Artificial Intelligence & Wearables to Transform Parenting
“The child supplies the power but the parents have to do the steering.”
Vigilint Biosensors launches School Programs across California
SAN JOSE, Calif., Apr. 23, 2018 – You drop your child off at school and relax. With an Hawkeye Smartwatch on your child’s wrist, you can breathe a little easier again. Hawkeye will let you know where your child is all day and connects you to them at any time. Vigilint Biosensors, a leading supplier of Parental Assistant Service through smartwatches, has launched a joint program with the Coyote Creek Elementary School to help parents provide Hawkeye smartwatches to children through their school and donate to STEM programs. Nancy Phelps, President of Coyote Creek Learning Fund, stated, “Vigilint software and its Hawkeye smartwatches help protect our kids while providing parents peace of mind.
Hawkeye smartwatches inform, protect and reassure parents/caregivers. The watches allow parents to create custom SafeZones™. The moment the child moves out of the SafeZone™, parents are alerted. The watches also offer a step tracker which kids love, as they compare their physical activities with other kids during recess. Parents can check on their physical fitness via a convenient app. Each watch holds up to 20 parent-selected numbers that children can call. Kids can also speak to their siblings and close friends through a direct kid-to-kid connection. You can even add two other trusted family members to be contacted in an emergency. No more scrambling for phone numbers when it is least convenient—like when you are stuck in traffic somewhere or a meeting runs overtime. Simply call your child and activate your back-up plan. Problem solved. Relaxed parents enjoy happier and more confident kids.
Vigilint Biosensors Non-Profit Support Programs generously offers Hawkeye smartwatches for $99 plus a $10 monthly Parental Assistant Service subscription, and Vigilint Biosensors will donate 20 dollars to their child’s school for each watch purchased. Win-Win. Vigilint is also providing Hawkeye smartwatches to schools for auction with proceeds going to support STEM and safety programs. Vigilint Biosensors is currently expanding this program throughout the United States. “I realize parents need a lot of support for the care of their kids during these hectic times,” said Vigilint Biosensor Co-Founder, Kris Narayan. Vigilint Biosensors was founded specifically with that goal in mind, by Kris Narayan and his long-time colleague Jodie Hughes. They joined forces to help bring fun and communications to kids and feeling of safety parents via Hawkeye Smartwatches.
About Vigilint Biosensors
Hawkeyes Smart Watches from Vigilint Biosensors provide fun and safe solutions to families with younger children: communications and learning for children and peace of mind for parents. The combination of the best location technologies (GPS, GNSS, A-GPS and sensors) will easily locate your child, anytime and anywhere. Visit www.vigilintbiosensors.com
Vigilint Biosensors is dedicated to improving the quality of care that parents and senior caregivers provide through a complete 360o intelligent family care assistant, that connects family members together via wearable devices like hawkeye. Vigilint Biosensors provides the family/caregivers with a cloud infrastructure of devices and software services, which strives to improve time management and reduce stress by improved non-intrusive care for kids, seniors, and other loved ones in need. This is achieved through the most modern application of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning technologies to life data that provide alerts, if and when needed. “When those we care about are well, we can relax and focus on our day.” www.vigilintbiosensors.com
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Call Edie Okamoto at +1 510 693-0166 or contact the company directly at +1 408 497 1197
Comcast Cares Day – Comcast NBCUniversal will donate $300,000 to the Santa Rosa City Schools district (SRCS) for the development of a facility to serve communities impacted by the North Bay wildfires. Called the Santa Rosa Integrated Wellness Center, the new facility will serve the more than 1,000 families and children within Santa Rosa who lost their homes or suffered in other ways during the fires.
Comcast will also partner with the Arbor Day Foundation to plant trees nearby Fountaingrove Parkway where more than 90% of the landscape was damaged by the fires. Together they will plan 400 trees in the area.
Each year Comcast has a single day during which 100,000 Comcast employees, their families and friends help make a difference in their communities. This year in Santa Rosa Comcast executives and volunteers gather for the groundbreaking ceremony, painting, landscaping, freshening up the surrounding areas at Santa Rosa High School.
Members of the community are invited to participate, but must register at: www.comcastinthecommunity.com.
