Thursday, September 12, 2019

Notations On Our World (Special Thursday Edition): Out & About In Our World

Our team captured images of Patriots Day in the aftermath of the attack on the Pentagon, as President Trump noted how #WeWillNeverForget" and as Iranians came out in strong support of the United States in the aftermath of that horrible day.

We also have been assessing the status of the Israeli Election as Election Day Nears--especially as we saw reports of spying by Israel which was denied by the Israeli Government and by the current Israeli Prime Minister.    We have also been assessing the on-going situation in Iran in the aftermath of the death of the #BlueGirl that we had the pleasure to honor for the sacrifice she made for Freedom and Democracy in Iran:

As we also went to press, we have also been assessing the on-going situation in Russia in the aftermath of the local elections in Russia as Russia's ruling party suffered major defeats.    Russian security forces carried out raids across Russia seizing assets from the offices of the key opposition leader Alexi Navalany.

Our team will be assessing it all..... 

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Notations On Our World (Special Edition): On the Eve of #911

On this eve of the 18th Anniversary of 9/11, we present this courtesy of 9/11Day.Org along with our local non profit, OneOC on opportunities to make a difference.  This will be featured on all our properties on 9/11/2019 as we go dark thru Thursday to remember. 

We salute all who fell on that day and all who took the fight to those who caused such havoc and all who are fighting today:

Get together with your family and friends to volunteer with our local nonprofit partners through county-wide service projects and toolkits that support our troops, veterans and disaster preparedness, benefiting all of our American heroes.

Service projects take place THIS WEEK Wednesday, Sept. 11 thru Sunday, Sept. 15th.
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Monday, September 9, 2019

Notations On Our World (Weekly Edition): On #Afghanistan, @realDonaldTrump, #Iran & Other Thoughts

We begin this edition of Notations on a somber note:  The US Secretary of State paying his respects to a fallen soldier who died as a result of the Taliban attack in Kabul, Afghanistan.    US  President Donald Trump noted that he abruptly cancelled a meeting with Taliban Leaders and the President of Afghanistan to try and achieve peace as a result.   The Taliban condemned the move and warned of even higher US Casualties.   President Trump's Twitter feed on this on Sunday was in our view quite a read:

What was also known as #Sharpiegate also was the talk of the Social Media Circuit which entailed the President noting that Alabama was due to be hit and noted a sharpie--and then Administration Officials came out to basically take the fall for President Trump--and President Trump continued his attacks on the Media.   What was also of note was how NOAA staff was warned early in the month not to go against the President.  A sampling of the discourse over Social Media was telling--even Fox News: 

There is the issue of the Border Wall--The President released a Clip to his Twitter feed underscoring that the wall is being built although the Pentagon has cancelled contracts including a Middle School at Ft Campbell, Kentucky and a State of the Art Science Building at the US Military Academy.    There is also the controversy over the routing of US Air Force Flights to help prop up Trump Properties--although someone said the contract was signed in 2016.   This Tweet on the State of Wall Funding was telling:

Across the Pond in the UK, there is the continued drama over Brexit that our team noted in its' weekly notation last week.   The latest bombshell was the dramatic resignation by Amber Rudd both from the Government and the Conservatives that has effectively made the current Government int he UK a minority Government as one of the senior ministers, Sajid Javid, countered what Amber Rudd noted and as Boris Johnson is trying to prop up a Government that is on the brink of collapse: 


We could not help but choose those courtesy of the Economist' @Kaltoons that captured how the British Lion Feels right now:

We also have been following reports from Iran on harsh sentences handed down to Civic Activists.    Our team is assessing it--in our Education Property, we have released a special edition courtesy of Iran Human Rights as we will be assessing the state of affairs this week.    As our team is assessing on-going developments, there is Israel--it has elections in nine days and the headlines from Haaretz was telling:

Profound Challenging Times.....

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Notations On Our World (Special Weekly Edition): On #Brexit; @realDonaldTrump, #Dorian & #Guns

It has been quite a weekend in our World as the UK Prime Minister lost his parliamentary majority as a member of the Conservative Party defected to the Liberal Democrats--the dramatic scene as Phillip Lee crossed over to the Liberal Democratic Benches was quite a scene as the UK Prime Minster was making a statement on the G7 to the British House of Commons.     There is a debate going on as we went to press on a move to stop a no-deal Brexit--here is an update on the latest link as our Live Broadcast POD featuring SkyNews will also have the latest.   The US Vice President came out in support of Boris Johnson during a visit to Ireland.    This is as Italy averted an election as the Five Star Movement struck an agreement with the Center-Left.

President Trump has also had quite a month as well on Twitter with his latest attack lobbed against the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan.       Susan Glasser of the New Yorker captured it that we received through our Nuzzel Feed:

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The New Yorker – Susan B. Glasser – Sep 3, 6:28 AM
President Trump ended August as he began it, with a blast of angry tweets, ad-hominem insults, and bizarre fulminations that have become so standard that they no longer receive the attention they deserve—emanating, as they do, from the…
We have also been on the prowl on Hurricane Dorian as it wrecked havoc on Barbados and continues to set its' sight on Florida--here is the latest as we also understand that Disney is due to shut down its' parks within the next couple of hours.   We have also been assessing the on-going drama of the elections in Israel with 16 days to go as the Polls continue to be as tight as ever with former Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman the apparent Kingmaker.     The on-going challenges with Iran is also a focus of ours as Iranian Factions continue to fight it out.     Our Twitter Team will continue to assess it on an on-going basis.  

