Wednesday, February 20, 2013

The Ball is in Your Court!

What Did You Do In The 
Great War of the Streets Daddy?
By Nick Ashton, CEO/Founder, 
Tracometry Group of Companies.

Whenever you hear, as a citizen, that there is to be a town hall meeting, you just know it is going to be a bunch of politicians, city officials and those with the most egotistical hidden agendas espousing their mantras and pet phrases and nothing will get done.  Words, just empty words and a chance for you to grab some shut-eye in a church pew.


I have been to some of the most boring corporate and civil meetings in my time and last night was not one of those nights!

Of course it started late, when are you people going to learn the respect of starting on time?  The moderator, Amos and yes there is an Andy somewhere, did not pass out cookies, but did, pass out the rules of speaking for the night.  Two minutes and two minutes only and he would shout “time”.  Oh he did!
It was a town hall meeting for the public to voice their wants, needs and solutions on the crime ridden streets, not to just talk, Amos, like all that attended, wanted to hear about solutions.

A couple hundred people attended this event with a panel from public safety, law enforcement, council, state attorney’s office and a juvenile judge.  The panel were there to listen, they did, intently.  They are as frustrated as those that attended and voiced their views.

The speakers for the evening numbered over 55, who made their personal points.  This included a child of seven (7) and a man of seventy-seven (77).  Amos, the moderator, asked that younger people come speak and a few come forth.  The majority of speakers were over thirty-five (35) and made their points.  It had been stated that the street violence problems were predominantly those aged eighteen (18) thru thirty-four (34), which I personally dispute and so did others.  Children from the age of nine (9) are being used as drug mules, intimidated by their elders and are on the street university of shame, death and a sure way to that road to incarceration. 

The comments and solutions ranged from opening non-alcoholic clubs for the youth, more basketball courts, family group mentoring and teaching the children more at school. 

I say we need parenting, instilling Trust, Respect and Pride back into the neighborhoods. It is about values, a simple five letter word that is nearly been eradicated from society.

We cannot use our thumbs to fight our way out of the problem.  Twitter, Facebook, and other social mediums are in fact, unsociable, as they do not allow for face to face interaction and communication.
I just read what a local television news channel partially reported about the evening:
Why don't we teach the law in school to children that they know that they are up against," said another resident.
U.S. Attorney Joe Hogsett wasn't on the panel, but he gave sobering statistics about the crime rate in the east side neighborhood.
"A young black man is 85 percent times more likely to be a victim of homicide than the national average," Hogsett said.
Councilor Lewis said enough is enough and something has to be done.
"We need the parents at the table, grandparents at the table, auntie, uncles, everyone, wrapping ourselves around our youth and talk about how we help them," she said.”
Items plucked from the air that really do not even represent the street level problems.  The simple fact is, Any Town, USA is in dire need for those folks to do something positive.  Boredom is a blight and those young people think they are bored today, wait until they get to twenty-five (25), if they reach that heady milestone in life.
The younger folks seem to think it is the responsibility of local government to fix the issue with money.  Local governments don’t have money, in fact they are so overwhelmed with monies owed to them, that a budget shortfall is the norm.  It is the fact that responsibility of the individuals has been thrown out with the bath water and society does not seemed to have noticed.  Or have they?
It is going to take laying out the facts, the real facts and communicating with the instigators, their parents and being as hard on the situation, that it will have to come all sides to solve this problem.
Knowing the depths of the real problem is the first step, not some study over six months.  Law enforcement has a heck of a job on their hands and believe you me, they are fed up with it, just like the sane parents, which are few and far between.
The analytic facts must be presented with the simple solutions of invigorating Trust, Respect and Pride back into the neighborhoods.  It is time to pay the piper and be realistic on all fronts.
Sure I have an agenda, the Pied Piper Project, to revitalize the neighborhoods, attract commerce, so folks can get jobs and pay their way daily in society.  The day of handouts is long gone and self-support is required now, sure we can teach this, heaven’s we do it in Africa for entire villages and they are not killing each other!
Money is always the issue and some say that money is root of all evil and the piper must be paid.  Cities cannot just give monies that they don’t have.  Monies owed must be recouped, collected and used for daily needs.  No politician wants to say no, but right now they have to. 
recoupeit, will change that, collecting the monies owed in very professional manner will fund the projects and law enforcement needs to keep the peace.  
Yes, I have an agenda!  Why, this is my home, I live here and want to have an environment that is safe for all.
It was the youngest speaker, just seven (7) years old that echoed the problem, wanting no more violence.  The most senior, seventy-seven (77) lives in a neighborhood full of the problems and wants it back to what it used to be.
Can we do that for both these people at opposite ends of the social spectrum?
Of course we can!

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Monday, February 18, 2013

Brunettes, Patents, Technology and You Use It Everyday.

Dinner with Hitler

How a brilliant starlet created a worldwide technology boom.

In 1933, a beautiful young Austrian woman took off her clothes for a movie director.  She ran through the woods, naked.  She swam in a lake, naked.  Pushing well beyond the social norms of the period, the movie also featured a simulated orgasm.  To make the scene "vivid," the director reportedly stabbed the actress with a sharp pin just off-screen.

The most popular movie in 1933 was King Kong.  But everyone in Hollywood was talking about that scandalous movie with the gorgeous, young Austrian woman.

Louis B. Mayer, of the giant studio MGM, said she was the most beautiful woman in the world.  The film was banned practically everywhere, which of course made it even more popular and valuable.  Mussolini reportedly refused to sell his copy at any price.

