Let’s Recap, shall we…

One last reminder before election day. Don’t forget, this is what happens when you vote Republican. Many of the points I make below specifically involve Donald Trump, because even though he’s not in this election himself, every Republican who is on the ballot is directly responsible for encouraging, supporting, and covering up his actions. The only way he can be checked is to elect a Democratic congress.

The largest deficit increase in history

Trump’s budget, approved by the Republican Congress, adds $5.683 trillion to the deficit, almost as much in less than one term as Obama accumulated in two.

Cuts to entitlements pay for tax cuts for the wealthy

Republicans’ major tax cuts – which primarily benefit the wealthy and big businesses, are crippling the economy, contributed to the meteoric deficit increase (https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-fiscal-deficit/republican-tax-cuts-to-fuel-historic-u-s-deficits-cbo-idUSKBN1HG2RW), and are now being paid for with cuts to Medicare and Social Security (https://thehill.com/blogs/congress-blog/economy-budget/399575-tax-breaks-for-wealthy-paid-for-with-deep-cuts-to-medicare).

Rampant public corruption

Outright theft of your tax dollars due to the rampant corruption infecting the Republican party and specifically the President’s cabinet

This includes Trump playing golf dozens of times, at an estimated cost of $79 Million, despite assurances that he’d be working too hard to go golfing… (https://trumpgolfcount.com/)

Repeal of the Affordable Care Act

100 attempts to repeal the Affordable Care Act, including shutting down the federal government, at a huge waste of time and taxpayer dollars.

Reminder: Republicans Want to Take Your Health Care

Misuse of 12,000-14,000 US service members

to “protect” us from a caravan of refugees which:

Operational planning documents leaked by Defense Department officials

The systematic destruction of voting rights in America

including in:

Georgia, where the secretary of state is running for governor without stepping down, while purging and withholding hundreds of thousands of voter registrations (https://www.foxnews.com/politics/georgia-under-scrutiny-for-alleged-voter-suppression-whats-going-on yes, that’s a Fox News link)

Kansas, where a majority Hispanic town of 13,000 is forced to use a single polling location, far outside of town, inaccessible without a car. (https://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorials/article220341790.html)

South Dakota, where they’re very specifically suppressing the votes of Native Americans (https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2018/10/31/18047922/north-dakota-voter-id-suppression-heitkamp)

Outright support for sexual predators and sexual assault

Don’t forget he Access Hollywood tape (https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/28/us/politics/donald-trump-tape.html)

And Republicans furious defense of Brett Kavanaugh, despite mountains of evidence of lying, excessive drinking, sexual assault and possibly rape, not to mention a temperament unfit for the supreme court. (https://www.washingtonpost.com/powerpost/silent-no-more-senates-angry-republican-men-roar-to-kavanaughs-defense/2018/09/27/29430a4e-c27f-11e8-b338-a3289f6cb742_story.html)

Dirty Politics

Let’s not forget the other supreme court justice, who was appointed only after Republicans held an empty seat open for over a year – and threatened to hold it open for four more if they didn’t get their way.

Thousands of children ripped from their parents and held in cages, doing permanent psychological harm, who may never be reunited, due to sheer incompetence.

Kidnapping children

Hate, Violence, and Bigotry

A sharp increase in hate crimes, violent protests, and domestic terrorism, all directly linked to right-wing extremists and Trump supporters.

And an increase in mass shootings (There have been 263 days in 2018 — and 262 mass shootings in America) – literally including one as I write this (Gillum leaves campaign trail in wake of Tallahassee shooting – and zero action on gun control, despite promises (Conceding to N.R.A., Trump Abandons Brief Gun Control Promise)

Massive Economic Uncertainty

Wild stock market swings and crashes due to dangerous trade wars and tariffs (https://www.barrons.com/articles/stock-market-fear-1541091809)

5 of the top 10 largest stock market losses in history have taken place this year (http://www.businessinsider.com/largest-stock-market-drops-in-history-2018-2)

American jobs being shipped overseas faster than ever before

https://qz.com/1144201/under-trump-us-jobs-are-moving-overseas-even-faster-than-before/

