January 15, 2019
“I wanted to him to feel special on his birthday.”
“We have some very large people that like eating, so I think we’re going to have a little fun.”
“President Trump has sought no assurances, promises, or commitments from me of any kind, either express or implied, and I have not given him any, other than that I would run the department with professionalism and integrity.”
“The only deal on the table is the one (members of Parliament) will vote on tomorrow night.”
“To 99% of the consuming public, these data will be of limited utility — meaningless.”
“We’re going to have a normal day at school.”
Amid the chaos and controversy about illegal immigration at the U.S. Southern Border, a closer look at an often overlooked group of people illegally in America: those who overstay their visas.
We don’t know how many entered illegally, but we know visa overstays outpaced border arrests.
In 2017, the overstay rate of those suspected of staying beyond the time their visa allowed was 1.15% (meaning more than 98% left under the terms of their visas).
Who were the least & most likely to overstay? Those on student or exchange visas had an overstay rate of 4.15%. The overstay rate for Visa Waiver Program countries was .51%.
HOW DOES IT HAPPEN? A lack of information sharing & inadequate technology. A 2017 report by the federal gov't concluded that the "Department of Homeland Security IT systems don't effectively support ICE visa tracking operations." Also, some visa exit dates and extension requirements, especially for students, are vague.
“We need to try to do the right thing every time, to perform at our best, because we never know which moment in our lives we’ll be judged on.”
#OTD 10 years ago, Captain "Sully" Sullenberger made the decision to land US Airways Flight #1549 in the Hudson River after birds took out both of the plane's engines after departing NYC. His decision & flawless execution saved the lives of all 155 people on board.
One of the most iconic buildings in America may now be the world’s most recognized renovations.
Trademark: Circular designs recall the Chrysler automobile logo (the founder of Chrysler helped build the skyscraper).
Secret Spire: The 185-foot spire was placed on the top of the building within 90 minutes to surprise competitors, earning the building’s title as world’s tallest in 1930.
No clear answer but…
Interesting NYC Fact: *Some* owners of NYC buildings don’t own the land the building is on; they only lease it! This is the case with the Chrysler Building. The group that owns the land raised the annual prices for the owners from $7M to $32M in 2018. By 2028 it will be $40M+.
Current Owners: An investment group from Abu Dhabi paid $800M for 90% in 2008. Tishman Speyer, a large New York city real estate developer that owns other famous buildings like Rockefeller Center, owns the remaining 10%.
Big Question: Can they recoup their money? No one knows the current price of this building.
Why is the Chrysler Building a "fixer upper"? Nearby skyscrapers with office for rent offer gyms, modern, open work spaces w/high ceilings and plenty of light. Updating a building from the 1920s is expensive and difficult. Example: The Empire State Building in a 500M renovation had to add a new antennae for wireless reception.
22 months from the next Presidential election, the field gets more crowded.
The earlier you announce you can:
Just *saying* you’re running gets you started, but you still have to register (it’s one form!) & get your name on state ballots (differs state-by-state).
“There is one main issue that is central to the rest, and that is the issue of war and peace.”
“…I’m under no illusion that accomplishing something like Medicare-for-all would be easy. But I do believe that in this nation, in the richest nation on Earth, that not a single person should be without health care when they need it.”
“What the American people are really looking for is a leader to try to bring us together, not actually talk like half the country’s entirely wrong about everything they believe.”
“If past presidential campaigns are prelude to the present, there’s every reason to believe an unknown will emerge and win the Democratic presidential nod. Barack Obama did it in 2008. Bill Clinton in 1992 and Jimmy Carter in 1976…”
30+ candidates may seek the Democrat Party's nomination for President. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) announced in Dec. she has an exploratory committee - a team recognized by the Federal Elections Committee - that's a sign of "seriousness" of intent.
“It makes teaching impossible when you’ve got that many bodies in the room.”
“No idea. …I want to give them a chance to see if they can act responsibly.”
“Drivers be advised: Looks can be deceiving! Highways may appear to be clear, but slick and icy conditions still exist.”
“…a nice guy named Dave help pull me out without knowing I was a player.”
“We’ve got to get up there and learn. There’s no other way to do it.”
“We haven’t seen that amount of stings over the weekend in a very long period of time.”
“Motown was about music for all people – white and black, blue and green, cops and the robbers. I was reluctant to have our music alienate anyone.”
Gordy who #OTD in 1959 at age 30 began Motown Records (originally called Tamla Records) with an $800 loan from his family. The Detroit music label would go on to discover & create music with legendary artists like Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, & Stevie Wonder.
We don’t know *exactly* how many illegal immigrants live in the U.S. or their impact on crime, but here’s a look at three popular studies often cited by the media and politicians alike.
DHS says population grew to 12M in 2015 – up from 11.6M in 2010 & 10.5M in 2005.
Researchers found there were as few as 16M & as many as 29M.
Using the U.S. prison population, Cato found illegal immigrants are 44% LESS likely to be incarcerated vs. citizens based on incarceration rates of illegal immigrants (0.85%) & citizens (1.53%).
We don't know *exactly* how many illegal immigrants live in the U.S. and this casts a long shadow on all illegal immigration data. Also, an important reminder: the number of visa overstays (those who stay in America passed when they have permission) is higher than those apprehended at the U.S. Southern Border.
The aviator departs from Hawaii & 18 hours later becomes the first person to fly solo from the Hawaiian islands to California.
Although Amelia became the first woman to fly across the Atlantic solo, the accomplishment of being the first person ever to fly from Honolulu to Oakland was arguably a bigger accomplishment.
Its a longer trip, more time over the water, with potentially more risk to the pilot.
“The night I found over the Pacific was a night of stars. They seemed to rise from the sea and hang outside my cockpit window, near enough to touch, until hours later they slipped away into the dawn.”
Amelia didn't just fly. She also created a fashion line for “the woman who lives actively" that included flight suits for female aviators and wrinkle-free clothing for the woman traveler.
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