13 7 / 2014

Starbucks - BYOF

Okay, this was the second week in a row at Starbucks that I’ve seen people BYOF.
BYOF = Bring Your Own Food.
This gentleman relaxing on a Sunday has brought his ziplock bag and with some nice looking pound cake at that.
Message to Starbucks…either your food is really bad, overpriced, or perhaps a little of both. 
You pride yourself on your coffee and everyone pays a premium for it, but you are slacking on the food side of the coffeehouse. 
Seems like a big opportunity—fix your food (finally!) and make gazillions of dollars more off the addicted masses that flock to your coffee havens. 
My consulting fee…we can discuss. ;-)
(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Starbucks - BYOF

Okay, this was the second week in a row at Starbucks that I’ve seen people BYOF.


BYOF = Bring Your Own Food.


This gentleman relaxing on a Sunday has brought his ziplock bag and with some nice looking pound cake at that.


Message to Starbucks…either your food is really bad, overpriced, or perhaps a little of both. 


You pride yourself on your coffee and everyone pays a premium for it, but you are slacking on the food side of the coffeehouse. 


Seems like a big opportunity—fix your food (finally!) and make gazillions of dollars more off the addicted masses that flock to your coffee havens. 


My consulting fee…we can discuss. ;-)


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

13 7 / 2014

Two Lost Children

Often we hear about lost children with everything from Amber Alerts to our phones and billboards to advertisements on local TV and even on milk cartons—and it is completely frightening. 
Rarely though do we come into contact with lost children…but yesterday it happened to us. 
We were taking a nice quiet walk around the neighborhood, but something was different this time. 
I see 2 children running down the block, and as they get closer, I see they are not playing, but running scared. 
The taller, older girl is ahead of a smaller boy. 
As the girl is within speaking distance, her whole face breaks into tears and she starts sobbing loudly.
Not knowing if they were in some imminent danger, I asked quickly what was wrong and were they in danger. 
By now the little boy has caught up with his sister and they—taking turns—saying they are lost. 
We start asking more questions.
Are you from around here?  No, they are visiting from NY. 
What is the address of where they are staying?  Don’t know. 
What the name of the people they are staying at?  Don’t know. 
Where are their parents?  Don’t know—they told them to go out and run around the (strange) neighborhood.
How old are they? The girl is 7 and the boy is just 4.
We told these 2 little kids not to worry that we would help them find their way back and that we wouldn’t leave them until we did. 
Immediately, we headed back from where they had come from to backtrack and find their parents. 
The boy and girl took turns running ahead, crying, afraid they were not going to find the house they came from and saying the streets here are so curvy unlike the square blocks where they are from in NY. 
As we kept going around, I started to get leg pain, as I am still on a cane myself from recent surgery, and we were rushing to find their home in the midday Summer sun.
We made it down a long block, looking this way and that with the kids—turned the corner…then again the same thing…down another block…although we try to calm them, as we kept going, the kids get more panicky that they were just completely lost. 
Finally, thank G-d, a lady in the distance…the kids start running…they recognize her immediately…it’s their mother. 
The lady sees us behind them bringing them home to her…she picks up the little girl who makes it to her first…so glad to have her kids back.
She waves to us…a quick sort of thanks—and turns and walks away.
That was it…she didn’t say a word and was gone before we even caught up. 
The kids were really sweet—and were also fortunate—and I hope they are okay and never have to experience anything like that again. 
(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Two Lost Children

Often we hear about lost children with everything from Amber Alerts to our phones and billboards to advertisements on local TV and even on milk cartons—and it is completely frightening. 


Rarely though do we come into contact with lost children…but yesterday it happened to us. 


We were taking a nice quiet walk around the neighborhood, but something was different this time. 


I see 2 children running down the block, and as they get closer, I see they are not playing, but running scared. 


The taller, older girl is ahead of a smaller boy. 


As the girl is within speaking distance, her whole face breaks into tears and she starts sobbing loudly.


