Wednesday, March 20, 2019

On the Eve of #Nowruz



On behalf of our entire team, we wanted to take this opportunity to wish all Iranians, Afghans, Tajiks, Kurds and some 19 countries around the World celebrating Nowruz  as we leave you all with some scenes of celebration from Iran from the personal twitter feed of our founder:





Tuesday, March 19, 2019

As New Zealand 🇳🇿 pays tribute to victims of Christchurch mosque massacre




We here at The Daily Outsider remember the fallen in New Zealand 🇳🇿 as funerals ⚰️ are due to begin. Prime Minister Arden is scheduled to attend the funerals. We also salute her for leadership. Suzanne Moore of the Guardisn said it best as she said “.. Here is an atheist showing that love will dismantle hate. This is leadership, this light she shines, guiding us though to a world where we see the best of us as well as the worst.,.” We could not agree more

Students perform haka to pay tribute to classmates killed in Christchurch

Monday, March 18, 2019

Trump Melts Down on Twitter, Defends Fox News Hosts: A Closer Look

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Notations On Our World (Weekly Edition): Out & About on #Iran



There was a birthday last week:   Reza Shah, the founder of the Pahlavi Dynasty and the man who transformed Iran overseeing the creation of the National Railroad, the Judiciary, Emancipation of Women, the University of Tehran, The National Road Infrastructure System and the Modern Iranian Armed Forces.    

There were also some very disturbing news out of Iran:  The conviction of the Lawyer and Human Rights Activist Nasrin Soutodeh,the Winner of the EU Sakharov Prize:



The Tavanah Organization captured her predicament and all political prisoners:


Iran also saw the installation of a new Judiciary Chief--implicated horrific murders 30 years ago and under sanctions by the European Union and we understand the United States.    The new Judiciary Chief has also received an appointment to serve as the Deputy Head of the Assembly of Experts--who is nominally charged with supervising the work of the Supreme Guide.    We remain amazed at the game of musical chairs by the current Iranian leadership as the Economy teeters on the edge of collapse on the eve of the Iranian New Year.    This past week also was witness to the Commander of the Quds Force--which is the Islamic Revolutionary Guard External Force and Under sanctions by the United States--honored by the Supreme Guide (also referred to as the Supreme Leader in the United States) the highest award of the Islamic Republic.    The Supreme Guide told him that he prayed for the Commander, Qasem Solemaini to attain martyrdom.    Gen Solemani was the man behind the travel by Bashar Assad to Tehran that triggered the resignation of the Foreign Minister, Javad Zarif that led headlines a few weeks back.   Tavanah again captured an interesting take on this:



In our view, Iran awaits a very challenging year with economic uncertainty, widening budget deficits, protests that continue as the repression continues with no end in sight.    We will continue to assess it all as we extend best wishes to all Iranians, Afghans, Tajiks, Turks, Kurds and all others who celebrate the advent of Nowruz as Spring is in the air. 




Sunday, March 17, 2019

On This St. Patrick's Day 2019....

On this St. Patrick's Day, we hereby present this courtesy of Jonathan Lockwood Huie throughout all all our key properties as we all #HappySt.Patrick's Day:


May God grant you always...
A sunbeam to warm you,
a moonbeam to charm you,
a sheltering Angel so nothing can harm you.
Laughter to you.
Faithful friends near you.
And whenever you pray,
Heaven to hear you.
- Irish Blessing

May love and laughter light your days, and warm your heart and home.
May good and faithful friends be yours, wherever you may roam.
May peace and plenty bless your world with joy that long endures.
May all life's passing seasons bring the best to you and yours.
- Irish Blessing

May the road rise up to meet you, may the wind be ever at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face and the rain fall softly on your fields.
And until we meet again, May God hold you in the hollow of his hand.
- Irish Blessing

Notations On Our World (Special Edition): Scenes from #ClimateStrike Around the World

We commend the team at the Guardian of London for all the images and their work on #ClimateStrike as we hereby present these selected images from this global day of service started by a single 16 year old from Sweden-It shows that how one person can truly make a difference as we join in saying loudly:  There is no Planet B!!! 










Friday, March 15, 2019

Notations On Our World (Special Friday Edition): On The Tragedy in New Zealand


Police patrol outside the Masjid Al Noor mosque in central Christchurch [Mark Baker/AP]
As we went to press, our team has been monitoring horrific developments in New Zealand on an attack on two Muslim Mosques in the community in Christchurch.   The Prime Minister of New Zealand has noted this as one of the darkest days in New Zealand.    4 Suspects have been arrested--3 men and a woman.     The Prime Minister of Australia has noted that one of those arrested is an Australian described as an extreme Right-Wing anti-immigrant nationalist.

