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New York City News - August 2021
Just the facts. You decide what to believe

September 11, 2021 Today is the twentieth anniversary of the World Trade Center attacks of September 11, 2001. One of the best accounts including not seen anywhere else photographs of 911 is the original Frank X. Didik's for News1 account of the aftermath of the attacks. Our story has been repeated around the world and is also mentioned numerous times in the official Seven World Trade Center NIST report. Your can access Mr. Didik's original report and photographs here.

A horrifying view of the NYC skyline from a grassy approach to the Brooklyn Bridge missing the two twin Towers of the World Trade Center. About 10:15AM

A view of Manhattan from the walk way over the Brooklyn Bridge.

A thick, eye irritating, choking smoke engulfed most of lower Manhattan and parts of Brooklyn Heights.

September 9, 2021 President Biden has issued an executive order that orders all companies with over 100 employees, to make sure that their workers are Covid vaccinated. Thirteen states have passed laws prohibiting companies from ordering workers to be vaccinated in order to work. The U.S. Constitution states that states have the right to make their own laws, if the Federal Government does not have a law covering a particular area. It remains to be seen if a presidential decree carries that same weight as a law created by Congress. The official estimate is that two thirds of the country has been vaccinated, however many people question that statistic. Many people feel that this presidential decree will divide the country.

September 8, 2021 President Biden has fired key Trump military appointees. The normal appointment time is 3 years, which is written into the law, so it remains to be seen what will happen.

September 8, 2021 NYPD officers are ordered to take the Covid vaccine or be tested, at their own expense, on their own time, once a week for the virus.

September 2, 2021 A massive rainstorm hit New York City and the surrounding area causing over 50 deaths. Some subway stations were completely filled with water. Many cars along low lying highways are under water.

August 30, 2021 The longest war that the United States ever fought came to an end today, with the chaotic withdrawal of the last U.S. troops in Afghanistan. Clearly the Taliban has won the war and the United States was forced to leave. Billions of dollars of American equipment, including aircraft, weapons and much more was abandoned in Afghanistan, in the chaotic withdrawal/fleeing. Many believe that the United States has lost significant credibility as a result of the effective surrender and some equate what has happened to England withdrawing from Dunkirk in 1940 or the hastily fleeing from Saigon Airport in 1975.

August 29, 2021 It was announced that Green Card applicants will soon need to have the Covid vaccination. There are several exemptions including religious and moral grounds, of if the vaccine is not available in the individual's area.

August 28, 2021 One in three new Covid cases in Los Angeles are with people who have been fully Covid vaccinated.

August 28, 2021 Now that one version of the Pfizer Covid vaccination has been approved, some people are questioning if the other non approved vaccinations, that are being given out on an emergency basis, should be withdrawn.

August 28, 2021 Estimates on how much taxpayer money has been spent on the war in Afghanistan range from 2.3 Trillion dollars (2.3 thousand billion) to 9 trillion (9 thousand billion) dollars. Since this money was borrowed and interest will be paid for generations to come, the total amount, along with the disability pensions of the wounded soldiers can make this amount significantly higher.

August 28, 2021 The City of New York has a new plan to limit cars along Fifth Avenue from 59 Street down to 34 Street. Many businesses are protesting this plan.

August 28, 2021 Tens of thousands of people have marched in Berlin protesting the Draconian Covid rules.

August 28, 2021 Covid vaccinations have been suspended in Japan after two died after receiving the injections.

August 27, 2021 Many New York court officers, police officers and fire department personnel refuse to take the Covid vaccination and have sued the City to prevent the mandates from applying to them.

August 24, 2021 Kathy Hochul was sworn in as New York's new governor after the resignation of Governor Andrew Cuomo. She is the first woman NY. Governor.

August 23, 2021 The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved of one version of the Pfizer Covid vaccine called Pfizer Comirnaty. The Pfizer BioNTech vaccine, which is what is presently still being offered, is similar to Comirnaty, however it still being offered under the emergency authorization code.

August 22, 2021 Many groups are protesting company and government rules for employees to be vaccinated for Covid-19. Staten Island University Hospital workers, who are opposed to mandatory vaccines staged a protest today. The largest NYPD Police union plans to sue the city if the city of New York continues to demand that all officers submit to the relatively untested vaccination.

August 21, 2021 It has been reported that with the collapse of the American sponsored Afghan government that a massive amount of arms and materials have been acquired by the Taliban. Some estimates say that over 2,000 armored vehicles, up to 40 aircraft, including UH-60 Black Hawks, scout attack helicopters, ScanEagle drones as well as over 100 shoulder mounted missals have been captured. Many people are comparing what has happened to Dunkirk in 1940 in World War 2 and in Saigon in 1975. Some say America has lost credibility.