STP is sponsoring a Green Up Day (Campus Clean-up) scheduled for Saturday, April 21st @ 8am (breakfast at 7:30). Meet at Nevers Field. For questions, contact Lynn Valentine email@example.com
For details about how to support the Santa Rosa City school system and the families that were affected by the fires get in touch with Beth Berk, Santa Rosa City Schools. Beth Berk, 707-528-5072, firstname.lastname@example.org
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H/F and Code and Modules invite you to join us at HardwareCon
Our friends at Hardware Massive have officially announced their 2-day hardware innovation conference HardwareCon.
Date: Thursday, April 19th – Friday April 20th, 2018
Location: San Jose Convention Center, San Jose, CA
HardwareCon will showcase the best hardware innovations and most influential players in the hardware ecosystem from around the globe to the San Francisco Bay Area to “Get Deals Done.” The conference boasts two full days of keynotes including Allan Alcorn and SC Moatti, main stage panels and breakout sessions, plus a newly added IoT Summit, presented by Parks Associates. Check out our full agenda and amazing lineup of speakers.
Over two days you’ll get actionable advice on how to build, grow and finance a successful business and learn about emerging industry business opportunities. HardwareCon is the new central meeting place that brings together the global community of hardware thought leaders, investors, entrepreneurs and innovators for two days to “Get Deals Done.” VCs from Silicon Valley, hardware industry leaders, entrepreneurs, and corporate strategists will take the stage to give insightful panel discussions around new hardware as a service models, AI, robotics, blockchain for hardware, health and wellness, as well as realties around IoT platforms.
Whether you are an early stage startup looking for answers, a service provider looking to meet your next client, or an investor looking for your next deal, HardwareCon is the premier venue to Get Deals Done in 2018.
Use the special link below to take an additional 15% off your already discounted Insider Rate just for being a friend of HardwareCon! Don’t miss out as our Insider Rate pricing ends on March 30th.
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Pixieboard is a single-board computer based on the NXP® i.MX6 application processor. Pixieboard’s feature set accelerates product design for a broad range of demanding, industrial-strength applications. It includes 4GB RAM, powerful wireless – 4G/3G cellular, WiFi ac MIMO and Bluetooth 4.2 in all versions – and a processor with an extended operating temperature range of -40°F up to 257 °F. Pixieboard is also FCC certified, and is ready to enable connected solutions which allow a fast time to market. All this is delivered in a form factor small enough to hold in the palm of your hand. It has been exhaustively tested and is industry ready. Pixieboard saves about 10 months in development time, allowing your team to stay focused on the core features of your proprietary solution. Visit us at www.HardwareCon.com or learn more at www.codeandmodules.com
Making founders’ lives better in Silicon Valley and around the world. During the past decade, Hackers/Founders (H/F) evolved from a Silicon Valley-based meetup into the company that strives to make the Silicon Valley accessible to founders around the world. H/F now has 300,000 members in nearly 50 countries who get together to compare notes, network, and connect with service providers. H/F’s team has grown to a substantial full-time team of analysts, biz dev consultants and financiers who provide customized consulting to portfolio companies. Over the past five years, 55 companies have joined the H/F portfolio program, which is called the Co-op. In that time, there have been 8 successful exits with one company, Tripping, receiving an additional $52 Million in funding and reaching $400 Million in sales. For the past five years, the H/F funds have produced 30% ROI year after year for accredited investors. Currently Jonathan Nelson and his team have launched HACK Fund, an ETF mutual fund, which accepts Cash or ETH tokens for participation by accredited investors in the US and other investors in those countries where it is permissible by law. www.hf.cx hack.hf.cx
HardwareCon is your opportunity to learn about the latest technology and business trends in AI, Machine Learning, Robotics, IoT, Blockchain, Product Design and more. Attendees will hear from leading Fortune 500 hardware brands such as Google, ANSYS and Dragon Innovation, connect & collaborate top investors, and interact with the most promising startup companies from across the global hardware ecosystem.
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Internationally Renowned Speaker, Jonathan Nelson, CEO, Hackers/Founders
GLOBAL BLOCKCHAIN FORUM
Blockchain is changing the world and this is the perfect opportunity to learn from the experts! Join us for Global Blockchain Forum April 2-3 at the Santa Clara Convention Center.
