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Who is Slim in 6′s Debbie Siebers?

Her face is splashed across some of Beachbody’s most successful products, ranging from the smash hit ‘Slim in Six’ to the ‘Slim Series’ and ‘Slim Series Express’. She was the fitness consultant for the FOX prime-time reality show ‘The Swan’, as well as appearing on FIT TV, the Discovery Health Channel, E! News Daily, and the Travel Channel. She has trained an endless series of celebrities, and continues to dominate the field of women’s fitness, looking perennially young and energetic. But who is Debbie Siebers? Where did she come from, and how did she get to the pinnacle of fitness success where she resides today?

Indubitably part of her charm is her wide, open smile and her Midwestern, all-American, girl-next-door persona which she credits to growing up in Little Chute, Wisconsin, a town of 10,000 souls and home to the Great Wisconsin Cheese Festival. She was a cheerleader at Little Chute High School, and admits to having suffered and battled with a compulsive eating disorder which pushed her to a size 12. It’s because of these years of struggling with her own health and fitness that Debbie claims to empathize and understand the trials those following her fitness programs undergo.

Eventually she moved from Little Chute to Los Angeles, where she decided to become involved with the fitness community and dedicate herself to improving the health of others. She began her career as a trainer for Body-By-Jake, a pioneer in popularizing personal fitness training in the entertainment. While Jake Steiner himself worked with such actors as Harrison Ford in helping him develop muscle tone for Indiana Jones, Debbie trained such clients as Amy Irving, Tori Spelling, Penny Marshall, Ann Spielberg and Paul Marciano.

Not content with the success she had already achieved at Body-By-Jake, she continued to provide private fitness training to her clients and began to branch out into television, participating in Samuel Goldwyn’s Health and Fitness Pilot, and was also featured with Jake on CNN’s Fitness Break. She also free-lanced out at Crunch Gym, Meridian Sports Club, For Women Only Gym and the Peninsula Hotel. It was an incredibly busy time for Debbie as she sought a means to break into the national level.

Her chance came when she met Carl Daikeler through a mutual friend. The pioneer of infomercials recognized Debbie’s potential, and soon she was contracted to create her first product, “Thin Thighs Guaranteed”. The success of this program led to a lasting business relationship with Carl, who recognized her talent and passion. Meanwhile she continued to plug the fitness circuit, becoming the spokesperson for Bowflex and hosting such fitness infomercials as ‘Body Vibes’ and ‘Superfood System’.

But all this was a prelude to her work with Beachbody. When Carl Daikeler created his company in the late 90′s he got back in touch with Debbie and commissioned her to create her landmark ‘Slim in 6′ fitness program. To gauge Slim in 6′s success, simply Google it. The 23,600,000 page results are testament enough to her program’s popularity.

Paris is Safe and Well, Thank You!

If you watched CNN or Fox News like I did a few evenings ago, you might have been impressed at the student demonstrations in France.

Both TV channels had us sold on the idea Paris was being mobbed by the angry multitude. Pictures of Mad Max-like police trucks hosing thousands of protesters. Scenes of massive gatherings around Bastille square. Interviews of malcontent students. Some pyrotechnics to boot!


Though I often travel to Paris, I live in Florida. So I had to wait until the following day before I could call relatives and friends in Paris. I got Vince first. Vince is always a reliable source, he’s got the local pulse. When I need to get the lowdown on all-things-Paris, I get it from him first.

“Hi Vince, it’s Phil. Gee, how is it today? Have you lived through the night?

“Hi man, what are you talking about?

“Well, I mean, the demonstrations and all. The mayhem.

“Oh yeah, so what about them?

“Well, I was on CNN yesterday, and they were showing all this mess with the police, and students, and cars burning!


“Come on, man, you can’t tell me nothing is happening there!

“Well, there was a demonstration, for sure. Students in the streets. But this was yesterday….

“You mean, it’s over?

“Sure, buddy. Guys didn’t like what the government handed over, guys got in the street, guys vented their anger, guys go home and watch TV, end of story.

“Oh. But about the cars torched? I mean, we saw it on TV!

“To hell with TV! You see a couple of cars burning, and you think it’s the war?

OK, that was Vince’s input. Kind of reassuring.

Let’s ring family. I wanted to talk to Lolo, my brother in law. Lolo was an army firefighter for 15 years, he’s cool-calm-collected, and he’s used to assessing disasters with a cold eye.

“Lolo? Hi, it’s Phil.

“Hi bro, whassup?

“Hey, I just wanted to hear it from you, you know, about the demonstrations, and the mess in Paris.

“Yeah, that was sporty.

“You mean, they wreaked havoc in the place?

“No, I mean it was sporty to get to work on my scooter. I mean, some of the streets near the Bastille Square were jam-packed.

“But what about the protests? I mean, they showed us the stuff on TV; it looked like mayhem with the cops and their trucks!

“That was towards the evening, not during the day. I was not far from the demonstrations when they were full on. The students sure were a loud crowd, but the hosing only started in the evening, and only lasted a couple hours.

“What about the cars burned?

“There were a few. Less than in November, during the events in the suburbs.

“Not many then. And how is it now?

“Quiet. Everybody’s home, like nothing happened.

“Do you mean the demonstrations are over?

“Sure. I rode in Paris today, and it was business as usual.

“Is it safe for Americans to come? You know I have this website,, and I give travel advice to people. Is it safe for them, or should I just tell my visitors to postpone their travel plans to Paris?

“It’s just as quiet today as it was before the demonstrations. Come see yourself if you don’t believe me.”

Oh I sure believed Lolo, he having served 15 years as a firefighter in the army, and saved several lives. He used to serve in Paris too, so he knows the place like the back of his hand.

