Waiting For You To Succeed

Waiting For You To Succeed
I love this on the sidewalk this week. 



“The World is Waiting for you to SUCCEED!”



Encouraging, inspiring, motivational, hopeful, purposeful, future-oriented, and more. 



Too often we can focus on the negatives–how hard things are and can be; how many obstacles and challenges there are to getting somewhere; the many failures along the way; the bullies, naysayers, competition, and power-mongers who don’t want us to succeed.



But think about it…



When we overcome all these (with G-d ‘s help), the world is waiting for our success–our contributions, our building blocks, our ideas, inputs, innovations, and creations.



When we succeed in advancing things (and not just doing for self), the world benefits!



We can have a purpose and meaning to our lives–we are part of something bigger and greater than ourselves and our mortality. 



Everyone has to do their part for the world to succeed. ;-)



(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

The Graffiti Car

Graffiti Car
So you like your car with a little Graffiti?



Someone here did…it’s covered bumper to bumper!



Wonder if this car also is one of those self-driving cars…so it’s real special inside and out.



This car can be yours if the Price is Right…no that’s a different show. 



Anyway, another day of more zany antics and styles coming to you from Washington, D.C. ;-)



(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Shining A Light On Your Privacy


Check out this special report…



~Half a billion~ downloads of the top 10 Flashlights Apps–the ones we all have on our smartphones–and guess what?



All/most are malware/spyware from China, India, and Russia that are spying on you!



Your contacts, banking information, even your location, is being intercepted by hackers abroad,



The cybersecurity experts Snoopwall (that conducted this study and are offering a free opensource “privacy flashlight”) are recommending that you don’t just uninstall these flashlight apps, because they leave behind trojans that still are functioning behind the scene and capturing your information.



So instead doing a backup of key information and then a factory reset of the smartphone is advised.



Pain in the you know what, but these flashlight apps are shining a light and compromising your personal information.



Snopes points out that the flashlight apps may be no more vulnerable to spyware than other apps you download and that perhaps the screening process from the app stores help to protect us somewhat.



When the cyber hackers decide to exploit those apps that are vulnerable, whether for political, military, or financial gain, it will likely be ugly and that flashlight or other app you use may prove much more costly than the download to get them. ;-)



(Thank you Betty Monoker for sharing this.)

The Painter

Painter
I love this picture of a painter that I took in Florida. 



Each of the circles on the tree are part of his color palette. 



He is standing on a ladder leaning against the tree, and reaching for the red paint. 



It is so cool that the painter is part of the painting that he is making. 



The integration of the person with his creative work–he is one with it!



I can practically feel the love of this person for what they do.



And IMHO, they are very good at it. ;-)



(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Welcome Ebola To America!

Ambulance Patient
While our self-declared intelligentsia has decided to keep the commercial flights open to Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone, experts are predicting that new ebola cases will reach 10,000 per week by December!


Moreover, the United Nations has warned that if Ebola is not controlled within the next 60 days, “the world faces an ‘unprecedented situation’ for which there is no plan.”

But by the time, we get our political will and act together, who knows…


What isn’t helping are publications like Bloomberg Businessweek, with another classic asinine article this time by Charles Kenny who writes–get this–that “A Travel Ban Is a Terrible Idea.”


While Kenny acknowledges “Travel restrictions have a long history as a tool against spreading infection” dating back already to the Middle Ages, Kenny is concerned about the “trade-offs” of quarantining the source countries–“because the benefits of contact outweigh the risks”–i.e. “People want to travel to see family and friends, visits places, work, or invest.”


Well Mr. Kenny, how about that people want to live and not die because of the irresponsible spread of this deadly virus? Two-thirds of the public, as well as many in Congress, and the media have already called for a common sense temporary travel ban. 


Kenny then goes on to exaggerate and talk about how laughable it is that we would “completely seal off the U.S. from the rest of the world” even though what we are talking about are just the countries where this deadly infection is currently raging. 


Further, Kenny is concerned not about containing the disease and protecting the more than 300,000,000 people in this country, but about the possibility that a ban on commercial flights “will deter people from volunteering to work in the region”–here again, Kenny ignores that specialized, trained people from the military, World Health Organization, Doctors Without Borders, and more are already being deployed–although too little too late. 


Incredibly, Kenny even compares Ebola to the common flu, and intimates that since we don’t quarantine for the seasonal flu, why should we do it for Ebola–uh, Mr. Kenny have you heard that Ebola has a 70% mortality rate!


Finally, Kenny says in his defeatist way, “We live in a global disease pool. In the end, once a disease begins to spread, there’s no escaping an infection.”


Hello Mr. Kenny, we have a responsibility to prevent and protect our people–there is no place for your throwing in the towel on all of us–what a shame that Bloomberg makes this dangerous rhetoric the Opening Remarks for their magazine. 


There is long established protocol of quarantine to stop the spread of infection–not that it would necessarily be 100% successful, but at least it would help contain and control the spread from getting worse, and we would learn to improve as we go along, and live to fight and save more lives now and in the future.


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Closed And Closed

Left and Right Lanes Closed
This is sort of hilarious.


Check out the signs on either side of the road.


- Right lane closed.


- Left lane closed.


Even more stupid, notice that the signs are reversed (the left closure sign is on the right side of the road, and the left closure sign is on the right side of the road)…oops.(


Thank G-d, there were three lanes–at least for a little while. ;-)


(Source Photo: Dannielle Blumenthal)