Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Notations On Our World (Mid-Week Edition): Out & About in Our World

As we went to press, the Impeachment Inquiry Public Phase had begun.   It is available by clicking here.   This is as former officials have begun what Trevor Noah noted as the "Book Tour" including a book deal by John Bolton with a reported $ 2 Million advance.   The Headline From Ukraine was telling as the impeachment hearing began: 

In the meantime, beyond the shores of the United States, protests in Chile and Lebanon continued- the Gaza conflict continued as Israel awaits a new Government and Bolivia continued to be in chaos in the aftermath of the resignation of Evo Morales--currently granted asylum in Mexico:     

A Challenging World indeed...

Monday, November 11, 2019

Notations On Our World (Special Veterans Day Edition): On This #VeteransDay2019

We here at the Daily Outsider Salute all who have served and all who have paid the ultimate price along with their families as we remember:

Veterans Day Archives - Printable 2017 2018 2019 2020 Calendar

Happy Veterans Day 2019 History, Quotes, Memes, Messages ...

Saturday, November 9, 2019

Notations From the Grid (Week-End Edition): On the Week That Was

It has been quite a week.   Protests continued in Iraq, Lebanon and Chile.   Elections began in the UK that would as consequential as ever with the future of the unity of the United Kingdom at Stake.   Iran continued its' withdrawal process from the 2015 Nuclear Agreement as a pivotal International Institute for Strategic Studies found its' position to be strengthened through the proxy wars it has waged.     Turkey, in the meantime, continues its' onslaught in Syria and the Turkish President noted yesterday that Turkey will not leave until others leave.  There was also the latest in a series of reports noting how our Mother Earth is facing a climate calamity like never before.   This is as the Impeachment Inquiry in the US House of Representatives continued with the release of transcripts and the on-going defense by the US House GOP--with the speculation over Michael Bloomberg and his impending Entry into the US Democratic Primary--earning an nickname from President Trump :  "Little Michael".      This is also as the historic decision is coming down in India by the Supreme Court of India in the Ayodhya Case.   The Entire Political and Faith Leadership in India has been in unison in calling for calm no matter what the decision is--and Security for Supreme Court Justices has been increased in anticipation of the Verdict.

  What we captured from our daily assessment was telling: 

It is also Remembrance Day and Veterans Day whereby those who served are remembered.  We salute all who have served and remember all who have paid the ultimate price as we will be going dark throughout Veterans Day and Remembrance Day.

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Thursday, November 7, 2019

Notations From the Grid (Special Thursday Edition): Out & About on the US Political Scene

It was election day this past Tuesday in America and there was some interesting developments with a harbinger of developments to be forthcoming as 2020 looms.    Wednesday, though, saw a celebration at the White House on the occasion of confirming over 158 Federal Judges over the course of the Trump Administration.    Meanwhile, on the impeachment front, Public Testimonies will be commencing as transcripts are being released.

We leave you with a snapshot of election results courtesy of the Team at CityLab: 

Today on CityLab
Nov 06, 2019

What We’re Following

Ballot box: It’s the day after America’s off-year election, and some of the results are in. Here’s a rundown of some of the key outcomes so far:
  • Pete Buttigieg’s hand-picked successor, James Mueller, won the election for mayor of South Bend, signaling a continuation of Buttigieg’s legacy. (Vox)
  • Danica Roem, who campaigned on traffic congestion improvements that haven’t yet come to fruition, won re-election in Virginia’s 13th district. (Daily Beast)
  • Meanwhile, Democrats flipped the Virginia state legislature for the first time in more than two decades. (PBS NewsHour)
  • Washington voters seem poised to restrict the price of “car tab” taxes, leaving cities scrambling for transportation funding. (Seattle Times)
  • Jersey City voted to restrict home-sharing, delivering a loss to Airbnb, which spent $4.2 million campaigning against the regulation. (Bloomberg)
  • Denver will likely get a separate department of transportation for the first time, in a move designed to emphasize the city’s increased investment. (Denverite)
  • New York City approved ranked-choice voting, the biggest U.S. city to adopt the reform. (Vox)
  • Kansas City voters decided to remove Martin Luther King Jr.’s name from a recently rechristened boulevard. (NBC News)
  • Democrats won control of Delaware County, a suburban county outside Philadelphia that Republicans have controlled since before the Civil War. (Philadelphia Inquirer)

Monday, November 4, 2019

Notations On Our World (Weekly Edition): On the Week That Was....

As a new week dawns in our World, we hereby presents a snapshot of the week that was that in our view presents a hopeful view of the World as we also have to be aware of the challenges it respreents--and as we went to press, we took note of the Haaretz Commentary re: Benny Ganz as he works to create the next Israeli Government

Saturday, November 2, 2019

Notations From the Grid (W-End Edition): @TrevorNoah Reflects on Protests Around The World

We have been inspired by the protests around the World--The Great Trevor Noah presented a "snapshot" of the upheavals around the World as we wish all a great weekend.

