Monday, May 14, 2018

Out & About w/Brief Thoughts as a New Week is At hand....

A new week is at hand as I write this.   It has already been quite a forthnight as I have been helping to tweet on the #GazaReturnMarch and how as I am finishing off these thoughts, some 16 people have been killed--and over 700 people have been wounded.    Al Jazeera has been covering this live which is available in The Daily Outsider Main Property in the Live Broadcast Pod.   This is as  the US Embassy will officially be opened as Palestinians throughout Israel and Gaza will continue their protests as a build up to Nakbha Day.   It is just so overwhelming to be witness to it as Gaza continues to be blocked by Israel to fish and as the two only entrants from Egypt and Israel continue to be closed.

As I was curating work and continuing to build out my repository of thoughts,  I ran across this as I wanted to share this on a positive note:

Friday, May 11, 2018

Thank you @SteveSchmidtSES

As I had the pleasure to be supportive of the Work of the Daily Outsider throughout the week, I can't think of a way to "book end" my week before being "dark" for the weekend with this from Steve Schmidt.

Steve Schmidt managed the 2008 Presidential Campaign from  Senator McCain.   These are some of the most powerful 4 minutes in praise of Senator McCain and I bow in respect to Mr. Schmidt for this eloquent tribute to Senator McCain which epitomizes what I view Senator McCain to be.    
I made it a point of responding to Mrs. McCain in the aftermath of the vile comments by the White House Aide and a Fox Pundit:

As I was finishing these thoughts and wanted to confirm Mr. Schmidt's Twitter Handle, I saw this (and couldn't agree more as to how General Kelly could tolerate this):

I will note that I have had disagreements with his views over the years.  But that's the beauty of democracy.    His commitment to America is unshakable and his legacy will endure long after Donald Trump along with his vile and despicable Vice President, Mike Pence and his entire Administration are relegated to the dustbin of History.      

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Out & About w/Thoughts.....

As I was working away on late commitments for the Daily Outsider, I saw that Israel had struck Iranian Infrastructure in Syria after what was noted to be an Iranian Missile Barrage which was struck down by Israel's Iron Dome Defense System.   The Israeli Defense Chief had said that All key Iranian Infrastructure in Syria had been hit.    The last reports I personally reviewed was that over 2,000 Iranians had been killed--that does not include all the Afghan Recruits who joined the ranks out of desperation--Truly worrisome times....

I had hoped to strike a rather optimistic tone--but these two Visual Essays I produced over the past Week was to "hopefully"  tend decided to take a different "route" this week as I also was knee deep in various projects to share two "Visual Essays" I produced It has been an interesting week!!   For this edition of my "Out & About",   here are two Visual Essays to Enjoy as I also wanted to extend a Happy Mother's Day as it is Mothers' Day Week & of Course Teacher Appreciation Week:

Sunday, May 6, 2018

Out & About w/Brief Thoughts On the Eve of a New Week

Googosh Sings 


@ANHSTealTown Espirit De Wolverine 

What a week it was!!! 

It  was a week being witness to humanity and yet being taken aback by some of the on-going challenges in our World including the Gaza Return March and the freak show in Washington epitomized by the latest over the Stormy Daniels mess.    Professor Turley of George Washington reflected upon this on Face The Nation--As I noted on Twitter earlier, I read his blog daily although I  have disagreements with him periodically.

Our World was witness to quite a challenging week on a multitude of fronts no doubt--but my sense of optimism was exemplified as I was witness to the Esprit de Wolverine Awards at my Son's High School being witness to  the beaming Young being honored by their teachers under the watchful and proud eyes of their parents--and how the selfless souls that serve on the Aliso Niguel PTSA Board hosted a reception for the students and their families.    This was also a week, though, that saw one of the leading lights of Modern Iranian Music, Naser Cheshmazer leave the scene as he had a heart attack--I chose a clip of one of my modern classics song by the Iranian Music Legend Googosh courtesy of the Team at Tavanah that I was pleased to present

I am looking forward to joining an afternoon of service later on this week at Camp Pendelton as I will join the team from the Laguna Niguel Military Support Committee for a Family Day with the 1/4 Marines & thereafter join the selfless souls who serve on the Aliso Niguel Grad Night Committee as we all gear up to host the Grad Night 2018.   

