A lot has happened personally and professionally for me in 2017. It’s been a while since I’ve blogged on my site and I think bullets are probably the best way to convey my thoughts as of now. So here goes:
Trump’s first year in office has gotten me politically active in a way that I’ve never been before.
I joined an activist group called Rise Up Doylestown. I’m even helping with the technology aspects of the group (Website, Social Media, and other such things)
I officially declared that I’m a Democratic Socialist.
I joined the Democratic Socialists of America. I tried getting involved with the local BuxMont off-shoot, but being a father and being involved more with Rise Up Doylestown, I found that I couldn’t do it all.
I’ve found that the ideas of Socialism aren’t just a nice dream, but fully attainable if fought for and won.
I’ve realized how ADHD I am and, though I already have dealt with it for all my life, I’m learning more about the difference and how to turn it into a Super Power instead of a Super Deficit.
This summer I helped support the Ride2Recovery to benefit first responders, veterans, and soldiers recover from PTSD and other related health problems. Because of this, I rode my bike quite a bit. It felt good to be on the road and exercising.
I learned this year that my Type-2 Diabetes needs to be taken seriously. I’m still young enough to control with minimal drugs and good habits. I need to focus on this and have started.
I’ve branched out professionally in to the Internet of Things realm with Proximity Marketing.
This should be exciting in 2018. Bluetooth/Proximity Marketing is going to be the next big thing, and I’m glad that I partnered up with some people to bring it to market here in the Philadelphia-area.
I’ve got to figure out how to automate the events section, encourage businesses to advertise and posts announcements and so much more.
Goldstein Media didn’t have the best year, especially during the summer months. This year I need to focus heavily on the Winter, Spring and Fall months to off-set what seems to be three slow months in the Summer.
I’ve gotten very active in a great group called PowerMatch. Think of it like match making, but for business. It’s a neat concept an I’m happy that the “Networker-in-Chief,” Sara Rosenberg has decided to bring me on as staff to help her grow it. If your intrigued, hit me up and I’ll give you the run down on the group and how to get involved.
I reconnected with some great colleagues this year and met some new ones.
I was very close to David from Birnbaum Consulting when we were both at Telerx. Now that he’s back on his own, we’ve be lucky enough to partner up on a number of projects and have jump started our friendship again.
I’ve always been very big on coffee shops to get out of the “office” and work. Because of these adventures, I met a very inspiring entrepreneur, Shawn Hiner of ESC Marketing Group. We’ve become good business friends and have started working on some projects and ideas together. All from meeting in local coffee shops. You never know who you’ll meet if you just say hello.
Random Musings At The Close Of The Year
What do do with all my personal-branded domain names.
I have quite a few properties that are SethGoldstein Dot Something.
SethGoldstein.me, which is my main personal blog/site area (.net just redirects here).
SethGoldstein.photography, which is a whole other site for my photography.
SethGoldstein.blog, which is a Tumbler blog where I occasionally re-blog and share stuff associated with my identity as a writer for Raging Chicken Press.
S3th.me , which was originally just for a URL shortener, that now hosts a resume page of mine.
I need to consider whether I keep them all broken out, do I put them all under SethGoldstein.me/net, do I turn my .me site into a Multisite WordPress?
You have to be a special type of person to run for political office. I know many politicians and other elected officials that are upstanding individuals. I also know they are a rare breed.
Today I got a letter from my U.S. Representative, Brian Fitzpatrick. It was a response to a phone call I made to voice my opposition to the proposed American Healthcare Act. Unlike Pennsylvania U.S. Senator Pat Toomey, who doesn’t even take the time to draft a proper, on topic, form letter, Fitzpatrick’s letter addressed my call. Though a form letter, it showed that Fitzpatrick’s team gave enough of a hoot to at least take the time to do that part of their job right.
Now, don’t get me wrong, I didn’t vote for Fitzpatrick, but I will give credit where credit is due. Politics has a lot to do with appearance. We will see how Fitzpatrick votes to see if he’s a party-liner or a true representative for the people.
The Liars And Their Lies
Fitzpatrick is smart to be on topic and send a constituent a letter in return. Many politicians, do this. They believe that a letter will pacify the best that is the electorate. In the past, they might have been right, but in today’s climate, not so much.
With our Commander-In-Chief showing that he has no trouble Tweeting and saying complete utter lies without even batting an eyelash, we need to stay vigilant.
With the assertion of Donald Trump to the Presidency, it has made it open season on the truth. More and more politicians are seeing the most powerful man in the world getting away with crazy lies, so they’re attempting to lie as well.
Recently, our assistant editor, Sean Kitchen was at an press conference in Harrisburg put on by State Rep. Daryl Metcalfe (R-12th) and told him that he and the Raging Chicken Press were “Fake News.” Emboldened by the Commander-in-Chief’s free-flowing lies, Metcalfe felt he could do the same.
