Monday, March 27, 2017

This Week in the Matrix


It's Monday and you're off to do whatever. You feel up to speed on issues of the day from politics to weather to local news. You have your well thought out opinions, just as I have mine. Let's see what this week brings as everything feels redundant so far, with the exception/diversion that 36 year old Jarod Kusher thinks he can fix a broken government where others have failed. Another Trump family member will learn the hard way. This week most people will pick a grievance and focus on it - or maybe come up with another way to heal something. I need a new "insert" from the matrix so will wait to see what manifests. It should be something far off in space that reflects closure. Hello ... is anybody there?



Sunday, March 26, 2017

Friends and Online Stuff


It's not often a long lost friend comes back into my life. Meet Nina ... We both grew up in Brooklyn attending Brooklyn College, but as I was one year older, and graduated early, we never met. We went on to become teachers but in different schools so again we never met. We married and started our families about the same time. Nina had boys (2) and Ellie had girls (3) - just what we both wanted. Somewhere along the line Nina and I met through our husbands and we all became friends. I always thought she looked somewhat like me - the same height, build, hair, eye color, and complexion.

As life moves on ... and people get busy ... friendships change. I basically stayed friends with the women who lived in Manhattan Beach, Brooklyn while Nina and Sy moved to Fort Lauderdale. The years, or should I say decades, passed as our lives followed similar paths though never touching. All of the children grew up, finished college, married with families, and are professionals. One of Nina's sons became a doctor - the other a Hollywood producer/director - Jeremy Alter.

Segue - March 2017 ... Last week, my ex-husband Ralph, who is deceased, showed me Nina's face but never explained why. I decided to search for Nina on Facebook ... and there she was after all these years ... Ellie sending an email. Nina emailed back immediately telling me she had searched for me for years but not as Ellie Crystal (maiden name). She had only known me by my married name, Levine. (There are Ellie Levine's in NYC but younger than me.)

Yesterday, Nina and I had our first catch-up call. We discovered that around the time I decided to leave Ralph to pursue the next part of my journey, she left her husband, Sy. Ralph moved to Scottsdale and Sy to LA. Though Ralph passed 11 years ago, Sy is still alive and well and still selling insurance.

Nina's interests in the esoteric took her to astrology where she and a friend had a call-in radio show for years. She still teaches piano and ... well, you know what I do. She is not into the tech world at all and said she recently got her first smart phone. We didn't have time to talk about reality so I'm not sure about her thoughts on that subject. To be continued ....

With friends moving to Florida, I may have to visit again. My friend, Pat, just sold her design business and is moving May 1. John, the friend I sometimes vacation with, is selling his house in Tampa and considering the East Coast of Florida. Now we have Nina .... and most importantly ... George in Fort Lauderdale.

Speaking of George... He's coming to spend time with me at the end of May. Yeah! As my computer is five years old and freezing up from time to time, as of late, I decided that would be a perfect time to get a new computer as George has always helped me get all my tech stuff together. I'm on the fence about getting a 27 inch iMac (smaller than what I'm used to), or a Mac Mini, and using my old 30 inch monitor which is now starting to get black pixels. I know what you're thinking ... go new. Also Mac no longer makes a separate monitor which is needed for Mac Pro (too much computer for my current needs) and Mac Mini. Ok ... I think I'm going to go with the 27 inch iMac and pray that my current Mac Pro lasts two more months. What do you think, George? FYI -The next Mercury Retrograde is ... April 9 - May 3, 2017 so that's helpful.




Sunday


From the NY Times ... Landmark internet privacy protections are nearly certain to be dismantled. Within days, the House is expected to pass a measure that the Senate approved last week. It would allow internet service providers to track and share customers' browsing and app activity without obtaining their permission. Republican supporters of the legislation said the regulations, created during the final days of the Obama administration, were onerous and stifled innovation.


The GOP plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act collapsed as the House leaders pulled the legislation in the face of a revolt among Republicans. The decision exposed the civil war within the party and raised questions about the consequences on the Trump administration's aggressive agenda and next year's midterm elections. The president, in a telephone interview, argued that the situation would turn out in his favor. "The best thing that could happen is exactly what happened - watch," he said.