Theme: Tokenization of Enterprises & Transformation Across Industries
2 Days, 2000+ Attendees, 50+ Speakers, 500+ Companies, 100+ Partner
Our 50+ speakers include: Founders, Investors, VCs, Crypto Funds, ICO Startups, Business Executives & Entrepreneurs.
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New Multi-Genre Music Venue “Sony Hall” Open in New York City Spring 2018
Midori Tomita from Sony announced: “We are thrilled to be teaming up with Blue Note on this new music venue set to open this spring and honored to have it be known as ‘Sony Hall.’ It will serve as a staging ground for recording content, testing new and exciting technology, promoting emerging artists, and more. We look forward to engaging with young music fans and those of all ages and continuing to deliver unique and high quality music experiences through this newest venue.”
It is rumored that Sony Hall will feature technology like for instance the “Interactive CUBE” which is an entertainment experience that invigorates the senses by incorporating projected images, sounds, lights, and vibrations on a giant cube. By forming two screens, one of which is transparent, into the shape of a cube and projecting images on them, guests inside the cube will feel as if the images are floating in midair. The settings are changed for the performances to allow the audiences enjoy a vast variety of interactive games and experiences while enjoying the music.
Located in the heart of New York’s Theatre District (235 W. 46th St at the Paramount Hotel, in the space previously known as Diamond Horseshoe), Sony Hall is scheduled to open in Spring 2018.
The venue is owned, operated and programmed by Blue Note. Sony Hall will present world renowned performing artists across all music genres at capacities of 1,000 standing and 500 seated, with a full-service restaurant and bar. Sony Hall will be equipped with Sony’s technologies, integrated throughout the 12,000 square-foot venue to deliver enhanced entertainment experiences to fans. Grand opening plans, headliners, and additional venue details will be announced in the coming weeks.
In addition to the opening of Sony Hall, Sony will sponsor the annual Blue Note Jazz Festival in New York City, scheduled for June 1-30, 2018. Established in 2011 to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the iconic Blue Note Jazz Club New York, Blue Note Jazz Festival has annually grown into one of the largest music events in New York City, featuring over 100 events in 10 venues over the course of 30 days (June 1 through 30 annually). With nightly events at BNEG venues such as Blue Note Jazz Club, Highline Ballroom, BB King Blues Club, among other locations throughout the city, past festival headliners include Aretha Franklin, The Roots, Wyclef Jean, Natalie Cole, Brian Wilson, and Stanley Jordan.
Sony innovations paired with Blue Notes’ experience operating entertainment properties around the world is a truly unique partnership that will be the ultimate experience for fans, young and older. Just imagine Stanley Jordan in an AR environment. Wow!
Nicolas Bearde & Friends
Now celebrating his 11th anniversary, this special concert is a “must see” show for all fans of contemporary Jazz and Blues. With holiday classics and carols getting the signature Nicolas Bearde high-energy makeover, it’s a show you won’t want to miss. Joining him on stage are some of the Bay Area’s best: John R Burr (piano), Ron Belcher (bass), and Lorca Hart (drums).
Give the gift of music this Holiday season to family and friends. Make your reservations early. This “one night only concert” always sells out.
Saturday, December 9, 2017 at 8pm
$25 in advance / $30 at the door. Meet & Greet and reception to follow.
Recording artist, Nicolas Bearde, a seasoned and highly respected showman, has established himself as a powerful presence in the contemporary jazz vocal milieu over this past decade. His silky baritone sound invites comparisons to Johnny Hartman, Lou Rawls, and Joe Williams, and his wit and engaging rapport captures and draws the audience into his live performances. Nicolas has 5 CD’s out on his own label, Right Groove Records, and his most recent album release, Invitation in January 2016, rose quickly to the Top 20 on the Jazz Week Charts, garnering rave reviews at home and abroad. nicolasbearde.com
John R Burr (keys)- John R. Burr is that rare pianist who combines jazz technique with a genuine love for folk music. The Philadelphia Weekly said, “Pianist extraordinaire John R. Burr has the most sparkling style since former Allman Brother-turned-Rolling Stone hired hand Chuck Leavell.” Discology wrote, “John R. Burr ranks with the best of the elegant jazzers.”
