Neil Siskind’s Poetry

A Truth Of Life

The life in wait of fair and right,
is life not lived in truthful light,
is life that’s lived in dark of night,
and life that’s blind, unblessed with sight.
Insist and wait for right and fair,
the sole and only one to care,
with pride inside, you’d bravely dare,
but long you’d wait- with no one there.

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George Washington’s Connection To The Neil S. Siskind Nature Preserve

Adolphus Philipse, son of a wealthy owner, Frederick Philipse, who emigrated to New York (then, New Netherlands) from The Netherlands, purchased a large track of land in 1697 from Dutch traders (who bought it from several Wiccopee chiefs), which land was Royally sanctioned as the Highland Patent. Subsequently known as the Philipse Patent, upon Adolphus’ death, the land passed to his nephew Frederick Philipse II. Upon Frederick II’s death in 1751, the land passed to Frederick II’s son, Philip Philipse, and his three daughters, one of whom was Mary Philipse (married to British Colonel, Roger Morris), who is believed to have lived with George Washington during the Revolutionary War and with whom she is believed to have engaged in an affair, as described in the new novel, George and Mary (Washington’s wife was living in Virginia for her safety).

Following the end of the Revolutionary War, New York state seized all of the Philipse family’s land holdings, including the Philipse Patent, because Frederick III, Mary’s brother, sided with the British and left New York for England in 1783- even though Frederick III was not an owner of any of the Philipse Patent land. The land was auctioned-off and divided in 200 parcels, all of which, together, formed modern day Putnam County. Philipstown is, of course, named after the Philipse family.

The Neil S. Siskind Nature Preserve comprises over 8 acres of the waterfront portion of the Philipse family’s former land known as the Philipse Patent.

 

 

Large Companies Are Good For Large Companies- Unless … By NEIL SISKIND

As companies in all industries grow larger and larger as their need for scale is greater and greater, and as margins and consumer incomes go lower and lower (or stay stuck), customers suffer from less and less customer service and lower and lower levels customer care.

Smaller companies are put out of business by the large companies, leaving consumers little choice.

Consumers patronize large companies because they often offer lower prices- often along with worse service.

Largeness of companies benefits those large companies- but, not consumers, unless they offer consumers lower prices- and this is not always the case.

For example, real estate brokerages are growing larger and larger as the large companies absorb local agencies. How does this benefit the consumer?

It doesn’t. The scale has not reduced the commission rates- or offered better service.

 

Neil S. Siskind, Esq., President
The Siskind Law Firm
Tel: 646.530.0006

Neil Siskind is the Founder & Chairman of The Fatherhood Assignment
Neil-Siskind-photo
Learn more at:  http://www.neil-siskind-the-fatherhood-assignment.org/

Neil Siskind is the Conservator of the Neil S. Siskind Nature Preserve
Neil-Siskind-Picture

The Neil S. Siskind Nature Preserve is over 8 acres of environmentally-pristine waterfront land in a magnificent setting along New York’s majestic Hudson River. The Preserve includes a variety of species of animal and plant life, and is a precious example of the thoughtful maintenance of New York’s priceless open spaces. The land’s uses are limited to outdoor recreation such as hiking and climbing, and the study of ecology, nature and land use. The Neil S. Siskind Nature Preserve allows for the intelligent contemplation of our valuable natural resources and the most effective ways to maximize them and keep them protected.

Neil Siskind, Founder, “National Fatherhood Day” – March 29th

Neil-Siskind-pics
To encourage recognition of the needs of boys and girls who are living without fathers or father-figures in their lives.

Read about the non-profits and charities whose missions Neil Siskind supports and promotes: www.neilsiskindsupports.com
Caring is Free®

You can read what clients and associates say about Neil Siskind at: http://siskindlawfirm.com/neil-siskind-bio/.

Neil Siskind’s Volunteer Work:

– Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Volunteer

– Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, My Fundraiser- Help Neil Siskindhelp children with cancer to be more comfortable: http://mskcc.convio.net/site/TR?px=3182108&fr_id=2632&pg=personal

– Make-A Wish Foundation- Help Neil Siskind make sick children’s wishes come true by creating your own fundraiser: Neil-Siskind/Help-Make-A-Child-Smile.htm

– DonorsChoose.org- Donate to one of my needy public classrooms: http://www.donorschoose.org/NeilSiskindGiving

– Champion Children– We seek to inspire people through stories of children who have overcome challenges: http://siskindlawfirm.com/neil-siskind-champion-children/


Neil Siskind’s Pro Bono
 Work:

– Saving Senior Citizens- Protecting New York’s senior citizens from fraud and financial abuse www.savingseniorcitizens.com

– Senior FreeStart Business– Pro Bono: We seek to help put senior citizens in the right direction so that they can face the challenges of the modern economy: http://siskindlawfirm.com/free-start-business/

– Veteran FreeStart Business– Pro Bono: We seek to help put Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans in the right direction so that they can face the challenges of the modern economy: http://siskindlawfirm.com/free-start-business/

– In development: The Neil S. Siskind School of Hope: A free school to teach inner-city youths the skills of entrepreneurship and importance of economic self-sufficiency.