We join the World in noting that We stand with New Zealand and the US Ambassador to New Zealand, Scott Brown noted this in a Tweet approximately 4 hours ago:


The Prime Minister of Pakistan, though, captured what has led to this horrific attack:



We here at the Daily Outsider stand with the People of New Zealand as we pray for the soul of the fallen and ask for solace for all their loved ones.



   

Monday, March 11, 2019

On @POTUS Watch re @realDonaldTrump @PaulManafort & "Tim Apple": A Closer Look

Notations On Our World (Weekly Edition): On Quite Week with #SXSW; @IlhanMN; @JoeBiden & Other Thoughts




It is the dawn of a new week here throughout our properties.    

 SXSW 2019 was in full force as @AOC and others leading current personalities were there --and she made news yet again as the right continues to go after her with a vengeance.    This is as another member of the Freshman Class, Ilhan Omar, questioned US Policy towards Israel and was accused by President Trump and others on the right to be An Anti-Semite as the House passed a resolution condemning all forms of bigotry--opposed by 22 Republicans including members of the House Leadership.   HR1--a commitment by House Democrats for transforming the political process--passed the House but Mitch McConnell promised it will not see the light of day.   One of our favorite political cartoonists, Kaltoons, reflected upon it:



The Trump Administration,in the meantime, is slated to present its new budget that has already been deemed dead on arrival as it is calling for steep cuts in domestic discretionary spending.   The fight for the wall in the meantime is continuing--as the President has threatened a veto on the resolution to overturn the Emergency Declaration.   This is as the Democratic field continue to expand with the biggest name supposedly slated to announce-Joe Biden:



 
The team at the Bulwark, A Conservative Blog, had what we view as a very cute image of Joe Biden as they released observations on it available here with the following questions that its' Editor, JV Last noted below:  


  • Is Obama going to endorse him?
  • Will he run as an explicit rejection of Sanders and socialism?
  • Does "Crazy Uncle Joe" status still give him a pass?
  • Does this make Beto more, or less, likely to run?
  • Will he say out loud that he's only running for one term?
  • Will the dynamics of having an almost-certain one-term president make other Dems in the field less likely to go negative in the hopes of getting the veep/heir-apparent 

Beyond the shores of the United States, there is the on-going challenges of Europe as the European Central Bank restarted its' stimulus program to avert a slowdown in the Eurozone.   Brexit continues to be quite problematic as it is clear as we went to press that the chances of a hard Brexit by the United Kingdom cannot be ruled out.    Our team will continue to assess it as The UK Prime Minister continue her last ditch efforts--saying as much that if the deal she negotiated fails that the United Kingdom may never leave the European Union.    The World was also witness to Norway's Sovereign Wealth Fund divesting itself of Oil and Gas Companies.
Meanwhile, Asia continued to be quite challenging.     We begin with China as the Two Sessions were going on to put formal stamps on decisions being made--with dark clouds over the horizon.   There were reports of tax cuts and other incentives to spur growth.   North Korea was reportedly gearing up for a satellite launch in spite of the two summits President Trump and the North Korean leader had.  Afghanistan continued to be challenging with reports of bombings and on-going battles in spite of peace negotiations with the Taliban.    Assad in Syria seems to have survived as the last pockets of Daesh (referred to as ISIS in US media) are  being cleared out and as fighters are surrendering:



We released a Tweet tagging the US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, and the UK Home Secretary, Sajid Javid, asking them to insure that the children are given an opportunity to begin lives anew.    The profound challenges in Iran also continues with reports of a horrific inflation rate, reports of continued strikes and protests as a new Judiciary Chief was named by Iran's Supreme Guide/Leader of Revolution (referred to as the Supreme Leader in Western Media).    One of the leading Civil Opposition outlets released this depiction of the reality of Iran right now:


