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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.


Too Big to Survive

Las Vegas Casinos in Intensive Care on Life Support

The leftist-supporting casino executives may have shot themselves, not in the foot, but in the head. Brian Greenspun, the leader of leftist media in Las Vegas has spun out multiples of anti-Trump publications and he singly may have doomed the town with his leftist Marxist rhetoric.

Of course, the communist-like Governor Steve Sisolak, a longtime Clark County Commissioner who failed to curb the escalation of human trafficking, marketing of illegal escort services, fronts for prostitution, growth of illegal invaders populating the town and multiple other criminal activities in the Vegas Valley is allied with Brian Greenspun, kingsh*t CEO, Publisher and Editor of Greenspun Media Group.

Between the two, it is safe to say, Las Vegas will fall not to a recession, but a full-blown depression unlike any it has ever seen in its history.

Jokers with a pair of dice in their hands.

But people will not only keep doing business with these two jokers in the stacked deck, they will also keep supporting them until the dealing is done and there isn’t any more options left for a town that will soon be dying.

Some of the most well-known, notorious casino magnates, top executives and years-long leading managers, CEOs and chairmen have already bailed out, or have been pushed out and moved on reaping multi-million-dollar severance pays.

Steve Wynn, one of the most brilliant minds in developing the modern-day Vegas was removed from his throne over scandals. Rather the allegations against Wynn were true or not doesn’t matter, it was never a trial in a court of law, it was a trial in the media and by the powers that be. Whatever. The community lost one of the greatest masterminds in Vegas maneuverability.  A resort genius who developed some of prime, most profitable properties in the Vegas Valley.

Sheldon Adelson, Sands Resort tycoon says the casino group is up for sale, eyeing a six billion dollar price tag for the Venetian and Palazzo. Adelson, a Trump supporter, and the family head of the most recent owners of the Las Vegas Review Journal maybe bailing out while the bailing is good.

Many other Vegas Valley properties not mentioned in this post are downsizing, slowing down, limiting operations, laying off, closing or changing hands, too. That’s a big tell even a bad gambler can read.

The Review Journal, by the way, ironically, delivers the Greenspun group’s Las Vegas Sun print newspaper.

Jim Murren, longtime MGM’s top executive stepped down earlier this year.

He recently put his mansion on the market for 10.5 million dollars. Murren is another anti-Trump voicepiece who just a few days ago penned a “Vote for Biden” piece in the Greenspun Las Vegas Sun with an introduction by Brian Greenspun: Murren’s Column in the Las Vegas Sun

With Murren, Wynn and Adelson gone and many other longtime casino barons, recently gone from the Vegas scene, Vegas is in the hands of amateurs and the inexperience. It’s anyone’s guess where the numbers land from here on in. Like a pair of dice tossed across a crap table, the house can call, “Seven out, line away,” or “Pay the don’ts.”

When a few years ago, Vegas shifted from safe, paid-off multi-million-dollar casinos with little or no debt to heavily mortgaged, mega resorts financed with heavy-debt, multi-billion-dollar casinos the stakes increased. The risks magnified.

The house went all in with a pair of duces against the hand of nature’s economics sequental royal flush.

In the heyday of Vegas there was no such thing as a day dark or when a casino was shut down and none were operating. The only time I recall in Vegas Valley history, except for recently, where the casinos on the Strip turned out the lights and went dark was when President John F. Kennedy was assassinated on 22 November 1963.

Then there were lights out for Earth Day, but the casinos were open and operating, nevertheless.

Despite some record-breaking visitor totals in recent months, Las Vegas Strip casinos are not only hurting, but they are also on life support. The blame? Covid 19 Virus.

But there is more to it than Covid 19, much more.

The left has set the mood for massive violence in the country and the Las Vegas Strip has not been immune. The Strip has seen an escalation in crime and violence that has hit right in the heart of the Vegas Valley cash cow.

Visitors and tourists are not going to risk their lives or their families in a town where what happens here, doesn’t stay here any more. Violence drives any conscious human being away to safer destinations.

Greenspun is a lefty anti-Trump mouthpiece that just last week published the Las Vegas Weekly with a cover, that mocks President Trump and yields huge headlines, END THIS CHAOS. Vote.

This week’s edition talks about a divided nation and blames President Trump.

The division of this nation began with Obama and Joe Biden before Trump ever took office and continued every second by the forces of the left until this very moment.

Publications like Greenspun and his media group’s are the epitome of chaos.

Chaos has spilled over in multiple Las Vegas casinos recently, downtown and on the Strip.

Not only fist fights, gang brawls, but gun play and knives being involved, too. It will get worst. Much worst.

The Wynn property was a recent victim of violence and so were several Strip properties, like Paris.

The leftist politicians, across the nation, have repeatedly called for violence against Trump supporters and right-wing Americans with no limitation on that violence.