Neil Siskind’s Government Work:

– Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office, Boston, MA, 1994, Intern
– Office of Senator Christopher J. Dodd, Newington, CT, 1992, Intern
– Hartford County Department of Probation, Hartford, CT, 1991, Intern

Neil Siskind’s Community Assistance:

Financed & operated a legal clinic providing low-cost legal services to struggling Long Islanders during the recession to help clients resolve debt, organize finances, and launch new businesses.

Neil Siskind’s Professional Curriculum Vitae: http://neilsiskind.com/

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Neil Siskind’s Poetry

Unforeseeable Betrayal

With the fire and ire of a despot in power,
your strength denied the length of the ultimate hour.
You planted seeds filled with deeds for the loyal to sour;
and clear thinking, your secret disdain did devour … as the might of your flaws forced your judgment to cower.

Too much trust often thrust on those seemingly real,
in dark corners, concealed from adorers, are the places they steal,
eventually, what’s expected to be, replaced by bravado and zeal,
with the consequence being how a preponderance of victims would feel.

Banished to Elba to live in a cell,
like a tyrant who’s captured and in isolation’s hell;
no, not you, my sweet, ‘tis how, in defeat, my broken spirit does dwell-
while you once seemed omnipotent, your character is impotent- in so far as I can tell.

Be gone, for the soreness of an angry mob comes,
as you violate trust and as your morality numbs,
in my eyes, what survives, are just your character’s crumbs;
far away seem the days you appeared as the sun … now eclipsed by your choices that can’t be undone.

The Reason That “Snap” Keeps Snapping Along- By: NEIL SISKIND

As executive turnover at Snaps continues in a concerning way, revenues are rising, active user numbers are stabilizing, youth use is growing, losses are narrowing, and an android design is expanding.

So, ask yourself: What is the one constant at Snap as it’s numbers in all categories continue to improve?

Even Spiegel. [1]

The more the numbers improve, the greater the likelihood that Snap is acquired by a large media or technology company- especially as it convinces the market that it is not competing with Instagram and offers so much more in the way of  unique services and innovations for users.

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[1]. Ask yourself: As Facebook goes from the accusation of the initial idea for Facebook being ripped-off, to the accusation of it ripping-off Snap’s ideas, to the accusations of misappropriating user date, what is the one constant at Facebook through it all:

Mark Zuckerberg

Trademarks: Nice Try, Mazda- by NEIL SISKIND

Generally, trademarks are established and protected in either (or both) of two ways: (i) Through actual and uninterrupted use; and (ii) through registration with the USPTO.

Irrespective of the way that one goes about attempting to establish and claim exclusive rights to a trademark, the “mark” has to be “protectable”- meaning that it has to be unique (and, of course, not in use by some other person or company). The use of everyday words and phrases, by and large, won’t pass the test.

Moreover, the word or phrase on which trademark rights are being claimed must actually be regularly used in connection with a product or service. One can’t just claim a trademark, but then never actually use it as a trademark, and still be able to maintain the rights to that trademark.

More and more, companies are making television commercials where they are attempting to claim exclusive trademark rights to commonly-used words or phrases by placing the trademark notice “TM” next to that word or phrase to ensure that no other company can use such word or phrase to sell the same or similar products.

Here’s an example:

In a recent Mazda commercial, at the end of the commercial, the following phrase appears on the screen:

“Feel Alive”

Next to the phrase, there is a “TM” to indicate that Mazda is attempting to establish the phrase as its exclusive trademark for the sale of cars, with such phrase to be used exclusively by Mazda. This would mean that no other car company can say or write “feel alive” when talking about or trying to sell its cars … which, of course, is ridiculous- and such trademark would not be enforceable if Mazda challenged another car company’s use of this phrase.

The “TM” or “poor man’s trademark” is very useful if a trademark is protectable- but, it’s not magical, and can’t turn an unprotectable word or phrase into such.

The one great thing about this method of establishing a trademark is that it makes a costly and complicated concept- establishing and protecting trademarks- into a simple, cost-free task. You can’t say that too often about IP … or about the law, in general.

