The View From The Golden Dome

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Les Berman Weekly 8-24 Nerds, Sushi – NO !, Area 51, and much much more…

When I was much younger, I’d even say pre-k (as in before kids), the terminology assigned to some different thinkers, was ‘nerd’. We’ve all known nerds in our day – we may have called the weirdos, geeks or some other endearing name. And from time to time, well, actually, seldom, do I wonder about what happened to some of these people.


The other day, a friend who knew several of these people from his days in technology and venture capital, sent me a video clip that showed what some of these, once different, kids can do. Of course, they are no longer different. These geeks develop some amazing things – some for the common good. For example, at the University of Minnesota (Go Gophers!), a group of students has developed a cap, much like a 1930’s or 1940’s aviator helmet, that controls devices only through the use of brain activity. The video showed how they could maneuver a toy size helicopter type of device through a maze of circular obstacles. These devices could power wheelchairs, artificial limbs, assist para and quadriplegics, and assist almost any type of physically challenged person. Pretty amazing stuff I think.


So, if you know any weirdos, geeks, or nerds, make sure that you befriend them – they could be employing you very shortly (Bill Gates was not exactly mainstream!),

And then I found some really dumb, but enticing headlines. Would you read any of these?

 – Baby In India Almost Surely Not Spontaneously Combusting

 – Colorado lawmaker blames minority poverty on fried chicken (I was going to read this until I saw it was said by a legislator. Just proves there are elected idiots all over the country!)

 – In Defense of Flip Flops


I wonder why people eat sushi. It’s raw fish from unknown sources with unknown names served by guys who yell at you when you enter the restaurant. Is it because they have very sharp knives? or do you go there simply because you haven’t been yelled at in a while? This might encourage you to think twice… or even three times.


A non-profit group, Oceana, surveyed over 1200 fish samples from all over the country and found that 59% of all ‘tuna’ was labeled incorrectly and sushi restaurants were more likely to mislabel than were grocery stores or other restaurants. I’d be totally grossed out already – if I ate sushi. But, as they say on those wonderful infomercials… But wait, there is more !!


In Chicago, Austin, New York, and Washington DC, every single sushi restaurant sampled sold mislabeled tuna. 84% of fish samples labeled “white tuna” were actually escolar, a fish that can cause prolonged, uncontrollable, oily anal leakage.The only fish more likely to be misrepresented than tuna was snapper, which was mislabeled 87% of the time, and was in actuality any of six different species.


There are all kinds of exciting things that have been happening around the country. For example, a girl showed up alive two weeks after her funeral. I didn’t read the article to find out why.

And the CIA has actually disclosed that Area 51 exists. Mulder and Scully confirmed this years ago! Was there any doubt? C’mon loyal readers. If the government says it isn’t true, we know that it is. I wasn’t surprised about the NSA monitoring phone calls… really.. were you?


And then there is the revelation about nine common household items that could be spying on you. In the interests of contributing to mass hysteria and paranoia, I offer the following:  your TV, your cable box, your lights, your dishwasher (wait- there’s more !!), insulin pumps and pacemakers, your smartphone, tablet and computer. I will admit that the insulin pump thing was not on my list, ever. I hope that breast pumps are not on the list, even way way down the list !


There’s a lot happening these days! In the local economy, the real estate markets, and so much more. Call me – let’s solve a problem together. The magic number…. 818.305.4695

Have a better week !


Berman’s Factoids of the Week:

As I was lying around, pondering the problems of the world,

I realized that at my age I don’t really give a rat’s ass anymore.

.. If walking is good for your health, the postman would be immortal.

.. A whale swims all day, only eats fish, drinks water, but is still fat.

.. A rabbit runs and hops and only lives 15 years, while

.. A tortoise doesn’t run and does mostly nothing, yet it lives for 150

And you tell me to exercise?? I don’t think so.

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 Les Berman CMC
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September 5, 2013 - Posted by | fun, general interest, humor | , , , , , , , , ,

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