Not knowing if they were in some imminent danger, I asked quickly what was wrong and were they in danger. 


By now the little boy has caught up with his sister and they—taking turns—saying they are lost. 


We start asking more questions.


Are you from around here?  No, they are visiting from NY. 


What is the address of where they are staying?  Don’t know. 


What the name of the people they are staying at?  Don’t know. 


Where are their parents?  Don’t know—they told them to go out and run around the (strange) neighborhood.


How old are they? The girl is 7 and the boy is just 4.


We told these 2 little kids not to worry that we would help them find their way back and that we wouldn’t leave them until we did. 


Immediately, we headed back from where they had come from to backtrack and find their parents. 


The boy and girl took turns running ahead, crying, afraid they were not going to find the house they came from and saying the streets here are so curvy unlike the square blocks where they are from in NY. 


As we kept going around, I started to get leg pain, as I am still on a cane myself from recent surgery, and we were rushing to find their home in the midday Summer sun.


We made it down a long block, looking this way and that with the kids—turned the corner…then again the same thing…down another block…although we try to calm them, as we kept going, the kids get more panicky that they were just completely lost. 


Finally, thank G-d, a lady in the distance…the kids start running…they recognize her immediately…it’s their mother. 


The lady sees us behind them bringing them home to her…she picks up the little girl who makes it to her first…so glad to have her kids back.


She waves to us…a quick sort of thanks—and turns and walks away.


That was it…she didn’t say a word and was gone before we even caught up. 


The kids were really sweet—and were also fortunate—and I hope they are okay and never have to experience anything like that again. 


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

12 7 / 2014

From Hatred To Peace

Someone sent me this video by Dennis Prager on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and I wanted to share it.

An easy conflict to explain, a difficult one to solve: ”One side wants the other dead!”


How do you get a people not to hate another?


"There are 22 Arab states stretching from the Atlantic Ocean to the Indian Ocean, but only Jewish state the size of New Jersey…”


"Why can’t the one Jewish state be allowed to exist?"


After generations of hatred and hostility—taught and practiced—truly a miracle is needed where we can live and let live. 


May G-d bring peace and security in our time, and may “nation not lift up sword against nation, and neither shall they learn war anymore.” (Isaiah 2:4)

12 7 / 2014

Robots Reach The Clouds

So robots have reached the clouds before many of our government agencies have—who would’ve thought? 
Bloomberg Businessweek reports how robotic activities are being stored in the cloud and are then accessible to other robots to learn from and repeat as necessary. 
The “cloud servers essentially [are] a shared brain” where memories and experiences are uploaded and accessed by other robots with a need to know the same thing. 
The cloud is the means of transfer learning from one robot to the other.
It serves like a master neural network where the Internet provides the how-to for everything from serving juice to patients in a hospital to functioning as autonomous warbots in battle. 
Like the Borg on Star Trek with a collective brain, the cloud may become the mastermind for everything from day-to-day functioning to taking over the species of the universe. 
(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Robots Reach The Clouds

So robots have reached the clouds before many of our government agencies have—who would’ve thought? 


Bloomberg Businessweek reports how robotic activities are being stored in the cloud and are then accessible to other robots to learn from and repeat as necessary. 


The “cloud servers essentially [are] a shared brain” where memories and experiences are uploaded and accessed by other robots with a need to know the same thing. 


The cloud is the means of transfer learning from one robot to the other.


It serves like a master neural network where the Internet provides the how-to for everything from serving juice to patients in a hospital to functioning as autonomous warbots in battle. 


Like the Borg on Star Trek with a collective brain, the cloud may become the mastermind for everything from day-to-day functioning to taking over the species of the universe. 


