You can help. Malaysia Mystery

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If you have some spare time, you can help in the search for the missing Malaysia Airlines plane – from wherever you may be located.   It’s very simple. You log on to the site, click on a satellite picture of the provided map,  and then tag if you see: an oil slick, a raft, plane wreckage, or “other”.   It doesn’t take long (you can view one map in about 10 seconds), so even if you only have 10 minutes to spare, it will help.

Site:  www.tomnod.com

Article:  http://www.3news.co.nz/Tomnod-helping-scour-the-seas-for-MH370/tabid/817/articleID/336888/Default.aspx

“You have not lived today until you have done something for someone who can never repay you.”
― John Bunyan

Forget it ALL- Because you already know what to do

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I give up. And you should too. What should we give up?  Taking to heart any set advice from the media and/or medical association.  Pretty extreme statement right ? Well, hear me out.  I am annoyed – and I’m sure … Continue reading

Did Apple’s iOS make you physically SICK? Try swallowing version 7.1 • The Register

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Did Apple’s iOS make you physically SICK? Try swallowing version 7.1 • The Register.

Here we go again.. Another update.

All I know is –  that ever since I updated to the current version – nothing seems to work.

Every app takes (what seems to be anyway)  a million years to load. Every time I try to play music now, I see that pending sign – spinning circle… spinning circle… spinning circle… I can literally walk for 20 mins without hearing a song. It’s frustrating enough to make me see red and get so enraged that I feel ready to choke the first person I see walking past me.

However, we ARE LIVING  in a civilized society, so let’s HOPE that this update fixes such issues….

Or you best be praying not to cross my path first thing in the morning… 🙂   ha!

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Closet Organizing Time!

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It’s cold out. It’s grey out. The Weather Channel is calling for another foot of snow. Yuck. So what to do during this frigid winter season? Let’s stay indoors and… organize !!

If you’re like me, then you know exactly what I see when I look at my closet and drawers.

I wouldn’t necessarily say that  I’m a pack rat or a hoarder, but I tend to hold on to things for a long time. A VERY long time.  Example: a shiny black velvet mini tube top worn to nightclubs 20 years ago, a winter cotillion dress from my first freshman year high school dance,  summer flip-flops, winter boots, seemingly more shoes than Imelda Marcos ever owned, and clothes in a wide size range from size 4 to size 16, small to extra-large (my never-ending weight-loss wishes haven’t exactly manifested themselves into a successful physical form …yet!).

For some of the items, there is obviously a sentimental attachment (as I don’t think I’ll be baring my midriff – especially in this weather –  any time in the near future)  🙂   However, considering I live in a teeny tiny Manhattan studio.. well, sometimes it’s good to purge, to donate, to try to organize.

Here, ahead of the annual “Spring Cleaning”  (way ahead … because you know the 15th snowstorm of 2014 is on the way!)  is this great article I wanted to share.  We may as well organize now .. this way we can emerge in the spring, with the nice weather, purged of all the things we no longer use .. and then be ready to enjoy the summer!

Have a great week everyone!

 

Article:   http://www.livingwellspendingless.com/2013/05/24/40-hanger-closet/

NYC where to donate: http://www.nyc.gov/html/stuffex/html/donate/where_to_donate.shtml

 

 

Truth and Justice – Madoff’s Minion

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Annette Bongiorno (Bernard Madoff’s former secretary) is the main subject in this article  [http://money.cnn.com/2014/02/28/news/companies/bongiorno-madoff-trial/ ].  Since reading it a few days ago I have been in a state of suspended disbelief.  I want your thoughts. No. I need your thoughts –  because I’m truly stumped.

What do YOU believe – based on your opinions and your personal experiences?

Do you think she’s telling the truth or is she making Pinocchio look like the stalwart of truth? Could it be a mix of the two?

Here are my thoughts:

1) TRUE: I can believe some of Ms. Bongiorno’s points. For example, where she says that  she was only doing “data entry” and “typing”, and that she did whatever her boss told her to do. She worked for Madoff for 46 years – and as she is now 65 – we calculate that she started working for him back in 1968 at the age of..19. The workforce (and the world in general) was a very different place back then  (AAkk!! No internet! No computers!)

I can also believe that she didn’t read the Wall Street Journal as she probably didn’t need this tool to do her daily functions.  Also, as dishonest as Madoff was – based on Ms. Bongiorno’s recollections – he seemed to treat his employees well.  Very well.  Do you know of ANY employers that will pay for your honeymoon or that will help your elderly, stroke-ridden mother get a room in a nursing home?

2) FALSE: I don’t believe Ms. Bongiorno’s statement of “not knowing what the S&P 500” was. The S&P 500 was created back in 1957 –  relatively new at the time when Ms. Bongiorno started working for Madoff. I would think that she would have had SOME form of exposure to it, SOME form of understanding or comprehension even if she was just following his instructions, typing documents and performing admin work.

In her chosen field – it would be hard to avoid being exposed to certain industry “staples” such as the S&P 500, and I would imagine, that even with limited exposure – one tends to have SOME form of awareness of systems and functions and indexes/guides/markets/rules in one’s field – even if there were a few degrees of separation outside of their immediate role.  There is no way that  Madoff didn’t at SOME point say something like,  “Hooray!, the S&P is doing great! Dinner’s on  me!” or “Booo! I lost lot’s of money today because the S&P tanked. ”  And so, are you really going to tell me that in response, she just stared at him with a blank look in her eyes with NO idea of what he was talking about? For 46 years? hmm… I don’t believe that.

Now,  I also think that most people in the workforce have peers, colleagues, friends,  mentors (whether at their firm or at other firms).  Many people will chit-chat, make small talk, share stories. So, tell me – In 46 years – how did she not realize at SOME point that what she was making in terms of salary / was able to own was a little… different from what others had?  For example… the BENTLEY? TWO MERCEDES? TWO HOMES? MAKING PLANS FOR EARLY RETIREMENT? (who does that anymore??),  the $6.5 MILLION DOLLAR Florida condo??   Oh.. and let’s not forget the $50 MILLION DOLLARS IN HER INVESTMENT ACCOUNT.  Didn’t she think that was somewhat of an anomaly? Her peers and/or friends couldn’t have been making the same.   Unless she thought she had somehow really super-duper lucked out – I don’t understand how she could have thought that what she had was NORMAL at any point in time.  She is not “dumb as a doorknob”, or else she couldn’t have done the work. This can only mean two possible things: 1) She must have been completely deluded into thinking her exemplary daily work and years of employment gave her these benefits; or, 2) She’s lying.

There is also no way she can say that she doesn’t understand financial terms as she had a personal brokerage account.  She was utilizing Bloomberg to input trades such as short sells, for her own personal account.  I would think that someone that doesn’t understand financial terms related to trading would be somewhat intimidated (by the unknown) and therefore not have a stock account.  Why on earth would you have something under your name – that utilizes your salary/money – and not know a single thing about it?  Nope, sorry – I call BS.

She also must have realized she was doing SOMETHING shifty when she was told to backdate Lehman trades – only for Madoff, herself, and for her family  Hhhmm…did she do this for anyone else then? Wouldn’t you think she’d question WHY ?
So for me, I’m stumped.  I say it’s a mixture of truth and lies.  What do you think?

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2010/12/20/bernie-madoffs-millionaire-secretary-annette-bongiorno.html

http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702304071004579409610330618006

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2570316/Whats-Ponzi-scheme-Bernie-Madoffs-former-secretary-says-did-not-understand-financial-terms-despite-spending-40-YEARS-office.html

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/S%26P_500