For a year, NY Times reporters have been following Syrian refugee families and the Canadians who have helped them resettle in Toronto. Now, in Month 13, the sponsors are trying to let go. The everyday Canadians who stepped up to help are stumbling, as are the Syrian families trying to go forward on their own. "The honeymoon is over," said one sponsor, a retired teacher. This is just what I blogged would happen. Cultural differences and emotional issues were destined to create problems.


This is a cycle. A wet winter has blanketed the ridges of the Sierra Nevada range with a remarkably thick snowpack, which is beyond welcome after years of drought. The snowmelt will trickle down to irrigate crops, fill glasses and help sustain life in an arid state. Our collection of maps and photographs lets you share in the relief.





Friday, March 24, 2017

The Moment of Truth

  Trump card: White House plays its hand in health care battle   BBC - March 23, 2017

Can they resuscitate the bill? Not successfully. It would take time. Trump is trying to do too much too soon. Everything is a do-over. After House Republican leaders abruptly canceled a planned vote on the GOP health care bill Thursday afternoon, Office of Management and Budget director Mick Mulvaney made clear Thursday evening that President Trump is done negotiating on the hotly-debated health care bill and wants a vote on Friday. If the president doesn't get a vote to repeal and replace Obamacare, he will move on to other priorities, Mulvaney said, according to a source in the room during tense talks with GOP members. The ultimatum came after Speaker Paul Ryan postponed the initial vote for the measure. The uncertainty over the bill's prospects leaves the president, who prides himself on his ability to "close the deal", facing a rare instance of self-doubt.




How Ole Dammegard Predicts Terrorist Attacks





Spiritual Retreats and Brain Chemistry


Whenever you participate in the energies of a spiritual retreat ... happiness is generally the result. The problem is ... when returning to your daily life, the energies return to your programmed emotions and issues.. Enjoy your spiritual retreat but remember it's only a temporary fix.

Spiritual retreats change feel-good chemical systems in the brain   Science Daily - March 23, 2017
More Americans than ever are turning to spiritual, meditative and religious retreats as a way to reset their daily life and enhance well-being. Now, researchers show there are changes in the dopamine and serotonin systems in the brains of retreat participants. Since serotonin and dopamine are part of the reward and emotional systems of the brain, it helps us understand why these practices result in powerful, positive emotional experiences.




Would you choose to live forever?

My answer: Not if I was trapped in physical reality (linear time).

Would you choose to live forever?   Daily Mail - March 24, 2017
Age-reversing pill that Nasa wants to give to astronauts on Mars will begin human trials within six months. Scientists have made a discovery that could lead to a revolutionary drug that actually reverses aging. The drug could help damaged DNA to miraculously repair and even protect Nasa astronauts on Mars by protecting them from solar radiation. A team of researchers developed the drug after discovering a key signaling process in DNA repair and cell aging.




Wednesday, March 22, 2017

On the way back to Chaos


The original insert started with the Great Pyramid in Egypt and/or simultaneously with "Garden of Eden" and Anunnaki Mythologies (Middle East). Once in place additional inserts a-rose in Europe, the Americas, Antarctica, and polar regions. Holographic closure follows the same sequential order. From Africa and the Middle East -> Europe and the Americas - we follow the same patterns to the original zero point in the algorithm where it all began. It is designed to bring freedom in the end, whatever that means to you. As we look at the Trump administration and what is happening in the US - we find ourselves caught up in the swirling patterns of reality from whence we came.


  London 'terror incident': Live updates  
CNN - March 22, 2017

  Parliament shooting: Woman dies in Westminster attack  
BBC - March 22, 2017




World Water Day

March 22, 2017

World Water Day

2017 Theme: "Why waste water?"

Safe water is one of many problems humans face
due to climate change and other ecological factors.




Is Consciousness Real? It's all Optics


Think about reality, consciousness, and creation. Most see creation beyond physical reality. Gods? Aliens? Something else we know-nothing about in our limited capacity here?

