Wednesday, January 31, 2018
One of the most striking images our team caught was this from the BBC Farsi's Rana Rahimpour on the analogy between the China Protests and the Iran Protests on how one Woman dared to question the hijab in Iran and how one man dared to stand up to Chinese Tanks. As we went to press, we have been seeing on-going images of Women continuing to populate Social Media.
We have also been assessing the upcoming India Federal (Union) Budget as India gears up for its' final budget before the 2019 General Election.
We have also been assessing the challenge of Gaza as this was underscored by the UN yesterday during the donor conference--this is as Ismail Hanyia, the Senior Hamas Leaders, has been designated a "Global Terrorist" by the United States and as the European Union has agreed to provide an additional $ 53 Million in aid in response to UN Budget Cuts:
Gaza close to social, economic collapse, UN envoy says
Gaza is near a total collapse and Palestinian Authority donor countries need to make the situation a priority, said United Nations Middle East envoy Nickolay Mladenov. "Returning Gaza under legitimate Palestinian control and ending all the militant activity there is critical," he said.
The Jerusalem Post (free registration) (1/30)
(Update: As the Month drew to a close, our team reviewed the chart below on Peak Oil:
Our team found it fascinating especially in light of the current focus on Fossil Fuels here in the United States. Our founder made it a point of tagging the Iranian Foreign Minister so that he at least understands the gravity of it all as Iran grapples with profound unrest and challenges on a multitude of fronts...)
Tuesday, January 30, 2018
Notations On Our World (Special M-End Edition): On The First #SOTU By @realDonaldTrump (Updated w/an analysis by @TrevorNoah)
President Trump delivered his First State of the Union. There were those who cheered (including Donald Trump Jr.) and those who opposed--including some who boycotted the speech. . The formal Democratic Response came from Congressman Joe Kennedy III, Senator Robert Kennedy's Grandson and a Great Grandnephew of President Kennedy:
Bernie Sanders and Maxine Waters also delivered rebuttals as there were Fact Checkers at Work at The Washington Post and the Guardian of London Among Others.
As the analysis continues, our team chose two competing narratives from the US Speaker of the House and the Chair of the California Democratic Party as the 2018 Mid-Term Elections loom with profound consequences for President Trump's agenda for the year:
(*Update: A bit of a different take-away courtesy Trevor Noah:
As we went to Press, President Trump was slated to deliver his First State of the Union to a Joint Session of Congress. Congressman Joe Kennedy is slated to give the Democratic Response. Our team will providing a post-analysis of it later on in the week. This is as Governors have been delivering their State of the State Address-including the Governor of our Home State, Jerry Brown.
One snapshot of the US State of the Union was this that was reported by Truth in Accounting:
One snapshot of the US State of the Union was this that was reported by Truth in Accounting:
This is an interesting takeaway on the National Debt in the United States which we are pleased to report on for our Weekly Edition of Notations: Our Debt Clock
This is as we assessed this before us which is a major focus of ours here in #Outsiders in the aftermath of Davos:
AI probably won't take your job; it will change it. What to expect from #AI in 2018: https://t.co/rjuwgKgbhn #wef18 pic.twitter.com/CSnQIRk6wA— strategy+business (@stratandbiz) January 23, 2018
Monday, January 22, 2018
It was quite a weekend on the political scene in the United States as Government Shutdown Continued. The dreamers marched in Washington Friday Night and the entire Political Punditry and Political Class was busy as some depicted a sense of shame on a broad basis. As we went to press, there was an expected vote scheduled around Noon Washington Time.
We released this to our Twitter Channel that we will headline all week here in our Main Property:
Our view : a call to action we hope all including @SpeakerRyan @SenateGOP @SenateDems @realDonaldTrump @HouseDemocrats @HouseGOP embraces -country before party https://t.co/s82Gtc4qP4— DailyOutsider (@ordinaryfaces) January 21, 2018
We also are pleased to present the whole Ted Talk for here for all as we continue to remain hopeful:
One of our must reads, Alan Murray of Fortune, relesaed this before he left for #Davos2018--our team will also be on the prowl as well as this on the drop in trust was of concern especially as OXFAM also reported that the top 1% took 83% of the Wealth last year:
Sunday, January 21, 2018
Our team picked this up courtesy of Bloomberg on the eve of #Davos2018 on the key risks for the global elite as they head for the Davos hills.... https://t.co/9kOho03qfc by @sjhmorris#Davos2018 #WEF2018 pic.twitter.com/NsUfjZ3nW2
— Andrew Barden (@abarden) January 17, 2018
This is, as of course, one man will dominate it all, @realDonaldTrump:
The #WEF in #Davos next week will host its usual line-up of industry titans, financiers and politicians, but will almost certainly be dominated by just one of them: Donald J. Trump.— Andrew Barden (@abarden) January 16, 2018
via @bpolitics @MattCampbel pic.twitter.com/bLH6BQvyj4
Saturday, January 20, 2018
As we went to press with this weekend edition of "Notations" the United States Federal Government is shut down. Women have marched throughout the United States on the first anniversary of President Trump's inauguration as the blame game is ever so on-going on Social Media with the hashtags #TrumpShutdown; #SchummerPelosiShutdown; #SchummerShutdown. The Wall with Mexico has been central in the issue--that's why what Vincente Fox, the Former President of Mexico, said in an interview with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation earlier this week was telling which we have noted here.