Ron Belcher (bass)– Bassist Ron Belcher travels the world from France to Japan and throughout the US bringing his rhythmically buoyant, emotionally uplifting style to the stage for a wide diversity of jazz artists. Performing or recording with such international stars such as Branford Marsalis, Regina Carter, Rodney Franklin, as well as a literal “who’s who” of the San Francisco jazz scene, Ron has garnered a reputation as one of northern California’s first-call jazz bassists.
Lorca Hart (drummer) – Drummer Lorca Hart grew up in Taos, New Mexico in a musical family. He was exposed to a variety of instruments and musical styles as a child but early on it became clear that the drumset was his passion. He has performed with many of the West Coast’s (and beyond) finest artists including : Carmen Lundy, Freddie Hubbard, Calvin Keys, Stanley Jordan, and others and can be heard on recordings by Hugh Masekela, John Heard, Justo Almario, Ronald Muldrow, Dave Pike, Phil Ranelin, and the Cross Hart Jazz Experience.
Hello Bautista Fans,
To help bring cheer back BAUTISTA band members and I invite you to a wonderful event in my hometown of San Rafael his Saturday, October 14th on the Marin side of the San Rafael / Richmond Bridge for the 2nd Annual Marin Music Festival at the Marin Rod and Gun Club 2675 East Francisco Blvd. San Rafael, CA 94901.
You know my brother Frank is hurting right now after losing every valuable possession he has to the Santa Rosa fire last Monday night from his Mobile Home, 3 vehicles, and his beloved work shed that all burned down to the ground. My family is in the midst of developing a plan to help get him and his wonderful Lady Linda back on their feet. Like my brother, I hope those who have had any level of loss has a very close circle of family and friends to be there for mental and financial support.
October 10, 2017
¡Hola, Mi Gente!
Is everyone gagging on the thick, toxic fumes? Feeling a little sick? And the fires are bad, too, huh?
It’s been hard keeping up with the the daily barrage of events. The floods, the hurricanes, the earthquakes, the saber rattling, more sexual oppression, insults launched from the White House and Congress… And now the fires in our back yard. Everyone’s on overload.
My private gigs have slowed down a bit which affords a moment to breathe, even if it was smoky this morning…
If you need an escape from the madness this weekend, join me at Barone’s Restaurant in Pleasanton this Friday Oct 13 and leave your superstitions at the door. We don’t have time for that nonsense. DO bring your appetite, as the menu here is amazing. And I’ll be there in the intimate bar on solo guitar and voice. Details below.
Then on Saturday night October 14, I’ll host the long-awaited return of my dear, talented friend Janice Maxie-Reid to The Vine at Bridges in Danville. She is the superb keyboardist-vocalist with the 4-octave range who has performed with none other than Stevie Wonder. We always light it up when we play here together. The last time was about 3 or 4 months ago, so don’t miss it! Details below.
And remember that next week Saturday October 21st, my band returns to The Sausalito Seahorse. Not only will we have a stellar band including the great Carlos Reyes on violin and Paraguayan harp, Danilo Paíz on percussion and vocals, Dave Flores on drums, and Yours Truly on guitar and guitar synth and vocals; We’ll also feature a very, very special surprise guest on bass. We can’t really advertise him due to contractual restrictions. Let’s just say we’re all so excited to be able to play with him again and look forward to seeing him on stage again with Tower of Power. So his picture in the poster is a big Question Marc. I wonder if he’s arriving in a VW? Make your reservations at the Seahorse at (415) 331-2899.
Check out below what’s also happening with my return to Havana in Walnut Creek, Maria, Maria in Danville, and Alameda’s own C’era Una Volta. Details and dates are below.
Come out and say hi and let me know you’re okay.
PUBLIC PERFORMANCES FOR OCTOBER 2017
Friday Oct 13, Barone’s Restaurant, 475 St. John St., Pleasanton CA, approx 7:30-10:30pm. After two months away, Rolando returns to one of Pleasanton’s premier dining establishments. Enjoy exquisite meals and service, libations and Rolando’s vast repertoire in the Cocktail Lounge for a great night out. See www.baronespleasanton.com, (925) 426-0987.