This is as in the Americas, there is the continued migration towards the US border along with the profound challenge of Venezuela as protests continued--and as Venezuela was plunged into darkness this past week.     
As our team continues to assess the four corners of the World, we decided to close out this edition of Notations on a hopeful note on a great future that we would be researching and talking  about over the ensuing weeks and months courtesy of Peter Diamandis: 
Each week alone, an estimated 1.3 million people move into cities, driving urbanization on an unstoppable scale. 
By 2040, about two-thirds of the world’s population will be concentrated in urban centers. Over the decades ahead, 90 percent of this urban population growth is predicted to flourish across Asia and Africa.
Already, 1,000 smart city pilots are under construction or in their final urban planning stages across the globe, driving forward countless visions of the future.
As data becomes the gold of the 21st century, centralized databases and hyper-connected infrastructures will enable everything from sentient cities that respond to data inputs in real time, to smart public services that revolutionize modern governance. 
Connecting countless industries — real estate, energy, sensors and networks, transportation, among others — tomorrow’s cities pose no end of creative possibilities and stand to completely transform the human experience.
In this blog, we’ll be taking a high-level tour of today’s cutting-edge urban enterprises involved in these three areas:
  1. Hyperconnected urban ecosystems that respond to your data
  2. Smart infrastructure and construction
  3. Self-charging green cities
Let’s dive in! 

Smart Cities that Interact with Your Data

Any discussion of smart cities must also involve today’s most indispensable asset: data.
As 5G connection speeds, IoT-linked devices and sophisticated city AIs give birth to trillion-sensor economies, low latencies will soon allow vehicles to talk to each other and infrastructure systems to self-correct.
Even public transit may soon validate your identity with a mere glance in any direction, using facial recognition to charge you for individualized travel packages and distances.
As explained by Deloitte Public Sector Leader Clare Ma, “real-time information serves as the ‘eye’ for urban administration.”
In most cities today, data is fragmented across corporations, SMEs, public institutions, nonprofits, and personal databases, with little standardization.
Yet to identify and respond to urban trends, we need a way of aggregating multiple layers of data, spanning traffic flows, human movement, individual transactions, shifts in energy usage, security activity, and almost any major component of contemporary economies.
Only through real-time analysis of information flows can we leverage exponential technologies to automate public services, streamlined transit, smarter security, optimized urban planning and responsive infrastructure.
And already, cutting-edge cities across the globe are building centralized data platforms to combine different standards and extract actionable insights, from smart parking to waste management. 
Take China’s Nanjing, for instance. 
With sensors installed in 10,000 taxis, 7,000 buses and over 1 million private vehicles, the city aggregates daily data across both physical and virtual networks. After transmitting it to the Nanjing Information Center, experts can then analyze traffic data, send smartphone updates to commuters and ultimately create new traffic routes.
Replacing the need for capital-intensive road and public transit reconstruction, real-time data from physical transit networks allow governments to maximize value of preexisting assets, saving time and increasing productivity across millions of citizens.
But beyond traffic routing, proliferating sensors and urban IoT are giving rise to real-time monitoring of any infrastructural system.
Italy’s major rail operator Trenitalia has now installed sensors on all its trains, deriving real-time status updates on each train’s mechanical condition. Now capable of calculating maintenance predictions in advance of system failure, transit disruptions are becoming a thing of the past. 
Los Angeles has embedded sensors in 4,500 miles worth of new LEDs (replacing previous streetlights). The minute one street bulb malfunctions or runs low, it can be fixed near-immediately, forming part of a proactive city model that detects glitches before they occur.
And Hangzhou, home to e-commerce giant Alibaba, has now launched a “City Brain” project, aiming to build out one of the most data-responsive cities on the planet.
With cameras and other sensors installed across the entire city, a centralized AI hub processes data on everything from road conditions to weather data to vehicular collisions and citizen health emergencies.
Overseeing a population of nearly 8 million residents, Hangzhou’s City Brain then manages traffic signals at 128 intersections (coordinating over 1,000 road signals simultaneously), tracks ambulances en-route and clears their paths to hospitals without risk of collision, directs traffic police to accidents at record rates, and even assists city officials in expedited decision-making. No more wasting time at a red light when there is obviously no cross traffic or pedestrians.
Already, the City Brain has cut ambulance and commuter traveling times by half. And as reported by China’s first AI-partnered traffic policeman Zheng Yijiong, “the City Brain can detect accidents within a second” allowing police to “arrive at [any] site [within] 5 minutes” across an urban area of over 3,000 square miles.
But beyond oversight of roads, traffic flows, collisions and the like, converging sensors and AI are now being used to monitor crowds and analyze human movement.
Companies like SenseTime now offer software to police bureaus that can not only identify live faces, individual gaits and car license plates, but even monitor crowd movement and detect unsafe pedestrian concentrations.
Some researchers have even posited the use of machine learning to predict population-level disease spread through crowd surveillance data, building actionable analyses from social media data, mass geolocation and urban sensors.
Yet aside from self-monitoring cities and urban AI ‘brains,’ what if infrastructure could heal itself on-demand. Forget sensors, connectivity and AI — enter materials science.