But I figured: I’m not gonna risk sending the visitors of my website to Destination Hell. I want proof. Solid proof that it’s all over, and there’s nothing bad happening now in Paris.

So I called Serge and Tony, two friends who are in the video business.
“Guys, could you do me a favor, and shoot a short video for my visitors, with the time and date on it? I want to see Paris as it is today.

Serge and Tony are very cool guys, and they sure obliged.

This is the video they sent me: Paris video

It was shot in Paris, between 1:00 and 2:00 PM on April 3, 2006, in various well-known places: under the Eiffel Tower, on the Alma Bridge, on the Champs Elysees Avenue, on Place de la Concorde, at St Germain des Pres, on St Michel Blvd, near the Cluny museum, at the Notre Dame Cathedral, on the Cite island, near the Louvre and Orsay museums, near the Opera house, and finally, right in the department store neighborhood.

What it shows is exactly how Paris is at this time. Business as usual.
So how come we have seen such a mess on TV, and there seems to be no trace of it today?

For one thing, student protests rarely last. They are put together quickly, and dissolve even quicker. What we saw on CNN and other news channels was a live-fast-die-fast occurrence.

What’s more, TV and the news media rarely report quiet endings. ‘News’ is drama, war, atrocities, and the like. Uneventful endings never make the news.

The student protests of March 28 were filmed until everybody just went back home after sunset. Then they became much less newsworthy. Or so think the big honchos at CNN, Fox News, and the like. Don’t forget folks, these guys think for y’all, the rabble. So shut up and watch.

Thirdly, the French are Mediterranean in character. An argument breaks, tempers flare quickly, bird names are exchanged, and suddenly it’s all drama…. Then things resume their regular course, everybody shares a glass of wine, and the argument is soon forgotten.

The French government tried to pass a law which students and unions consider as a danger to job security. When the latter felt this law was forced into their gullets with no negotiations, their temper flared, and in no time they were down in the street. But it ended just as quickly as it all started. A flash in the pan. Within a day, it was over.

There is only one regrettable fact in this: heavy-handed, scandal-happy, war-loving news reporting gives us all a false impression that France is “a dangerous place to travel to these days.”

Yet, had TV cameras continued rolling and spent just as much time showing Parisians had returned to their peaceful lives, such impression would have been quickly dispelled for what it really is: 100% false.

And so it is the privilege of regular Joes like me and other honest-to-God travelers to report the happy ending: everything is fine and dandy in Paris, folks. Live your lives as you plan them, and if you wish to travel to France, just don’t bother too much with the news.

PS– Paris is a big city. Demonstrations are mostly channeled along certain boulevards: Nation-to-Bastille, Nation-to-Italie, Bastille-to-Republique, and Bastille-to-Chatelet. Look them up on a map. Look at all the space around these spots. Well, that’s your own playground in case new demonstrations occur when you are in Paris. A fact the news media conveniently omit to tell you. It wouldn’t sell.

The History of Solar Power Development

The search and attempt to harness the infinite power and energy of the sun has challenged man’s ingenuity to experiment various ways of tapping into this powerful source of power. The history of solar has its origins back to the 7th century B.C. right up to the 20 A.D. we have records of the development of solar technology from the simplest use of glass and mirrors to make fire by directing the suns rays to the object to be burned.

The Greeks and Romans use burning mirrors to light torches for religious ceremonies. So do the Chinese. It is said that Archimedes used bronze shields to reflect sunlight to set fire to Roman ships besieging Syracuse. In 1767 Swiss scientist Horace de Saussure was credited with building the world’s first solar collector.

In 1839 French scientist Edmund Becquerel discovered the effect of photovoltaic effect. French mathematician August Mouchet proposed the idea of a solar -powered steam engine, experimented and built the first solar-powered engine for various purposes.

Following the discovery of the photoconductivity of selenium by Willoughby Smith in 1873, in 1876 William Grylls and Richard Evans discover that selenium produces electricity when exposed to sunlight. In 1883 Charle Fritts described the fist solar cells from selenium wafers.

The first commercial solar water heater was patented by Baltimore inventor, Clarence Kemp. Research continued into the 1900s. Albert Einstein wins the nobel price for his theories explaining the photoelectric effect.

The first solar cell capable of converting enough of the sun’s energy into power to run everyday electrical equipment was developed at Bell Labs in 1954. Thus photovoltaic technology was born in the U.S. Following this success then emerged solar water heating designs and the world’s first solar heated office building.

In 1958 the Vanguard space satellite used a small array to power its radio. Later in the year, Explorer III , Vanguard II and Sputnik-3 were launched with PV-powered systems on board . Silicon solar cells was used successfully to powering satellites and remains so until today.

In the early 1970s Dr Elliot Berman designed a less costly solar cell for applications on many offshore gas and oil rigs, light houses and railroad crossings and domestic solar applications was viewed as viable and sensible to be used in remote locations where utilities could not be available affordably. The Institute of Energy Conversion was established at the University of Delaware to perform research and development on thin film PV and solar thermal systems.
It became the world’s first laboratory dedicated to PV research and development.

In 1981, the first solar powered aircraft was flown from France to England across the English Channel. An Australian Hans Tholstrup drives the first solar-powered car almost 2800 miles between Sydney and Perth.

Since the first day way back in the 7th century B.C.,when solar rays were redirected by magnifying glass to use for burning , up to the present day , research and development in the field of solar energy has gone a very long way . Homes, cars, aircraft, boats and satellites are now traveling with solar powered energy. Research in new material, cell designs and novel approaches to solar material and product development is still continuing. The price of photovoltaic power will be competitive with traditional sources of electricity within 10 years and we will soon be able to see the use of solar energy as a common scenario in everyday life.