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March 27, 2024 The Baltimore bridge collapse has closed Baltimore harbor which has been a major import port for motor vehicles. This collapse underscores the vulnerability of American shipping ports to unexpected events, such as this disaster. Six people are believed to have died in the collapse

March 24, 2024 Squatter crisis. Seemingly out of nowhere, the country is suddenly facing a Squatter crisis where knowledgeable people break into homes and claim that they have a right to be there. Shockingly, after a certain period of time, these trespassers gain certain rights and the real home owner has to take the squatters to court, which may take years and cost tens of thousands of dollars to try to get them out. In New York City, a Squatter only has to be in the property for 28 days. There are cases of families returning home from a vacation only to find out that someone is now living in their home!

March 23, 2024 Russia has detained 11 suspects in the Moscow concert hall massacre that has killed over 133 people.

March 16, 2024 Parkinson's disease has vastly increased over the past 20 years. Some say that common pesticides used in the United States is causing this increase.

March 15, 2024 President Vladimir Putin of Russia has won another 6 year term by a huge majority.

March 14, 2024 The NYPD is now conducting random bag checks on the MTA subway system. This is based on increase of subway crime and concern of the migrant crisis.

March 14, 2024 The controversial and conservative alleged Catholic news site "Church Militant" has agreed to pay a Catholic priest $500,000 for running a story about him that apparently was without proof. The site has also announced that they are closing down.

February 24, 2024 A U.S. Airforce member set himself on fire in front of the Israeli Embassy in a protest to "free Palestine". This is reminiscent of the Budist monk who killed himself in 1966 in Saigon in protest of the Vietnam war.

February 18, 2024 It is reported that anti Christian threats and violence in the United States has risen by a astounding 800% since 2018.

February 11, 2024 Superbowl. In a surprising upset and comeback, the Kansas City Chiefs defeated the San Francisco 49ers in an overtime play. San Francisco was in the first half winning 9 to 0.

February 11, 2024 Superbowl. It seems that the television commercials during the super bowl are becoming more and more ridiculous. Sadly the half time show has also fallen. Years ago, the halftime show was something to look forward to. This year, the show lacked dynamics and was lackluster to a number of people.

February 9, 2024 News commentator Tucker Carson interviewed Russian President Vladimir Putin. The interview seemed drawn out to many, with President Putin giving a long, detailed talk, for perhaps half of the interview, on early Russian history, apparently truly to explain that Russia and the Ukraine have always been together and have a thousand year history of working with each other. There were no surprises in the interview.

February 9, 2024 It seems that many countries are extremely critical of Israel regarding the Israeli-Palestinian war. Turkish president Tayyip Erdogan compared the Israeli attack on Gaza to World War 2 Nazi atrocities. It would seem that Israel has lost the propaganda war and there is now fear that the current conflict may become a regional war.

February 9, 2024 A Brazilian tourist was shot in the leg during a shoot out between teenage illegal aliens and police, after the teenage illegals was stopped from stealing from a local store. Illegal aliens in New York City has significantly increased the rate of crime. Sadly, not only is the USA southern border not protected, but illegals are actually being paid and given debit cards of $1,000, that are automatically refreshed every 28 days. Almost all Americans are opposed to this obvious injustice.

February 7, 2024 Former President Donald J. Trump has said that if/when he is back in office, he will deport millions and millions of illegal's who have snuck into the country.

February 7, 2024 The controversial and highly unpopular Congestion pricing toll, that was originally proposed by former Mayor Bloomberg, may come into force in mid June and cost New Yorkers $15 to enter the city, south of 60th street. Many feel that businesses will suffer, Uber and taxi riders will pay more, deliveries will be more expensive and that real estate values will decline and many other possible downsides. recommends that the entire congestion pricing plan be permanently abandoned.

February 5, 2024 The U.S. Department of Justice and the Attorney General of the United States has issued a scathing report on both President Joe Biden keeping secret documents as well as President Joe Biden's cognitive ability. At one point the 332 page report refers to president Biden as an old man with poor memory.

February 5, 2024 South Australian court rules employers who mandated Covid vaccines can be held liable for injuries. So it begins. It is perhaps only a matter of time that similar rulings will happen in the USA.

