Monday, July 29, 2019

As We Go Dark....

The Wild Geese in Iran (Courtesy Kaven Madani) 

Solar Panel Construction at Aliso Niguel High School, Aliso Viejo, CA (Source: Our Founder's Collection) 

On a Window Into the Future (Courtesy World Bank/Kaveh Madani) 

Our team will go dark throughout our properties as we wanted to close out the Month as we celebrate Mother Earth (With the beauty of Iran), showcasing commitment to going green in our community(as Aliso Niguel High School in Aliso Viejo, California Goes Solar) and a celebration of the Blue Economy.    As we look forward to our analysis next month, our Live Broadcast Pod will be active and our Twitter Channel will have updates throughout as we look forward to our commitment to serve to change the conversation about our World.

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Notations From the Grid (Weekly Edition): On Iran Today ((Second in a Series))

As the drama with Iran continues, our team complied an update list of images on the true realities inside Iran:

Former President Khatami Encourages All to Participate in upcoming Parliamentary Elections

As some remember the  yesteryear in Iran, a sense of the reality on Child Workers and the drama in the Persian Gulf

Hamas Senior Officials Meet Iran's Supreme Guide (Supreme Leader) and Present him with a Gift

..and in the meantime, Arrests and torture continues

We are appreciative of the Work done by the team at Tavana as they work to educate the World on the realities in Iran.   We look forward to featuring their work and perspective  

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

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

A Two-Year Budget deal was struck between the Trump Adminstration and the US House Speaker as reported by the New York Times Late yesterday.   The Congressional Budget Office just released this earlier today on the analysis of the Budget Act:

Bipartisan Budget Act of 2019

As posted on July 22, 2019 (…).

The United States also has a new Secretary of Defense:  Mark Esper which is especially crucial in light of the profound challenges the United States faces.    On the US Political Front, the testimony by Former Special Counsel Robert Mueller before the House of Representatives is going to be the headliner--although we understand that Fox News will not carry it live--although coverage will be available.

Beyond the shores of the United States, there is the change in the United Kingdom as Boris Johnson just won the leadership election for the Conservative Party as the new European Commission President warned on challenging times ahead.      

As we have been assessing our World, we always keep a keen eye on our Community as we received this.   It is a sad testament to the times we live in as we commend the Orange County Foundation and the City of Mission Viejo's Police Services for this initiative:

Assalam Alaykum Community Members,
You are all aware of the violent shooting incidents that have taken place in faith institutions, schools/colleges, & other public places.  It can happen anytime, anywhere & anyplace - May Allah SWT protect everyone.

OCIF cares for its community & our neighboring community.  An ‘active shooter training’ will be held at OCIF tonight, Monday, 22nd if July from 6pm to 9pm.  Needless to say it is extremely important that you attend this training to familiarize yourself on how to act / react in such situations.

OCIF will appreciate if you let your friends & neighbors know. All are welcome.

Thank you.

Monday, July 22, 2019

Notations From the Grid (Weekly Edition): On #Iran Today ((First in a Series))

The tensions with Iran continues.    Our team choose a number of depiction reflecting the profound internal challenges within Iran as our team continues the on-going assessment: 

This is a depiction of the true realities in Iran as the plight of the current system is in doubt in light of continued economic, political and regional difficulties.

Iranian Oil Workers protest outsider the Local Headquarter protesting their Economic Plight by depiciting their empty dinner tables 

14 Activists signed a petition calling for the Islamic Republic to be overthrown.  Two of them have been detained--This depicts how they've signed this with their blood. Our team is assessing the latest developments.

Friday, July 19, 2019

Notations From the Grid (Special Friday Edition): #RandomThoughts

On this Special Edition, our team chose Some "#RandomThoughts" about the need to be aware, to not give up as we celebrate the diversity and the hope that is America--Please enjoy: 

Thursday, July 18, 2019

On this #MandelaDay2019

Today is Mandela Day.    We join in calling upon the World to take 67 Minutes to do what they can to make a difference in our World Today.  


Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Notations From the Grid (Special Mid-Week Edition): Perspectives on @POTUS, #TheSquad & Remembering a Justice

In the aftermath of the US House of Representatives Vote yesterday to condemn President Trump, the late night scene in the United States weighed in.  We hereby present a sampling as we also note this courtesy of the Columbia Journalism Review which our team released last night over our Twitter Property, OrdinaryFaces as we also pay tribute to the late Associate Justice of the United State Supreme Court, John Paul Stevens, who passed away at the age of 99 yesterday:  

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

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

We view today as a challenging day in the aftermath of the deliberations  in the aftermath of President Trump's tweets and the vote in the House of Representatives.   As  our team decided to headline this declaration from the crew of Apollo 11 as we also feature the latest from the Editor of The Bulwark that captures the challenges faced by the GOP in the aftermath of the challenges of the last few days exemplified by what we captured on our daily assessment over Twitter:

We close out with this from the Editor of the Bulwark, JV Last that captures the challenge represented by the GOP in the aftermath of the Vote today and the stance taken by GOP Leaders:

1. Trump and the GOP

This is the passage that struck me most in the George Conway piece everyone is talking about:
What’s just as bad, though, is the virtual silence from Republican leaders and officeholders. They’re silent not because they agree with Trump. Surely they know better. They’re silent because, knowing that he’s incorrigible, they have inured themselves to his wild statements; because, knowing that he’s a fool, they don’t really take his words seriously and pretend that others shouldn’t, either; because, knowing how damaging Trump’s words are, the Republicans don’t want to give succor to their political enemies; because, knowing how vindictive, stubborn and obtusely self-destructive Trump is, they fear his wrath.

What is it, exactly, that we want from elected Republicans?

In a perfect world, what we'd want is some combination of the following:
  • Universal condemnation of Trump's remarks.
  • Reaching out to Democrats in order to establish a bipartisan response showing unity of purpose.
  • Backing of a formal censure or similar statement of legislative condemnation.
The problem is that we do not now, nor have we ever lived in a perfect world.

So I would suggest that while this is a reasonable hope, it would be an unreasonable expectation.

In the real world, there is some percentage of elected Republicans who simply will not criticize President Trump.

Their reasons may differ. Some of them genuinely believe that it is not their place. Some genuinely believe that their party is bigger than any one man and must be supported at all costs. Some genuinely believe that criticizing Trump will produce worse outcomes than not criticizing him.

And some genuinely believe that Trump is right on the merits. Which is to say, they also wish that brown people would just "go back to their own countries."

Which leaves us with a Republican party in which only some percentage would even want to criticize or censure Trump, even if they got a free pass for doing so.

Would that percentage by 80 percent? Or 50 percent? Or 40 percent?

I don't know. But it doesn't really matter because the reality is that it means that the Republican party can't/won't criticize Trump. Only some portion of it could/would.

So when we say that we want Republicans to condemn Trump here, we're saying that we want them to break the party.

That's a big ask.

2. The Case For Blowing It All Up

First, let's make the case for not blowing up the GOP.

Let's say you're a Republican office holder who despises Trump. Some nice, handsome fellow named Sen Basse. Or Gike Mallagher.

If you keep your head down and let this pass, you stay in the game and will have some say in future events. But that's not the real point. You can't predict the future and maybe you're never in a position to add real value.

No, the real point is that if you blow it all up there's an excellent chance you'll be replaced by, well, someone like Greg Gianforte. Or Steve King.

Which is to say, instead of having some Republicans in Congress who quietly disagree with Trump's racism, you'll have more people who eagerly and vociferously agree with it.

That would give me pause, too.

And further, what would your condemnations really accomplish right now? The 2020 election is close enough that it's the only thing that really matters, but far enough away that there's plenty of time for people to forget all about this incident.

If the Trump Experience has taught us anything, it's that there's always more.

So maybe you decide that institutions matter and that you'd rather work within the system.


On the other hand, Republicans have been telling themselves that same story since 2015 and how's that been working out for them?

At just about every step in Trump's ascension, Republicans who had the power to stop him chose not to, for more or less the reasons outlined above.

The biggest of these missed opportunities was Paul Ryan's decision not to mount an active campaign against Trump following the Access Hollywood tape.

Had Ryan actively turned on Trump and called on other Republicans to do the same, he would have broken the party. That's a 100 percent certainty.

But Trump would not be president today. That's also a 100 percent certainty.

Which means that all of the damage Trump has inflicted on the GOP since 2016 wouldn't have happened. Without the power of the White House, his institutional hold on the party would have been broken.

Paul Ryan's political career would have been over, too. But then, that was inevitable at the time anyway. Ryan just didn't realize it.

So there's the case for Republicans actually speaking their mind:

You might break the party.

You might sacrifice your political career.

But those things are happening already. Right now.

With every passing corruption, the institutional value of the party diminishes. (Remember, institutions are only forces for good when they are in the right hands. When bad people control them, institutions can be deeply destructive.)

And if you disagree with President Trump on whether or not your political opponents should "go back to their own country" then you are out of step with your party. And that bill will come due eventually.

Just ask Paul Ryan.