Saturday Oct 14, Vine at Bridges, 480 Hartz Avenue, Danville, approx 8-11pm. The Rolando Morales Duet returns to this cool winery and nightspot. Enjoy a wonderful selection of wines, superb dinners and tapas while grooving to this powerful duet. Tonight Rolando welcomes the enchanting keyboardist-vocalist Janice Maxie-Reid. She has shared the stage with Stevie Wonder and Sting, so you know she’s doing something right! And on guitar, voice and his pedal board of magic, the passionate Rolando Morales. There’ll be lots of soul and classic R&B mixed into this Latin caldo, so don’t miss it! www.thevineatbridges.com, (925) 820-7210.
Friday Oct 20, Havana Cuban Cuisine, 1516 Bonanza St., Walnut Creek, approx 8:30-11pm. Rolando returns after his hit debut last month to this fine Cuban restaurant and live music venue. Great Cuban cuisine, ceiling fans swirling lazily and Rolando’s vast Latin repertoire and beyond on solo guitar and voice. www.havanarestaurant.net, (925) 939-4555.
Saturday Oct 21, “An Evening with Rolando Morales and Carlos Reyes,” Sausalito Seahorse, 305 Harbor Drive, Sausalito, approx 8:30-11:30pm. After two months away, these two passionate musicians finally return to The Seahorse to put on their unique show at this fun waterfront restaurant and club. The great Paraguayanviolinist/harpist Carlos Reyes and passionate guitarist / vocalist Rolando Morales will play a short set in duet to close out the dinner hour, followed by a concert and dancing to the World Class Rolando Morales Group featuring a very special surprise guest bassist from Tower of Power to be announced at the show; from Lauryn Hill, the exciting drummer Dave Flores; from Dizzy Gillespie and Ruben Blades, the powerful Nicaraguan Latin percussionist/vocalist Danilo Paíz; from Paraguay, the thrilling violinist and harpist from Arturo Sandoval and Steve Miller, Carlos Reyes; and the powerful Rolando Morales leading the journey on guitar, guitar synthesizer and vocals. Don’t miss it! $15. Make your reservations at (415) 331-2899, www.sausalitoseahorse.com.
Friday Oct 27, Maria, Maria Cantina, 710 Camino Ramon Road, Danville CA, approx 6-9pm. After a month away, Rolando returns for a Friday night show at Carlos Santana’s Danville restaurant. Enjoy Rolando on solo guitar and voice with his diverse repertoire performing out on the patio by the fire pits. See if he has any special guests sitting in… (925) 820-2366, www.mariamariarestaurants.com.
Saturday Oct 28, C’era Una Volta, 1332 Park Street, Alameda, CA 94501, 7-9:30 pm. After a month away, Rolando returns to this fine Tuscan-style restaurant that welcomes you like family to embrace the spirit of Italy. Rolando will take you on a musical tour of the Americas and beyond on solo guitar and voice in this intimate room. This is a great match and a rare opportunity to catch Rolando in Alameda! www.ceraunavolta.us/ (510) 769-4828.
And don’t miss this exciting November 2017 Quintet performance:
Thursday Nov 2,2017: YOSHI’S PRESENTS “CARLOS REYES and the ELECTRICK SYMPHONY” at Yoshi’s, 510 Embarcadero West in Oakland. Featuring an All-Star band including Santana’s lead vocalist Tony Lindsay, Rolando Morales, Janice Maxie-Reid and more. Reservations at (510) 238-9200, www.Yoshis.com.
Bassist REGGIE WASHINGTON will release a NEW CD
“Rainbow Shadow – Volume 2 – A Tribute to JEF LEE JOHNSON”
CD Release on DECEMBER 1st, 2017
and The Tammy Hall Trio
An Autumn Serenade
At Piedmont Piano Company
Come celebrate the leaves turning to vibrant colors of red and gold and rejoice in the cool evenings ahead with songs of the season. The night will start with a solo piano set from pianist Tammy Hall, later joined by vocalist Denise Perrier, bassist Marcus Shelby, and drummer Jack Dorsey. They will serenade you with sultry ballads, Bossa Nova, the blues, and unlimited Swing!