August 21, 2021 The evacuation of Americans in Taliban conquered Kabul continues, however by all accounts, the situation is completely confused. Many American allies have criticized America's seemingly weak response. Some predict that the United States has lost considerable credibility.

August 20, 2021 Medical reports seem to indicate that those who had Covid and have recovered have significantly greater immunity to future Covid and possible variants than those who have simply been vaccinated. There is not credible case of someone who had Covid catching it again, after they have recovered. Medical experts now believed that "asymptomatic people", that is people who test positive for Covid, but do not have symptoms are contagious to others.

August 16, 2021 Starting today, people in New York City will have to show proof of vaccination in order to dine indoors, go the the gym or attend cultural events. Strict enforcement starts in mid September. Who would have imagined that the country would come to this?

Photo courtesy of the White House, August 15, 2021
President Biden pondering the Afghan situation in the White House

August 15, 2021 The Fall of Afghanistan. Parallels are being drawn between the fall of Kabul and the fall of Saigon in 1975. In both cases, it seems that the U.S. Government was not prepared for such a rapid defeat and there seems to be absolute chaos in evacuating embassy personal, U.S. citizens and Afghans who worked for the Americans. President Biden has sent an additional 5,000 troops to secure the Kabul airport, however the airport is reported to be under fire. Thousands of Kabul residents are attempting to get passports and exit visa's, but few were successful. In addition, many lined up at banks and ATM's in an attempt to withdraw their money and again, few seem to have been successful. Total pandemonium.

August 15, 2021 The Fall of Kabul Afghanistan. After 20 years of American involvement and spending 2.2 Trillion Dollars, with the loss of almost 2,500 American soldiers lives and thousands of wounded in attempting to conquer and secure Afghanistan, the United States decided to withdraw. Less than a month ago, the Taliban did not control any of Afghanistan's 34 provincial capitals but now it seems that the Taliban control the entire country. Last month President Biden said that the official Afghan military had 300,000 well equipped Afghan troops and an air force against estimated 75,000 Taliban. Four days ago, U.S. Intelligence services stated that Kabul could fall in 90 days. The city fell today. As it turns out, the Afghan army collapsed leaving zero security to defend the country and America's position, which has led to the regime change of today.

August 15, 2021 Financially the Afghan war has cost the U.S. Taxpayers 2.2 Trillion dollars or about $6,500 per every man, woman and child in the USA or about $25,500 per U.S. family of four.

August 15, 2021 It has been reported that the Afghan Taliban has captured at least two American UH-60 Black Hawk Helicopters and two Russian made Mi-17 Helicopters in Kandahar Airport. The Black Hawks are said to be missing their rotor blades and not operational. There are further reports that a total of five helicopters and a jet was captured at the same airport. There are other reports saying that at least one captured helicopter was seen flying with Taliban pilots. The Taliban has also allegedly seized about one hundred Humvees and MaxxPro MRAP's as well as several Scan Eagle drones.

August 15, 2021 Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has fled the country to Tajikistan and is expected to travel onto a third country. Many Afghans and people in the Afghan government views his leaving as a betrayal.

August 13, 2021 Apparently vaccine passports for interstate travel was discussed but was deemed too polarizing for the moment. Many black Americans are familiar with the infamous Tuskegee, Alabama "medical" experiments on blacks over a fifty year period and are reluctant to take the still unapproved Covid vaccinations. Many government agencies are stating the the vaccinations are safe and effecgtive, whoever that has not been determined which is why the vaccines have yet to be approved. Presently when one takes the vaccine, most jurisdictions requires the person to sigh a waiver stating that they will not hold responsible anyone regarding the vaccination.

August 11, 2021 FEMA and the FCC plan a nationwide emergency alert test with selected cell phones that have opted in to received test messages, starting at 2:20PM EST (Eastern Standard Time).

August 10, 2021 12:15PM New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has resigned amid a scathing New York Attorney General report alleging at least 11 women accusing the former Governor as acting in an inappropriate manner towards them. His resignation comes into effect in 14 days on August 24. Lt. Governor Kathy Hochul will be the interim Governor She will be the first woman to hod the Governorship in the State of New York. More later.

August 9, 2021 The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has revised its published figures for new Covid cases in Florida, after Florida complained that the CDC misrepresented the number of new cases. Originally the CDC stated that there were 28,317 new cases, while the Florida Department of Health stated that there were 15,319 new cases of Covid The CDC reduced their original figures to slightly more than half and now claim 19,584 new cases of Covid Some claim that being tested positive for a trace amount of Covid is not the same as actually having the disease with symptoms.

August 9, 2021 A major heat wave is expected to hit the north east United States with temperatures in the 90'sF/30'sC.