This is not an isolated incident. Sen. Toomey has used lies and alternative facts to bolster his claims as well. The list goes on and one.
All in all, we need to hold these liars accountable for their lies. Vote them out of office, protest their every move. Show them that we’re not fooled by their lies and we won’t stand for it.
What do you think? How can we best combat these liars and their alternative facts/lies? Post your thoughts in the comments below.
February 2, 2017 was a busy day for protests in Philadelphia. At 2pm more than 1000 Comcast employees walked off the job for an hour. They marched to City Hall to protest the Immigration Ban imposed by Donald Trump’s executive order.
That evening at 6pm a protest against LGBTQ and general discrimination took place outside of the Fox 29 studios at 4th and Market. The protesters then marched down Market to City Hall where they held a rally.
Here are a selection of pictures I took at both protests (All images are CC BY-SA). As with most of these photos, they first appeared on RagingChickenPress.org. These still have watermarks on them. If you want one without the watermark just ask.
On January 21, 2017 more than 50,000 people packed the Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia to show solidarity on Woman’s Issues and voice their disdain for the Trump Administration’s proposed actions against woman’s issues.
All images are licenses under Creative Commons BY-SA
I’m scared for our country. I’m scared for our children. I’m plain scared.
As seen in our latest reporting, White Nationalist/Alt-Right groups are feeling emboldened by Trump to start “recruiting” on college campuses across the country.
This really freaks me out. The fact that whites feel that they face inequality so great to expound such hatred toward minorities is beyond comprehension. This country, built on the premise of immigration and inclusion, can’t tolerate racism and discrimination.
I’m scared because of what my ancestors went through. The Holocaust didn’t only target the Jews, but it did wipe out six million of them. Our “president” seemed to causally forget to mention this on Holocaust Remembrance Day. Deliberate or otherwise, it’s beyond me why he would do such a thing.
Now the Alt-Right has a chair at the table with the “president.” His name is Steve Bannon. This isn’t good. This is beyond scary.
DeVos, who hasn’t tried to hide her disdain for public education, wants to privatize our schools. Forcing down our throats religious and often sub-par for-profit charter schools.
Many representatives, I’m looking at you Pat Toomey, simply turned off their phones when their constituents tried to call and voice their opposition to the confirmation of DeVos.
Toomey has admitted that he did this. He claims that it was because so many people who were not his constituents were calling in. Regardless, this should have told him something. People care about the issue and he should listen to what THE PEOPLE are saying.
So We’re Stuck?
Yes, in a way, we are, but we don’t have to take this sitting down. We need to mobilize and fight the Trump agenda at every turn. We need to stay on our representatives to do their jobs… REPRESENTING US. We need to go out and vote in 2018 and vote the politicians who didn’t listen to us and didn’t take our calls.
Is History repeating itself? I’m not sure. Am I afraid? Yes.
It’s been just over a week since Donald Trump became President and already he’s managed to polarize the country into two camps.
One camp is eating his dog food and firmly behind him. The other camp is the resistance. The latter is growing by the day.
It seems that a day will not go by without Trump creating another controversy with his pseudo-draconian executive orders and “alt-facts.”
I’ve voted since the 2000 election. Though it’s not a long time compared to others, I’ve never seen such a blatant disregard for the institution of president.
Most, if not all, politicians lie or “bend the truth.” But what Trump is doing is insane and extremely dangerous.
With every lie, people are doubting not only what comes out of his mouth, but what the people and/or organizations he’s targeting are saying.
This is dangerous, because like the boy who cried wolf, when it comes time to tell the truth, no one will believe a word his administration says. Also people will doubt what his opposition say as well.
Trump is not only discrediting himself, but everyone around him, regardless of what side they’re on.
Is History Repeating Yourself
There was a post that was widely shared on Facebook that hits home for me.
Step one for Hitler was to discredit the media.
Step two was to silence scientists and government employees.
Hate crimes against minorities grew to the highest in their country’s history. Clashes between parties became so extensive that Hitler ended civil liberties (Step three), giving “law and order” as the cause. Those who opposed Hitler were ridiculed and threatened.
In Step Four wealthy supporters purchased media outlets, employing only those faithful to the ruling party.
In his final step (Step Five) Hitler declared that the only way the country could be unified was to restore traditional values. Minorities including gays, the disabled, Jews, Roma, and people of color were considered “inferior” and sent to death camps for slaughter.
We’re between Step 2-4. This is in case you were always confused by how so many people could go along with Hitler’s Final Solution, this is exactly how it happened.
Silence and fear keep it all going forward. I would rather speak up against it than be seen saying this is okay by saying nothing.