Ford: https://www.detroitnews.com/story/business/autos/ford/2018/10/22/ford-executive-says-us-steel-most-expensive-world-trump-tariffs/1728847002/

Harley Davidson: https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/2018/06/25/harley-davidson-eu-tariffs-trump/729958002/

Carrier: https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/carrier-corporation-donald-trump-staff-cuts-promise-worker-losses-where-the-plant-is-plant-mexico-a8046361.html

The end of American status and supremacy

There has undoubtedly been a sharp decline of the world’s confidence and approval of the United States under Republican leadership

Thousands and thousands and thousands of easily disprovable lies

Mishandling of classified information (BUT HER EMAILS)

Trump’s repeated leaking and mishandling of classified information – even after being warned – has forced our allies to now withhold information from us due to fear of leaks.

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To Russia, about Israel: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/15/us/politics/trump-russia-classified-information-isis.html

To the Philippines, about North Korea: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-northkorea-missiles-submarines/trump-tells-duterte-of-two-u-s-nuclear-subs-in-korean-waters-nyt-idUSKBN18K15Y

To the media, about ISIS: https://www.mcclatchydc.com/news/nation-world/national/article152670864.html

To anyone who cares to listen, on his unsecured phones: When Trump Phones Friends, the Chinese and the Russians Listen and Learn

Donald Dreams of Dictators

Significant preference for dictators, autocrats, and US adversaries, all of whom are known to have murdered journalists, protestors, opponents and dissidents, invaded sovereign nations, committed genocides, torture, and abuse of power. Plus censorship and countless human rights violations (https://www.npr.org/2017/05/02/526520042/6-strongmen-trumps-praised-and-the-conflicts-it-presents)

Corruption and Emoluments

Countless conflicts of interest within Trump’s business dealings which clearly violate the Constitution.

Tracking Trump’s Conflicts of Interest

“The Best People”

6 high-profile Trump advisers have been convicted or plead guilty to crimes stemming from the investigation into Trump’s collusion with Russia, plus dozens more still being investigated and questioned. (https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/aug/22/how-many-of-trumps-close-advisers-have-been-convicted-and-who-are-they)

Trump: I’ll choose the best people for my administration from CNBC.

And of course, the lowest approval rating of any President (http://time.com/4751112/trump-100-days-polling-approval-rating/) and Congress (https://www.newsweek.com/congress-approval-rating-hits-lowest-point-trump-era-664144) in history.

Join the BANSWUG team for this year’s Boston Heart Walk!

Dear friends,

 

This year, the Boston Area North SolidWorks User Group (BANSWUG) has made a commitment to help raise funds for lifesaving science. The funds won’t go into someone’s back pocket. They’ll go to real, human hearts, like mine – and help keep them beating. But, just like my heart needed the help of caring doctors and nurses in 2011, I can’t do it alone. I need the support of our amazing SolidWorks community.  Please, join my team, or donate to the cause. Together, we’ll raise donations that will directly impact the lives of millions – and maybe someone you love (like me!). Register now to join my team or chip in at http://www2.heart.org/goto/BANSWUG. You’ll have a ton of fun, and you’ll help save lives!

If you’re in the Boston area, I urge you to join BANSWUG members at the walk on September 8th.  Being a walker is fun and easy. The American Heart Association provides great tools and tips, including your own personal fundraising page where you can solicit donations quickly online, and help us reach our goal! But don’t worry, you can participate even if you are unable to be at the walk in person. Simply head over to our team page and click “Donate to this Team.”  So join us in supporting the AHA’s funding of life changing and lifesaving research and educational programs at the same time.

Register to walk with us or donate through the link below!

http://www2.heart.org/goto/BANSWUG

Boston Heart Walk

September 8, 2018 @ 9:00am

DCR Hatch Shell

47 David G. Mugar Way

Boston, MA 02108

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Thank you, I look forward to seeing you at the walk this year!

 

With heart,

Daniel Herzberg

President, BANSWUG

www.banswug.org

The Possible Project is Looking for Volunteers!