August 8, 2021 New York City is to conducts a telephone campaign to encourage New Yorkers to take the Covid Vaccination.

August 6, 2021 A bill has been introduced in Congress to ban non vaccinated Americans from flying. It further states that anyone arriving or departing the United States on an airplane, must be vaccinated. The bill is presently in committee.

August 4, 2021 Boston Mayor Kim Janey completely rejects vaccine passports, as New York City is adapting, comparing them to slavery, possibly alluding to the fact that the vast majority of blacks have not been vaccinated in NYC.

August 3, 2021 New York Mayor Bill DeBlasio announced that starting August 16, 2021, New Yorker's will have to show proof of vaccination in order to dine indoors, go the the gym or attend cultural events. It was pointed out that only 12% of black New Yorkers have been vaccinated and thus the vast majority of black New Yorkers will be forced to "sit in the back of the bus" Jim Crow laws, that is, sit outside and not be able to enter restaurants to eat, gym's to exercise or to experience cultural events. Being forced to reveal one's medical history to a stranger at the door does seem to violate the American's with Disability Act and various Hiipa rules.

July 30, 2021 New York City has modified the "Know Your Zone" areas to assist New Yorkers during hurricanes and flooding. New Maps have been drawn.

July 29, 2021 The CDC stated that fully vaccinated people are contagious and can potentially spread the Delta Variant Covid to the unvaccinated.

July 19, 2021 Becca Meyers, who is deaf and blind, and who is a six times Paralympic medalist, with three gold medals from the 2016 Rio games will not participate in the Tokyo Olympics since she is not permitted to bring along her assistant. Incredibly, the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee stated that the organizers and the Japanese Government prohibited her from having an assistant because of regulations strictly limiting who is and who is not allowed to travel to Tokyo as part of an Olympic delegation. To many people, this decision runs counter to what the Paralympics is all about.

July 19, 2021 Between December 14, 2020 and July 19, 2021, VAERS received 12,313 reports of death among those who received the Covid 19 vaccine. During the same time frame, there were over 500,000 reported injuries to this U.S. Government funded website.

July 17, 2021 The Los Angeles county sheriff slams new mask mandate, saying it is not backed by science and that his office will not enforce the mandate.

June 11, 2021 FEMA and the FCC plan a nationwide emergency alert test for August 11 with selected cell phones that have opted in to received test messages.

FREEDOM DAY CELEBRATIONS IN NEW YORK CITY! The Draconian and arguably unnecessary Covid-19 restrictions have been lifted!!
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Freedom Day in New York, NY June 15, 2021 Sunset

Freedom Day in New York, NY June 15, 2021 People waiting for the planned fireworks in Dumbo Park, Brooklyn

Freedom Day in New York, NY June 15, 2021 Thousands of people enjoying their once again returned freedoms in Brooklyn Bridge Park

Freedom Day in New York, NY June 15, 2021 Brooklyn Bridge Park

Freedom Day in New York, NY June 15, 2021 Fireworks over lower Manhattan celebrating the lifting of the Draconian and arguably unnecessary restrictions.

Freedom Day in New York, NY June 15, 2021

Freedom Day in New York, NY June 15, 2021 Police instigating a shooting in Admiral Farogat hosing project in Brooklyn.

Freedom Day in New York, NY June 15, 2021 shooting investigation

New York, NY June 14, 2021 Fire on Canal Street

New York, NY June 14, 2021 The FDNY is very well equipped and trained

New York, NY June 14, 2021 Fire on Canal Street. The response was massive.




New York, NY June 14, 2021 Fire on Canal Street, ready just in case.

New York, NY June 14, 2021 Fire on Canal Street. Smoke continues to rise as firemen search for possible victims.

New York, NY June 14, 2021 Fire on Canal Street. The FDNY now uses drones to inspect the progress of the fire and response.

An FDNY drove hovering next to the burning building

New York, NY June 14, 2021 Fire on Canal Street. NYC emergency services are about the best equipped in the world.

New York, NY June 13, 2021 The private, exclusive National Arts Club is now open again for members on Saturdays.





Brief Comments

A reminder to fellow citizens When you walk down the street, just remember that every person who you pass by, regardless of their race or physical appearance, or if they are rich or poor, has their own goals and aspirations, trials and tribulations and each person must be treated with basic respect and dignity.

It is essential to individualize and not generalize. Each group has their good and bad and one must not fall into the trap of assuming that everyone in a particular group is the same or thinks the same. Sometimes in our rush or arrogance, we forget these basic truths.

 Washington D.C.J une 15, 2021 Vice President Kamala Harris hosted a dinner party for the 24 women senators. Some have questioned her declared inclusiveness, considering that only woman were invited.

