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Forbes names Bloomberg the world’s 16th most powerful person


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New Yorkers who believe Mayor Michael Bloomberg wields too much authority will not be surprised by his high ranking on Forbes list of the world’s most powerful people.

Bloomberg placed 16th on the annual list that includes heads of state, CEOs and magnates, one spot behind Warren Buffet and one ahead of Walmart CEO Michael Duke.

President Barack Obama unanimously topped the rankings for the second consecutive year, followed by German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Bill Gates. Pope Benedict XVI, who recently joined Twitter, rounded out the top five.

Seventy-one people from 24 countries made their way onto the Power list.

The list was compiled based on four standards: whether the candidate has power over lots of people, how much money is controlled by the person, if the person is powerful in more than one area and whether they actively used their power.

Forbes said Bloomberg, who was 17th on the list last year, projects his influence in myriad ways.

“New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg has power because he’s a politician, because he’s a billionaire, because he’s a media magnate and because he’s a major philanthropist,” Forbes wrote.

The magazine also pointed to his push to ban sugary drinks over 16 ounces as a highlight of the past year.

Bloomberg, who is about to enter his final year in office, will continue to wield power even after his days at City Hall are over. Independence USA PAC, a Super PAC created by Bloomberg to back candidates around the country who share his views, spent nearly $10 million on elections this fall and will continue to support office-seekers who share Bloomberg’s ideals, including gun control, the environment and education.

Other well-known names on the list include Mark Zuckerberg (#25), Rupert Murdoch (#26) and Bill Clinton (#50), though his wife and Secretary of State Hillary, who Bloomberg reportedly called to gauge her interest in the mayorship, was left off.

Nuclear threat still exists


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As many potential hot spots in the world continue to simmer, are we really free of the threat of nuclear war?

While the Cold War may be over, the possibility of nuclear war between the United States and Russia still very much exists. Do not think for one moment that both countries still do not have ICBMS pointed toward each other’s cities, because they certainly do.

While President Barack Obama claims to have reset relations with Russia, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin is not the most affable person in the world to deal with. While the president’s goal of an eventual nuclear-free world is very interesting, the fact of the matter is that that goal will never be attained in today’s world.

Also, the movie “The Day After,” which was released in November 1983, is not so far-fetched. What was depicted in that very powerful film — the widespread devastation and dying in the aftermath of nuclear war with the Soviet Union — could really happen in this day and age.

Yes, nuclear Armageddon is very much a fact of life, folks.

 John Amato,

Fresh Meadows