I close out my brief thoughts with this very optimistic note courtesy of the visionary Peter Diamandis that is a long-read but also quite critical for us to remain as to what is truly possible: 

Every year I take the major XPRIZE benefactors (Vision Circle & Innovation Board members) on an Adventure Trip. This time, we went to Vatican City to discuss longevity and regenerative medicine, piggybacking on the United to Cure conference hosted by the Pope. 
The notion that the Vatican hosted this event, and even had a panel on “the morality of immortality” (or the immorality of mortality) is pretty amazing (more on this in a future blog). It’s more evidence that we’re living during the most extraordinary time ever in human history. 
Since I had the great honor to give the opening keynote, I thought I’d use this blog as an opportunity to share my remarks. Let’s dive in. 

Contextualizing Human Progress

It's hard to remember how extraordinary the world is today when we're bombarded 24/7 by news about problems and disasters. History provides valuable context, however.
  • Some 700 years ago, the Plague killed 200 million people in a single year -- 40 percent of England.
  • About 500 years ago, famine claimed 3 million lives in France. 
  • 100 years ago (in 1918) World War I claimed 16 million lives, while the flu pandemic caused 50 million deaths. All in a single year.
If these were our current headlines, we would be in shock.
We forget how much the world has progressed in the past century alone. 
The per-capita income for every nation on the planet has tripled. The human lifespan has doubled. The cost of food has dropped thirty-fold. The cost of transportation hundreds of fold. The cost of communications millions of fold.
The human lifespan is another way to contextualize progress: 
  • During the days of the caveman 100,000 years ago, the average lifespan was in the late 20's. By age 13, humans went into puberty and began having children; by 26, those parents became grandparents. And since food was scarce in those days, the best thing you could do was “give your bits back to the environment,” so to speak, and not consume food and other resources that would otherwise have gone to your grandchildren.
  • In the Middle Ages, the average human lifespan grew to 35.
  • A century ago, it was the mid-40’s.
  • Today, it's around 80.
One of my missions -- which I share with many of you -- is to discover how we can add 20, 30 or more healthy years to our lives. How do we make 100 years old the new 60, and then intercept exponentially growing technologies to extend the healthy human lifespan beyond that?

Exponential Technologies Driving Longevity

We take the technology and the empowerment we have today for granted.
I teach my Abundance community that whatever becomes digitized enters a period of slow, deceptive growth. Next, it becomes disruptive, and then it dematerializes, demonetizes, and democratizes products and services.
Consider storage, which is critical for the genomics world today. 
In 1981, 1 gigabyte of storage cost half a million dollars. Today, it's 25 million times cheaper at 2 cents per gigabyte.
How about computation? In 1971, Intel put out its first computer chip, the Intel 4004. It had 2,300 transistors on at $1 each.
Intel no longer actually tells you how many transistors are on their chips, but the recent Core i7 had 14.4 billion transistors at less than a millionth of a penny each.
This represents a 330 billion-fold increase in price performance in 45 years.
If you have a smartphone, you have more computational power in your hand than all the governments on the planet had just 30 years ago. 
But that doesn't compare to what's coming next in quantum computing. This year, we expect to see ‘quantum supremacy’ -- that moment in time where a quantum computer can solve a problem that no classical computer can do. 
Google recently unveiled Bristlecone. This new quantum computer chip has 72 qubits. By the time it gets to 300 qubits, it can perform more calculations than there are atoms in the known universe. 
We’re about to see an extraordinary revolution in drug discovery.
Pharmaceutical companies today are spending decades and billions of dollars to discover molecules that affect us. But soon, quantum computers will allow us to model molecular interactions at a level like never before. 
Imagine an individual working on a quantum computer on the cloud who is able to look at the interaction of a particular molecule with all 20,000 coded proteins in the human genome. Drug discovery will go off the charts. This isn’t happening 30 years from now, but in the next decade.
What about communications? We take it for granted, but in 2017, we had 3.8 billion people connected on Earth. In the next five years, we'll see the deployment of the 5G global network that Qualcomm has been developing.
We're about to see Facebook and Google with balloons and drones and satellites. OneWeb will deploy 900 satellites leveraging a $1.2 billion Softbank investment, and then layer on top of that 4,425 satellites being launched by SpaceX, and we're about to connect every single human on the planet with a gigabit connection speed.
A gigabit connection for everyone, effectively for free.
That connection represents a lifeline for health sciences. It’s an ability to upload data or enable AI support.
And it doesn't slow down. With the Internet of Things and a proliferation of sensors, by 2020 we'll have 50 billion connected devices with a trillion sensors in the world. By 2030, we’ll see 500 billion connected devices with 100 trillion sensors. 
In terms of health, every single person will have the ability for real-time monitoring. Every single element of their lives -- their glucose, their blood pressure, the microRNAs, their vitamin D levels -- can be uploaded to an AI that can convey their exact health status.
We'll all have a version of JARVIS from “Iron Man.” These personal AIs can collect our data and enable us to be the CEO of our own health.
The acceleration continues with genome sequencing. Back in 2000, the price of sequencing a human genome -- all 3.2 billion letters of your life -- was $100 million and 9 months' time. Today, it’s $1,000 per genome, and within two years, with Illumina's newest machines, it will cost about $100 and be completed in 1 hour. 
We're talking about trillionfold increases in price-performance capability, which is in turn driving a revolution in cellular medicine, stem cells, natural killer cells, CAR T-cells. It’s extraordinary.
I believe nothing is truly scarce. Nothing.
We have the ability, with access to these technologies, to say, “This is the problem I want to solve." 
We often talk about our desires and our abilities.
I posit that we're living in a time a day and age that within our lifetimes, we will truly have the ability to meet the needs of every man, woman and child on this planet. 
You may have heard me say, “The world's biggest problems are the world's biggest business opportunities,” and, “If you want to become a billionaire, help a billion people.”
What is the challenge you desire to solve? What is the impact you want to create?
I believe that each of us should be taking on what I call the Impact Pledge... to stand up and say, “During my lifetime, this is the problem that I want to solve. This is what I stand for.
It used to be that capital was restrictive. Today, we're living in a world of crowdfunding, angel capital, venture capital, and even startups being funded by sovereign wealth funds. But it doesn’t end there. In 2017, the world saw $3.8 billion in ICOs (initial coin offerings) -- an entirely new mechanism to generate investable capital.
And even that is accelerating, in the first four months of 2018 alone, there was $6.2 billion of ICOs. Capital is flowing to great ideas.
What is your great idea?
Each of us has what I call a Massively Transformative Purpose in our lives that motivates us to pursue the seemingly impossible.
What we do with our time matters.
What Moonshots we take on to change the world matters.
What impact do you want to make on this planet?
You have access to everything you need. More knowledge on Google or Baidu, more computational power on the cloud, more capital, more access to AI.
With this abundance, what else do you actually need?
Ultimately, it is the “dedicated, passionate human mind” that makes all the difference.
A mind with the audacity to think thoughts like...
I refuse to allow this disease to go on for a day longer.
I refuse to not have the ability to feed a billion people, or to save a billion women's lives.
We are alive in a time of great capabilities.
The choice is yours. 
Let’s create a world of healthcare abundance.
Let’s make disease a thing of the past.
Let’s make 100 years old the new 60, and then once we get there, we can debate how we get to 150 or even 200.