FREEDOM DAY! The Draconian and arguably unnecessary Covid-19 restrictions have been lifted!! June 15, 2021 Albany New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has lifted all of the Covid restrictions that has burdened New York State since March 2020. The stated reason for the lifting was that the Governor said that 70% of New Yorkers have been vaccinated using one of the experimental Covid-19 vaccinations. The arbitrary number was the percentage that "experts" claimed was the percentage that would create "heard immunity", though many feel that the science behind this is unsubstantiated and unproven. In March, 2020, the original unprecedented "lock down" was supposed to have been for only 14 days to "flatten the curve", that is to prevent the hospitals from being over run by Covid 19 victims. The hospitals were not only not overrun but were essentially empty, yet the Governor continued the lockdown that has cost the tax payers billions of dollars in lost wages, business and prevented the many people from having basic medical treatment such as dentistry, cancer screening and many other issues.
  The United States Senate is holding hearings to investigate the Covid-19 hysteria, the origins of the virus, the relationship of the media to medical companies and to various governmental health organizations.

June 15, 2021 New York, NY First Lady Jill Biden and Dr. Anthony Fauci visited a Harlem vaccination site however some spectators started to chant "Fire Fauci, Fire Fauci". Dr. Fauci has come under scrutiny over the past two weeks, since his private emails were released that seem to indicate one thing in private, and a completely different thing in public.

June 12, 2021 A federal judge has put on hold, New York States plan of demanding that broadband companies charge only $15 per month to low income New Yorkers.

June 11, 2021 Congress has opened up a series of hearings to investigate the issues surrounding the Corona Virus / Covid 19 virus. The investigations will consider if the year and a half lockdowns were necessary, if the virus originated as a result of a lab leak in China, if the somehow the media was complicit is causing the Covid hysteria and if so, who was responsible for the unprecedented shutdown. The Congressional investigations will also be investigating media companies who censored political voices as well as information that the media companies did not like.

June 11, 2021 California and the entire west coast of the United States is facing a sever draught that may well effect food prices in the United States.

June 11, 2021. One state in Pakistan is now pushing the experimental Covid vaccine by threatening Pakistani's that the government will turn off their cell phones if they do not agree to the vaccine. The reasoning behind this is that the unvaccinated endangers the vaccinated people. One might ask if this is true, doesn't it mean that the vaccination does not work?

June 11, 2021 A Florida Urologist claims that some males who have been vaccinated have experienced infertility and an increase in prostate cancer.

June 6, 2021 There have been a number of reports that the experimental Covid 19 vaccinations have caused blood clotting in some of the vaccinated people that cause sever pain in the legs, arms and massive head aches.

June 6, 2021 VigiBase, a database for the World Health Organization has claimed that 19,916 vaccinated people have experienced eye disorders including over 700 people who have gone blind.

June 4, 2021 Reports are being mentioned that urges just vaccinated not to travel immediately out of fear for blood clots developing.

June 3, 2021 Some have claimed that miscarriages has increased by 366% in just six weeks, as a result of the Covid vaccines.

As of June 4, 2021, the US Government sponsored vaccine adverse reaction website has reported that there have been 5,888 deaths from the vaccine and over 329,021 adverse reactions to the experimental Covid 19 vaccinations. The long term effect is not known for the vaccine.

May 30, 2021 A cold spell has hit New York City, with temperatures about 20F lower than normal, with a high today expected to be only 49F.

May 26, 2021 The United States Center for Disease Control (CDC) no longer recommends masks for the fully vaccinated, to be worn in public or in stores and other facilities. There is some question if stores and other venues are legally allowed to ask a person if they have been vaccinated, based on the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA), the HIPAA regulations, EEOC laws, Title Vll of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and other regulations. There are other questions as to whether "vaccination passports" would be violating the above noted and other regulations.

May 24, 2021 New Delhi, India The Ministry of Electronics and Information of India is protesting the notion of a new "Indian Strain of Covid" and claims that western press has exaggerated the situation.

May 24, 2021 Washington DC Studies indicate that people who had Covid 19 in the past have a significantly increased incident and severity of side effects after the Covid 19 vaccine.

May 23, 2021 Bill Gates and his entourage were spotted in the Tribeca Area of Manhattan, entering into a restaurant, not wearing a mask. This is unusual considering that Mr. Gates has been one of the main proponents of mask wearing in public.

May 23, 2021 The UK Government has admitted that it has tracked thousands of people who submitted to the Covid vaccination, without their consent, by using their cell phone data. Privacy experts are in an uproar over this revelation.

May 23, 2021 According to the CDC, 38.9 percent of all Americans have been fully vaccinated.

May 23, 2021 Many US States have introduced programs to encourage people to submit to the vaccination by offering free beers, and also enrolling the people into special lotteries, with sum potential prizes being as high as 5 million dollars. Apparently all of those who wish to take the experimental vaccine have done so and now, the other do not wish to take it, with the concept of "my body, my choice". This push to submit to the experimental vaccine is reminiscent of the time when India was offering simple villages a portable radio to be sterilized. Some also compare the push for the vaccination to the Jonestown massacre when "Rev" Jim Jones forced his people to drink poisoned coolaid.

May 21, 2021. New data seems to indicate that the number of women who lose their unborn child after having the Covid vaccine increases by 2000%.

May 21, 2021 President Biden has announced that many on-line dating sites have agreed to encourage people to submit to the experimental Covid Vaccine.

May 19, 2021 Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that those who are fully vaccinated no longer needs to wear a mask indoors and outdoors. Since the Federal American With Disability Act, as well as the HIPA regulations and many state regulations prohibit asking citizens of the medical status, questions arise if non-vaccinated can be prevented from not wearing a mask. One might even question the legality of "Covid Passports" since asking to see such a passport would be considered a violation of the existing Federal laws.

May 18, 2021 According to Newsweek magazine, the Pentagon employs over 60,000 undercover operatives to carry out various domestic and foreign operations on the net and media.

May 17, 2021 The United States Supreme Court issued a decision that struck down a Rhode Island police policy of carrying out warrantless searches for firearms in homes under the "Community Caretaking Function". Gun owners feel that this is a huge countrywide win for them.

May 17, 2021 It is estimated that less then 1% of Chinese in China have taken the experimental Covid vaccination.

May 14, 2021. As of May 14, 2021, the US Government sponsored reporting agency VAERS has received reports of 4,201 deaths, 12,625 hospitalizations, 29,707 urgent care visits, and over 40,000 other doctors office visits after receiving the Covid-19 experimental vaccination. Though all of the events happened soon after receiving the vaccination, the vaccination has not been officially determined to be the cause. There are many stories floating around that claim vastly higher vaccination deaths and injuries, but it is impossible to determine what is accurate and what is not.

May 14, 2021 Washington DC Dr. Fauci, answering Senator Burrs question before a congressional hearing, has stated that about 50% of the CDC employees have taken a Covid 19 vaccination, while apparently 50% have not. Peter Marks, from the FDA, stated also that about 50% of the FDA employees have taken the vaccine and about 50% has not.

May 14, 2021 California. Prince Harry, the British royal, declared that the American First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution is "bonkers". The first Amendment guarantees freedom of speech and freedom of the press, which is one of the reasons why the 13 colonies broke away from British rule, fighting a bloody war from 1774 till 1783.

May 14, 2021 President Biden plans to add 100,000 contact tracers.

May 14, 2021 President Biden stated that the recommended rule is simple: "get vaccinated or wear a mask until you do".

May 14, 2021 President Biden has expressed a desire to build a Public Health Jobs Corp of 100,000 people to support contact tracing of the Covid virus.

May 14, 2021 It has come out that 50% of the CDC employees are refusing to get the Covid Vaccination.

May 14, 2021 France has seen a surge of Covid cases amount those who have taken the vaccination.

May 13, 2021 Tamil Nadu, India. Indian Health Ambassador and former actor and comedian Vivekh received a Covid-19 vaccine on live TV to show how safe the vaccine is. Unfortunately two days latter, Vivekh died from cardiac arrest. He had been administered the Indian vaccine of Covaxin

May 12, 2021 The CDC has changed their mask recommendations after determining that the survival rate of people who have Covid-19 is just below 100%. According to the CDC, the survival rate for those who contract Covid, between the age of 0 to 50 years old is 99.98%. Between 50 and 69 years old, the survival rate is 99.5%, while those 70 years old and older, the survival rate is 94.6%. The CDC no longer recommends mask wearing outside.

May 11, 2021 Washington DC 124 former United States generals and admirals signed a letter declaring that the United States was in grave danger. The letter seemed to claim that the election was stolen, that the country was turning socialist and that the Covid-19 pandemic has been exaggerated. This represents about 20% of the total number of flag officers, had they still been on duty.

Vacine Adverse Events Reporting System (VAERS) has reported that there have been 4057 deaths, 11,572 hospitalizations, 25,603 urgent care, 32,803 doctors office visits and 1,112 cases of Bells Palsy, 1,666 cases of shingles, after receiving a Covid-19 vaccination. These figures, which happened within days of receiving the Covid-19 vaccination, has not officially been attributed to the vaccination.