I am not going to discuss the BLM and Antifa violence that has raged across America, fully with left-wing support and endorsement, you all know where that leads. You all know what it is all about. It is perfectly okay to riot, to burn down innocent people’s businesses and to injure and kill people. To destroy public and private property. To disobey police orders, to resist, to revolt, to…. create chaos.

The chaos Brian Greenspun’s lefty rags blame on Trump was started by the leftwing comrades long before Trump came on the scene.

Obama, Joe Biden, Hillary Clinton and many other leftwing politicians led the movement of that chaos.

The Vegas Valley felt the crushing blows of that chaos in the Obama-Biden Great Recession that were blamed on Bush.

You reap what you sow. You get what you ask for.

And yet, they call Trump the divider, the hater.

But what are you going to do when it lands back on your own lap and your own business gets burned down? Cry for the police you so wantonly condemned and wanted to defund?

Sisolak Big Shot governor now, issues multiple executive orders, and not only closed down businesses directly causing many of them to fold, issued social distances, mandatory wearing personal protection equipment but failing to provide any legal penalties for people who fail to comply. “Resistors.”

All the time people are invading my safe space, and yet short of shooting them in the head to get them to comply they stand there aggressively telling me to go F myself.

Sisolak failed to provide mandatory felony prison sentences for those big tough guys that like to bully elders who wouldn’t give one damn putting them in a body bag should they get too damn brave and aggressive.

The blame lays squarely with Sisolak a big bad-ass bully wannabe politician. The recall efforts against him continue, but it is unlikely any will succeed.

Issuing executive orders for laws without penalties like the state or federal legislators would do is akin to giving nuts to a squirrel with no teeth.

I project the Vegas Valley will be in a full-blown depression within two years. Many of the kingpin casinos will collapse and be sold for pennies on the dollar. The day of the casino group and the mega resort will be over. The heyday of Vegas Valley long gone by.

Many area businesses will follow suit, including the big time publishers.

Tens of thousands of people will be out of work.

Greenspun will be a has-been media group. And so will many others. When the advertising source dies, so will the publications that were sustained by them.

People will flee from Vegas in busloads and truckloads. Moving vans will be seen in convoys stretching across America’s highways and expressways.

Market-values of property will decline. The stock market will dive

Hope and change will turn to despair and discouragement. Regrets, too.

Banks will close.

Suicide, divorce, bankruptcy, domestic violence and crime will be at an all-time high.

Crime will escalate to levels far beyond the 2010 level when Las Vegas neighborhoods took #3, #4 and #8 most dangerous neighborhoods in America according to the FBI.

Las Vegas used to be a place where cheating got you taken to a back room and your knees broken. Now, the left seems to not only condone cheating, but embraces it.

It will all come back around, sooner or later. Karma. Wait for it!

You played it, you own it.

MGM Resorts is closing a lot of properties or thinking about it. Properties are for sale. Sands, is up for sale. Wynn is down 80% from last year. Losing money at that rate, even the best of the properties cannot sustain for long. Tropicana laid off dozens of workers. Many casinos that were closed because of Sisolak’s executive orders, then reopened, are closing again. Many venues inside those casinos that are open are closed.

Several new properties recently opened after large construction. New properties opening while older, well-established properties are closing is ironic even for a seasoned investor to grasp. It remains to be seen how they will fair. People will come to see the new properties, but will they come back again to sustain them?

The way I see it, the big-time, long-time boys that made Vegas what it is today are cashing in and getting on a jet plane for the fastest way out of town. That ought to be a tell even a blind man could read.

Flip a coin, toss the dice. Do whatever you want to do, but whatever you do, don’t blame Trump because he had nothing to do with what’s coming for the future here in the Vegas Valley.

You reap what you sow and you live with it.

Look both ways crossing the streets, even if it is a one-way.

Until next time. ~Cliff


The U.S. Quarter Shortage

There are many things that Congress does or does not do that anger most of us Americans regardless of our political affiliation.

Failure to pay us the long-promised stimulus checks is but one of those angered emotions at a time many Americans are suffering financially.

President Trump offered to sign a standalone stimulus check to speed the delivery to all Americans qualifying for the $1,200 stimulus and additional money for dependents weeks ago.

No one in Congress seemed to be motivated to do just that, create a standalone stimulus check bill that would deliver many hurting Americans relief.

Instead political bickering and strongarming continued from both sides and everywhere in the middle. The media added fuel to the flames of blame while accusing opposition sides and blaming whoever is in their path of political rejection.

Nothing has been accomplished and WE THE PEOPLE have continued to suffer from our poorly performing elected officials.

The U.S. quarter shortage seems to hold the same fate as the stimulus check, no resolution to a pressing and growing problem and concern across America.

