Sunday, December 31, 2017
Saturday, December 30, 2017
As the year draws to a close, our team compiled a "snapshot" of the first year since Donald Trump Became President of the United States which we hope all all enjoy:
- The View from China
US economy faces a painful comedown from its ‘sugar high’ https://t.co/Y3c6Pe9hqP
— Financial Times (@FT) December 10, 2017
Dow in the first 11 months:— Steven Rattner (@SteveRattner) December 19, 2017
- Obama: 29.9%
- Trump: 25.0%
S&P in the first 11 months:
- Obama: 36.9%
- Trump: 18.4% https://t.co/jYMJgIMpTf
Penn/Wharton model finds that tax bill will increase average annual economic growth by no more than about one-tenth of one percentage point over next decade. For $2 trillion in additional federal debt. https://t.co/tkxuHK1PSY— Ronald Brownstein (@RonBrownstein) December 19, 2017
Top award for cowardice? Quite competitive, but goes to 12 Republican California House members who voted for tax bill that sought to politically punish their state thru higher taxes, cuts in health & education. If those 12 opposed, bill fails 215-215. Lots to explain in 2018.— Gene Sperling (@genebsperling) December 19, 2017
So that's the plan, then: massive tax cuts for corporations and the rich, followed by massive cuts to programs for the poor and the elderly. https://t.co/yTYPlfxMV3— Ezra Klein (@ezraklein) December 19, 2017
To grasp the true scale of betrayal this tax plan represents, it's crucial to remember the *story* Trump told during the campaign.— Greg Sargent (@ThePlumLineGS) December 20, 2017
It was a story about how Trump had engorged himself off politicians who rigged the economy. He knew the scam. He'd end it.https://t.co/ByLxspIpkZ pic.twitter.com/c2udUTLpvk
I've created new charts that show just what an enormous giveaway to the rich the Trump GOP tax plan really is.— Greg Sargent (@ThePlumLineGS) December 19, 2017
They use Tax Policy Center data.
Here's the key one, showing what happens in 2027:https://t.co/ijnySc7FTt pic.twitter.com/gOzs5JG9iI
The new House Tax Plan seems to give unfair tax breaks to large companies instead of supporting middle- and working-class people, disadvantaged groups like our #homeless community, and efforts to develop #affordablehousing. Check out some of these specifics: pic.twitter.com/sCGcRgooTy— National Homeless (@Ntl_Homeless) December 14, 2017
Economic inequality and the future of democracy https://t.co/1qaTNB18Lk— Project Syndicate (@ProSyn) December 17, 2017
We conclude with this as we wish all a #HappyNewYear2018:
“To announce that there must be
no criticism of the President,
or that we are to stand by the President,
right or wrong,
is not only unpatriotic and servile,
but is morally treasonable to the American public.”~ Theodore Roosevelt
Friday, December 29, 2017
Our team just captured these images from Social Media from wide-spread demonstrations throughout Iran over the past 36 hours as the Government has called for major demonstrations in support of the Government in the aftermath of the challenges of the Green Movement. Ayatollah Khameini noted in the first screen capture on how he wanted the current President and the former President to be held to account--even though his own accountability is not to be questioned for the continued profound challenges the Country Faces. Clips of Videos continue to be hitting the Social Media Airways throughout the past number of days as Official Government Media continues to stay silent and dismissive of the wide-spread demonstrations. Cries of "No to Gaza, No to Lebanon..I will lay my life for Iran " especially resonated as the first Vice President, Jahangiri, dismissed is as "an excuse" and underscored that such will not harm the Government.
As we went to press, we wanted to note one interesting note was by Professor Zibakalam of Tehran University. He has been one of the leading internal voices of dissent as he underscored how the rising voices of discontent against the current President, Hassan Rouhani, must be held in check. This is as he released this on what he viewed as the misguided view on how Iran approaches its' Foreign Policy in relations to Israel:
. یکی از دلایل ناکامی فلسطینیها ظرف ۷۰سال گذشته اختلافات کشورهای اسلامی بوده. در ماجرای اخیر به عنوان مثال، ما ایرانیان بیش از آن که به فکر یاری فلسطینیها باشیم، در پی تسویه حساب با سعودیها هستیم. تلاش میکنیم نشان دهیم آنها و خط سازش مقصر بودهاند و در مقابل، موضعِ رادیکالِ ایرانِ انقلابی، درست و بر حق. #زیباکلام_توییتر #زیباکلام_توئیتر #زیباکلام #صادق_زیباکلام #تولد_اسراییل #تولد_اسرائیل #کتاب_تولد_اسرائیل #کتاب_تولد_اسراییل #فلسطین #اسرائیل #اورشلیم #اسراییل #اسرائیل_باید_نابود_شود #اسرائیل_باید_از_بین_برودA post shared by صادق زیباکلام (@zibakalamsadegh) on
He featured three of the defeated and discredited Presidential Candidates and asked: there is no alternative as he challenged Rouhani to hear the pleas of the ordinary faces on the street. This is as major cities throughout Iran dealt with environmental hazards that prompted closures of Schools and Institutions as Iran continued to face challenging weather in the aftermath of a very challenging Budget that the President has presented to Parliament which is being deliberated as we went to press.