Thursday, October 31, 2019

On this #Halloween2019 Here In the United States

On the Occasion of Halloween here in the United States, we hereby present the following thoughts we are pleased to featured on all our platforms courtesy of Jonathan Lockwood Huie and his team as we say   Happy Halloween:

Consciously adopt the mindset of a young child,
to whom all of life is a grand adventure.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The human race has one really effective weapon, and that is laughter.
- Mark Twain

Become more and more innocent,
less knowledgeable and more childlike.
Take life as fun - because that's precisely what it is!
- Osho

Laugh at yourself and at life.
Not in the spirit of derision or whining self-pity,
but as a remedy, a miracle drug, that will ease your pain,
cure your depression, and help you to put in perspective
that seemingly terrible defeat and worry
with laughter at your predicaments,
thus freeing your mind to think clearly
toward the solution that is certain to come.
Never take yourself too seriously.
- Og Mandino

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

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

Our team has been on the prowl assessing the fire in our home State of California over the past number of days as we captured these scenes from Grid.  

As we went to press, we were on the prowl as reports came down that the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley was threatened and staff was evacuated.      The Getty Museum in West Los Angeles was also on the fire Path as well.   We could not agree more with Lakers Star LeBron James when he noted how "crazy" he was--his family had to evacuate and he sponsored a Taco Truck for First Respondents.

Beyond the challenging scenes here in California, there is the on-going calamity in Syria as Syrian State Media is reporting clashes with Turkish Forces.    A Russian-Backed meeting  has been going on in Geneva to come up with a new post-war Constitution for Syria.    This is as Iraq Protests are continuing and the Shitte Bloc has withdrawn its backing from the Iraqi Prime Minister after he refused to call for elections.

Challenging Times....

Sunday, October 27, 2019

Notations From the Grid (Special Sunday Edition): On the #CaliforniaFires

As we went to press with this special Sunday edition of Notations, our team was monitoring the fires raging throughout California with CAL Maritime being threatened.       We commend Around the Capital for putting together this update as an estimated 2 Million People may be affected by the power outages to prevent fires--although we understand already faulty equipment may have been a contributing cause per an update from PG&E--we join Scott in noting for all to please stay safe:

Many of you likely had sleepless nights, either kept up by the weather like we were here in Sacramento, worrying about friends and family, or your own life and property.
Obviously, it's still dark and we won't have fire update reports for a couple of hours, but it hasn't been a good night in Sonoma County. The mandatory evacuation area now extends on the 101 form Geyserville to North Santa Rosa east into the hills and west to the Pacific Ocean from Stewarts Point to Bodega Bay. Highway 101 is closed from North Santa Rosa to Cloverdale, primarily to keep people from entering evacuation areas.
Winds continue to pick up in many of the affected areas, with the National Weather Service reporting a wind gust of 93 mph in the Healdsburg Hills in the last hour. For a point of reference, the hurricane range for category 1 is sustained winds in the range of 74-95 mph.
Instead of emailing you with constantly changing information, I have created a page with important links that I will update throughout the day. I am receiving regular updates from PG&E that I will post on this page, as well as there are links to Southern California Edison (SCE) and San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E).
Here are current numbers for the public safety power shutoffs:
  • Pacific Gas and Electric: 940,000 shut off
  • Southern California Edison: 4,048 shut off; 124,609 under consideration
  • San Diego Gas and Electric: no shut offs at this time
Stay safe,

Saturday, October 26, 2019

Notations From the Grid (W-End Edition): Remembering @RepCummings

The United States bid farewell to Rep. Cummings over a two day period as he was honored at the US Capitol and thereafter at his Church.   President Obama and President Clinton spoke--For this edition of Notations, We are honored to feature the statements by President Obama and President Clinton along with Rep. Cummings as we pay tribute to the life and times of the Honorable Elijah Cummings, The Gentleman from Baltimore--It was great to see all from across the political spectrum including Congressman Jim Jordan and Mark Meadows along with Adam Schiff all come together--we join all in saying RIP @RepCummings--you made a difference and we agree you made America better:

Friday, October 25, 2019

Notations From the Grid (Weekly Edition): Out & About in Our World....

On the Week that was, we hereby present a snapshot of our World over the past two weeks: 

Remembering Elijah Cummings 

The Financial Times Ingram Pinn Reflects Upon Syria 

1. The End

I told you we would get here eventually.

When the Ukraine story first emerged, I promised you that we would be going through a predictable sequence of lines about Trump's actions:

(1) This is all made up. Fake News.
(2) There's a partial story here, but it's nothing important. The media is biased.
(3) If there's anything bad or improper, the Dems do it worse.
(4) Of course he did it and he was right to do it.

