I wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas and a safe, and happy season to enjoy the best that you can enjoy!
12 December 1973 – 27 November 2020
Tony Hsieh, Las Vegas Super-Businessman, Dies at Age 46
(LAS VEGAS, NEVADA)—Las Vegas lost yet another brilliant-minded developer. A man with a vision that changed the local scene in Downtown, Las Vegas.
Born in Urbana, Illinois on 12 December 1973, Tony Hsieh died on 27 November 2020 in Bridgeport, Connecticut. Just two weeks and one day from his 47th birthday.
The Las Vegas legendary super-businessman is said to have lost his life from complications of injuries sustained in a Connecticut housefire on 18 November 2020.
Like many sudden deaths of people dying before their time there has been a rush of speculation, sketchy and inaccurate reporting with changes occurring frequently.
We need to wait awhile and allow the family time for healing and privacy. It may be sometime before we have the full, accurate detail of what really happened to Tony Hsieh to take him at such a young age.
Then we will learn the full story.
There are many news reports of the tragedy one can find by simple searches.
There is a lot to learn about Hsieh’s life. Just when he was retiring from Zappos, a company he was CEO at for 21 years, his life was cut short.
Zappos online shoe and clothing company, based in Las Vegas, Nevada, was sold to Amazon in 2009 for over one-billion dollars.
Hsieh stayed on as CEO until on 24 August 2020 when he abruptly retired.
Zappos moved from nearby Henderson, Nevada to Downtown Las Vegas moving into the former Las Vegas City Hall when city officials vacated it after building the new City Hall at 495 South Main Street, Las Vegas.
Smoke inhalation and complications from injuries from the housefire on 18 November 2020 is said to have taken his life. It is said he died peacefully, with his family at his side.
It is always tragic when family loses a loved one, especially during the Christmas season.
I lost nearly my entire family during the Christmas season or near then, and no matter how much time passes there is always memories and moments of missing all those who have since gone.
We pray for Tony Hsieh and his family.
Take a few moments and search the history of this young man who began brilliant financial and business moves from a young age and follow his life to the end.
He was founder and developer of the Downtown Project, a Las Vegas redevelopment and startup company.
Tony Hsieh had just moved to Park City, Utah before the tragedy occurred. He traveled with his brother to Connecticut to visit.
Downtown Las Vegas and the Vegas Valley will mourn and remember Tony Hsieh for a long time to come.
News & Research Links About the Life & Death of Tony Hsieh
What if you sat down to your computer one morning and you entered your password to unlock your computer and you found a message stating you entered the wrong password?
What if your head was foggy? What if you had a brain gas? What if you lacked a good night’s sleep and was still tired, maybe even confused? You make mistakes. You are human.
What if something interfered with your immediate memory?
Perhaps a neurological disorder? Old age?
What if nothing was wrong other that you failed to activate the proper case?
What if you had Caps Lock on and it should be off?
What if Caps Lock should be on and it is off?
What if something silly happens like you typed too fast and miss keystrokes, striking the wrong key and subsequently some other key than the intended key is struck, subsequently the wrong password is entered?
What if times a thousand, maybe a million different reasons something could go wrong and as the old-aged adage of Murphy’s Law said, “Anything that can go wrong will go wrong”. And it did go wrong?
“Anything that can go wrong will go wrong.”~Murphy’s Law
So, making mistakes is being human.
As my father used to tell me when I was young, shortly before he died, “Any man can make a mistake, no man ought to make the same mistake twice.” Of course, in today’s generation the gender complex would change the statement or quote slightly and substitute people for man. The meaning is the same. We all learn from our mistakes. Well, don’t we?
In reality, mistakes are the best things that happen to us because we learn from them.
But what if when you sat down to your computer, the computer informs you that if you fail so many times in entering the correct password, say three or maybe even ten times, then your computer is locked out permanently and no matter what you or anyone else does, your computer will forever be locked and your entire life of information inside that computer, a device that holds your life’s most personal content, is forever lost? What if?
What would you do? Besides blowing a head gasket what would you truly do?
You’d become furious. Most likely.
You would be angry. Who would you be angry with? You or the computer designer, or the one who controls your computer, who obviously is NOT you?
This exact scenario recently happened to me, not with my computer, or personal PC, but with my Smartphone. A Cricket Wireless phone on the AT&T telecommunications network line.
My phone has been locked out and locked down. Wrongfully. Criminally.
Now it is time for war.
When you attack me, expect to be annihilated, because that is what I do to my enemies, I annihilate them. Legally. Completely. Wait for it!
I had been a customer of Cricket Wireless for more than six years, a very satisfied and loyal customer with not a single payment ever in error or late. In fact, I have been on the autopay, automatic payment plan since the get-go. I was always happy with the Cricket Wireless service… until now. The lockout horror.