Sunday, October 1, 2017 at 4pm
at Piedmont Piano Company
1728 San Pablo Ave. (at 18th), Oakland, CA
$20 – To reserve tickets with your credit card,
please call (510) 547-8188 tel:(510) 547-8188)
Learn more about Denise Perrier by visiting www.deniseperrier.com
Laura Ashley is brilliantly marketed. It reminds Baby Boomer ladies of the days, back when they were young, confident and beautiful, during the late 1980s. It meets their current wish to tend to their wonderful gardens with stylish garden clothing, hats, and garden tools. Lovely.
In 1925 baby Laura Ashley was born in Dowley, Wales. She was an enterprising woman and started designing home furnishings. Later on in life, in the 1960s she also expanded her business into clothing.
She was inspired by the Roman Holiday. Audrey Hepburn looked so pretty and her clothes were feminine and romantic, unlike the psychedelic fashion that took over the UK at that time. Think the Mike Myers movie “Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery.”
The fashion brand was a huge success and in the 1980s it expanded into the US. After Laura Ashley’s death in September 1985 the company had been taken public.
Today the company is owned by Malayan United Industries Berhad (MUI) which is listed on the Main Market of Bursa Malaysia Securities Berhad. The corporate philosophy of the Group for over 50 years is guided by three key attributes – strength, efficiency and trustworthiness. In their advertisements here in the US, in which older ladies are sold gardening tools and chic outfits by one of the top retailers in the US, Orchard Hardware Supplies, this sentiment certainly comes across. But few people realize that the company merely sells to the US consumer, than transports the earnings to Malaysia, where undoubted lot of very young people are employed.
One of their important non-executive directors has been educated in the US. Tan Sri Dato’ Paduka Dr. bin Ahmad attended Advanced Management Programme at Harvard Business School, Executive Development Program at Philippines Executive Academy and holds Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in History from University of Malaya, Master of Public Administration from University of Pittsburgh and PhD in Public Administration from University of Southern California, Los Angeles, USA.
The trading company, one of the most successful company’s in Malaysia, is managed by Khoo Kay Peng. In his personal life Mr. Khoo Kay Peng does not espouse the values he sells to the women in the US. He is divorced from the former Ms. Malaysia Pauline Chai who now lives in the UK. Their daughter Angeline Francis Khoo revealed in 2014 that domestic violence was the cause of their parents divorce. Bravo to Ms. Pauline Chai for no longer putting up with maltreatment. The UK courts awarded her $112 Million in their divorce settlement, clearly a very tiny fraction of the overall personal value their 40 years marriage has produced. However, the price for freedom of maltreatment is worth it. It is always a very brave step to leave your abuser.
Khoo Kay Peng’s daughter, also a Ms. Malaysia, met a young Caribbean Scientist at Oxford and in order to be permitted to marry him, she chose to be disowned by her imperialistic father. She was slated to run the Laura Ashley empire and had spent every University Holiday learning about the business. After the split with her father, she decided that she could not be stopped by his controlling behavior and she started “Rosie on Fire.” Lovely fashion indeed.
Malaysia has joined the United Nations, which is disconcerting since their influence on the world seems to be quite horrible. Here are some details of recent human rights offenses within Malaysia.
Now back to Orchard Hardware Supplies. Orchard Hardware Supplies initially benefitted greatly from the real estate boom in Northern California. Despite the fact that their loyal customers left the individual retail outlets with solid sales, the debt piled on by Sears turned out to be unbearable. Sears spun out the company as an empty shell and unloaded it to Lowe’s after it had filed for Chapter 11 for $205 Million dollars. More
Now Laura Ashley is brilliantly marketed. It reminds Baby Boomer ladies of the days, back when they were young, confident and beautiful. It meets their current wish to tend to their wonderful gardens with stylish garden clothing, hats, and garden tools. Lovely.
