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Freemason Blue Lodge Degrees

The local Blue Lodge is the place where you and your Freemason neighbors begin your Masonic careers. A Blue Lodge is a lodge of Freemasons that confers the first three degrees: [more…]

Youth Groups Affiliated with Freemasonry

Freemasons encourage young people to become involved in their rituals. Over the years Freemasons have started several groups for young people. You need to have a Masonic connection to join the Order of [more…]

Officers of a Typical Freemason Lodge

Freemasonry is full of ritual, and for rituals you need people to be responsible for the various activities associated with the ritual and for the lodge in general. And what would any lodge be without [more…]

Groups Affiliated with Freemasons

Freemasons are generally a social bunch who want more and more people to join in their love for their rituals. The mid-1800s saw the addition of more groups joining the Masonic family, including groups [more…]

The Lost Symbol: Truth or Fiction?

Dan Brown's book, The Lost Symbol, invites much curiosity — and speculation — about a brotherhood of secrets and symbols. So, what's the truth behind the storytelling? Here are a few facts revealed: [more…]

Freemasons For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Freemasons are part of an ancient tradition with rituals and symbols all their own. As a Mason, you can earn degrees, join esoteric and social organizations, and become privy to the language and abbreviations [more…]

The Patent Process

A patent is the most expensive and complex type of IP (intellectual property) right. Decide whether you can protect your IP with a copyright, trademark, or service mark, or by keeping it under wraps as [more…]

How to Identify Your Commercial Identifiers

If you’re developing work or product that you want to get a patent on, register as the copyright holder of, or trademark, you need to be able to distinguish the fruit of your labors from the work of other [more…]

How to Keep Trade Secrets

The world of patents, copyrights, and trademarks includes trade secrets. Trade secrets can take many forms, such as your customer and supplier list, your next marketing campaign, a particular process or [more…]

Useful Acronyms for Patents, Copyrights, and Trademarks

The world of patents, copyrights, and trademarks has its share of acronyms, just like any other field. Although when you see IP, you may think “Internet protocol,” in the intellectual property realm, IP [more…]

Patents, Copyrights & Trademarks For Dummies Cheat Sheet

You protect physical property with security systems and watchdogs, you protect your intellectual property with a patent, copyright, or trademark. To use these safeguards, you need to know the steps involved [more…]

Islamic Terms Useful in Understanding the Middle East

Islam is the predominant religion in the Middle East, so if you’re interested in Middle Eastern issues, you need to be familiar with some of basic Islamic terms and concepts. The following list explains [more…]

A Map of the Middle East

If you’re interested in the Middle East, a map is an essential aid to understanding the relationships and histories of the countries and people. The following map sets out national boundaries, capital [more…]

Important Acronyms in the Middle East

If you want to understand political and social issues in the Middle East, you need to be familiar with the acronyms commonly used in those discussions. The following list gives you the well-known Middle [more…]

Middle-Eastern Heads of State

Knowing the political players is an important component of understanding the Middle East. The following list contains the names and positions of those in power in key Middle Eastern countries at the end [more…]

The Middle East For Dummies Cheat Sheet

The Middle East is a fascinating region with complex cultures, religions, and relationships. If you’re interested in this area of the world, you'll want to know the heads of state in the region, acronyms [more…]

How to Approach a Crime Scene to Protect Forensic Evidence

Forensics, which is basically the practice of applying science to crime, dictates that certain procedures be followed at the scene of a crime. The first officer to arrive at a crime scene must take certain [more…]

What to Do if You Witness a Crime

Part of forensics is gathering reports from eyewitnesses, and who knows, you may be an eyewitness to a crime. You could be going to the store or a movie, dropping the kids off at school, or sitting at [more…]

FBI Crime Statistics

Without crime, you’d have no scope for your interest in forensics, although, being an upstanding citizen, you’d trade your forensics skills for a crime-free country in a heartbeat, right? Given human nature [more…]

The U.S. Constitution’s First Ten Amendments: The Bill of Rights

Some of the signers of the U.S. Constitution felt the need to spell out the rights of individual citizens in contrast to the establishment of the powers of the federal government enumerated in the Constitution [more…]

Who Signed the U.S. Constitution?

The 38 signers of the U.S. Constitution were delegates from the original states who gathered several times and in several places, first drafting the Declaration of Independence, and then, after the colonists [more…]

The U.S. Constitution and the Establishment of Government

The U.S. Constitution, as adopted by the Philadelphia Convention on September 17, 1787, sets out three distinct branches of national government and provides powers to each that serve as a check on the [more…]

U.S. Constitution For Dummies Cheat Sheet

The U.S. Constitution was written and signed by men who craved independence from Britain but who were nonetheless steeped in its history and ideals. The U.S. Constitution starts with some basic precepts [more…]

Major British Political and Social Events Since 1900

Britain’s political and social scene has changed dramatically over the course of a century, with the result that it’s barely recognisable today. Here are just a few of the important events that have shaped [more…]

Quick Definitions of Political Ideologies: the -isms

Let’s face it, ideologies are confusing things. The -ism bit seems to makes them so very forgettable. But not anymore! Here’s a quick alphabetical guide to the major [more…]

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