Friday, October 30, 2015

On the Eve of Halloween W-End 2015: Thoughts.......

It was early this morning when the team finished off an Early morning curation and featured "Modern Talking" as the artist of the week.   It was a bit "different" and I was a bit leary--but the upbeat and tone of the music was frankly gratifying to hear which I hope all have enjoyed.

It has also been a very interesting few days on the political scene.    It was fun to be witness to history yesterday as I also was distressed by some of the discourse coming out of the Republican Party in the aftermath of the debate.   The moderators had tough questions but the Republican Party felt "disrespected" and attacks on the "Mainstream" media continued.   I for one was so glad to see John Kasich speak up for the craziness that seems to the order of the day in The GOP field today.  I made it a point of thanking him over Twitter earlier this week.   It was of note, though, as the 2-Year Budget Agreement was passed which showed how Governing can be achieved--even though 2/3's of the House and 1/3 of the Senate Voted against it.

The World continues to be ever so challenging.    This is as the team was assessing the latest out of Syria as the Inferno contiues to burn with the US deploying a contingent of Special Forces.   I caught glimpses of the White House Press Conference as the White House Press Secretary was going to great lengths trying to explain that the President's Basic policy had not changed--my response was:   Yaah Right!!!

It is also the eve of Halloween here in Orange County.    I have given the team Halloween Week-End Off.  But as we march towards the week-end, I ran across this from +DARREN HARDY  which was quite timely as this journey has been indeed "scary" at times--but one has to dare as our team aims to continue to live up to the mission to "Transform the Convesration about Our World One Notation, One Tweet & One "Weibo" at a time.

Happy Halloween Everyone!!!

Happy Friday!
This weekend while many of you celebrate Halloween, I dare you to remember and do this:

Action for today: ... Go to post

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Working Away: Thoughts On the Day in #Outsiders As History was Made......

It has been another busy & engaging morning here in #Outsiders.   As the team was working on updates throughout the #Outsider properties, I was witness to history today as Paul Ryan was elected Speaker of the House.  It was quite a moment as I was witness to every single member of the House stood up as Paul Ryan was elected.   It was quite a moment!!!

Mitt Romney and the Ryan Family were in the Visitors Gallery as they were witness to history like the rest of the us.  As The House bid farewell to John Boehner, I could not help but realize how the promise of America was epitomized in John Boehner.    He rose from a ordinary guy to be Speaker of the House.    It was so gratifying as Speaker Ryan noted that he wants to change things, go back to "regular order", have the Committees begin the work and work to transform. 

It will be interesting to see how things pan out.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

A Busy Day @ #Outsiders: Brief MId-Week Thoughts

It has been a busy day after the team took a day of "reflection" as the evolution of Daily Outsider 2.X continues.    Our day began featuring a "special musical interlude" from Bob Baldwin that underscored how we felt!!! :-)

As I supported the team's assessment of the US Political scene on the eve of the GOP Debate tonight,  I have been amazed by how John Kasich came out as he did "telling it like it is".  It will be quite a scene to see what happens tonight at the GOP tonight as the team finished off a new edition of "Notations" on the eve of the debate.    Some folks are continuing to eye Marco Rubio--the jury is still out.   

Paul Ryan is about to be Speaker as he noted that the House will be "Unified" and the chaos will end despite his praise of the outgoing speaker as he says he would "turn the page" as the so-called conservatives continue to be restless.      Beyond the shores of the US, I viewed it as a fabulous day when I saw that Nepal had elected its' first Woman President.   As I wrote earlier when I did my "Virtual Good Turn" on the "Grid", I had the pleasure to visit Nepal and it is one of the most beautiful places on Earth as epitomized by the Earthquake which is still trying to recover from:

Beyond Nepal, I was also very gratified as I saw reports out of Colombia as the President of Colombia offered a Bilateral Ceasefire as the march to peace continues,   Our team will have more to say on it soon.