Yesterday Mick Mulvaney said—well, let me quote it for you, exactly:

Q    But to be clear, what you just described is a quid pro quo.  It is: Funding will not flow unless the investigation into the Democratic server happens as well.
MR. MULVANEY:  We do that all the time with foreign policy.  We were holding money at the same time for — what was it?  The Northern Triangle countries.  We were holding up aid at the Northern Triangle countries so that they would change their policies on immigration.
By the way — and this speaks to an important —
Q    (Inaudible.)
MR. MULVANEY:  I’m sorry?  This speaks to an important point, because I heard this yesterday and I can never remember the gentleman who testified.  Was it McKinney, the guy — was that his name?  I don’t know him.  He testified yesterday.  And if you go — and if you believe the news reports — okay?  Because we’ve not seen any transcripts of this.  The only transcript I’ve seen was Sondland’s testimony this morning.
If you read the news reports and you believe them — what did McKinney say yesterday?  Well, McKinney said yesterday that he was really upset with the political influence in foreign policy.  That was one of the reasons he was so upset about this.  And I have news for everybody: Get over it.  There’s going to be political influence in foreign policy.

"Get over it. There's going to be political influence in foreign policy."

Some of Trump's more shameless defenders have tried to insist that Mulvaney didn't say anything extraordinary. To believe that requires an amount of charity that borders on the saintly.
Any impartial reading of his remarks puts us at step 4 on the above list.

Don't take my word for it. Even elected Republicans who support Trump were freaked out by Mulvaney's admission.

Here's the thing: Mick Mulvaney is pretty great. He's the smartest guy in the administration and has been Trump's most able and convincing apologist. If you wanted to get the best possible explanation for Trump's actions, all you had to do was listen to Mulvaney for five minutes.

I literally once told Mulvaney that he ought to be the only person in the administration allowed to go on TV and defend Trump. He's smart. He shoots straight. He doesn't insult your intelligence. He's everything you want in a politician. (Mulvaney 2024!)

But if even Mick Mulvaney has run out of room to maneuver and can no longer defend Trump's actions in a credible way, then it means that Trump is basically at the end of the road. He's flipped to the last page of his playbook and there is no "next step." For the first time since the Access Hollywood tape, Trump is trapped.

And the trap is closing.

Nine out of the last ten polls taken on impeachment have been over the 50 percent mark on approval. (All of the usual caveats about different question wording; inquiry vs. removal; etc.)

And Trump's net approval rating is now a net -13 points.

When your overall job approval is barely at 40 percent and the percentage of people who want you impeached is over 50 percent and heading north, you're in trouble.

Real trouble.

2. Turkey

All geostrategic considerations are based on the status quo. The status quo—the facts on the ground—are the basis for all relations and all negotiations.

When one party seeks to change the status quo, they have to be prepared to give something up.

And if you are the party being asked to allow a change to the status quo, you should get something in return. This is the entire basis of leverage and negotiation.

For more than a decade, Turkey has wanted a free hand with the Kurds in Northern Syria. The facts on the ground—meaning, the presence of the United States—prevented this. Turkey sought to change this status quo.

To do so, Turkey needed the United States to give them something of value: a withdrawal of U.S. forces.

Presented with this request, the president of the United States had to determine first if he was even willing to withdrawal U.S. forces and then, if so, second what America would demand in return for this concession.

You do not make concessions, ever, without getting something of value in return. Even if you wanted to do the thing the other side was asking you to do.

Because the fact of them unlocks value for you.

Which leads us to a question: Was Trump's pull-out from Syria just a monumental mistake in which the American president was outwitted by the Turkish strongman?

Or did he get something of value that we just don't know about?

Failed diplomacy
America forsakes Syria’s Kurds in a ceasefire deal with Turkey

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan got nearly everything he wanted
 Our long read: Donald Trump triggers a Turkish invasion and trashes the national interest
The impeachment inquiry
Undermining Donald Trump’s Ukraine defence

Mick Mulvaney and Gordon Sondland fill in the gaps on the quid pro quo
Can business tread more lightly on the planet?

The stuff paradox
The week in charts
Emissions and omissions

Trade and global warming ● Decline of the chairman-CEO ● China slows ● Reform, Ramaphosa ● Congo’s shrinking rainforest
So near and yet so far
Russia’s Chukotka and America’s Alaska are an era apart

Despite being in spitting distance across the Bering Strait
Territorial claims
Is the board overseeing Puerto Rico’s bankruptcy unconstitutional?

If so Aurelius, a “vulture” hedge fund, could be in line for a big payout
Stories of an extraordinary world
How to feed a protest movement: cooking with Extinction Rebellion

A peek inside the “Rebel Kitchen”
The Economist asks
Who can trust Donald Trump’s America?

This week we speak to Ash Carter, a former secretary of defence