I "book-End" my thoughts with this:

  Onward to the new week with all its' possibilities!!

Thursday, May 3, 2018

"Out & About" w/Brief Thoughts....

Dariush The Great Prayer For Iran:  I ask you Almighty God to protect Iran from
Enemies, Drought/Hunger, lies & Deceit (A Prayer For the World) 

It has been quite a week on a multitude of fronts.     One critical thing I was so proud of was when I released an update from Radio Free Europe on two enterprising Iranians developing an updated version of Telegram--Telegram is the messaging app that is used by 40 Million Iranians which was ordered blocked by Iran's Judiciary--I can't wait to download it!!!    I was also proud of the five women who in Iran dressed up as Men to get in to watch the key Match for the National Football (Soccer) championship as captured by Tavanna last week as all who were at the Stadium cried out, "Reza Shah, Rohat Shaad..." which means Reza Shah, Rest in Peace: 

For those who may not know who he is, Reza Shah is known as the founder of Modern Iran with all that he did.    As I was working away, though, I thought about the choice and the legacy of purpose.   What I hope to be supportive of in the work of the Daily Outsider (as it evolves), the Community Projects & Initiatives to live up to the admonitions at hand: 

The three controlling desires of every normal man seem to be:
First, to live. Not merely to exist.
Second, to be a man among men.
Third, to do that which will endure.
- James Hulme Canfield

Lives of great men all remind us, we can make our lives sublime, 
and, departing, leave behind us, footprints on the sands of time.
- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

The way you get meaning into your life
is to devote yourself to loving others.
Devote yourself to your community around you,
and devote yourself to creating something
that gives you purpose and meaning.
- Mitch Albom 

Sunday, April 29, 2018

Out & About With Brief Thoughts...

I would admit it was quite a challenging Month as I reflect upon it in a multitude of fronts.  As I assisted with some weekly curation for the Daily Outsider, I took stock of all that I am thankful for--one of the most memorable events was being at Holy Thursday. 

Despite the profound challenges, I continue to remain hopeful as I was witness to Community Spirit in Action Throughout the Month.    It culminated in the 11th Taste of Aliso Niguel at the Laguna Design Center this past Saturday.   I had the privilege to serve as a Volunteer and in the midst of the chaos captured some images which continues to give me hope in spite of the profound challenges we continue to be faced with in our World--How such selfless souls came together to make such an event possible is beyond words.   

