Morning Commute in DC

I took this photo a while back on the Metro to/from Washington, D.C. 


It combines the seemingly normal person on the way to/from work listening to music and reading the newspaper with wearing a pretty scare face mask. 


It reminds me of the horror movie, “The Purge,” where people are permitted one night a year to commit crimes and murder others “legally” as a venting mechanism for social unrest and to help eliminate crime and criminals. 


Sitting across from this guy, you’re not really sure if he’s gonna finish reading the paper and walk off the train all nice or get up and start wiping people out left and right. 


Big cities in the U.S. can be scary places, and the mass transportation systems are one of those places where you don’t always feel safe. 


Maybe a mask is just a mask until G-d forbid, one day, it isn’t.


(Credit Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Impeach + AOC

I saw these two photos separately.


But I instantly realized that they belong together. 


Like peanut butter and jelly. 


Who is a bigger pee brain than AOC?


* She impulsively lost 25,000 jobs and $5 billion investment in NYC from Amazon (as well as about $27.5 billion in tax revenue over 25 years). 


* Her ridiculous Green New Deal wanted to rid us of farting cows and airplanes and didn’t get a single yes vote in the Senate (even from her own party). 


* AOC stated that the three branches of government are the “the presidency, the senate, and the house” (Uh, wrong!). 


* Ocasio-Cortez boasts insanely that government deficit-spending doesn’t really matter (hmm, I wonder is that how she handles her personal finances too?).


* She allies herself with fellow anti-American and anti-Semites like:

– Ilhan “(Schmilhan) Somebody Did Something [on 9/11]” Omar

– Rashida “(Israel-Hater) They Forgot What Country They Represent” Tlaib

– Linda “Muslim Brotherhood” Sarsour


How did anyone actually vote for (or support) people like these to run this amazing country?  😉


(Source Photo: AOC is from Facebook and Impeachment is from me)

Batsh*t Crazy

So have you ever dealt with these types of people?


They are what is commonly referred to as:

“Batsh*t Crazy!”


Some telltale signs in combination:


– Loud


– Out of control (off the spectrum)


– Exaggerated thinking/delusional


– Feelings of victimhood/paranoia/anger


– Gesturing wildly 


– Fingers tightly extended or clenched into fists


– Banging on the table/wall 


– Sharpening facial lines


– Clenching of the lips/teeth


– Bugged out/staring eyes


– Dark, hallowed-out eye sockets


– Disheveled hair/clothes


– Unkept/dirty/smelly


– In your face/space


– Potentially violent/dangerous


When you are dealing with batshit crazy…watch out!


You can’t reason with them. You can’t confront them.  You can’t evade them.  


They have you in their sights. 


Scary, right? 


BTW, I looked up the derivation of this term:


It come from “there is nothing at all going on upstairs”–such that the bells are no longer ringing in the church tower, and hence the bats are coming to rest there, and they have been there so long that the batsh*t has built up.


There is certainly a lot of batshit from what I can see! 😉


(Source Photo: here with attribution to geralt)

Who Is The Most Dangerous?

Recently, I started watching this show called “Billions.”


I’m in the middle of Season 2, and it is a brilliant and mesmerizing show that depicts the battle between the CEO of a Wall Street Hedge Fund and the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of NY.


Ands it is a true battle of wits, might, and it gets ugly in every way. 


(I won’t spoil the show…)


But there is one line from the show that came out in the heat of an exchange between the two at the end of Season One that I wanted to share:

The only thing more dangerous than a person with unlimited resources is a person who has nothing to lose.

When you think about it, there is tremendous wisdom and truth in this, and a poignant lesson to be learned for every person, organization, and even nation of great power.


No matter how much money, people, and assets you may have to fight…


…if the other guy has nothing to lose and is willing to go do the unthinkable then we have a very big problem indeed. 

Desperate times call for desperate measures. 


From those desperate and willing to act as suicide bombers to those that would actually push the button on a nuclear, biological, chemical, or radiological attack, there is no winning even if you are the last one left standing.