Holographic Theory: 2D images -> 3D holograms of experience

Brain: Processes 2D images -> experience 3D realities


Is Consciousness Real?   Scientific American - March 22, 2017
Philosopher Daniel Dennett tries, once again, to explain away consciousness. Of all the odd notions to emerge from debates over consciousness, the oddest is that it doesn't exist, at least not in the way we think it does. It is an illusion, like Santa Claus or American democracy. Descartes said consciousness is the one undeniable fact of our existence, and I find it hard to disagree. I'm conscious right now, as I type this sentence, and you are presumably conscious as you read it. (I can't be sure about you, because I have access only to my own consciousness.) The idea that consciousness isn't real has always struck me as crazy, and not in a good way, but smart people espouse it. One of the smartest is philosopher Daniel Dennett, who has been questioning consciousness for decades. Dennett is just reiterating, in his oh-so-clever, neologorrheic fashion, what mind-scientists and most educated lay folk have long accepted, that the bulk of cognition happens beneath the surface of awareness.




Remembering Chuck Barris


June 3, 1929 - March 21, 2017

Chuck Barris brought joy and laughter to a different timeline. Present Day: Everything changes from moment to moment as we seek comic relief in dramatic times.

Chuck Barris, host of 'The Gong Show' who wildly claimed to be a CIA assassin, dead at 87   Washington Post - March 22, 2017

Chuck Barris created some of the most memorable daytime TV game shows, from "The Dating Game" to ''The Newlywed Game" to that infamous factory of cheese, "The Gong Show." The media mocked him as "The King of Schlock" or "The Baron of Bad Taste," but it was Barris who got the last laugh. Harris was also a songwriter, who wrote the hit "Palisades Park" for Freddy Cannon and the author of Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, his autobiography, which became a film directed by George Clooney.




Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Novel Ideas


With everything going on in, and connected to, Washington DC, anybody with a good sense of imagination and some writing skills could write a novel. With some research, you're good to go. The Trump administration is bringing new subject matter paralleling changing times in the age of technology - cyber-crimes and warfare - uncovering conspiracies.

In the latest dramas out of Washington this week -- The United States is giving nine airlines until Saturday morning to make sure that passengers on flights from 10 overseas airports - in eight predominantly Muslim countries - have been barred from carrying electronic devices larger than a cellphone. A senior Trump administration official said the airlines are being given 96 hours to fully implement the rules, starting today, because 'evaluated intelligence indicates that terror groups continue to target aviation, to include smuggling explosives in electronic devices.'

On the first day of his Supreme Court confirmation hearing, Judge Neil Gorsuch presented himself on Monday as a man of consensus, insisting that he favored no party above the law. The optics of his wife hugging him before hearings started - probably helped. I thought of it as something Olivia would do on the TV show Scandal.

The bill to replace the Affordable Care Act is scheduled for a vote on Thursday. House leaders have made some last-minute changes to the legislation to try to ensure it passes. No Democrats have said they will vote for the measure. Matter what happens many people will not like the results. There is no perfect solution unless the government pays for medical and that would raise taxes etc. etc. etc.

Ivanka Trump put her husband's relatives in charge of her company's assets, but she retains some power, an arrangement that is meant to address concerns about her role at the White House. Does anybody believe these people are not involved in "family business"? Not that it comes as a surprise but Ivanka will have an office just above her father's in the White House.

David Rockefeller died yesterday at age 101. The death of the banker and philanthropist, with the fabled family name, brought to mind those who really control the economy with ties to global cabals.




Trump - Collusion and Diversion - Video Blog




June 12, 1915 - March 20, 2017

David Rockefeller

  David Rockefeller Google Videos

David Rockefeller was a prominent American banker, philanthropist, world statesman, and the current patriarch of the Rockefeller family. He is the youngest and only surviving son and grandson, respectively, of the prominent philanthropist John D. Rockefeller, Jr. and the billionaire oil tycoon John D. Rockefeller, founder of Standard Oil. He is the founder and Honorary Chairman of the Trilateral Commission, a private organization, founded in 1973 at the initiative of the heads of the Council of Foreign Relations and the Bilderberg Group.


