Understanding the Policy of Selling Used Mattress

At home, one of the furniture or items that we prefer to be in a great condition and quality is the mattress because it is where we actually spend most of our time, sleeping and just lying down on a weekend or a holiday. For me, even if I do not have a bed frame or a nice pillow, as long as I have a nice mattress, I will not have any problems. However, no matter how careful we are when it comes taking care of our mattresses, there will come a time when we have to buy a new one. But instead of disposing the mattress, I personally think that it is better to sell it for various reasons:

  • Saves you money when buying a new one
  • Will save you time thinking of where to put your used mattress
  • Will help other buy cheap mattress

Since re-selling mattress is the best option when deciding to buy a new one, a lot people preferred this option. However, in some countries you cannot easily do this as they have laws for the resale of mattresses. One of those countries is Texas. In Texas, the government has an existing laws for the reselling of mattress. They are preventing people from buying a used mattress that is not worth its price because there are many cases wherein the mattress has stains and lots of bacteria inside it. Texas, still allows the resale of such item, but the mattress must pass a certain standard before entering the market. Sellers must carefully clean the mattress inside and out and fix all damages.

In country like Texas, it is the government that takes care of sale of used mattress. The condition of the mattress must pass standards indicated in the Texas Administrative Code Rule 205.8.

When it comes to cleaning and treatment of mattress, the government states that treatments that involve chemicals are allowed and other commercial services are allowed.

There are many sellers that conceal damages and stains using covers. The Texas government does not allow the use of covers and must be eradicated even after undergoing treatment methods.

 

Palestinian Journalists Protest Action Draws International Support from Social Media

Palestinian journalists have long been at the forefront in calling the world’s attention on how the Israeli occupation has resulted to abuse and agression by Israeli forces. However, many of those journalists were also among those who suffer as a result of such aggressions; from arrests to serious injury, and at worst, death.

The most recent incident of violence involved Muath Amarneh, a Palestinian photojournalist who took a hit in the eye from a shot taken by an Israeli sniper, while Amarneh was documenting Israeli soldiers in Israeli-occupied Hebron.

Although the Palestinian Journalists Syndicate (PJS) issued a statement condemning Armameh’s shooting, the condemnation continued to fall on deaf ears as far as Israeli auhtorities are concerned. Even the sit-in protest against Armameh’s wounding held by Palestinian journalists in Bethlehem, did not escape the Israeli force’s abusive treatment.

As the PJS stated

“The Israeli forces’ aggression against Amarneh, only represents a part of a series of attacks launched by the occupation forces in order to suppress and prevent Palestinian journalists from covering Israel’s continuing occupation of the Palestinian people.”

Even the Peaceful Sit-In Protest Was Not Spared from the Aggression

The sit-in solidarity protest saw dozens of activists and journalists coming from across Gaza and the West Bank, to show solidarity in voicing condemnation not only the violence committed against Amarneh but for many other journalists who were either injured or killed by Israeli forces in the past years.

Akram al-Waara, a Palestinian freelance reporter for Mondoweiss, told of how the Bethlehem sit-in protesters took to the streets with one eye covered to symbolize Amameh’s eye injury. However they were immediately dispersed when Israeli forces started firing tear gas. The sound bombs sent the crowd of protesters scampering for safety.

Akram added the Israeli forces not only suppressed the protest rather quickly but also and went after people, detaining a handful of them for several hours. Akram reported that any journalist filming the protest was a target.

Palestinian Journalists Turn to Social Media for Support

Unable to take their peaceful demonstrations to the streets, the protesters flooded social media sites with one-eyed photos of themselves. The collage of photographs came captioned as “We are All Muath.” Underneath was a brief explanation of the reason why they covered their eye with either their hand or with a patch is to highlight the result of an Israeli sniper’s intentional shooting of Amarne, who was at that time was documenting Israeli soldiers occupying Hebron.

The Palestinian social media post immediately drew the attention of international journalists particularly Activestills photographers, who joined the protest by posting similar one-eyed photos of themselves under the hashtags “The eye of the truth will not be shut” and “We are all Muath.”

How Much Politicians are making in a Year?

A politician’s salary will range from 0 to 6 figures. And this is in the US. For those serving at local levels, they earn the least but for those in the federal as well as state offices, these politicians are generating the most income. If you would think of running in the public office, say for example in the Congress, you should know what your paycheck would look like.

Obviously, the answer will depend on the job that you will be taking. Much like when you check out job boards in vacatures Techniek, you are going to find various jobs with varying amount of income. Elected officials on town councils might have a small stipend but mostly, unpaid volunteer jobs. Majority of the county-level elected officials have pay in which you could make a living. However, the cream of the cake is really at the state and the federal levels in which a politician’s salary really begin to rise tenfold.

Given, how much a politician in the US really make? This is a rough figure and should not be considered as true and valid.

US President

The US President has an annual income of 400,000 dollars a year for the service rendered in the nation. The Congress gives the president a raise almost 5x since former President George Washington took office.

Then the vice president is paid for 231,900 dollars.

Members of the Congress

The members of US Senate and House of representatives are earning a base salary of 174,000 dollars per year.

There are people who think that it is too much given the fact that there are few days debating legislation in a year. Then again, there are those who think that it is too little, with the workload they face outside the Senate floors and the House.

Governors

An elected governor of a state are paid anywhere between 70,000 to 190,000 dollars. As a matter of fact, Maine Governor Paul LePage is the lowest paid governor with salary of 70,000 dollars per year. Second-lowest in the list is Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper who is salaried at 90,000 dollars per year. And as for the highest paid governor, it is Tom Wolf of Pennsylvania who generates 190,823 dollars a year followed by Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam making 187,500 dollars a year.

Is It Illegal To Purchase Counterfeit Goods?

Replica watches as well as other replica goods seem to be increasing in prevalence in the offline and online marketplaces. Although their design is inspired by an original brand, they are legal as they leave off the trademark or distinguishing logo of the genuine brand. They are even sold by reputable companies. However, there are goods which are actually illegal in its production, distribution and sale, as well as its transport – counterfeits.

You probably have seen or have come across a counterfeit product, especially with its prevalence today. Or perhaps you have unknowingly bought one, just to later discover that the brand promoted at an unbelievable price that’s hard to resist wasn’t the brand at all. With heightened globalization broadening the production and sale of products and goods all over the globe with the plea of lesser prices, counterfeiting has turned into a major trade. This is exactly the case in the United States wherein it houses one of the biggest and major markets for consumer products.

Counterfeit Goods – What is it?

Most often, counterfeit goods are goods of substandard quality which are sold by another business’s trademark. A trademark is an officially and legitimately recognized company logo or mark that are customarily attached or marked onto products and goods it sells in the market. These trademarks safeguard the reputation of a company and permit consumers to differentiate between goods and products in the market. These trademarks never expire and, as soon as the trademark is registered with the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), the company could exclusively make use of its mark in the United States and could lawfully stop other companies and businesses from utilizing even identical looking marks if consumers become confused by it.

Is it Unlawful to Purchase Counterfeits?

Federal law in the United States protecting these trademarks makes it unlawful to intentionally traffic goods that are counterfeited. This involves the manufacturing, sale as well as the transport of counterfeits. However, the Department of Justice of the U.S. has specified that the law does not outlaw a person from purchasing a counterfeit good for their own usage, even though they know that the product is a counterfeit.

Traffickers of counterfeit goods who are first-time offenders could get a maximum of $2 million penalization and 10 years jail time, while Second-time offenders gets a $5 million penalization and 20 years jail time. Furthermore, if a company traffics in goods that are counterfeit, it could be answerable to a $15 million fine.