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A Moment of Pride

January 17, 2009

 

I must say I watched with amazement this past week as rescuers saved the passengers and crew of the US Airways flight which landed in the Hudson River. While watching, I was proud, very proud of my fellow countrymen.

These past years have seen a severe blow to the confidence of the world and especially Americans. As the financial leader of the world, we watched in horror as our banking system brought the world to its knees.

TMC's Biggest Loser 2009 Week One

January 9, 2009

Excommunicate Madoff From the Jewish People

December 27, 2008

I came across an article which details why Bernard Madoff should be ex-communicated from the Jewish people. Excommunication is not something I hear about too often but perhaps that is a mistake. I think organized religion should have the responsibility of policing its people.

 Although I hear Madoff did not attend a Synagogue (no surprise) excommunication would send a powerful message.

How The Madoff Scandal Affects Philanthropy

December 27, 2008

I received this press release on how the Madoff Ponzi scheme is affecting charities and I thought it made sense to pass along as a public service. I realize it has nothing to do with my normal coverage areas but during the holiday season, perhaps it is a good time to reflect on those who are less fortunate. Moreover, we should realize the devastating impact this scandal may have on charities and their ability to raise money going forward.  

                                           IMPLICATIONS OF MADOFF FRAUD ON PHILANTHROPIC COMMUNITY

 - - Friends of ALYN Hospital Spearhead Philanthropic Coalition --  

NEW YORK, NY, December 23, 2008:  Cathy Lanyard, Executive Director of American Friends of ALYN Hospital, a non-profit organization, held a press conference today to discuss the "Implications of Bernard Madoff on Fundraising and Non-Profit Organizations." 

iMenorah

December 22, 2008



What other holiday besides Chanukah has three or more ways to spell it? That's right, your favorite 8-day gift-giving and receiving holiday now has its very own iPhone app which allows you to go on vacation and leave the candles at home. Not only is this app safer because there is no chance of fire, it has a lower carbon footprint and look Ma, no smoke.




Will your Rabbi sanction this new iMenorah application? I am not sure but what I do know is technology never ceases to amaze me and I just paid $1.99 to download this app as I am headed on a vacation tomorrow and now don't need to explain to the TSA why I have matches, candles and other potentially suspicious looking items in my bags.

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Please Obama Tell Us You Won't Raise Taxes

December 18, 2008

We have an economy where many consumers don't want to spend. Today on the way back from lunch I ran into and spoke with a  friend who works at one of the major shipping companies in the US and he tells me volume is way way down. Things are just not being shipped he complained.

After that conversation I saw a big banner on the corner saying there is a sale on live lobster at a seafood store. I think it was $5.89/lb.

Happy Birthday Jaime and Natasha

December 18, 2008

SEC Turns its Back on and/or Aids People Who Defraud Investors

December 17, 2008

Why We Need To Help Brianna Sharp

December 15, 2008

 


I recently came across the story of Brianna Sharp, a young girl involved in swimming and Irish dance who was recently diagnosed with a brain tumor called "diffuse intrinsic pontine brain stem glioma."

The brain stem consists of the midbrain, pons and medulla located deep in the posterior part of the brain. Tumors that arise along these structures are called brain stem gliomas. Most brain stem gliomas occur in the pons ("pontine gliomas").

You Just Thought of Making Profit Now?

December 13, 2008

More calls, more CEOs, more problems. There seem to be more and more companies coming out of the woodwork who now realize they need to focus on sales and marketing in 2009 for their survival. It seems these companies founded themselves for the sole purpose of being sold to Cisco and other solid companies and now those dreams have slowed or in some cases vanished.

Yes, the big tech companies are still purchasing but if they don't pick you up now, there are limited opportunities for future funding.

I get these calls and all I can think is "You're waiting until the middle of the recession to start thinking about how you get customers?" I could say more but the sheer lunacy of the whole situation doesn't allow me to articulate without peppering my writing with obscenities.

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