The stores are out of quarters and refuse to give up their merger supply. Even to their most loyal customers. The banks will not provide quarters for customer use in rolls. The banks and stores blame the armored car business. The armored car business is but the messenger, the carrier, not the producer of U.S. coins. The U.S. Mint is.

The Covid-19 virus is the fundamental basic blame for the quarter shortages. Likewise, as it is with every dysfunctional, mismanaged company in the world that uses Covid-19 virus for blaming its underperforming business and inability to manage, the U.S. Mint fails to perform with skilled management.  

A good manager will improvise and find ways to adjust to any change, any threat to its business. A great manager will improve on what good managers do and create systems that bring progress for their company no matter what the threat or negative force is.

Unfortunately, when the government—politicians and bureaucratic powers—with zero risks or investment in the business, and most often no business experience, force business to close, to operate under restricted rules, to reduce their normal business hours or to interfere in any way, even the best business managers cannot successfully lead or succeed.

The U.S. Mint is a government operation, not a private business.

David J. Ryder is the current director of the U.S. Mint.

Ryder is a holdover from the days of George H. W. Bush and Bill Clinton. He is not someone who should be in the Trump administration although Trump nominated Ryder in 2017 and he was confirmed in March of 2018.

Ryder needs to be replaced, removed entirely from the U.S. Mint and from the United States Department of Treasury and the United States Department of Commerce.

To allow a coin shortage for any reason is valid proof of David J. Ryder’s inability to manage under adverse conditions.

Ryder may very well be tied to Deep State operatives due to his linage and history.

George H. W. Bush and his family, including George W. Bush and Jeb Bush, have made it known publicly they were anti-Trump disgruntled politicians. They added fuel to and led the Never-Trump movement. Anyone connected to the Bush dynasty should never be in the Trump administration as it is not in the best interest of Americans, no matter what political affiliation that American has. We all suffer the blows from failed government.

The poor suffer the worst. They suffer from the U.S. Mint quarter shortage and they suffer from the failure of government to deliver their second stimulus check so they can deal with the hardship they endure.

No one wants to address the problem other people created.

Certainly, the powers in Congress, inept and incapable of even tying their own shoes cannot solve such an easy problem to solve.

We the American People, should call upon our individual Congressional representatives, in Congress, both in the House and the Senate and demand they get off their lazy butts and stop acting like schoolyard bullies and do their job. The job they were sent to Washington for, to represent their constituents, the American people of their district.

A quarter shortage is caused by none other than the U.S. Government, and that does not blame any political party but holds BOTH parties responsible.

People need their quarters to do laundry, paying cash due to lack of credit, paying parking meters, to purchase items from vending machines, to pay bus fare and other necessities.

Congress do your job or get the hell out of Washington and go to some freak show where you would perform best. You certainly are not fit for Congressional representation of your constituency. Collectively, you are non-performers and that does not work for America.

Stop the nonsense. Get the $1,200 stimulus checks in the mail and the U.S. quarters readily available to anyone who needs them.




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Lynyrd Skynyrd Fatal Plane Crash

On this day, 20 October, in 1977, Lynyrd Skynyrd’s plane crashed.

The plane ran out of fuel near the end of the flight and crashed in a heavily wooded area killing many on board.

Enough band members survived to later continue the band.

The accident came just three days after the release of Street Survivors.  

“Ronnie Van Zant and Steve Gaines, along with backup singer Cassie Gaines (Steve’s older sister), assistant road manager Dean Kilpatrick, pilot Walter McCreary, and co-pilot William Gray were killed on impact. Other band members (Collins, Rossington, Wilkeson, Powell, Pyle, and Hawkins), tour manager Ron Eckerman, and several road crew members suffered serious injuries.” Source: Wikipedia

Search the internet for more information on the plane crash and for images.




Happy New Year 2020

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!)


Five Years of FREEDOM & INDEPENDENCE

To Justina: 8 August 2019, five years FREE from tyranny oppression. The Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave now belongs to you. Never take for granted the freedom and independence that is now yours. Never forget the sisters who perished trying to realize the same dreams you now hold….

The Eyes of the Eagle
https://vegasvalley.wordpress.com/2018/08/08/the-eyes-of-the-eagle/


Winner! Winner! Albertsons Monopoly Game Draws to Conclusion, but It’s Not What You’ve Been Told…

Today (7 May 2019) is the last day you can shop at Albertsons and receive free Monopoly tickets for a chance to win prizes. Winners come from more than 1 billion game tickets in play. You could win free groceries, free grocery gift cards, vacations and trips, college tuitions, consumer products of various money-value ranges from a few hundred dollars to a million dollars and cash prizes ranging from $5 to 1 million dollars and much more!

Actually, the Albertsons store I shop at is already out of tickets, so you can’t receive any more free tickets at some of the stores. See “Complaint” below.

There is much mistruth being circulated by some of the Albertsons employees, at least at the store where I shop, so that prompts this article.

