Most people think Martin Scorsese and Fran Lebowitz would have nothing in common. They met at a party and they haven’t stopped talking to each other since. Fran makes Marty laugh so much, that he doubles over in complete joy. You will laugh watching them.
The American Eagle flew over Miami at sunset to let everyone know we are all going to be okay. Photo by Eliot Hess
I had a quasi meltdown watching the incompetence. I would fire the security for the Capitol. There is no reason in the world that it took hours for the proper law enforcement to arrive to protect our elected officials. This could have been pre-planned by Trump and it wouldn’t surprise me if he held back the protection needed.
Jefferson Graham is today’s guest on “Lying on the Beach On Camera,” with Steve Greenberg and Lois Whitman-Hess.
He is one of the best known tech writers in the country. He is also famous for his photography, podcasting, videos and as a long-time jazz guitarist. Graham is the author of nine books, including books on infomercial gadget king Ron Popeil, the late TV legend Aaron Spelling. You can find everything you need to know about Jefferson at http://.www.jeffersongraham.net.
Please welcome Jefferson Graham— who by the way— has one of the coolest names ever–
RABBI: “Will everyone please turn on their tablet, PC, iPad, smart phone, and Kindles to Art Scroll page 232. And please switch on your Bluetooth to download the sermon.”
“Now, Let us daven. Open your Apps, BBM, Twitter and Facebook and chat with God.”
“As we schnorrer and accept charity, please have your credit and debit cards ready.” “You can log on to the Shul Wi-Fi using the password ‘Hashem18.’ The Shammes will circulate mobile card swipe machines among the congregants:
“Those who prefer to make electronic fund transfers are directed to computers and laptops at the rear of the Shul. Those who prefer to use iPads can open them.
“Those who prefer telephone banking, take out your cell phones to transfer your contributions to the Shul account.”
“This week’s shiur will be held on the various Facebook group pages where the usual group chatting takes place. Please log in and don’t miss out.
“Thursday’s Talmud Torah study will be held live on Skype at 1900hrs GMT.
“Please don’t miss out. You can follow the Rabbi on Twitter this weekend for counseling and prayers.”
Frameworks Art Solutions of Miami (friends Claire Lardner and Cris Sweeny) did an amazing job framing Jayda Knight’s star painting entitled “My 6ft. of Space.” Watch the video to see the production. Jayda, also a close friend, is the artist who designed all of the window coverings for the empty stores on Lincoln Road. Her beautification is helping Lincoln Road recover. Amazon, a new Lincoln Road store, is completely covered by Jayda’s artistry until they are ready to open for business. The new star painting will be on display at Jayda’s Lincoln Road Studio. A major show will be announced this year.
When I saw this photo, on Facebook, that Kaylan Scagliola took of the 59th Street bridge, (officially named the Ed Koch Queensboro Bridge), NYC, my life of 40 years in Manhattan flashed by me. Our bedroom windows overlooked the bridge and we got to see all the action for decades. Kaylan grew up in a townhouse down the street on 62nd and First Avenue. She now lives further uptown but admitted to me our views of the bridge were breathtaking.
My protege! This living doll belongs to Jenn and Scott Greenberg. She is ready for her closeup.
Getting Ready For Zoom business calls with book clients. All of a sudden I find myself in the book biz. Four clients, six books. My job is to get the book edited, published, and promoted. I’m the producer. Genres: environment, space exploration, children, and tech. If you are connected to publishing houses, or can coach/edit, let me know. More opportunities all coming up. Loisw@hwhpr.com.
Why is the Chinese government going after Jack Ma, the country’s richest man?
For the past 2 decades, being a Chinese billionaire has been a dangerous job. Whether it was a short life expectancy or threat of arrest for corruption, being uber-rich in China has not ended well for many.
Jack Ma — the 56-year-old founder of Alibaba and China’s richest man (worth $57B+, but frequently swapping the top spot with Tencent’s Pony Ma) — has mostly avoided a bad outcome…
… until this year
In November, it held up the listing of Alibaba’s fintech arm Ant Group, which was supposed to raise $34.5B, the biggest IPO ever.
The cancellation came after Ma criticized the country’s financial regulators for stifling innovation and called China’s bank “pawnshops.”
Last week, China launched an antitrust investigation into Alibaba itself, charging that the ecommerce giant forces merchants to sell exclusively on its platform.
Ma is perhaps China’s greatest entrepreneurial success story
Born in Hangzhou, China, Ma spent his youth learning English by spending time around tourists before studying the language in college.
Ma learned about the internet on a 1995 trip to the US. Upon his return to China, he launched numerous websites before co-founding Alibaba with 18 friends in 1999.
Today, Alibaba Group — which includes ecommerce leaders Taobao and Tmall — does $70B+ in annual revenue and is the “closest thing Amazon has to a peer and rival,” writes the NYT.
The diminutive tech titan has happily cultivated a superstar persona, even starring as a kung fu master in a short film.
Why is the crackdown happening now?
Under President Xi Jinping, the Chinese state has imposed a tighter grip over the economy, which puts Alibaba and its rival Tencent — both worth $600B+ — squarely in the crosshairs.
The clampdowns also come at a time of rising economic inequality: China has more billionaires than India and the US combined but also has 600m citizens earning less than $150 a month, per the NYT.
Jack Ma is becoming the posterboy for this wealth gap — perhaps the only job in China that’s more dangerous than “billionaire.”
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