A museum has to renew its collection to be alive,
but that does not mean we give up important old works.


David Rockefeller Quotes 1

David Rockefeller Quotes 2

MoMA - Museum of Modern Art, NYC
The museum is associated with David Rockefeller.

Ellie at MoMA March 2016




March 22, 2017

World Water Day

2017 Theme: Wastewater

World Water Day occurs each year on March 22, as
designated by United Nations General Assembly resolution.


What makes the desert so beautiful, is that somewhere it hides a well.

Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Water Quotes




Monday, March 20, 2017

Happy Spring !

Monday March 20, 2017


F.B.I. director James Comey and National Security Agency (NSA) head Adm. Michael Rogers are scheduled to answer questions today as part of a House panel's investigation into Russian meddling in the presidential election. Overlapping inquiries by the House, the Senate and the F.B.I. have been plagued by partisan sniping. Trump's claim that he was wiretapped on the orders of President Obama is also likely to come up. The unsubstantiated assertion has renewed a debate about whether security agencies invade Americans' privacy. No one believes Trump who sources go to conspiracy theories.

  Trump's wiretapping accusation comes to a head at Comey hearing   CNN - March 20, 2017

  The key players in Monday's Russia hearing   CNN - March 20, 2017

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Judge Neil Gorsuch is set to make his first lengthy public remarks since President Trump nominated him for the Supreme Court. The Senate Judiciary Committee is scheduled to begin considering the judge's nomination this morning. As always so will be in favor and others strongly opposed.

  Neil Gorsuch on the issues   CNN - March 20, 2017




March 20, 2017


International Day of Happiness

The International Day of Happiness is celebrated
throughout the world on 20 March. It was established by
the United Nations General Assembly on 28 June 2012.

Happiness means different things to each
of us and changes as we experience life.

Happiness report: Norway is the happiest place on Earth   BBC - March 20, 2017




March 20, 2017

Spring - Vernal Equinox - Northern Hemisphere

Equal hours of Night (Darkness) and Day (Light)

Spring Equinox Around the World: Photos   Seeker

People have recognized the vernal equinox for thousands of years.
There are rituals, celebrations and traditions, personal and universal
especially at power grid points and sacred sites around the world.




March 20, 2017

Sun in Aries

Happy Birthday to the Crystalinks readers born in Aries.

Aries is a cardinal fire sign ruled by Mars.




March 20, 2017

Nowruz - Iranian New Year

Zarathustra - Zoroaster The Persian Prophet



The Anunnaki Gods, Aliens, Hybrids?


All nations staircase in Persepolis.

People from across Persia brought Nowruz gifts for the king.




March 20, 2017

Alien Abduction Day

About Alien Abductions

Many were taken. How many remember?



Sunday, March 19, 2017

Remembering Chuck Berry

In my generation, we all listened and danced to Chuck Berry. We danced in school, at Paramount Theater concerts in Brooklyn and Manhattan, at parties, at home, and for me ... on TV. We danced ... we laughed ... we sang ...we had fun. I remember watching Chuck Berry on our first black and white TV. What I liked most about him was his upbeat music and disposition. His lyrics would repeat in your mind hours and days after listening to them on a vinyl record. Much of today's music, as with film and poetry, is expected to connect with pain and suffering - the patterns (algorithm) of abuse, healing, and overcoming obstacles. Sometimes music should just be fun and make you feel good ... or have we forgotten what that's like?

Chuck Berry (October 18, 1926 - March 18, 2017)

Chuck Berry was an award winning American guitarist, singer, songwriter, and one of the pioneers of rock and roll music. He was among the first musicians to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on its opening in 1986; he was cited for having "laid the groundwork for not only a rock and roll sound but a rock and roll stance." Berry is included in several of Rolling Stone magazine's "greatest of all time" lists; he was ranked fifth on its 2004 list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's 500 Songs That Shaped Rock and Roll includes three of Berry's: "Johnny B. Goode", "Maybellene", and "Rock and Roll Music".

