Sunday, March 18, 2018

Notations On Our World (Special Community Edition): On #MarchForOurLives

March 24 is the date March For Lives Occur.  This is as March 14 saw thousands of students march out in solidarity for the 17 students who lost their lives in Florida.        We end this with what the Principal of Aliso Niguel High School noted for the Aliso Viejo Wolverine Community: 

What we saw today inspired us.

On Valentine’s Day, we hid in classrooms, in closets, while 17 of our fellow Eagles were brutally murdered, and 17 more were injured. Today, for 17 minutes, countless students across the country left their classrooms to remember those we lost, 17 minutes for those still healing injuries, and 17 minutes of solidarity with those of us still shattered by what happened.

When we stood up and demanded change we could not imagine this level of support – and for that we are eternally thankful. Communities across this country walked out of classrooms to send one message – Enough.

That is why 10 days from today we’re going to march and demand change.

We’re going to go to our nation’s Capital, town squares, city centers, rural roads, and village parks to demand our lives be defended.

We’re going to ask every “leader” what they’re doing to protect us. We are not just talking about voting – we are talking about saving lives.

From these walkouts, we march on.

Click here to find an event near you and tell us you’ll be there. We need you to show up again.

With love and respect,
The March for Our Lives Organizers


We Went to the National School Walkout at the White House. Here’s What We Saw.

Beginning at 10 a.m., students sat in silence for 17 minutes—one minute for each of the Parkland victims.

Dear Wolverine Parents,
I want to take just a moment to update you regarding today's nationwide student-led walkout as it occurred on our campus.  Ultimately, each student made their own choice as to whether or not to participate in the walkout, and as Principal, I am so very proud of ALL of our students -- both those who chose to participate as well as those who chose to remain in classrooms.  At 10:00 am, approximately 1300 students chose to participate in the walkout; all students were orderly, respectful, and followed directions to proceed directly to the gym. Student leaders then first called for a moment of silence, followed by a tribute to the Florida students, which was given by a student speaker who actually transferred to Aliso Niguel approximately 6 weeks ago from the very school in Parkland, Florida where the most recent violence occurred.  Once again, our students were absolutely orderly, respectful and engaged.  Students left the gym to return to classrooms shortly after 10:17 am.  Our amazing Wolverine students ALL showed great character today and are a credit to their parents, community, and our staff.  Again, I am so very proud.   Thank you for your continued support or our school.

Deni Christensen - Principal 

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Random Thought (W-End Edition): From the "Grid" On Our World....

It was quite a challenging week in our World.    Our team selected a brief sampling of Tweets from the Middle East along with the latest antics out of Washington.   This is as some very interesting events have been happening in Iran--including the detention of two key former aides to the former Iranian President, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad who has been speaking out in the aftermath of the protests that we've provided guidance here over the ensuing weeks.


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Lawfare – Mar 17, 7:51 AM
Anyone who is confidently pronouncing on the merits of Andrew McCabe's firing Friday night is venturing well beyond the realm of known facts. We certainly understand the instinct to rally to McCabe's defense at a time when the president is issuing…

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New York Times – Matthew Rosenberg – Mar 17, 6:09 AM
LONDON — As the upstart voter-profiling company Cambridge Analytica prepared to wade into the 2014 American midterm elections, it had a problem. The firm had secured a $15 million investment from Robert Mercer, the wealthy Republican donor…
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The Guardian – Emma Graham-Harrison – Mar 17, 6:01 AM
The data analytics firm that worked with Donald Trump's election team and the winning Brexit campaign harvested millions of Facebook profiles of US voters, in the tech giant's biggest ever data breach, and used them to build a powerful software…

Facebook #SheMeansBusiness – Mar 16, 8:41 PM
By Paul Grewal, VP & Deputy General Counsel We are suspending Strategic Communication Laboratories (SCL), including their political data analytics firm, Cambridge Analytica, from Facebook. Given the public prominence of this organization, we want…

Friday, March 16, 2018

On This St. Patrick's Day 2018

On behalf our Team, We wanted to wish all the luck of the Irish as we are privileged to share this #GoogleDoodle:

St. Patrick's Day 2018

We leave you all with this Irish Blessing:

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Random Thoughts (Special Friday Edition): Just Throw!!!!

