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Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis’ Career as a Preservationist

November 5, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

By Phin Upham

Most people today remember Jackie Kennedy as the wife of John F. Kennedy, but few outside of New York will remember her prolific career as a preservationist. She’d remarried to a Greek man named Aristotle Onassis, but he passed away seven years later. Because the couple lived in Greece, Jacqueline was severely limited in the amount of money she could claim as his widow.

She left the country with $26 million and returned home. She’d had a background in French literature, and she’d helped consult for several biographies on President Kennedy’s life, so she took a job as a book editor. After the assassination, Jackie had taken a step away from the public eye and intended to keep things that way. She’d also made the preservation of historic homes an important goal of her time as first lady.

That spark never left her, and she worked at preserving our collective cultural heritage by protecting the buildings this country was founded on. She fought hard to protect Grand Central Terminal, and blocked the skyscraper planned for Columbus Circle that would have threatened sunlight shining in Central Park.

Onassis’ deep appreciation for literature also led to important contributions. She helped to edit Larry Gonick’s The Cartoon History of the Universe, encouraged the African American writer Dorothy West to finish her story The Wedding in 1995. Both authors acknowledge Onassis’ contributions in their respective books.

Onassis was a three-pack-a-day smoker, so she was diagnosed with lymphoma in January of 1994. The outlook appeared to go well after she quit smoking, but the cancer was aggressive and spread quickly. She died in her sleep on May 19, 1994.


About the Author: Phin Upham is an investor at a family office/ hedgefund, where he focuses on special situation illiquid investing. Before this position, Phin Upham was working at Morgan Stanley in the Media and Telecom group. You may contact Phin on his Phin Upham website or Facebook page.

Dan White and the Twinkie Defense

October 2, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

By Phin Upham

Dan White and Harvey Milk clashed frequently, and publicly, over issues that divided the communities of San Francisco. Hardly anti-gay, White had voted pro-gay on several important issues, what seemed to push White over the edge was what he saw as betrayal.

Milk and San Francisco Mayor George Moscone both gave White the political cold shoulder after White left his chair on the city’s Board of Supervisors. White had expected Moscone to reappoint him, but Milk campaigned publicly for him to be denied a seat. At the time, Dianne Feinstein was a relative unknown and this incident helped her campaign to become San Francisco’s first female mayor some legs.

White shot mayor Moscone in a private meeting in Moscone’s office. Feinstein witnessed him leave and called out to him, to which his response was “I have something to do first.” He found Milk near White’s old office and asked the man to step inside for a private meeting. Not knowing what was in store for him, Milk agreed.

White shot Milk five times, the fourth being the killing shot.

His defense at trial was a little absurd, and led to the coining of the derisive phrase “Twinkie Defense.” Essentially, White’s attorney’s argued that his high-sugar diet had put White into a state of depression. If that sounds too crazy to hold up in court, that’s because it is. Since then, legal strategies that have this kind of strange approach have been labeled “Twinkie” defense strategies. Although, it’s worth noting that the Twinkie itself was not legally responsible for White’s outbursts, a fact that his defense team acknowledged.


About the Author: Phin Upham is an investor at a family office/ hedgefund, where he focuses on special situation illiquid investing. Before this position, Phin Upham was working at Morgan Stanley in the Media and Telecom group. You may contact Phin on his Phin Upham website or Facebook page.

Republicans don’t want women earning as much as men!

January 29, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

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Apparently Republicans don’t want women to earn as much as men working the same job. Apparently the Republicans have a problem with women? Any chance the democrats are spreading out this rhetoric in advance of a Hillary Clinton run? I mean Hillary will surely get a huge chunk of the female vote and many of those votes will be just because she is a woman – which scares me. Let’s vote for the best candidate and maybe that’s Hillary and maybe it’s not. But, the democrats have good reason to make every woman believe Republicans don’t stand up for women. Women represent more than 50% of the population. Hillary will win by a landslide if this sort of propaganda is believed.

Women earn 77 cents on the dollar compared to their male counterparts. Do you really believe that only Republicans own businesses? And that it’s Republicans that creates that? This is a phenomenon that crosses both parties when It comes to employment. I don’t even consider myself a Republican. I just have a problem with phony politics.

The Problems with Fish Farms

December 10, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Posted by Phin Upham

“Aquaculture’s Troubled Harvest” by Bruce Barcott is an article about the fish farms throughout Broughton Archipelago, British Columbia. These remote islands “scattered through hundreds of miles of fjords,” were at first interested in the idea of getting fish farms. According to the article, they believed it would benefit the community by providing jobs and attracting new residents. At the time the area’s wild salmon runs were dying, and farmers promised not to farm the natural runs.

However, the article describes the many serious problems that arose after the fish farms came to town. Some of the problems associated with fish farms — no matter where they are located – include the pollution caused by the farms, such as farm muck, decayed salmon carcasses, and antiparasitics. The farmers said that the fish wouldn’t escape the pens, but they did. As a result, the fish from the farms enter the wild and compete with wild fish

Overall, it’s a thorough article about the fish farm industry. It covers how it started and how it grew into such a booming industry. And finally, it describes the many problems with the industry

Read the entire article: http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2001/11/aquacultures-troubled-harvest

The Law Offices Of Lee Braunstein

June 17, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

They strive every second to achieve success and achieve complete satisfaction of clients.  The Lee Braunstein law offices offer highly reliable services to their clients who are injured at their work place and for any other loss occurred because of poor working conditions.

A disabled worker can no longer be fit enough to go for working again. In such conditions paying compensation to such persons is the most ideal justice one can give them. The New York State workers compensation attorneys is one such firm that helps injured persons in getting compensation. They extend every possible help for such people. They also offer attorney services in getting long term disability claims by people who sustained serious accidents.

The employees and other professionals of nys workers compensation are well aquatinted with all rules and regulations. These thoroughly experienced professionals make it quite easy for the clients to get their deserved compensation. The firm has been offering services for over 25 years now. They also deal with cases which were turned down earlier.

Any employee who injured by meeting with an accident at work place can contact the firm for getting compensation.  The new york workers compensation attorney personal are always ready to attend such clients. In the present scenario where it is highly difficult to get hold of a strong attorney services firm. The social security attorneys at the law offices of Lee Braunstein stand high with great success rate.

Why Hire A California Tax Lawyer

April 23, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

For many the thought of looking for a tax lawyer in Los Angeles may currently be the farthest thing from your mind. However, if you have recently received a notice from the IRS about delinquent taxes or offshore accounts it may be time to hire a professional to look into the problem and to help resolve it before it gets out of hand.

By hiring a California tax lawyer you give yourself the help needed to resolve any pending legal and tax issues as quickly as possible and prevent any future ones from occurring. The longer that you put off dealing with your current tax issues the bigger and more costly the problem will become. For those that fail to pay their taxes on time or to report offshore taxes often face harsher penalties than normal.

You should take consider using a free consultation with a tax attorney Orange County to at least listen to what they can do for you. The longer that you avoid the problem the bigger that it will become but by choosing to hire one of the lawyers here you will be able to quickly address any and all allegations against you and to correct any issues. Keep in mind that it can be a lengthy process but with reputable attorney representing you they will be with you the entire way from start to finish. The price that you will spend on your attorney will only be a fraction of the cost that you will pay in the long run for legal fees and penalties if you do not take care of your tax problems now.

Finding a Tax Lawyer in Los Angeles

March 25, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

If you have been going through some issues with your taxes and you live in Los Angeles then you should definitely try looking online for the right tax lawyer in Los Angeles. There are various resources online that will provide you with the location, business phone number, and hours of the of a tax lawyer in Los Angeles. You could also fill out online forms for someone to call you back with a quote for help.

Tax attorneys in Los Angeles

If you need to locate tax attorney in Los Angeles you can search the various different ones by narrowing down your search for those that live in your area of Los Angeles. You might even ask someone about the tax attorney in Los Angeles or search for online reviews from people that have used certain attorneys before. This way you would know which tax attorney would be best for you.