  Chuck Berry Google Videos


"Johnny B. Goode" is the only rock-and-roll song included on the Voyager Golden Record.
Did aliens listen and connect?


Forget yoga, meditation, or whatever you do to feel good today.


Let's sing ... Move your body as you sit there.


Stretch those shoulder and neck muscles ... Good exercise...


Science and religion are both the same thing.
They're there; they're life.
If it's not science, it's not a fact.

Chuck Berry Quotes




Saturday, March 18, 2017

Flood Stories:
Swept Away in the Tsunami
of Time and Illusion


When the old comes tumbling down at the end of our movie, dream, story, simulation ...
Many ancient ruins are being destroyed by ISIS, war, aging, and natural disasters. It's all part of the process. Exploring ruins has never been my thing. I am simply not a tourist and have always seen destruction at the end ... as it should be when people detach from physical reality and their consciousness no longer supports the grids. Ruins are more about energies that catalyze memories of creation, and your adventures in it, than anything else.

Do you remember the end of the film?

Inception




Peru floods: tourists evacuated by helicopter from Machu Picchu as homes are washed away by mudslides

The Telegraph - March 18, 2017


Swept away in Peru mudslide Daily Mail - March 16, 2017




Are you dreaming right now, as you read this?

Autism



In the Autism Spectrum, the numbers are much higher than reported. Adults with high functioning autism are often unaware that they are affected some seeing it as OCD or Aspergers, as the patterns overlap. I've met adults who display autistic patterns and struggle to figure out the nature of emotions often having issues with relationships and physical intimacy. Careers often include working with numbers and computers. In the healing worlds, many work with others helping them bring up and process emotional baggage from their past, as the healer explores and examines the emotions experienced by the person they are working on. This overlaps into empathy and degrees of assimilation. It's all about the brain as a computer and its programmed experiences in the hologram of our reality. The 2016 film "The Accountant" brings additional insights.


Autism: New analysis method of metabolites accurately predicts whether a child has autism   Science Daily - March 17, 2017
Scientists have developed a new, highly accurate method that analyzes metabolic biomarkers to assess whether a child is on the autism spectrum. Autism spectrum disorder affects about 1.5 percent of all children, but its exact cause remains unknown, and diagnosis requires a multidisciplinary team of doctors. Previous research has revealed certain differences in metabolic processes between children on the autism spectrum and neurotypical children. However, researchers have struggled to translate these differences into new diagnostic tools.




Edgar Cayce


Happy birthday E.C. ... No no not me ... Edgar Cayce (March 18, 1877 - January 3, 1945). Most people who enter the realms of metaphysics, no matter what door(s) they chose, find their way to Edgar Cayce studies - Association for Research and Enlightenment (ARE).

Ellie Visits the A.R.E. Center in Virginia Beach - June 2015


  Edgar Cayce Google Videos

Edgar Cayce was an American psychic who claimed to
channel answers to questions on subjects such as health,
astrology, reincarnation, and Atlantis while in trance.


Dreams are today's answers to tomorrow's questions.

Edgar Cayce Quotes




Friday, March 17, 2017

Happy St. Pat

March 17, 2017

St. Patrick's Day


The Story of St. Patrick


"I Am an American Because of Him": The Journey of Mike Pence's Irish Grandfather  
New York Times - March 17, 2017


Since I can't get out today because there's nowhere to park - I found the picture above from 2015 in front of the bagel store on 3rd. In my area one can generally find green bagels on St. Patrick's Day. In Manhattan the ice and snow along 5th Avenue have been cleared for the St. Patrick's Day Parade hopefully this year without too many political statements. Lots of pubs around the city to enjoy a pint or two with friends especially as today is a Friday and many people aren't working tomorrow. Have fun.




Films and TV

In theaters today ... Beauty and the Beast

The obvious message is seeing beyond the physical.


Action Adventure Movies On Demand I watched this week ... All Great
Tuesday: Jack Reacher. Wednesday: The Accountant. Thursday: Passengers.


Friends are binge watching on Netflix - discovering the appeal of old TV shows and films.