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Frank X. Didik with NYC Mayor Bill DeBlasio and first lady Chirlane McCray, at Gracy Mansion. endorses Mr. Eric Adams as the next mayor for the City of New York. Mr. Adams has served New York City in many capacities including being a police officer, a state senator and presently the Brooklyn Borough President. I can testify that Mr. Adams has gone out of his way to serve the people of New York. For example, he made is a point to personally come and attend relatively small, downtown Brooklyn community meetings. He was so modest, that many people did not realize that he was the Brooklyn Borough President. We are confident that Mr. Adams will be the mayor for all the people in New York City and will bring back law and order, encourage business activity and continue to make New York City the envy of the world. We endorse Mr. Eric Adams as the next Mayor for the City of New York.

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Inflation. Apparently, inflation is back, though not as severe as in 1980-1982. Items such as housing purchases, used automobiles, fuel and food has increased by a fairly high amount, with some estimating this to be about 15% over the past four months.

If the vaccination works, why must people still wear masks and why the need for a "Vaccination Passport"? Obviously, if someone decides not to take the vaccine, THEY are the one's who might be at risk. Why would people NOT want to take this potentially life saving vaccination? There are a number of reasons including that some of the vaccinations used aborted baby's/fetuses, some people question how a vaccination can be developed in two months, while the average time it takes to develop a vaccine is 13 years and some people feel that there is not any need to take it considering that the recovery rate is just under 100%. Finally, some people feel that the risks of permanent injury or death from the vaccine, outweighs the risks from the potential of getting the vaccine. The concept of "my body, my choice also seems to be a factor to decline taking the vaccine. Presently about 50% of the United States has taken or plans to take the vaccine.

From the right, Frank Didik, Dr. Eric Bitterman, Chairman of Deutche Welle, Dr. Jachem Reppmann, and publisher Walter at the Von Steuben formal event in New York City. Though Frank Didik does not have any German background, he enjoys the inginuety and drive of the German people.

Massive inflation coming? Frank X. Didik, January 2, 2020. At the start of 2020, it is estimated that the United States national debt was 21 Trillion dollars. As of January 2, 2021, as a result of the vast "printing" of additional money for Covid Relief and other expenses, this debt is estimated at just under 30 trillion dollars. Surely, one would think that a 30% increase in money supply would lead to significant inflation, but this has not happened. I believe that this is primarily because of vast production surpluses, on every level including manufacturing, services and farming. Robotics, efficient computerized allocation of resources and transportation has produced enough for everyone, without pressure on the market.

DO NOT DEFUND THE POLICE With skyrocketing crime, it is clear that NYC must have an effective and well funded NYPD otherwise we will be like the wild west.

Similarities between the current lock-downs and Prohibition Frank X. Didik, January 2, 2020. Many people feel that the shock of the lockdowns is unique in American history. This is not the case. There have been many shocking, similar instances of business closures or being greatly curtailed in American history. Some examples include in 1919, with the introduction of Prohibition, when all of the bars and liquor stores were suddenly closed and it was impossible to legally purchase alcohol. Clearly it was shocking when the leisurely pint after work and the closures of bars, must have been shocking. Prohibition ended in 1933. During World War 2, there were also many restrictions on rationing of many previously common items such as meat, sugar, gasoline and other items. Similar restrictions and shortages also occurred During the Civil war of 1861-1865 and the Revolutionary War of 1775-1783.

Remote working, office space, the diminished need for employees Frank X. Didik, January 1, 2020 It is fascinating to note that as a result of the government imposed Covid-19 restrictions, that for a period of time, an estimated 30% of the population was out of work, and yet the country did not experience any long term shortages, in any area. One might say that this is a wake-up call for companies to show them that they have too many redundant employees. read more

Does constant mask wearing reduce cognitive ability? Studies have shown that people inhale between 7% and 12% of their exhaled breath, with an accumulation of carbon dioxide. Does this cause minor cognitive loss for the wearer over time? Further, over time, the masks quickly become both moist as well as becomes a breading ground for bacteria. Also, does the additional stress on the lungs to breath through a filter effects the lungs? More studies must be performed to determine if mask wearing causes biological issues as well as phychological issues over time.

Lockdowns benefit large companies at the expense of small stores and businesses Frank X. Didik December 16, 2020
 It has become obvious that the lockdowns, imposed by most of the states to control the spread of Covid-19, has clearly benefited large companies, particularly on-line mega-companies, at the expense of small, local businesses, that were forced to either close their doors or greatly curtail their operations. It was estimated that these small companies and stores represented about 60% of the economy. As a result of the government imposed lockdowns, much of this bushiness activity and wealth has been transferred, perhaps permanently, to the on-line stores. This is rapidly creating a vastly different business environment and potentially will reduce the ability of an individual to start their own business in the future.

