Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Prince George
One year later

The world remembers the day Prince George was born .. minutes before the sun moved into Leo (July 22, 2013). I loved following George's adventures particularly his trip to Australia, and the day he walked off at 10 months old - reminding me of my children who walked early. Life gets easier when a baby stops crawling and starts to walk - though that does present a whole new set of issues. One of the things I believe, is that if you want a child to walk early, buy them a walker. They quickly appreciate the fact that they can stand on their own ... then taking a few steps comes right after. Crawling is part of physical development but walking allows a child far more interesting experiences.

World Cup Upset

The look of shock and horror on the spectators' faces was unbelievable.

In case you missed it ...

Brazil's World Cup humiliation smashes social media records   PhysOrg - July 9, 2014
Brazil's record defeat at the hands of Germany in the World Cup semi-final sent social networks into overdrive, with Twitter and Facebook beating previous marks of activity for sporting events.

Stunning World Cup Loss Deals Heavy Blow to Brazil   NBC - July 9, 2014
It's not just the darkest night in the history of Brazilian soccer - it's one of the darkest nights in Brazilian history. Soccer runs through the bloodstream of the country like it does through no other nation on earth. It defines the country. Soccer is what Brazil excels at. No other nation has won five World Cups. So to lose one of its most high-profile games in such an utterly humiliating way is a hammer blow to the country, and one from which it will struggle to recover.

  Germany Delivers Historic 7-1 Thrashing To Brazil In World Cup Semifinal   Huffington Post - July 8, 2014
At kickoff, there was hope and ambition in Brazil. By halftime, shock and grief prevailed in the nation hosting the 2014 World Cup. In between, Germany racked up all the goals it needed to book a spot in final.

Brazil's World Cup Exit: Worse Than 1950 Trauma?   Discovery - July 9, 2014
Brazil's humiliating exit from the World Cup is as close as it gets to a national trauma in a football-mad nation whose identity is closely associated with its team. The country of 200 million people had hoped to win the title at home and erase memories of its 1950 World Cup defeat to Uruguay in Rio de Janeiro, the notorious "Maracanazo" at the Maracana Stadium. But instead Brazil suffered the worst defeat in its 100-year footballing history, falling 7-1 to Germany at the Mineirao Stadium in the southeastern city of Belo Horizonte - now the infamous "Mineirazo."

When Cultures Blend and Collide ...

On Sunday, as my friend Anna and I walk down the pier towards my car, I noticed three men in Hassidic attire standing next to a man and a Harley. The Harley guy looked like a redneck biker so I couldn't help but walk over to this "out-of-place" scene. The Harley was gorgeous - the pride and joy of the biker who had come to the pier on a beautify day. As I walked up, he was discussing his bike with the 3 Jewish men who seemed to know a lot about bikes.

I wish I had taken a picture because all I could think was ... this is a strange cultural mix and what a great photo this would make - yet it seemed intrusive. One of the Jewish men had a long white beard, the other two appearing to be in their 40's. The men had just arrived from Israel and were on the pier to see the sights. It's funny how fate brings people together.

We talked bikes and more including the current situation in Israel. In my opinion current events were a set-up to start another war - but that's the focus of our program. How many revolutions/wars are going on in different parts of the world today?!! Too many. If not war ... other violence. Will there ever be a peaceful resolution? Not in this program. Are we any more evolved than Neanderthal? New subroutine ... better tech ... same issues.

Years ago, when I first got into metaphysics, many people said violence is the result of us experiencing in a patriarchal society. Nonsense, I thought. This is a bipolar electromagnetic experience in a hologram. It has nothing to do with patriarchal or matriarchal leadership. If the world was ruled by women/priestesses, it wouldn't make a difference. Besides, this has been done in another parallel experience - for those who remember or can transfer their consciousness there. Physical reality never ends well. Enjoy the good times if they are part of your experience because most of the world is in trouble.

  Hamas fires rockets amid Israeli air strikes on Gaza   BBC - July 9, 2014
Palestinian militants have fired more rockets at Israeli cities after Israel carried out dozens of air strikes on Gaza in the early hours of Wednesday.

The Evolving New York City Taxi Scene

If you don't have a Harley to get you around the city, and have issues with public transportation, you might want to use a:

Yellow NYC Taxi

The taxicabs of New York City are widely recognized icons of the city, come in two varieties: yellow and green. Taxis painted canary yellow (medallion taxis) are able to pick up passengers anywhere in the five boroughs. I remember when a medallion cost $8,000. (It's like a business). Today they can be over $700,000. Read more ...

Boro Taxi

Boro Taxis are allowed to pick up passengers (street hails or calls) in outer boroughs and in Manhattan above East 96th and West 110th Streets. The color of boro taxis is apple green (bright green) in contrast to the traditional yellow taxis in New York City. Read more ...

Car or Limo Service

This is the way I travel when I don't drive. These are usually Lincoln Town Cars. They have fixed rates so you know what you'll pay before you get in (plus a tip and the price of certain bridges or tunnels if you use them which now cost $7.50 and $5.33 with an EZ Pass - one way.

Zipcar with a big "Z"

Zipcar is a US membership-based carsharing company providing automobile reservations to its members, billable by the hour or day. Zipcar was founded in 2000 by Cambridge, Massachusetts residents Antje Danielson and Robin Chase. Read more ...

Lyft Car with a Mustache on the Front

Lyft is a privately held, San Francisco based transportation network company whose mobile-phone application facilitates peer-to-peer ridesharing by enabling passengers who need a ride to request one from drivers who have a car. Unlike traditional taxis, Lyft drivers do not charge fares but instead receive "donations" from their passengers. Read more ...

  Lyft Launches in Brooklyn & Queens - July 9, 2014

This week, we take a historic step forward in bringing community-powered transportation to all corners of the country. After months of receiving unprecedented support from tens of thousands of residents, Lyft will launch in New York City on Friday at 7pm local time, with the outer boroughs of Brooklyn and Queens as our first communities.

Lyft Is Coming to NYC, and the Taxi Commission Is Already Fighting It   Motherboard - July 9, 2014
Lyft, the popular rideshare competitor to Uber, says it's ready to throw its mustachioed cars into the crazy mix of taxis, black cars, and other driver services that shuttle people around New York City. Problem is, the city's Taxi and Limousine Commission says if the company doesn't certify its drivers as taxis, it's going to take action.


Uber is a venture-funded startup and transportation network company based in San Francisco, California, that makes mobile apps that connect passengers with drivers of vehicles for hire and ridesharing services. The company arranges pickups in dozens of cities around the world. Cars are reserved by sending a text message or by using a mobile app, the latter can also be used by customers to track their reserved car's location. Read more ...

Uber Claims It's Now Cheaper Than NYC Yellow Taxis   Huffington Post - July 9, 2014
Uber announced it will be temporarily offering cheaper fares for its low-end UberX service in New York City, making it cheaper to use the popular car-hailing app than a traditional yellow cab, the company claimed in a blog post on Monday. The move discounts prices by 20 percent, and follows similar price cuts in a slew of other cities including San Francisco, Chicago, and Atlanta.