There's lots going on today.
On the home front, my cold is almost gone and the temperatures outside will be above freezing this afternoon. As I watch the weather reports across the country things look bad in most areas especially in regions where people are being hit by El Nino.
Over in Las Vegas the Consumer Electronics Show begins with more amazing new tech. That's one show I wish I could get into. Tech columnists warn against buying the 4K TV, named for its high-definition resolution display. The technology is taking center stage today.
Las Vegas also reminds us of gambling as the next Powerball drawing is tonight. My ticket is sitting on my desk near me so I remember to check it tomorrow though I don't expect to win anything. Remember to consider the place you buy your ticket and visualize whether or not that store will sell the winning ticket before you buy it there.
Las Vegas also takes us to entertainment tonight featuring the 42nd People's Choice Awards Website.
Here's the really important news ...We are back to blowing things up (see Monday's blog below) as North Korea, one of the world's most isolated and dangerous states, declared that it detonated its first underground hydrogen bomb today. It may be weeks or longer before other nations can determine what kind of test was conducted. China, Russia, the European Union and others condemned the action as a breach of international law. The U.N. Security Council tentatively scheduled an emergency meeting today. Why didn't anyone have intel on it? Comparing ... Hydrogen or Thermonuclear weapon with an Atomic Bomb - Nuclear Weapon. Global stock markets, partly spooked by North Korea, are down. Wall Street futures indicate a decline of more than 1 percent at the start of trading.
Also in the city ... Mayor Bill de Blasio is set to announce today a $15-an-hour minimum wage for the city's public work force. City officials said it would be among the highest in the country. It matches a similar increase for state employees last year.
International CES, more commonly known as the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), is an internationally renowned electronics and technology trade show, attracting major companies and industry professionals worldwide. The annual show is held each January at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. Not open to the public, the Consumer Electronics Association-sponsored show typically hosts previews of products and new product announcements.