 

 

Neil S. Siskind, Esq., President
The Siskind Law Firm
Tel: 646.530.0006

Neil Siskind is the Founder & Chairman of The Fatherhood Assignment
Neil-Siskind-photo
Learn more at:  http://www.neil-siskind-the-fatherhood-assignment.org/

Neil Siskind is the Conservator of the Neil S. Siskind Nature Preserve
Neil-Siskind-Picture

The Neil S. Siskind Nature Preserve is over 8 acres of environmentally-pristine waterfront land in a magnificent setting along New York’s majestic Hudson River. The Preserve includes a variety of species of animal and plant life, and is a precious example of the thoughtful maintenance of New York’s priceless open spaces. The land’s uses are limited to outdoor recreation such as hiking and climbing, and the study of ecology, nature and land use. The Neil S. Siskind Nature Preserve allows for the intelligent contemplation of our valuable natural resources and the most effective ways to maximize them and keep them protected.

Neil Siskind, Founder, “National Fatherhood Day” – March 29th

Neil-Siskind-pics
To encourage recognition of the needs of boys and girls who are living without fathers or father-figures in their lives.

Read about the non-profits and charities whose missions Neil Siskind supports and promotes: www.neilsiskindsupports.com
Caring is Free®

You can read what clients and associates say about Neil Siskind at: http://siskindlawfirm.com/neil-siskind-bio/.

Neil Siskind’s Volunteer Work:

– Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Volunteer

– Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, My Fundraiser- Help Neil Siskindhelp children with cancer to be more comfortable: http://mskcc.convio.net/site/TR?px=3182108&fr_id=2632&pg=personal

– Make-A Wish Foundation- Help Neil Siskind make sick children’s wishes come true by creating your own fundraiser: Neil-Siskind/Help-Make-A-Child-Smile.htm

– DonorsChoose.org- Donate to one of my needy public classrooms: http://www.donorschoose.org/NeilSiskindGiving

– Champion Children– We seek to inspire people through stories of children who have overcome challenges: http://siskindlawfirm.com/neil-siskind-champion-children/


Neil Siskind’s Pro Bono
 Work:

– Saving Senior Citizens- Protecting New York’s senior citizens from fraud and financial abuse www.savingseniorcitizens.com

– Senior FreeStart Business– Pro Bono: We seek to help put senior citizens in the right direction so that they can face the challenges of the modern economy: http://siskindlawfirm.com/free-start-business/

– Veteran FreeStart Business– Pro Bono: We seek to help put Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans in the right direction so that they can face the challenges of the modern economy: http://siskindlawfirm.com/free-start-business/

– In development: The Neil S. Siskind School of Hope: A free school to teach inner-city youths the skills of entrepreneurship and importance of economic self-sufficiency.

Neil Siskind’s Government Work:

– Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office, Boston, MA, 1994, Intern
– Office of Senator Christopher J. Dodd, Newington, CT, 1992, Intern
– Hartford County Department of Probation, Hartford, CT, 1991, Intern

Neil Siskind’s Community Assistance:

Financed & operated a legal clinic providing low-cost legal services to struggling Long Islanders during the recession to help clients resolve debt, organize finances, and launch new businesses.

Neil Siskind’s Professional Curriculum Vitae: http://neilsiskind.com/

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Is Jay Powell Doing An Incredible Job As Fed Chairman?- By NEIL SISKIND

Well, only history can really answer this. But, so far- the answer appears to be “yes”.

The Fed has effectively telegraphed each Fed hike. The market was always ready for what it got.

While many accuse the Fed of wavering and vacillating in past months, I say the opposite. The Fed has effectively telegraphed its slow move towards the end of the hiking cycle. The market has never misjudged where the Fed was headed.

True, that in October, 2018, the market was caught-off-guard with a hawkish comment regarding the neutral rate. But, it was not that the market found the Fed to be “surprisingly” hawkish- it was that the market found the Fed to be “excessively” hawkish.

So, while the Fed has been a bit too hawkish in tone for the market’s taste, it has (yet) to have been too hawkish in action (again, history will determine). Anyway, who can account for taste?

And now, the market and the Fed appear to be on the same page.

The U.S. economy is solid, housing prices are coming into better alignment with incomes and risk is being removed from housing markets, tighter credit is muting risky behaviors, and stock valuations are a bit more sensible.

What has Chairman Powell done wrong?

Nothing that I can see (yet).

 

 

Neil S. Siskind, Esq., President
The Siskind Law Firm
Tel: 646.530.0006

Neil Siskind is the Founder & Chairman of The Fatherhood Assignment
Neil-Siskind-photo
Learn more at:  http://www.neil-siskind-the-fatherhood-assignment.org/

Neil Siskind is the Conservator of the Neil S. Siskind Nature Preserve
Neil-Siskind-Picture

The Neil S. Siskind Nature Preserve is over 8 acres of environmentally-pristine waterfront land in a magnificent setting along New York’s majestic Hudson River. The Preserve includes a variety of species of animal and plant life, and is a precious example of the thoughtful maintenance of New York’s priceless open spaces. The land’s uses are limited to outdoor recreation such as hiking and climbing, and the study of ecology, nature and land use. The Neil S. Siskind Nature Preserve allows for the intelligent contemplation of our valuable natural resources and the most effective ways to maximize them and keep them protected.

Neil Siskind, Founder, “National Fatherhood Day” – March 29th

Neil-Siskind-pics
To encourage recognition of the needs of boys and girls who are living without fathers or father-figures in their lives.

Read about the non-profits and charities whose missions Neil Siskind supports and promotes: www.neilsiskindsupports.com
Caring is Free®

You can read what clients and associates say about Neil Siskind at: http://siskindlawfirm.com/neil-siskind-bio/.

Neil Siskind’s Volunteer Work:

– Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Volunteer

– Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, My Fundraiser- Help Neil Siskindhelp children with cancer to be more comfortable: http://mskcc.convio.net/site/TR?px=3182108&fr_id=2632&pg=personal

– Make-A Wish Foundation- Help Neil Siskind make sick children’s wishes come true by creating your own fundraiser: Neil-Siskind/Help-Make-A-Child-Smile.htm

– DonorsChoose.org- Donate to one of my needy public classrooms: http://www.donorschoose.org/NeilSiskindGiving

– Champion Children– We seek to inspire people through stories of children who have overcome challenges: http://siskindlawfirm.com/neil-siskind-champion-children/


Neil Siskind’s Pro Bono
 Work:

– Saving Senior Citizens- Protecting New York’s senior citizens from fraud and financial abuse www.savingseniorcitizens.com

– Senior FreeStart Business– Pro Bono: We seek to help put senior citizens in the right direction so that they can face the challenges of the modern economy: http://siskindlawfirm.com/free-start-business/

– Veteran FreeStart Business– Pro Bono: We seek to help put Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans in the right direction so that they can face the challenges of the modern economy: http://siskindlawfirm.com/free-start-business/

– In development: The Neil S. Siskind School of Hope: A free school to teach inner-city youths the skills of entrepreneurship and importance of economic self-sufficiency.

Neil Siskind’s Government Work:

– Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office, Boston, MA, 1994, Intern
– Office of Senator Christopher J. Dodd, Newington, CT, 1992, Intern
– Hartford County Department of Probation, Hartford, CT, 1991, Intern

Neil Siskind’s Community Assistance:

Financed & operated a legal clinic providing low-cost legal services to struggling Long Islanders during the recession to help clients resolve debt, organize finances, and launch new businesses.

Neil Siskind’s Professional Curriculum Vitae: http://neilsiskind.com/

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The Yield Curve Is “Lying”, And Fools Are “Buying”- by NEIL SISKIND

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Since widening at the end of 2018, credit spreads on corporate bonds are again tightening.

Some believe that, since credit usually leads equities and the economy, when there’s a divergence between the performances of credit and equities, like now, credit markets are right and stocks are wrong about the economy.

Here’s the deal:

Investors who are concerned about growth and equities would often flee to the safety of Treasuries. But that debt is now offering little yield- while also providing duration risk due to quantitative tightening and funding of the national debt.

So, there are good reasons to not own Treasuries with duration.

As a second option, investors are buying corporate debt, where they see debt, in general, as less risky than equities and as somewhere they can obtain yield.

Thus, if you’re using tight credit spreads as an economic indicator, to show that the economy is strong, you’d be wrong. In their blind and desperate searches for yield, investors are disregarding risk.

If your waiting for the yield curve to invert to prove a forthcoming recession, you’d also be wrong. There is too much government intervention in fixed income markets, compounded by investors’ fears of such government intervention eating principle. Thus, the yield curve may never invert before the next recession- meaning that the yield curve, like corporate bonds, are faking you out.

For, perhaps, the first time, investors can’t rely on bonds and credit to tell them where the economy is going. Stocks may be a better indicator this time. Yes- this time it may be different.

Corporate credit spreads will widen … one day … suddenly … as investors flee to cash, and as economic weakness grows- and the yield curve may have never properly warned anyone.