February 5, 2024 King Charles III has been diagnosed with cancer. The nature of his cancer was not disclosed, however there is a photograph of the King in his car that looks as though he is under massive stress. Prince Harry immediately rushed from the USA and visited his father. They spoke for over an hour.

February 3, 2024 Polish president Andrzej Duda has stated that the Crimea is historically Russian and he further expressed doubts that Kiev would be successful in trying to take back that region.

January 19, 2024 Japan has landed on the Moon with a space craft called "Slim" or Smart Lander for Investigating Moon. Japan has become the fifth country to land a craft on the Moon. Prior to this achievement, The Soviet Union was the first to land (or crash) a human made craft in 1959, followed by soft landings by again the Soviet Union, followed by the United States, and many years later, China and India. The United States is said to be the first to land people on the Moon on July 20, 1969.

January 19, 2024 The controversial American actor Alec Baldwin has been charged by a New Mexico grand jury of involuntary manslaughter over the killing of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins in October 2021.

January 19, 2024 U.S. home sales have had the worse year since 1995.

January 17, 2024 The United States Army has removed it's highly controversial LGBT recruitment commercial that it put out in 2022 amid drastically reduced number of new recruits.

January 17, 2024 "Having children is saving the world" said Elon Musk. This phrase is now being used on a billboard by a diaper company, in Times Square. It is true that at 3:30PM, most American playgrounds are empty and very few couples are getting married and having families. This is an industrial world phenomenon. The cause of this is complex. Women are encouraged to seek careers first, and often this means that they lose the opportunity to meet a man to have a family with. Further, some say that general selfishness prevents families, while others say that the collapse in the relative standard of living and salaries in the industrial world, are to blame. In the United States, men often think twice before getting married since there is a perception that the court systems are anti-men and if a divorce should occur, men are forced to pay significant amounts of money to women under the guise of excessive child support.

January 17, 2024 Photographs of United Airlines CEO, Mr. Scot Kirby, dressed as a woman, have been circulating on social media sites. This writer was on a flight from Tokyo to New York in June, 2024, and noticed what is believed to have been a Transgender Stewardess.

January 17, 2024 The World Economic Forum meeting in Davos Switzerland is advocating greater news censorship in the guise of reducing "Mis-information". Be confident that should be the goal post in news accuracy. Further, we are willing to assist other news agencies to censor all news that we do not agree with.

January 17, 2024 Pope Francis sent a message to the World Economic Forum meeting in Davos Switzerland praising their goals. His message is somewhat unusual in that he did not mention religion, or Jesus and nor did he mention abortion which is strongly advocated by the WEF.

January 16, 2024 President Putin of Russia declared that the U.S. 2020 election was falsified and that Donald Trump won the election.

January 16, 2024 Dimitry Medvedev, the vice president of the Russian security council has stated that the Ukraine will be erased from the map and will join the Russian Commonwealth. He further added "better life in Russia than death".

January 16, 2024 It was announced that since Roe vs Wade, which was overturned in 2022, 65,464,760 abortions has occurred in the United States.

January 15, 2024 There are massive protests in Warsaw Poland against the new Polish prime minister Donald Tusk who the protesters say wants to destroy Polish culture by importing large numbers of non Slavic, Non Polish, non-Christian immigrants, who they claim is pushing LGBT "propaganda" and who they say is a puppet of the west and the World Economic Forum. Estimates say the protestors numbered over 300,000 people.

January 13, 2024 Former New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern has married he long term live in boyfriend. They already share a child together. Under Ardern's rule, New Zealand had some of the strictest laws limiting almost all freedoms under the guise of protecting the population from the alleged Covid dangers.

January 13, 2024 Mr. Gonzalo Lira, the well known United States alternate news journalist, jailed in the Ukraine for allegedly saying things that the Ukrainian government did not like, has died in prison. Mr. Lira's father stated that he was tortured to death and that the United States government did nothing to secure his freedom. Mr. Lira was 55 years old.

January 13, 2024 Former President of the United States, Donald J. Trump, has won the Iowa Republican caucus by a huge margin, said to be the largest in Republican history.

January 11, 2024 The New York City Department of Buildings have issued a vacate order to the synagogue with the illegal tunnel. The buildings department has ordered that an engineer be hired to determine how to upgrade a structure and if necessary, fill in the illegal tunnel.