Thousands of people will be watching ...

2017 NCAA Basketball Tournament TV Schedule

NCAA March Madness Basketball Championship Website




I love the way this guy explains things!!

  We Could Back Up The Entire Internet On A Gram Of DNA  
Seeker - March 16, 2017
Nature's code for life is stored in DNA, but what if we could code
anything we wanted into DNA? Scientists are figuring out how.




Thursday, March 16, 2017

Thursday


Weather: The thaw begins today as temps go above freezing and the ice melts. Yesterday, I ventured out to visit a friend who owns store across the street ... cold, windy, icy ... so after spending time in his nice warm restaurant, I came back home.

Movies On Demand ... Action Adventure. Tuesday: Jack Reacher. Wednesday: The Accountant. Today: Passengers. Friends are binge watching on Netflix.

Autism: After watching The Accountant I read this featured article from the Daily Mail: Is your child destined to become intelligent or autistic? Genes linked to high achievement are fueling a rise in cases of the disorder


Beauty and the Beast
The Storied, International Folk History of Beauty and The Beast   Smithsonian - March 16, 2017


Politics: Do you feel there are factions behind the scenes making a list of everything that Trump is doing wrong in preparation for his downfall? Have we reached a point where anything that goes wrong we blame on him? We certainly seem headed in that direction.


In the news ...

Reality Check: President Trump plans to take his water down travel ban all the way to the Supreme Court.
  Federal judge blocks new travel ban; Trump calls it 'judicial overreach'   CNN - March 16, 2017


Revision: Will Trump produce evidence to support his claim of wiretapping?
Trump Says He'll Have More on Wiretapping Claim Soon   NBC - March 16, 2017


Expect Protests: Is there a way to fix this?
Trump federal budget 2018: Massive cuts to the arts, science and the poor   Washington Post - March 16, 2017


Body Clock: Are you a morning person? I am but my body clock has still not full adjusted to Daylight Saving Time.
Does your morning routine include ...meditation (prayer), coffee, exercise, breakfast? Mine includes breakfast.
What does your morning routine say about you?   Daily Mail - March 16, 2017
Take this test to identify the kind of person you are based on how you spend the early hours.




Cantino Planisphere

Cantino Planisphere: is the earliest surviving map showing
Portuguese geographic discoveries in the east and west.

A Spy, a Map, and the Quest for Power in 16th-Century Europe  
National Geographic - March 16, 2017




It's all in your genes: You are your genetic codes. I love the way this guy explains things!!

  We Could Back Up The Entire Internet On A Gram Of DNA  
Seeker - March 16, 2017
Nature's code for life is stored in DNA, but what if we could code
anything we wanted into DNA? Scientists are figuring out how.




Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Political Shifts &
Unexplained Actions


The Netherlands heads to the polls   CNBC - March 15, 2017

A guide to the Netherlands' big election   Washington Post - March 15, 2017

Today's elections in the Netherlands are the first test for the far right on the continent this year. Dutch polls opened in another test of anti-establishment sentiment. The voting comes amid a rising anti-immigrant, anti-Islam populism in Europe. On Tuesday, the E.U.'s highest court ruled that companies could ban the wearing of head scarves by female employees at work. 'Dutch Trump' Geert Wilders has put the Netherlands in the global spotlight, by pledging to de-Islamize his country.


The upcoming French elections, meanwhile, continue to be marked by scandal. Republican nominee Francois Fillon was placed under formal investigation Tuesday on multiple counts, including embezzlement of public funds. He is accused of paying his wife and children for work they did not do. Fillon was already under pressure to stand down as a nominee, and those calls will likely get louder now. And he's not the only one: Far-right candidate Marine Le Pen, a Trump supporter and a front-runner, is also under scrutiny after several members of her staff were accused by officials of being paid for non-existent jobs. She is also under inquiry for violent images she sent on Twitter of ISIS killings.