As we have been assessing the state of affairs, what we picked up from Orange County Congresswoman Mimi Walters was interesting as she sent out this Tweet :
The #SchumerPelosiShutdown is causing dangerous harm to our military, and needless uncertainty to nine million American children that rely on #CHIP for health care coverage. Until the government is reopened and providing full resources, I will forgo any and all compensation. pic.twitter.com/Kfq4Xse5Og— Mimi Walters (@RepMimiWalters) January 20, 2018
One of the most notable absences is that of Senator John McCain. We here at the Daily Outsider are grateful to the team at the Washington Examiner as they reflected upon this with the pivotal role he has played at not only the Armed Services Committee but also the US Senate:
Sen. John McCain, 81, the fiery and seemingly tireless Armed Services chairman who is now battling brain cancer, was still at home in Arizona and absent from his committee’s first hearing of 2018.
The hearing was remarkable partly because of his absence. McCain, who was diagnosed with glioblastoma in July, has been a driving force on the committee since he took the gavel three years ago.
Read the full story here.
As we went to press and as he was in treatment for his Cancer, he issued a statement lamenting the State of Affairs. He and his family continue to be in our thoughts and prayers.
Friday, January 19, 2018
We wanted to end the week here in our main property on a bit of a high note as we honor all the refugees of the World with this from the Syrian Singer Wafiaa:
We are just as obsessed which is why we began upon the journey as we have. We also are so proud to feature this we picked up from the UN Refugee Agency Twitter Channel:.@Wafiaaa is using her voice to fight for women and refugees – and we couldn't be more obsessed.— Global Citizen (@GlblCtzn) January 19, 2018
Read more: https://t.co/Z1GWBV4LSo pic.twitter.com/9rb0DrUn0N
Canadian entrepreneur and CEO @jimestill worked closely with a team of 800 volunteers to welcome 200 refugees and help them set up new lives. #WithRefugees pic.twitter.com/cG084wzIEt— UN Refugee Agency (@Refugees) January 19, 2018
It is of note that there are 65 Million displaced people around the World according to the UN Refugee Agency and millions who are technically Stateless including the Rohniyga in Burma (also known as Myanmar) and the Palestinians living in the Occupied Territories. The United States has decided to withhold funds to the UN Refugee Workers Agency (UNRWA). There is also drama in Washington as we went to press as our team has been monitoring the on-going situation as the World awaits a determination on the status of the US Federal Government and whether funding will run out. It must be noted that as the US is a Federal System, there will not be a total shutdown--however the last time a major shutdown occurred, it cost US Tax Payers billions.
We remain hopeful--a sense of hope epitomized by that Blue Flag of the UN.
Notations On Our World (Special Friday Edition): As @POTUS State of the Union is at Hand (Courtesy @rand)
A very tough read-up on the state of affairs in America Today....
Thursday, January 18, 2018
Notations On Our World (Special Edition): re #DACA re Jorge Garcia And His Family Speak Out About His Deportation To Mexico | ...
As the debate ensues over #DACA and the impending showdown over the spending bill, the Garcia Family's predicament was showcased.
|The US Senate Majority Leader|
As we are going to press right now, The US Senate was in a late session having taken up what the House passed to fund operations of the United States Government. The House Bill went down to defeat as Senators Mike Lee and Rand Paul voted against it. The minority objected to Amendments as Government funding ends midnight Friday EST.
The US Senate has just adjourned until 11 AM EST tomorrow.
Earlier this week, "New California" was declared. We wanted to share this courtesy of USA Today. It is always fun, in our view, to see @ordinaryfaces in action exercising their Constitutional Rights--no matter how futile it may be.
Wednesday, January 17, 2018
It has been quite a week!!
Our team was on the prowl in the aftermath of #MLKDay 2018 with this:
US Senator Jeff Flake of Arizona took to the US Senate Floor to denounce the President as there were a number of interesting headlines that were featured on the New York Times last week on the plight of the Democratic process, on Climate Change, the future and of course in the midst of it--companies still trying to survive:
As we reflected upon the headlines from last week, what we noted below from yesterday's New York Times was even more challenging to assess in light of the challenges with North Korea (although we are pleased to report that North and South Korea will field a joint team:
President Trump denied that he called Africa and Haiti "s...holes" as he professed that he was the least racist person he knows. Eric Trump went on Fox & Friends to say that the President only saw one color: Green. What was noted below was a sampling of the reaction to the President's Statement:
“Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, the wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!” This country’s greatness and true genius lies in its diversity.— James Comey (@Comey) January 12, 2018
I’ve traveled and worked in Haiti, and across Africa and Central America. The countries the president described with his epithet do not exist. Some thoughts as we remember those lost in Haiti eight years ago today: https://t.co/iXJwEAo2f6— Bill Clinton (@BillClinton) January 12, 2018
There is of course Iran--and what the President announced on it:
Trump's policy & today’s announcement amount to desperate attempts to undermine a solid multilateral agreement, maliciously violating its paras 26, 28 & 29. JCPOA is not renegotiable: rather than repeating tired rhetoric, US must bring itself into full compliance -just like Iran.— Javad Zarif (@JZarif) January 12, 2018
As our team assessed 2018 so far, what was reported by Government Executive was telling:
Federal employees overwhelmingly believe President Trump does not respect them, according to a new survey, and a plurality think he has negatively affected their agencies' missions.
To read the entire story, click here.
This is as there is a partial US Government shutdown looming as we will continue to assess it all. President Trump is slated to attend the World Economic Forum and our team at the Visions Property here in the Daily Outsider will be assessing it as we will be releasing a "Notation" shortly courtesy of the team at Bloomberg.
Tuesday, January 16, 2018
Notations On Our World ( Special Community Edition): Out & About In Our Community of South Orange County & California
Governor Brown of California is entering his final year in Office. He has just released his budget. We received this at our Virtual Studios on a Snapshot of the budget which we hereby present courtesy of the team at Association of California Cities: