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By Neil Rubenstein
Observer columnist 

Oprah Winfrey Is Richer Than Trump


February 22, 2018

What’s happening with the mosquito borne virus known as Zika?

According to Bloomberg Oprah Winfrey age 63 has a net worth of $3.7 billion while President Trump, age 71 is worth $2.9 billion.

Can you believe its been four years that MH 370, a Malaysian passenger jet carrying 239 people from Kuala Lompur to Beijing disappeared? Malaysia signed a deal last month to pay an American seabed exploration firm up to $70 million if they can find the aircraft within 90 days of starting a new search in the Southern Indian ocean.

Trials should begin soon on a single infusion of a virus containing two hand-picked genes that restored normal blood sugar levels in mice with type 1 diabetes. Experiments yielded brief improvements in mice, but effects cold last longer in humans.

April 3rd will soon be here and unless you vote absentee the polls will be open to elect a person to fill the unexpired term of Sebastian Ridley-Thomas. Then one-week later Culver City voters will elect two people for city council. Some might wonder why two elections so close together and I overheard a rumor that jut might be correct. For the first time in a long time the Republicans are really worried about loosing a majority on our city council. The Progressives need but one victory to take control and slow down all the developers’ crazy ideas to convert our town into Brooklyn West. People in city hall, rumor has it were a mite concerned when they saw a group of Trumpites sneaking through the back aisles to get to a very shush hush meeting where the drapes covered the windows. Perhaps I shouldn’t blow their alleged plans, but I will-the April 3rd Assembly ballot doesn’t man much to the Conservatives, but the City Council is the big prize, so our adversary needs to hold down Democrats from participating. Don’t be fooled. Richard Nixon would be proud. So, vote in both elections.

Theodorsia and I saw at the Senior Center and the Mayme Clayton Museum. Agents of Change, an Award-Winning film by Frank Dawson and Abby Ginzberg. During the 1960’s, as the Civil Rights and Black Power movements made national headlines, a less well-known struggle was taking place on college campuses from San Francisco State in California to Cornell University in upstate New York. Through the stories of the young men and women who were at the forefront of these efforts, Agents of Change examines the untold story of the racial conditions on college campuses and in the country that led to these protests. Today, over 45 years later, many of the same demands are surfacing in campus protests across the country, revealing how much work remains to be done. For more information: ( (Frank Dawson) ( .

Good paying jobs are getting harder to find, but how about our friends at Long Beach City College who are looking for people to enroll for an apprenticeship as a diesel mechanic or technician. The 10-week program is free. Interested students must attend an orientation session, take a screening test and complete a pair of interviews to be accepted in the apprentice program LBCC plans to convene 4 classes with a maximum of 15 students each. Orientation meetings are scheduled to take place at 2 p.m. January 23 and at 2 p.m. February 6 both in room 129. Building 0-2 at the College’s Liberal Arts Campus 4900 Conant St. Long Beach (562) 938-3248 or ( Although orientation meetings have passed, call and see when the next phase will open.

There is a whole boat load of people who don’t want to go to Alaska or Orlando or New York or even Los Angeles international Airport. So, for those who believe LAX is a zoo, why not scamper down to the Long Beach Airport after June 1, 2018 and fly to the Aloha State on Hawaiian Airlines.

I first met Mayor James Butts of Inglewood many years ago when my hair was dark brown, sported a mustache and represented Culver City at International Airport. A major focus of mine was trying to get at least one female hired by the City of Los Angeles as a Police/Fire person at Ontario Airport. Butts was the number two persons in airport security and was helpful. I hope he and others will name their new exciting Senior Center for Congresswoman Maxine Waters. Can anyone deny for all he has done for the City of Inglewood he should be named America’s Mayor of the year.

Germany started enforcing a new law that requires social media networks to deal with hate speech within 24 hours.

Vietnam recently launched a cyber unit to rebut critics of the government on social media. Dubbed Force 47 the team has 10,000 people scanning posts for “Wrong Views”.

The average American is expected to eat a record 222.2 pounds of red meat and poultry this year according to the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture. Prices are staying low and more people are turning to high protein diets.

If you bought Petroleo Brasileiro ADRs you must be all smiles as they agreed to pay $3 billion to settle a U.S. Class Action by investors who claimed they lost money, because of the company’s wide-ranging corruption scandal. Petrobras denied wrongdoing.

I just know our Culver City Police reads the Observer from cover to cover so when I suggest the law enforcement people read U.S.A. Today (January 14, 2018) they will soon discover drones disappear and cannot be flown over 400 feet.

For those who missed an article, all my commentaries can be found at; strolling down the page and underneath Opinion look for Rubenstein.


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