The other guy who feels he has already lost is willing to take you with him by any and all means. 


Therefore, we cannot and should not ever think that the battle against evil is won, because even when the opponent appears in all respects to be defeated that may be when they become even more dangerous to us than ever.  😉


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

The New Faces Of Hate

Representative Illhan Omar claims Congressional lawmakers are bribed to support U.S. friend and ally, Israel:

“It’s all about the Benjamins baby”.

Representative Rashida Tlaib said about congressional representatives supporting Israel in a bill  that would punish companies that participate in Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) to further Israel’s destruction. 

“They forget what country they represent.”

Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez stated about Israel’s defending their sovereign border with Gaza amidst terrorist organization, Hamas-led violent protests, terror attacks, and infiltrations into Israel:

“This is a massacre. I hope my peers have the moral courage to call it such. No state is absolved of the mass shooting of protesters.”

“Silence” around the Palestinian cause “has been a little interesting to me.” 


Perhaps, the most concerning thing is where is the Democratic Party leadership in calling out these anti-Semitic hate-mongers in their ranks?

Nimbyism By All

So I learned a new word this week:


Nimby, which stands for:


Not 

I

M

Back

Yard


It refers to people who object to and don’t want something unpleasant or dangerous in their neighborhood. 


Prisons

Homeless Shelters

Garbage Dumps

Radioactive Waste Sites

Oil and Gas Pipelines

Noisy Railroads

Polluting Factories

Adult Entertainment

etc. 


Yes, society as a whole apparently wants or needs these things, but the individuals just want to see it someplace (anyplace) else. 


People want the benefits, but don’t want the costs and risks associated with these things near them. 


The problem is when everyone feels this way then you are left either choosing somewhere despite the nimbyism protests or you have to locate them in remote places that are not always functional, fair or efficient for society. 


Perhaps this is where incentives or compensation comes in for people to get in order to “put up” with the placement of things in their backyard that they rather not have there. 


Is that what it means that nimbyism aside, “everyone has their price”?


(Source Photo: here with attribution to creative2/usa)

Amazon’s Dangerous Genius

I am marveling at the Genius of Amazon and Jeff Bezos but also concerned about their future direction. 


Traditionally, they have invested for the long-haul!


For years, Amazon never made a dime, actually operating at a loss.


But all the time making long-term investments in infrastructure (warehouses, supply chain, logistics, etc.) and in customer acquisition. 


Their great selection, reasonable pricing, free shipping, and easy return policy lured hundreds of millions of people to drop the brick-and-mortar stores and even other online retailers to go Amazon all the way. 


Most people I know get virtually everything and anything on Amazon these days. 


Of course, the fear always was that Amazon would become such a dominant player and monopoly that no one else could compete. 


For a long time, they didn’t even charge sales tax!


It seems people can’t even imagine not having Amazon–where in the world would they shop and get all their stuff in 2-days or less (Prime Customers) and still be able to return all the crap they don’t even want. 


So here is the rub.


Now that Amazon is so dominant, guess what?  They are raising the Prime Rates and cutting back on returns–with customers actually being banned for returning too much. 


Ah, the lure, bait and switch. 


Amazon got us all as their slave customers–and we let them and love them for it. 


And after they snared us with all the convenience and security of being able to return stuff, they pull the rug and what can you do, but cry foul?


I love Amazon for their genius and what they have done for eCommerce, but I don’t like that they’ve built in a sense a dark empire to prey on their loyal customer base. 


Mr. Bezos, here is my message to you…


Please stay true to your ideals of customer-centricity and long-term investment in the company that has been the foundation for what you have built into such a retail juggernaut.  


Keep valuing your customers and serving them well and not trading them in for short-term profit gain.


In the end, that is a winning strategy that won’t land you in either regulatory hell and/or antitrust action to then force you to bend your knee or your ultimate breakup. 


Remember, you have one chance to make the right decision for Amazon or I fear that it’s not product returns that you’ll be for long worrying about. 😉


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)