Self-Healing Infrastructure 

The U.S. Department of Transportation estimates a $542.6 billion backlog needed for U.S. infrastructure repairs alone.
And as I’ve often said, the world’s most expensive problems are the world’s most profitable opportunities.
Enter self-healing construction materials.
First up, concrete.
In an effort to multiply the longevity of bridges, roads, and any number of infrastructural fortifications, engineers at Delft University have developed a prototype of bio-concrete that can repair its own cracks.
Mixed in with calcium lactate, the key ingredients of this novel ‘bio-concrete’ are minute capsules of limestone-producing bacteria distributed throughout any concrete structure. Only when the concrete cracks, letting in air and moisture, does the bacteria awaken.
Like clockwork, the bacteria begins feeding on surrounding calcium lactate as it produces a natural limestone sealant that can fill cracks in a mere three weeks — long before small crevices can even threaten structural integrity.
As head researcher Henk Jonkers explains, “What makes this limestone-producing bacteria so special is that they are able to survive in concrete for more than 200 years and come into play when the concrete is damaged. […] If cracks appear as a result of  pressure on the concrete, the concrete will heal these cracks itself.”
Yet other researchers have sought to crack the code (no pun intended) of living concrete, testing everything from hydrogels that expand 10X or even 100X their original size when in contact with moisture, to fungal spores that grow and precipitate calcium carbonate the minute micro-cracks appear.
But bio-concrete is only the beginning of self-healing technologies. 
As futurist architecture firms start printing plastic and carbon-fiber houses, engineers are tackling self-healing plastic that could change the game with economies of scale. 
Plastic not only holds promise in real estate on Earth; it will also serve as a handy material in space. NASA engineers have pioneered a self-healing plastic that may prove vital in space missions, preventing habitat and ship ruptures in record speed. 
The implications of self-healing materials are staggering, offering us resilient structures both on earth and in space.
One additional breakthrough worth noting involves the magic of graphene.
Perhaps among the greatest physics discoveries of the century, graphene is composed of a 2D honeycomb lattice over 200X stronger than steel, yet remains an ultra-thin one atom thick. 
While yet to come down in cost, graphene unlocks an unprecedented host of possibilities, from weather-resistant and ultra-strong coatings for existing infrastructure, to multiplied infrastructural lifespans. Some have even posited graphene’s use in the construction of 30 km tall buildings.
And it doesn’t end there.
As biomaterials and novel polymers will soon allow future infrastructure to heal on its own, nano- and micro-materials are ushering in a new era of smart, super-strong and self-charging buildings.
Revolutionizing structural flexibility, carbon nanotubes are already dramatically increasing the strength-to-weight ratio of skyscrapers. 
But imagine if we could engineer buildings that could charge themselves… or better yet, produce energy for entire cities, seamlessly feeding energy to the grid.

Self-Powering Cities

As exponential technologies across energy and water burst onto the scene, self-charging cities are becoming today’s testing ground for a slew of green infrastructure pilots, promising a future of self-sufficient societies.
In line with new materials, one hot pursuit surrounds the creation of commercializable solar power-generating windows. 
In the past several years, several research teams have pioneered silicon nanoparticles to capture everyday light flowing through our windows. Little solar cells at the edges of windows then harvest this energy for ready use. 
Scientists at Michigan State, for instance, have developed novel “solar concentrators.” Capable of being layered over any window, these solar concentrators leverage non-visible wavelengths of light — near infrared and ultraviolet — pushing them to those solar cells embedded at the edge of each window panel.
Rendered entirely invisible, such solar cells could generate energy on almost any sun-facing screen, from electronic gadgets to glass patio doors to reflective skyscrapers. 
And beyond self-charging windows, countless future city pilots have staked ambitious goals for solar panel farms and renewable energy targets.
Take Dubai’s “Strategic Plan 2021,” for instance.
Touting a multi-decade Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050, launched by UAE Prime Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum in 2015, Dubai aims to gradually derive 75 percent of its energy from clean sources by 2050.
With plans to launch the largest single-site solar project on the planet by 2030, boasting a projected capacity of 5,000 megawatts, Dubai further aims to derive 25 percent of its energy needs from solar power in the next decade.
And in the city’s “Strategic Plan 2021,” Dubai aims to soon:
  • 3D-print 25 percent of its buildings;
  • Make 25 percent of transit automated and driverless;
  • Install hundreds of artificial “trees,” all leveraging solar power and providing the city with free WiFi, info-mapping screens, and charging ports;
  • Integrate passenger drones capable of carrying individuals to public transit systems;
  • And drive forward countless designs of everything from underwater bio-desalination plants to smart meters and grids.
A global leader in green technologies and renewable energy, Dubai stands as a gleaming example that any environmental context can give rise to thriving and self-sufficient eco-powerhouses. 
This is one of the reasons on March 26 & 27th, 2019 I’m holding a 2-day Abundance360 program with the leadership and CEOs of Dubai and the region. Find info here if you’re interested.
But Dubai is not alone, and others are quickly following suit.
Leading the pack of China’s 500 smart city pilots, Xiong’an New Area (near Beijing) aims to become a thriving economic zone powered by 100 percent clean electricity. 
And just as of this December, 100 U.S. cities are committed and on their way to the same goal.