The star of the film, called Ecstasy, was Hedwig Kiesler.  She said the secret of her beauty was "to stand there and look stupid."  In reality, Kiesler was anything but stupid.  She was a genius.  She'd grown up as the only child of a prominent Jewish banker.  She was a math prodigy.  She excelled at science.  As she grew older, she became ruthless, using all the power her body and mind gave her.

Between the sexual roles she played, her tremendous beauty, and the power of her intellect, Kiesler would confound the men in her life, including her six husbands, two of the most ruthless dictators of the 20th century, and one of the greatest movie producers in history.

Her beauty made her rich for a time.  She is said to have made and spent, $30 million in her life.  But her greatest accomplishment resulted from her intellect, and her invention continues to shape the world we live in today.

You see, this young Austrian starlet would take one of the most valuable technologies ever developed right from under Hitler's nose.  After fleeing to America, she not only became a major Hollywood star, her name sits on one of the most important patents ever granted by the U.S. Patent Office.

Today, when you use your cell phone or, over the next few years, as you experience super-fast wireless Internet access ( via something called "long-term evolution" or "LTE" technology ), you'll be using an extension of  the technology a 20- year-old actress first conceived while sitting at dinner with Hitler.

At the time she made Ecstasy, Kiesler was married to one of the richest men in Austria.  Friedrich Mandl was Austria's leading arms maker.  His firm would become a key supplier to the Nazis.

Mandl used his beautiful young wife as a showpiece at important business dinners with representatives of the Austrian, Italian, and German fascist forces.  One of Mandl's favorite topics at these gatherings, which included meals with Hitler and Mussolini, was the technology surrounding radio-controlled missiles and torpedoes.  Wireless weapons offered far greater ranges than the wire-controlled alternatives that prevailed at the time.  Kiesler sat through these dinners "looking stupid," while absorbing everything she heard.

As a Jew, Kiesler hated the Nazis.  She abhorred her husband's business ambitions.  Mandl responded to his willful wife by imprisoning her in his castle, Schloss Schwarzenau.  In 1937, she managed to escape.  She drugged her maid, snuck out of the castle wearing the maid's clothes, and sold her jewelry to finance a trip to London.  She got out just in time.  In 1938, Germany annexed Austria.  The Nazis seized Mandl's factory.  He was half Jewish.  Mandl fled to Brazil.  Later, he became an advisor to Argentina's iconic populist president, Juan Peron.

In London, Kiesler arranged a meeting with Louis B. Mayer.  She signed a long-term contract with him, becoming one of MGM's biggest stars.  She appeared in more than 20 films.  She was a co-star to Clark Gable, Judy Garland, and even Bob Hope.  Each of her first seven MGM movies was a blockbuster.

But Kiesler cared far more about fighting the Nazis than about making movies.  At the height of her fame, in 1942, she developed a new kind of communications system, optimized for sending coded messages that couldn't be "jammed."  She was building a system that would allow torpedoes and guided bombs to always reach their targets.  She was building a system to kill Nazis.

By the 1940s, both the Nazis and the Allied forces were using the kind of single-frequency radio-controlled technology Kiesler's ex-husband had been peddling.  The drawback of this technology was that the enemy could find the appropriate frequency and "jam" or intercept the signal, thereby interfering with the missile's intended path.

Kiesler's key innovation was to "change the channel."  It was a way of encoding a message across a broad area of the wireless spectrum.  If one part of the spectrum was jammed, the message would still get through on one of the other frequencies being used.  The problem was, she could not figure out how to synchronize the frequency changes on both the receiver and the transmitter.  To solve the problem, she turned to perhaps the world's first techno-musician, George Anthiel.

Anthiel was an acquaintance of Kiesler who achieved some notoriety for creating intricate musical compositions.  He synchronized his melodies across twelve player pianos, producing stereophonic sounds no one had ever heard before.  Kiesler incorporated Anthiel's technology for synchronizing his player pianos. Then, she was able to synchronize the frequency changes between a weapon's receiver and its transmitter.

On August 11, 1942, U.S. Patent No. 2,292,387 was granted to Antheil and "Hedy Kiesler Markey," which was Kiesler's married name at the time.

Most of you won't recognize the name Kiesler.  And no one would remember the name Hedy Markey.  But it's a fair bet than anyone reading this newsletter of a certain age will remember one of the great beauties of Hollywood's golden age, Hedy Lamarr.  That's the name Louis B. Mayer gave to his prize actress.  That's the name his movie company made famous.

Meanwhile, almost no one knows Hedwig Kiesler, aka Hedy Lamarr, was one of the great pioneers of wireless communications.  Her technology was developed by the U.S. Navy, which has used it ever since.

You're probably using Lamarr's technology, too.  Her patent sits at the foundation of "spread spectrum technology," which you use every day when you log on to a Wi-Fi network or make calls with your Bluetooth-enabled phone.  It lies at the heart of the massive investments being made right now in so-called fourth-generation "LTE" wireless technology.  This next generation of cell phones and cell towers will provide tremendous increases to wireless network speed and quality, by spreading wireless signals across the entire available spectrum.  This kind of encoding is only possible using the kind of frequency switching that Hedwig Kiesler invented.

Thank you Curtis Holmes for the confirmed  information.

"Never judge a book by it's cover and think you know it all.  Go to the source and ask, question and learn.  Sometimes you might not like the messenger, but never, kill the message!"

Nick Ashton, CEO/Founder, Tracometry Group of Companies.
Telephone: +1 (317) 426.0110

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