Friday, March 30, 2018

Notations On Our World (Special Qquarter-End Edition): On this #Easter2018 & #Passover

As the Quarter draws to a close, we wanted to end the Quarter with two critical guidance from the team @US-CERT on what to watch for.  This is As it is Tax Season and it is also Easter Week-End.     

 Happy Passover and Happy Easter

U.S. Department of Homeland Security US-CERT
National Cyber Awareness System:

03/30/2018 08:34 PM EDT

Original release date: March 30, 2018As this year's April 17 tax deadline approaches, NCCIC/US-CERT offers taxpayers guidance to help protect their personal, financial, and tax information. Hackers can take advantage of taxpayers by using social engineering scams to attempt to steal personally identifiable information. NCCIC encourages taxpayers to review the following resources and recommendations:
  • Avoid tax scams. Look for the telltale signs of tax scams:
    • emails that appear to come from your tax professional, requesting information for an IRS form
    • emails containing links to a supposed IRS website
    • bogus questionnaires claiming to be from the IRS or law enforcement agencies
    • calls where scammers leave urgent callback requests
  • Safeguard personal data.
  • Use strong passwords.
  • Keep software updated.
If you believe you have been a victim of an IRS-related phishing attempt, visit the IRS’s page at to report suspicious IRS-related communications.

03/30/2018 08:51 PM EDT

Original release date: March 30, 2018As the Easter holiday approaches, NCCIC/US-CERT reminds users to be aware of potential holiday scams and cyber campaigns, which may include
  • emails and ecards from unknown senders that may contain malicious links,
  • fake advertisements or shipping notifications with attachments infected with malware, and
  • spoofed email messages and phony posts on social networking sites requesting support for fraudulent causes.
NCCIC encourages users and administrators to be cautious of unsolicited messages and to review NCCIC Tips on Using Caution with Email Attachments and Avoiding Social Engineering and Phishing Attacks.

Notations From the Grid (Special Quarter-End Edition): On this #Easter2018.....

As we go dark on this Easter W-End 2018, Please enjoy this on Iran from our Archives as we gear up for Q2 2018 throughout our Virtual Properties...

Happy Easter to all.....

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Notations On Our World (Special Friday Edition): Random Thoughts On Our World.....

It has been quite a week in our World with all that occurred.  As we decided to release this edition of "Random Thoughts" for all to enjoy, we also are proud to introduce a new periodic feature:  Broadcasts.   For this week, in our Education & Visions Property, we have introduced Bloomberg & France24 which we hope all enjoy as we also hope a snapshot of quite an interesting week courtesy of the team at Time Magazine (soon to be part of the Meredith Corporation) captured it ever so: 
The Reality Show President Has Met His Match in Stormy Daniels
Interviewed on 60 Minutes about her alleged sexual relationship with President Donald Trump, Stormy Daniels revealed herself to be as gifted a practitioner of the language of reality TV as we've seen
The Stormy Daniels Interview Gave ’60 Minutes’ Its Highest Ratings in Years
The porn star says she had an affair with Donald Trump

A Witness in the Mueller Probe Allegedly Sent Millions to a Trump Fundraiser to Push a UAE Agenda
A top fundraiser for President Donald Trump received millions of dollars from a political adviser to the United Arab Emirates just weeks before he began handing out a series of large political donations to U.S. lawmakers
U.S. Army Veteran Deported to Mexico After 2 Tours in Afghanistan
U.S. Army veteran Miguel Perez Jr. was deported to Mexico after two tours in Afghanistan that reportedly left him with post-traumatic stress disorder. He was handed over to Mexican authorities after a felony drug charge prevented him from obtaining U.S. citizenship
2 Lawyers Not Joining President Trump’s Legal Team After All
President Donald Trump will not be adding two new lawyers to the legal team defending him in the special counsel's Russia investigation, one of the president's attorneys said. Lawyers Joseph diGenova and Victoria Toensing have conflicts
What Is a Trade War? Why Economists Are Worried
Economists are warning that the world is on the verge of an all-out trade war, featuring tit-for-tat reprisals, heated rhetoric and appeals to the World Trade Organization, which may be ill-equipped to respond

Stormy Daniels Says She Was Threatened to Keep Quiet on Alleged Affair With Donald Trump
The adult film star said in an interview with CBS' "60 Minutes" that she was threatened to keep silent about an alleged sexual encounter with Donald Trump in 2006. She claims a man told her, "Leave Trump alone. Forget the story."
President Trump Announces Ban on Bump Stocks for Guns
Trump ordered the Justice Department to work toward a ban after the Parkland shooting
Republican Donor Launches Gun Control Advocacy Group During the March For Our Lives
A major Republican donor fed up with congressional inaction has launched a gun control advocacy group
President Trump Bashed Wasteful Spending. Then He Praised Over-Budget Military Projects
President Donald Trump signed a $1.3 trillion spending bill into law at the White House on Friday, outlining concerns it was full of what he deemed wasteful programs. Then he praised a handful of military projects in the bill which have long exceeded their budgets
Then, there is the John Bolton Appointment with these views from the Grid:

" has also long backed a cultlike Iranian opposition group, the Mujahideen-e Khalq, or , which has been held responsible for the murder of multiple American military personnel," for

“I don’t consider Bolton credible,” George W. Bush told a group of conservative writers in the Oval Office in 2008. If the president who sent him to the UN can change his view of , so can I."

There is also #Facebook as it took out ads and got into a full crisis mode to try and contain the damage.   We maintain a Facebook presence and release periodic features from our properties on it along with our weekly "View of the Week" on it based on our on-going curation efforts.    The need to be secure & to feel secure is fundemental as we view this guide as critical in this endeavor:

We leave you all with this from a favorite of ours, Bob Sinclar as he reminds us all to "Hold On":

Monday, March 26, 2018

Notations On Our World (Special Weekly Edition): On The War in #Yemen

As The Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman is in the United States, one of his signature policies not normally discussed is in focus:  The War in Yemen.     Over the Week-End, the Houthis fired seven missiles which were intercepted by US-Supplied Anti-Missile Defense Systems.  The Houthi Rebel Leader promised more of the same as the United States approved more arms sales.

This courtesy of the Team at Al Jazeera depicts what the Saudis and their coailition allies have done since 2015-The per month breakdown is available by clicking here as the United States Senate blocked an effort to prevent the sale of Arms to Saudi Arabia: 

Notations On Our World (Special Edition): On #IranDeal

Our Team just picked this up:

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