NYC heat wave
NYPD Chief of Department attacked
Thousands of New Yorkers are leaving
A new job apprenticeships website
New Federal hiring guidelines
NYPD shows extreme professionalism and restraint Read more
NYC under curfew read more
Stores looted May 31, 2020 read more
Protests erupt in NYC read more
Congress proposesTRACE Act read more
History of Corona Virus read more
Gasoline & fuel prices plumet read more

Covid-19 April 2020 news. read more
Corona Shut-down read more
Congress aproves of2 trillion read more
Protestors object to shutdown read more
Photographs of empty New York Citymore
Federal reserve on Covid-19 read more

Prior News


Defund? Some anti-police groups have called for the defunding of the police around the country. Question: late at night, if you are traveling in an empty subway car and two police officers come on, do you feel threatened or are you relieved and hope that they stay on for the duration of your trip? The answer is obvious. The police are essential to maintaining order in any society.

Corona Paycheck program read more
Remote salary protection read more
Internet censorship read more
People should be responsible for themselves and carry their own weight in society read more

Subway Safety-Subway Gate Every year hundreds of people are killed or severely injured when they fall onto the tracks of trains and subways. The prevention is cost efficient and greatly reduces liability ... read more ...

Greatly reduce train noise A significant amount of train noise is caused by the train wheels rolling over the expansion joint of the tracks. This vibration creates noise, vibrations, an less pleasant ride and also reduces the life cycle of the train. The solution is relatively simple and cost more ...

Corona Virus: What I have observed regarding the Corona Virus can be read here. Further, my photographs of empty New York City, can be viewed here.

Pentup Demand caused by Covid-19 lockdown? Unlikely. People are used to staying home, have developed new habits, and after being out of work, will probably want to save money.

Hysterical Fears pushed in the media and other sources: What ever happened to Y2K, the Ozone hole, nuclear winter, missile gap, read more

Restaurants and Bars will spring back? Very unlikely. People go to these places not only to eat and drink but primarily to socialize. If people are social distanced, why go out?

Corona Virus "Experts"? Who is to say who is an expert when the entire virus is a new event and nobody has any real understanding what is going on. This is like the transition period of Eastern Europe from 1989 to 1992, when so many "leading experts" came from nowhere and gave the public their speculation with truly disastrous results, causing massive inflation and economic failure in countries who followed their "advice".

Question If you can live for a thousand years, but have to live in a 12x12 foot (3x3 meter) room without ever leaving, would you do it? I prefer to live life to its fullest and accept the risks. Everything in life entails a certain risk.

Forced vaccinations? But Why? read more

Do more people die because of the Corona Virus or because of the lockdown? read more

Is Covid-19 as widespread as suggested? read more

Liberal Governments verses Conservative Governments read more

Career first and family later? read more


Frank X. Didik aboard "The Futurist", anchored in a New York Harbor.

Thoughts on science, business and society today
By Frank X. Didik - editor.

What if and what can or might be.

The 1956 Firebird was to be self driving.
Self Driving Cars? If you have an accident with a self driving car, who is at fault? The car manufacturer, the owner of the car or the occupant "driver" of the car? I have enjoyed owning and driving some of the most interesting cars made and have always enjoyed the freedom of driving without impediments or restrictions. Nevertheless, if self driving cars can help reduce accidents and enhance society, I am for them. Besides the technical aspects, there are many other issues that must be worked out. My concerns regarding self driving cars including liability, safety, morality and effectiveness. more ...


Bicycles? What ever happened to jet packs, flying cars and advanced technology that in the past, was predicted that we would be using by today? Why are bicycles being pushed by cities world wide? more ...

Question: If people who are protesting are paid to protest, is it really a protest?

Question: If a humanitarian organization is paid for their services, are they really a humanitarian organization?

Question: If a charity receives most or all of its money from the government, is it really a charity considering that the tax payer is paying for their services?

Cell Phone Etiquette
Advice for the modern person - December 9, 2016 read more

Time to Rethink Bike Lanes
Advice for bicyle based cities
 - August 3, 2016 read more

On Education
Rethinking school and our education system

Should everyone attend college or university? ... read more ...

Can a college or a university really teach a person to be a businessman or an artist or good in any particular field? ... read more ...

How come all college undergraduate degree's require four years? Should some degrees require only one year while others perhaps six years? ... read more ...

What courses should and should not be taught at college or university? Can college or a university teach a person how to be a good business person, or how to be creative? ... read more ...

