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Why is North Korea the saddest place to live on earth?

 

One of the saddest things about life in North Korea is that everyone but the Elite North Korean Soldiers is on the edge of starvation. Most people do not have enough food to eat. This is a simple tragic fact about daily life in North Korea. This fact alone makes Korea a sad, dark, and even cruel place to live.

Another horrible fact is that North Korea is a completely closed society.  North Koreans really have no idea about what the rest of the world is like since there has been almost no communication between North Korea and the rest of the world, since the end of the Korean War. Actually, it was an armistice that brought hostilities to a halt in 1953 — but there's never been a treaty to end the conflict between North Korea (and its chief ally China) and South Korea and its allies, namely the United States. It is rare for North Koreans to travel outside North Korea.

Not only is North Korea a closed society it is a communist state with some of the most draconian control of any state that ever existed on the face of the earth.  If a family member is caught reading the Bible, the whole family is put in jail.  Even Hitler was not as barbaric as this. Children are taught in school to report and spy on their parents for the good of the state.  Individuals have no rights other than to serve the state.  The complete lack of individual freedom in North Korea is grotesque and appalling.

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Here is a series of surprising images that attempt to show how different life is in North Korea, compared to the rest of the world. All bets are off when it comes to what is considered "normal" in North Korea.

The fleet of North Korean airline ‘Air Koryo’ at Pyongyang Sunan airport. Air Koryo is the only airline rated by Skytrax as ‘one-star’, and until 2010 was banned from flying into the EU after failing to meet regulatory safety standards.

In the countryside in North Korea, buses, as we know them, don’t exist.

 

Dog meat soup. I passed. There were many specialty dog meat soup restaurants in Pyongyang, it’s so prevalent that the North Korean government regulates the price. We found a dog tooth inside one of these soups.

 

More images to come.  I am having technical errors.

Thank you.

 

John Lombaerde

 

 

 

There is no easier way to pick up some extra Markethive coin

 

All you have to do is visit my Kickstarter project and make a comment to get 10 Markethive coins.

Visit here —-> https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/jonlomb/a-practical-calogue-of-audiobooks

If you participate in any of the rewards, you will get Markethive coins at 10X the reward amount.

For example, if you contribute $ 10, I will send you 100 Markethive coins.

If you contribute $ 100, you will get a whopping 1000 Markethive coins.

I really do think this is a pretty good deal, especially since the wallet will be here any day now.

All the best success in your endeavors

Additional links.

https://markethive.com/jonlomb/blog/whyisaudiblethebestwaytosellproductsonamazon

https://markethive.com/jonlomb/blog/theinsandoutsoftheaudibleaudiobookspurblishingbusiness

How do you get around paywalls?

 

Are you a fan of paywalls? If you are like me, you are not. There are very, very few publications that I pay to subscribe to, and unless I have a very specific need and there is a highly desirable subject with limited information, that I would not be likely to find from another source, I am unlikely to subscribe to any publication. It does happen, however, but if there is a way around a paywall, I will definitely take it.

Let me explain my simple way to get around paywalls.  I have to admit that they have become more restrictive over time, but here is what I do.

They all involve using what is called "incognito mode" in Chrome, or "Private window" in Firefox, or Brave. I go from browser to browser in the previously mentioned order to see if the firewall can help me to circumvent the paywall. Brave is definitely the most effective of the three browsers at doing this.

At that point, if I have not bypassed the gatekeeper's paywall, I give up, but I am sure there are other ways around this issue.

Here are some posts that suggest additional means around paywalls. (Caveat emptor) that you may try.

 

https://www.bardeen.ai/posts/how-to-bypass-a-paywall

https://lifehacker.com/how-to-get-past-a-paywall-to-read-an-article-for-free-1847800292

https://trevor-gorski.medium.com/how-to-get-past-most-newspaper-paywalls-2021-16dcb78798ef

Be careful using any of these methods. You on your own and accept personal responsibility for any negative consequences from using the above recommendations.

John Lombaerde

Easiest way to Pick Up Some Extra Markethive Coin

All you have to do is visit my Kickstarter project and make a comment to get 10 Markethive coins.

Visit here —-> https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/jonlomb/a-practical-calogue-of-audiobooks

If you participate in any of the rewards, you will get Markethive coins at 10X the reward amount.

For example, if you contribute $ 10, I will send you 100 Markethive coins.

If you contribute $ 100, you will get a whopping 1000 Markethive coins.

