Archive for July, 2012

We still need to be creating jobs

Friday, July 27th, 2012

and apparently we aren’t doing this the right way.  We may be creating some jobs, sure, but they aren’t profitable for people to take since most of them are for minimum wage.  The latest thing appears to be for cities to declare bankruptcy to get out of paying their wages. 

‘How about our leaders, who we have elected into office to make change, start working on viable plans on making change instead of saying that things are slow or bad? 

If we offer decent tax incentives to make it worthwhile for companies to employee people in California and the US, the jobs will come.  Even with automation it can be worthwhile and profitable to employ people locally to manufacture items that were once made here, went overseas and now is coming back on-shore.

If nothing else one would expect to see a rise in global climate change companies where they can make goods and offer services to help people deal with the ongoing climate changes that we will probably have for the foreseeable future.  I am just sayin’.

Both Presidential candidates and all members of Congress have to wake up and not worry so much about who is contributing money but also about what is good for our country and right now – we need people to be employed.

Open to suggestions and as always your comments.  Stay healthy, watch your budget and hope you are profitable in all your endeavors.

July 27 2012

Kim Greenblatt 

We still need to be creating jobs.

 

 

Bad Mermaid video Looks Fake

Monday, July 16th, 2012

Hi Gang, it is summer and the silly season and instead of worrying about jobs, our health and climate change it appears that Discovery (which use to be the indicator of interesting things in nature) has gone hillbilly mermaid. 

The channel that brings us swamp fishing, gun shows and the like (and I love them) has aired a show that has footage of alleged mermaids.  The two hour show features a lot of computer generated “what if” scenarios of how the creatures have evolved and the only evidence that the two former NOAA researchers have is a sound recording that has something unidentifiable with whale and dolphin sounds.

While it may be profitable to sensationalize mermaids and their hunting and evolving underwater parallel to us evolving on land it just doesn’t make sense when presented as it was on television.

The video evidence that we see that is saved till the end of the show (well there is a spooky shot of something swimming in front of what looks like a washing machine window and a webbed aquatic hand slams against the lens) is from a kid’s cellphone where there were some beached whales and dolphins.  The kid was allegedly approached by the Navy or somebody and told that he saw a dying seal. 

Well fortunately (and conveniently) he claimed to have a cell phone with footage he took and the claim is that since it was some years ago, the Naval agents didn’t think to confiscate his cell phone. 

The problems – some of many with this show, are that the video footage of the cell phone is so incredibly good it is obvious that it wasn’t shot with a cell phone.  If it were several years old the video quality would have been a lot poorer but that wouldn’t have made for a profitable sale or something to keep repeating on the Discovery channel, right?

There is a scene where the kid pokes this remain of something under what looks like seaweed with a stick, it moves it’s hand, sits up and grabs the kid and screams in mermaid scream talk.  That is just too Hollywood.

Towards the end of the show there are words saying that the creature lived in captivity from 2004 till it died something like 2007.  Jeeze.

Why is it that we always get these great back stories without proof?

One would think during World War I and II when there was more damage underwater being done than with alleged sonar experiments that we would have seen a lot more mer people washed ashore.  There were lots of dead whales and squid but no military odd ball reports of half people looking things and I have talked to a lot of Navy people in my young life.  But that is boring and doesn’t sell commercials.

I am like the next person and I love a good entertaining show but these spooky spooky govt conspiracy shows don’t do anything to help people get work – it just gets them to get worked up.  Especially when it is backed up by what looks like junk science.  These are just my opinions.

Have a great day and tell Aquaman to hug Tusky the Walrus for me.

Jul 16 2012

Kim Isaac Greenblatt

Bad Mermaid video Looks Fake

Companies profitability in some cases is an illusion

Saturday, July 7th, 2012

For some companies to say that they are profitable, that means that they are taking more money in then they are paying out.  If you look at the balance sheets for some firms, you will see that a lot of actual income is from conversion of currencies, one time collections of income just as the converse is true.  Some companies show losses because of one time write-offs.  While I respect the fact that some firms are not hiring more people because of the climate of financial uncertainty, I also wouldn’t listen to others who say how great things are – unless they are selling seeds, ammunition, firearms or life sustaining medicine.

The point of this brief post is to not always to ride the momentum of stocks like a day trader but to really look at what is going on behind the scenes.  You may not want to be in a stock for the long haul but the chances are you might wake up and find that your shares are opening a lot lower from something you might have seen on a balance sheet months ago that is finally biting the company in the butt.

Hope you all had a nice 4th.  Be safe.  It is starting to warm up here in the southland.

Kim Greenblatt

Companies profitability in some cases is an illusion

 

Pierce College Amateur Radio Field Day Videos

Monday, July 2nd, 2012

Here are some videos from the Pierce College Amateur Field Day.  Yes, they are shakey – I was walking on the gravel and unfinished road at Pierce.  The radio set up at Pierce was quite fierce! Lots of cool and high end radios and mikes.  Thanks again to all those who help with the drills when we have them.  In the event of something going wrong we have the back up support teams to help us out.

 

 

Jul 02 2012  PM

Kim Isaac Greenblatt

Pierce College Amateur Radio Field Day Videos

Field Day From Topanga Canyon Calif

Monday, July 2nd, 2012

Here is a short video from the set up for the Amateur Radio Field Day from June 21 and 22.  I visited the Topanga Canyon Emergency Services set up on June 21.  I made about 20 contacts.  The purpose of Field Day is to see how many contacts one can make and quickly.  The training is for receiving and transmitting efficiently in the event of a disaster.  I had fun and may go back for other Field Days in the future.

Take care gang.

 

 

July 02 2012

Kim Isaac Greenblatt

Field Day From Topanga Canyon Calif

 

Visit to American Heroes Air Show Jun 30 2012

Sunday, July 1st, 2012

Hi friends, 

I went to the American Heroes Air Show.  It was hot but there were a lot of people there.  There were a lot of govt vendors as well as helicopter related services, several tv copters and some military.  Of course local law enforcement was represented.  Bought some t-shirts and posed for some pictures.  Here are a few from my good friends at the Air Force rescue helicopter.  The first image is from one side of the copter and the other side is with the rescue harness. I am also losing weight believe it or not (really, I am).

A very special thanks to the people who are part of our national rescue services programs and  a special thanks to all the volunteers who give of themselves to help their communities.

Have a glorious Sunday.

July 01 2012

Kim Isaac Greenblatt

Visit to American Heroes Air Show Jun 30 2012