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

11 7 / 2014

Even Tolerance Has Limits

This torn down sign in Washington, D.C. caught my eye.
It’s about ending bullying and teaching tolerance. 
This poster specifically has to do with LGBT, but the universal message of acceptance is more broad. 
While each of us has our own beliefs, we should allow others to have theirs as well. 
My father used to tell me basically (that within G-d’s law), “You can do whatever you want in life as long as you don’t hurt yourself or anyone else.”
However, I am reminded this week that not everyone lives by the same common sense and decency. 
I read in the Jerusalem Post about Palestinian Media Watch posting a Hamas video yesterday threatening “stabbing attacks [in Israel] everywhere…[and] suicide attacks on every bus, cafe, and street.”
Moreover, Arutz Sheva tells how a female Egyptian lawyer “recommended that Arab men begin sexually harassing Jewish women” as a mean of fighting Israel. 
Then watching the news and seeing Hamas and Islamic Jihad terrorists from Gaza shooting missiles and intentionally aiming to try to hit major Israeli cities and population centers, airplanes, ports, and other critical infrastructure like the nuclear facility in Dimona that could potentially spread radiation and kill untold numbers of people—I am reminded morality is not universal. 
While Israel calls the residents in Gaza to vacate before an attack on then empty buildings—the terrorists that Israel is fighting try to kill as many civilians as possible—at which time, they would presumably sing, dance, and hand out candy to the kids to celebrate as is their custom.
Like the sign calling for tolerance that was essentially torn from the pole, we have to remember tolerance for others is one thing, but there are limits when they actively seek to harm (themselves or) others. 
(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Even Tolerance Has Limits

This torn down sign in Washington, D.C. caught my eye.


It’s about ending bullying and teaching tolerance. 


This poster specifically has to do with LGBT, but the universal message of acceptance is more broad. 


While each of us has our own beliefs, we should allow others to have theirs as well. 


My father used to tell me basically (that within G-d’s law), “You can do whatever you want in life as long as you don’t hurt yourself or anyone else.”


However, I am reminded this week that not everyone lives by the same common sense and decency. 


I read in the Jerusalem Post about Palestinian Media Watch posting a Hamas video yesterday threatening “stabbing attacks [in Israel] everywhere…[and] suicide attacks on every bus, cafe, and street.”


Moreover, Arutz Sheva tells how a female Egyptian lawyer “recommended that Arab men begin sexually harassing Jewish women” as a mean of fighting Israel. 


Then watching the news and seeing Hamas and Islamic Jihad terrorists from Gaza shooting missiles and intentionally aiming to try to hit major Israeli cities and population centers, airplanes, ports, and other critical infrastructure like the nuclear facility in Dimona that could potentially spread radiation and kill untold numbers of people—I am reminded morality is not universal. 


While Israel calls the residents in Gaza to vacate before an attack on then empty buildings—the terrorists that Israel is fighting try to kill as many civilians as possible—at which time, they would presumably sing, dance, and hand out candy to the kids to celebrate as is their custom.


Like the sign calling for tolerance that was essentially torn from the pole, we have to remember tolerance for others is one thing, but there are limits when they actively seek to harm (themselves or) others. 


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

10 7 / 2014

OJ x 6

Okay, I like orange juice like everyone else, but this is ridiculous.
At least 6 types of Tropicana OJ in the refrigerated section of this small neighborhood deli.
Get this:
No Pulp
Some Pulp
Lots of Pulp
Calcium (Enriched)
Orange Peach Mango 
Orange Strawberry Banana

Good thing is the juice cartons are color-coded or you might just pick up the wrong one—and then what?
Ah, I’ll just take the one made from oranges—the fresh ones from Florida!

Choice is a good thing, but consumers must be getting more picky.
Then again, maybe I am getting old, because I still remember when I only had to select between Tropicana and Minute Maid. ;-)
(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

OJ x 6

Okay, I like orange juice like everyone else, but this is ridiculous.


At least 6 types of Tropicana OJ in the refrigerated section of this small neighborhood deli.