Tax Attorneys California

Tax issues could have something to do with the IRS auditing your taxes and you could face criminal charges based on something that was not your fault. Whether it was or wasn’t tax attorneys California should be able to help you in this stressful situation. You could be under criminal investigation is the IRS or the U.S. is asking for your bank records, and then is when you should consider hiring tax attorneys California because if you try to settle the issue on your own you could end up with deeper issues.

Kill Switch on Hold for Gulf Oil Well

August 17, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Environmentalists will be disappointed with the news today regarding the destructive Gulf of Mexico oil well. The final “kill” plan that was supposed to completely seal of the well has been put on hold due to certain concerns that have arisen.

Since its explosion in April, the well has cause massive economic and environmental issues for the U.S. and Gulf coast residents. BP, the owner of the rig, has been battling to shut down the well and provide relief to the residents at the same time. Last month a temporary sealing cap was installed and since then no oil has leaked through. The final phase of permanently sealing the well by using the cap was to have begun by this time.

The plan for the “kill” switch was to drill an intercept well; this would then be used to pump “mud” (a heavy drilling fluid) and cement in-between the layers of the temporary cap. The result was expected to be a permanent fix to the leaking well. However, suspicions have arisen as to whether oil coul have leaked into the space where the mud and cement were supposed to go. If this is so, then pumping the mix in with the oil could not only fail to set a permanent cap, it could also cause a high pressure zone which would then break the cap and bring everything back to square one.

A study is now underway to determine if there is any oil trapped within the cap and also to determine what course of action should be taken if it is found to be so.

Obama to Mosque Builders – “Yes you can”

August 17, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

There seems to be nothing President Barack Obama can do to stop controversy following him. The latest issue seems to be his support for a mosque to be built. This sounds rather innocent and innocuous enough doesn’t it? Now add the fact that the location is in New York and two blocks away from Ground Zero and the picture becomes clearer.

Obama is acting from the viewpoint of the First Amendment which protects freedom of religion. But almost everyone else seems to be acting from an emotional point of view with very little rationality. Although the bombing of the WTC was conducted by Islamist extremists, the religion in itself cannot be blamed for the actions and interpretations of some men. As a result, penalizing peaceful followers of the faith is unfair.

However, the Republicans and some Democrats don’t seem to see it that way. The GOP claims that Obama is out of touch with Americans and the dissident Democrats say that the President is causing confusion at a crucial time. Both parties seem to overlook the fact that two mosques have been located in the vicinity of Ground Zero for decades. On mosque is 12 blocks away and the other is only 4 blocks away.

But there are voices of reason, like New York congressman Jerrold Nadler. The congressman stated that it was absurd to ask the government to rule on whether or not there should be a mosque near Ground Zero because it was none of their business.

How to Start a Petition

July 27, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Everyone feels passionate about something or other in their life at some point. Taking action sometimes requires petitioning. Here are some simple tips on how to go about the process of starting a petition.

• First of all put the issue into words. This will be your opening statement in the petition. Don’t worry if it sounds bad the first time, it will require some rewriting and editing before it is actually printed out.

Describe the problem that is being faced, why it is a problem and why people should do something about it.
• Present your ideas for a solution clearly and concisely. They can be radical but they need to have some logic in them if you want to win people over.

• Be careful of your tone in the whole petition; be passionate but not angry. Remember, you are trying to win people over and /or trying to galvanize them into action. If you come across as an angry person throughout the entire spiel, you may not be taken seriously.

• Present you evidence. Photographs, documents, audio recordings, video recordings etc., whatever it is try and present the most damning evidence possible. In the case of audio and video this might be a little difficult, if you are out and about, but not impossible by any means.

• Depending on what kind of issue it is, you will have to change your method of collecting signatures. For example if it is an extremely localized problem, a door-to-door signature collection campaign is more than enough. You can also set up signing tables in malls, send out teams to collect signatures or even use mobile (vehicle based) broadcasting and signature collecting if your cause demands it; however, all of this depends on the size of the problem and the area it is affecting.

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