provides us some of the details. The case, Coretta Scott King, et al. vs. Loyd Jowers et al., Case No. 97242, was tried in the circuit court of Shelby County, Tennessee, between November 15 to December 8, 1999.

Attorney William F. Pepper, represents the King family, and in his book (An Act of State) he alleges that there was in fact a conspiracy. A conspiracy where the government and organized crime was involved in the murder.

What we didn’t know is wrapped up in this case:

After hearing no evidence from the government, and only testimony and pleadings cooperatively submitted by the plaintiffs and Jowers, the jury–six blacks and six whites—found that King had been the victim of assassination by a conspiracy involving the Memphis police as well as federal agencies.



The Media Industry Is Changing

The media industry is rapidly changing and the pace seems to be increasing at a supersonic rate. I’ve been saying that while some types of media are growing, others are becoming obsolete and are dying. Today’s headline is a bit of a surprise from CTNOW: “Dish Network could drop CNN from lineup for good.” Yet somehow, I can believe it.

The media industry seems to be moving to the internet: YouTube, Netflix, Hulu, etc. These giant tech companies have become major competitors in today’s media market.

The 20th century model of broadcasting appears to be stodgy, and a recent poll suggests that Americans no longer trust what they hear on the news these days. The argument points to hyped up propaganda, mediocre infotainment at best, and a constant hashing of news stories that have no substance.

YouTube has brought entertainment to the fore. There’s a level of interaction that is absent in the model of the cable era.

Some people are growing tired of the rising cost of cable—and the one most important factor—they simply can no longer afford cable. Especially cable that is boring…

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Dish Network could drop CNN from lineup for good — CTNOW