Onward to May with all that it entails!!

Monday, April 23, 2018

As A New Week Dawns.....

As the new week dawns, I have been "out & about" as I decided to pick certain images from my collection as I look forward to a good week ahead...Interesting times....

I hereby bookend this with this thought:

“To announce that there must be
no criticism of the President,
or that we are to stand by the President,
right or wrong,
is not only unpatriotic and servile,
but is morally treasonable to the American public.”~ Theodore Roosevelt

Friday, April 20, 2018

"Random Thoughts"....

Saeed Mortavazi, Tehran's Former Prosecutor, "Missing in Action" 

The team was gracious enough to allow me to use "Random Thoughts" for these series as I helped with a number of curation efforts for the Daily Outsider  after having been away at a training retreat.     It has also been quite a week--and that's putting it mildly!!!

As I write this, I am watching Al Jazeera as it is broadcasting an epic on King Hussein of Jordan.   I have been especially been assessing the latest out of Iran which I look forward to helping with publishing a number of Notations over the ensuing weeks.   What I found irritating were reports that the former Prosecutor of Tehran, Saeed Mortavazi, was reported by the Chief Spokesman and Deputy Head of the Judiciary to be "Missing" and that they could not find him.    Mortazavi received a sentence for having been held responsible for the murder of the Journalist Zahra Kazemi and other crimes.    It was so funny how someone just randomly called up his Wife and his Wife said oh yes he's in Tehran but not currently home.    I could not help but just laugh--as my alternative was to simply cry.    This was also as I saw the horrific clip on a Young Lady in Tehran being roughed up by the so-called Morality Police that sparked outrage even by key figures in the Government sparking an investigation order by the Interior Minister.    Let's see where it all goes--I wished the Vice President for Women's Affairs Dr. Ebetkar success. 

As I was reflecting upon a rather challenging week, I re-read this Poem courtesy of my friend Anaahita Mahdavi that she posted to her Facebook Wall last week from the Master, Khalil Gibran and took comfort in it:   

I close out this with this simple thought as I wish all the best of weekends: 

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

On the Prowl w/this: A Note From The Universe

It has been quite a week as I picked this up from the team at Iran Wire on the continued brain drain in Iran and as our World was witness to the Soap Opera in Washington starring Donald Trump, Stormy Daniel and her Lawyers.     In spite of the overwhelming challenges,  some uplifting thoughts were in order courtesy of the folks at TUT I hope proves to be uplifting:  

A Note From The Universe: One day you're going to wake up and feel so much joy for your life, exactly as it is, that you wouldn't trade anything in your past for anything.

And right now, you get to live that bit t... Click here to read this entire Note!

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Out & About re #MLK50: Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Today is the 50th Anniversary of Dr. King's Assassination.  I decided to be brief today with this very powerful 6 minutes with Congressman Lewis and Former President Obama.       


Monday, March 26, 2018

Out & About On The Final Week of March 2018....

It has been quite a week. 

My weekend began with my day of service joining the #MarchForOurLives rally in San Clemente as I was blown away by the eloquence of the visitors from Parkland Who Spoke and as about a thousand people showed up down here in San Clemente.         This is as John Bolton was hired as President Trump's National Security Adviser.   I was on Twitter most of the Week since the Announcement deriding this appointment.    I'll let the Daily Outsider Big Brothers (NBC; CBS; Fox News; ABC et. ) continue to talk about the Stormy Daniels Saga--and I'll leave it at that along with the dilemma after his lawyers & the Russia Saga. 

One of the many blessings I always embrace hourly is the Family.    It has been a little over Two Weeks since My Aunt Mimi passed away and we all in our own way have been dealing with this grief.  This is also, though, as we all brought in Spring and for Iranian-Americans like I was the First Day of Nowruz:

Iranians around the World were able to celebrate as they took comfort in the programs by the Voice of America, BBC Farsi along with Iranian Entertainment Channels.    One of the programs I consult daily, Iran Farda (as part of my responsibilities at the Daily Outsider), also had a more perceptive and engaging look at the year that was.   Dr. Nourizadeh's tribute to the Former Deputy Prime Minister of Iran, Abbas Amir Entezam, was extremely moving.   Mr. Amir Enterzam was in prison for over 36 years and for seven years did not even have the right to wear shoes.   I'll be helping on working on a column for the Daily Outsider over the ensuing days. 

