Monday, October 16, 2017

On the Prowl : Ray Kurzweil Disruptive Technologies and Dangerous Ideas





One of the best one hours I did Friday when I listened to two visionaries...normally I use this for my "Random Thoughts"--but hope all enjoy this--well worth it!!!


Random Thoughts: Out and About As A New Week Dawns........



I was around town over the weekend as I struck a conversation with the Scoutmaster for Troop 734.   He was picking up Ice for Camporall 2017 at Camp Pendleton Marine Base.  We struck a conversation about Scouting and about Eagles as he shared that his son finished his Eagle Project.   I asked where it was--and it was right here in my hometown of Laguna Niguel at Marion Bergeson Elementary School.   I n all the years I have had the privilege to live in the beautiful City of Laguna Niguel, I had never actually visited the Bergerson Campus.  It is a beautiful little campus as I visited it today to check out the Eagle Scout Project.    He has done a beautiful job-and it is being witness to such commitment that continues to give me hope. 

I could not help but further be in awe as I was witness to Community spirit in Action at Camp Pendleton.    The Annual Camporall 2017 was held for my local Scout District.   For four days straight, selfless volunteers built out a Haunted House to entertain over 200 Scouts and Scouters who were there for this week-end.   It was quite a sight--another example of how selfless souls make a difference as they do:





Over the weekend, I shared some thoughts on Instagram on this:



This is as being witness to the destructive path by President Trump continues.    The NIAC conference call I joined on Sunday was quite depressing about the challenges in the aftermath of the decision by President Trump and a new law being pushed by Tom Cotton and Bob Crocker--who I praised when I spoke up against the antics of President Trump.    Gideon Levy of Haaretz captured the profound challenges brilliantly.    The tweets I picked up last week on it underscored how idiotic it all is:


Ariane Tabatabai Retweeted Behdad Mahichi
That's so ridiculous. So, aunts and uncles are intel operatives? That's also irresponsible, feeds into narrative that gets folks arrested
Ariane Tabatabai added,
 
 Farnaz Fassihi liked
Ladane Nasseri Retweeted Farnaz Fassihi
Can already see hints of this in #Iran
Ladane Nasseri added,

It is going to be a challenging few months no doubt-but I remain hopeful!!!

Onward to the new week with all its' possibilities.



Friday, October 13, 2017

Random Thoughts on the Eve of the W-End.....



It has been quite a week around our World and quite challenging as President Trump took steps to make sure the Affordable Care Act was fatally undermined, decertified the Iran Deal and raised the rhetoric over NAFTA as it pushed the notion of Tax Reform that has been debunked repeatedly--in addition to going after Puerto Rico.    He has had a very busy week no doubt.    

Not withstanding the challenging week at hand, I continue to take heart by the generosity of spirit throughout our Community.   I am  gearing  up to hit the road visiting with the Boy Scouts at the Annual El Camino Real Camporall.   This year, it will be held at Camp Pendelton.  I also had the pleasure to be supportive of Our Fathers' Table Annual Fundraiser as I also worked away on initiatives throughout the week.  As it was interesting and challenging, the need to remain optimistic and be humorous about (as s beautifully noted with this I captured courtesy of the team at the Foundation for Economic Education),  here are some "Food 4 thought" to reflect on the eve of the weekend: 



How long before trash disappears (years): Plastic bag: 20 Styrofoam cup: 50 Plastic bottle: 450 Glass: 1 million
Joseph Jones Retweeted Jesse Colombo
When you see now defunct companies like Juicero receiving $120M selling $400 machines that squeeze juice from a bag, you got huge bubble.
Joseph Jones added,

  1. Easy work: 1 complaining 2 pretending 3 blaming 4 judging 5 resenting Hard work: 1 inspiring 2 learning 3 teaching 4 trusting 5 empowering
Be humble. You may be wrong. Be generous. You may be remembered. Be interested. You may stay teachable. Be yourself. You will be happier.
Onward to the weekend with all its' possibilities as I wish all a great one and a great week ahead....

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Random Thoughts: On #FreeNazanin , #Iran & Other Thoughts....

It has been a challenging few days especially as the World awaits the formal rejection of the Iran Deal by President Trump.   I saw this from Javad Zarif laughing with the head of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corp that apparently has cooked up additional charges:





If they had at least some common sense, they'd make sure they kept the World on their Side.  I am not sure why they are both smiling especially in light of the true realities around the World which includes:
  • High Degree of Unemployment (including 60% according to estimates for the Government's Own Interior Ministry)
  • Two Wars (Syria and Iraq that we know of--in addition to Yemen, Afghanistan, Lebanon, etc)
  • Environmental Challenges (including lack of Water--that has been documented by the current head of Iran's Environment Organization)
This is as corruption continues to be ever so evident as epitomized by the head of the Judiciary.    I just laughed when I saw this from Hassan Rouhani when he was in the United States:

On the detention of Nazanin ratcliff and Rouhani's Lie that the Judiciary is indepdenent--that they have right to counsel and he can't interfere despite his "sensitives:

I hope he can now after the recent attack by the Head of the Judiciary calling him "lazy" as the World Faces the prospect of the Iran Deal unraveling thanks to Mr. Trump.   I remain hopeful--although I wonder:   


Sunday, October 8, 2017

Random Thoughts: On Forever Forever & Being Witness.....



