The View From The Golden Dome

Views on the week's events plus some of mine.

Les Berman Weekly 1-4 Census or Senseless. WWII Numbers. Colorado jobs. Turing.. and much much more


Some days, I just have no idea what to write about, and fortunately the Census Bureau, sensing that, came to the rescue. The U.S. Census Bureau projected that on Jan. 1, 2014, the United States population was 317,297,938. This represents an increase of 2,218,622, or 0.7 percent, from NY Day 2013. In January 2014, one birth is expected to occur every 8 seconds in the United States and one death every 12 seconds. The projected world population on Jan. 1, 2014, is 7,137,577,750, an increase of 77,630,563, or 1.1 percent from New Year’s Day 2013. In January 2014, 4.3 births and 1.8 deaths are expected worldwide every second. India added 15.6 million people over the one-year period, which led all countries, followed by China, Nigeria, Pakistan Ethiopia, and North Dakota (just seeing if you’re reading this).

 

Since we’re playing with numbers, I think that those numbers that demonstrate the resilience and the strength of the American worker are amazing. When it’s crunch time, no one can be as efficient or productive as the people who know they are being relied upon by so many others to step up to the plate. And it’s this kind of productivity that will return the U.S. economy to its leadership position in the world. Consider the following:

 

During the 3-1/2 years of World War II that started with the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor in December 1941 and ended with the surrender of Germany and Japan in 1945, the U.S. produced 22 aircraft carriers, 8 battleships, 48 cruisers, 349 destroyers, 420 destroyer escorts, 203 submarines, 34 million tons of merchant ships, 100,000 fighter aircraft, 98,000 bombers, 24,000 transport aircraft, 58,000 training aircraft, 93,000 tanks, 257,000 artillery pieces, 105,000 mortars, 3,000,000 machine guns, and 2,500,000 military trucks. We put 16.1 million men in uniform in the various armed services, invaded Africa, invaded Sicily and Italy, won the battle for the Atlantic, planned and executed D-Day, marched across the Pacific and Europe, developed the atomic bomb and ultimately conquered Japan and Germany. (Yes, WW2 actually began in 1939 but US direct involvement did not begin until Pearl Harbor. The US had been manufacturing armaments for the Canadians and British since 1939 at least).

 

Production is coming back to the USA, albeit slowly. And it’s happening because of the efficiency of the American worker. Admittedly, a lot of production will never come back to our shores, but more jobs are coming back every month. And American ingenuity creates even more opportunities.

 

Colorado can be the beneficiary of 100,000 jobs, and generate about $67 Million in tax revenue because the people voted to legalize recreational use of marijuana. California is apparently considering a ballot measure in 2016. I wonder if the ‘holier than thou’ negative campaigners will be at the front of the line to take some of the tax revenue generated when the measure passes. I would bet that they will be there with their hands out, arguing for a bigger slice of what could be a billion dollar tax pie. And I wonder if a  union will try to organize these agricultural workers.

 

Meanwhile, the Brits are finally recognizing the work of Alan Turing. Alan Turing is credited with cracking Nazi Germany’s Enigma code, in the process shortening World War Two, and saving countless lives. He was also a mathematical genius, the father of the modern computer and much of his ground-breaking work was conducted at the University of Manchester. The Brits of the day did not approve of his relationship with another male. What they did to him would be called torture today, and ended in Turings suicide. Google his name for details – it will shock you !

 

Need financing for your real estate, or business? The magic number is still 818.305.4695.

Have a better week !

Les

 

Berman’s Factoids of the Week:

When a clock is hungry it goes back four seconds.
The guy who fell onto an upholstery machine is now fully recovered.
You are stuck with your debt if you can’t budge it.
He broke into song because he couldn’t find the key.
A calendar’s days are numbered.
A boiled egg is hard to beat.

Follow Me on Twitter

Put Me on Your Email List

Join Me on LinkedIn

Read and Follow Les Berman on the Web

 Les Berman CMC
       Financing Businesses and Real Estate for 35+ years
       
NMLS ID 227675
Voice: 818.305.4695
Email: les@lesberman.com
Advertisements

January 30, 2014 Posted by | business, fun, general interest, humor, medicine, real estate, small business, sports, stuff, whimsy | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Signs. Ak-47. Methane. Patties.and so much more…


I’m sure that you have seen signs posted on telephone poles and light standards when you walk in commercial areas. Some are worth reading; some are happy, some are sad, some are poignant, and many are straight out advertising.

 

The saddest ones are lost pets. Dogs, cats, lizards.  But I saw one recently where they were looking for a lost bird. And I had to laugh. My sense of humor. So what would happen if you saw the bird. Being the good person that you are, you dutifully go to call the number… and you pause. What do you say? Do you call and say, “Hi, I think I saw your bird. It was in a tree. I didn’t have a long pole with a net on it, but I think it was your bird. Uh, yes, I started to climb the tree to make sure it was your bird because I didn’t want to call you with false hope. Oh… what happened? well, I started to climb the tree – and it flew away.” Why did you even post the sign?

 

And the man responsible for the invention of the Kalashnikov gun, AK-47, has died. It is said that the AK47 is responsible for the deaths of a quarter million people annually. Since 1947. There are over 100 million of these machine guns in service today. Too bad he didn’t invent a better lawn mower, or more effective washing machine. But he was responsible for a great concoction – mixing vodka, absinth, lemon, cinnamon and sugar is the recipe for the Kalashnikov shot drink. Now that’s a killer of another kind. And some artists have converted the AK47 into guitars – more fitting I think !