Get this:

  • No Pulp
  • Some Pulp
  • Lots of Pulp
  • Calcium (Enriched)
  • Orange Peach Mango 
  • Orange Strawberry Banana

Good thing is the juice cartons are color-coded or you might just pick up the wrong one—and then what?


Ah, I’ll just take the one made from oranges—the fresh ones from Florida!


Choice is a good thing, but consumers must be getting more picky.


Then again, maybe I am getting old, because I still remember when I only had to select between Tropicana and Minute Maid. ;-)


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

08 7 / 2014

Upside Down in D.C.

So coming downtown this week in D.C., I see this quite unhelpful posted sign. 
If you can read upside down, while rushing down a busy street with a million and one things on your mind for the day, it says, “Sidewalk Closed. Use Other Side.”
Of course, the people flowing speedily down the streets in the morning, were still walking on this sidewalk, despite the construction and potential dangers. 
But in a way this reminds me of a bigger question here—is this really a sign of the times?
Today, I read in the Wall Street Journal about continued problems with Healthcare.gov—no, not related to the crashing websites, exemptions and delays, parts being overturned (such as with the contraception mandate), low enrollment (particularly after accounting for over 5 million people that lost their coverage with the new law and in effect had to sign up), but now in terms of thousands of people who signed up not getting their benefits due to continued problems with the enrollment system.
This is not just an issue for this party or that, but rather matters of government that we as a unified nation must tackle togther to grow our capabilities and competitiveness econically, militarily, and socially. 
Are the signs pointing us in the right direction and what streets should we be going down as a nation in order to succeed? 
(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Upside Down in D.C.

So coming downtown this week in D.C., I see this quite unhelpful posted sign. 


If you can read upside down, while rushing down a busy street with a million and one things on your mind for the day, it says, “Sidewalk Closed. Use Other Side.”


Of course, the people flowing speedily down the streets in the morning, were still walking on this sidewalk, despite the construction and potential dangers. 


But in a way this reminds me of a bigger question here—is this really a sign of the times?


Today, I read in the Wall Street Journal about continued problems with Healthcare.gov—no, not related to the crashing websites, exemptions and delays, parts being overturned (such as with the contraception mandate), low enrollment (particularly after accounting for over 5 million people that lost their coverage with the new law and in effect had to sign up), but now in terms of thousands of people who signed up not getting their benefits due to continued problems with the enrollment system.


This is not just an issue for this party or that, but rather matters of government that we as a unified nation must tackle togther to grow our capabilities and competitiveness econically, militarily, and socially. 


Are the signs pointing us in the right direction and what streets should we be going down as a nation in order to succeed? 


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

06 7 / 2014

The Painted Sky

It was a beautiful walk in Rock Creek Park (even with my ongoing limp post surgery). 

Coming down the trail, I saw this amazing horse with a mounted police officer, and he was nice enough to stop and let me pet the horse and take this photo with them.

It was a truly beautiful animal and it was so cool seeing them on patrol for all the people taking advantage of the great outdoors here. 

In a fantasy type of way, I thought what a dream job (not high-tech, but oh so much in tune with nature and helping people)!

Anyway, this time of year, it was really lush green in the park and pretty peaceful. 

It was also interesting today visiting my dad and sitting outside on the deck with him, he looks up at the sky and says rhetorically, yet so innocently, “Who painted the sky so beautiful?”

I thought wow—what an amazing and poetic way to think of the hand of G-d and all that he has created for our benefit. 

Now, I think to myself outside, how our physical reality is just a manifestation of G-d’s artistry, imagination, and kindness, and it makes it all even better.

(Source Photo: Dannielle Blumenthal)

The Painted Sky

It was a beautiful walk in Rock Creek Park (even with my ongoing limp post surgery). 

Coming down the trail, I saw this amazing horse with a mounted police officer, and he was nice enough to stop and let me pet the horse and take this photo with them.

It was a truly beautiful animal and it was so cool seeing them on patrol for all the people taking advantage of the great outdoors here. 

