Friday, August 18, 2017

Notations On Our World (Special Friday Edition): Quite A Day......

It has been quite a week for President Trump.   The majority of the Presidents' Council on the Arts resigned en masse today--This is as the President was at Camp David chairing a meeting on Afghanistan after having dismissed Steve Bannon, his Chief Strategist, earlier in the Day.   This tweet from Marc Benioff was telling:

This is as Mr Bannon has said that as he leaves the White House, he is going to war for Trump against Trump opponents.

Never a Dull we pay tribute to Barcelona Tonight with this that Daily Mail Captured so beautifully:

Notations On Our World (Special Friday Edition) : On the Eve of the W-End...

As we hope all enjoy updates over the ensuing days throughout our properties, Please enjoy this we received here at our Virtual Newsroom as we are witness to the Eclipse and other happenings courtesy of Futurology:


August 21  |  Indiana U.
4 things to know about Monday’seclipse

We're ready for the total solar eclipse. Are you?

Bonus: Try these activities to get kids (and adults) excited for the big event.

Blockages  |  Michigan State
Cholesterol crystals contribute to heart attacks

Inventions  |  Carnegie Mellon
To spur innovation, teach A.I. to find analogies

Like Disney  |  ETH Zurich
Software makes movie-style digital animation easier

Digital animation is popular but complicated, requiring advanced expertise. New software may make it accessible to novices.

Know sooner  |  Johns Hopkins
DNA blood test may spot cancer early

Would you?  |  U. Chicago
Language sways answer to ‘kill 1, save 5’ train dilemma

Hearing a classic moral dilemma about killing a person to save 5 others in a language that isn't your native tongue can change your answer. Here's why.

Heavy burden  |  Brown
Dementia can double health care costs of aging

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Thursday, August 17, 2017

Notations On Our World (Special Thursday Edition): On @POTUS Watch

Senator Bob Croker 

President Trump has again been very busy today on Twitter as he attacked Lindsay Graham and Jeff Flake.  The Chairman of the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Senator Bob Croker, came out swinging against the President as we saw this courtesy of NPR:

In the Bloomberg Column, Senator Croker went out to defend Senator Flake by noting,......"...Senator Flake is one of the finest human beings I’ve ever met...The White House would be well-served to embrace the character, the substance of someone like Senator Flake. He’s one of the finest people I serve with.”   What is signiciant is that he was vetted as a choice for Secretary of State--although he had already showed his opposition to the Adminstration when he told the Secretary of State that the Budget of the State Department as proposed was a joke.

As our World was witness, yet again, to another horrific attack by Daesh-Inspired terrorists in Barcelona, the President went after and noted how Radical Islamic Terrorists must be defeated.   He Cited General of the Armies John Pershing's supposed (and debunked myth) about how he dealt with Muslim insurgents in 1911--as underscored by this which is available with a simple Google Search.

As our team was busy w/the daily commitments, we ran across this courtesy of the Presidential historian   on his Twitter Feed: 

Our team found this to be quite ironic.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Notations From the Grid (Special Mid-Week Edition): Thoughts From The Holy Father

Pope Francis

On this "mid week",  we hope all enjoy a selections of thoughts we chose from the Holy Father's English Twitter Account (@Pontifex) in light of the challenging times we have been witness to:

Notations From the Grid (Special Edition): On #Iran and the Opposition

For this special edition of "Notations From the Grid" Our Team chose this from one of the leading internal opposition figures in Iran, Mehdi Khazali.    He has yet again been detained by Iranian Judicial Authorities after he was courageous enough to criticize the Judiciary for its' total lack of indepedence and the injustices it is known for.    Earlier today, in our Ordinary Faces Property, we reported on the plight of Nazanin Radcliff who has been in prison for over 500 days as we joined the call for her release.     

In this clip on his instagram account (that we believe was released by his family), he notes (in persian) his call to all to give voice to such as their voices are silent in Prison.   He has, yet again, gone on a hunger strike because as he noted it is the only weapon he has to protest his unjust detention:

Monday, August 14, 2017

Notations On Our World (Weekly Edition): India at 70

As India celebrates 70 years, we wanted to report on this roundtable courtesy of NDTV that underscores the achievements and the continued challenges:

It is also of note the touching story that we hope all enjoy:

We here at #outsiders salute both India and Pakistan.    Both countries continue to have profound challenges epitomized by the continued conflicts over Kashmir and the latest attack on the military in Pakistan that saw some 15 soldiers killed over the Weekend.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Notations On Our World (Special W-End Edition): On #Iran, #Virginia, #Love & Other Thoughts....

Our team has been assessing Iran since the Revolution.     We ran across the late Shah's last speech right before he left Iran for the last time:

On the 37th year of his death in Egypt, the Farsi Service of the BBC provided a snapshot of what happened that led to the Revolution and the clear profound mistakes:

What was riveting was the tacit admission by the Shah's Last Ambassador to the United States (who also served as Foreign Minister) on how he and all others who served the Shah ultimately betrayed the Shah and the people of Iran.

As we went to press, Iran's newly re-elected President, Hassan Rouhani has formed his Government and presented it to Iran's Parliament (Majlis) for approval.    Before taking the oath, though, he had to receive his "signed affirmation from the Supreme Guide (also known as the Supreme Leader),

   رهبر انقلاب بر سه جهت‌گیری اصلی دولت آینده تاکید کردند: معیشت مردم، تعامل گسترده با دنیا و ایستادگی مقابل سلطه‌طلبان

As Rouhani's Government was taking shape, the Supreme Guide had apparently objected to a number of appointments--as it had to "ratify" the key ministers of Foreign Affairs; Defense and Intelligence--Ali Vaez captured the challenges by Rouhani in a recent column in the New York Times

It was also of historical note as the Islamic Republic Produced this video of all the inaugurations since the 1979 Revolution:

A look back: Watch video!

Some 70 countries sent delegations to Tehran to attend the 12th Inauguration:

مراسم تحلیف ریاست جمهوری دوازدهم

No women have been appointed to his cabinet--although he has appointed three Vice Presidents--changing the portfolio for the head of the Environment Organization and appointing her as Vice President For Women Affairs.   We will assessing this over the ensuing days and weeks.   This is as we have also been assessing India and Pakistan--and as we have been assessing the very troubling situation in Venezuela and Kenya.    The incumbent in Kenya was re-elected--but the opposition has refused to concede claiming election results were hacked.      This is as we have been witness to the increasingly worrisome rhetoric between The United States and North Korea that the Wall Street Journal's Peggy Noonan addressed in the weekend edition of the Wall Street Journal:

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As we went to press, we were also reviewing the horrific scenes out of Virginia.   We wanted to begin by sharing some tweets from former President Barack Obama:

He went on to note and remind all: 

This admonition from Nelson Mandela that Former President Obama noted is critical for all to remember as Neo-Nazis and White Supremacits gathered in Charlotsville, Virginia.  The Police cancelled the rally--but not before there were violent confortations resulted in one death and scores injured.     In our view, President Trump's half-baked condemnation, "on all sides", was extremely troubling which will continue to give credenace to groups like the KKK.  David Dukes, the former KKK leader, touted his vote and role in electing Donald Trump and noting how he wanted to take America Back.    This is as a member of President Trump's Staff, Sebastian Gorka, claimed that the Minnesota Bombing was staged--which he said justified why the President was silent.   We welcome Senator Ted Cruz' call for what happened in Virginia to be investigated as a case of Domestic Terrorisim--we hope the Justice Department agrees.   

Our founder is always fond to remind of this admonition that We Shall Overcome-as we close out this special w-end edition of "Notations", we leave you all with this rendition as we also echo the sentiments that indeed, "We Shall Overcome":

Notations From the Grid (W-End Edition): A Snapshot of the World This Week Courtesy of @GlobalCitizen

We are pleased to present for review the latest News Digest Courtesy of the Team at +Global Citizen which captures the possibilities and the need for us all to remain hopeful in spite of the profound challenges we face today:  

Why You Should Absolutely Never Eat Red Meat Again
The raw truth about the red meat industry? It’s seriously putting your health and the health of the planet at stake. Here are seven reasons to stop eating red meat for good.
IKEA’s Newest Product Lets You Store Renewable Energy
You can now buy almost *everything* at IKEA. The retailer recently proved its commitment to the environment yet again by releasing solar panel kits and home batteries.
Why Salma Hayek Pinault Says Trump’s Wall Won’t Be Built
“It’s just not going to happen!” the activist and actress said in a recent interview. Find out her very convincing reason why the border wall will never actually go up.
This Supermarket Chain Is Banning Plastic Bags
One of the world’s largest supermarket chains uses about 700 million plastic bags each year, but at the end of August, it will stop using them completely.
Meet the Youngest Woman to Ever Captain a Boeing 777
This is your captain speaking, and she's a badass young woman. Meet Anny Divya, the world’s youngest female commander of the 777 jetliner.
Read These 5 Books If You Want to Change the World
Whether you’re passionate about ending global poverty or boosting your leadership skills, these five books will help you take action to become a better changemaker in 2017.
AKON Is Challenging How People Think About Africa
The musician and producer recently spoke on a panel encouraging young Africans to tell their own stories and reshape people’s perceptions of the continent.