I really do think this is a pretty good deal, especially since the wallet will be here any day now.

All the best success in your endeavors

Additional links.

https://markethive.com/jonlomb/blog/whyisaudiblethebestwaytosellproductsonamazon

https://markethive.com/jonlomb/blog/theinsandoutsoftheaudibleaudiobookspurblishingbusiness

Why do we all need Markethive friends?

Why do we all need Markethive friends?  This is a simple but very important question.  The simple answer is that our number of friends determines our reach on Markethive. In other words, when you post something on the News Feed on Markethive, your post will be seen only by those Markethivers who are your friends.  The more friends you have, the more people will see your information.

There is an exception to this, however, because you can use the "BOOST" option to send out a post to the entire subscribed Markethive membership.  This is something, by the way, that no other social or market network offers to its subscribers.

The reason I am writing this is today I realized that my counter of friends in Markethive has just chalked up another thousand friends. To put it in seasonal terms, the more friends, the merrier.

When you see the announcement of someone who has just joined Markethive, it is important to send them an invitation.  You may never get another chance to send them an invitation. Also is it a nice gesture to follow up in a few days and offer them a tip of Markethive coins, and let them know who you are.  Even more important is to follow up with your Associates, those who have accepted your invitation to join Markethive.

What is the old expression, "the squeaky wheel gets the oil"?  It is important to be a squeaky wheel here in Markethive.  The oil is Markethive coin which you should use liberally and be generous with it.  It is also anything you do here in Markethive, your News Feed Posts, your comments, your blog post, feeding the vault, etc. In addition, when you find a particularly useful post or blog post, make sure to offer a tip as well.

This just makes the wagon wheel of Markethive operate smoothly.  Thanks for your time.  

Best of success in all your endeavors.

 

John Lombaerde – A leading E1 Markethive Entrepreneur

FYI – what is the best online business to start in 2022?  It is a business on Amazon Audible. To find out why.

See my current project – Audible – and join my group to learn more – —-> https://markethive.com/group/originalaudiobooksgroup

Why is Audible the best way to sell products on Amazon?

Why is Audible the best way to sell products on Amazon right now?

You may have seen my post recently here in the News Feed about my intention to start an audiobooks business on Amazon Audible. if you are interested in learning more about this lucrative part-time or full-time business join me in my audiobooks group. https://markethive.com/group/originalaudiobooksgroup

I also am starting a project on Kickstarter to help jump-start the business. It will be starting soon, and I would appreciate any comments you might have on it. Here is the link. https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/jonlomb/797504796?ref=ezales&token=2b187884

Why would I want to start an Audiobooks business on Amazon Audible after 5 years of perfecting the Amazon FBA business successfully selling physical products?

The reason is simply that the Amazon FBA business selling physical products is getting more and more competitive and less and less profitable every year.

The total number of physical products on amazon.com (no one but Amazon knows for sure the exact number), is estimated at 400 million. Actually, it is probably closer to 500 million. That is a ton of competition. Amazon FBA, (Fulfillment by Amazon) is getting tougher and tougher these days. I could write volumes about this based on my 5 years of experience, but I will not because I am preparing to leave this business behind.

How about Amazon Books, including e-books? This is actually where Amazon got started. There are over 40 million titles on Amazon for books and e-books. That is still a whole lot of competition. Again you have to be very savvy to be successful with books and e-books.

What about Audible? Amazon's foray into audiobooks is the newest of these 3 sales channels.. There are currently only 245,000 audiobook titles on Audible. That is a very small number, which means there is very little competition for audiobooks. Amazon is pushing hard to develop this niche, and sales are exploding right now. No one has a crystal ball to predict the future, but this business is likely to continue to grow well into the foreseeable future.
 

Again, here is the link on Kickstarter.  I hope you can drop me a comment, and participate if you also would like to get out of the rat race.  Thank you.

I wish you the best possible success in all your endeavors.

Here is the Kickstarter link again:  https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/jonlomb/797504796?ref=ezales&token=2b187884

John Lombaerde – Entrepreneur

The Ins and outs of the Audible audiobooks publishing business

Here we go. This is the start of something BIG! Why would I want to start an Audiobooks business on Amazon Audible after 5 years of perfecting the Amazon FBA business successfully selling physical products?

The reason is simply that the Amazon FBA business selling physical products is getting more and more competitive and less and less profitable every year.

Look at this analysis.

