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April 19, 2011

Written by Bob Meyer, Editor of BarterNews

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From the desk of Bob Meyer... 04/19/2011

Bill Gates Newest Interest Is Global Warming

On May 10 Microsoft�s co-founder will be making a keynote speech in Seattle for Climate Solutions, a small Seattle non-profit organization combating global warming. Gates will be speaking on a topic he�s been researching over the last several years � global warming.

Gates is known and has made a name for himself by looking at global problems through a quantitative lens rather than an emotional one.

To read Gates� blog on this topic click here.

Interesting Perspectives

�I have always wished that my computer would be as easy to use as my telephone. My wish has come true. I no longer know how to use my telephone.�

�Bjarne Stoustrup, Danish computer scientist.

�A tax loophole is something that benefits the other guy. If it benefits you, it�s tax reform.�

�Russell B. Long, former U.S. senator.

Are You Cross-Pollinating?

Are you bartering with businesses that target similar demographics, but provide different products and services? Now is the time to trade customer lists, display each other�s promotional materials, and offer discounts to each other�s customers.

Consider setting up an educational session that features you and the other business owner(s) as speakers � collect an attendee list and share the information.

Many Seniors Financially Insecure

According to the National Council on Aging, one in every three (33%) seniors is economically insecure, living on an annual income of less than $22,000.

Web Advertising Surpasses Newspaper Advertising

Web advertising in the U.S. rose 15% to $26 billion last year and outpaced both traditional media and newspaper ad revenue for the first time, according to the Interactive Advertising Bureau.

(Ad revenue for newspapers totaled $22.8 billion, cable TV networks $22.5 billion, $17.6 billion from broadcast TV networks, and $15.3 billion from radio.)

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IRTA�s Ron Whitney Clears Up Barter Confusion With Press Release

The executive director of the International Reciprocal Trade Association, Ron Whitney, recently sent out the following press release to inform the business community about trade exchanges and how they differ from a recent case in North Carolina that has caused some confusion about barter:

�Trade Dollars used in modern trade and barter transactions among businesses participating in barter exchanges are a legal and robust form of commerce in America," said Ron Whitney, Executive Director of the International Reciprocal Trade Association (IRTA).

�Recent news stories suggesting that the Liberty Dollars verdict is a signal that the U.S. Government is against private barter currencies are categorically incorrect and ignore the facts of the case.�

The U.S. organized barter industry was officially sanctioned by the Tax Equity and Fiscal Responsibility Act (TEFRA) of 1982 and signed by President Reagan.

Recent media reports about Bernard vonNotHaus, who is awaiting federal sentencing in North Carolina, seem to have caused confusion about barter. VonNotHaus, was recently found guilty of making coins resembling and similar to United States coins; of issuing, passing, selling, and possessing Liberty Dollar coins; of issuing and passing Liberty Dollar coins intended for use as current money; and of conspiracy against the United States.

Numerous organizations have experimented with local currency, but federal laws restrict them from resembling U.S. bills or from being passed off as money printed by the federal government, which vonNotHaus� coinage resembled.

Charlotte-based lawyer Aaron Michel, who is appealing the conviction, attempted in Federal District Court to portray vonNotHaus� private coinage as a form of private voluntary barter currency. He argued Liberty Dollars were a means to help keep currency in local communities by creating networks of merchants and consumers who used the money.

�Recent news stories suggesting that the Liberty Dollars verdict is a signal that the government is against private barter currencies are categorically incorrect and ignore the facts of the case,� explained Whitney. �The government rejected any comparison of vonNotHaus counterfeiting activities with legitimate barter currencies.�

As the government stated in its U.S. District Court Brief of April 7, 2011, �The defendant was not operating a private currency barter system, rather he was counterfeiting United States coins and using deceptive means to inject them into the flow of current money to defraud the public.� These arguments clearly substantiate the legality and validity of the modern trade and barter industry.

For more information go to www.irta.com or phone Ron Whitney at 757-393-2292.


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Startups Going It Alone � There�s A Message Here

Entrepreneurs created 565,000 businesses every month during 2010, according to a study by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, but most of those businesses didn�t employ additional workers beyond the founder.

�Far too many founders are choosing jobless entrepreneurship, preferring to remain self-employed or to avoid assuming the economic responsibility of hiring employees,� foundation CEO Carl Schramm says.


Is Your Trade Exchange Missing Out On Valuable New Business?

If your barter company�s listing on BarterNews.com isn�t current, you are definitely missing out on new business. The web site BarterNews.com receives heavy traffic � with over 150,000 page-views every month. Entrepreneurs and corporate executives check the thousands of articles, the weekly �Tuesday Report,� and the �Contacts Section� of our site. They use the latter to find barter companies with which to do business.

Is your barter company�s listing up-to-date?

To keep your listing current is very easy. See the links below to (A) update any changes to your company�s listing, such as new location, phone number, web site or other information, and (B) if your company has not been listed.

Here�s how to get on board:

To make changes to your listing click here.

For new listings click here.


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Welcome to the largest repository of barter contacts, strategies, and barter techniques in the world. All 64 issues of BarterNews now available in digital format at http://www.barternews-ezine.com.


         International visitors look for BARTER CONTACTS in our Global Barter Section. If YOUR exchange isn�t listed see the forms on the lower left of the page. (Click here.)

         Attention trade exchange owners...thousands of visitors every month visit our BARTER CONTACTS section on our web site where we have names & addresses of barter companies in the USA. If YOUR exchange isn�t listed, or the information is incorrect, you can correct the situation by using the forms to the lower left of the USA map. (Click here.) 

Click here www.barternewsblog.com.


Traveling Overseas? Here�s The Best Credit Card To Use

If you�ve ever traveled overseas and made purchases with a credit card you probably were stung by currency conversion fees � a charge for changing dollars into the local currency. If you want to avoid the fees one card stands out according to the personal finance web site Bankrate.com.

That card is Capital One Visa as they charge no fees for foreign credit purchases, debit card purchases, and credit card cash advances. Not only do they decline to charge their own fee, but they eat the fee charged by the payment network.

(Most credit cards charge 3% on the amount of foreign purchases, payment networks Visa and MasterCard both charge a 1% fee to the bank that issued the credit card. Additionally, most banks tack on an additional 2%.)

For more information on various cards go to Bankrate.com, search for �Currency Conversion� and click on the story.


Tip Of The Week

Want to bypass the automated operator and speak with a real person when calling a mega-business? Web site GetHuman.com can help. It lists the exact numbers to press or words to say in order to reach an operator for more than 2,200 companies.

The site also has user reviews for customer service lines, including average wait times. If a company has multiple customer service numbers, they�re listed in order of their user rating


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The Growth and Use of Secondary Capital (New Money) Creates Unprecedented Wealth In Today�s New Age Of Possibility

There are many forms of secondary capital�which can be defined as any financial instrument that measures and communicates value in a common language. Would you like to see and learn more about the many forms of secondary capital?

 We have 70 free, informative and inspiring, articles for you in our �Secondary Capital Section.�

Check it out... www.barternews.com/secondary_capital.htm.


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