Likewise, I have been a loyal customer of AT&T for more than fifty years, a half century and I come from a family who has been loyal customers of AT&T for more than a full century.
I still have letters from decades ago from AT&T when they were the only long-distance telephone company in existence, appreciating the outstanding customer I had been to them for all the years of their service.
Tech tyrants control our lives at an ever-increasing rate and many of us are furious with our government for not protecting us from them.
These tech tyrants often offer no solutions for resolutions to the many problems they cause. That is the case with the current situation with Cricket Wireless, a tyrant bully which will soon be torn from its throne and crushed beneath the feet of justice. Legally. Wait for it!
If government’s first job is to protect and serve the people, why then aren’t tech companies, including telephone communications corporations regulated against abusing their users?
Why does the government allow tech companies, especially wireless telecommunications, telephone communication corporations like Cricket Wireless, Leap Wireless, AT&T, and others, control our lives and practically everything in it, by having the capability of locking out our devices for any reason other than lack of payment?
I’m speaking specifically of SIM locks, PUK locks and Screen Locks, not service locks.
Verizon Wireless and its parent Verizon communications only locks for the first 60 days after activation and the company claims it never locks the phone thereafter, so this is NOT the same thing we speak about here. Verizon-Yahoo, however, is guilty of much more serious crimes and corruptions which we will soon discuss in massive, multiple publications concerning their deletion of users’ email. Wait for it!
I recently made a mistake, as thousands of other users before and after me have, and wrongfully set a SIM pin number in error triggering my phone to be locked by Cricket Wireless with zero recourse to rectify or correct, and caused inaccessible conditions to my phone, locking me out, without averting prolonged and massive brain damage to get it unlocked again. Then it locked again, without warning or reason and the same BS started all over again, renewed.
There was no warning. No instructions. Just tyranny. The kind of tyranny that causes an entire industry to collapse and the CEOs having no place to run or hide from justice. Wait for it!
I have a story. It’s a long story. A series, even, coupled with other corporate tyrants of like interest and behaviors. It’s a story that will be told in Blogs & eBooks about Cricket Wireless’ tyrant reign over its loyal users and AT&T’s failure to rein in its subordinate’s criminal and wrongful acts of tyranny and predator behavior by its operating companies. Wait for it!
Out with the old, in with the new.
The Irish tradition, for New Years, open the front door and open the back door. In with the new and out with the old. Sounds good to me.
What a gorgeous day to end the year with in Vegas.
We end the year. Not as successful as we would have liked, but far more successful than a number of people had. The holidays in Vegas have led to many tragic traffic accidents from Thanksgiving to Christmas and continuing through New Years.
This new year’s 2020 fireworks are being reported as being the most expensive and most technical than any year in the Vegas Valley history. (And indeed it was. Absolutely spectacular!)
The humanitarian community loses another freedom fighter in combat. Unless a warrior is an official government combat soldier or someone well known to the powers that be, the public will hear not one word from the mainstream media or government sources. Tragically a 13-year veteran combat medic and cameraman fighting with the Free Burma Rangers (FBR) unit has lost his life in Northeastern Syria.
During daylight fighting, on 3 November 2019, Zau Seng, of the Free Burma Rangers died of his battlefield wounds, mortar fire from Turkish alliance Syrian fighters in Kurdistan.
Read the story posted by Shadows of Hope on their Facebook page and website telling the story of Zau Seng’s last moments in life. Links to the Free Burma Rangers website and Facebook page also goes into more detail of that fatal day.
(Click the picture to go directly to Shadows of Hope’s Facebook page and visit them there and at their link below. Doing so will also link you to Free Burma Rangers, Zau Seng’s team.)
I have been a strong supporter of President Donald J. Trump long before most Americans ever seriously considered him to lead our country.
I started supporting Trump in April of 2011. I vocally condemned Trump’s sudden pullout of Syria. As a result, I had lost many friends or went into conflict mode with them when they supported the pullout of Syria saying we shouldn’t have been there in the first place.
I tired of armchair analysts that know nothing of what they talk about and my hot temper let them know I didn’t think much of their statements. An isolation attitude pacifies those that don’t hear the screams or pleads for mercy. They don’t smell the blood or battle smoke or human death. They don’t have the lingering haunting for the ones they couldn’t save whom they think far more often than the ones they did save. It’s a battle you don’t want to go to, the War of Words because they hurt the very soul of ones who were once friends or family or loved ones. But sometimes a man has to stake his claim and stand his ground on issues. Especially issues when innocent women and children die from being slaughtered by ruthless terrorists and evil forces.
The point is not rather we should, or should not have been fighting there, but the fact we were there and then right out betrayed without warning, the world’s most valuable asset in fighting the Daesh terrorists–the Kurd of Kurdistan. Among those brave freedom fighters were thousands of Kurd women who fought beside male fighters, including U.S.Special Forces. We could not have brought down Daesh without them. The pullout was a betrayal and a green light to open slaughter on the fighters and the innocent people of that region, men, women, and children, mostly the latter of whom had already experience atrocities for years. Too, thousands of hardcore terrorists would escape only to renew their onslaught of terrorism in the world.
The abandoning of the Kurds, our most trusted and loyal allies in the fight against Daesh (ISIS or IS) terrorist was irresponsible, irreversible and reprehensible. I am nauseated by the ignorance of that decision. Many U.S. Special Forces and Special Ops, as well as a host of high commanders in the American combat zones, were equally appalled.
It was Trump’s Bay of Pigs.
I will continue to support Trump, but in a much less vocal manner. We have no choice. There is no sane alternative. Unity seems distant. We are a nation in peril. We might come to understand what the rest of the world and her people experience every day of their lives.
Many of us in tune with what is going on and what has been going on in that region, especially in Iraq and Syrian Kurdistan, knew the pullout would be tragic and fatal to many decent and innocent lives, and/or for the warrior the same.
When we hear about the loss of life by such freedom fighters as Zau Seng knowing the mainstream media won’t mention a word about it, we feel compelled in doing our part–our duty–in letting the world know the real stories that come from the dark corners of this planet. The darkness that just grew darker.
We will continue to focus on our humanitarian and human rights objectives despite the interference, displays and divisions and commotions that cause such disruption to our mission. Our operations are decades old and will continue for as long as we are able to continue. If we must stand alone, then so be it. We’ve stood alone before. We’ve never been afraid to be outnumbered. While pigeons flock together, Eagles fly alone.
In the dark corners of this earth are innocent people still oppressed by evil and tyranny. They do not know the freedom and independence that we Americans take for granted every waken hour.
Liberating the Oppressed with my theme song, The Green Beret, echoing from the darkness.
We celebrate people like the members of Tim Ballard’s groups, Operation Underground Railroad (OUR) and The Nazarene Fund. Robert Hoey’s people of Shadows of Hope (a Vegas Valley-born global humanitarian organization that began working in the hundreds of miles of tunnels underneath Las Vegas supplying humanitarian and medical aid to the thousands of homeless that live–and die there.) Now based in the State of Washington, it has grown to a multi-purpose humanitarian and human rights organization. And People from units like those of David Eubank’s, a former U.S. Army Special Forces and Ranger officer, the founder and leader of the Free Burma Rangers (FBR)in which Zau Seng was a 13-year member of. They all sing to the tune of the same song, and conviction: Liberating the Oppressed: The Ballad of the Green Berets
These Are the Alpha Teams
The Elite of the Elite, the Liberators of the Oppressed:
Operation Underground Railroad
Free Burma Rangers
(Grab the FBR Newsletter, it is a fantastic read. One of the best I’ve seen in newsletters. At the Free Burma Rangers site when you click on the link above; scroll down to the very bottom of any page at the FBR website and see “Subscribe to our newsletter”. Type in your name and email and you’ll have the newsletter soon.)
Free Burma Rangers Teams Memorial
Memorial for FBR Team Members
Global humanitarians going into action with commandos in places where others won’t or can’t go deserve the highest of respect and support. They bring food, medicine, rescue and evacuation in a hopeless dark corner of the world. They are the real-life Rambos on operations and missions that be their last. Operations and missions that would scare the pants off the strongest of will. We cannot forsake them into anonymity, nor shall we.
We will be working more, longer, faster, pushing harder, in the days, weeks and years to come, trying our best to bring public awareness and support to these vital groups that risk their lives rescuing others.
The test of character is when someone risks their life or lay down their life for someone they don’t even know, only knowing the oppressed or endangered is a fellow human being. A human being deserving liberation from oppression and tyranny.
Almost nobody will thank them for their service, except those who know them personally and know what they do.
There will be no flag folded in a symbolic triangle and placed in the wooden display box with the military honor awards, war medals, and decorations. The will be no honor guard funeral or military spokesperson for the President to hand the widow the folded flag. No brass bands will play, no drums will beat or bagpipes will scream and cry. But maybe, just maybe we ought to start such service for the mercenaries, private contractors and freedom fighters among us who die in the same battles and wars as the rest of our heroes. Just maybe…
John 15:13-15 King James Version (KJV)
13 Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.
14 Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you.
15 Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you.
Zau Seng was such a man. And tragically his death arrived on the 1-year birthday of his baby daughter. What could bring more sorrow to the hearts of the hearty?
Las Vegas, Nevada USA
10 November 2019
According to the Centers for Disease and Prevention (CDC), 1.7 million people are diagnosed with a brain injury each year.
Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) can be caused by a number of things such as a violent blow, or penetrating wound to the head. The wound may be outside the skull or penetrate to the brain. The U.S. Department of Defense partnerships with numerous other agencies, groups and individuals, to bring awareness to TBI during the month of March.
Col. Geoffrey G. Grammer at the Department of Defense
Col. Geoffrey G. Grammer
Educate Yourself On Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
Military Health Topics/Conditions and Treatments/Physical Disability/Traumatic Brain Injury
Coping with Someone Who Has Traumatic Brain Damage
Mayo Clinic: Coping and Support
Our resolve is steadfast strong. Man cannot destroy a nation built upon the foundation of Freedom & Independence for all. Evil can take some of our loved ones, and a few of our heroes and heroines, but it cannot take our souls. It is our souls that shall defeat evil.
“Don’t be afraid of being outnumbered. Eagles fly alone. Pigeons flock together.” ~Anonymous
At 6:06 PM today on 8 August 2016, a beer, a pizza, a prayer and a celebration for the two-year anniversary for the sweet taste of victory.
To the grace. To the happiness. To the love that she’s found. Her bae. To the freedom and independence she possesses. Not only did she earn it, it was stolen from her the moment she was born a girl in a dark world of patriarchy. To the pursuit of life, liberty and happiness. To the Guardian Angels whose wings forever shadow upon the wings of the great Eagles she now soars with….
Today was the day, today is the day, of the hour of “Touch down in Vegas!” 6:06 PM. Today, we celebrate the two-year anniversary of the 8 August 2014 touch down to freedom and independence. Upon that hour, two years ago, the Eagle had landed. From there, she soared into the skies of freedom and independence. A day and the hour that will live in gracefulness in my memory for all of eternity. The moment that marks the end of a long journey. The hour of a new beginning. America, the land of the free, home of the brave. Now we continue to focus on breaking the chains of other sisters that are restrained by the patriarchal hands of evil….
As I have said before, “Freedom comes to those who preserve and prevail in a steadfast manner without ceasing a single moment, until the restrains of slavery are broken and the chains fall free.” Your restrains of slavery have been broken, Justine, the Free One, and your chains have fallen free. Prosper, the fourth P that follows the three Ps of success. ENJOY!
The Lebanese newspaper, The Daily Star will report in tomorrow’s newspaper, 1 June 2016, that new data shows slavery in the world is up 10 million people, from 35.8 to a new figure of 45.8 million.
The Daily Star, Lebanon
World Slavery Up Ten Million People
India, China and Pakistan are listed as the nations with the greatest slavemasters. Nearly 46 million people are enslaved in this world, folks. That is an awful lot of crime, an awful lot of evil. That’s 23.8 million people enslaved in just those three countries alone. Half of the world’s total slave population.
We must get aggressive against slavery. We cannot call ourselves a civilized world when nearly 50 million people are enslaved. This counting is most likely on the low side. It factors in known slave operations and estimates. But who sees the slaves that are shut into a private home’s basement and underground businesses, the sex slaves? Who counts the millions of slaves of Sharia Law in the land they call their archaic political ideology a religion when the millions of females of Islam are in virtual slavery?
The Global Slavery Index
Global Slavery Index
London & Perth, 31 May 2016 — An estimated 45.8 million men, women and children around the world are today trapped in modern slavery – 28% more than previously estimated. They are enslaved through human trafficking, forced labour, debt bondage, forced or servile marriage or commercial sexual exploitation. This is revealed in the 2016 Global Slavery Index, the flagship research report published today by the Walk Free Foundation. ~The Global Slavery Index
Protection For Women Against Violence Started The Anti-Movement
THE PUNJAB PROTECTION OF WOMEN AGAINST VIOLENCE ACT 2016 (Act XVI of 2016)
PROTECTION OF WOMEN AGAINST VIOLENCE ACT 2016
Over 40 Countries Have Anti-Women Laws
Pakistani Men Can AGAIN Lightly Beat Their Wives
Pakistan Poll Shows 70% of Pakistanis Say It Is NOT Alright for Husband To Beat His Wife
When The Minority Overrides The Majority
It is welcoming news that the majority of people in Pakistan are becoming civil.
Human Rights Commission of Pakistan
Human Rights Commission of Pakistan
Fortunately there are some people with humanity
After the Protection Against Violence Act of 2016 was passed in February of this year, I started to write a post commending The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan and others for their hard work in this vitally important human rights legislation in a nation that just today, claims to take third place in world slavery. I got side tracked pushing a deadline-late eBook toward publication. Todays news gives me a moment to combine the two related pieces of news from Pakistan. If the 2016 Act had remained untouched, it would have been a giant leap forward to human rights in the Middle Easts among Muslim households. There was still a long way to go, but this reversed before most of the world was aware it even existed. It is distraughting to see such an important piece of legislation be reversed and diluted by gang of archaic men who refuse to come into the civilization of the 21 Century. One has to wonder what the term “lightly” will hold and how many Pakistan women will feel the harsh end of a “light” beating?