 

The total number of physical products on amazon.com (no one but Amazon knows for sure the exact number), is estimated at 400 million. Actually, it is probably closer to 500 million. That is a ton of competition. Amazon FBA, (Fulfillment by Amazon) is getting tougher and tougher these days. I could write volumes about this based on my 5 years of experience, but I will not because I am preparing to leave this business behind.

How about Amazon Books, including e-books? This is actually where Amazon got started. There are over 40 million titles on Amazon for books and e-books. That is still a whole lot of competition. Again you have to be very savvy to be successful with books and e-books.

What about Audible? Amazon's foray into audiobooks is the newest of these 3 sales channels.. There are currently only 245,000 audiobook titles on Audible. That is a very small number, which means there is very little competition for audiobooks. Amazon is pushing hard to develop this niche, and sales are exploding right now. No one has a crystal ball to predict the future, but this business is likely to continue to grow well into the foreseeable future.

See this post on how the market for audiobooks is growing – https://theurbanwriters.com/blogs/publishing/rise-of-audiobooks-why-you-should-care

There are 2 main differences between the Amazon FBA business and Audible that I can see.

1) Selling physical products is a continuous run-around buying, packing and shipping physical products over and over again. It requires a considerable investment of capital and resources including manpower, warehouse space, etc. to build it up, maintain it, and also try to grow the business every day. Unless you have $ 100,000.00 to $ 200,000.00 to invest to start your own Amazon FBA business, I would strongly advise you to forget about it. Every year there are 100,000 new FBA resellers than sign up to sell on Amazon and after one year there are only 10,000 left.  That is probably the most telling statistic I can think of to discourage anyone from attempting to start an Amazon FBA business that I can imagine.

2) Amazon is and will always be your biggest competitor. Even if you find a great product today, Amazon could start to sell the same product tomorrow, and Amazon is the 800-lb gorilla. There is no way whatsoever to compete with Amazon for any product. You have to pay Amazon approximately 15% commission on every product you sell, and that is before the volume discounts that Amazon negotiates with suppliers. They send out million-dollar purchase orders one after the other every single day. There is no way to compete with Amazon based on price. You are S.O.L when it comes to any direct competition with Amazon. I advise not to even try. It is best to give up before you start.

Let's compare that with starting an Audible business.

1) Audiobooks are a digital product. There is no inventory, no shipping cost, and no storage fees. There is only the cost to develop a new audiobook, which can be run from $ 500.00 to $ 1,000.00. Granted that is not a small investment, but for most audiobooks, there are monthly residual purchases of the product on Amazon, which means monthly residual income for you. If you sell 100 copies of one of your audiobooks this month, chances are good that you will also sell 100 copies next month. No additional effort is required to continue to sell audiobooks month after month.

2) There is no direct competition from Amazon on audiobooks. Amazon is not spending their time on content creation when they have so many content creators who will do it for them. Just like Amazon is not writing books month after month, they are also not developing their own audiobooks. It is just too much trouble for them when they can just sell them on their platform instead.

Please take a look at the project I am about to launch on Kickstarter.  I would very much appreciate any comments you might have.

Here is the link ——> https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/jonlomb/797504796?ref=ezales&token=2b187884

I have been studying this Audible business learning all I can about it since the beginning of the year. I think few people starting an Audible business have invested as much time in research ahead of time as I have.

I also have two significant aces up my sleeve.

1) I have a mentor who runs one of the most successful Audible businesses on Amazon today. I have his ear and believe me when I say it was not cheap to get his advice, but I believe it will be invaluable to me, and to the group as well.

2) I have a close friend who works as an editor for a very large book publishing company. Of course, that includes digital books as well as physical books. I cannot say which one, for reasons of non-disclosure.

In conclusion, I would like to invite you to my group on Audible publishing. This group will explore this exciting new world of audiobooks on Audible. There is no cost to join, and no cost at any point in the future for a membership to the group.

Click here to join —-> https://markethive.com/group/originalaudiobooksgroup

You will learn everything there is to know about this business in order to become your own audiobooks Audible expert. I can guarantee it will be a fun journey, and very likely a highly profitable one as well.

Thanks for your time to read this extensive post.

I wish you the best of success in whatever endeavor you pursue.

John Lombaerde – Markethive Entrepreneur One and soon to become expert Audible marketer.