US - Today, we should know if the FBI is investigating ties between Russia and the Trump campaign. FBI Director James Comey will discuss whether an investigation exists, and if so, its scope. For some reason, this seems like another one of those Trump moments where his mistakes will change nothing and for now be let go. It goes to somebody somewhere allowing Trump to stay in office no matter what. I personally think he and his staff are clueless as to how he gets away with things in such an unprecedented way. God is certainly not watching over him .... but somebody sure is.


The Federal Reserve is expected to raise its benchmark interest rate today. Credit card holders will most likely be the first to feel the effects.

  Fed expected to hike rates: 4 things to know   CNN - March 15, 2017




Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Blizzard - March 14, 2017

Not much of a blizzard here so far ...

Tuesday 1:00 PM -- I woke up to the sounds of snowplows scraping along 4th Avenue. In the distance the sounds of sirens and buses were heard. The streets are basically deserted. Some people are taking the day off, others working from home. Many areas will have coastal flooding, especially after the full moon Sunday night. The temperatures are rising into the 30's so I'm looking at a mix of snow, sleet and freezing rain. This is very wet heavy snow to move. The storm is expected to end by 5 PM. Stay tuned ...




March 14, 2017

Pi Day is an annual celebration of the mathematical constant (pi).

Hey! You Can Find Pi With a Random Walk. Here's How  
Wired - March 14, 2017

Let's Calculate Pi on a Raspberry Pi to Celebrate Pi Day  
Wired - March 14, 2017




March 14, 1879 - April 18, 1955

Albert Einstein

  Albert Einstein Google Videos

Albert Einstein was considered one
of the greatest physicists of all time.


As far as the laws of mathematics
refer to reality, they are not certain,
and as far as they are certain, they do not refer to reality.

Albert Einstein Quotes 1

Albert Einstein Quotes 2




Economy - March 15, 2017


Will the debt ceiling be raised again? In 2015, instead of setting a specific dollar cap on the U.S. borrowing authority, Congress opted to suspend the debt ceiling altogether until March 15, 2017 allowing borrowing to continue while also punting responsibility to a new president and a new set of legislative leaders. The debt ceiling on Thursday will reset at America's total outstanding level on that day, which is estimated by the Bipartisan Policy Institute - a Washington think tank - to be around $20 trillion. To avoid missing payments, Treasury will then enact its extraordinary measures until if and when Congress moves to raise the debt ceiling. The Congressional Budget Office estimates those measures will allow Treasury to pay its bills in full and on time until this fall when those efforts will be completely exhausted. The debt ceiling showdown is the first of Donald Trump's presidency, coming just more than two months into his first term. While it's an issue that's popped up exactly 15 times before, sources told Fox News it presents a unique situation for the president since, at the same time, he is fighting for an overhaul of the Affordable Care Act and has vowed to pursue aggressive tax-policy overhaul. Those sources said there is concern among Republican members of Congress that GOP leadership may be burning its capital on efforts to repeal and replace the ACA as larger, pressing issues loom in the future including a must-act deadline for the debt ceiling in the fall and a potential government shutdown in April. - Fox Business


Will the Fed raise interests rates? YES. A Fed hike would bring its target range for overnight rates to 0.75 percent to 1 percent. Central bank officials have indicated that three increases are likely this year, though positive economic data and other indicators are spurring talk of more aggressive moves. - CNBC


Email from my friend Dean ....

If the Fed raises interest rates as expected this week, that means the banks will raise their rates as well. If the debt ceiling is not raised, then those who owe $$ on mortgages or large debt will be squeezed. There will less cash / credit to spend and the economy will shrink. Trump will blame Obama; Congress will blame the Fed; and the Fed will blame Trump. It's called 'pass the buck'.

There was already a housing bubble (and maybe another on the way). But, there was a story recently on the retail bubble now bursting. Stores over extended their retail footprint. As people shop more online, it has triggered a retracting of those large retail businesses such as Macy's who recently laid off 3,900 people. And, as stores retract and have less money to spend, it leads to shrinkage of inventories and less support of vendors. And, we all hate shrinkage - in either freezing snow or the economy ! hahaha




March 15, 44 BC

Beware the Ides of March


Veni, vidi, vici

I came, I saw, I conquered.