It has been quite an interesting week and it is bound to be another interesting week as I took just a bit of "chill time" to reflect.     I look forward to joining the Our Fathers' Table Reception later in San Juan as I look forward to being at Camp Pendelton gearing up for Scouting For Food.  



 It was also a weekend that was Aliso Niguel's Homecoming Week End that began with the Homecoming Game with some fabulous  fireworks which in turn culminated in the Homecoming Dance Saturday night.  It was fabulous to see our future as they danced the night away.   May the blessing of the almighty be upon them all.   





Onward to the New week with all its' possibilities 

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Random Thoughts: Briefly On "Rising Up" always......


I finished off Hillary Clinton's Memoir On the 2016 Campaign.   Not withstanding some of the interpretations I have seen, one has to actually read the over 500 pages because there is a lot of to digest and reflect upon.    Her selections of thoughts especially struck me as I decided to capture two of them here.   This is as I also had a chance to read David Brooks' The Road to Character that at its' heart noted the need for Humility always.     It is in the end about staying humble, never giving up, thinking about the possibilities and rising up--isn't it?

As I reflected upon the day, what I saw from Teddy Roosevelt was also poignant:

It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.  

Onward!!!




Monday, October 2, 2017

Random Thoughts: Remaining Hopeful.....

A new quarter is at hand.   I was working away in support of The Daily Outsider as we geared up for the new Quarter.  Although the properties will continue to evolve,  the team wanted to "hit the ground" running"--I also was on throughout the weekend to do what I can to help elevate the discussions on Puerto Rico as President Trump was in New Jersey attending President's Cup.

As part of my on-going commitments to the Daily Outsider, I had a chance to catch up on the latest productions of the Voice of America Farsi Service--with its' latest on the continued deep seated corruption in Iran today.   This is as the Trump Adminstration (enabled by the Conservative Media) is working to prepare the Public for the withdrawal from the Iran Deal to further deflect from the failures that commentators including   CNN's  &  the Resurgent lambasting President Trump's action.    Erick Erickson's Closing thoughts was telling: "...So I have deleted my former post and he can stand or fall on the merits of his tweets this morning. Yay, President Trump punched a critic — a critic who is on an island trying her best to help others where most of the people now have no homes, no power, and no running water. What a man he is! Updated: worth pointing out, as Susan noted, that the President also had the luxury of tweeting his responses from the comfort of his country club in New York while the mayor of San Juan is sleeping on a cot in a shelter. And he thought the optics of Tom Price on private planes were bad....."   However, his writers continues their "equal opportunity" attack late last night.     This is also as the GOP implosion continued as John Kasich hinted he would leave the GOP--which prompted a Tweet from Steve Bannon threatening to sue Governor Kasich if he did not take John McCain with him.  


As I continued working away I picked this up from The Indian Prime Minister Personal Twitter Feed:

Today is the day India is remembering Gandhi Ji.   I did a "book-End" on my Twitter Feed last night as I yearned for our generations Gandhi.    Today is also a day (that our team noted about announcements regarding the Nobel Prize which will be interesting to be witness to).  I took comfort in this I got from the great Jonathan Lockwood Huie that is a good way to formally begin the new Quarter:


Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage.
- Anaïs Nin

A life lived in fear is a life half lived.
- Anonymous

There can be no happiness when one lives in fear.
Whatever the future holds, fear will not improve tomorrow,
and it will destroy your happiness today.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie 



Remaining Hopeful.....

Friday, September 29, 2017

Random Thoughts On the Eve of the New Quarter......

It is the dawn of the new Quarter.     I worked away supporting the team at The Daily Outsider as we worked on a number of updates which will be available starting over the weekend.    I also saw this  (and shared it earlier on my Twitter Feed and my Personal Facebook Page):



I have listened to this about 5 times as I write this and his message to us all as a diverse and to be able to respect each other is so powerful is beyond words.     It is a much better that what he noted was the small horrible ideas--the need to treat our fellow human beings (whatever their race, gender, sexual orientation or religion) with dignity and respect.    I had lamented how Donald Trump did not seem to understand this as I repeatedly pleaded with him as one simple American along with his Son as they both engaged in a tossle with the NFL as the people of Puerto Rico suffered--and how the Acting Secretary of Homeland Security noted that it was a "good news story"--and as the people of Puerto Rico were suffering, the President was out Golfing--General Honoree was right on as he basically noted, "..if it was textbook, it is a new textbook..."   The FEMA Director was still in Washington when Andreson Cooper interviewed General Honoree--Holy cow!!!!    This interview with General Honoree was also trying--How the President was dismissive by saying, for instance, that shipping companies don't want the Jones Act lifted was beyond the pale.  

As I was so moved by this very powerful 5 minutes, I also thought of the art of the possible with this from Elon Musk--and at times I have wondered about the journey at #Outsiders.  Elon Musk is our generation's Edison and his belief in the art of the possible just blew me away as underscored with this courtesy of Vala Afshar: 




This is also a month that has seen one of the most profound tragedies in our World with the plight of the Rohnyiga which I wrote about earlier on my Facebook Wall: 





What continued to give me hope, though, was when my Son and I joined a day of service in support of the Aliso Niguel Second Harvest Food Bank Club at Zion Church in Anaheim.  Some 179 Families were served with over 798 souls taken care with some 5998 Meals and 7000 lbs of Food disbursed.   That's what gives me hope despite all that I saw over the past few weeks as I also saw this which I also released earlier on my Personal Facebook Wall:   



 As I look to this new quarter, I took comfort in this thought:

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