The Ins and outs of the Audible audiobooks purblishing business

Here we go. This is the start of something BIG! Why would I want to start an Audiobooks business on Amazon Audible after 5 years of perfecting the Amazon FBA business successfully selling physical products?

The reason is simply that the Amazon FBA business selling physical products is getting more and more competitive and less and less profitable every year.

Look at this analysis.

 

The total number of physical products on amazon.com (no one but Amazon knows for sure the exact number), is estimated at 400 million. Actually, it is probably closer to 500 million. That is a ton of competition. Amazon FBA, (Fulfillment by Amazon) is getting tougher and tougher these days. I could write volumes about this based on my 5 years of experience, but I will not because I am preparing to leave this business behind.

How about Amazon Books, including e-books? This is actually where Amazon got started. There are over 40 million titles on Amazon for books and e-books. That is still a whole lot of competition. Again you have to be very savvy to be successful with books and e-books.

What about Audible? Amazon's foray into audiobooks is the newest of these 3 sales channels.. There are currently only 245,000 audiobook titles on Audible. That is a very small number, which means there is very little competition for audiobooks. Amazon is pushing hard to develop this niche, and sales are exploding right now. No one has a crystal ball to predict the future, but this business is likely to continue to grow well into the foreseeable future.

There are 2 main differences between the Amazon FBA business and Audible that I can see.

1) Selling physical products is a continuous run-around buying, packing and shipping physical products over and over again. It requires a considerable investment of capital and resources including manpower, warehouse space, etc. to build it up, maintain it, and also try to grow the business every day. Unless you have $ 100,000.00 to $ 200,000.00 to invest to start your own Amazon FBA business, I would strongly advise you to forget about it. Every year there are 100,000 new FBA resellers than sign up to sell on Amazon and after one year there are only 10,000 left.  That is probably the most telling statistic I can think of to discourage anyone from attempting to start an Amazon FBA business that I can imagine.

2) Amazon is and will always be your biggest competitor. Even if you find a great product today, Amazon could start to sell the same product tomorrow, and Amazon is the 800-lb gorilla. There is no way whatsoever to compete with Amazon for any product. You have to pay Amazon approximately 15% commission on every product you sell, and that is before the volume discounts that Amazon negotiates with suppliers. They send out million-dollar purchase orders one after the other every single day. There is no way to compete with Amazon based on price. You are S.O.L when it comes to any direct competition with Amazon. I advise not to even try. It is best to give up before you start.

Let's compare that with starting an Audible business.

1) Audiobooks are a digital product. There is no inventory, no shipping cost, and no storage fees. There is only the cost to develop a new audiobook, which can be run from $ 500.00 to $ 1,000.00. Granted that is not a small investment, but for most audiobooks, there are monthly residual purchases of the product on Amazon, which means monthly residual income for you. If you sell 100 copies of one of your audiobooks this month, chances are good that you will also sell 100 copies next month. No additional effort is required to continue to sell audiobooks month after month.

2) There is no direct competition from Amazon on audiobooks. Amazon is not spending their time on content creation when they have so many content creators who will do it for them. Just like Amazon is not writing books month after month, they are also not developing their own audiobooks. It is just too much trouble for them when they can just sell them on their platform instead.

By joining this group now, you can learn all about this exciting new Audible audiobooks business and learn how to develop your own content with its associated residual income. I have to let you know that at some point, I will be charging a membership fee to be a part of this group. If you join now, you will never pay a membership fee. You are guaranteed lifetime membership at no charge.

I have been studying this Audible business learning all I can about it since the beginning of the year. I think few people starting an Audible business have invested as much time in research ahead of time as I have.

I also have two significant aces up my sleeve.

1) I have a mentor who runs one of the most successful Audible businesses on Amazon today. I have his ear and believe me when I say it was not cheap to get his advice, but I believe it will be invaluable to me, and to the group as well.

2) I have a close friend who works as an editor for a very large book publishing company. Of course, that includes digital books as well as physical books. I cannot say which one, for reasons of non-disclosure.

In conclusion, I would like to invite you to my group on Audible publishing. This group will explore this exciting new world of audiobooks on Audible. There is no cost to join, and no cost at any point in the future for a membership to the group.

Click here to join —-> https://markethive.com/group/originalaudiobooksgroup

You will learn everything there is to know about this business in order to become your own audiobooks Audible expert. I can guarantee it will be a fun journey, and very likely a highly profitable one as well.

Thanks for your time to read this extensive post.