It is marketed truly in line with the corporate manifesto of their Malaysian owners. It is undoubtedly very profitable, which will please the owners of Lowe’s primarily illustrious institutional investors. 76% of all shares are held by Vanguard Group, BlackRock, State Street, Wellington Management Group, and Price T. Rowe Associates, according to the Nasdaq.
Personally I genuinely believe that we influence the way the world works each and every day. You can spend your hard earned money on lovely phantasies created by brilliant marketers. Enjoyable and practical. Or, you can buy from small business owners, thereby actually changing and improving women’s lives. www.fikuros.com is now available on Etsy. Amazing Bespoke Accessories created one at a time by Niina Karlsson in Finland. Or the many fabulous designers well-known and brand new, available on www.dreslyn.com a company recently started by three millennials, a couple and the lady founder’s brother and her husband’s best friend. They are genuinely lovely and very smart. Or, you can check out up and coming designers on Nineteenth Amendment
Fortunately, since we live in a genuine democracy the choice is genuinely yours. We each get to choose everyday where and with whom we will spend our money.
PS: If you feel that you or someone you know may be abused, know that there are a lot of people who care. You can get legal assistance. You can get physical protection. There is a lot of help. Accepting help from good people is the first step out of domestic violence misery. Elderly who are abused by “care takers” also can get help through the same links.
Just in case …
On Oct. 24, 1945, the United Nations was ratified by five permanent members of the Security Council which consisted – right after WWII – of the United States, Great Britain, France, the Soviet Union and the Republic of China and was able to secure 46 other members. It was originally conceived in San Francisco and the charter was created in April and signed into being by the people who conceived it on June 26, 1945.
The United Nations charter back then was described as being created to maintain international peace and security and to achieve international co-operation in solving international problems that are derived from economic, social, cultural, issued or are the result of problems with humanitarian character – namely it’s lack. Hitler, and Mussolini to a lesser extent, had shown clearly how devastating the lack of humanity and a humanitarian culture that cared about social and economic issues of the mass population could be on the entire world.
The goals were noble and as always when dealing with large groups of people problems started immediately. For instance: May 14, 1948, the independent state of Israel was proclaimed as British rule in Palestine came to an end. The next day NYT reported: “The declaration of the new state by David Ben-Gurion, chairman of the National Council and the first Premier of reborn Israel, was delivered during a simple and solemn ceremony at 4 p.m., and new life was instilled into his people, but from without there was the rumbling of guns, a flashback to other declarations of independence that had not been easily achieved.” The goal was to give a sense of permanency to the many Jews who were transported to or had fled to Palestine, while it was under British rule. The United Nations partitioned Palestine into Arab and Jewish sections. in November 1947. Naturally we all know about the many humanitarian issues that evolved from this decision and especially how it was implemented. Arab Nations are still today upset about it and they often use it as an explanation for their own inhumane behavior. Naturally Israelis now live in a nation that legitimately needs defend itself. When they are ruled by someone who doesn’t really care about economic, social and humanitarian issues in the West Bank or Palestine ever more problems are created.
The original purpose of the United Nations was good. The way it has been run since Kofi Annan tried to get fairness and attention for African Nations has been pretty awful. He wanted justice for the African Nations since they often were used and abused by business interests who didn’t care about the population at large. Unfortunately, a lot of the African leaders are incredibly corrupt and self serving, often killing entire villages to allow international business to “license” the right to excavate property stolen from these villages. Are there problems? Yes.
Does the current US administration help solve any of the issues? According to the recent US speeches it seems they want to become one of the top problems in the world. Declaring Nuclear War as an option is hardly in line with the UN Charter. Perhaps it is a good thing. Maybe now leaders will finally realize they are equal. Now we live in an equal opportunity world. The world needs leaders who want to create peace and social and economic justice for all in a democratic and humanitarian way. Maybe now countries from all around the world will create their own versions of world peace. Clearly at this moment in history, the US has lost its way as a peace loving nation. Trump’s speech is undeniably and very clearly proof that there is no US commitment nor interest in world peace. The truth is out. It is time for new peace loving leaders. no matter where they come from.