I have had several Albertsons employees, including some mid-level managers, state that 7 May 2019 was the last date to redeem Monopoly tickets. That simply just is not true. So don’t throw your unredeemed tickets away. THEY ARE STILL GOOD!

The 7 May 2019 date is the last day tickets are supposedly handed out. But as stated, Albertsons have already depleted their supply a few days ahead of this date.

The online game for entering the code for additional chances to win in a sweepstake ends 17 May 2019 online or must be received by 28 May 2019 for mailed-in tickets.

Winning tickets for the prizes including instant winners and in-store coupons are good and redeemable through Tuesday 28 May 2019. It says so right on the winning ticket. Some special promos have expiration dates as late as 30 June 2019. See the printed information on the tickets for all expiration dates.

Lesson learned: Don’t take people’s word for it, not even managers. DIY and study all aspects of any game you enter. It could be worth a lot of money, and if not, provide some nice little bonuses such as free items. Review all rules and regulations and all information pertaining to the games offered at a retail store or consumer outlets that you decide to participate in. Review them early and don’t wait until the last minute to act such as cashing in winning tickets since supplies could be depleted.

Can’t find your Monopoly board? No worries. You don’t need it. Besides, a website explaining the Albertsons Monopoly Game suggests collecting whole game board pieces is a waste of time and energy. All you need are the RARE GAME PIECES. RARE GAME PIECES NEEDED TO WIN BIG Links to the complete official rules and other information are also included at this site. RULES

According to this website these are the only tickets you need to save: 302BA, 308DB, 309AC, 315CD, 318BE, 321AF, 327CG, 332DH, 335CI, 336DI, 341CJ, 343EJ, 348DK, 351CL, 353AM, 358BN, 362BO, 365AP, 372DQ, 374BR, 379CS, 381AT, 388DU, 391CV, 394BW, 397EW, 398AX, 401DX, 403AY, 404BY, 408AZ, 411DZ, 416D$, 417E$, 419B#, 420C#.
These are rare or very rare tickets. They are worth big bucks.

It is suggested you review this website information since there is still time to win and cash in your winnings.

Don’t discount the opportunity for the second-chance drawings, either. In 2017 a woman won the 1 million dollar prize from entering the second-chance drawing at an Albertsons affiliate store: Million-dollar winner

Tips:
Next year, start earlier and review the rules at the beginning of the game so you know exactly where you stand and what you need to do. Take full advantage of promos like these since they can total a tidy reward throughout the promotional season. That translates to a cash saving for your shopping budget.

Place all of your Monopoly tickets in one place, a basket, shoebox, whatever so you can find them when you need them and they are not scattered around in clutter presenting a lost opportunity. There is nothing worse than finding a winning ticket after the game is over and the turn-in date has expired.

Don’t waste winning tickets. If you can’t use them, give them to someone who can.

You’ve got to be in it to win. GOOD LUCK!

Complaint:
When the final day of free tickets approaches Albertsons has a habit of passing out extra tickets so they are not left with leftovers. This is a bad policy since I have a stack of tickets that are instant winners for two free tickets each. I am sure many other people have these now worthless tickets, too. Any of those tickets may (or could have) provide bigger winners. Because the Albertsons store where I shop has depleted its supply I am told I could go to another store. WRONG! Albertsons should send out to whatever source they have to and honor these winning tickets and redeem them as a customer deserves. Sure, they can change the rules or put disclaimers like “while supplies last,” but they devalue their own game and reputation when they do this nonsense because they displeased their loyal customer base. Lesson learned. Don’t wait until the last day to redeem your winning tickets. But then, what if those winning tickets for free tickets were among the last handed out? Now what?

Author’s Note:
This article is from Poor Boy’s Consumer Economics Series, A Blogs & eBooks series topic. The Poor Boy’s Consumer Economics Series will soon be a publication released in Amazon-Kindle KDP eBook and print books formats with some of the discussions abbreviated, edited for blogs, revised and blogged. Poor Boy’s Consumer Economics is a value-based series of publications teaching a host of consumer economics lessons for the frugal consumer, for thrifty shopping, bargain-hunting, consumer savings tips, building an in-home food and supply storehouse, survival tips and such topics as credit building: restoring and rebuilding, buying and selling new and used cars or motor vehicles, travel tips, apartment renting, real estate and security investments, financial and banking lessons and how-to articles on unlimited subjects and much more related material from the Clifford G. Harrison DIY Freedom & Independence Library. There is also a related series called Poor Boy’s Kitchen which specializes with tips in the preparing of economic meals using a selection of cost-effective foods and ingredients. There is also much advice on home kitchens, fresh, canned, frozen, perishable and nonperishable foods, pantry and water storage to meet any or most survival emergencies, cookware and money-saving ideas in home culinary operations and food storage.