I wish you the best of success in whatever endeavor you pursue.

John Lombaerde – Markethive Entrepreneur One and soon to become expert Audible marketer.

What I learned about attribution from studying the Markethive News Feed

What I learned about attribution from studying the Markethive News Feed

In a nutshell, many of us who post on the News Feed do not use attribution correctly, or not at all.  Does this matter? 

Well, the answer is yes and no.  Right now it probably has no consequence, but in the future, it could and the consequences might not be pretty.

Let me explain. There is no need, of course, to use any kind of attribution on an affiliate link. If your post concerns news or information of any kind, you really do need to give credit for the source of the information, as well as the image that you post.

If you do not do this, at this time there probably is little or no consequence for you.  In the future, when Markethive becomes the juggernaut we believe it can be, there may be some undesirable consequences that you would certainly like to avoid. Now is a good time to start to use attribution correctly so down the road, you do not get bitten in the arse.

Out of 100 items I checked on the News Feed today, I found about 1/3 of these posts had properly attributed sources and images.  About 2/3 did not have any attribution at all. When I google searched the images without attribution, in most cases I found large numbers of sites that were also using the same image, most without attribution as well.

I have to say I was embarrassed to find one of my own posts that I had forgotten to include an attribution to a post that I referred to that I found on Medium. (I have since corrected the information with the proper attribution).

So what does this mean?  Actually not much for now. Even if the owner of the original image wanted to pursue legal action, it would be quite difficult to bring suit against dozens or a hundred different sites where their image was used. 

Supposing you were to receive a message from someone asking you to remove a particular image from the News Feed.  Right now depending on when that post was made, it might be very difficult to track down and delete the offending image. With the new curated content style News Feed, I think it would be possible.

In case you feel that all this attribution stuff is for the birds and does not matter, I think we should all play it safe and use attribution as much as possible. Once you get in the habit of doing it it becomes easier.  Not to be a doom and gloomer, but keep in mind that copyright law is quite strong in the US. The law provides a range from $200 to $150,000 for each work infringed. Infringer pays for all attorney's fees and court costs. The Court can issue an injunction to stop the infringing acts as well. 

So I guess word to the wise, we should begin to clean up our act so far as attribution goes, give credit where credit is due. It is not hard to do, and it may actually save you from legal entanglements at some point in the future. 

John Lombaerde – Markethive Entrepreneur One

https://markethive.com/jonlomb/page/ jonlomb

 

Are US Senators too old to understand crypto?

(Note:  Orin Hatch retired in 2019)

The average age of Senators in the current Senate is 62.9 years.  Are these Senators too old to understand crypto? This question was raised in light of the sudden announcement of a crypto provision that was tacked on to the infrastructure bill in the Senate at the last moment.

Some Republicans supported the move due to their concerns over the cost of the bill.  It was thought that additional income could be raised by a broad tax on the crypto industry, even though it may actually prove to be illegal. This knee-jerk addition to the bill at the last moment was immediately and strongly opposed by the cryptocurrency industry.  They would like to be regarded in a similar fashion as commodities, especially since there is no profit until cryptocurrency is sold. If tax reporting were required of miners, developers, and stakers, none of these groups have access to customer data, which could make the provision ultimately unenforceable.

There are two versions of the additional provision that have yet to be voted on, and it remains to be seen which version will make it into law.  One version might be acceptable to the cryptocurrency industry, but one is very strongly opposed by the industry. The second version has galvanized organized opposition in very short order. Obviously, the House still has to vote on this bill and the House is not currently in session. They are not scheduled to return until September 14th unless the President calls them back earlier.

The version that attempts to tax PoS software developers or "proof of stake" is strongly opposed by the cryptocurrency industry, and may prove unenforceable in the long run. The question of whether the Senators have the ability to understand and process the differences between these two versions is a valid question.  Sooner or later, the cryptocurrency industry will have to face some level of regulation.  This has been known for quite some time. It remains to be seen if the Senators will side with Biden on strict new tax and regulation on the industry, or if they will adopt more reasonable standards acceptable to the cryptocurrency industry. 

One legitimate fear is that any excessive regulation will drive the nascent cryptocurrency industry offshore and that the US will lose all benefits from this industry that has a huge potential to contribute to the US economy directly as well as indirectly.  The loss of this entire industry would certainly be a severe blow to the US economy in the long term. 

 

Post was written by John Lombaerde  – a Markethive contributor and entrepreneur