In a fantasy type of way, I thought what a dream job (not high-tech, but oh so much in tune with nature and helping people)!

Anyway, this time of year, it was really lush green in the park and pretty peaceful. 

It was also interesting today visiting my dad and sitting outside on the deck with him, he looks up at the sky and says rhetorically, yet so innocently, “Who painted the sky so beautiful?”

I thought wow—what an amazing and poetic way to think of the hand of G-d and all that he has created for our benefit. 

Now, I think to myself outside, how our physical reality is just a manifestation of G-d’s artistry, imagination, and kindness, and it makes it all even better.

(Source Photo: Dannielle Blumenthal)

05 7 / 2014

Just Can’t Bear To Think

Whether though endless work, family activities, exercise, computer time, or whatever, people have a hard time just stopping to think. 
According to the Washington Post, a study in Science shows that people would rather do just about anything—including administer electric shocks to themselves—rather than having to just think for a little while. 
Fully 67% of men and 25% of women chose electric shocks over sitting and thinking for just 6-15 minutes!
People are “desperate for distractions”—whether through social media or smartphones and more. 
This is why many ancient practices such as Buddhism, martial arts, yoga, and other disciplines teach meditation—sitting silently, without distraction, deeply in thought. 
People are afraid to stop their endless running, rounds of chores and activities, hustle and bustle, and just think about what they are actually doing and where they are going.
Sitting alone with yourself—you have to confront you!

Fears and anxieties
Life problems of all sorts
Mistakes and personal inadequacies
Bad habits and even dangerous addictions
Keeping yourself endlessly busy is an enabler to avoid sometimes painful reflection, introspection, and even necessary self-help. 
While you often hear that doctors recommend a certain amount of activity to keep physically healthy, I believe that similarly, mental and spiritual guidance would be for carving out time for physical inactivity and instead focusing on meditation and reflection. 
Perhaps, this is one reason that the Sabbath (kept in various ways by religions around the world) is so important to the mind and soul—it is a time to stop the work and daily mundane activities and instead focus on your spiritual side. 
Contrary to what you might think, refraining from all the activity may be one of the hardest things to actually do, but stopping and thinking (instead of just continuously doing), confronting yourself, and making life course corrections can be some of the most rewarding. 
Can you stop and think for just 15 minutes or do you need that next fix of compulsive distraction? 
(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Just Can’t Bear To Think

Whether though endless work, family activities, exercise, computer time, or whatever, people have a hard time just stopping to think. 


According to the Washington Post, a study in Science shows that people would rather do just about anything—including administer electric shocks to themselves—rather than having to just think for a little while. 


Fully 67% of men and 25% of women chose electric shocks over sitting and thinking for just 6-15 minutes!


People are “desperate for distractions”—whether through social media or smartphones and more. 


This is why many ancient practices such as Buddhism, martial arts, yoga, and other disciplines teach meditation—sitting silently, without distraction, deeply in thought. 


People are afraid to stop their endless running, rounds of chores and activities, hustle and bustle, and just think about what they are actually doing and where they are going.


Sitting alone with yourself—you have to confront you!

  • Fears and anxieties
  • Life problems of all sorts
  • Mistakes and personal inadequacies
  • Bad habits and even dangerous addictions


Keeping yourself endlessly busy is an enabler to avoid sometimes painful reflection, introspection, and even necessary self-help. 


While you often hear that doctors recommend a certain amount of activity to keep physically healthy, I believe that similarly, mental and spiritual guidance would be for carving out time for physical inactivity and instead focusing on meditation and reflection. 


Perhaps, this is one reason that the Sabbath (kept in various ways by religions around the world) is so important to the mind and soul—it is a time to stop the work and daily mundane activities and instead focus on your spiritual side. 


Contrary to what you might think, refraining from all the activity may be one of the hardest things to actually do, but stopping and thinking (instead of just continuously doing), confronting yourself, and making life course corrections can be some of the most rewarding. 


