Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Notations On Our World (Special Thanksgiving Eve Edition): On #IranProtests

It is thanksgiving eve here in the United States.   As we take a moment of pause to be thankful for all all blessings, we wanted to remember all who agitate for Freedom and Democracy around the Iran.   Our focus here is Iran.

Based on all the reporting we have seen in the aftermath of the internet being restored in #Iran, current protests have been crushed by the Regime with Thousands arrested and hundreds killed.   As our team assessed it all, we captured the following from the grid that in our view epitomized the tragedy that is Iran right now:

We will be dark on our platforms through Thanksgivings Week-End although our Live Broadcast POD and our Daily Twitter Updates.

Happy Thanksgiving and Best Wishes to all.

Saturday, November 23, 2019

Notations On Our World (Week-End Edition): On #Iran, #Israel, #Hope & Darkness

On Iran and Its' Role in the Middle East and How the People Arose 

Iranian Environmentalists Sentenced to Prison 

Quite a week has passed in our World as the impeachment hearings against President Trump concluded in the House of Representatives.   The Nationwide Protests in Iran did not garner as much coverage as the Government claimed that it put down the uprising in over 100 cities--and as leading Environmental Activists were sentenced after having been detained for over 21 Months without charge.   Meanwhile, Israel indicted its' sitting Prime Minister--and the Prime Minister rejected the indictment as a witch hunt.   

We here at the Daily Outsider pay tribute to all who came out on the Streets in Iran and extend a profound heartfelt condolence  to the families of all who have lost their lives.    We also wanted to close out with a tribute to another brave soul who has dared to challenge Vladimir Putin, Alexei Navalny as we commend the Financial Times for sitting down with him:

Light will overcome darkness:

Thursday, November 21, 2019

Notations On Our World (Special Edition): 2020 November Democratic Debate in Atlanta

It has been quite a 24 hours with the latest Democratic Debate, the blockbuster Impeachment hearings.   This is as halfway around the World, Iran Protests continued as it was cut off from the World--Iranians around the World including here in South Orange County held demonstrations calling for regime change in Iran:

Challenging Times...

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Notations on Our World (Special MId-Week Edition): Out & About In Our World....

As we went to press with this special edition of Notations, the House Impeachment Inquiry was in full force as the US Ambassador to the European Union was before the US House Intelligence Committee.    We also have been assessing the on-going protests in Iran was Internet continues to be shut down although tricklers of information continues onward.   

Our team chose this here--as an emphasis on what drives us as we continue to develop our platforms to act and be a forum to act--as we look forward to the continued privilege to serve:

The cycle would be almost humorous by now if it were not so sad. Politicians who have sat idly by, not doing their jobs to address the vexing, pressing problems of our time, rush in when tragedy strikes. Whether it’s a natural disaster that caught a city off guard, or another senseless mass shooting, these folks are there—or rather are there on Twitter—to offer their “thoughts and prayers” to the victims. Then, of course, the crowd shoots back, “That’s not enough!”
Let us unravel this according to the Stoics. First, there’s nothing wrong with thoughts and prayers, per se, particularly if they are heartfelt. However, they aren’t remotely sufficient to solve most political or social problems. And yet, yelling at the people offering them is its own hollow form of virtue signaling too.
While the Stoics did talk about the importance of acceptance and about our limited control of the world around us, they would reject this modern rejection of our own agency. They would be disappointed in our learned helplessness. The obstacles of life—be they in politics or the environment or the actions of evil doers—require action. They require effort. They require that we seize what’s in our control to affect change and improve the status quo.
When Rome’s borders were threatened, Marcus Aurelius didn’t simply send his prayers to the citizens who were killed. No, he led an army to defend them. When a plague struck Rome, he didn’t flee the city and then come back to speak at funerals. He braved the terrible conditions, doing everything he could to stop the dying. Whether he was successful or not is almost secondary to the fact that he at least tried.
Because that’s what a Stoic does. We take action. We organize. We vote. We try to solve problems. We try to prevent problems from happening again. And if the leaders we’ve elected aren’t going to help with that—meaning they’re part of the problem themselves—we don’t just yell or complain about it and demand that they do better...we set about solving for that too. We do better. We make sure they do too.
No one is coming to save us. But we can save ourselves.

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Notations On Our World (Weekly Edition): On the #IranProtests

Iran Protests 

Scenes from The Streets in Tehran: 
People Shut off Their Cars and simply sit in their Cars

"We Bled Blood For 40 Years--It is Enough--We will Resist"

President Rouhani of Iran: 
The Price Increase Was Approved by the Head of the Three Branches

Member of Iran's Parliament (Majlis) Mahmoud Sadeghi: Decision to increase fuel was incorrect--The protests were Expected--A caution to Security Forces to not deal with people in a violent Way

University of Tehran Politics Professor Sadegh Ziba Kalam:  The Government drank the Poison of increasing the price of Gasoline

As we went to press, Protests in Iran continued in the aftermath of a sudden decision by the Government to raise the price of Gasoline.    Our team captured a sampling of the discourse before the Government turned off the Internet.    Netblocks reported that every day the internet was shut down, it cost the Iranian Economy over 360 Million Dollars.

We found it quite laughable how the Minister of Telecommunications claimed he was working on restoring the internet even though  the Government continued to double down on its' decision--including the Supreme Guide (referred to as the Supreme Leader in the Western Media) calling them thugs.    We saw reports of innovative non-violent civil resistance including handing flowers to police officers and shutting off cars and playing soccer (Football) or just simply shutting off vehicles and simply staying in cars.  

Our team will continue to assess it all over the ensuing days as we note this which in our view captured the aspiration of all Iranians for a better tomorrow:  

Saturday, November 16, 2019

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

President Trump & President Edrogan (Courtesy Economist) 

It has been quite a week in our World as the first week of the Impeachment Hearings in the US House of Representatives against President Trump.     Friday saw a testimony from the Former US Ambassador to Ukraine as the President attacked her on Twitter as she recounted how she was recalled and subsequently dismissed--and recounted how she felt intimidated and threatened in the aftermath of the call with the President of Ukraine.    Conservative Attorney Reflected upon the state of the GOP and President Trump:


This is also a week that saw President Trump and President Edrogan of Turkey met in Washington as well as Turkey continued its' campaign in Syria.   Meanwhile, Chile protests have continued as protests have continued in Lebanon as well.   There is also the UK Election Campaign as the Brexit Deadline looms large.   

Never a dull moment in our World as our Twitter Channel will be updated daily throughout the weekend as we gear up for a new week of deliberations throughout our platforms.

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.