Friday, November 17, 2017

On Our Journey of Service.....

It is the eve of Thanksgiving Week here in the United States.  We here at #Outsiders wanted to take stock of all that we're thankful for as we've undertaken this journey.  It has also been quite a challenging year in the aftermath of the Elections in the United States, the climate calamities we've been witness to, The Earthquake tragedy in Iran and Iraq; and  on-going drama around the World-including Zimbabwe and Saudi Arabia.   What was interesting to us is what our founder noted to this on how it was in some ways helping to give voice to the voiceless in Zimbabwe that has grown into a distinct network of 4 virtual properties, a Live Broadcast Pod (featuring Al Jazeera & SkyNews) and the launch of the Twitter Channel over the past 2 years.

As we prepare to go dark, we wanted to leave all with this "View of the Week" courtesy of the team at Stanford Graduate School of Business: 

From all of us at the Daily Outsider, please accept our best wishes for a joyous Thanksgiving as we take stock of all that we are thankful for and as we gear up for the final month of 2017 and gear up for what is bound to be a very interesting and engaging 2018.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Notations On Our World (Special Tuesday Edition): On @POTUS; #Yemen & Other Thoughts....


It has been quite a week as the President has continued to travel around the World and Political Fires continues onward.  As our team chose a selection from the "Grid",  it culminated in the determination by the Justice Department to investigate the Clinton's despite the President's declarations to the Contrary as the Mueller investigations gather steam.   As we went to Press, there was this from the Washington Post:  1628 False or Misleading claims over 298 Days by President Trump. Tikuum's Summer 2017 cover was quite telling as the World reflected upon President Trump:

This is as this very compelling statement was made by the head of the UN in Iran: 

The political fires are raging especially as the Tax Bill works its' way through Congress with all the proposed changes.    This featured on the Nooner underscored what the 5 vunerable GOP congressmen have to deal with as the deliberations ensure:

WILL THEY BUDGE? The LAT's Seema Mehta reports that a coalition of liberal and labor groups have launched an television ad campaign against five Southerrn California GOP congress members. "The ads, which urge constituents to order their representatives in Congress to oppose the plan, are airing on cable and network stations in districts represented by Darrell Issa of Vista, Steve Knight of Palmdale, Dana Rohrabacher of Costa Mesa, Ed Royce of Fullerton and Mimi Walters of Irvine."

President Trump believing Russians was also of concern that prompted this from John McCain--something that he later backed away from:  

John McCain: Trump 'taking the word of a KGB colonel' over US intelligence

Sen. John McCain issued a sharp rebuke of President Trump after it was reported Saturday that he believed Vladimir Putin's sincerity when Putin asserted that he was not complicit in interfering in the 2016 election.
“President Trump today stated that he believed Vladimir Putin is being sincere when he denies Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election," McCain, R-Ariz., who is also chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said in a statement.

This is as another true reality was before us in the World with the challenges that was before us in Yemen--and as Lebanon was faced with profound political stability in the aftermath of the Hariri resignation and the continued power play by Saudi Arabia: 



Notations On Our World (Special Edition): On the Aftermath of the #Iran Earthquake

Our team has been assessing the aftermath of the 7.3 Earthquake that has wrecked havoc in Western Iran with an estimated 400 people dead, thousands injured and an estimated hundreds of thousands who are currently homeless.  Today is a National Day of Morning in Iran. 

The Iranian President, Hassan Rouhani, has gone to the region to assess the situation with key Ministers.  From the reporting we have seen so far, Iran has in essence gone on a war-like footing to deal with the aftermath of this calamity.

Monday, November 13, 2017

Notations From the Grid (@POTUS Special Edition): On #RoyMoore; @realDonaldTrump Cozies Up to Putin: A Closer ...

Notations From the Grid (Weekly Edition) : On Our World.....

In our quest to share thoughts & ideas on an on-going basis, we wanted to feature this from the Journalist and Author Marc Cooper who wrote this on his Facebook Wall in the aftermath of the Tragedy in Texas.    As America mourns (and here in California Flags are at half-staff), The President noted that the tragedy in Texas was not a "Guns Issue" but a "mental health" issue--as it appears that yet again nothing will be done:

Here are his comments:

30 people were mercilessly shot to death today in Texas. It's an outrage. Another 25 or so will be shot to death in other states and we will not know their names because they are mostly young and black and poor. Another 70 or so people will commit suicide with guns today because they are alienated and depressed. About TWO HUNDRED will die just of opioid overdoses during these 24 hours because they are hopelessly addicted and even if they wanted rehab there are not enough beds (or jobs). Some 120 will be killed in automobile accidents because all of us have cars that are 5-10 times more powerful than they "need" be (even a Prius has surplus power) and weigh two to four times more than they need to. More than 1300 Americans died today of tobacco. And about 300 or so will perish from alcohol. Believe it or not, another 300 or so will die from infectious diseases they contracted while IN the hospital for something else (not sure what you can about that but would like to know).

We have some very very deep social dysfunctions in this country that nobody does anything about, doesn't care about, doesn't lift a finger to solve and chooses not to know about.