Monday, July 15, 2019

Notations On Our World (Special Monday Edition): On #Syria, @realDonaldTrump & Other Thoughts....

 As a new week dawns, we have been assessing the state of our World. 82 people lost their lives in the Mediterranean on their way to Europe. The President of the United States went after four sitting members of Congress telling them to go back to their Countries--although three of them were born in the United States and one of them came to the United States at an early age. The US Border crisis continues to be a profound challenge. The Iranian President, Hassan Rouhani, came out asking for Iranians to work for free because he noted that Iran is in a state of War--and in our view, he forgot that it has been the Islamic Republic that has been the culprit. Our team will continue to assess it--as we have been on the prowl of the plight of the 14 who signed a declaration calling for Regime Change in Iran. Two of them have been detained and others have been subject to Harassment and Intimidation. 

As we went to Press, the Tehran Stock Exchange--Iran's Main Stock Exchange--suffered one of its' worst losses ever. One of the results of Iranian Policy in the Region has been the killing fields of Syria. Our team released a notation in our ordinary faces property over the week-end. We decided to headline one chapter of it here--however, we will be featuring a chapter in our Ordinary Faces property starting with Chapter 1 twice week with commentary throughout our Ordinary Faces Property as we commend the United States Holocaust Museum for the support they've extended and as we also commend the Iranian Filmmaker Maziar Bahari for his brilliant production. Mr. Bahari was detained in the aftermath of the Green Movement Protests in 2009 before being released. His predicament was the subject of a Jon Stewart Movie, Rosewater, that featured two of the leading Iranian Actresses, Shohreh Aghdashloo and Golsifteh Farahani.

A  challenging week ahead....

Friday, July 12, 2019

Notations On Our World (Friday Edition): Out & About....

US Government Could Run out of Money, But That's not the Real StoryOur team pulled together a sampling of the discourse on the politics as the US Political campaign has begun and the profound challenges courtesy the Real News and the political campaigns:
Bill Black demystifies the reality of debt, what really’s happening, and why the politics of debt is so convoluted

Honduras Now Ruled By A
Honduran Congressman Ramón Soto Bonilla says it is now more dangerous in Honduras to be a land defender than a narco-trafficker

Poll: Religion in Decline in Arab Countries, Anger at the U.S Growing
James Zogby of the Arab American Institute discusses the results of a large survey conducted by the BBC in 11 Arab countries among 25,000 responders. The results show interesting developments in Arab public opinion on matters of religion and politics

The Pentagon's Carbon Boot Print
Two new studies show that the U.S. military consumes more fossil fuels—and emits more greenhouse gases—than many countries    


US Violates Nuclear Non-Proliferation Obligations, Undermining Credibility With Iran and N. Korea 
Trump administration officials deploy a basic lack of understanding and contradictory policies towards Iran and North Korea, despite dealing with a similar problem: nuclear proliferation. We discuss the issue with Phyllis Bennis and Tim Shorrock
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Thursday, July 11, 2019

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

It has been quite a week in our World.   We decided to capture headlines on #ClimateEmergency, the 4th of July and the challenges in Europe and the United Kingdom:

Monday, July 8, 2019

Notations On Our World (Weekly Edition): Out & About in Our World....

It is the dawn of a new and yet busy week at the Daily Outsider.   The US Women's Soccer Team won the World Cup for the 4th Year in a Row.   We congratulate the team on its' momentous achievement.

We chose the headlines from our assessment around the Grid because of what we believe-a sense of hope in line with our mission to help change the conversation about our World.    Greece, for instance, decided on a profound change as it the leftist government was defeated and a new Prime Minister is slated to be sworn in tomorrow.   This is as we have also been assessing the change of leadership in Europe which will have a Notation on it later on this week.

Beyond Europe, there is the on-going challenges with Iran.  Iran's economy is teetring and our team released a special edition of Notations on it earlier.  In our view, the gamble by the Iranian authorities on Uranimum enrichment was captured brilliantly by a depicition by an Iranian Civics Organization:

As we begin, we begin fy first and foremost extending a Happy Birthday to the Father of the Gaia Theory, James Lovelock as we note this admonition from him, "...If there were a billion people living on the planet, we could do whatever we please. But there are nearly seven billion. At this scale, life as we know it today is not sustainable. – How to Cool the Planet: Geoengineering and the Audacious Quest to Fix Earth’s Climate, 2010..." 

We were also saddened as we note the passing of the legendary Brazilian artists Joao Gilberto.  He passed away over the Week-End.   His legacy will live on as we hope all enjoy this selection we chose of a classic he did with the great Stan Getz:

RIP Joae Gilberto--Your legacy will live on!!