I continue to be excited as our team as decided to join this effort on the eve of the Paris Conference that our team released the telling Video Clip in in the Education Channel as "Senator Snowball" has plans to Crash the conference in Paris:  

24 Hours of Reality and Live Earth: The World Is Watching, a global day of climate action and music hosted by former US Vice President Al Gore, is right around the corner. And with the historic UN climate talks beginning in Paris on November 30, now is the time to speak up louder than ever before. 
By participating in The World Is Watching, you can personally make a difference in the greatest challenge of our lifetimes. Join our Thunderclap and tell your friends, family, and social media networks that you are urging world leaders to create a strong agreement in Paris.
When you sign up for our Thunderclap today, a post will automatically be published to your Facebook, Twitter, or Tumblr at the start of the live broadcast onNovember 13—14, spreading an instant message that you’re calling for world leaders to take bold action at the UN climate talks ­– and asking your friends to do the same. 
The more people see your message, the more world leaders have to listen and act. Join our Thunderclap and help us use 24 Hours of Reality as our megaphone to leaders in Paris.
- Your friends at Climate

I also just added my name to this that +J Street sent out to honor a hero, Yitzhak Rabin:

View this email as a web page.
J Street - The political home for pro-Israel, pro-peace Americans
Say "thank you"!
Twenty years ago, Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin was assassinated--murdered at a peace rally, by an extremist opposed to his vision of a peaceful future for Israelis and Palestinians.
Now, as Israelis and Palestinians once again confront the reality of what a one-state future might look like, we're called not just to remember Rabin's legacy, but to act: it's time to make his vision a reality.
Thanks to Senator Dianne Feinstein -- and her co-sponsor Senator Barbara Boxer -- the US Senate has the opportunity to do just that.
With 1 click: Thank Sens. Feinstein and Boxer for supporting Rabin's vision today.
This important resolution honors Rabin by asking us to recommit to engaging on Israeli-Palestinian peace. Rabin was a man of action, and--as we face the current violence--it's time to act.
Join us. Say "Thank you!" to Sens. Feinstein and Boxer for honoring Rabin and his vision.
- Jeremy

I am at a loss to explain how his sacrifice was so laid to waste by successive Israeli Governments.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

On the Prowl with this brief thought for the week

I ran across this while on the "Grid" late last night and wanted to share this on the eve of a new day.  

I wish all a fabulous Tuesday.

Monday, October 26, 2015

On the Eve of a New Week: Thoughts....

It has been a whirlwind of a week, yet again!!   October is coming to an end and November is beginning as the Middle East Inferno continues to burn with no end in sight.   As I work on this, an Al Jazeera Special on the rise of Daesh (known as IS/ISIL in the west) is playing in the background--and it is chilling to listen to it available here.   

The team was working on on-going development work as it finalized the Friday Musical Interlude and worked on weekend Notations.    This was also a week that saw Joe Biden walk away from another run at the Presidency.   I had a chance to catch his interview on 60 Minutes and it was frankly classic Joe Biden that I first got to know truly during the Bork Hearings:

I will have more to say on Joe Biden here in "Founders" soon.   As I have been reflecting upon this, I also was amazed as another leader in action: Prince Charles, the heir to the British Throne.

The President of China was in the UK on a state Visit.   The UK rolled out the red carpet and 46 Billion Dollars worth of deals were signed.    The Queen's second son, Prince Andrew, accompanied him as Prince Charles stayed away due to his friendship and long association with the Dalai Lama.   I viewed this as quite consequential and something to be admired despite the fact that the UK truly needs the China deal as its' influence continues to wane and its' long-term viability is questioned due to the continued challenges in Scotland--even Wales is starting to raise its' voice.

It was also a week that saw Mugabe win an award from China:  
This I did not get--Mugabe is a man that has presided over the destructoin of Zimbabwe.   I initially began experimenting with what eventually evolved into #Outsiders today by reporting on Zimbabwe  and the horrific nature in which Robert Mugabe ran the country.    What I find even more disturbing is that he is trying to elevate his wife--who was able to secure a Ph.D. in 30 Days from the University of Zimbabwe.     I was sickened as I periodically review reports of a state of utter desparation in the country.

Onward with the new week--as this is also Halloween Week in the United States.  On behalf of myself and the #Outsiders team, we wanted to be early to wish all...

Friday, October 23, 2015

What a Week....

As the team worked to curate the Friday Musical Interlude with selections from Michael Jackson, it was also quite a week on the political, economic, diplomatic and local front.    The entire #outsider team has been "Virtually Breathless"--but it has been fun.      I have been thinking about Vice Presidet Biden's decisioni as well as the moral stance that Prince Charles took in the UK to skip the State Dinner.    