 

 

Neil S. Siskind, Esq., President
The Siskind Law Firm
Tel: 646.530.0006

Neil Siskind is the Founder & Chairman of The Fatherhood Assignment
Neil-Siskind-photo
Learn more at:  http://www.neil-siskind-the-fatherhood-assignment.org/

Neil Siskind is the Conservator of the Neil S. Siskind Nature Preserve
Neil-Siskind-Picture

The Neil S. Siskind Nature Preserve is over 8 acres of environmentally-pristine waterfront land in a magnificent setting along New York’s majestic Hudson River. The Preserve includes a variety of species of animal and plant life, and is a precious example of the thoughtful maintenance of New York’s priceless open spaces. The land’s uses are limited to outdoor recreation such as hiking and climbing, and the study of ecology, nature and land use. The Neil S. Siskind Nature Preserve allows for the intelligent contemplation of our valuable natural resources and the most effective ways to maximize them and keep them protected.

Neil Siskind, Founder, “National Fatherhood Day” – March 29th

Neil-Siskind-pics
To encourage recognition of the needs of boys and girls who are living without fathers or father-figures in their lives.

Read about the non-profits and charities whose missions Neil Siskind supports and promotes: www.neilsiskindsupports.com
Caring is Free®

You can read what clients and associates say about Neil Siskind at: http://siskindlawfirm.com/neil-siskind-bio/.

Neil Siskind’s Volunteer Work:

– Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Volunteer

– Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, My Fundraiser- Help Neil Siskindhelp children with cancer to be more comfortable: http://mskcc.convio.net/site/TR?px=3182108&fr_id=2632&pg=personal

– Make-A Wish Foundation- Help Neil Siskind make sick children’s wishes come true by creating your own fundraiser: Neil-Siskind/Help-Make-A-Child-Smile.htm

– DonorsChoose.org- Donate to one of my needy public classrooms: http://www.donorschoose.org/NeilSiskindGiving

– Champion Children– We seek to inspire people through stories of children who have overcome challenges: http://siskindlawfirm.com/neil-siskind-champion-children/


Neil Siskind’s Pro Bono
 Work:

– Saving Senior Citizens- Protecting New York’s senior citizens from fraud and financial abuse www.savingseniorcitizens.com

– Senior FreeStart Business– Pro Bono: We seek to help put senior citizens in the right direction so that they can face the challenges of the modern economy: http://siskindlawfirm.com/free-start-business/

– Veteran FreeStart Business– Pro Bono: We seek to help put Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans in the right direction so that they can face the challenges of the modern economy: http://siskindlawfirm.com/free-start-business/

– In development: The Neil S. Siskind School of Hope: A free school to teach inner-city youths the skills of entrepreneurship and importance of economic self-sufficiency.

Neil Siskind’s Government Work:

– Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office, Boston, MA, 1994, Intern
– Office of Senator Christopher J. Dodd, Newington, CT, 1992, Intern
– Hartford County Department of Probation, Hartford, CT, 1991, Intern

Neil Siskind’s Community Assistance:

Financed & operated a legal clinic providing low-cost legal services to struggling Long Islanders during the recession to help clients resolve debt, organize finances, and launch new businesses.

Neil Siskind’s Professional Curriculum Vitae: http://neilsiskind.com/

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The Real Evil Of Globalization

Globalization is destroying America- but, maybe, not quite how you think.

The usual attack on globalization is that it sends jobs- American jobs- manufacturing and services- to other countries; and the attacks are valid- though there are proponents of globalization who can show the benefits of it.

But, globalization causes prices to go lower and lower, as people who are willing to work for less and less, are located.

As prices go down, volume, over margin, becomes vital. Volume requires scale. As companies scale, small companies- and any potential newcomers to an industry- die.

Monopolies, or effective monopolies, or duopolies, form, pushing prices (and wages) downward.

As a result, competition, and entrepreneurship, decline. It just becomes way too hard and way too expensive to compete in an industry, or to acquire new customers, or to launch a new product- or to develop one to sell to the few remaining distribution outlets- or to fight any knock-offs by large companies in court.

America will soon be comprised only of many large companies … and their employees. There will be room for some small businesses that compete on service … which means business owners will have to work day and night – on a greater level than ever- to stay independent. And the key tasks for employees of large companies will be routine tasks (such as customer service) and back-end technological work.

In other words- a nation of large companies, boring jobs, and boring people with self driving cars, moving sidewalks, silver jumpsuits we all will wear- and a robotic existence.

Entrepreneurship and the American spirit will be ruined by “scale”.

All of this due to companies- and consumers- seeking the lowest prices (a/k/a a race to the bottom).