As we went to press here, though, this very crucial development was received here in our Virtual Newsroom courtesy of the team at the Washington Examiner as Walmart made a crucial decision in the aftermath of the latest shootings in Texas.   We believe that t will be a a bottom up approach to stem the tide of Gun Violence:  
A Walmart store is seen.

Walmart announced Tuesday it will end the sale of handgun ammunition, a decision that comes as the retail giant faced pressure to curb gun and ammunition sales in the wake of a shooting at its store in El Paso, Texas.
In an open letter to Walmart associates, CEO Doug McMillon said that the store plans to discontinue sales of short-barrel rifle ammunition and no longer sell handgun ammunition. The Bentonville, Arkansas-based retailer will also no longer sell handguns at its stores in Alaska, marking a complete exit from the handgun market.

Never a dull moment in our World.....

Friday, August 30, 2019

As We Go Dark For #LaborDay2019 Here in the United States....

As we go dark for the labor day weekend here in the United States, we note the following as we remain ever so hopeful about our World as we note this from the World this week-and look forward to the privilege to serve:

Thursday, August 29, 2019

Notations On Our World (Special Thursday Edition): On Europe Right Now


As we went to press, we were assessing the latest move by the UK Prime Minister to by-pass Parliament to force through a No-Deal Brexit.   The European Union is interestingly silent on it as British MP's begin moves to try and stop a deal.   Whether it will mean a vote of no confidence in Boris Johnson's Government remains to be seen--what is clear is that battle lines have been drawn as the United Kingdom deals with the looming October 31, 2019 headline.   President Trump--through his Twitter Feed that reflects his thinking--chimed in on the debate with a response for the UK Labour Leader, Jeremy Corbyn.   This is as there have been dire reports of a no-deal Brexit underscored by this we just received courtesy of the team at the Financial Times as we regularly feature their front page daily on our Twitter Channel:

Meanwhile, back on the continent of Europe, Italy avoided a snap election as the Democratic Party and the Five Star Movement struck a deal to avoid an election with the caretaker Prime Minister Conti asked by the Italian President to form a new Government.      We view it as a good development for the sake of Italy and Europe.   

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Notations From the Grid (Mid-Week Edition): Out & About in our World

A potential meeting between Iran's Rouhani and US President Donald Trump has been the talk of the town over the past few days.    One headline in Iran showed how President Trump went it alone as another headline noted how Iran's Supreme Leader noted how negotiations with the United States is "poison".   For now, both sides have backed off from any meetings in the near future especially as the UN General Assembly is before us.  Israel seems to apparently be left in the cold though based on reporting from Haaretz.

The New York Times' Peter Baker Tweet on the reality was quite telling on how the G7 has lost relevancy as President Trump trashed a former President and was a fervent advocate for Russia to be returned to the fold of the G7: 

As we went to press with this mid-week edition of "Notations",  @Kaltoons released this which provided a sense of the true realities of the State of the Trump Presidency: 

Saturday, August 24, 2019

Notations From the Grid (Special W-End Edition): On @POTUS Watch (Network Edition)

The G7 in France has begun.    As we went to press, President Macro of France and President Trump had lunch   Yet, it was quite a week as well as the Tariff wars escalated, President Trump said he was "the chosen one" (and later said he was joking), the Amazon Burnt and Greenland was the topic of discussion. 

Here is a sampling of the discourse over the web this week on our W-End Network edition of @POTUS Watch:

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Notations From the Grid (Weekly Edition): On @POTUS Watch

It has been an interesting week on @POTUS Watch.  Our team made a selection of the discourse over Twitter we hereby present for this network edition of @POTUS watch:

Saturday, August 17, 2019

Notations From the Grid (Special W-End Edition): On @POTUS Watch W-End

It has been quite a week in the United States as the Debate over Immigration got heated and the United States Got a jolt in light of recession fears--Some of the discourse on this as the #TrumpRecession was trending was noted below: 

On the Foreign Policy Front, The President of the United States urged Israel to bar the entry of two sitting members of Congress.  The US Ambassador to Israel expressed support for the move and Senior Members of the House Congressional Leadership including Congressman Steve Scalise of Louisiana expressed support for the move--in spite of the fact that Israel had agreed one month before to grant them visas which was welcomed by the US House Democratic Leader and the US Republican Leader which will undermine the Israeli stance on bi-partisanship.     What is also of note is how as Aaron David Miller noted that the BDS movement was given a gift.   

Our team complied a note on the reactions to the move by the Government of Israel that the Deputy Foreign Minister called Moral: 

The Deficit continued to grow as noted by the Washington  Times:

The federal budget deficit hit $867 billion for the first 10 months of the fiscal year the Treasury Department reported Monday.
The deficit, which represents the difference between spending and revenues, is set to exceed $1 trillion for the current fiscal year. The deficit for fiscal year 2018 was $779 billion, which was the largest shortfall since 2012.

The Congressional Budget Office came out with its' long-term Budget outlook as well:


The 2019 Long-Term Budget Outlook in 23 Slides

This presentation summarizes the findings of CBO’s recent report The 2019 Long-Term Budget Outlook. CBO has also provided a narrated presentation highlighting the key aspects of the agency’s extended baseline projections.