As I was reflecting upon this week, selfless souls were also in action as I joined the final Knights of Columbus Fish Fry at my spiritual home, St. Timothy's Parish.    It was great to see the Youth serving the community as they did.     I also had the pleasure to be supportive of "Operation Baby Shower".--an initiative by the Laguna Niguel Military Support Committee in support of the City's Three adopted Units.    How the Community came together was gratifying.   I was very happy to see this about the Corporation for National Service having been saved as noted below--I had the pleasure to add my voice to this effort.   What is critical to note is that the battle was won--but the war is yet to be won:

Wow. We just landed a victory for national service—thanks to all of you.  
Congress passed and the President just signed a $1.3 trillion omnibus appropriations bill to fund government operations for the remainder of fiscal year 2018 (which ends on September 30, 2018). The bill includes $1.06 billion for CNCS, an increase of nearly $34 million. The bill sustains funding for Senior Corps and AmeriCorps*VISTA, includes an increase of $26 million for AmeriCorps State and National, and increases funding for state commissions, AmeriCorps*NCCC, the Volunteer Generation Fund and Days of Service.
We couldn't have done this without your work: your calls, emails, press outreach, and meetings with lawmakers and their staff made the difference. Now we need your help one more time to thank the members of Congress who prioritized investments in AmeriCorps and Senior Corps.  
Let's remember where this started just over a year ago: with a shut down budget. But working together, we turned a shutdown budget into an increase in funding for national service. We reminded Congress that national service programs are doing essential work in communities across the country and that we should expand investments in AmeriCorps and Senior Corps, not cut them. Let's keep up the momentum as we head into the FY19 appropriations process by letting our champions know that we appreciate their support.
Thank you for everything you do to raise your voice in support of AmeriCorps and Senior Corps.
Yours in Service,
AnnMaura Connolly
Voices for National Service

It was also a weekend that was Earth Hour which I joined:

We will all do our part as I say loudly...
Onward to the new week with all its' possibilities....

Monday, March 19, 2018

Out & About: On the Eve of Spring w/This on #Nowruz As Spring Dawns....


#Happy Spring!!

Nowruz (Persian: نوروز‎) is the name of the Iranian New Year in Iranian calendars and the corresponding traditional celebrations. Norooz is also widely referred to as the "Persian New Year".
Nowruz is celebrated and observed by Iranian people and the related cultural continent and has spread in many other parts of the world, including parts of Central Asia, Caucasus, South Asia, Northwestern China, the Crimea and some groups in the Balkans.
Originally being a Zoroastrian festival, and the holiest of them all, Norooz is believed to have been invented by Zoroaster himself, although there is no clear date of origin. Since the Achaemenid era the official year has begun with the New Day when the Sun leaves the zodiac of Pisces and enters the zodiacal sign of Aries, signifying the Spring Equinox.
The term Norooz in writing, first appeared in Persian records in the 2nd century AD, but it was also an important day during the time of the Achaemenids c. 548–330 BC), where kings from different nations under the Persian empire used to bring gifts to the Emperor, also called King of Kings (Shahanshah), of Persia on Norooz.
The significance of Norooz in the Achaemenid empire was such that the great Persian king Cambyses II's appointment as the king of Babylon was legitimized only after his participation in the New Year festival.
The UN's General Assembly in 2010 recognized the International Day of Norooz, describing it a spring festival of Persian origin which has been celebrated for over 3,000 years. During the meeting of The Inter-governmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Heritage of the United Nations, held between 28 September – 2 October 2009 in Abu Dhabi, Nowrūz was officially registered on the UNESCO List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Out & About ....

St. Patrick's Day 2018
#GoogleDoodle Embraces St. Patrick's Day!!! 

It has been quite a week as I write this.      I will leave the politics to the pages of the Daily Outsider and what is being done for the Twitter Channel--but an embrace of health and life was probably the biggest message for me this week in the aftermath of my Aunt Mimi's funeral this week.    The continued homeless challenge in Los Angeles was evident in a major way that the Guardian of London reported on it today as well

I took comfort in these thoughts that I picked up on St. Patrick's Day W-End:

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 flowers always line your path and sunshine light your day.
May songbirds serenade you every step along the way.
May a rainbow run beside you in a sky that's always blue.
And may happiness fill your heart each day your whole life through.

- Traditional Irish Blessing

 But, for me, what an Eagle Scout Wrote for me  lifted all the periodic irritations and challenges as I had the pleasure to be at the Court of Honor as my Home Troop, Troop 772, honored the Eagle Class of 2017:

..and what My Son did serving as Master of Ceremonies was beyond Words:

It was the ultimate blessing to have had my parents there as they were able to join this day of service 

It is witness to such that continues to give me hope ever more....