It is most heartening that more and more Americans who are listening to the current chosen American leaders like Pence, Sessions, Cruz, McConnell, McConnell, who clearly want Americans to die in the street, and their chosen “education leader” DuBois – ever more people are wondering whether it is time to improve education in the US. It is finally becoming clear to more and more people , that after 40 years of hoping the various States will educate kids on their own volition has left a country where there is much room for improvement.
Facebook in their media relations page claimed this:
“Over the past few months, we have taken action against fake accounts in France, Germany, and other countries, and we recently stated that we will no longer allow Pages that repeatedly share false news to advertise on Facebook.”
I rejoice since I think at last the manipulations of nefarious activities manipulating the public, whether it is Russians getting conservatives hyped up into a mob mentality against the LGBT community, or having an unqualified real estate maven, who seemed surprised that he was chosen to be president, or providing a platform for hate speech for German Nazi’s, which happened to be against the law.
I followed the development of the extreme right groups who are often sponsored and supported by Russia – take hold in Western Europe and I was surprised since it used to be against the law to even whisper the word “Nazi” in Germany. The punishment in the 1980s was severe – over $1000 in fines or 2 weeks in prison.
How the world has changed since the Reagan era when we become “one world.” Germans seem to have forgotten their history and now Neo Nazis are running around demonstrating and promoting their hate freely in public, protected by the free speech laws. Erdogan’s dictator supporting Turkish soldiers are running around Germany turning in ex-soldiers, if they practice German free speech, and Erdogan tried to shut up a, perhaps a bit tasteless, German comedian. He launched lawsuits in Germany, the Netherlands, and Switzerlands. Only in Germany he received an audience by politicians who pushed for silencing their own citizens in support of the dictator.
Facebook and Twitter helped these trends, there is no doubt about it. No matter how much they wanted to deny it or ignore it initially. They forbade pictures of classic Greek statues and paintings from the Renaissance if they offended some religious desire – but hate speech, even illegal hate speech was entirely ok to them. We now know that it was because they made good money with it. The bot factories paid precious advertising dollars. Art lovers who shared a beautiful Botticelli painting could not compete with the foreign dictators’ budgets. People who portrayed rape scenes were okay, women’s nipples were not. When questioned in Germany, they arrogantly proclaimed that the Facebook police were run out of India, thus not subject to German law. Only when Merkel got so frustrated by the public furor that she promised to shut the site down altogether, was she able to get Zuckerberg’s attention.
Now in Germany they are working on a “Facebook-Gesetz” – a law that is targeting social media companies. the law is meant to stop social media companies from spreading illegal hate speech. The German press is concerned that while there is an attempt to create such a law, it is far from certain that there will be such a law. Political infighting points that in Germany freedom of speech and the fight against hate speech vs. mob rule attitudes are literally at odds.
While politicians are discussing the pros and cons of the formulation it is up to Facebook to keep order “voluntarily.” In German fashion, they don’t seem to care if they tacitly allow hate speech free reign while they fight about the way the law is worded.
Thankfully, there definitely have been some improvements as the top management of Facebook finally is starting to become aware that they may be destroying Western Civilization by allowing “free speech” to extremists, while being responsive to complaints by extremists whose goal is quite literally to abolish the Freedoms of Western Culture as we know it.
Facebook informs us: “We are also experimenting with changes to help us more efficiently detect and stop inauthentic accounts at the time they are being created.”
Hopefully this is a priority and completed before the next elections. Trump fans are right that Western Civilization is under attack, mostly by ourselves. Business leaders will ultimately decide whether democracy will survive. Business leaders are pro democracy and those who are against democracy will decide our future as they deploy artificial intelligence who write programs which determine how we will be able perceive our world now and in the future.
|Join art and music lovers on Friday, September 29th 6-9pm for the Closing Reception of “Identity Theft” featuring live music by Miguel Y Los Buenos Ensemble.
featuring new works by Chukes
August 4 – September 30, 2017
Closing Reception: Friday, September 29th
Joyce Gordon Gallery is a commercial fine art gallery located in the downtown district of Oakland, California. It exhibits art that reflects the social and cultural diversity of the Bay Area and international artists. The aim of the gallery is to respect the creative pursuits of the individual and seeks to make such work accessible to a broad audience.
Wed – Fri: 11-6pm | Sat: 1-5pm Sun: by appointment