January 9, 2024 Illegally dug 60 foot long tunnel between the headquarters of the Jewish Chabad Lubavitch global headquarters in Crown Heights Brooklyn and a smaller adjacent building. The tunnel was apparently dug by radical, young Orthodox Jews from Israel to expand the size of the synagogue, without permission of the Rabbi or the higher ups. When the tunnel was discovered, the Rabbi ordered that the tunnel be filled and the young radicals objected. Police were called and a riot ensued with a number of young Orthodox men being arrested. This is an evolving story.

January 7, 2024 Today is Christmas day for many Orthodox Christian groups, using the Julian Calender. It is also the Epiphany or Three Kings day for most of the other Christian/Catholic groups.

January 7, 2024 Ukrainian President Zelensky has banned the Ukrainian Orthodox Christian Church and has ordered that their Christmas be celebrated on December 25, as listed in the Gregorian Calender, rather than January 7, as listed in the Julian Calender. President Zelensky is of Jewish background.

January 4, 2024 Automobile sales data shows that the sale of Electric Vehicles is slowing down. It is believed that the long charging times or 1 hour for a 40% charge or 8 hours for a full charge, plus limited range and high initial cost plus a lower resale price is contributing to the decline in electric vehicle sales.

January 4, 2024 Reports/rumors have been floating around the Ukraine stating that the Ukrainian government is considering exempting high earners from military draft. During the U.S. Civil War, it was possible for a drafted person to be exempt from military service in the North, if they could find someone to take their place or if they paid a fee of $200. In the 1860's, $200 was the average yearly income for the owner of a farm.


January 1. 2024 Happy New Year! Wishing all of our readers peace, health and happiness throughout the new year.

Happy 2024!

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Congestion Pricing favors the upper income people and will significantly reduce local business, while pushing middle class drivers to shop elsewhere that does not have this burdensome tax. Ultimately this will work against the city.

Subway barriers: New York, NY January 21, 2022 With falling and being pushed onto the subway tracks becoming a daily occurrence, it is time to promptly install subway barriers / gates on all 480 subway and elevated stations. Frank Didik, who has been desperately pushing subway gates to the MTA and other agencies since over a decade points out that hundreds of people could have been saved over this period of time. Further, thousands of people could have been spared hideous, life transforming injuries, including by MTA workers. Further, the MTA could have avoided paying out hundreds of millions of dollars in liability, that could have already paid for the entire subway gate system.

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

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

Time to Rethink Bike Lanes
Advice for bicyle based cities
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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.

Frank X. Didik with former NYC Mayor Bill DeBlasio and first lady Chirlane McCray, at Gracy Mansion. Former Mayor DeBlasio served two terms in office and then as per term limits, had to leave office at the end of his second term. Mr DeBlasio original birth name (May 8, 1961) was Warren Wilhelm Jr. and later used the name Warren de Blasio-Wilhelm and then finally adapted his mother's maiden name DeBlasio and today is commonly known as Bill DeBlasio. Mr.DeBlasio was succeeded as mayor on Jnuary 1st, 2022 by new mayor Eric Adams, who became New York City's 110 mayor.

Social Media or Vanity Media With the development of the so called smart phone, a new phenomenon of "social media" has developed that caters to the vanity and inner ego of millions read more

Bicycle Lanes favors the young and healthy, while inconveniencing older citizens, drivers and delivery trucks. Further, for the most part, they are rarely utilized during the winter months... read more

Fact Checkers "Fact Checkers" present an opinion rather than absolute fact. Further, who will fact check the fact checkers"? Recently read more

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.

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.


Time to start enforcing the laws covering motorcycles, powered bicycles and powered scooters:
The laws covering motor vehicles (gas, steam, electric), must be enforced including having proper registration, insurance and make sure that the driver has a proper drivers license and skill to drive the motorcycle. NYC has become like the wild west. Here we see unregistered, uninsured, motorcycles and their unlicensed riders, using the bicycle lane over the Manhattan Bridge. Electric scooters are extremely dangerous but are very popular. They really are unlicensed, unregistered motorcycles. Originally the State of New York, Vehicle Traffic and Safety Laws permitted human/motorized hybrid vehicles, primarily wheelchairs, for disabled people, including veterans after the Vietnam war. But now the rule is completely abused.

