“Without Notes” with Michael Levine -The Rabbi and the Rascal -Part 1:The Rascal

Editor’s Note: Michael Levine does an in-depth interview with the Rabbi and the Rascal. Rabbi Asher Gottsman “The Rabbi” and Robert Sanchez “The Rascal” make up this fascinating real-life Odd Couple story. A reformed gang member and his spiritual mentor a Jewish Rabbi and how they have affected each other for the better. I Part 1 we hear about the Rascal’s background and how he got into the gang lifestyle.

 




Michael Levine…For Consideration

Michael Levine...A Thought For Consideration

30% of books denying climate change published between 1982 and 2010 were self-published, 61% were written or edited by people without scientific credentials in climate science, 90% did not undergo peer review, and none were published by a university press.

—Michael Levine, best-selling author and media expert,  www.MichaelLevineMedia.com




Michael Levine…For Consideration

MIchael Levine - For Your ConsiderationScientists who posted selfies on Instagram were rated as being warmer, more trustworthy, and no less competent than scientists who posted pictures of scientific objects or equipment.

Michael Levine (best-selling author and media expert) www.MichaelLevineMedia.com 




Michael Levine…For Consideration

“Coming of age in modern life is getting, well, expensive. According to the most recent data (compiled by Visa in 2015), the average prom attendee spends $919 on the likes of tickets, dresses and tuxes, haircuts, shoes, jewelry, makeup, manicures, corsages, tanning, transportation, dinner, and post-prom activities.” 

Michael Levine (best-selling author and media expert) www.MichaelLevineMedia.com 




Michael Levine…For Consideration

Facing backlash from those who say cashless stores discriminate against the poor and unbanked, Amazon will soon accept cash at its automated stores. 6.5% of U.S. households (or 8.4 million) are considered unbanked. Without credit cards or bank accounts, those people are unable to shop at cashless stores. Amazon currently operates 10 cash-free Amazon Go convenience stores…and there are more on the way. Bloomberg reported last fall the company could open as many as 3,000 Amazon Go stores by 2021.

But the political winds are changing. Earlier this spring, both the city of Philadelphia and the state of New Jersey passed laws that’ll require retailers to take cash. There’s no timeline for when Amazon will begin accepting  in its locations. But this is a major strategic shift for Amazon’s brick-and-mortar plans, which were built almost exclusively around being cash- and cashier-free.

Michael Levine (best-selling author and media expert) www.MichaelLevineMedia.com 




Michael Levine…For Consideration

“Consumers are more likely to order food from healthy dining concepts when the menu font looks handwritten, and they’re also more likely to share about the experience on social media, according to an Ohio State University study.

The opposite was true with menus for traditional, nonseasonal restaurants, researchers found.” —— Media expert and author Michael Levine, www.MichaelLevineMedia.com




Michael Levine…For Consideration

For Consideration - Michael Levine“As communicators, we would be wise to pay attention to the ballooning wellness industry, which consists of more than just Goop-loving moondust aficionados.   ***The meditation market alone is worth $1.2 billion.   ***And the national meditation rate has tripled over the past five years. The number of U.S. adults meditating will surpass those practicing yoga in two years, per the CDC.”

— Michael Levine, www.MichaelLevineMedia.com and best-selling author “Broken Windows, Broken Business”




Without Notes – Hosted by Michael Levine…with Robert Shapiro – Episode 3

Editor’s Note: In Episode 3, we continue the conversation with the legendary defense attorney, Robert Shapiro, who is most recognized for being part of the “Dream Team” that successfully defended O. J. Simpson in 1995, from the charges that he murdered his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend, Ron Goldman.  Click here to watch Episode 1. Click here to watch Episode 2.  

This episode is about the heart-breaking story of Robert Shapiro’s son and his battle with drug abuse, a deeply important topic that carries a message we believe all of you should hear. Shapiro opens up as never before about the tragedy.

 

 




Without Notes – Hosted by Michael Levine…with Robert Shapiro – Episode 2: Becoming an Attorney

Editor’s Note: In Episode 2, we continue the conversation with the legendary defense attorney, Robert Shapiro, who is most recognized for being part of the “Dream Team” that successfully defended O. J. Simpson in 1995, from the charges that he murdered his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend, Ron Goldman.  Click here to watch Episode 1.




Without Notes – Hosted by Michael Levine…Robert Shapiro, Legendary Defense Attorney (VIDEO)

Episode 1

Editor’s Note: In Episode 1, we invite you to meet the legendary defense attorney, Robert Shapiro, who is most recognized for being part of the “Dream Team” that successfully defended O. J. Simpson in 1995, from the charges that he murdered his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend, Ron Goldman.  

 




Without Notes – Hosted by Michael Levine…Tom Girardi (VIDEO)

Episode 1: The Early Years

Editor’s Note:  We invite you to meet the legendary attorney who built a case against Pacific Gas & Electric after a contaminated leakage caused Hinkley, California residents to experience incidents of cancer and other diseases. The iconic case was the inspiration for the film “Erin Brockovich” starring Julia Roberts. In Episode 1, Girardi candidly discuses his family and his early years before law.  As always, we appreciate your feedback and hope you enjoy the show.