It is Fridays though that our team takes a moment of pause for the Friday Musical Interlude as I also pause to remember and reflect with this that the team allowed me to use from the archives courtesy of +Jonathan Huie:

We want the facts to fit the preconceptions.
When they don't, it is easier to ignore the facts
than to change the preconceptions.
- Jessamyn West

Losing an illusion makes you wiser than finding a truth.- Ludwig B

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Working Away w/ "Thoughts 4 the Week": Beautiful Sentiments

It is "Mid-Week" in #Outsiders as our World is celebrating Back to the Future Day and as the leadership dilemma continues in Washington.     I could not help but embrace these I received from a dear family member which is quite a mantra to live up to:

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Working Away: Brief Personal Notations & A Personal "Musical Interlude" Hope all Enjoy.....

It has been a very busy night here in #Outsiders as I supported the release a number of notations on Canada and the United States.   This is as the team continued its' daily work on the Daily Twitter Curations.   I also decided to release the Notations on #Canada on Medium and excerpts on it on LinkedIn.

As I was working away, I decided to do a token backing of a Kickstarter Project which intrigued me: 

You are a backer!

You're the best!

Thanks for showing your support. This project is one step closer to being a reality!

BLOCKS - The World's First Modular Smartwatch

BLOCKS - The World's First Modular Smartwatch

By BLOCKS Wearables

Thank you! We'll send you all the updates and behind the scene views of everything happening at BLOCKS

If this project is successfully funded, your card will be charged on:
Thu, Nov 19 2015 6:00 pm EST
When your reward is ready, BLOCKS Wearables will send you a survey via email to request any info needed to deliver your reward (mailing address, t-shirt size, etc).

They have already exceeded the funding and I for one will be keen to see how it all goes--The team @ #Outsiders had already been on the record supporting a number of interesting projects including the NFC Ring--which is right now at 90%.
I wanted to finish this "Notation" w/this very disturbing trend while "on the Grid" which is critical to embrace and recognize:  
Apparently it's now official, 1% of the world's population now has half the world's wealth. Climate change and...
Posted by on Sunday, October 18, 2015

It is one of the number of new initiatives the team will continue to research and reflect upon.   I also took a little of time to catch an oldie but goodie, Cry Freedom--The story of Steve Biko and the Journalist Donald Woods that made sure his story was told as the campaign against Apartheid gathered steam.     If only the spirit of men like Steven Biko, Govan Mbeke and all who strove for freedom and equality was embraced today.   This song sends shivers down my spine even after all these years:

We shall overcome.

Sunday, October 18, 2015

On the Eve of a New Week.....

It is back to work on #Outsiders supporting the curation of the Network for the new week.   It has been a challenging days around the World as the Team's Twitter Curations reflected throughout the day.   Our team finished a special edition of "Notations" with a prayer for peace which has been the key mission of #outsiders:  changing the conversation about our World.

It was also a weekend while I was on the road with an afternoon of Service w/the Boy Scouts.   I also finished updates on my collection of images I launched on Twenty20 App that the team has been gracious enough to periodically share on the #Outsider Daily Twitter curation.    It was also an interesting weekend as I made the brief rounds of the Sunday Morning US Public Affairs Shows as Candidates made their pitch and also caught a glimpse of comments by Carly Fiorina as she was speaking at a forum in Texas earlier reflecting upon Character, Faith and leadership.     This is as Jeb Bush was on CNN earlier going into a war of words with Donald Trump.

It will be a busy week in #Outsiders as the team will be sharing thoughts on Solar Decathalon 2015 (#SD2015), The US Election Scene, on Zimbabwe along with some of the on-going thoughts on Government.       This is as the parallel project of Daily Outsider 2.x continues.

As I conclude these thoughts for the week before "running" off",  I wanted to feature this (which our team earlier featured on the "Visions" Channel ) on those who are truly at the forefront of making a difference--although the disturbing trend of 1% of the World owning over 50% of the World's Wealth is a profound challenge that all of us have to recognize:

NYT Now: Five Visionary Tech Entrepreneurs Who Are Changing the World

Read more…

Friday, October 16, 2015

Working Away......

It has been quite a week in #Outsiders.    There was a continued delay in the transition to a new platform due to the on-going challenges our team has been focused on as reflected in the Daily Twitter curations and the broader analysis our team has continued.  I look forward to supporting this change in direction as we all need to "double time" as our evolution continues.  I was a bit leary as this week's artist of the week was featured--but hopefully the selections the team chose were in line with the implicit mission of the properties within #Outsider. 