 

Meanwhile, a new study has revealed that the amount of methane – a greenhouse gas 20 times more potent but far less prevalent than CO2 – released into the US atmosphere is significantly higher than previously thought. The report was published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science recently. And yes, the biggest supplier of methane comes from the flatulence of cows and resulting cow patties. In case you didn’t know, dry cow patties are used as fuel in many places.

 

I remember being on a farm during my university days, with a group of friends. We had been actively pursuing the consumption, rather taste testing, of beer during the day. And Canadian beer was far more potent that American beer. We had names for the American product, none of which would pass the spam blockers of the world. So after some taste testing, we decided to play football in a cow pasture. Little did we know how well we quickly we would perfect the art of broken field running. We could have been a better than average Division 1 running back. Or a striker on a par with Pele.  Oh yeah – we had agreed not to play tackle football but sometimes we slipped up on the rules – and the cow patties !

 

By the time you read this, you will be exhausted, possibly by the celebration with your family, your travel ordeal, or even worse, your consumption of both food and drink. But here’s the better news – there’s only one more party event before you attempt to get back to normal. I hope Santa was good to you and yours, and if you did not celebrate, I hope you bought yourself some good stuff !

And for your real estate and business finance needs, the magic number is 818.305.4695

Have a happy, healthy, safe and prosperous New Year ! and of course, have a better week !

Les

Berman’s Factoids of the Week:

A bicycle can’t stand alone; it is two tired.
A will is a dead giveaway.
Time flies like an arrow; fruit flies like a banana.
A backward poet writes inverse.
A chicken crossing the road is poultry in motion.

 

Follow Me on Twitter

Put Me on Your Email List

Join Me on LinkedIn

Read and Follow Les Berman on the Web

 Les Berman CMC
       Finance Specialist
       
NMLS ID 227675
Voice: 818.305.4695

 

January 25, 2014 Posted by | business, fun, general interest, humor, real estate, whimsy | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Animals. Bill the Dog. Hollywood Icons. and much much more….


I wonder sometimes, about our love of our animals, specifically, our pets. I had a dog and he was an amazing joy. I still laugh about some of the silly things that he managed to do, and some of the silly things that my kids did with him. The kids decided together on his name as we were coming back from the breeder.

 

One of the first names proposed was Bill the Dog. And ultimately, they decided that Sherman Berman was acceptable. And that soon became Sherman Herman Berman. Initially, my daughter was afraid of this little guy, but soon enough, she would make her way over to him when he was sleeping, and poke him while asking if he was sleeping. She did it to the dog more often than she did it to her dad. Fortunately.

 

There were rituals, of course. Every year, for instance, the dog was unceremoniously thrown into the deep end of the pool, sometimes in the arms of my son, so he would be able to make his way to the steps, and get out safely. Other times, when wild rabbits got into the yard, the dog would see them, and be on alert. And as soon as he was let outside, Sherman would run to where the rabbit had been, not even noticing that it had taken off to escape through the fence.

 

But the best memories were of the pure love that Sherman had for the family members. When the kids came home from school, he would be jumping all over the place. When the garage door opened, he would be there immediately, greeting the driver of the moment. Of course, if the kids were in the car, he would abandon the driver immediately to go to the kids.

And when he was old and sick, the day we had to put him down was traumatic. So I understand what it means to have a pet and to love him.

 

What I cannot understand is when someone has had a horse for many years, why the horse would be sent to the taxidermist, and stuffed. Recently, at an auction, one of the items sold was that famous stuffed horse who I had seen many times on TV when I was a kid. Yes, Trigger was that loyal horse who was able to all kinds of things because he was so well trained. And he was as big a draw as was Roy Rogers. While doing a little research about the horse, I learned that there were two or three stand ins (or were they called horse ins?). And I also learned that the Smithsonian wanted Trigger in their collection. Love your animal but stuff them and put them beside the fireplace… not for me !

 

And then I learned about another great Hollywood icon – Pinks. Stories abound about the history of Pinks, but the best I have found is about the annual consumption figures. It is said that last year, Pinks – went through 53,340lbs of hot dogs, 46,800lbs of chili, 51,480lbs of Polish sausage, 128,700lbs of fries, 25,025lbs of bacon, 14,870lbs of burgers, 34,320lbs of sauerkraut and 129,800 tortillas. One day, I hope to contribute to those numbers. I’ve driven by the stand at 709 N. La Brea in Los Angeles many times, and I was always astounded at the line of people waiting for food. Perhaps that explains why it is one of the few places in LA that is open until 3 AM.

 

I had a summer job in a meat packing plant when I was in my late teens. I saw how the corn beef and pastrami, salami and hot dogs, and other things were made. If you had seen the process, you might never have eaten salami or hot dogs again. However, the bottom line was, and is, that the end result was excellent!

 

And before we roll into the new year, I want to wish you a Happy and Safe Holiday season, and may your next year be the best ever.

Have a better week.

Les

Berman’s Factoids of the Week:

“Perks” of reaching 50 and beyond!

1. Kidnappers are not very interested in you.

2. In a hostage situation, you are likely to be released first.

3. No one expects you to run –anywhere.

4. People call at 9 PM (or 9 AM) and ask, ‘Did I wake you?’

5. People no longer view you as a hypochondriac.

 

Follow Me on Twitter

Put Me on Your Email List

Join Me on LinkedIn

Read and Follow Les Berman on the Web

 Les Berman CMC
       Business & Real Estate Loan Specialist
       
NMLS ID 227675
Voice: 818.305.4695
Email: les@lesberman.com

January 11, 2014 Posted by | business, fun, general interest, humor, real estate, sports, stuff, whimsy | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment