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Wednesday Evening elevenish PST,

14 April 2021, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

From the Bunker

Greetings, Folks.

Welcome to the opening post of my syndicated columns.

Cliff Harrison: Syndicated Columns is the startup flagship General column. It incorporates a series of subcolumns which in themselves may one day be their own columns, or maybe not, or as an independent column, syndicated or maybe not.

I know it sounds silly and corny but let me explain it in the simple way Mike Royko might have. Or maybe his alter-ego, Slats. That’s Slats Grobnik for you newbies first discovering old-time goodness. And by the Joe, you gonna hear a lot about the olden days in these here columns and subcolumns.

I have an alter ego, too. A few of them. And I have a few imaginary friends, as well. But not this evening.

I think I just invented a new word, subcolumn(s).

So, what is it? WTF am I talking about?

Every time I think I invented something new for the world and then I do a little research, then I find hundreds of people already invented it hundreds of years ago.

Somewhere buried in my manuscript slush pile I mention that if one person conceives an idea, no matter how unique, sooner or later other people will conceive an identical or similar idea.

I will be talking about a lot of things in a lot of columns and wearing out the keys of my new keyboard until I can get a fancy one like James Rollins bought himself.

It is pretty fancy and pretty expensive, like almost $200, but I doubt the keys will wear out. Me? I’ve been typing for decades, probably long before some of you were born, maybe even before your mothers were born. But then out of memory, I didn’t need to see the letters on the keys of the keyboard because I knew them by heart.

Unlike cell phones, telephones, and calculators the pinkhair designers haven’t messed up the position of keyboard keys far as I know.

Anyway, I sidetracked myself, so to keep this under my 500-word goal, let me get to the point. For a while anyway, I will be using this “general column” to feature “subcolumns.”

The subcolumns are like columns on training wheels. They haven’t yet reached the status of being independent and free or otherwise on their own. They can’t fly solo because they have not yet earned their flying wings. And they certainly can’t soar like an eagle soaring because they haven’t yet earned the respect from their reading audience.

So, they temporarily or maybe permanently work under the general column of this one, Cliff Harrison Syndicated Columns.

From the Bunker will probably earn more haters than lovers. That is okay. Columnists do what columnists do and that is exposing stuff. Like people. When you expose stuff you get people dog gone mad at you, so they spit and threaten and sometimes carry through on their threats, especially if the columnist lives in Russia, or China, or say, the USA.

Columnists get more hate mail, more death threats than most politicians. Look it up.

More than a decade ago, I received a lot of death threats from sources claiming to be connected with a mafia punk I wrote about a lot in my then syndicated columns.

I deleted my friends and family lists, unfollowed all my friends and family on social media, and disconnected completely.

I wound up getting kicked between the legs by both sides. I did it, the disconnection, to protect them.

I take threads seriously. I take all threats seriously.

I will elaborate on those thoughts in another post, but for now, let us talk about the reason I decided to convert blog into columns and subcolumns.

The reason I decided, after long thinking, of restarting syndicated columns and adding subcolumns to that list is because as I told you a few months ago I was rebranding, reorganizing my network media.

I have over 200 legitimate blogs and websites. Some pen named. Some coverts. Some anonymous. Some private. Some collectively huge with what I have had with well over a million or many million follows, viewers or visitors. Some with almost none.

Monetizing each blog or website gets expensive. It collectively drains profit.

Having one or two or three or four flagship blogs or websites that act like the dashboard of one, controlling multiple blogs or the mother ship of blogging or as the aircraft carrier of the strike force or strike group can enhance exposure while streamlining energy and focus.

Instead of working 200-plus individual blogs in a network media without the labor force to help along and to independently supervise and produce, one individual can regroup them into a handful of blogs with the same number of columns as there were blogs, syndicated columns or not, even self-syndicated, as many of mine are or will be.

One individual, a handful of blogs, and multiple columns be like one war admiral commanding a powerful and elite super-class carrier strike force with thousands of warplanes, hundreds of battleships, and warships and well, you get the point.

Many ideas, many subjects can be presented without confusion or duress to the reading audience.

Also, that same principle is spread across many network medias and devices.

On social media with multiple outlets and accounts, columns may be posted daily. Even hourly as some do.

Blogs can be and often are posted weekly or more often, eBooks monthly, more or less.

When Jeff Bezos has a brain tantrum after reading about Mark Zuckerberg and his brain tantrum who is in bed with the Google boys while they scheme how to enslave their users and Jack Dorsey of Twitter fame decided to ban the most powerful man on the planet Earth, the U.S. President, and then all conspire to dominate and control the people. That is tyranny gone wild. It is tyranny out of control. it is the billionaires controlling the masses.

We are a government of the people, by the people, for the people. We the People govern ourselves. We are not a people of dictators who govern us. We are not slaves to billionaires or tyranny.

The columnist, in fact, nearly all writers or authors, protect us from eternal slavery by generating, ideas, thoughts and self-reflection which becomes movements to take down those tyrants, not by guns and violence and vicious criminal acts, but by the swords of the word. Un-huh! The War of Words!

Guess what? The columnists not only survives chaos and attacks of demonic proportion, but destroys the billionaire tyrants and causes their self-destruction, their downfall to accelerate and fast.

Columnists used to cause presidents to have nightmares and sleepless night.

Columnist used to be respectable and appreciated and followed and if I can use the word movement, created many.

They make changes in the world others are afraid to mention or tackle.

Okay, so I’m long-winded, that’s me. The column and the subcolumn will not replace the blogs but reduce their frequency.

Until each column becomes independent, and its training wheels are removed, they will be launched here, under Cliff Harrison Syndicated Columns. From there we will continue to expand. Stay tuned and learn more. And always remember that what you read is food for thought. And independent thought is what keeps you free so no man may make you his slave.

Until we meet again, have a good night, friend, and foe.

Oh, well, okay I overshot the 500-word limit, but I beat the 1,000-word limit. Or maybe I didn’t. I’ll still take it.

(Please allow 72-hours for Freedom editing and proofreading and self-editing to complete.)

Cliff Harrison Syndicated Columns


Happy Easter, My Friends…

Tomorrow, Sunday, 4 April 2021 is Easter Sunday for most Americans and much of the world.

For our Orthodox Easter, Pascha, Sunday, 2 May (my late mother’s birthday) is the celebrated day for 2021 of the resurrection of our Lord, Jesus Christ, from His tomb on the third day after his crucifixion.

Orthodox Easter 2021

Resurrection Sunday is a Christian celebration of feasts, holiday and time of rejoice.

While there is much unrest in the world, much division, hate, anger, blaming, warring and frustration, we can only pray for everlasting peace. Easter is one such time to spend the day doing just that, praying for peace.

For children and perhaps secular adults, Easter or Pascha is a time to enjoy Easter-egg hunts, devour milk chocolate bunnies and savor over home-cooked or fine dining feasts of foods, spirits and conversations. For Christians it is a time to reflect how our Savior died on the cross for our sins.

It is the most Holiest time of the year and the most important day of our Earthly journey. Enjoy it, with friends, family or all by yourself with your beloved pets and companion animals, domestic or feral.

Peace to you and yours and all that surrounds you.


15 Years Ago Jessica Foster Vanished into Thin Air from North Las Vegas

It was on this day, 29 March 2006, 15-years-ago when young, 21-year-old Jessica Foster disappeared without a trace from a Las Vegas community.

At the time I was involved with heavily searching the Las Vegas Valley for missing persons and our team spent exhausting hours in the hunt for Jessica Foster. We had been successful in finding a few missing persons, some with good endings and some not. And some were found but did not want to be found. As adults, they have that right. Reporting back to the ones who asked our team to conduct the search was always difficult in such a case, and we had more than a few we had to handle with such an outcome. But we were never able to find Jessica. We did have one reported sighting we investigated and it turned out to be a false lead of a homeless woman who fit the description but was positively identified NOT to be Miss Foster.

An Old Missing Person Bulletin for Jessica Foster

There was no crowdfunding reward system set up at the time for information leading to the arrest and conviction of anyone involved in criminal responsibility for Miss Foster’s disappearance. The Go Fund Me crowd-share or crowdfunding site had not yet been founded. It would not be founded for another four or five years. Go Fund Me was launched in May of 2010. Someone somewhere knows what happened to Jessica Foster. There has been much suspicion on her disappearance but nothing that could lead to an arrest. But there are people who had contact with Miss Foster and there are people who are connected to those people of interest. A reward might get someone somewhere to loosen their lips. I’m not in a position right now to start and run that Go Fund Me REWARD fund that may lead to the arrest and conviction of anyone responsible for Jessica Foster’s disappearance or death. But I’d like to get the idea out there and hope someone will.

Cold case criminal files can turn burning hot with the passage of time. Departed friendship and loyal relationships went sour to full disloyalty may sweeten the chances of someone now being willing to come forward that wasn’t willing back when Jessica Foster disappeared. A sizable reward that a crowdfunding source could raise would certainly provide better odds in finding the missing Canadian girl who was lured to Las Vegas by persons of suspicious behavior. The past 15 years proved nothing in bringing the case any closer to resolution. Someone needs to start a Go Fund Me and let us see what happens. If it can pry someone loose to talking that will lead investigators to the perpetrators or a body, then justice might just be done.

At the time Jessica or Jessie Foster disappeared there were several local girls who also disappeared. Some of those cases were solved and some were not. There was a lot of prostitution and involvement of pimps, human traffickers, and drug dealers in some of those missing person cases that lead to serious violent crime. The Vegas Valley is home to where tens of thousands disappear without a trace. The morgue is filled with the victims of crime produced in the Vegas Valley, some innocent, and some not so innocent.

There are certain conditions and restrictions that need to be applied in such crowdfunding reward funds to be effective and to prevent misuse of funds. Also, if there is no response, there needs to be either a full return of monies donated or an agreement to switch those funds to another missing person case or for other uses involving predator crimes. I will post some of those ideas at another time. But after 15 years no one is talking and we need to find ways to get someone talking so there is closure on this long-unsolved mystery.

The Vegas Valley community has always been keenly concerned with Jessica Foster’s disappearance. There were some high-level missing person detectives on the case and some of the best talents were shared among us that did the groundwork in search.

The Vegas Valley has seen more than its share of serial killing, mass killing, missing person cases, human trafficking, and vice crimes for any city to endure. I have my own personal opinions as to why this may be, we have in the valley an overabundance of criminal behavior that goes unsolved, but I will reserve those thoughts for another time.

One thing that cannot be denied the mothers of daughters who come to Vegas and never return home are many, and their tears will forever fall.

If it is not heartbreaking enough that daughters disappear without a trace, it is alarming the scams and crimes people create upon those already suffering the pain. The Las Vegas Tribune reports of the scams Jessica Foster’s mother is forced to endure. Not one, but several. What kind of evil could do this to a woman who has lost the most precious things of her life? What kind of demon have we among us? Whatever it is, it is not human.

The Las Vegas Tribune Editorial on Jessica Foster

A Las Vegas Tribune Story on Jessica Foster By Perly Viasmensky

The Las Vegas Tribune 2 April 2020

The Las Vegas Tribune 28 March 2019

Internet Images of and related to Jessica Foster

The Disappearance of Jessica Foster

Author’s Note: The use of two names, Jessica and/or Jessie are used in reference to the same missing girl. Both names are used and both names are correct. Also, there is a discrepancy in the date of the missing person claimed. Some reports say 28 March or 29 March and others say early April. There is much-recorded information to be found on the internet as well as YouTube for stories concerning Jessica Foster or Jessie Foster. The stories of violent crime in the Vegas Valley are many and they have been since the existence of the city.


Stimulus Check Round Three

According to most news sources our next stimulus check is all but in the mail. Of course, we cannot trust anything the politicians or the news reporters say anymore, but we will give them a beggars chance.

The Senate passed their version of the bill after the $15-an-hour federal minimum wage increase the House and some in the Senate had demanded was removed from the bill.

The bill now goes back to the House and they; the Squealers of the D.C. Animal Farm claim the House will likely pass the bill with the Senate- removed $15 wage argument.

That remains to be seen, as the House could stand and fight for it.

Pelosi, a demonic individual, has never been too bright and she has never demonstrated any trustworthy leadership, so do not count on anything positive.

BUT IF THE HOUSE PASSES THE BILL AS IT IS AND DOESN’T SCREW AROUND AND WASTE MORE TIME WITH RETARDED COUNTER MEASURES, LIKE THE DEMONIC PELOSI HAS BEEN FAMOUS FOR, THE BILL GOES TO BIDEN AND HE SAYS HE WILL SIGN IT.

All this haggling is still marginally close with but one or two votes away from being defeated.

Anything can still happen. Anything is possible.

Do not bank on your stimulus check until the money is in your hands. Especially with these characters in Washington.

Had the powers that be done what President Trump suggested MONTHS AGO and created a standalone stimulus check bill we would have been paid MONTHS AGO, but the dirty politicians that need to be tarred and feathered and run out of Washington like Republican Mitch McConnell and Liberal Nancy Pelosi and busloads of others never had the American people in mind—and still do not.