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It is time for the New York City to take action to control bicycles Lets face it, the quality of life in New York City is suffering from bicycles, electric powered bikes and scooters. The riders feel that they are above the law or don't even know the law. These vehicle almost without exception, never obey traffic laws, go through red lights and even go through crosswalks while people are crossing. It is time to start requiring all bicycles to have registration, and clearly visible license plates, and insurance. If cars and trucks have to "share the road" with bicycles, bicycles must also pay their fair share and obey the law. read more

Share the road: This NYC sign says "Share the road". Good idea! Perhaps it is time for bicycle riders to obey traffic laws and also pay a road tax, just as the car drivers have to do. Indeed, share the road!

App based taxi ride services often block traffic traffic while picking up customers. read more

Is it wrong for a company to make a payment in order to protect the reputation of the company? Large international companies often make payments for certain "business expenses" such as ransoms paid to pirates to release ships, kidnaping ransoms, or suppressing unfavorable news, or paying off people who make false allegations and then deduct such expenses as business expenses. The companies make a business decision to determine if it is better to fight an allegation in court, that may generate bad publicity and damage the company's reputation, even if the allegation is completely false.

It is essential to maintain law and order in New York City There has been a type of collapse of law and order in NYC. Shoplifting is rampant, with little chance of punishment, even if caught. Shoplifting is so prevalent that some stores have simply closed their businesses. Unfortunately, the recent state law that removes the bail requirement for many smaller crimes has given the green light to criminals to continue their criminality.

Besides the shoplifting and new bail rules, New York City has become like the wild west when it comes to motorcycles. Today, very few motorcycles seem to even have license plates, which means that they are probably uninsured, unlicensed, and unqualified to even be riding. Further the motorcycles rarely obey traffic laws and almost always go through red lights, ride on the sidewalk or ride the wrong way down one way streets. In the past, Police commissioner Bratton and others maintained that by enforcing smaller regulations, the larger laws also benefit.

We must have reasonable police enforcement in New York City and certainly let us not even consider reducing funding to the NYPD.

Vision Zero is without vision. Is the well intended Vision Zero New York City program started under former Mayor DeBlasio to reduce pedestrian deaths from vehicles working? Some of the actions taken was to reduce the speed limit in NYC from 30 miles per hour to only 25 miles per hour. In addition, when the cross walk light says walk, the traffic light for cars changes a few seconds later, allowing pedestrians to start to cross before cars start. In some areas, there has also been guides put on streets so that cars must make a larger diameter turn. Has these measures work? Actually these measures have not helped at all. Our speculation as to why these measures have not worked are as follows. The crossing pedestrians have come to take it for granted that the cars will always allow them to cross and unfortunately, the pedestrians do not look both ways. Further, many pedestrians are oblivious to their surroundings because they are staring at their smart phones and do not take a moment to carefully look to see if all is clear to cross and also many pedestrians wear ear buds playing music or talking on the phone that further reduces their attention to traffic. It should be noted that many years ago, the brother of this writer was hit and killed by a car.

Are people really living longer today, than in the past? Time and time again, we are told that people today liver longer than in the past, but is this true? The answer is that people have about the same life expectancy as people had 200 years ago. As proof, one only has to go to a 200 year old cemetery, and look and see how old the average person was when they passed on. You will find that the average was between 75 and 85 years old. Also of interest, This writer purchased an English cookbook from 1795 and discovered that most recipe required heavy cream, butter or lard. Seed oil, such as olive oil was very expensive and not widely used back then. Most dishes were meat or dairy based with very little vegetables, since vegetables were only available for a few weeks per year. They did have dried vegetables and also jams. Many nutritionist today would object to the diet of 200 years ago, but the fact is that as per the tomb stones, people seemed to have lived as long then as they do today. Life was arguably less stressful back then and also their work day was not organized and the people probably worked considerably less than today's 9 to 5 job. If we go back a thousand years, the number of days people worked in the fields or work shops was much less than today, being on average, 150 days per year because of the numerous "Holy Days" or holidays! It is true that during the industrial revolution, the factory workers were extremely over worked, often working 12 to 14 hour days and lived under very dire conditions. Essentially those workers were worked to death and thus the average life expectancy did decline during that period.

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