Nuke Fear Turning To Action?

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What sane person would not be afraid of the incredibly destructive power of nukes (and other weapons of mass destruction)?


Currently, there are about 15,000 either stockpiled or poised to strike around the world. 


Enough deadly weapons to kill the entire planet!


After a frightening series of 5 nukes tests since 2006 plus 18 technologically progressive ballistic missiles tests over the last 6 months, things are escalating after new sanctions imposed to try to contain the threat–with North Korea rattling it’s nuclear arsenal with a shrill threat of attack moving to “physical action” and the U.S. shooting back “fire and fury,
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As to further North Korean mad progress, it was reported that they are developing a powerful new H-bomb with immense destructive power, especially towards our density killing fields:


– If such a weapon would strike, G-d forbid, Washington D.C., it could mean 500,000 dead and another 900,000 injured–let alone what this would mean in terms of a destructive decapitation to the very functioning and continuity of our government and country. 


– Even worse fatalities would occur should it strike our financial capital, New York City, with estimates of 1.7 million dead. 


Hence, the news that this is no joking matter anymore (as if it really ever was). 


Fears typically first get expressed in rhetoric, but then with greater and ever potent means for them to become reality, the risks increase for them to actually make the horrific leap. 


What happens next with the ever menacing dangers from rogue Axis of Evil nations, North Korea and Iran–and will we ever feel and be safe again, absent any meaningful social progress while they continue to absolutely and speedily advance their ever more deadly weapons programs and the means to deliver them, first class. ;-0


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

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2 Jobs Are Better Than 1

2 For 1

So this is a funny story that my friend reminded me (honestly, I had almost completely forgotten about it)…


We were in college (business school) looking for our first real corporate jobs for the Summer. 


With G-d’s blessing, I ended up with 2 nice offers.


But my good friend didn’t have a job.


So I offered one to him.


I was still a kid…what did I know!


I told one company that I accepted and the other company that I had a friend that was interested (of course, I would vouch for him). 


So on day 1 of the Summer job, my friend shows up there in the World Trade Center on the 99th floor (yeah, this is before 9/11 took the whole place down).


The corporate folks talked about it for 5 minutes and said he could stay.


Voila now we both had summer jobs!


Honestly, I can’t believe we ever had the chutzpah, but in those days people helped each other out more. 


2 4 1 and 1 4 All. 


And that’s how we both got started in the NY business world. 😉


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

DC Is Not NYC

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This is a funny sticker on the streets of Washington, D.C.


It says, “This is not New York.”


And it advertises a website called StuckInDC.com.


“Formed by a few friends who’ve probably lived in the capital long enough, but lack the wherewithal to move elsewhere.”


Having come from NYC, I can empathize in many ways. 


The DC metro area is great if you are interested in working in some very cool jobs for the Federal government, and it has a fairly nice lifestyle for families here (clean and green). 


While not as exciting as NYC (it doesn’t have the vibe), it’s also not as dirty, congested, or generally dangerous (in DC, there are lots of gun-totting federal agents everywhere).


If you yearn for someplace nicer to live, maybe Florida for the Caribbean climate, beautiful nature, slower lifestyle, and fun atmosphere or then again, there is always the awesome Holy Land!


For now stuck in DC, after retirement who knows. 😉


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Bigotry Reveals Her Stripes

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OPEN LETTER TO THE EDITOR OF THE NEW YORK DAILY NEWS


What an outrageous article in the Daily News by morally-bankrupt journalist, Linda Stasi (yeah, like the repressive secret East German police in the Cold War). 


Ms. Stasi calls out as deserving of death, the single Jewish victim of terror in the latest terror attack in San Bernardino that killed 14 and injured 21, where according to Stasi only “13 innocent people are dead”, because the one “Born Again Christian/Messianic Jew” was what she judges as a bigot. 


Stasi tries to create some sort of ridiculous moral equivalency between mass murdering terrorists who pledged allegiance to ISIS and mowed down dozens of municipal employees in California with the Jewish guy who posted some stuff on Facebook. 


Vehemently anti-Republican, Stasi, lashes out at conservative, Mr. Thalasinos with posts that were supportive of  conservative political commentator, Ann Coulter and “pro-NRA” and “anti-Planned Parenthood” — neither of which are bigoted things, but are conservative political views in America!


Similarly, Stasi accuses the victim, Thalasinos of being “anti-government” for questioning things like whether politicians are “bought and paid for” or are “moron[s]” — when Stasi should be aware that approval ratings for politicians (e.g. Congress) has slipped to a dismal 11%.


Finally, Stasi goes after Thalasinos for an inappropriate negative comment about a Muslim Million Man march and for saying G-d should destroy, Axis of Evil, Iran that has repeatedly threatened to Annihilate friend and Ally, Israel as well as threatens the entire Western world. 


Apparently, Stasi is quite hateful of many many people as she is neither concerned about Iranian threats of Jewish Genocide, dishonoring victims of terror (which she has a history of doing such as with Charlie Hebdo), or accepting those with opposing political views to hers (i.e. Conservatives). 


She has defamed the memory of the dead victim of terror, Mr. Thalasinos, and the Daily News owes it to itself and its readers to immediately dismiss the one true hateful bigot in this story, Ms. Linda Stasi.


(Source Photo: here with attribution to Blake Emrys)

Happy 25th Anniversary!

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Tomorrow night is the first night of Chanukah. 


That is when 25-years ago, I first met and went out with my lovely wife, Dossy. 


I picked her up at work in mid-town, and wined and dined her at Ratner’s on the Lower East Side in NYC.


We talked, laughed, and I couldn’t take my eyes off her!


We ended the evening with her writing her phone number in lipstick on a little piece of paper, and she told me to call her again. 


I came home in 7th heaven, and my dad asked me how it went, and smiling ear-to-ear, I said “This is the one!”


My dad said, “It’s the first night of Chanukah, the holiday of miracles, so please G-d!”


I think Dossy and I went out 2 more times just that week, and the rest is beautiful history.


Thank you Hashem for mercifully granting my lovely wife and two beautiful daughters, Minna and Rebecca. 


I appreciate every moment of every day with Dossy and my girls–for the precious time on Earth we have together, for caring when the chips are down, for celebrating the good times, and for putting up with me. 😉


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Pain Relief – SUPER SIZED!

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This was funny at CVS today.



The “value size” extra strength Tylenol (equivalent)–1000 pills!



Think about it that’s something like 500 headaches…



It reminded me when I worked in the financial service industry in New York City.



The Comptroller of the corporation has a mega size bottle of aspirin right on the front of his desk when you walked in.



It was clear he was quite S~T~R~E~S~S~E~D out.



From a personal branding perspective (my wife is the expert at this), I would imagine that this is not the image you would want people to have of you all the time.



Anyway, pain relief for some is a very big bottle of Tylenol and for others a nice bottle of wine or some time at the beach. 



My father used to tell me the joke, “If I have to give up wine, women, or song…I’ll give up singing!” 😉



(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)