But let us move on and see what the so-called “experts” say about what you should do and should not do with your stimulus money.

According to the Washington Squealers of D.C. Animal Farm it is likely the House will pass the bill and then it goes to Biden’s desk to get signed into law.

If the IRS keeps its word on what it has been saying, that is, that once the bill is signed into law it should take only a week to start sending out the millions of checks beginning with the direct deposit accounts, they used in the previous stimulus check payments.

Thus, for many Americans, a timeframe of around or about the 22nd of March 2021 the third round of stimulus checks could be in your bank. “Could” is a genuinely visionary word because of the D.C. Animal Farm characters playing control over the people who are supposed to be controlling them but do not.

EXPERTS, OR SO THEY ARE CALLED, TELL YOU THAT PAYING OFF CREDIT CARDS DO NOT STIMULATE THE ECONOMY. THE “EXPERTS” ARE WRONG. THEY USUALLY ARE WRONG. PAYING OFF CREDIT CARD DEBT DOES A NUMBER OF THINGS TO STIMULATE THE ECONOMY.

We will only mention two reasons of many possibilities here that say the experts are wrong.

What happens when you pay off your credit cards or pay it down?

First, it reduces your interest payments.

That means you have more spendable money at your disposal. Rather you save it or spend it or a little of both multiplied by millions of people it can be a sizable sum that will indeed stimulate the economy.

Reducing your interest payments frees your money for other uses for purchases or savings which the so-called experts claim is bad too.

It also provides more available credit which if you should go against the grain of good financial management by paying off credit cards, and leaving them paid off or paid down, instead of reusing, then you do what?

You stimulate the economy by spending.

Yup.

That is not bad.

It is not bad because that is doing what a stimulus bill is supposed to do, stimulate the economy. But dumbass politicians ALWAYS manage to screw things up. They screw it up because of their long delays in getting the economy stimulated because they know NOTHING about the economy, business, management, or anything else other than how to waste the people’s money on BS investigations which yield nothing but wasted time.

Sigh. SIGH!

Savings is not bad either. Savings puts you on tract for advancing your financial condition, strength, and your overall wealth.

It saves you from falling into the trap of being dependent upon others, such as the government for support because you fall into the poverty and helpless range. A trap that once you are caught in is exceedingly difficult to escape.

If you spend the money you save in interest and banking fees does not that stimulate the economy? Of course, it does.

That could be hundreds maybe even thousands of dollars per year, you save by paying off big credit card debt. You could then get lower interest loans if needed. And that stimulates the economy.

If having a savings keeps you from spending money or borrowing for emergencies that are outside of your reach does not that stimulate the economy because it avoids a negative drain which is debt which is not a stimulant but a sedative to your economic health. Of course, it does, but do not look to expert to agree because usually they do not know much.

There are lots more reasons we could list, but we are only going to do two today. The first one above and the second one that follows:

Second, what does the experts think the banks will do with the money you pay off your debt with, sit on it? Hardly.

Banks will do what banks do. They will use the money to grow their own wealth and stimulate their own economy. They will in turn provide that money for loans for other people. They will be collecting interest on payments and that, collectively, will be providing work for lots of people in the bank and in the companies that apply for and receive the loans.

And, for the individuals who takes that loan money to do whatever they will do with their loan, usually spending it to buy something which brings us back to stimulating the economy. Also, paying off the credit card debts, they could get a reduced interest loan to replace the higher monthly costs of their finances, as mentioned.

Simple math. Simple business. Complicated by ignorant politicians.

Local or distance companies getting bank loans, as well as individuals, are going to take the money for spending it while it creates economic stimulus for many people. That is what it is supposed to do. A genuine no brainer. A no brainer the “experts” have never been able to figure out just as the politicians have not.

With all of this money changing hands, taxes are paid, all kinds of taxes from sales taxes to property taxes and income taxes, and so forth. You get the point.

Moral of the story?

Stop listening to experts.

They are usually wrong. They are more wrong than right most of the time.

Pay off your debt and stay debt-free as much as you can.

And give up having any sort of faith in politicians. They are a brain-dead bunch of demonic corpses decaying in pungent environments at our cost and livelihood.

End of story.


11 Years Blogging Vegas Valley

11 Year Anniversary Achievement

11 years blogging. Amazing!

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You registered on WordPress.com 11 years ago.

Thanks for flying with us. Keep up the good blogging.


6 Money Secrets

Finding Financial Freedom

Poor Boy’s Consumer Economics Quick & Easy Guide to Finding Financial Freedom:

So, you wanna get rich? Or do you just want to live comfortably? Maybe you don’t want to get rich because the more you own the more you have to lose. That in itself could cause stress. Let us say, you want to live okay without having money worries or stress about paying bills or getting into debt. You just want enough money to be okay. What you want is financial freedom. We will list the standard go-to habits you must establish if you desire financial freedom. The idea of how to establish financial freedom is a complex and incredibly detailed. We could fill volumes of books on the subject and never really provide a complete how-to manage your money system because of the variants and scope of financial matters. And the changing scenarios that constantly dictate the direction of the economy and money problems that affect us. So, we will provide the basics. This short list of basic money secrets is not clandestine at all. They are common habits that every well to do financially secure and free person must adhered to.

  1. Earn More, Spend Less. That is the first rule in establishing wealth, or at least financial freedom and to being able to pay off bills and get out of debt. With the shaky economy 2020 put us through with all sorts of economic troubles going from boom to bust, we need to adjust our money behavior and habits. Unemployment or no income is a disaster to any financial strategy. Even in the worst economy with high unemployment there is always a job somewhere that will pay enough money to defeat poverty and ruin. Find that job if you are unemployed or underemployed and protect your job if you are still working by making yourself essential to your company. That means having the best work ethics, going beyond your responsibility, and setting the standards to making yourself an essential employee that the company will keep working when others get laid off. Increase your earnings and reduce your spending. If necessary, take an extra part-time job you plan just for savings and save 100% of the income from that extra job.
  2. Establish the Habit of Regular Savings. Without regular savings you will go nowhere in life. You will always be at the same level and when an emergency strikes you will sink into despair because you will not have the money to meet the expenses of the emergency. Saving every pay period is essential to establishing good financial habits. Pay yourself first before you pay any other bills. If you must trim other expenses, then do so. Savings is more important than leisure spending. Develop a good savings plan. Save every single pay period. Save any bonuses, or extra money you receive. Once you start savings you will not miss the money because you will get used to the adjusted income you use for other needs. The more you save the better. Even 5% of your take home pay is better than nothing. Strive for at least 10% and work your way up to 25% if you can. If you have direct deposit of your income, then have the savings automatically deducted every pay period.
  3. Stop Making Excuses and Blaming Everything Else for Your Downfall. Man up to your mistakes, correct them and get yourself back on the right track. Think positively. Be a doer not a dreamer. Change what needs to be changed and keep working what does work.
  4. Self-Educate Yourself. In today’s world of electronic books and internet information there is a wealth of knowledge to be tapped simply by going after it. Much is free or inexpensive. Learn how to find free or inexpensive eBooks on any subject you desire. Master what you need to learn and know and always, forever be educating yourself. Learn financial management, how-to do what interests you, and tap into an interesting world of learning and achievement. Read what successful people have done. Study all the biographies and autobiographies of the most successful people in the world, past and present. It does not cost that much when you look in the right places. Reading is one of the best tools for a successful mind. One school of thought: There are a lot of people copying public domain materials, especially the older financial works of Napoleon Hill, Andrew Carnegie, Dale Carnegie, and many others that can be found for free on the internet. So, do a good search of names and tiles BEFORE you purchase. And make that kind of cautious research another routine to your list of good habits.
  5. Reduce and Avoid Credit Card Debt. Unlike many who write about financial success I DO NOT recommend cutting up your credit cards. I recommend using them responsibly. Simply manage them properly. Credit cards can help your FICO score and they can help you establish magnificent credit. They can also ruin you if you abuse them. Get your credit card debt paid down and paid off. Then use a small amount every month and pay that balance off each month. That way you will have free credit, no interest charges and a zero balance at the end of the month. Getting into this habit of using your credit card for a small amount and paying it off every month will raise your FICO score and reduce your interest charges. It builds strong credit. Avoid maxing out your credit cards. Avoid late payments. Avoid destroying or cutting up your oldest credit cards, they are the ones that establishes your long-term credit history. A good payment history helps build good FICO scores. A poor payment history lowers FICO score. Payment history accounts for about 35% of the FICO scoring. The amount you owe or debt-to-credit ratio accounts for about 30% of the FICO score. It is best to stay below 10% of the total credit line. Some bankers and others will tell you to stay below 30% but that is incorrect and too high. 10% or below provides a better FICO score. Using your credit card and paying all balances off monthly is the best way to best credit. Not using your credit cards hinders your credit, it does not help you build good credit. There are other factors and more detail involved, such as length of time of your having credit and any new credit, but they only account for 10-15% of your FICO score. The above provides you with the nuts & bolts to good credit and a healthy financial standing.
  6. Invest. It takes time to educate yourself on becoming a good investor. But do not worry, there are lots of places to find good investment advice. Be careful of those giving financial advice while trying to sell you their financial products. Start studying financial magazines, newspapers, and websites. Again, there are many print books and eBooks about investing and financial management, as well. Go look for them. Until you start investing you probably will not have real financial freedom. The utopia of investing is reaching a point or summit of your financial goals and being able to live off the earnings of your investments. Crunching, sacrificing, and scrounging at thrift shops and being a frugal bargain hunter is the sweat, blood and tears it takes to reach the achievement of matured investments. Forget the get-rich-quick schemes and the fast-money-making deals. It takes time to accumulate wealth and financial independence.  Make the sacrifices of living with less now, working hard and saving every penny you can to invest and then when you reach the summit of your investment maturity, later you can enjoy everlasting prosperity.

