Saturday, August 29, 2009

DJ AM dies @ 36 Remembering his music

DJ AM, 36 the celebrity DJ with a history of drug addiction was found dead in his apartment. The circumstances surrounding his death remain unclear .Yep that’s what all the headlines are going to say ,but there was a lot more to DJ AM than just another sad story of a young person who succumb to drugs .Looking back its now even more ominous when , he was badly hurt last year in a South Carolina plane crash that killed four people and seriously injured rocker Travis Barker.

In another twist of irony DJ AM, whose real name was Adam Goldstein, was to star on MTV’s reality show, "Gone Too Far," in October were he and the concerned families staged interventions in the lives of drug abusers.

But club goers near and far will most remember DJ AM not for his fight with drug addiction or even that he is one of the characters in Activision's "DJ Hero”,but what DJ AM meant to a dance floor packed to the beat creating those one of a kind interwoven mashups on the one and two's and the positive powerfull influence his music meant to people; Rest in Peace .

Friday, August 28, 2009

The National Endowment for the Arts initiated a "call to action?"

"The National Endowment for the Arts initiated a "call to action" earlier this month for members of the art community to push President Obama's recovery agency through works that focus on health care, energy and the environment -- a troubling sign, one artist said. "

I could not agree more

Triumph des Willens (Full movie - English subbed)

Monday, August 17, 2009

Hertz Acquires, Car Sales Technology

Automoti Group is one of my blogging clients:


Online Provider of End-to-End Technology Solutions for Hertz Fleet Sales

Press Release

Source: The Hertz Corporation
On Monday August 17, 2009, 1:46 pm EDT
Companies:Hertz Global Holdings, Inc.

PARK RIDGE, NJ--(Marketwire - 08/17/09) - Hertz Global Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:HTZ - News) announced it has acquired the assets of Automoti Group, Inc., an online marketplace for consumers to directly purchase used cars at discounted prices. Automoti's end-to-end solutions are currently utilized by the Hertz Rent2Buy program which enables consumers to rent a car for up to three days prior to purchase. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.

Mark P. Frissora, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Hertz, commenting on the acquisition, said, "A key element to Hertz's reengineering has been its fleet sales, with an overall strategy of diversifying the sales channels used to sell vehicles. provides user-friendly technology that will enable Hertz to leverage an e-commerce platform to further develop our Rent2Buy program. By acquiring Automoti's technology, we will now own the best online car sales system, enabling Hertz to pre-sell vehicles while still on rent which will increase the revenue earned per vehicle sold."

The transaction provides Hertz with the rights to the Automoti website and technology platform and intellectual and tangible property pertaining to the platform.

John Thomas, Executive Vice President, Global Supply Chain Management of Hertz, said, "Hertz's newly developed Rent2Buy program is a fast-growing retail sales channel designed to be customer friendly, with a 3-day, try-before-you-buy test drive. Through Hertz Rent2Buy, we can extend our product offering by providing customers with a financially attractive solution for purchasing late model used vehicles in a simple, streamlined way."

Car buyers interested in a quality, used vehicle simply need to select and reserve a vehicle of their choice for up to three days at If the customer decides to buy the car, they keep it, complete the purchase process and the rental cost is credited against the purchase price of the car. If the customer decides not to buy the car, they return it to the renting location and the transaction is treated like a standard rental. Hertz Rent2Buy provides customers with substantial savings off of retail prices and a no hassle, one price buying experience. Hertz Rent2Buy is currently available in 8 states: Alaska, California, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and New York, the Company plans to quickly expand the program to other states in the coming months.

The Hertz Corporation (, a subsidiary of Hertz Global Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:HTZ - News), is the world's largest general use car rental brand, operating from approximately 8,000 locations in 145 countries worldwide. Hertz is the number one airport car rental brand in the U.S. and at 42 major airports in Europe, operating both corporate and licensee locations in cities and airports in North America, Europe, Latin America, Australia and New Zealand. In addition, the Company has licensee locations in cities and airports in Africa, Asia, and the Middle East. Product and service initiatives such as Hertz #1 Club Gold�, NeverLost� customized, onboard navigation systems, SIRIUS Satellite Radio, and unique cars and SUVs offered through the company's Prestige, Fun and Green Collections, set Hertz apart from the competition. In 2008, the Company launched Connect by Hertz, entering the global car sharing market in London, New York City and Paris. Hertz also operates one of the world's largest equipment rental businesses, Hertz Equipment Rental Corporation, offering a diverse line of equipment, including tools and supplies, as well as new and used equipment for sale, to customers ranging from major industrial companies to local contractors and consumers from approximately 350 branches in the United States, Canada, China, France and Spain.

The 70's Generation, "the Generation that never made it".

like most generations coming to age in a particular time period that era has a way of effecting ones out look throughout that rest of there life. In the 1920's it was the devil make care attitude ,in the 1930's the great depression ,in the 1940's it was world war two and the greatest generation ,in the 50's it was moving to suburbia ,in the 1960's it was the anti war counter culture ad wanting to change the world . These generational experiences have a way of effecting the majority of that generation shaping there experience and the way we think about the world . In the 1970 's oil shocks ,stagflation, international terrorism ,military failure ,stagflation ,the misery index, high divorce rate ,high drug and alcohol use ,the hang over from the sixties all lead to one over riding principle for the 70's generation FAILURE and the 70's generation became the generation that never really made it .

With this failure came the litany of kook conspiracy theories ,and inability to see a benevolence in the universe ,a feeling that things larger then onself were working against us . That malevolent forces beyond our control were conspiring against us. That we were helpless in the face of doom .Not trusting the markets nor the government but looking to punish and spread the misery equally far and wide, the 70's generation embrace totalitarian socialism or communism to a greater degree than anyone since the 1930's.

As the 70's generation grew up it brought incompetence and disaster and mostly failure in its wake , from ENRON, the mutual fund debacle ,to the current banking and finance disaster to the destruction of wall street ,the 70's folks have unleashed a cataclysm of disaster and failure on to the rest of us. Remember these people still think good old stagflation Jimmy Carter was a good president?

So why do I keep harping on this day in and day out ,well any economist worth his salt would admit that one of the strongest cyclical driving forces in an economy are demographics and given the most economic activity is driven by business creation and house hold formation it can be noted that from time to time an economy is blessed with demographics that favor these to factors ,but what we find in the 70's generation is a proclivity for neither. My last reunion told the whole story ,as i am told nearly half the graduating class of 1980 had never been married . I found this simply astonishing given we came from a very upper middle class place with a "first rate education".

No don’t get me wrong every generation has its successes and failures but some generations seem to produce more of the latter .

there is more to come....

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Tuesday, August 4, 2009