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Family Affair


November was once again an extremely sweet month for our entire family. Sabrina Caren gave birth to my fifth grandchild, a healthy and beautiful baby girl named Olivia. When she was born, my wife Yirong, and I quickly traveled from New York City to Los Angeles to meet and enjoy a week with the grand-kids and to help out the parents as they and the "bigger and older cousins" happily welcomed OLIVIA to The Soto - Polo Family.

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure...


Yesterday a 5.8 magnitude earthquake occurred on the east coast of the U.S. The earthquake was felt from southern Virginia all the way to Canada and did not miss the NY Metropolitan area.



poor allows mind to wander.
good focuses on message

poor responds emotionally to trigger words
good controlled reaction to trigger words

poor lets personal problem interfere
good leaves personal problems out

poor gets distracted
good tries to limits distractions

poor lets bias possibly sway message
good doesn't let bias get in the way

poor reacts to speakers mannerisms
good doesn't allow mannerisms to affect listening

poor doesn't listen to dry topics
good listens for what they can use

poor holds speaker responsible for effective communication

Cyber Monday Blues


This is what I had to deal with on Cyber Monday. I sang the blues for a while in the morning.

Early today on Cyber Monday I watched my Web site go gone down once again for a second time is as many weeks for a short bit of time.

I contacted my host, Amazon and they spent 20 minutes apologizing...

"I'm sorry to hear that you are having trouble with your webpage. That's definitely not what we want our customers to experience.



It's a blame game of he said she said. The Donald launched his camp pain and continued a birther lie, while a Hillary staffer who was let go was spreading lies. Meanwhile, she insists she's telling the truth.
We the people should ask them to wear lie detectors when the candidates appear on stage for their debates? Why do politicians insist on lying to US?

Trump's long history of lies

CNN anchors have finally had it with Donald Trump's lies

Social Media/Design for Collaborative Consumption


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While visiting her longest living friend on City Island, City Island Realtor and Broker Jacqueline Kyle Kall received an unexpected pleasant surprise kiss from her best friend and long time admirer, retired US Army Sargent Russell Schaller.

These two love birds were chatting up a storm and at one marvelous moment, Russell kissed Jackie and the two became an inseparable couple, as they began their long awaited courtship.

Mall Chaos


NYPD evacuates a New York City Mall after shots were fired inside. As the danger increases and folks stay home while shopping online, countless of malls across the US are closing down, there’s a Web site devoted to “dead malls” that are out of commission.

Cops evacuate Brooklyn mall, nab two teen suspects nearby

Gunfire At Kings Plaza Shopping Center In Brooklyn Sends People Into Panic

Chaos as Brooklyn shopping mall evacuated after gunshot via @nypmetro

Friends of Pelham Bay Park


Pond Walk: FPBP fundraiser was a success: They will build an accessible path with viewing platform at a small pond within the Playground for All Children at Pelham Bay Park.
The group raised approximately $11,000 through an auction, raffles, ticket sales and special donations from Millie Pinott and Eric Salmeron of Betz Mitchell Associates; National Golf Corporation; Bronx Kiwanis Club; and James McQuade of Schuyler Hill Funeral Homes. Councilman Jimmy Vacca pledged $35,000 in capital grant funds.

The Bronx Digital Divide


As part of the recently approved City Council budget, NYC Council Member James Vacca has secured and allocated over $350,000 towards technology initiatives in his district and throughout The Bronx.

Among Vacca’s goals as Chair of the Technology Committee is to bridge the digital divide and provide New Yorkers with greater access to broadband internet and computer training. Hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers still do not have access to broadband internet, and many don’t even have computers in their homes.



The definition of censorship is the control of information and ideas circulated within a society. In the 20th Century, censorship was achieved through the examination of books, plays, films, television and radio programs, news reports, and other forms of communication for the purpose of altering or suppressing ideas found to be objectionable or offensive. The rationales for censorship have varied, with some censors targeting material considered indecent or obscene; heretical or blasphemous; or seditious or treasonous. Thus, ideas have been suppressed under the guise of protecting basic social institutions: Family, Church, and State.

To understand censorship, and the impulse to censor, it is necessary to strip away the shock epithet value that is attached to the word at first utterance. One must recognize that censorship and the ideology supporting it go back to ancient times, and that every society has had customs, taboos, or laws by which speech, dress, religious observance, and sexual expression were regulated.

In Athens, where democracy first emerged, censorship was known as a means of enforcing the orthodoxy. Indeed, Plato was the first recorded thinker to formulate a rationale for intellectual, religious, and artistic censorship. In his ideal state outlined in The Republic, official censors would prohibit mothers and nurses from relating tales deemed bad or evil. Plato also proposed that unorthodox notions about God or the hereafter be treated as crimes and that formal procedures be established to suppress heresy. Freedom of speech in Ancient Rome was reserved for those in positions of authority...etc.