It was quite a week as I was on the road.     I joined the Great Shakeout Drill at Aliso Niguel High School and thereafter spent the evening at the School District Facilities Committee chairing a subcommittee.  I spent today supporting the annual Orange County POD exercise and spent the afternoon at the Solar Decatholon.   The team will work to publish comments on it over the ensuing days.

What I found so gratifying was how the Community came together and how we had a vision of the future before our very eyes.   It was so exciting to be witness to it all.     I decided to briefly "Pop Into" Twitter and ran across this as I conclude these brief thoughts on the eve of a very busy weekend:

Thursday, October 15, 2015

#FreeJason Now!!!!

As I have been working away on supporting @DailyOutsider initiatives, I wanted to share this I saw from Rudi Bakhtiar's as she was interviewing Jason Rezayian's Brother, Ali:

Interviewing Jason Rezaian's brother at Reuters DC bureau.Washington Oct 13 (Reuters) Imprisoned Washington Post...
Posted by Rudi Bakhtiar on Thursday, October 15, 2015

It has been an honor for me to add my humble voice to the need to keep his case on the forefront of the need for justice and to be as loud as possible to note:  #FreeJason Now!!!

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

On The Dawn of a New Day.....

As our team has "gone to press", I am listening to morning Joe on MSNBC.   As I support the on-going projects and help with the reassessment, I wanted to share that the team allowed me to share courtesy of +Jonathan Huie which speaks for itself: 

Monday, October 12, 2015

On the "Prowl" : Thoughts For the Week


 The "Social Grid" is a beautiful thing.    #Outsiders was conceived to help change the conversation by celebrating the beauty and majesty and to work on transforming.     I ran across these that have been at the forefront of transformation as America celebrated Columbus Day.    

Ataturk, the Father of Modern Turkey, was so ahead of his time as he built modern Turkey that seems to be laid to waste by Edrogan.   It is also so disconcerting how many are rejecting science as we are faced with a profound change in Mother Earth.  As I am working away, it is still over 90 Degrees here in Southern California.

Our lives, though, has been blessed with two Modern Day Edisons:   Steve Jobs and Bill Gates.     They have been at the forefront of making a difference and those who took over for them (Satya Nadel now at Microsoft and Tim Cook at Apple) have been quite transformational.   There are lessons to be learnt for sure as we continue our on-going transformation of #outsiders.

Our team was working away on a number of projects and made some decisions--that will be available tomorrow for all to review in the #Outsider Properties.        I took comfort in the following key thoughts as I hope to support the on-going development of #Outsiders despite some rather interesting odds:

There is suffering in life, and there are defeats. No one can avoid them. But it's better to lose some of the battles in the struggles for your dreams than to be defeated without ever knowing what you're fighting for. ~ Paulo Coelho

& this crucial admonition from the great one: 

“He who is not courageous enough to take risks
will accomplish nothing in life.”

~ Muhammad Ali

Muhammad Ali

Keeping the faith.......

On the Dawn of a New Week in @DailyOutsider: On #US, #Iran, #FreeJason & Other Thoughts.....

It was a rather challenging week-end as the work of #Outsiders continued.    The latest series of "Notations" curated for release was one of the more challenging ones curated that underscores a sense of profound concern about the political paralysis out there.   I was especially shocked at the representations by Congressman Dave Brat of Virginia on how how was so insistent on speaking for the American People as I also consulted the "10 Principles" that he had published on his Website.    I hope to have some thoughts on it soon.   I couldn't help but wonder what he's actually for.  I heard what he's against--and his colleagues that he claims are a majority in the House.   It is not born out by the facts as noted in this report which I released to my personal Twitter Feed within  the past hour.  

Beyond the shores of America, I was frankly shocked at reports out of Iran about the debate on the Nuclear Deal.    Ali Akbar Salehi, the Head of the Iran's Atomic Energy Organization and one of Rouhani's Vice Presidents, was actually threatened in Parliament to be killed--a fact verified by two Majlis Deputies.  One of the them, Ali Motahari, wrote quite a commentary on Instagram on Sunday as the Official Iranian News Agency decried the loss of decorum.   The parallels with what the conservatives in the United States have been pursuing has been quite interesting to say the least.

Ali Motahari reminds me of Helen Sussman, the late South African MP and oppostion leader who campagined for years against the evil of apartheid and the freedom for all South Africans.    I wanted to honor her with this I ran across:


 I also was assessing the case of Jason Rezayian of the Washington Post.  I have been periodically adding my voice to the Twitter hastag campaign #FreeJason to help keep his case alive.   The team reviewed reports that a verdict had come down.   When I reviewed the comments by the Spokemsan for Iran's Judiciary, he said he was "aware" of the verdict--but did not know what it was.    I will be continuing to assess this to see what the latest is as he has now been held longer than the US Hostages were held in 1979.

As I was working on supporting #outsiders for this week, I was around town and dropped in at the local Haagans to do a bit of weekly shopping.   I noticed that the shelves were beginning to "thin out" as Haagan has decided to shut down all Orange County stores as part of its' reorganization effort after the fanfare under which it hit Orange County.   Others are "vying" to take its' place including Aldo which is aggressively working to staff in the northern part of the County.   I had heard rumors that Gelson's may pick up a few of the stores.  But, this rumor was denied by the Staffers at Haagan's as they noted that the stores will be shut down Thanksgiving Day.   

It will be another challenging week as I took comfort in this Thought: 

We haven't all had the good fortune to be ladies; we haven't all been generals, or poets, or statesmen; but when the toast works down to the babies, we stand on common ground. Mark Twain

Friday, October 9, 2015

On the Prowl For the Day w/Thoughts On #AidRefugees; @GOP & Other Thoughts....

It has been quite a week in #Outsiders as I have worked on supporting the curation of the channels and assessing the key developments in our World.    It was quite a challenging week as the GOP continued to wrestle with a post-Boehner era under what I deemed "The Tyranny of the Minority".        It was just quite funny how the GOP was trying to "paper over" the differences in the aftermath of Kevin McCarthy's withdrawal.    .    This is as I continue to be amazed at how the GOP Presidential Field continues to advocate for a practical dismantling of the Federal Government in spite of the profound challenges on a multitude of fronts our team has been commenting on throughout the week.

One of the profound challenges the World is faced with is the refugees.   I "dropped by" the White House Website earlier to see whether there were any updates on President Obama's visit to Oregon and was so glad to see this prominently displayed on the Home Page which I was very glad to send it off to my personal Pinterest Board as I continue to assess what I can do further: 

What I found especially troublesome was the reports on two recent shootings in Texas and Arizona.   It is true that these make the news and the daily carnage in Chicago and others do not.    The need to do something is ever so critical.      It was fun, though, to support the curation of the Friday Musical Interlude as the team settled on Earth Wind & Fire.

Despite all the challenges, I did "step back" to reflect as I dug up one of the compilation of +Jonathan Huie that the team looks at daily which the team was again gracious enough to let me use as another weekend is before us:

We can only be said to be truly alive in those moments
when our hearts are conscious of our treasures.
- Thornton Wilder 

Gratitude bestows reverence,
allowing us to encounter everyday epiphanies,
those transcendent moments of awe that change forever
how we experience life and the world.
- John Milton

Onward to the Weekend....

Thursday, October 8, 2015

On The Prowl For the Day (With Updated Comments on Late Breaking Developments)

It has been quite a morning already in Washington.    It is ever so worrisome as our team has been assessing the aftermath of Congressman Kevin McCarthy dropping out of the race to replace the House Speaker.   It was horrifying to me personally as I heard one of the members of the House Freedom Caucus on changes that is necessary and I noted now the "Tyranny of the Minority" seems to be the order of the day in Washington right now.    It is of profound concern as the nature of Government is itself and the issue of Governing itself.  I went into the #Outsider archives to assess the "Conservative" read on why the Speaker resigned--although he did issue a statement that he will stay until a new House Speaker is elected--and as Donald Trump just "chimmed" in taking credit by saying how everything is a "mess" in Washington: 

The Daily Signal
Sept. 25, 2015

6 Times John Boehner Clashed With Conservatives

John Boehner, who announced he would leave Congress by the end of October, was elected as House speaker in 2011. He's clashed with conservatives on several occasions since then.
Read More

Former Speaker Newt Gingrich Explains Why John Boehner Resigned

Gingrich left the speakership in 1999 with members of Congress frustrated by his leadership, similar to the circumstances facing Boehner.
Watch the Video