Cities as Living Organisms

As new materials forge ahead to create pliable and self-healing structures, green infrastructure technologies are exploding into a competitive marketplace.
Aided by plummeting costs, future cities will soon surround us with self-charging buildings, green city ecosystems, and urban residences that generate far more than they consume.
And as 5G communications networks, proliferating sensors and centralized AI hubs monitor and analyze every aspect of our urban environments, cities are fast becoming intelligent organisms, capable of seeing and responding to our data in real time.....

Onward to the new week as we leave you with the wisdom of Colbert: 


Sunday, March 10, 2019

Notations From the Grid (Special W-End Edition): SNL Interview Cold Open :)


Our team decided to be a bit different as we commend the team at Saturday Night Live for this....

Please Enjoy!!! 

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Notations From the Grid (Weekly Edition): On the Protests in Algeria

As part of our continued quest to bring all voices, please enjoy this perspective on the current situation in Algeria as it is in the midst of protests as its' ailing President wants to run for President again.   Whether this begins a new impetus for another Arab Spring is the big question: 

Quick Thoughts on Algeria’s Protests

Algeria has in recent weeks been gripped by a growing wave of popular demonstrations, which are reaching a crescendo as the closing date for nominations for the 18 April presidential elections approaches. Central in this equation is the prospective candidacy of President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, incapacitated for several years and demonstrably incapable of leading the country or its government. To learn more about the context and prospects of the Algerian protest movement, Jadaliyyaturned to Thomas Serres of the University of California, Santa Cruz, and author of the forthcoming L'Algérie face à la catastrophe suspendue. Gérer la crise et blâmer le peuple sous Bouteflika (1999-2014) (Algeria and the Suspended Disaster. Managing the Crisis and Blaming the People under Bouteflika (1999-2014).
Jadaliyya (J): What is the background to the current round of protests in Algeria, and should they be understood in the context of the presidential elections or as part of a broader agenda with more comprehensive demands?
Thomas Serres (TS): These protests are at the crossroads of long-term discontent resulting from structural injustice and cyclical tensions linked to the presidential elections scheduled for 18 April 2019.
There is constant socio-economic unrest in Algeria. The society is very active and yet very fragmented. To overcome this fragmentation and make their claims heard in the public space, many social movements have tried to organize themselves and to mobilize in a peaceful manner. They also make limited demands and invoke national unity in order to gain popular support. 
During the past five years, some of these movements have been quite successful, especially those coming from the south of Algeria whose agendas focus on unemployment or opposition to fracking. Hundreds of associations, autonomous trade unions, human rights activists and YouTubers regularly denounce the status quo, and depict a catastrophic present (i.e. the daily sufferings of the population). Activists, journalists, and artists echo the widespread feeling of hogra (best translated as systemic injustice and contempt, denial of the right to live in dignity). They depict a situation that is quite simply unbearable.
The upcoming presidential election has been a catalyst for this popular discontent. The current mobilization sends a clear message: enough is enough. ‘Ashrun sena barakat (Twenty Years is Enough!) as one sign seen at the protests stated. In 2014, during the last presidential elections, the ambiance was already on edge and one could sense a mix of fear, fatigue, and disgust. Nothing has changed. Spokespersons of the regime display supreme contempt for the people. Their discourses are either redundant or absurd. Those who accept to take part in the elections as challengers are largely portrayed as complicit, if not complete jokers.
The April elections could appear as a form of political farce if the current political paralysis was not a reason for the socio-economic hardships experienced by people on a daily basis. Meanwhile, President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, who is incapable of speech, is portrayed as the man who is going to save the nation from the prospect of another civil war. The elections have become a Kafkaesque mise-en-scène, an absurd distortion of a democratic process resulting in pervasive social anxiety. In short, there is only so much people can take. From this perspective, while the discourse of protesters has targeted the Bouteflikas (Abdelaziz and his brother, Saïd), it is also the broader system of domination that is under attack.