Reason, Logic and intellect is not reliable. The late Christopher Hitchens often stated that we should rely on our logic, reason and intellect to determine the truth. Many people who pride themselves as educated, intelligent and progressive believe the same. As reasonable as this seems, Galileo proved over 400 years ago that our logic, reason and intellect is unreliable and that only direct experimental data, should be relied upon. Galileo had dropped two balls of the same material, but different masses, from the Leaning Tower of Pisa to demonstrate that they would hit the ground at the same time, rather than the heavier ball hitting the ground first, as almost everyone, including Aristotle, 2000 years ago, had assumed. Our logic, reason and intellect is not reliable and should only be viewed as speculation. Only direct experimentation and obtaining the same results, over and over again should be relied upon.


What about? ..

Old Computer Formats and the longevity of our digitally stored knowledge. Are we entering into a "pre-history" era? How can we preserve our computer written records, books, photographs, video and knowledge? We must have an international agreement and an organization, perhaps under auspices of the United Nations, dedicated to preserving our global digital records so that future generations can access the information and knowledge that we store on computer readable formats.

If you wanted to, would you be able to read a:

    3 1/2" or 5 1/4" or 8" floppy?
    cd-rom or a dvd?
    12" optical disk?
    9 track tape?
    IBM punch card?
    Paper punch tape?

If you can not read these one or two generation old formats today, how will society be able to read these documents in 200 years from now? In a few years, our latest computer formats and storage devices, such as USB drives, will also be obsolete. I have deep concerns about the longevity of our knowledge and of computer records, more ...

What if the decay rate of elements varies rather than being a constant? Imagine, if this is the case, it would mean that all archeological dating is in question. How old are artifacts? When in fact did the dinosaurs really die out? Further, consider that ... read more ...

What is the speed of gravity? If it is instantaneous, then what if gravity can be modulated? Today most scientists, assume that the speed of gravity is the same as the speed of light, but what if the speed of gravity is instantaneous? Further, if gravity can be modulated, it might allow for instantaneous universal communication. Thus it might be possible to communicate with space craft instantly, rather than waiting for minutes for transmissions to reach the craft or earth. Perhaps computer chips can be made to operate vastly faster. And this is just the beginning since more ...

On Business

Investing in Startups. Good idea or bad? Is investing in a Startup, that has never proven itself in the market place, a good idea or a waste of money (and talent)? Historically, investors invested in companies that were swamped with orders and making money, but needed additional money to ... read more ...

Most efficient brain-storming method and how to make morning office meetings more productive and interesting ... read more ...

Superior advertising results

Producing the very best and most effective TV commercials The single purpose of a television commercial is to sell the product or service. The fact that an advertisement might be interesting, funny, informative or well produced is secondary to the main purpose, which is to sell the product or service. One should never leave the creation of the television commercial to the television producer or the video editor. ... read more ...

Building the most effective business websites Never let a "web designer" develop the website for you. A web designer should be produce the website under the supervision of an on line marketing master, usually working with ... read more ...


There is an alternative to population control. Restricting and discouraging the formation of families in order to stabilize or reduce population infringes on the freedom and rights of every human. There is another much better more ...

Questioning the results of modern science. For the last 100 years, we have been experiencing the collapse of real science. Theories, speculation and fantasy is the norm today. By definition, the scientific method is the ability to test and re-test and always get the same results, over and over. If an idea or a theory can not be tested, the idea must be viewed as speculation and not considered true, till that idea is proven without a doubt. Scientific theory has moved to areas that are beyond our present capability of testing and gradually a number of unproven theories have become accepted as fact without any real proof. Further, new theories have been developed based on old theories. Thus we have a situation where science today is largely based on theory upon theory. If something can not be proven, it falls into the realm of philosophy rather than science. This has led more ...

What if time varies along with all things, rather than being a constant? Consider more ...

Can the speed of light vary, even if traveling under the same conditions, or in other words, is the speed of light really a constant? According to Einstein's theory of relativity, the speed of light is a constant but more ...

Science and media hype: Any sudden "revolutionary" scientific discovery, even if such discovery is written about in every newspaper and scientific journal, should be greeted with skepticism. Such a discovery should only be accepted after the bulk of scientists have have had a chance to review the discovery and confirm that it is in fact correct. Such things that come to mind include cold fusion, the so called "God Particle" and even the recent stated discovery of a "gravitational wave". All too often such media hype has come and gone without any real discovery or fundamental change. more ...

What percentage of information, contained in science books is accurate and true? Are we in a post science period? Many science books today present more ...

It is time to retest scientific properties. Verify results. I suggest that the properties of all materials be re-tested using modern technology and certify the results. Melting and boiling points, conductivity, hardness, and all physical properties of materials should be re-tested more ...

Honesty and integrity in scientific research is essential in order to advance our knowledge base. When a scientist has worked for years to prove a particular theory and finds out that their work hasbeen in vain, it is difficult to admit that their original assumptions were wrong. Still it is vitally important more ...
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