Can you stop and think for just 15 minutes or do you need that next fix of compulsive distraction? 


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

05 7 / 2014

Walking Off Into The Sunset

My daughter snapped this photo of my wife and I while we weren’t looking. 
When we got home my wife titled it “Walking Off Into The Sunset.”
We both cried when we saw it!
So full of meaning…
Two people, different, but hearts and hands together.
Walking into the future, not sure where it is going to take us. 
Some day we’ll be old, and we’ll look back at all the times. 
Hopefully, all for the good, but always trying to make the best. 
We’ll walk off into that sunset sometimes with tears, but always with joy. 
(Source Photo: Michelle Blumenthal)

Walking Off Into The Sunset

My daughter snapped this photo of my wife and I while we weren’t looking. 


When we got home my wife titled it “Walking Off Into The Sunset.”


We both cried when we saw it!


So full of meaning…


Two people, different, but hearts and hands together.


Walking into the future, not sure where it is going to take us. 


Some day we’ll be old, and we’ll look back at all the times. 


Hopefully, all for the good, but always trying to make the best. 


We’ll walk off into that sunset sometimes with tears, but always with joy. 


(Source Photo: Michelle Blumenthal)

04 7 / 2014

Flowers @ Brookside Garden

Oh, what a beautiful day.

Thank you G-d.


(Source Photos: Andy Blumenthal)

04 7 / 2014

Gorgeous Dragon

I just thought this Dragon was completely awesome. 
The lifelike sculpture and vibrant colors made me stop in my tracks to snap this photo of it in a storefront gallery in Fort Lauderdale. 
With all the detail, including it’s scaly skin, muscle tone, and look at the eyes…this creature is amazing. 
It’s so interesting though…this dragon is perched on what looks like a treasure chest and appears to be licking an ice cream cone (go figure!)—what happens when it breathes fire?
Anyway I love it…especially when it a friendly-looking dragon like this. ;-)
(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Gorgeous Dragon

I just thought this Dragon was completely awesome. 


The lifelike sculpture and vibrant colors made me stop in my tracks to snap this photo of it in a storefront gallery in Fort Lauderdale. 


With all the detail, including it’s scaly skin, muscle tone, and look at the eyes…this creature is amazing. 


It’s so interesting though…this dragon is perched on what looks like a treasure chest and appears to be licking an ice cream cone (go figure!)—what happens when it breathes fire?


Anyway I love it…especially when it a friendly-looking dragon like this. ;-)

(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

03 7 / 2014

Big Bike, Little Bell

This photo that I took stuck in my mind for Independence Day tomorrow. 
We are a great nation of 50 states founded in freedom, ruled by democracy, and driven by human rights for everyone. 
Yet in many ways, we have been squandering our national strengths:
- Spending it forward (living as a nation in debt) and creating yet another bubble economy driven by low interest rates (hence another Dow record today of over 17000) with still the lowest workforce participation in over 36 years and 92 million Americans not working!
- Stretching our military muscle in over 10 years of hapless wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and now we are war weary and in proverbial retreat across the Middle East, in Crimea and eastern Ukraine, and with Iran and North Korea).
- Partisan politics freezing our government with the Executive Branch saying they will go it alone on everything from immigration reform to fixing highways and Congress threatening to sue for various claims of abuse of power.
Like this Photo, this country is in danger of becoming a big bicycle with a lot of potential to move things forward, but with a very small bell barely audible with anything of significance to our citizens at home, let alone everyone else in the world. 
We have the ability to continue our path of greatness in building our country’s economy, military, and social systems, as well as steering the world toward peace, prosperity, and freedom. However, to do this, we must be able to ring the bell of Independence loudly, with leadership, confidence, and a determination for genuine progress for a union greater than ever before. 
(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Big Bike, Little Bell

This photo that I took stuck in my mind for Independence Day tomorrow. 


We are a great nation of 50 states founded in freedom, ruled by democracy, and driven by human rights for everyone. 