We began our week in our properties as we published this in our Education Channel.  We wanted to end our week as we hope all enjoy these "Random Thoughts" as we wish all the best of weekends:   

“The world is filled with people who,
no matter what you do,
will point blank not like you.
But it is also filled with those
who will love you fiercely.
They are your people.
You are not for everything and that’s OK.
Talk to the people who can hear you.
Don’t waste your precious time and gifts
trying to convince them of your value,
they won’t ever want what you’re selling.
Don’t convince them to walk alongside you.
You’ll be wasting both your time and theirs
and will likely inflict unnecessary wounds,
which will take precious time to heal.
You are not for them and they are not for you;
politely wave them on and continue along your way.
Sharing your path with someone is a sacred gift;
don’t cheapen it by rolling yours in the wrong direct.
Keep facing your true north.”
~ Rebecca Campbell

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Notations From the Grid (Special Weekly Edition): On the Looming Tech Battles

We have been following the true "Soap Opera" with Qualcomm and Broadcom--Broadcom is building a major HQ here in Irvine, California in anticipation of its' move back to the United States.

It was interesting and timelyl as our team reviewed this "snapshot" courtesy of Robert Hackett at Fortune on the status that is a  worthwhile read as the Chip Battle continues in the Tech Space--and as the big player, Intel, waits in the wings: 

MARCH 10, 2018
Good morning, Cyber Saturday readers.
What’s happening in the chip industry is more sensational than a soap opera.
This week the U.S. Treasury asked Qualcomm to postpone by 30 days an annual shareholder meeting that could have resulted in the company’s hostile takeover by Broadcom, a Singapore-based rival. The Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States is now investigating whether Broadcom’s $117 billion conquest attempt could have national security consequences, given Qualcomm’s sensitive government work and the role it plays in developing technology behind next-generation 5G telecom infrastructure. Should the U.S. allow a foreign force to snap up a domestic concern so seemingly vital to its future?
The situation gets more complicated. The U.S. committee is less concerned about the firms’ geographies and more about their investment strategies. (Broadcom, formerly headquartered in the U.S., is already seeking to repatriate.) The big issue for the committee is Broadcom’s “private equity”-style approach to management which, the regulatory body said in a letter, could mean reduced R&D investments in favor of “short term profitability.” Broadcom has attempted to assuage concerns by promising to fund innovation.
Broadcom’s case is not helped, however, by its LBO-like raiding tactics. The firm, which has vied for months to consummate its proposed deal, is leading an effort to replace six members of Qualcomm’s 11-person board of directors—a move that, if successful, may as well seal the tie-up. They are, one could argue, acting like barbarians at the logic gate.
Qualcomm’s management team, meanwhile, prefers to maintain its independence and pursue a $44 billion purchase of NXP Semiconductors, a Dutch chipmaker. And Intel, the big chip kahuna, isn’t sitting idly by either. Threatened by the prospect of a combined Broad-Qual, the company is said to be waiting in the wings, ready to swoop in and make a bid for Broadcom if the Qualcomm coup looks likely to succeed. This is the stuff that corporate sagas are made of.
The subtext of all this is the U.S.’s fear of ceding power to China. The deal-reviewing committee has warned that foreign titans like Huawei and ZTE Corp. are poised to take the lead in 5G unless the U.S. takes steps to defend its silicon might. What may seem like arcane corporate infighting has the gravest implications for the nation’s fortunes.
Tune in next time for more melodrama. Till then, relax and have a great weekend.
Robert Hackett

Monday, March 12, 2018

Notations On Our World (Special Community Edition): #2018 Elections is Before Us...

The 2018 elections has begun in earnest and the Orange County Registrar of Voters has already been hard at work.     Our team received this as we will continue to assess things on a Regional and of course National Basis in light of the continued challenges from the White House:

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Candidate filing for the June Primary Election closed this evening at 5 p.m. There are 41 contests and 100 candidates that have qualified for the ballot. View our online tracking system for a complete list of candidates.

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Random Draw for Candidate Ballot Order
Random Draw for Candidate Ballot OrderWe will be conducting a random draw for the order of candidates for offices that extend into other counties on March 15, 2018 at 11 a.m. The Secretary of State will also conduct a drawing for all other candidates at the same time.
2018 Outreach Events Increasing
2018 Outreach Events IncreasingOur outreach events for the 2018 election cycle will continue to expand – we will be in Yorba Linda at the ShamROCK n’ Run event on Sunday, March 18th registering voters and recruiting volunteers.

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Notations On Our World (Special Edition): A Look Into Dubai's Museum of the Future

Notations From the Grid (W-End Edition): On The State of the Cities

As we remember and embrace our World epitomized by the World Coming together durig the Winter Olympics,
Sometimes a picture noted below  is worth a billion words--Will we have the courage to overcome? 