Monday, December 25, 2017
Friday, December 22, 2017
|Happy Holidays: Christmas Songs Playlist on Spotify|
It is a joyful time as we are again grateful to the team at the Mission for this honoring one of our team's favorite characters; Peanuts!!! We are ever so grateful for all the opportunities we have had over the past year as we hope all continue to embrace our adventure .
We had the pleasure to release a Notation on it and we are pleased to present this snapshot on the Kit which we hope all will embrace for the future of the planet:
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As we "go dark" through the end of the year, our team will continue periodic "curation" of our Twitter Channel as we also hope all enjoy our live Broadcast Pod featuring Al Jazeera. As we commend ICAN for its' win of the Noble Peace Prize, , we view this small clip courtesy of ICAN that underscores a sense of humanity and a sense of purpose as epitomized as the World celebrated the 70th Anniversary of the adoption of the Declaration of Human Rights:
There was also this "business Perspective' courtesy of Industry Week which we wanted to feature that we received in our Virtual Newsroom:
This is as the US Burden is ever so which will be a focus of ours during 2018:
Onward to 2018 with all its possibilities :
Onward to 2018 with all its possibilities :
Tuesday, December 19, 2017
Monday, December 18, 2017
Our team picked this up courtesy of the New York Times' Upshot team on the pending Tax Cut Bill:
How the new tax system will affect people depends on a few key variables. Here's a way to estimate. https://t.co/CVHwENvmLe pic.twitter.com/4MavyELw0D— The Upshot (@UpshotNYT) December 17, 2017
It was a result of quite a bit of compromise to secure the votes of a number of US Senators including Marco Rubio who was a last minute holdout and the Republicans are confident they will be able to pass it. We also understood from reports late on Sunday that Senator McCain will miss the vote due to the aftermath of recovery from Chemotherapy. In our View, the Guidance from the Congressional Budget Office was of special note as "...According to CBO’s and the staff of the Joint Committee on Taxation’s (JCT) estimates, enacting H.R. 1 would reduce revenues by about $1,649 billion and decrease outlays by about $194 billion over the period from 2018 to 2027, leading to an increase in the deficit of $1,455 billion over the next 10 years. Those estimates do not incorporate the effects of macroeconomic feedback...." .
In addition to the Tax Debate, One of the biggest decisions that came down was the rejection of Net Neutrality by the US Federal Communications Commission despite profound opposition--including we here are the Daily Outsider. However, what Politico Noted was also very critical:
Our team has also been assessing the moves by Judicial Watch. One move they made was to file suit against California regarding Voting:5 things Trump did this week while you weren't looking https://t.co/lBnJ4FNcFI pic.twitter.com/chv9u0Ik4j— POLITICO (@politico) December 16, 2017
On the Foreign Policy Front, the War of Words intensified between the United States and Iran in the aftermath of UN Ambassador Nikki Haley's Speech in Washington which prompted a retort from the Iranian Foreign Minister over Twitter this past week:Judicial Watch sent a notice-of-violation letter in August 2017 threatening to sue California and certain of its counties over violations of the National Voter Registration Act. California was one of 12 states to receive such letters from JW. (4/6)https://t.co/35Hs3wHINp— Judicial Watch 🔎 (@JudicialWatch) December 13, 2017
On the very day US regurgitates Saudi & Emirati propaganda on #Yemen, #CAR report confirms US & Saudi weapons end up in the hands of ISIS. With this U.S. administration, it seems hypocrisy knows no bounds. https://t.co/Gf7kAwieTE— Javad Zarif (@JZarif) December 15, 2017
Beyond the immediate challenges, we are looking to 2018 as We were witness to quite a #2017. These images below captured the beauty, the majesty and the tragedies of our World during 2017 and we send a Virtual Thanks to the team at Reuters for their Choice and the team at China Daily for having featured it that we're privileged to feature here as we prepare to go dark for the year:
|China : A Salute|
|United States: The Great Eclipse|
|Europe: The Beauty of Greece|
|Iraq: The Battle For Mosul|
|United States: Muslim Ban Protests in Dallas|
|United States: New York City Marathon|
|Europe: A White Muse On a Stroll in Sweden|
As we went to press, President Trump was speaking on a major shift in US National Security Policy as 2018 Looms.
It is bound to be a very interesting 2018....