Yet in many ways, we have been squandering our national strengths:


- Spending it forward (living as a nation in debt) and creating yet another bubble economy driven by low interest rates (hence another Dow record today of over 17000) with still the lowest workforce participation in over 36 years and 92 million Americans not working!


- Stretching our military muscle in over 10 years of hapless wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and now we are war weary and in proverbial retreat across the Middle East, in Crimea and eastern Ukraine, and with Iran and North Korea).


- Partisan politics freezing our government with the Executive Branch saying they will go it alone on everything from immigration reform to fixing highways and Congress threatening to sue for various claims of abuse of power.


Like this Photo, this country is in danger of becoming a big bicycle with a lot of potential to move things forward, but with a very small bell barely audible with anything of significance to our citizens at home, let alone everyone else in the world. 


We have the ability to continue our path of greatness in building our country’s economy, military, and social systems, as well as steering the world toward peace, prosperity, and freedom. However, to do this, we must be able to ring the bell of Independence loudly, with leadership, confidence, and a determination for genuine progress for a union greater than ever before. 


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

02 7 / 2014

Money, It’s Something

Just an observation today about there being so much poverty in the Nation’s capital and around the country. 
Homeless, hungry, and sick people on the streets in one of the richest countries in the world. 
Yet, we have trillions going overseas to fight wars with seemingly little to no tangible benefits.
And so much ostensible waste with pork barrel politics, inefficiencies, and failed projects. 
A relative joked with me the other day saying, “It doesn’t matter if you’re rich or poor as long as you have money!”
Here we borrow money ($17.6 trillion ) and print money and the Federal Reserve buys debt ($4.1 trillion ) to keep interest rates low and the economy churning.  
People from real estate mogul, Donald Trump to Economist, Robert Wiedemer, who predicted the last recession, are warning of dire economic consequences because of these short-sighted policies. 
So do we have real money to continue to burn or is it smoke and mirrors and as Wiedemer says, “the medicine will become the poison”—what do you think?
(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Money, It’s Something

Just an observation today about there being so much poverty in the Nation’s capital and around the country. 


Homeless, hungry, and sick people on the streets in one of the richest countries in the world. 


Yet, we have trillions going overseas to fight wars with seemingly little to no tangible benefits.


And so much ostensible waste with pork barrel politics, inefficiencies, and failed projects. 


A relative joked with me the other day saying, “It doesn’t matter if you’re rich or poor as long as you have money!


Here we borrow money ($17.6 trillion ) and print money and the Federal Reserve buys debt ($4.1 trillion ) to keep interest rates low and the economy churning.  


People from real estate mogul, Donald Trump to Economist, Robert Wiedemer, who predicted the last recession, are warning of dire economic consequences because of these short-sighted policies. 


So do we have real money to continue to burn or is it smoke and mirrors and as Wiedemer says, “the medicine will become the poison”—what do you think?


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

01 7 / 2014

Robot Man

Don’t know exactly what it is about this little robot guy, but I really liked it. 
The simplicity of the body and limbs joined by the connector joints and the head as just a clear crown on the rest.
To me, it looked relatively realistic as how robots of the future might actually look.
Humanoid, but so sleek that they are us but in many ways a step up from our aging selves. 
Perhaps, someday the brains of humans and the bodies of machines will really come together in a better alternative to ourselves.
Living (indefinitely) longer and even pain free in bodies that carry mind and soul into the future. 
(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Robot Man

Don’t know exactly what it is about this little robot guy, but I really liked it. 


The simplicity of the body and limbs joined by the connector joints and the head as just a clear crown on the rest.


To me, it looked relatively realistic as how robots of the future might actually look.


Humanoid, but so sleek that they are us but in many ways a step up from our aging selves. 


Perhaps, someday the brains of humans and the bodies of machines will really come together in a better alternative to ourselves.


Living (indefinitely) longer and even pain free in bodies that carry mind and soul into the future. 


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)