37 Tweets About John Boehner's Resignation

Twitter was buzzing Friday morning as news spread about Boehner's resignation.
Read More

Flashback: John Boehner Boasted of 'Broad Support' Just Two Months Ago

Facing a motion to remove him as speaker, Boehner pushed back at his critics in July.
Watch the Video

Meet the Man Who Challenged John Boehner's Speakership

The Daily Signal visited Rep. Mark Meadows last month while home in his Western North Carolina district. He reflected on his decision to present a motion to oust Boehner.
Read More

I am glad to see Peter King of New York notes how Donald Trump is a "funny guy", but this is not a funny matter--and so glad he's noting that America is turning into a "banana republic".    The Tyranny of the Minority is ever so in evidence--and it is of profound concern.

Beyond the National Concern our team is focused on,  I have also been assessing some late breaking developments here in our home base of Orange County about a shortage of Skills that Orange County seems to be facing which we will talk about in our Community Channel.   It is also of note that Cities have begun the process of recruiting for Commisions and Committees.  The City of Laguna Niguel has already begun the process and other will be following suite.

As I was supporting the work of #Outsiders and other projects, I could not help but wonder about this admonition and whether the  +GOP  can truly live up to the admonition noted below--This is why I am supporting #Outsiders so that the conversation can be changed:

 My basic principle is that you don't make decisions because they are easy; you don't make them because they are cheap; you don't make them because they're popular; you make them because they're right. ~ Sophocles

Monday, October 5, 2015

As A New Week Dawns in #Outsiders: On-Going Thoughts.....

It was quite a busy weekend throughout #Outsiders as we "hit the Virtual Ground Running".  On the Business front, I was personally not too surprised as Walmart continued to rightsize and American Apparel declared bankrupcy.    It was also tragic to see the demise of Haagan's that will result in some 11 stores closing in Orange County.   I will never forget the face of a long-time Vons employee who decided to stay with Haagan's.    Yet, Albertson is planning to go public.

I was quite proud to see the City of Laguna Niguel announcing a "Jr. Statesman" program which our team will be releasing an update in our Community Channel, South County Matters, within the next day or so.   I have also been quite amazed at how the City of Laguna Niguel has been so committed to the safety of Pedestrians as the Community gears up for National Walk-To-School Day and the on-going Community Service Initaitive for Pedestrians on-going at the Traffic Commision which I currently serve as the Vice Chair.   It is also exciting times in South County as the developments of the Downtowns in Mission Viejo, Dana Point and Laguna Niguel continue 

I have also been quite interested in the race for the House Speaker as I saw this from the Heritage Foundation's Daily Caller:

The Daily Signal
Oct. 5, 2015

Meet the Underdog Republican Running for Speaker of the House

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy may have emerged as the frontrunner in the race for speaker of the House, but Florida Rep. Daniel Webster is emboldening his Republican colleagues to buck leadership's status quo in favor of a new approach to legislating.
Read More


Jason Chaffetz Announces Speaker Bid: Americans Don't Want 'Status Quo,' but for 'Us to Fight'

"We were entrusted by the American people with the largest majority the Republicans have ever had since Babe Ruth was swinging the baseball bat."
Read More

I think the Fortune's Geoff Colvin was rigtht in his daily "Power sheet" that our team has featured as part of its' on-going curation in the Education Channel that the outgoing Speaker, John Boehner can make history.     What I found disturbing was this comment by Jason Chaffetz that the American People want them to "fight".   I respectfully disagree with it--The American People want you guys to govern.       I was not too impressed with Mr. Chaffetz during the planned parenthood meeting as he ended the meeting with a chart supposedly from Planned Parenthood--which ended up being from an Anti-Abortion Organization.       On the Presidential Front, I am amazed by the continued rise of Senator Sanders as he draws bigger and bigger crowds.    

Beyond the beauty and majesty of Orange County and the challenges of US Politics, it is also a World that is burning around us.    One interesting piece of news was (and our team will be working to assess it) was the agreement on the Transpacific Partnership that would create a free trade zone with 11 countries that encompass 40% of the World's Trade (and encompass the Countries of "NASIIM" we're rolling out).      There is also the inferno of the Middle East too.      Russia is now "all in" in Syria as Israel again is under siege and potentially facing a third Intifada by Palestinians.    This Haaretz Editorial I saw was quite telling in how the Israeli Prime Minister was taken to task:

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It will be quite an interesting week......