Michael Levine…..For Consideration

Americans Spend More on Taxes Than Food and Clothing CombinedOUTRAGEOUS! Americans Spend More on Taxes Than Food and Clothing Combined

Americans on average spent more on taxes in 2016 than they did on food and clothing combined, according to data released this week by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The same data also shows that in three years—from 2013 to 2016—the average tax bill for Americans increased 41.13 percent. In 2016, according to BLS, “consumer units” (which include families, financially independent individuals, and people living in a single household who share expenses) spent more on average on federal, state and local taxes ($10,489) than they did on food ($7,203) and clothing ($1,803) combined ($9,006). The average tax bill for American “consumer units” increased from $7,423 in 2013 to $10,489 in 2016, according to data released this week by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The tax-and-spending data was collected as part of the BLS’s Consumer Expenditure Survey, which is conducted for the BLS by the Census Bureau. The survey measures the expenditures and incomes of American consumers. “Burdened taxpayers need to grasp that politicians, both parties, are like junkies who can’t stop spending and taxing. Ever!” said media expert and author Michael Levine. “No matter what, they always, always, always want just a little more and create endlessly creative ways filled with pretty words dedicated to separating you from your money.”




Michael Levine…..For Consideration

Big Brands Shun Straight, White Britain in their Adverts, Notes Media Expert

Big Brands Shun Straight, White Britain in their Adverts, Notes Media Expert Michael LevineAccording to media expert and author Michael Levine (www.MichaelLevineMedia.com) advertisers in England are so worried about being accused of racism or homophobia that they are shying away from using images of white people and straight couples. “British marketing departments are even putting diversity above relevance to their target audience to avoid accusations of bigotry” said Levine.  “A third of advertisers questioned said they had used fewer white models and heterosexual couples over the past year. More than a third of these said they were taking this approach to “prevent perceived discrimination” reported Levine.




Michael Levine…..For Consideration

Michael Levine…..For ConsiderationCOMMENTARY by Michael Levine (Media expert and author – www.MichaelLevineMedia.com): A fascinating finding about the 2016 is that voters who never left, or remain close to, their hometowns tended to vote for Trump, while those who moved away were inclined to support Hillary Clinton. Among voters for Clinton, 27 percent lived in their hometown and 43 percent lived 2 hours or more away from their hometown; among Trump supporters, 36 percent lived in their hometown and 37 percent lived 2 or more hours away.




Michael Levine…..For Consideration

“Connections between the right and left sides of the brain are faster in left-handed people. This means information is transferred faster, making left-handers more efficient in dealing with multiple stimuli and using both sides of the brain more easily.” —Michael Levine, media expert and best-selling author,  www.MichaelLevineMedia.com.




Michael Levine…..For Consideration

Michael Levine For ConsiderationLBN-COMMENTARY by Michael Levine (Media expert and author —www.MichaelLevineMedia.com): As a communications expert, I think it is worth noting that today is the anniversary of the first “Fireside Chat” by US President Franklin Delano Roosevelt (1933). The “fireside chats” were a series of informal radio speeches delivered by president Roosevelt beginning in 1933, when the US was in the midst of the Great Depression and a third of Americans were unemployed. With his calm manner and simple way of explaining issues, Roosevelt discussed such issues as the banking crisis, the New Deal program, and the drought. During WWII, he reported on the progress of the war and discussed national defense.




Michael Levine: A Thought For Consideration

Michael Levine- A Thought For ConsiderationContent Marketing is a type of marketing that involves the creation and sharing of online material (such as videos, blogs, and social media posts) that does not explicitly promote a brand but is intended to stimulate interest in its products or services. To deny it’s power in today’s media world is like being a proud member of the “Flat Earth Society”.  

—  Michael Levine ( Media expert and author – www.MichaelLevineMedia.com)




Michael Levine…..For Consideration

Michael Levine“C is the new A. 

F is the new C.” — Best-selling author and media expert Michael Levine (www.MichaelLevineMedia.com)




Michael Levine…..For Consideration

MIchael Levine - For Your ConsiderationCOMMENTARY by Michael Levine (Media expert and author — www.MichaelLevineMedia.com ) : When the mind recalls a memory, it’s not the original memory. In fact, the act of remembering is an act of creative re-imagination. The put-together memory doesn’t just have a few holes; it also has some entirely new bits pasted in.




Michael Levine…..For Consideration

michael-levine-reportsCOMMENTARY by Michael Levine (Media expert and author – www.MichaelLevineMedia.com): During surveillance of shoplifters, researchers note that thieves will try to hide their physical presence by restricting their motions and by limiting their head exposure by raising the shoulders and lowering the head, as in a “turtle effect.” Most people walk around the store with their arms quite active and their posture upright.