Say what you will about the parallels, but they are there. It might not be the Jews this time, but we need to stay vigilant and make sure history doesn’t repeat itself.
What do you think?
Should we be scared? Should we protest? Should we hold Trump accountable? What do you think?
Most people by now have heard of the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL), which crosses through Sioux tribal lands in North and South Dakota. The protests and the issues surrounding the pipeline have occupied increasing space even in the mainstream media. Yet, DAPL isn’t an isolated issue. There are pipeline projects going on across the country, many of which threaten the environment upon which they encroach.
Residents concerned about the environmental impact, which a pipeline will cause. They fear that such a project will hurt the habitat for many endangered species including bald eagles, ospreys, and wood turtles among other animals that call the watershed their home. Not to mention the risks it can cause to people living in the shadow of the pipeline.
“There’s no need for this pipeline, there’s no support for it and there’s certainly no one that is buying into PennEast’s insulting marketing.” said Edward J. Kelly in a letter to the editor of Central Jersey.com. But, there are a lot of terrified citizens, who are worried about our environment, homes, children’s schools, and communities; and the fact that, PennEast would be the highest pressure pipeline in the state of New Jersey, bringing along with it a larger blast zone, seriously endangering the many schools and homes it runs so close to.”
Recently there has been talk of changing the route of the pipeline. Even with the proposed route changes, New Jersey Sierra Club Director Jeff Tittel’s concerns aren’t change in the least.
“With PennEast Pipeline changing parts of the proposed route, all they are really doing is rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic. This project is still a disaster because of the overall damage it will do to the environment and public safety.”
It Will Create Jobs and Lower Heating Costs
Proponents of the pipeline say that the price for natural gas went up last winter with the Polar Vortex and because of this there is a need. But critic say that the vortex was an anomaly and that those in favor are using the phenomena to push their agenda.
The PennEast Pipeline Website states that the pipeline will lower energy costs, provide upwards of 12,000 jobs, and let residents have more disposable income.
“The changing energy dynamic of the United States is really going to be a major force in our economic security and our lifestyle improvements this decade and the coming century” said Jim Benton at a meeting video featured on the pipeline’s home page.
Toby Bishop, VP of Concentric Energy Advisors, Inc. said that based on their study during the winter of 2013-2014 consumers would have saved money if the PennEast Pipeline was in service. “Upward of $890 million,” Bishop said in the same video featuring Benton.
So Who’s Right?
To be honest I don’t think it’s a simple question to answer. Lower energy costs are great, but at the expense of what? The environment, the health of millions of families?
What do you think? Post your thoughts in the comments below.
Coss Marte, 31, isn’t your typical ex-convict. The former drug kingpin, after spending time behind bars, has turned his health and life around and is now helping other formerly incarcerated people get their new lives in order through exercise.
Coss grew up on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. From an early age he was surrounded by bad influences and before he knew it he was involved in the drug trade.
At age 19, Coss was making more than $2 million a year.
“I was driving expensive cars, wearing expensive suits, and busy passing my business cards,” Coss said during a TED-X talk he gave in the Hudson, New York. “I even had seven cell phones.”
He ran a team of dozens of well dressed staff who served upper class clients. When he was caught, after being given up by a subordinate, he was sent to prison in 2009. In prison he was told by the prison doctors that he was extremely overweight, had high blood pressure and high cholesterol. The doctors gave him a grim reality check.
“They said that if I didn’t get healthy,” Coss said on a Skype call. “I would probably die in jail. I knew I couldn’t die in prison.”
On his walk back to the cell after being told this, he decided to turn his life around.
“I went back to my cell and immediately started working out,” he said. “After 10 minutes I nearly passed out.”
Gradually, Coss worked his body into shape and eventually trained 20 inmates with a collective 1,000 lbs to lose.
When he was released, four years later and early for good behavior, Coss worked at Goodwill Industries where he met Mike Rothman, the co-founder of Thrillist, who mentored him.
With Mike’s encouragement, Coss opened up Conbody a prison style fitness boot camp 8 months after being released.
Now 3 years later, Coss is ready to expand Conbody from the one gym they have on the Lower East Side of Manhattan and add a new facility in Midtown Manhattan. In addition to this, Coss and his team have taken Conbody online. 2 ½ months ago he released Conbody Live. An online service that touts “Workout with your favorite ex-con.” For $5 per month you can do just that.
“More than 4,000 people from across the World have signed up and seen results,” Coss said.
He has even licensed out the concept to a team out in Pittsburgh.
Coss’ hope is to help both people trying to lose weight and ex-cons trying to start fresh.
“It’s a win-win,” he said.
When asked what he would tell fellow ex-cons he gave this advice:
“Be consistent. Do the right things. Everything will work out. Trust the process.”