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Hi Boston friends!

The Possible Project is looking for volunteers! If you like working with kids, and know a thing or two about SolidWorks, Adobe Illustrator, Manufacturing/Making (such as laser cutters, 3D printers, vinyl cutters, heat presses, etc.), or are just interested in helping some young entrepreneurs start a successful small business, we need you!

A few friends and I have been working with The Possible Project for about a year now, but due to various life changes, none of are able to give this great program the time it deserves. We’re looking for volunteers in the Boston area who can help out at least once a week after work in their Kendall Square makerspace (believe it or not, there’s even free parking!)

If you’re interested, or know someone who might be, send me a message. You can find more info on the Project here: http://www.possibleproject.org/. And if you’re not from Boston, don’t worry. TPP may soon be expanding to your city!

New Orleans, LA – April 2015

Highlights from my visit to the Crescent City.

MHzStudios String Art for Sale

Hi everyone,

I’ve decided I need some kind of outlet for creative projects, so I’m going to attempt to make and sell these state string art pieces that have been such as big hit as gifts for my family.

I’ve developed an Esty store (https://www.etsy.com/shop/MHzStudios), but since these wall hangings have so many customization options, I’ve also developed a commission form (http://www.jotform.us/MegaHertz604/MHzStringArt) which allows buyers to customize their individual piece to their own personal style, before it’s made-to-order by me.

Take a look at just a few examples of the products I’ve made so far.

If you’re interested in these beautiful products, I promise to make you an amazing piece of art by hand that can be customized specifically for you, and displayed with pride for years to come.

Not interested in a piece right now? No problem! Just help me make this little experiment a success by spreading the word, offering business advice, or just leaving some words of encouragement.

Thanks!

Printing Press Movable Type Collage

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The Possible Project and SolidWorks Modeling for Total Beginners

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For the last couple months I’ve been volunteering my time at a wonderful organization called The Possible Project. This group teaches public high school students business and manufacturing skills, enabling them to start and run their own businesses. They also develop partnerships with local businesses, to expose the students to real-world industry.

I’ve been involved in developing a curriculum to teach SolidWorks to these students who have never been exposed to CAD modeling. I developed the training presentation below, and wanted to get some feedback from the SolidWorks community. If you like it, feel free to use it!

 

Happy New Year! The Best Year-End Recaps, Remixes, and Roundups to Ring in 2014

Best of Bootie 2013

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A collection of mashups of the hottest songs of the year, from the most well-known DJs in the underground bootleg circuit. These tracks are available individually, or as a continuous mix for you amateur spinners. Check out the archives going all the way back to 2005.

http://bootiemashup.com/bestofbootie2013/


United State of Pop 2013 – Living the Fantasy

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 DJ Earworm is THE definitive mashup artist these days. If you ever find yourself needing to hear every hit song of the past year within five minutes, you know where to go. 


YouTube Rewind

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The first of several videos that attempt to compress the events of the past year into five minutes of comedy gold.


Google Zeitgeist

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A little less comedy, and a lot more emotion went into this 90-second video about live, love, death, and humanity in 2013. The spot plugs the infoporn Valhalla of Google Zeitgeist 2013. From here, you can explore Google’s wealth of data on the year’s top searches around the globe, or in your hometown.

www.google.com/zeitgeist


JibJab’s Year in Review
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JibJab started their hilarious yearly recap back in 2005, and still manage to cram dozens of global events into their ~2-minute videos. They definitely require more than one viewing. Going back to watch previous year’s installments seriously shifts your perception of time (was the iPhone really just released in 2007?!)


Big Fat Quiz of the Year

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If you prefer looking back at the year’s events from across the pond, don’t miss this year’s Big Fat Quiz of the Year, featuring a (mostly) British panel of contestants answering questions about the year’s doings in a Pub-Quiz format.

We got a new stove today

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Massachusetts String Art Project

I found some great inspiration for a simple, inexpensive weekend art project recently, and I decided to go full steam ahead. Here’s how I created this gorgeous Massachusetts string wall art panel.

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