Worse, the social insurance programs supported by some degree even by conservative administrations in Europe and that really do save millions from degradation and desperation are looked upon in America as welfare giveaways and evil "entitlements."

I am not underestimating or downplaying the barbaric murders in Texas by any means. But...the problem with the gaping hole opened by round the clock cable news is that it radically distorts our perspective and does nothing to help us understand the real world around us. Nor does it contribute to any solutions as it feeds off fear, ignorance and sensationalism.

If we didn't spend a trillion dollars a year on the military (and that's a conservative estimate) and instead invested just 20% of that yearly in urban hotspots and rural no mans lands, you would see most of the above numbers begin to drop. Good luck with that.

Notations On Our World (Special Weeklyl Edition): The Syrian photographer who showed the world a war

As the Syrian War is apparently drawing to a close, we are privileged to report on The Syrian photographer who showed the world a war: Photojournalist Karam al-Masri details his extraordinary journey from law school student to internationally-renown photographer.

Notations On Our World (Special Weeklyl Edition): The Syrian photographer who showed the world a war

As the Syrian War is apparently drawing to a close, we are privileged to report on The Syrian photographer who showed the world a war: Photojournalist Karam al-Masri details his extraordinary journey from law school student to internationally-renown photographer.

Friday, November 10, 2017

Out and About In Our Community On the Eve of #VeteransDay2017

Our hometown, Laguna Niguel, will honor Veterans Day on Saturday November 11:   

One of our Community Leaders, Lt. Col Shep Bentley, USMC (Ret). reflected upon this day which will be read by the Scouts of Troop 772 on Saturday November 11:


Veterans Day is a U.S. legal holiday dedicated to American veterans of
all wars. 99 years ago, in 1918, on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the
11th month, an armistice (“ARM-ISS- STISS”), or temporary end of the
fighting, was declared between the Allied nations and Germany in
World War I, which at the time was called “the Great War.”
The Treaty of Versailles (“VUR-SEYE”) was signed on June 28, 1919,
marking the official end of World War I. Still, the armistice date of
November 11, 1918, was remembered as the date that marked the end
of the conflict, because that is when the bloodshed stopped.

One year later, in November 1919, U.S. President Woodrow Wilson
proclaimed November 11 as the first commemoration of Armistice Day.
The day’s observation included parades and public gatherings, as well
as a brief pause in business and school activities at 11 a.m.
On November 11, 1921, an unidentified American soldier killed in the
war was buried at Arlington National Cemetery near Washington, D.C.
On the same day the previous year, unidentified soldiers were laid to
rest at Westminster Abbey in London, and at the Arc de Triomphe
(“TREE-OMFF”) in Paris.

On June 4, 1926, Congress passed a resolution that the “recurring
anniversary of November 11, 1918 should be commemorated with
thanksgiving and prayer and exercises designed to perpetuate peace
through good will and mutual understanding between nations,” and that
the president should issue an annual proclamation calling for the
observance of Armistice Day.

By that time, 27 state legislatures had made November 11 a legal
holiday. An act approved May 13, 1938 made November 11 a legal
Federal holiday, “dedicated to the cause of world peace and to be
hereafter celebrated and known as ‘Armistice Day.'”
American effort during World War II saw the greatest mobilization of the
U.S. Army, Navy, Marines and Air Force in the nation’s history (more
than 16 million people), and nearly six million more served in
the Korean War.

In 1954, after lobbying efforts by veterans’ service organizations, the
83rd U.S. Congress amended the 1938 act that had made Armistice
Day a holiday, striking the word “Armistice” in favor of “Veterans.”
President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed the legislation on June 1, 1954.
From then on, November 11 became a day to honor American veterans
of all wars.

A century ago today, American forces were still battling against vast
numbers of the enemy in the First World War. Alive with us today are
veterans of the Second World War, Korea, Viet Nam, the Cold War, the
Gulf Wars and the War on Terror.

In Laguna Niguel, we observe Veterans Day as a tribute to our citizens
that have stepped up to defend our nation and its way of life by serving
in the Armed Forces of the United States of America. Please help us as
the Boy Scouts to carry forward this tradition and to salute them today!

Please also note this courtesy of FEMA on opportunities to serve on Veterans Day:

Veterans Day Poster
Saturday, November 11, is Veterans Day. You can show your appreciation for our Nation’s veterans by volunteering.

As the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) notes, “We may never be able to repay them for their sacrifice, but we can show them just how much we appreciate all that they have done.” Observe Veterans Day by volunteering your time to honor America’s service members. The VA offers several ways to volunteer:

For more information, visit The American Red Cross also has volunteer opportunities for those that want to support military families. 

In Honor of this day, we will be "dark" through this Veterans Day Week-End with only daily updates available on our Twitter Feed.

Happy Veterans Day!!!

Notations On Our World (Special Friday Edition): As We Prepare to Go Dark On #VeteransDay2017

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Please enjoy these compilation courtesy of the team at +Global Citizen .   Happy Veterans Day 2017 to all as we also salute all in the UK as they honor all on Remembrance Day: 


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