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Notations On Our World (W-End Special Edition): On #2018 Elections; @realDonaldTrump

As part of our effort to showcase alternative views, we wanted to feature this done by the Guardian with the founders of the Indivisible Team as the 2018 Mid-Terms looms along with a snapshot courtesy of DC Reports along with the Resurgent:  

The Resistance Now

Indivisible founders anticipate 'a lot of good surprises' in November's midterms

Ezra Levin and Leah Greenberg, who created the resistance group in 2016, tell the Guardian about their plans to help progressive candidates

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     Veronica Escobar became the Democratic congressional nominee for Texas’s US congressional district 16 on Tuesday. Photograph: Julio-Cesar Chavez/Reuters

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    If Democrats take back the House, Senate or both in the 2018 midterm elections, it will have been with the help of Indivisible, a leading resistance movement organization that was formed after the 2016 election by husband and wife Ezra Levin and Leah Greenberg.
    On the sidelines of the annual Progressive Caucus Center Strategy Summit in Baltimore, Levin sat down with the Guardian to talk about student activism, the midterms and why contentious primaries are not a bad thing.
    (This interview has been edited and condensed for brevity.)
    The Guardian: Progressives are pretty excited ahead of 2018, especially after the Democratic primaries in Texas. What was your takeaway?
    Ezra Levin: What we saw in Texas is what we’re seeing across the country in all of the special elections that have occurred so far: folks are jazzed up.
    When we started, we got a lot of questions like, “You’re advocating; you’re doing town halls; you’re calling members of Congress; you’re holding die-ins, but can you actually electoralize this? Can you actually win elections?” I think that question has been answered pretty definitively, again and again and again, in Alabama, in Virginia.
    The story is that a lot of folks who were never really involved in politics before are suddenly getting involved, and that changes the game because politics is a participatory support so suddenly when you have more people participating you get different outcomes.
    Guardian: Democratic primaries are crowded and, in some races, contentious. What is Indivisible’s strategy?
    Levin: Indivisible national is a network of 6,000 groups. At the national level, we will try to coordinate and support that network. But we won’t, for example, go into Houston or Austin and say: “This is the Indivisible candidate and you’ve got to get behind them.” What we will do is say: “Tell us who you are behind and we’ll try to elevate them. We’ll try to help you push them forward.” Philosophically, we don’t want national [organizations] coming in and telling us what we should do with our vote. We want control over it.
    That dynamic of local control is really important. That means trusting your local groups and organizations on the ground and allowing them to choose the direction of that primary. And can be challenging for existing power structures. I really do hope the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and the rest of the infrastructure are learning that we should defer to the judgement of local groups. That’s where we’ll have the most success.
    After the primary, we think that it is incredibly important that progressives get behind whoever wins. Virginia was a model of that. Not everyone was aligned over who should win the gubernatorial primary but once there was a winner, everybody got behind him. We think that should happen everywhere.
    Guardian: How does student activism over gun control fit into the resistance movement and can activists channel that energy into the midterms?
    Levin: What you’re seeing is high school students awakened to the power that they have. And seeing students stand up for their own values really engages our network. They are so jazzed about finding ways to support these students so that it’s not just one march, or one action, but something that can achieve the change that they want to see.
    Guardian: Congress failed to enact protections for Dreamers by the 5 March deadline. What do you see as the next real opportunity to push for immigration reform?
    Levin: There have been a series of opportunities to apply pressure, legislatively. Debt ceiling. Disaster relief. CR, the short-term budget. As we move forward into an election year, then there’s the opportunity to apply pressure through the electoral system and to ask candidates: Will you vote against a budget that fails to include a clean Dream Act? Will you vote if elected against funding a mass deportation force and continuing to carry out a fascist agenda?
    Guardian: Which races are you watching as we head into the 2018 midterms?
    Levin: The thing I’m most excited about is more unexpected victories like we experienced in 2017. More Alabamas. More rural Virginias. The reason why we think that’s possible is not just because there’s energy out there but because we’re actually contesting. We’re running candidates in these places and I think there are going to be a lot of surprises come November – a lot of good surprises.

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    • This year’s International Women’s Day came five months after the first revelations about Harvey Weinstein. The resultant #TimesUp/#MeToo movement has finally “brought recognition that each act of gender violence is part of an epidemic”, writes Rebecca Solnit in the Guardian. But this new movement did not just spring out of nowhere, Solnit says: “It is a revolt for which we have been preparing for decades”. The Guardian live-blogged International Women’s Day across three continents.
    London rally for International Women's Day
     Rallies took place around the world for International Women’s Day. Photograph: Wiktor Szymanowicz / Barcroft Images

    • “Senate Republicans spent the end of Barack Obama’s term running out the clock on his picks for federal judges,” writes Kate Harloe at Mother Jones. “So when Donald Trump took office, he faced a nearly unprecedented number of vacant judgeships.” Trump has used that opportunity to nominate 69 judges – “more than any president since Reagan”, Harloe writes – and 71% of those are white men.

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