J: Are these protests spontaneous expressions of opposition to a further term for President Bouteflika that will eventually pass, or are they evolving into an organised campaign with a structure, leadership, and durability?
TS: The protests are generally spontaneous, for two reasons: first, Algeria has its own nationalist tradition and political temporality, which explains its relative disconnection from the Arab uprisings of 2010-2011. Algeria did experience a popular uprising in January 2011, but the fear of chaos, the financial resources ensured by high hydrocarbon prices, the political fragmentation, and the relative legitimacy of Bouteflika (compared to Tunisia’s Ben 'Ali or Egypt’s Mubarak) helped the regime navigate the crisis. The current protests are also free from any kind of foreign influence (which would be unacceptable given the shared nationalist narrative), though they are supported by the Algerian diaspora in Canada, France, the United Kingdom, and elsewhere.
The second factor that explains the spontaneity of these protests is the widely shared rejection of formal politics. Political parties, linked to the regime or to opposition forces, are discredited because of their fragmentation, their incoherent discourses and their participation in clientelist networks. For this reason, social, political, and economic movements in Algeria have branded themselves as autonomous for more than a decade. They might include some political figures who support their cause, but they are not directed by any political organization. Therefore, the current movement is a grassroots one. It has benefited from spectacular mobilization on internet, but also from already existing forms of organization in universities and even among football fans. Moreover, this spontaneous mobilization displays remarkable organization, pacifism and civility (they are cleaning the streets after the protests) that counter the negative representations of the masses promoted for the last 20 years.
Activist networks that have been mobilized for several decades, even during the civil war of the 1990s, are finally seeing the fruits of their relentless actions to keep criticism alive in the public space. Youth organizations, human rights defenders, and social movements have all contributed to making this possible. This also rewards the efforts of newspapers such as El Watan and El Khabar that have been critical of the regime despite the many obstacles they faced.

J: What is the position of established actors in Algeria, such as the FLN, the military, and opposition parties, and to what extent are the current protests being used to settle intra-elite rivalries?
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Monday, March 4, 2019

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

Well, it has been quite a week!!!   Iran saw the resignation and subsequent change of heart  of the Foreign Minister, Javad Zarif.   This is as Bashar Assad was taken to Tehran to meet the Iranian Supreme Leader, Ali Khameini for ostensibly 2 hours and thereafter rushed to see President Rouhani.   This is as we are seeing reports that Iran's only functioning Nuclear Power Plant in the South is being shut down.

President Trump is back in the United States trying to recover after the North Korean summit in Vietnam (and yes we agree, Vietnam is the true untold story) as he  rehashed what many note is his greatest hits at CPAC going after all the usual targets--Special Counsel Mueller, the Democrats and the Media.    His aides were on the US Public Affair Airways trying to create a success spin as Seth Meyers noted a sense of the true reality:




This is as  our team was also focused on was India and Pakistan as both countries continued their low-intensity warfare that including border shelling, Aircraft being shut down and soldiers dying.     It will be quite a week ahead as China begins its' Annual meeting of the National People's Congress with what the Financial Times noted as "Tea For 5,000" as it grapples with its' profound challenges including an estimated 65 Million Empty Apartments, an economic tug of war with the United States along with a profound long-term problem--an aging population.     We conclude with the US as we note how the US Democratic Fields continues to expand--and again we turned to Seth Meyers to insure that a sense of perspective was at hand:




One of our must reads, @Kaltoons of the Economist captured it all as well on the State of the Democrats as Bernie Sanders launched his bid:





As we reflected upon the week on this "unplug" weekend, we turned to Trevor Noah that pretty much captured it all for all:


It is bound to be an interesting week yet again.



Friday, March 1, 2019

As A New Month is Before Us....

Please Enjoy as we urge all to "unplug" this week-end!!
We look forward to being of continued service...

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