There are way more principles for successful money “secrets” and the habits needed for establishing financial freedom than these listed six. Utilizing these six will get your started and well on your way while you accumulate more self-education and self-discipline in your financial aspirations. My Poor Boy’s Consumer Economics Series will continue to bring you free information on this website/blog and the syndicated-columns sites they appear as well as being presented in a vast series of short-read and long-length eBooks and print books.


Happy New Year, 2021!

Unh! What a nasty year 2020 was, huh? Glad it is gone.

Chinese New Year, Year Of The Ox, 2021, Ox

Merry Christmas, Everybody!

I wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas and a safe, and happy season to enjoy the best that you can enjoy!

Christmas, Atmosphere, Advent, Tree Decorations

Tony Hsieh 1973-2020

12 December 1973 – 27 November 2020

Tony Hsieh, Las Vegas Super-Businessman, Dies at Age 46

Tony Hsieh in 2009 And link to Creative Commons photo credit.

(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.

September 2016 Issue Downtown Zen (DTZen). photo of magazine cover by Cliff Harrison Photography.

News & Research Links About the Life & Death of Tony Hsieh

USA TODAY

Patch (New London, Connecticut, online Newspaper) House Fire Story

Patch Reporting Hsieh’s Death

13 KTNV Las Vegas: Cause of Death, Scanner, and Fremont Street Experience Honoring Tony Hsieh

13 KTNV Las Vegas News of Tony Hsieh’s Death

13 KTNV Las Vegas Nevada Leaders on Tony Hsieh’s Death

Tony Hsieh, Wikipedia

Zappos Via Amazon

Zappos, Wikipedia

Zappos’ Building, the Former Las Vegas City Hall

The New Las Vegas City Hall

Nick Swinmurn, Co-Founder of Zappos


Vegas Crime and Why It Is Important to Contain

Vegas is not a mill town. Vegas is not a factory town. Nor is it a shipping port or any production of normal manufacturing or services that many American communities have.

Vegas is a tourist town.

When crime rises to the level tourists are scared off and afraid of coming to a tourist town because of the high crime the entire community suffers.

Casinos or more correctly gaming, is the central industry of Las Vegas. Entertainment is another label that identifies the productivity of Vegas Valley.

That means, resorts, hospitality or hotel business and restaurants and all the attractions that feed off the tourism crowds are what pumps the Vegas Valley economy.

The golf courses, the boating and swimming activities in the area lakes, roller-coasters and thrill rides, helicopter and plane rides, airline passenger service bringing people in and out of Vegas, taxi, limousine, and shuttle-bus services, construction and supplies, all generate revenue.

All of these are supported by businesses that feed off the workers, hundreds of thousands of workers, in these industries. The car business, the real estate business and stockbrokers, insurance companies, finance companies, government services, education, the grocery stores, and retail stores. Trucking. Warehousing. Consumer exchanges.

There is the military, nearby Nellis Air Force Base, hospitals, medical health industry, and the lists goes on.

When crime is high, the entire society suffers. Crime cannot be tolerated or sustained. If it is, Vegas will surely die a premature death without maturing to the fruitful productivity of the industries that were designed to succeed.

The multi-billion-dollar casino business is fragile to crime and discouraging things like pandemics.

Businesses foster businesses. Productivity means paychecks and money in people’s pockets. Money to spend. Livelihoods to be earned. That must be protected at all costs.